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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“…!

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Review

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Movie: Hamari Adhuri Kahani                   English Title: Our Incomplete Story

Release Year: 2015                                    Country: India (Bollywood)

Genre: Romance, Drama, Tragedy            Language: Hindi

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review:

I watched this movie yesterday. Although, I had Hamari Adhuri Kahani on my laptop since its release, but due to my personal issues I wasn’t able to see it till now.

The film stars Emran Hashmi as Aarav Ruperel, Vidya Balan as Vasudha Prasad and Rajkumar Rao as Hari Prasad in lead roles. Talking about their acting I must say it was great to watch. Specially, Vidya Balan has acted the way she is recognized in Bollywood. Emran Hashmi too has looked convincing enough while Rajkumar Rao has provided the much required spark in the otherwise, slow movie.

For me the best part of Hamari Adhuri Kahani was its music and songs. I loved all the songs because they have “heart piercing” lyrics and beautiful music. You can check out the playlist Here:

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie
Emran Hashmi & Vidya Balan

Storyline:

Coming to story of this 2015 Bollywood movie, at first when you start watching Hamari Adhuri Kahani everything looks fine and goes in a definite direction.

There is a wealthy business tycoon  (Emran) who falls for a mother of one (Vidya). Vasudha is a typical Indian “Sanskari” woman who despite not seeing her husband for 5 years still wears “Mangalsutra” and waits for his return. However, it is revealed that his husband is apparently a wanted terrorist accused of killing American journalist.

When Aarav gives Vasudha an offer to work with his Dubai hotel after initially saying NO she agrees. Vasudha wants to raise her son Saanj and live free of her past. But, the movie goes haywire when Emran tells Vidya how much he loves her. Again she says NO at first, and then agrees after meeting his mother.

The movie feels like it has so many lessons under one chapter. There is a reference of ‘soul to soul love’, ‘women subjugation’, ‘women emancipation’, ‘terrorism’, ‘corrupt politicians’ etc.

And the problem is that all these doesn’t give a seamless experience to you as an audience. 2 hours seem very short time to show all above mentioned issues in a single movie.

Things Left Unexplained in Hamari Adhuri Kahani:

  1. How come Hari get to know Vasudha’s life when he was away from her for 5 years?
  2. How Aarav a poor boy became a hotel magnate and that too at a relatively young age?
  3. How come Hari who is serving a death sentence is set free only on the basis of one person’s testimony? Is it really that simple in India?
  4. Why did Aarav chose to take his foot off the landmine? When he could have asked Apoorva’s help. All he needed was to wait for the rescue team to come there.
  5. What happened to Aarav’s business empire and how could Saanj became a rich man despite Vasudha taking him away from his father to live a seemingly poor life?

My Verdict & Rating:

Despite of all its flaws I have rated Hamari Adhuri Kahani 8 out of 10. Yes, I did because of good acting and some great music. The movie is a no win, no loss affair. Watch it with your own wish and there’s a chance you will not regret it. Although going by the ratings and reviews by experts Hamari Adhuri Kahani is a must “Not Watch” film of 2015. But, I certainly don’t conform to this view.

Rustom – Movie Review

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Movie: Rustom                                                  Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                         Language: Hindi

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Crime

Rustom Movie Review:

Akshay Kumar has been making great movies of late and Rustom’s trailer seemed to continue his shiny streak. The movie however, is not as exciting as I hoped it to be.

Rustom Story-line:

The casting director has done a wonderful job of picking the right characters. Akshay Kumar looks dashing in his Navy uniform, although the sight of him wearing starched uniform even at midnight when he’s in jail doesn’t seem very convincing. Ileana D’Cruz‘s role mainly was to look pretty and lonely which she has done well. But considering her state of mind when her lover is murdered and her husband is in jail, her prim and proper get up looks misplaced.

Also, there is one scene where she is playfully negotiating with the Navy Chief which didn’t go down very well with me. Arjan Bajwa is convincing as a playboy but his glamorous sister Esha Gupta, though very vindictive, fails to show any remorse on her brother’s death. I don’t know whether that was the way the Director wanted it to be, but it seemed a little unreal. The supporting cast is well chosen and has done justice to their characters. Pawan Malhotra and Anang Desai stand out. They are both spectacular in their performances.

Considering Rustom is a period drama, much attention has been given to the sets and costumes, so much so that at some places it feels overdone. The carefully placed artifacts, the vintage cars which are kept without any real reason, the cigar holder in Esha Gupta’s hands in almost every scene, the ultra glam get-ups scream for attention and remind you that they are film sets, not real scenarios.

Rustom is based on the famous Nanavati case. The real version is dramatic enough to base a film on, yet the director has tried to make the story more complex by adding a top notch Navy scandal in the picture. There is so much spotlight on the scandal that at the end, I was wondering whether Rustom murdered Makhija because of the dirty deal he was party to or because he slept with his wife and refused to marry her. This additional detail also makes you question some of Rustom’s actions and confuse the audience about his personality. The audience is also not told about what happened to the money trail at the end.

Rustom Verdict & Rating:

Overall, Rustom is a good film but could have been made better if the Director would have tied the loose ends more carefully or completely avoided the side story. I would give 3 stars out of 5 to Rustom.

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called The Movie Club…!

Dhanak Movie Review

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Movie: Dhanak                                      Release Year: 2016

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

Genre: Adventure, Drama

 

Dhanak Movie Review:

I have not watched many of Nagesh Kukunoor‘s films, but I have great respect for his kind of cinema. When a friend shared the trailer of Dhanak I couldn’t wait to watch it.

Dhanak Storyline:

It’s a road film where 2 kids travel through rural Rajasthan to meet Shah Rukh Khan. The lead pair – sister Hetal Gadda and brother Krrish Chhabria are both a treat to watch. Hetal Gada as Pari is very convincing as the elder sister – simple, caring, protecting and also cursing the little brother at times. Krrish Chhabria plays the younger blind brother and oh boy! He’s a rock star. He has too much spunk for someone who’s blind, but it’s so entertaining that you don’t complain.

The chemistry between the two and their constant banter makes you believe they are really siblings. There is no doubt that they care deeply for each other yet there is not one mushy moment between the two, their love for each other shines through their playful leg pulling and teasing – typical of most sibling relationships.

During their adventurous journey the kids meet a variety of people on their way, make new friends, fall prey to a trick, get sick but it all ends well. Even though the situations and people are too good to be true in real life, you want to believe in them.

You want someone to offer food to the hungry kids, someone to be kind to them, someone to save them when they are in trouble and someone to make their wish come true. Nagesh Kukunoor has beautifully captured the innocence of the children, whether it’s how easily they trust strangers or how they dream about building a house of sweets or how the boy is perpetually hungry and not ashamed of asking a stranger for ghewar (a sweet famous in Rajasthan).

There is a fair share of humor in the film, partly contributed by the conversations and partly by the characters. The film stands true to its name (Dhanak means Rainbow) with the colorful details such as Bullet Baba shrine which thrives on offerings of liquor bottles, a Godwoman who confesses she was an aspiring actress before switching ‘careers’, an opportunist who makes money by letting people take a selfie with the selfie he took with the superstar; all adding to the fun element.

The delight in the girl’s eyes in the last scene makes you forget you are watching a film. There’s too much sincerity in those eyes.

Dhanak Verdict:

Overall, Dhanak is a feel good film, infused with Kukunoor’s trademark elements of love and friendship. I enjoyed watching it immensely and am sure others will find it as entertaining.

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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