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NAAM SHABANA MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Mar 31,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 29 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Neeraj Pandey, Shital Bhatia Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, Denzil Smith, Madhurima Tuli, Manoj Bajpayee, Murali Sharma, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Taapsee Pannu, Virendra Saxena Direction: Shivam Nair Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey Story: Neeraj Pandey
Music: Meet Bros, Rochak Kohli Background score: Meet Bros, Rochak Kohli Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane Dialogues: Neeraj Pandey Editing:Deepak Seju Singers: Jasmine Sandlas, Meet Bros, Rochak Kohli, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukriti Kakkar, Sunidhi Chauhan Lyrics: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir

What is it about?
Naam Shabana is a prequel to the superhit Baby. Ever since Neeraj Pandey announced the movie Naam Shabana, there were huge expectations for the film. Once Taapsee Pannu was officially named the lead of the film, it was expected to be a strong women centric spy-thriller. Taapsee made a cameo in Baby and Naam Shabana is an establishment to showcase her journey from a girl next door to a spy agent.

 

What makes up the film?

The movie talks about a girl and her struggle from her teenage to the later phase of life. It has a very realistic portrayal of narration on the screen which makes it very interesting to watch. In short, the movie talks about love, emotion, pain, revenge and patriotism.

 

What doesn’t work?

Well, it is always challenging to portray realistic characters in an action or a thriller film. Neeraj Pandey is known to handle such situations, but this time with Taapsee being the lead, there were flaws in the screenplay, the character establishment takes its own time which is definitely testing patience to watch it till the end. But, thanks to Akshay Kumar’s extended cameo which holds the film to some extent and makes it gripping in all his scenes.

 

What worked?

Taapsee Pannu’s acting and the way she carries the entire film from the start till the end is something that needs an appreciation. Very few women oriented action thriller films succeed and Naam Shabana to quite some extent justifies with a neat packaging of a commercial and social message. The second half and climax with Prithviraj and Akshay Kumar’s extended cameos are a big plus for the film which have worked positively.

 

Well?

Naam Shabana is a justifiable prequel with a mix of different elements in its packaging with a very realistic approach in showcasing the characters that makes it cater to different movie lovers.

Verdict: Tapsee and Akshay Kumar’s performances make Naam Shabana a one time watch.

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2.5

( 2.5 / 5.0 )

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NAAM SHABANA MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Mar 31,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 29 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Neeraj Pandey, Shital Bhatia Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, Denzil Smith, Madhurima Tuli, Manoj Bajpayee, Murali Sharma, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Taapsee Pannu, Virendra Saxena Direction: Shivam Nair Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey Story: Neeraj Pandey
Music: Meet Bros, Rochak Kohli Background score: Meet Bros, Rochak Kohli Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane Dialogues: Neeraj Pandey Editing:Deepak Seju Singers: Jasmine Sandlas, Meet Bros, Rochak Kohli, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukriti Kakkar, Sunidhi Chauhan Lyrics: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir

What is it about?
Naam Shabana is a prequel to the superhit Baby. Ever since Neeraj Pandey announced the movie Naam Shabana, there were huge expectations for the film. Once Taapsee Pannu was officially named the lead of the film, it was expected to be a strong women centric spy-thriller. Taapsee made a cameo in Baby and Naam Shabana is an establishment to showcase her journey from a girl next door to a spy agent.

 

What makes up the film?

The movie talks about a girl and her struggle from her teenage to the later phase of life. It has a very realistic portrayal of narration on the screen which makes it very interesting to watch. In short, the movie talks about love, emotion, pain, revenge and patriotism.

 

What doesn’t work?

Well, it is always challenging to portray realistic characters in an action or a thriller film. Neeraj Pandey is known to handle such situations, but this time with Taapsee being the lead, there were flaws in the screenplay, the character establishment takes its own time which is definitely testing patience to watch it till the end. But, thanks to Akshay Kumar’s extended cameo which holds the film to some extent and makes it gripping in all his scenes.

