Movie Review: “A Flying Jatt” Reminiscent of Doordarshan Era…

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Movie: A Flying Jatt                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English & Punjabi)

A Flying Jatt Review:

I watched it yesterday and was perplexed trying to understand what it was all about?

Was A Flying Jatt Indian Superhero movie? or

It was a movie promoting “environment awareness among kids”? or

It was just made for the sake of making a movie?

Remo D’Souza is a dance master and it is quite evident in his direction too. Being a Super hero movie you expect lots of action sequences. Alas! The film has very few of them and that too reminiscent of the “Doordarshan Era”. I remember Shaktiman, Karma, Junior G (Indigenous Super Heroes) of late 1990s India. Frankly, speaking Flying Jatt is no better than them.

Choreography wasn’t impressive for me, music and background scores will appeal to kids (under 10) and songs were the only cheering aspect of the movie. Visual effects were below par again reminding you of Doordarshan days. On top of all this, as if this wasn’t humiliating enough for you. There is a pathetic villain with an annoying pet dialogue (surprise, surprise) …

Jacqueline Fernandez is there to look stupid. That’s it… And yes, Amrita Singh packs a punch in the role of Mrs.Dhillon.

Now let’s see what’s the story of the film:

The story is about a guy named Aman ( Tiger Shroff) who is a martial arts teacher but a coward and shy person. His father has created an “Eco-friendly” society near a lake somewhere in Punjab. There’s a small island in the lake that has an old tree (revered by the Sikh community of the area). And, that tree is the source of conflict in the film as the city’s famous businessman Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) wants buy that island and raze the tree. In order to lure Aman’s mother he offers her a huge amount in exchange for the land, but she abuses him in front of all saying she will not sell that land to anyone.

In the very next move, Malhotra calls Aman to his mansion and threatens him to kill his mother. He even goes on to recruiting a foreign contract killer a 7 feet tall man called Raka (Nathan Jones). He orders him to go and cut that tree, but upon arriving at the tree Raka faces stiff resistance from Aman. Suddenly, something happens and both of them gets faint down. Only to find out later that Aman has become a super hero while Raka a super villain.

In the second half movie becomes kind of “sermonic”, as it becomes clear that the director is fixated to teach us “environment protection” via Flying Jatt. We also get to know that our hero’s power come from trees while Raka’s powers are accumulated through ‘pollution’ that is in abundance on this earth.

Ultimately, the Fying Jatt has to defeat Raka on another planet and in space. Even there too pollution is present and Raka shows stiff resistance before being neutralized by Aman.

Funny things about A Flying Jatt:

  1.    He follows traffic lights.
  2.    He is scared of dogs.
  3.    He flies hardly 2-3 meters off the ground because of high phobia.
  4.    He buys sabzi (vegetables) for home.
  5.    Most importantly he is “Aagyakari Beta” (moma’s boy).

My verdict and rating:

The movie has earned almost double than its budget which is a thing for the director. But, its ratings are extremely poor, with TOI being exceptional to give it 3.5/5 (God knows what happened to them). In fact, on my part, I am feeling extremely generous to give it a 5/10 rating.

I won’t recommend A Flying Jatt to any serious cinema lover. It’s a big “NO TO WATCH” movie guys. Please stay away… However, I would highly recommend it to kids as it has some moral lessons for them. Besides some Doordarshan time graphics.

Na Maloom Afraad – A Movie Review

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Movie: Na Maloom Afraad                                     English Title: (Unidentified Persons)

Language: Urdu (Few Dialogues in English)        Genre: Comedy, Thriller

Release Year: 2014                                                Country: Pakistan (Lollywood)                     

 

Na Maloom Afraad Movie Review:

As I mentioned in one of my earlier reviews that in the last 2-3 years. Pakistani cinema industry (Lollywood) is going through a ‘revival phase’. Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad (Unidentified Persons) too is a product of this revival.

Na Maloom Afraad features an ensemble cast consisting of heavyweights like Javed Sheikh and  Fahad Mustafa. The film is basically a comedy drama affair that holds your attention from  the very first scene till the last one. Story might not be a great one, but it draws attention to the deteriorating law and order situation in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi.

There are dialogues that have sarcasm in them. And , one feels the gravity of the situation. Mehwish Hayat’s item number ‘Billi’ (Cat) is fine, but not memorable. Overall, the movies has some good music and cinematography is fine too.

