Kaali Trailer Review: To What Extent Can A Mother Go To Save Her Child?

The trailer of ZEE5’s latest Hindi-dubbed web series “Kaali” is out. The web series stars Paoli Dam, Shantilal Mukherjee and Rahul in the lead roles. Directed by talented upcoming director Korok Murmu, Kaali will be the first Bengali web series to be streamed on ZEE5. It consists of eight webisodes of 22 minutes each.

According to the introduction mentioned on the OTT platform, Kaali is the story of a helpless mother played by renowned Bengali actress Paoli Dam and explores different shades of womanhood. It is a fast-paced crime-thriller drama that seems to have all the thrills to make it a big success among audiences of all ages.

Kaali Trailer Review: My Observation

The trailer starts with Paoli Dam telling her husband (who is in lockup for reasons known later in the trailer) that their son, Sunny has met an accident and she needs to arrange six lakhs in twelve hours to save his life. Her husband tells her a way of getting at least three lakhs in no time, but with a grave repercussion. It is revealed later that it is drugs that she needs to sell or supply to someone for those three lakhs.

Later in another scene, we came to know that somehow police gets the information about the drugs that are hidden in Kaali’s home. We also see that she might be considering some other ways to make up the rest of the money required for the surgery of her son. It is not clear from the trailer what she is considering, but I believe she might have run into some drug dealers who force her to do more work for them.

Who is Rahul? A Friend or Foe?

Rahul plays the most mysterious character in this web series. In a couple of scenes, he looks like a friend of Paoli, while in a few scenes it seems as if he is double-crossing her and trying to blackmail her to take physical advantage of her. I also feel that there’s an old equation between the characters of Paoli and Rahul that we will only be able to know once the series is released.

Why Kaali Kills Someone?

We also see at the end of the trailer that Kaali kills a man (most probably a drug lord). But why? The answer is difficult and can only be answered after watching the series. But, from the trailer, it seems that it was an act of “self-defence”. But knowing how good crime thrillers are made, I won’t be surprised if it turns out that Paoli was just used as a pawn in a great scripted scheme by people close to her–Rahul, Her Husband or even Sunny. So, basically, I have my fingers crossed till November 12, 2018.

Stay tuned to The World of Movies for my full review of the web series soon!

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review

The Big Question Dekhen Ya Nahin?

Dekho! For the exquisite settings, larger than life drama and perfect cinematography. Every rope in place, every cloud with perfect colouring and the period costume such a welcome change from the glam and glitter of YRF films.

Thugs and Baaghi

Amitabh Bachchan as Azad, not just a title but an inspiration of freedom and the rebel princess, Fatima Shaikh set up their hideout in North India by the ocean and no amount of artistic license allows you to digest this geographic impossibility. Ila Arun as the medicine woman who doesn’t always get her potions right is barely funny.

One fleeting scene with the good looking thugs of the 1700s barely shows the horrors they wrought.

Cross ya Double-cross

Aamir Khan can’t make up his mind and neither will you, whether he is a good guy or bad. The curly hair and nose pin adds the swag that he lights up the screen with.

Aamir and his friend, Zeeshan Ayub’s comic timing not being bang on is disappointing though. Katrina Kaif as Suraiya Jaan with the exotic looks is the ultimate letdown as she just does not fit in with her glitzy costumes and jhatak phatak dance moves as a 18th century nautch girl.

Lloyd Owen and Gavin Marshall have played the mean ruthless role of East India Company officers very well.

Remake or Not

Perhaps remix or mashup of multiple movies and themes would be better suited descriptions. You can play a guessing game of ‘which movie..which movie’ for every scene.

3 on 10, No more

Wonder what director, Vijay Krishna Acharya really had in mind. Epic or fantasy? It’s sad that the stars are bigger than the story which seems to sink steadily right from the start.

Image credit: YRF Films Official Facebook Page.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

12 Angry Men: 12 Thinking Heads That Are Often Found in Meetings

12 Angry Men is a Hollywood movie released in 1957. Before I offer you to read what you landed here for, let me run you through the fundamental details of the movie. It is an American black and white courtroom drama film. The movie shows a jury of twelve men who are entitled to assist the court in giving the final verdict of a murder case.

In the case, an 18-year old boy is allegedly accused of killing his father. Though an attorney with the help of evidences confirms the son the culprit, the justice calls for a jury to have further discussion over the case.  None of the jurors has any association either with the court or the subjects of the case. On top of it, the intriguing fact is that, all of them are strangers to each other.

In a closed room, they begin to discuss about the case to figure out whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.  

