Mohenjo Daro Movie Review

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Movie: Mohenjo Daro                          Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                 Language: Hindi

Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review:

When I was told Mohenjo Daro is directed by the man who gave us Swades, Lagaan and Jodha Akbar, my expectations from the film increased many-folds and I ended up watching it today. BIG MISTAKE!

The film is such a disaster that writing the review also feels like a waste of time. The opening scene paints a larger than life picture of the orphaned small town Hero who longs for big city charms. Sounds familiar??? Well, this is just the beginning. The film is the same song and drama that has been done to death in Bollywood. I was shocked to see a Director of Ashutosh Gowariker’s calibre couldn’t give a single creative twist to the age old story. The film partly reminds me of Baahubali and partly of Harry Potter but neither it had the grandeur of the former, nor the magic of the latter.

The only ‘new’ thing about Mohenjo Daro was the backdrop of an ancient civilization. I guess Ashutosh Gowariker got so carried away with the idea of making a film on a unique era that he didn’t focus on the story at all. His only focus seems to be on the historical detailing which also is far from authentic. It is a period film but the characters use modern day abuses, the head gear and dresses of the female lead are very elaborate and revealing, the ancient sets and festivities can beat the modern day rural areas and there clearly hasn’t been made much effort in the language. The characters have weird names, say janawar in place of jaanwar, son in place of sona, sat in place of satya and turantu in place of turant… and that’s where Gowariker’s creativity ends.

I don’t understand why the heroine always get to wear sexy clothes irrespective of the backdrop of the film, how Hero & Heroine romance in public yet the villain staring at them is oblivious to the chemistry, how Heroine rushes to hug Hero in the arena itself after his fight, how Hero gets beaten black and blue in a major fight but comes around and beats his rivals to pulp later, why do the rivals come one by one and not attack the Hero together, even the cannibals seem to keep the discipline. These are extremely silly yet very common scenarios in Bollywood, but one doesn’t expect Ashutosh Gowariker to fall prey to these cheap tactics.

At the end when the Hero wins over the Villain, gets the kingdom and the girl, you feel the torture is finally over but no! The Director wants the Hero to be the saviour of the civilization as well. There is just no end to the heroism of our Hero. Also, there was a huge deal about Chaani being Sindhu Ma ka vardaan or something and that she will save the civilization one day throughout the film, yet all she does is romance the Hero and tell him she has to keep her father’s promise and marry the villain. I kept waiting until the end for this prophecy to come true but seems like the Director got so busy helping the Hero do one super human act after the other that he forgot to tie this loose end.

The only thing that I liked about the film was the song Tu hai. It’s soft and melodious. The performances are mediocre. Pooja Hedge is pretty but she sucks at acting. Nothing else stands out.

My suggestion: Don’t watch even for Hritik Roshan. AVOID!!!

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called “The Movie Club“…!

Madaari – Movie Review

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Movie: Madaari                                    Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                 Language: Hindi

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Madaari 2016 Movie Review:

The film got many of us intrigued with its trailer. The punch line ‘बाज़ चूज़ पे झपटा.. उठा ले गया, कहानी सच्ची लगती है लेकिन अच्छी नही लगती! बाज़ पे पलट वॉर हुआ कहानी सच्ची नही लगती पर खुदा कसम बहुत अच्छी लगती है!’ got our attention. Add to it Irrfan Khan, a socio-political back drop and the Director (Nishikant Kamant) who gave us Drishyam and you think you have the perfect recipe of a super hit. Only, it fails to reach anywhere close to our expectations.

The story is fairly predictable and constantly reminded of A Wednesday. It keeps going back and forth, which, instead of adding to the experience took away the impact of some intense scenes. Irrfan Khan is the lone shining star of the film. He’s brilliant and his performance stands out in each scene. You really feel sorry for him when he’s sharing his story with the young boy. Sadly, all other actors are mediocre, including Jimmy Shergill. There was so much potential for Jimmy Shergill’s character but he didn’t deliver much.

Besides Irrfan Khan, the only thing I liked in Madaari was the alternate ending. The Director has shown two possible scenarios – one realistic and one idealistic. The unrealistic one is where you really feel you have had enough. No matter how much you want to believe in the system or in the power of the common man, you know there are some things that will never happen, that can never happen. The alternate end is one of those.

Madaari Story-line:

The film seemed to revolve around father son relationships – Irrfan Khan with his son, the old man who’s collecting compensation for his son’s death, Home minister and his kidnapped son. However, the Home Minister didn’t really seem to care much about his son. Even towards the end when he gets to see his kidnapped son, he shows terrible lack of emotions that a normal person would feel under the same circumstances. I also didn’t understand why the Director needed to bring in the element of Mother who left Irrfan Khan and her son but roots for him on social media years later. Why not just show she died or something!

Rating & Verdict:

Overall, Madaari is an average film, there’s no punch, not enough thrill and the takeaway message is also something that has been done many times before, in better ways. With the little time I have for watching films these days it seemed like a waste of time.