 

What worked?

Taapsee Pannu’s acting and the way she carries the entire film from the start till the end is something that needs an appreciation. Very few women oriented action thriller films succeed and Naam Shabana to quite some extent justifies with a neat packaging of a commercial and social message. The second half and climax with Prithviraj and Akshay Kumar’s extended cameos are a big plus for the film which have worked positively.

 

Well?

Naam Shabana is a justifiable prequel with a mix of different elements in its packaging with a very realistic approach in showcasing the characters that makes it cater to different movie lovers.

Verdict: Tapsee and Akshay Kumar’s performances make Naam Shabana a one time watch.

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2.5

( 2.5 / 5.0 )

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TRAPPED MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Mar 17,2017 Movie Run Time : 1 hour 42 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena, Phantom Films, Vikas Bahl Cast: Geetanjali Thapa, Rajkummar Rao Direction: Vikramaditya MotwaneScreenplay: Vikramaditya Motwane Story: Amit Joshi, Hardik Mehta Music: Alokananda Dasgupta Background score: Alokananda Dasgupta
Cinematography: Siddharth Diwan

What is it about?
The plot is about Rajkummar Rao who gets trapped in an apartment without any electricity, food, water and almost nothing to survive at a crucial time where his presence is sought the most, but faith locks him inside his flat in a 20 storey apartment at a posh place in Mumbai, and the worst situation is that there aren’t any neighbours in the apartment because of legal restrictions. The things he does to get out of the flat and his approach to break all the shackles to get back to his normal lifestyle are what the film all about.

 

What makes up the film?

The scripting of Trapped showed a lot more maturity which otherwise finding in majority of Bollywood films is difficult. Trapped isn’t a regular commercial film, it is more of a docu-thriller. This genre has its own niche audiences and Vikramaditya Motwane is targeting them. Well, for other general movie lovers, Trapped will test your patience in the beginning, but after a while it is sure to send shivers in you and make you think what if you are trapped similarly. This will eventually lead to an edge of the seat climax, making you anticipate what could be the next worst situation happening to Rajkummar Rao.

 

What doesn’t work?
There are only very few instances in the screenplay which are inconvincible. Apart from those, there is a serious concern of acceptance for such films from general audiences. If you are seeking a commercial template of a hero battling with baddies and rescuing his people, then this film is definitely not for you.

 

What worked?
Rajkummar Rao maximizes his performance with a very minimal frame of scope that he is trapped with. In fact, he takes the entire film on his shoulder all the way until the very end of the film. He shows his vulnerable position through his performance and is definitely making the film a must watch. Experimental movie lovers would be thrilled to receive Trapped better. Cinematography and music have also worked well which gel with the script and screenplay; the background score has a tussle approach of tempo which sets multiple layers of soothing lively scores and echoes which make the whole packing look realistic.

 

Well?
Trapped is for movie lovers and if you are someone who is bored with regular commercial films, then this is definitely the movie to watch. Very realistic and a technically rich film that is sure to make a lot more talks in the coming days.

Verdict: Strictly for Experimental movie freaks!

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3

( 3.0 / 5.0 )
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RANGOON (HINDI) MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Feb 24,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 34 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Sajid Nadiadwala, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj Screenplay: Vishal Bhardwaj Story: Matthew Robbins, Vishal Bhardwaj Music: Vishal Bhardwaj Background score: Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography: Pankaj Kumar Distribution: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

When you are offered a 167 minute film set in the 1940’s pre Independence period of India,can it hold your attention? Read the below few paragraphs.
Rangoon, Vishal Bhardwaj’s directorial stars Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and the “queen” actress Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles. It is set in the years 1943-44 when the Indo-Burma war happened and the British rule was yet to end in India.
The plot deals with Kangana Ranaut who plays an actress in Mumbai who is forced to move to Burma by her co-star Saif Ali Khan. He is the one who makes a brand for her as an action heroine “Julia” in Bollywood. Shahid Kapoor plays the role of a war fighter who gets captured by the opposite forces and the story touches upon a beautiful love story between Shahid and Kangana. However, the movie’s theme is war which takes over in the second half. The fight for a sword between the two territories plays a major part of Rangoon and what these characters do amidst this fight is told in this 167 minute period film.