STORY LINE:

The film is about the lives of three people coming from diverse backgrounds. But destiny makes them work together and stand for each other. Shakeel (Javed Sheikh) is a middle age govt clerk. All he has is his wife and younger sister Naina (Urwa Hocane). His world is turned upside down when he learns that the urban development authority has taken a decision to raze his house and build a flyover there. Being a middle class and honest person a family house is all that Shakeel have.

Moon (Mohsin Abbas Haider) is a clever and smart guy wishing to migrate to Dubai. But, he couldn’t make it farther than Karachi. Here he ends up working in a Karachi  electricity board’s call centre. But, this is not the real issue with him. His main problem is a ‘Bhai’ (Term used for Goons in Indian Sub-continent) from whom he has taken lakhs (millions) of money and now can’t payback.

Then there is a guy called Farhan (Fahad Mustafa) , a sales representative by profession earning a meagre 8K per month. Farhan lives as a tenant in Shakeel’s house and allegedly is in love with Naina. He doesn’t have a single problem, but an array of issues tormenting his life. He has lost his job, he will lose his rental room too and more importantly his love of life Naina.

So, how these 3 gentlemen will settle their life amidst the troubles they are facing?

Finally, they make a plan to set a bank on fire during routine riots in Karachi. But before setting a bank on fire they must have their lockers in it.

Will Shakeel be able to save his paternal house? Will Farhan get a job and marry Naina? Will Moon ever be able to go Dubai? Well, they may or they may not.

Watch “Na Maloom Afraad” and you will know it. I am not going to spoil the fun for you.

My Rating And Verdict:

For this film, I too will go by the consensus as Na Maloom Afraad has a rating of 7.9 on IMDB. I have rated it a bit high at 9/10. The film is a bit lengthy with almost 2.5 hours. But, I am sure you will not get bored at any stage. Plus, there are few twists and turns that any cinema lover will love to watch. Not to mention it offers a fair bit of laughing stuff too. So, go and watch this one…

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Parched Movie: A Critical Review

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Movie: Parched                                        Release Year: 2015 (TIFF) 2016 (Worldwide)

Country: India (Bollywood)                    Language: Hindi (Rajasthani, Kacchi Dialect)

Genre: Social, Drama

Parched Movie Review:

As for its name “Parched” means thirsty or something that’s been baked by sun. Once can simply say a thing bereft of water or moisture. And, it is what our movie is all about. Parched tells the tale of 3 women living different lives, but none satisfied and happy.

The film is shot in a fictitious village with people speaking a “constructed” language rather a dialect of Hindi. In the words of the director of the film Leena Yadav, ‘she did this intentionally so that none of our countrymen could complain that this doesn’t happen in our part of the world’.

Well, I too not certain whether this happens somewhere or not. But, that must not be the topic of discussion while writing about Parched movie. As a cinema lover and reviewer I got to comment about film’s cinematic aspect and value.

What’s good in PARCHED?

Here I start, to my surprise the acting in Parched was of highest standard. People are praising Radhika Apte, but  Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Sumeet Vyas and others too have looked extremely convincing. Kevin Tent’s editing is classy so does Leena’s direction. The film gives you a complete feel of “rural India”.

Radhika Apte Parched
Radhika Apte as Lajjo…

I too belong to a backward Indian state and have seen the worst of Indian villages in my life. But, now things have changed for better in most places. But, in this film the villagers are still living in an extremely restricted not to mention “male dominated” environment. They don’t even have a TV set in the village (a fact that was hard to swallow). Anyways let’s move forward.

At no point Parched felt to me as a film based on women emancipation. But, it did struck me more than couple of times to think about the plight of rural women of my country. The music, songs and background scores are pretty vernacular and typical of rural Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Storyline

Tannishtha Chatterjee Parched
Tannishtha Chatterjee as RaniStoryline:

Now let’s talk about the film’s story. It prominently revolves around 3 women named Lajjo (Radhika Apte), Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) and Bijli (Surveen Chawla). Lajjo is living in an abusive marriage presumably because she is barren. It’s only after Bijli’s insistence that she discovers that she is not barren when she gets pregnant with Adil Hussain’s child (a Mystic Lover in the movie). Rani a 32-year-old widow with a teenage boy whom she has married to a girl. But, her son is not the man who she thinks he is. Rani has not been touched by a man for 15 years and now she starts getting calls from a person who calls himself Shah Rukh Khan. And last, but not the least Bijli, a dancer and prostitute who once was Rani’s husband’s mistress and now her best buddy.

