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Benny and Babloo

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Movie: Benny and Babloo

Releasing Year: 2010

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi Standard (Main), English (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Social, Comedy, Drama

Benny and Babloo Movie Review & Plot:

There’s one thing about low-budget Bollywood movies that I love the most. They have much more “related” common Indian man than those big banner films with “superstars”. Benny and Babloo, is one such film that shows the brazen “double standards” of our civil society. The film statrs with two friends named Benny (Kay Kay Menon) and Babloo (Rajpal Yadav) losing their waiter job in a small restaurant. Now, after struggling so much both get new jobs. This time at different places. Benny in a 5-star hotel and Babloo in a sleazy dance bar.

The rest of the movie revolves around their daily routine in a 5-star hotel and dance bar. Benny always teases Babloo that he is working in a dance bar where rampant “alcoholism, prostitution and other illicit activities” happen as part and parcel of daily lives. Babloo, is kind of depress with his new job and doesn’t treat the bar girls with much respect. But, over a period of time Babloo sees the everyday struggle of dance bar girls and its owner. He is touched by the stories of these girls and why and how they got into this profession.

On the other hand Benny, too discovers the other side of the 5-star hotels. He sees that prostitution, drugs, alcohol, and other illegal/criminal activities are going on without any constraint there. Benny and Babloo focuses on the fact that all the “ills” of our society are happening at all levels. It is just our double standard that we say a thing bad just because it is happening in low-class and the same thing is tolerated by us because it is happening in high-class. The film is directed as well as written by Yunus Sajawal himself.

Benny and Babloo Rating & Verdict:

I have given 9 out of 10, to Benny and Babloo. And, it deserves this rating. The movie has some good comic scenes as well as great social message underlying it. The critics too have by large accepted as an art comedy. Kay Kay Menon and Rajpal Yadav are just phenomenal as expected from them. In addition to them stars like Shweta Tiwari, Rukhsar Rehman, Natassha, and Aashif Sheikh have performed equally well their part in the film. All in all Benny and Babloo is a nice movie to watch. If you are into “low-budget” Bollywood flicks like me then this is for you.

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Absolutely Anything Movie Review

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Movie: Absolutely Anything

Releasing Year: 2015

Country of Origin: Britain

Languages: English (Main), Some Alien (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy

Absolutely Anything Movie Review & Plot:

Well I feel terribly sorry for Terry Jones for directing this film. Having said that, I didn’t mean that Absolutely Anything is a bad movie. But, this is not what we expect while knowing that it features some of the best actors of the industry. The film is based on a good “theme”, but to me it starts off well and then goes no where. Neil (Simon Pegg) is a teacher who lives a normal life, but his life suddenly takes a 360 degree change when he discovers that he is having a special power that allows him to do “Absolutely Anything” by just saying it and waving his hands. He is thrilled and excited with this new-found “power”, but the problem is that he is not sure about how and for what to use these special powers?

These special powers are nothing, but an “experimental gift” from some aliens. They claim to be the “higher beings” of the universe and are not sure about whether to destroy the earth or keep it as it is. They calls for the meeting of “Galactic Council”. And, it is decided that the council will choose a random ‘earthling’ and will bestowed on him/her the “galactic power”. This power will enable the earthling to do anything and if he/she chooses it for good purpose then the destruction of earth will be spared.

Neil gets into trouble when his love interest, Catherine’s (Kate Beckinsale) self-confessed boyfriend Grant (Rob Riggle) abducts him and tortures him to do what he wants him to do. Seeing no other option Neil complies to Grant’s wishes and does some terrible things to earth and its people. Somehow Catherine and Ray (Neil’s friend) saves him. But, Catherine stops talking to Neil knowing that it was he who forces her to love him. She is hurt as she believes love can only be done with heart not by force.

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Neil fails to commit suicide as his dog (Dennis) saves him…

Absolutely Anything ends when Neil tries to commit suicide (in which he fails too).  Neil then sits and talks to his dog Dennis (whom he had given the ability to talk) that he can do no good with these powers as no one loves him and he is lonely in this world.

Seeing his master sad Dennis suggests him an idea. That he should give his powers to Dennis. Neil does the same, but Dennis has other plans in his mind. Dennis makes a wish that the source of this power be destroyed forever and never come back. And, here he saves not only his master, but the Earth too. The Aliens are destroyed and Earth is now saved forever.

My Rating & Verdict of Absolutely Anything:

I have rated Absolutely Anything only 6/10 because of the weak plot and not too much comedy in it. The movie relies too much on the genius of Simon Pegg, and he as always delivers. But, the plot is not very well written and it lacks kind of “excitement” that you expect when the movie starts. Talking of the acting, I am really happy to see all the stars putting their heart into it. Kate Beckinsale is good as she is supposed to be. Sanjeev Bhaskar too is hilarious in pieces.