 

Kangana Ranaut nails her character and is the best part of Rangoon. Shahid too, does an amazing job and the casting is on dart which makes it easy for director Vishal to convey the emotions in the right proportions. Few scenes are very well shot and the movie is a happening one that keeps us interested. Vishal’s biggest advantage is that he has stuck to his content.

 

On the lighter side, the scene where Kangana gets caught with the 3 Japanese warriors will leave the audiences in splits and the best part is that none of it is forced humour. The role of the Japanese soldier who accompanies Shahid and Kangana is well sketched and out of the blue. Rangoon has war, art, love and survival of the fittest, all packaged in a convincing manner.
It leaves you to decide what is right and what is wrong and there is some level of tragedy that makes it quite realistic. There is justification to the choices people make and these choices define their future. The second half does slow down a bit with the song placements and this hampers the flow of Rangoon. The twists are not predictable but since they come towards the fag end, the impact is slightly less.
It is also a technically sound film.The shot division by Pankaj Kumar is an added bonus and the music by Vishal himself is apt. The interval block and the climax are goosebumps moments in the movie. There is an emphatic end to the first half which in itself looks like the completion of one movie and you will not know what to expect from the second half which is a slight let down for the way the first half ends.
On the whole, Rangoon is an artistic film based on love and war told to us in a convincing manner by Vishal and his team. Kangana as an actress (Miss Julia) is in prime form and her acting is sufficient to hold the audiences glued to the screen. Both Shahid and Saif do their job well too and director Vishal has made a good effort with Rangoon!

Verdict: An artistic tale of love and war that engages in most parts!

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3

( 3.0 / 5.0 )

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JOLLY LLB 2 MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Feb 10,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 18 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Fox Star Studios Cast: Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Huma Qureshi Direction: Subhash Kapoor Screenplay: Subhash Kapoor Story: Subhash Kapoor Music: Chirantan Bhatt, Manj Musik, Meet Bros Background score: Vishal Khurana Cinematography: Kamal Jeet Negi
Editing: Shekhar Prajapati Distribution: Fox Star Studios

Jolly LLB 2 is the next installment in the hit courtroom drama series Jolly LLB which had Arshad Warsi playing the lead. The film is directed by Subhash Kapoor and this time it has Akshay Kumar playing a Lawyer. Akshay Kumar is known for his high intensity action scenes but this being a courtroom drama has him playing an ordinary lawyer. Has it lived up to the expectations created by it’s previous installment? Read further
Jolly LLB 2 starts off with Akshay Kumar who plays an innocent lawyer who never gets things right. His wife, played by Huma Qureshi and his son are supportive of him and he aspires to make it big one day. However, he is playful about his profession and does not take it up seriously.
The core plot is the rise of a timid man trying to solve a serious case which has an experienced lawyer on the other end. But the sub-plot which deals with Sayani Gupta and her husband in the flashback portions gives you the feeling we are in for some really good engagement and that an investigation of high standards is what we are going to witness. This sub plot which is about 20 minutes long is amazing and Sayani has got into the skin of the character of a widow.
Akshay Kumar’s energy is a big plus point as it adds the required adrenaline in the talkie portions.His natural acting is commendable and he being an action hero has underplayed this character well. The background score by Vishal Khurana is the biggest bonus that Jolly LLB 2 has got. It elevates every emotional scene and traps you when it seems like you are losing attention.
Director Subhash has heavily banked on comedy to grip the audiences and even the judge of the court is funny at times. But, this has hindered the pace of the film and a few comical moments could have been avoided to carry the tension forward. For instance, even the reveal in the climax starts off in a funny manner which loosens the belt and leaves you a little less satisfied than you could have been if for a tighter screenplay.
The holi song looks unnecessary but did not disturb the audiences too much as an intense scene follows up to cover for the lost moment. A few scenes seem very well written and a special mention to the midnight court scene which was a surprise out of the blue for the watchers.
Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2 does not disappoint you as it has minimal moments that would distract you. However, it does not give you the goosebumps too often and as an entire movie, it seems a little loosely packed.