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called “The Movie Club“…!

 

Bad Moms – Movie Review

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Movie: Bad Moms                                         Year: 2016

Country: USA                                                Language: English

Genre: Comedy

Bad Moms Movie Review:

With the entertaining trailer and successful team behind it, I went to watch Bad Moms with great expectations and realized that it is a little stale, unrealistic and much less funny mom version of The Hangover.

The lead Mila Kunis is trying her best to be a good mother. One day she snaps and decides she’s done making her kids’ childhood magical. And this is just the beginning of one hundred and fifty-seven clichés in the film!

Bad Moms Story-line:

The movie starts great and you do feel sorry for Mila Kunis’s character and pity her for having ungrateful kids and a useless husband. The school bully is someone we have seen before and Christina Applegate slipped into her character effortlessly. The sidekicks are stereotypical too, but have acted well, however, Kathryn Hahn is more annoying than funny at some places. Most of the jokes and situations are over the top and are not always laughable. It is supposed to be a feminist movie but it was offensive at places. Dancing pregnant moms, dancing hijab wearing moms, Indian mom saying Mila Kunis ‘looks foreign’ are all supposed to be jokes that I didn’t quite get.

The film had some great dialogues that I could relate with as a mother. Mom-fantasy of having a quiet breakfast, the fear of screwing up every day, or finding someone who can fix a car-seat in 2 seconds hot are so typical. There was so much that could be done with a subject like this but I feel the film got derailed because it became increasingly unrealistic. There are too many extremes – jerk of a husband, unreasonable boss and too nice and perfect Mila Kunis, too much drinking and raunchiness. I find it hard to believe that someone who has been a mother for 12 years can’t find more ways to feel liberated. When everything in her life is falling apart – job, marriage, kids – the lead is focused on fighting an ego battle against the bully and trying to get laid.

And at the end, everything magically falls in place. Mila Kunis’s life and kids are perfect, the timid learns to boss around her dominating husband, bully becomes a friend and the slutty one even wears decent clothes AND packs a lunchbox for school! It’s way too perfect. The end credits however are awesome. The camera captures real life moms of the crew talking about their motherhood fails. Its adorable and makes you go awww!

Final Verdict on Bad Moms:

Overall, the movie is not great, but it’s fun if you don’t go with high expectations… or your brains!!

Review By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called The Movie Club…!

Liza, a rókatündér – Movie Review

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Movie – Liza, a Rókatündér       English Title – Liza, the Fox-Fairy

Release Year –  2015                    Country of Origin – Hungary

LanguageMagyar (Hungarian) & Japanese

Genre – Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

Liza, the Fox-Fairy Movie Review:

Liza, a Rókatündér, English (Liza, the Fox-Fairy) is of the successful movies of Hungarian Cinema. The film was appreciated critically as well as loved by the public. Director, Károly Ujj Mészáros , has done a fabulous job with the script and his unique story-telling. The movie looks a piece of art that is something that’s worth mentioning. Liza, the Fox-Fairy is not a normal work of cinema rather a piece of “dark humor”. Once you are into it you will feel the intent of the director and what the film wants to convey to the audience. Although, Liza, the Fox-Fairy is an Hungarian movie, but it has so much Japanese elements in it that for once I mistook it for a Japanese one. In fact, the very theme of the film is based on a character from Japanese mythology.

Liza, a Rókatündér story:

Liza, (Monika Balsai) is a nurse who is almost 30 and yet single. She is not rich and has little savings to her name. Her life revolves around reading her favorite Japanese novel, a romantic one. And, taking care of Márta, the widow of a Japanese Ambassador to Hungary. It is Marta, who made Liza learn Japanese and now she listens to Japanese pop songs with her, especially of Tomy Tani (David Sakurai). Things get worse for Liza when she tries to find a “soul-mate”, but instead end up losing everyone who would take interest in her.

 Mónika Balsai
Mónika Balsai in Liza, a rókatündér (2015)

The police chief is suspicious of this women’s intentions, ignorant of the real fact. But, there’s one man who has faith in Liza, Sergent Zoltán zászlós (Szabolcs Bede Fazekas). He finds out that Liza is being cursed and the only way to break that curse is to love Liza selflessly. He does the same and finally, get Liza back from the curse of the ghost of Tomy Tani. The movie ends when they both get married and visits Japan with their daughter after 10 years of marriage. Liza is seen happy and Tomy Tani’s ghost too is there to accompany them….

David Sakurai
David Sakurai as Tomi Tany

My Rating & Verdict of Liza, the Fox-Fairy:

I have rated Liza A Rókatündér 7/10. This may seem a bit low, but this is all I could give to this Hungarian flick. The film is too slow for my liking and at times feels a bit predictable. But, as the acting and camera work is good and music too is nicely composed I liked this film. I would recommend this film to those who can bear the “slow cinema” and “black comedy”. So, here I checkout from here and wish you will enjoy Liza A Rókatündér.

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