All posts by Absar Ahmad

Born on 3rd January 1989 in Aligarh, India. I have completed my Masters degree in Communication Studies. I believe "Cinema" is a very powerful tool to communicate with masses across the world.

Searching – Movie Review

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Searching Movie Review:

Searching! A 2018 American tech-thriller movie, written & directed by Aneesh Chaganty in a novel technical way.

Searching Story-line:

A missing teen.. typical leads and misleads, money drawn from the bank and the mysterious texts to the uncle about having had fun.

So, what makes SEARCHING a different film? The whole movie is on a computer, laptop or smartphone screen depicted via social media and modern digital technology. (This technique was used by the same team couple of years ago on a short movie called Noah) . The 102 minutes of picking the digital trail we leave behind and how nothing in our life is a secret anymore. Google search, Emails, Facebook, Tumblr and YouCast helps a father unravel his missing daughter’s life. The window to our lives is the hard disk!

The plot revolves around a father and daughter who barely cope on losing a loved one. The girl disappears from her favourite scenic spot and a well drawn chase leads us through couple of dead ends to an ex convict.

Searching Film Cast & Acting:

John Cho as the father and Michelle La as the daughter wrap you in their story like its your own. The detective Debra Messing, assigned to the case is too good to be true and allows the father to help in the investigation and helps him handle grief as well.

Searching is a movie that portrays intense revelations about how important it is for parents to know about their children’s lives, their friends, passions especially what the children do or want when they are unhappy and upset. It’s important even for young adults to know that their secrets are never safe!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

 

Ghoul – Review

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Ghoul – Netflix Mini Series – Review

Ghoul is a landmark in TV series, especially being the second Netflix original from India. This has definitely set high standards for any other serial/series that follows, in the horror genre. Boldly blending Military, Terrorism, and Patriotism with the para normal that ends up convincing even the non believer in Ghouls.

Ghoul Acting and Fear:

Radhika Apte as a Military Interrogator has excelled herself, except for the accent which could have been fine tuned. Manav Kaul as the Colonel has proved his versatility yet again and has emoted beautifully. Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, the ruthless arrogant Major deserves applause. Mahesh Balraj in the title role is so good that you would rather not remember him at all.

The prison cells, costumes, music, as well as lighting complements the dread and trepidation well. The three episode mini series is just long enough to make you wish for the horrors to end before it gets predictable and repetitive. As symbols go, the symbol to call the Ghoul does seem a little weak though gory and drawn in blood as the folklore demands.

An expose of false patriotism taken to the next level like never before!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Race 3 Movie Review

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Race 3 Movie Review:

Edited.. This is my opinion with no offence to the fans or the millions of rupees put into this project. Also, the connection to the previous two movies (Race – 2008 & Race 2 – 2013) is only by name.

Race 3.. Looked for a good review and had to waste two & half hours to discover why I didn’t find one!

‘Ghisa Pita’ themes from many ‘bakwas’ movies rolled into this one! Family, backstabbing friends, heists, drugs, arms & the best locales couldn’t help this movie. None of the songs are worth even remembering to post here except for the third time over ‘Allah Duhai Heh’.

Race 3 Acting & Costume:

Both the female leads are glamorous and beautiful, but their clothes don’t seem to fit well. It’s like many designers tried and failed. Daisy Shah has a feisty role and gives Jacqueline Fernandez quite a ‘takkar’ until the horridly filmed scene a la womens WWE. Salman Khan’s Superman meets Batman costume doesn’t even elicit a ‘ooh’ as no state of the art digital effects have been applied to make the flying scenes seem real. Saqib Saleem deserves praise for holding his own with the stars.. Bobby Deol in his new buff avatar.. Anil Kapoor who just looks younger every time versus Salman Khan who seems to age faster than even the calender!

I salute anyone who has liked the movie if they can explain why though.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review

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Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi Movie Review:

You watch a sequel with expectations.. Best not to with this one as though it holds its own & cracks you up for a bit.. It’s not as smooth as the prequel (Happy Bhaag Jayegi).

Though she was present in this one, I still missed Diana Penty and the Abhay Deol charm from the prequel.

Sonakshi Sinha as the punjabi kudi almost steals the show with her one liners and dance moves but not quite. She is unable to keep pace. Would have loved to hear a little more technical gyaan from a horticulturist though.

Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra’s timing is bang on as is their Indo-Pak comic banter.

Jassi Gill’s good looks are obvious even through his pagdi and beard. Introducing him as a loser and bad karaoke singer was so not needed.

Diana Penty and Ali Fazal hardly have a role, except as a connection to the prequel.

Fa Q, Adnan Chow, and Chang are Hindi speaking Chinese characters who only brought the movie down. Most of the Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi movie is in China and typically makes fun of their police/prison system in bad taste.

The whole kidnapping and mix up is due to the common name the two girls share. The plot which is a roundabout chase to reach the Pakistani politician’s son is so far fetched that it leaves you wondering where the story began.

You leave the theater having laughed, but the joke is on us, as its obvious we have such little choice in good cinema, especially the comedy genre in our Hindi film industry.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab