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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

Kaalakaandi Movie Review

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Kaalakaandi Movie Review:

Curious Title..Brilliant Saif Ali Khan!
Kaalakaandi is a bold movie showing three lives. Peddlers, users, & those caught in between.

Peddlers Deepak Dobriyal & Vijay Raaz plot to cheat their boss while sharing an insight into their eventless lives. We are shown the false lifestyle of the drug lords and mafia, their ego and their ruthless killings.

Seeing TV star & VJ Shenaz Treasurywala on screen after a long time. She is a delight as a user & has portrayed the role of a rich bitch very well.

Sobhita Dhulipala as her friend and someone caught up in a rave party raid has clear cut priorities of heading out of the country to pursue her dreams of an education abroad but gives in to guilt & confesses to the police by giving her flight a miss. Her whiny clingy boyfriend, Kunaal Roy Kapur has a small role but acts well as a heartless chap willing to cover up even death in an accident.

A bold sex scene between Amanda Rosario & Akshay Oberoi has been well shot and will be definitely edited for the theatre goers. The typical big fat Indian wedding has been shown well with hassled people, errands, & the sangeet adding a song or two that won’t be remembered for long though.

Saif Ali Khan facing the ultimate announcement of a life that’s soon going to end decides to tick off his bucket list in the most filmy fashion by wanting to see a transgender in the buff, try drugs, style his hair in the weird hairdo we saw in the trailer and kiss a stranger, Isha Talwar, whose calm presence leaves you wanting to know more about her.

The lucidity & electric psychoactivity of the small red pill have been shown way too temptingly. The warning in small print along the bottom of the screen against substance abuse is appropriate but not loud enough to dissuade any potential user.

Saif’s one liners are a delight but lose consistency while one gets a feeling the writer was trying to cram too many lives in one movie. Saif Ali Khan yoyos between fat & buff but is forgiven for taking up the challenge of going through half a movie with awful eye make up & multiple rubber bands in his hair.

The title “KaalaKaandi” meaning ‘Something’s Messed Up’ or rather ‘Kuchh Gadbad Hai’’ clearly fits! The movie is one of the few ‘black comedies’ of our Hindi film industry.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Gold Movie Review

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Gold Movie Review:

I was proud to stand up twice for our National Anthem while watching the story of India’s First Olympic Gold win in post Independence era! One before the movie began and again when India wins the much coveted Gold medal in the movie.

In my view, Gold is a well directed/written movie that didn’t lose focus throughout its 2 hours and 31 minutes of running. It was action-packed, motivating, inspiring two and a half hours of only hockey – Our National Game! Something we have forgotten with time resulting in the inexorable decline of the game in the country .

Though this is not a first hockey movie to be made in India. It was still refreshing and charming in ways. I especially loved the fact that it did not make fun of the British Empire or Pakistan, that is often seen almost in all of Bollywood’s patriotism-themed movies. It has an easy going story-line and an effective plot that leads to a grand finale like climax.

Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das is looking adorable as well as authoritative at the same time. His stature as a versatile actor has been further increased with the success of Gold movie. Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor are total hunks and have acted so well that it won’t be wrong to say that they acted as the sails of the ship that Akshay was steering brilliantly. I am happy and satisfied that Mouni Roy and  Nikita Dutta didn’t have to shake a leg as item numbers to hold their own.

Enjoyed the music of Gold which has been made popular on the radio, also the short bits of dancing in the club, typical of pre-Independence era India. I must say in the end that it is a must watch movie for the patriotic goosebumps and pride that stays on even after leaving the theater!

Gold in every way is a golden movie.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Edited by: Absar Ahmad

About Shyamala Nawab:

Anything but Shy! After years of working, I eased into the more enjoyable but hectic role of being a full time wife, mother & personal assistant to the family very easily. Movies blend my passion for travel, food, reading & observing people perfectly.

3 Reasons You Must Watch Karwaan Movie

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3 Reasons You Must Watch Karwaan Movie

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Three Lost Souls; Two Dead Bodies; A Journey of a Lifetime

The above words sum up what is on offer for all of us in Akarsh Khurana’s upcoming movie Karwaan, which is going to hit the theatres tomorrow across the country. Karwaan is supposedly a slice of life movie that will take you to soul refreshing journey.

Karwaan is a movie that will give you plenty of moments to laugh as well as filling your eyes with tears. The movie revolves around three characters: Avinash (an IT worker), Shaukat (a car mechanic) and Taniya (a student). They all belong to different walks of life with no connection to each other, yet destiny binds them together as they find out that they both have one thing in common. Of course what that one thing is will only be known to us tomorrow once the movie is released.

However, in this article, we will look at 3 reasons you must watch Karwaan movie this weekend.

1. Dulquer Salmaan aka ‘DQ’: When you have a father with a stature of Mammootty, acting got to be flowing in your veins. Karwaan is DQ’s debut movie in Bollywood, but the Malayali heartthrob has already won many awards in South Indian film industry and has established himself as a leading actor there. In the trailer, he looks at ease sharing screen space with Bollywood veteran Irrfan Khan. By the way, the most astonishing thing that I liked about Dulquer Salmaan is his good hold on ‘Hindi’. It looks like we are going to see him in many more Bollywood movies in future.

2. The Mesmerizing Nilgiris & God’s Own Country: Having travelled to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I promise you that this ‘road journey’ from Bengaluru to Kochi via Oooty will make you fall in love with South India. The trailer shows enough of greenery and scenic spots to give us a hint about this journey of a lifetime that our three lost souls embark on.

3. Irrfan Khan: We all know what he is capable of pulling on screen. So no point in discussing or praising his acting prowess. However, what is worth discussing is his character of a Muslim car mechanic who keeps us laughing in his signature style. This is the second movie in two years where Irrfan is taking us on a journey, in case you don’t remember, in 2017 he took us on a tour de India in Qarib Qarib Singlle. Both these movies have one thing in common–throughout the journey Irrfan and his partner keep meeting new and strange people and learning new experiences that enrich their soul.

The music is given by Prateek Kuhad, Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Shwetang Shankar and Imaad Shah. I particularly liked the song “Chota Sa Fasana”. The other songs too are good with some refreshing music and lyrics.

So, having read this article, I guess it is time you book your tickets on Bookmyshow for Karwaan Movie.

Image credit: Karwaan Movie Official Facebook Page

Written by: Absar Ahmad