Surveen Chawla & Radhika Apte in Parched
Surveen Chawla & Radhika Apte in Parched…

Parched has plenty of bold scenes in it. Although, they doesn’t seem vulgar. The language used in the movie is very foul and abusive. It’s literally vulgarity at its zenith. But, then this is the reality of rural Indian and we must accept it.

I personally liked the end of the film as it depicted the end of Lajjo’s husband coinciding with the occasion of Dussehra festival. A festival that commemorates the win of evil over good.

My Verdict & Rating of Parched:

I rated Parched 8/10, due to its great acting, direction and the message it wants to convey to the audience. Although, I would absolutely not recommend it to people below the age of 18. There’s one more suggestion to the audience, if you are not a native Hindi speaker please see it with English subtitles as the dialect is extremely difficult to understand at places.

With this I sign out for today’s review. Stay tuned to The World of Movies for many more reviews to come….

Pink Movie Review

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Movie: Pink                                                  Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Language: Hindi

Genre: Social, Drama, Thriller

Pink Movie Review:

Pink is not a movie, it’s a slice of life for thousands of working women in Delhi. Not everyone faces the exact same situation, but most know it can very well be them.

I remember during my first job a colleague’s boyfriend got into a scuffle with a stranger who misbehaved with my colleague. Punches were exchanged and the stranger got a little hurt. Next day when my scared colleague narrated the incident our boss, a middle aged Delhite who clearly had more experience than us freshers commented that it was a foolish thing to do. She said in Delhi you don’t know who’s connected to whom and my colleague should pray that the roadside romeo wasn’t a nephew of an MLA or a Minister.

Thankfully, she never saw him again. Years later when my husband and I went to get an FIR filed for a small theft at home the SHO very cordially refused to do that. The SHO who Meenal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) goes to in the film had the same attitude as the inspector we dealt with. At all my places of work I have had colleagues from the North East and I first hand know of the ‘special’ treatment they get from all and sundry just for being who they are.

Pink 2016 Movie
Pink Bollywood Film 2016

For these reasons and more Pink doesn’t come across as a film. The incidents are close to life, the horror is palpable and when the girls are threatened your skin literally crawls in fear of what’s going to happen next.

The film grips you from the very first scene and keeps you on the edge until the end. I liked the way the details are not spelled out for the audience in the beginning but is pieced together as the film progresses, and only shown during the end credits.

Why to Watch Pink Movie?

Performances are stellar. The 3 girls are so natural with their expressions and gestures they don’t seem to be acting at all. I’m sure all women can identify a little with Meenal, Falak and Andrea. We can relate with the bold and aggressive Meenal who refuses to bow down to the goons on phone but as soon as the call disconnects runs to the safety of her home. We see a little of ourselves in Falak (Kirti Kulhari) who is mature and composed but loses her cool when provoked beyond her limits. Everyone of us who has ever known a girl from North East knows how true Andrea is when she says she’s harassed more than average girls only because of her place of origin.

The boys have acted very well too. One of them seriously gave me the creeps every time he said something about teaching the girls a lesson.

Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant and dominates the second half. His arguments in court are fantastic and spot on. However, I didn’t quite get the significance of him wearing a mask and watching over the girls in the beginning. I also couldn’t understand the significance of bringing his ailing wife in the picture.

The support cast is fantastic. The judge, other lawyer and woman SHO have all given realistic performances. I especially enjoyed Amitabh Bachchan cross questioning the SHO.

One must credit the director (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury) for giving attention to detail – the tattoo Meenal sports, the modest unsophisticated courtroom, the jail cell with wet floor – all add to the flavor of the film.

Pink Movie Verdict:

The film is a tight slap on the faces of all those men who think like Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and his friends. It conveys the message loud and clear and as one of my friends said this kind of films need to be released every weekend instead of the trash we see in halls ever so often. The whole team of Pink needs a standing ovation for their outstanding work. In fact I feel the film should be made tax-free for the strong social message it gives.

A must watch for each and every man and woman.

 

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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