As per my advice to you guys, Absolutely Anything is not that much a bad movie. You can go for it, but please don’t have much expectations from it. It’s a kind of time pass one-time watch movie.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Movie Review

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Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Releasing Year: 2016

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages: English (Main), Greek (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Review & Plot:

This film is a sequel that is made almost 14 years after the success of first part named “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was released. I had great expectations from it as I found the first part “unexpectedly” wonderful. But to my utter disappointment My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a “below par” movie that fails to entertain. Somewhere, I feel as if  Kirk Jones directed this movie just hoping to cash on the success of first part.

Now talking of the plot, it is somewhat not comic as well as looks weak. Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are now going through midlife crisis. Their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) is their main concern as she is looking to apply for university education in some other city. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Toula’s parents are not “officially” married as the priest never signed their marriage agreement. And starts the “adventures of Portokalos family” as they prepare for the marriage of their parents.

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Portokalos Family Planning Gus & Maria’s Wedding…!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has few “laughing scenes”, but as a whole it is just boring. One feels as if the movie is stretched without any reason at all.

My Rating & Verdict of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:

I rated My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 only 6 out of 10 and that too very “generously”. I liked the first part and rated it 10 on 10. I am quoting a line from Rogerebert.com about Nia Vardalos Her script is a mess, and no amount of Windex can clean it up. And, I too fully agree to this thought the script is really messed up. The only reason one would end up watching this movie is because of the fact that they loved the previous part and believe this too will be on par with it. Midway in cinema hall I felt like going back to home, but as I already paid a big money for the tickets I somehow managed to watch this film till the end. In my view all you guys need to do is just “SKIP” My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. In case, you have nothing better to watch then go for it, but at your “own risk”….!

 

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Nil Battey Sannata – Movie Review

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Movie: Nil Battey Sannata

Releasing Year: 2016

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi (Khadi Boli Dialect of North India)

Genre: Drama, Social, Comedy

Nil Battey Sannata Review & Story:

Nil Battey Sannata is a Hindi saying or you can also say proverb that means “absolutely nothing”. This is often used for students who are not so good at studies. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari‘s, Nil Battey Sannata, is a touching story of a mother and daughter who love, hate and eventually explore each other in the movie.  Apeksha Sahay aka Appu is a teenage girl who is now a student of class 10th, but the problem with her is that she doesn’t takes her studies serious.

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Appu lost in her own world… Distant from the “realities” of this world..!

And this is bothering her mother, Chanda, a poor woman who do lots of pity jobs to make her end meet. Taking notice of Chanda’s problem, Dr. Deewan (her employer where Chanda is a housemaid) suggests a solution. And, here starts Nil Battey Sannata’s wonderful journey which is enjoyable till the very end of it. Chanda, despite being opposed by Apeksha finally decides to join her school as a class 10th student.

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Dr. Deewan suggesting Chanda to join Appu’s school…

Apeksha, is not so impress by Chanda’s decision and stops talking to her. At school, Chanda spreads her magic and slowly becomes popular among the other classmates as well as teachers. Seeing this Appu gets jealous of her and proposes a bet to her. The bet is that, if Appu can score better than Chanda in Maths then Chanda will stop going to school.

Chanda looses the bet and stops going to school. But, things take an ugly turn between daughter and mother’s relation when, Appu steals money from home and again gets bad marks in school test. This time, Chanda takes an oath to show Appu her true value by beating her in rest of the exams.

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Chanda, doing her best to make her daughter’s life…

One day, Chanda, meets an IAS officer and asks him what she can do to make her daughter like him? He replies that only hard work and right approach towards the goal can make Appu like him. The movie ends when Appu is giving interview, and someone asks why she wanted to become an IAS and she replies because she doesn’t want to become a “housemaid”…

 

What Makes Nil Battey Sannata Worthy of Watching:

Excellent acting by Swara Bhaskar, Pankaj Tripathy and Riya Shukla is not just the only reason to watch this Bollywood film. The movie has some great laughing stuff in the form of “one liners” and some funny Hindi stuff which burst you into laughter. One thing that is commendable about Nil Battey Sannata is that this movie turns out to be a team effort. Every character seems dependent on as well as supplementary to each other. The music too is fine and very “situational“. It takes the movie forward and one never feels that songs are kind of “stumbling blocks” as they often are in Bollywood flicks. For me, I enjoyed the acting of Pankaj Tripathy as the school Principal. He looks exactly like a true “Uttar Pradesh Government Teacher”, of course with no disrespect to UP Government teachers.

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Pankaj Tripathi as UP Government Teacher is an absolute delight to watch…

Nil Battey Sannata Rating & Verdict:

I have rated this film 10 out of 10. Yes, I really feel anything less than 10 would be an injustice to this film’s director as well as cast and crew. The movie set in Agra is a wonderful watch. I would recommend Nil Battey Sannata to anyone who love “low-budget” Bollywood movies. So, forget everything and watch this beautifully directed and wonderfully written  film this weekend.

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