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.
Amir, played admirably by Ishaan Khatter, is on the run after a drug bust and seeks shelter at his sister’s place. Things get complicated when his sister Tara (Malavika Mohanan) is arrested for assault after she tries to avert a rape attempt against her. Chased by the police and his former criminal associates, Amir tries everything in his capacity to procure bail for his sister.
‘Baaghi 2’ is as clichéd as a typical Bollywood action movie can be – full of revenge and drama, with a distasteful item song thrown in as an afterthought. If there is a recipe for how not to make an action film for the millennial, Ahmed Khan, I would say, has definitely got his hands on it.
Raj Kumar Gupta brings us an interesting story, but it is just not gripping enough. If I were to compare this story to a similar one in recent times, I think Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26’ (2013) comes close. While the raid in ‘Special 26’ was a fake one, the intrigue and build-up was something that kept the audience invested.
‘Dil Junglee’ is a sketchy romantic comedy – a love story with credible lead actors, but a predictable plot that’s unlikely to tug at the heartstrings. Dilli ka munda Sumit Uppal (Saqib Saleem), is an aspiring actor and also a star trainer at the local gym. All he needs are a few spoken English lessons and he would be Mumbai-ready, he thinks.
Don’t believe what Virat Kohli has to say. ‘Pari’ is yet another horror film that begins with promise, but soon gone awry. Prosit Roy fails to keep the plot together after building up the intrigue commendably up to the intermission.
‘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.
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.