Let’s enter the jury room and know how the jurors while discussing about the case resemble with the thinking heads that we often come across in our official and unofficial meetings.

1.The one who leads the meeting

This thinking head is the most courageous one, who either declares himself a leader or accepts the position. He, in every condition makes sure the discussion remains on the track and serves the purpose. He is calm, patient and unbiased to everyone.

2. The one who is not a leader, but wants others to listen to him

He is the attention seeker who drills his opinions in others’ heads. He is not a leader, but wants to be the self-proclaimed one. Moreover, he has features opposite to that of the leader’s – he is aggressive, impatient, and has no empty room in his head to accommodate and process others’ ideas.

3. The one who questions the leader’s job

He is not concerned about the real agenda of the meeting, but the leadership skills of the leader. He often disapproves the leader’s choice, without giving any justifiable alternatives. He is disinterested in the leader’s position, but on the contrary, he unnecessarily whines in following him.

4. The one who is a wordsmith, calm and polite and handles arguments wisely

This one is everybody’s friend. He, in the argumentative situations, when the leader fails do his job, handles the rein with his wisdom and polite behavior.

5. The one who drags people’s attention toward his personal interests

You can count his presence, but will seldom have a chance of counting his opinions or thoughts. He doesn’t participate in the discussions, whereas creates annoyance and hampers the discussion by diverting people’s attention toward other irrelevant matters of his interest.

6. The one who makes fun of everything

He is the another annoying element who you hope should leave the meeting room. He cracks jokes that nobody finds funny.

7. The one who is too lazy to think- his only motive is to show his presence in the discussion

He is the least bothered person in the group. He follows the decision that is approved by the majority. When  you probe him for his opinions, he often opts to remain quiet or pass it simply by saying, “I don’t know”. Thinking is not his cup of tea.

8. The one who asks smart questions

This is one of the significant personnel in the room. His tendency to dig out the details by asking questions truly help in rolling out the final decision. This curious head compels the rest others to think and keep them on the right track.

9. The one who thinks out of the box

The one whose opinions in the beginning are often rejected as others do not envision points that he puts forth. He starts by creating reasonable doubts in others’ heads. He performs demonstrations and experiments and eventually, ends up receiving votes supporting his thoughts or ideas from all those who initially disapproved him.

10. The one who is confused and gets convinced easily

He is similar to the lazy thinking head, the only difference is – he puts efforts in thinking but can not make judgments and so he tends to change his party.

11. There is the one who is adamant to his opinions

This one doesn’t find any reason to follow others. In his head, he is the Mr. right who the rest others ought to follow. His impudent behavior makes people neglect him; his only  supporter sits second in this list.

12. The one who observes and analyses the situation and makes his point

He doesn’t participates in conversation often but, speaks when he thinks he needs to. He shares unique ideas and receives appreciation for his trait. In any meeting, when he doesn’t speak out, you might’ve noticed the leader probing him to share his suggestion before he concludes the meeting.

This is our list of 12 thinking heads that we think resemble with those 12 Angry Men in the movie. If you have watched the movie or making you mind to watch it, do share what you think about them in the comment section below.

Written By: Pooja Mishra

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Helicopter Eela Movie Review

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I enjoyed Helicopter Eela but too much of a good thing..too much acting, too much drama, too bright, too happy.. Just too much! One expects more from Pradeep Sarkar, a little subtlety, a little less wound up energy perhaps.

Drama All The Way

Like the title suggests, a helicoptering parent. Not at all uncommon in India, whether single parent or otherwise, one child or more. Everyday situations, clichés and parent /child dialogues are scripted very well. Riddhi Sen as the tolerant teen deserves a standing ovation while Kajol needs to tone down as her energy seems direction less. The sub plot of why she is a single parent is too weak and leaves you questioning Tota Roy Chowdhury’s intent. The forward thinking Daadi’s support is amazing and acting impressive!

Tolerant Son  Guides Mom

The son teaching the mother to follow her dreams is extremely touching. Neha Dhupia as the over the top dramatics teacher sits well as do the multiple celebrities playing themselves. Flash back to a younger Kajol by 20 years is amazing. Fitter & trimmer than ever before Kajol is a delight, kudos to the stylist. The happy go lucky aspiring musician turning into this hovering dumb mom obsessed with dabbas is too much to digest though.

The college students in class & canteen are too filmy but well rounded with a fair peak into their personal lives. Shown as well balanced young adults who value parental support. The smothering mother story is forgotten for the chase your dream angle leaving the Indian parent right where they began, hovering over the child’s life!

Written By: Shyamala Nawab

 

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