‘Badhaai Ho’ is seasoned with a certain ‘Delhiness’ and is weaved together with lots of fun, laughter and a fine insight into traditional relationships in modern India.
Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Andhadhun’ is a delectable tale about deliciously evil characters. This story maintains its intrigue right to the end and spins edge-of-the-seat suspense as the plot unfolds.
Way too many directors have managed to capture the essence, dialect and inherent charm of rural India, but Vishal Bhardwaj takes it one step further with Pataakha.
‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ wants to showcase a pertinent issue, but trips on many roadblocks, much like a constantly tripping electricity connection in the small Uttarakhand town the story is set in.
If you ever had a tough time making up your mind about whom to love and found yourself being overruled by the heart time and again, this one is for you.
‘Stree’ is a horror comedy that keeps you completely entertained. Amar Kaushik’s debut film has a rare mix of really scary moments peppered with a generous dose of humour. Here’s how it unfolds: Residents of the small northern Indian town of Chanderi believe that a female ghost (Stree) visits every house during the four days of a local temple festival.
It’s a trip to exchange dead bodies delivered to wrong addresses. Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) has clearly lost his mojo – his is a mundane existence, stuck at a desk job he doesn’t enjoy. Enter Shaukat (Irrfan Khan), his slightly eccentric but ‘good-at-heart’ friend who owns a minivan and offers to drive him down for his father’s last rites.
The hallmarks of the ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster’ franchise have been intrigue, longing, betrayal and revenge. This one has the biwi (Mahie Gill) holding the reins of the erstwhile empire and commanding a hefty clout as the elected local politician. Saheb, Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill), is behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit and seething with rage at his wife’s manipulative ways.
Shaad Ali’s ‘Soorma’, based on the life of former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, is an incredible saga of a man who battled paralysis and made a comeback to the national side. This inspirational story slackens now and then, but the premise and its treatment, make it eminently watchable.
Four hip and happening girls and Bollywood’s favourite canvas – a big fat Indian wedding – you wonder what could go wrong! But so much effort goes into making them appear “cool”, that I doubt if the director was left with the time and space to put any thought into the actual plot. When Kalindi Puri (Kareena) decides to tie the knot, her BFFs come together to attend a typical extravagant Delhi wedding.
John Abraham and Boman Irani try their best, but fail to keep us invested in this historical drama. Inspired by true events – India’s first successful nuclear tests conducted at Pokhran in 1998 – ‘Parmanu’ has an interesting premise, but the story progresses at a sluggish pace.
Essentially endearing though it is, ‘102 not out’ needs the stellar performances of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor to ride all the way into our hearts. Umesh Shukla’s film lacks the fine balance that would have made it compelling throughout, but the story of an unusual relationship between a 75-year-old son and his 102-year-old father is by itself an interesting premise – enough to keep one invested. The son (Rishi) has embraced old age and is happy to be living the predictable-albeit-drab life of a senior citizen.
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.
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