‘Pad Man’ is a well-intentioned film that does a commendable job of handling the “taboo” topic of female hygiene. With Akshay Kumar playing a very convincing protagonist, Balki manages to keep things relevant and engaging.
Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal and Sobhita Dhulipala are the focal points of these stories that all try an experimental approach. Saif, playing the role of a teetotaler and non-smoker, discovers he has stomach cancer and just a few months to live.
‘Fukrey Returns’ has moments of genuine humour, smart repartees and good comic timing by the actors – however, none of these can salvage the shoddy writing. The chaos is no longer funny, it feels patchy.
What keeps you invested in this road film is Irrfan’s impeccable comic timing. A few wrong connections later, she meets the 40-year-old, never-married, Yogi, who claims to be passionate about poetry. As the oddball couple decides to embark on an impromptu trip, we discover their little quirks and wonder whether the two will actually find true love.
First-time director Advait Chandan makes this story heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure. Why you should watch this film? Here is the Yahoo Movies Review of Secret Superstar.
Raja Krishna Menon’s remake of ‘Chef’ is flavoursome but not half as satisfying as Jon Favreau’s original. It is, however, a treat to watch Saif Ali Khan exhibit his craft with ease after a spate of disappointing big-screen outings.
In his latest Bollywood outing, Judwaa 2, Varun Dhawan tries to recreate the 90s magic. Is the film worth watching? Here is the Yahoo Movies Review of Judwaa 2.
Hansal Mehta, the director, has crafted a couple of fine movies – ‘Shahid’ and ‘Aligarh’ – based on real-life characters. It borrows heavily from the life of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed a string of banks in Los Angeles in 2014 by pretending to be a human bomb and who was eventually arrested.
‘A Gentleman’ is a stylishly made action film that seems to strike a good balance with an interesting premise, a breezy romance and some understated humour. Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez have an engaging plot to work with. Is this a case of mistaken identity?
‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is a typical Bollywood love story. The endearing characters, who are indispensable to this story, make this small-town tale heartwarming. Bitti from Bareilly loves break dance, English films and an occasional puff and this obviously doesn’t fit the description of a ‘suitable girl’.
This well-intentioned film is trite, verbose and protracted. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ tries too hard to drive home its point – however valid – and in the process spends too much time circumventing the real issue. A topic such as this one needed dollops of humour to engage the audience, but the excruciatingly lengthy runtime of 155 minutes only serves to the contrary.
‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma makes for a fun watch. This is one served with a dash of humour and lots of travel. Imtiaz Ali well understands the complexities of a romantic relationship. For those of us who have had too much of Ali’s edgy and dark love stories, this one comes as a breath of fresh air. Rummana Ahmed reviews this complete entertainer.
Anees Bazmee’s ‘Mubarakan’ is boisterous, unimaginative and lackluster. Add to it the tried-and-tested formula of having the male lead in a double role and the combination appears to be a winning one – I mean, how can identical twin brothers and the ensuing confusion about their love interests not be a recipe for success! Our filmmakers however manage to make a almighty mess of this clichéd template.
‘Munna Michael’ has aspirations of being a ‘different’ film, and it would have been, had it not fallen prey to the clichéd Bollywood formula. Sabbir Khan has an interesting premise at his disposal but a very predictable second half spells doom for the film. For once, I thought the director understood exactly what Tiger Shroff was capable of – showing off his well-sculpted abs and fluid dance moves to his advantage.
‘Jagga Jasoos’ is a well-intentioned musical adventure that takes too long to unravel. Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor had previously collaborated on ‘Barfi’ (2012) – the film had deaf-mute hero (Ranbir Kapoor) and an autistic female lead (Priyanka Chopra) and yet, had one of the most coherent narratives of that year.
Ravi Udyawar’s film boasts of a strong script and compelling performances, but is let down by a run-of-the-mill climax. You discover right at the onset that Sridevi doesn’t have an easy equation with her adolescent daughter.
‘Tubelight’ needs a lot of patience and while Salman fans will surely be shedding copious tears at the theatre, for the rest this film isn’t as entertaining as his previous ones. Director Kabir Khan has an interesting premise for the story – a war’s impact on the families of the soldiers and their antsy wait for the return of their loved ones.