Verdict: Jolly LLB 2, even though not very gripping, has the content to hold it’s audiences!

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2.75

( 2.75 / 5.0 )

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RAEES MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Jan 25,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 23 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Red Chillies Entertainment Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shah Rukh Khan Direction: Rahul Dholakia Screenplay:Rahul Dholakia Story: Rahul Dholakia Music: Ram Sampath Background score: Ram Sampath

What happens when a young boy decides to rise to power right from his childhood and builds his own empire through illegal business? Find out from the review of Raees, the Shah Rukh Khan starrer.
Raees features Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan and Atul Kulkarni in pivotal roles. It is directed by Rahul Dholakia and talks about the life of Raees (Shah Rukh Khan), who as a young kid learns about illegal business and shows a steady growth as a street smart illegal stock and liquor dealer as he matures.
The film is set in the state of Gujarat and is an action packed ride that would satisfy the SRK fans. Atul Kulkarni plays Shah Rukh’s boss for whom the latter works initially but later breaks off to start his own illegal business which marks the first main event of the film. From there on, there is an introduction of many important characters that includes a police officer played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The rest of the story talks about what happens between these two main characters Raees and Nawazuddin, the police officer. It is an all round mixture of action, mass moments, emotions, betrayal and a cat and mouse game.
The background music by Ram Sampath is an added bonus to Raees and its cinematography is also good, making it a technically strong film. Even though there is nothing to complain about the edit by Deepa Bhatia, there exists an overall lag in the film especially in the latter half as it’s course is disturbed by the placement of songs.
Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin carry the film on their shoulders with their strong performances. Mahira Khan who plays the female lead does not have much to do. The movie’s main drawbacks are its monotonous tone and unrealistic scenes that make it a proper hero-centric commercial flick. It is SRK all the way and the formidable nature of his character spoils the essence of the script for a critic or a non-fanatic.
Overall, Raees is a Shah Rukh Khan movie that is simply the life story of a gangster who starts from scratch and is majorly shouldered by the lead actors. With loosely packed action sequences and not a very engaging cat and mouse game, Raees lacks the punch that could’ve pushed it to the next level and made it an interesting watch for one and all.

Nevertheless, Raees would definitely satisfy fans of Shah Rukh Khan and those who don’t mind unrealistic entertainment.

Verdict: An action thriller that caters to Shah Rukh Khan fans but lacks the punch for the general audiences!

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2.5

( 2.5 / 5.0 )

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KAABIL MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Jan 25,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 19 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Rakesh Roshan Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam Direction: Sanjay Gupta Screenplay: Sanjay Gupta, Sanjay Masoom, Vijay Kumar MishraStory: Sanjay Masoom, Vijay Kumar Mishra Music: Rajesh Roshan Background score: Rajesh Roshan
Cinematography: Ayananka Bose, Sudeep Chatterjee Distribution: Filmkraft Productions Pvt Ltd

Kaabil directed by Sanjay Gupta stars Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in the lead roles. As shown in the trailer, both these actors play visually challenged people. A couple who is in love and there happens to be a tragedy in their life. How does Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) deal with this? Does he accomplish his aim forms the crux of Kaabil.

The film has some really well-established romance. The love scenes between Hrithik and Yami are very convincing for the viewer and the events that follow become justifiable, thanks to the chemistry they share. Hrithik Roshan has pulled off an amazing performance. His hard work is evident throughout and Yami supports him well making the acting department work.

Kudos to director Sanjay Gupta for his treatment in the second half. What is surprisingly nice about Kaabil is that, just in a few minutes into the movie, we know what exactly we are going to witness for the next 2 hours. In Spite of the script being predictable, the director has scored well with the suspense elements and the interesting action scenes that require a smart choreography.

The screenplay in the second half is very commendable and the only negative is the item song that was not required. Adding to that, the use of poor computer graphics in few sequences is a downer. Edit by Akiv Ali is good while Rajesh Roshan’s music could have been better. There is some really good detailing right from the first scene of the film.

The biggest strength of Kaabil is the intelligence and smartness of the director in his story telling. The film has nothing to brag about but it does not disappoint the moviegoer in you as the presentation is very neat. In spite of a few unrealistic moments, the overall picture is convincing and Hrithik Roshan’s performance boosts this engaging revenge story. Kaabil is a good attempt by Sanjay Gupta and team.

Verdict: Kaabil is an engaging revenge story that would not disappoint you!

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2.75

( 2.75 / 5.0 )

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OK JAANU MOVIE REVIEW

Release Date : Jan 13,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 16 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Dharma Productions, Madras Talkies Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Leela Samson, Naseeruddin Shah, Shraddha Kapoor Direction: Shaad AliScreenplay: Mani Ratnam Story: Mani Ratnam Music: A.R.Rahman Background score: A.R.Rahman Cinematography: Ravi K Chandran
Dialogues: Gulzar Editing: A Sreekar Prasad Singers: A.R.Rahman, ADK, Arjit Singh, Arjun Chandy, Ashima Mahajan, Badshah, Hard Kaur, Jonita Gandhi, Jubin Nautiyal, Nakash Aziz, Neeti Mohan, Savithri R Prithvi, Shashaa Tirupati, Srinidhi Venkatesh, Tanishk Bagchi Lyrics: ADK, Gulzar, Hard Kaur, Kaly, Mehboob, Navneet Virk Distribution: Fox Star Studios

OK Jaanu is the remake of Mani Ratnam’s romantic-drama OK Kanmani that talks about a young couple madly in love with each other but who doesn’t believe in the practice of marriage. Yes, it is another film that speaks of a live-in relationship.

When it was made in Tamil, the live-in relationship was an unexplored topic on screen and hence it was new, but Bollywood has many films on this subject. In Tamil, it was a challenge for the couple to have a live-in relationship but in Mumbai, which is culturally different from Tamil Nadu, there are no such difficulties and hence the absence of such a conflict in OK Jaanu mutes the effect completely.

AR Rahman’s music has already scorched the charts, and the songs are the strong pillars of the film. The audience breaks into a thunderous rapture with Humma Humma track. All the songs are brilliantly captured through the lens of Ravi K Chandran which only highlights the effects of them though most of them are only shown as montages. Enna Sonna is a poetic delight when the music, lyrics and the grey scale visuals weave a magical spell!

The coming back of hot hit pair Aditya and Shraddha Kapoor has given a facelift to the film. It is needless to say they look great together, but their love drama sounds like a juvenile play. OK Jaanu is almost a frame to frame remake of the Tamil OK Kanmani, but the emotional scenes are cut short and or removed, perhaps with the idea that it would increase the pace of the film. However, it only works against the movie.

If OK Kanmani was so artistically made, this remake is so artificially made. The whole play looks superficial. There is so much cuddling romance throughout yet you feel there is no real love in it. Naseeruddin Shah, however, has done his part really well.

Classics are not made just by imitating another to the T. A successful imposter is one who does not spoil the reputation of its original. Emotions have a crucial role to play in a love story which however is missing in this product. The love is just NOT in the air.

Verdict: Technically brilliant but emotionally it is just not there!

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2.25

( 2.25 / 5.0 )
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