Category Archives: Drama Movies

Helicopter Eela Movie Review

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I enjoyed Helicopter Eela but too much of a good thing..too much acting, too much drama, too bright, too happy.. Just too much! One expects more from Pradeep Sarkar, a little subtlety, a little less wound up energy perhaps.

Drama All The Way

Like the title suggests, a helicoptering parent. Not at all uncommon in India, whether single parent or otherwise, one child or more. Everyday situations, clichés and parent /child dialogues are scripted very well. Riddhi Sen as the tolerant teen deserves a standing ovation while Kajol needs to tone down as her energy seems direction less. The sub plot of why she is a single parent is too weak and leaves you questioning Tota Roy Chowdhury’s intent. The forward thinking Daadi’s support is amazing and acting impressive!

Tolerant Son  Guides Mom

The son teaching the mother to follow her dreams is extremely touching. Neha Dhupia as the over the top dramatics teacher sits well as do the multiple celebrities playing themselves. Flash back to a younger Kajol by 20 years is amazing. Fitter & trimmer than ever before Kajol is a delight, kudos to the stylist. The happy go lucky aspiring musician turning into this hovering dumb mom obsessed with dabbas is too much to digest though.

The college students in class & canteen are too filmy but well rounded with a fair peak into their personal lives. Shown as well balanced young adults who value parental support. The smothering mother story is forgotten for the chase your dream angle leaving the Indian parent right where they began, hovering over the child’s life!

Written By: Shyamala Nawab

 

It’s A Wonderful Life – Movie Review

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Yes! It indeed is a wonderful life.

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In 1946, when cinema was black and white, Frank Capra was capable of showing various colors of life in his movie– It’s a wonderful life.

The story revolves around George Bailey (James Stewart), a benevolent businessmen in a beautiful town — Bedford Falls. George is an illustration of an ordinary man who is honest, happy, courageous, social, kind, and helpful. He sacrifices all his dreams to protect his town and people from evil intentions of the richest man of the town, who is inhumane, selfish, and cunning. He wants to conquer the town and own all the controls.

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George, despite facing turbulence from all directions, always inhesitantly, not only gives moral support to Bedford’s people but also goes beyond his capabilities to help them in difficulties.

Potter, who always fails to break George’s protection shield and rule the town plans a foul play against him which breaks down George completely and compels him to think that his life is worthless, he didn’t achieve anything, and he should end it. This becomes an instance for George, which makes him truly understand his worth and count his achievements.

The story concludes with these heart-touching words that not only helped George to realize his worth but also, I believe the viewers too, and I am not any exception. I liked these words the most.

“Strange, isn’t it?
Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole.”

In the movie full of fun, friendship and romance, the Potter’s existence offended my eyes. But then, I realized how the above quote justifies his presence.

Reviewed by: Pooja Mishra

Sui Dhaaga Movie Review

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Small Indian towns making a come back in a big way with recent Hindi movies showing us more of the rural life. Director Sharat Katariya under the YRF banner brings us the struggle of the artisans with alternate careers when the traditional crafts of the handloom industry die.

More Than Needle & Thread For The Aam Admi 

Varun Dhawan, Mauji, a skilled artist revives the traditional yarn spinning to handloom weaving to fabric dyeing and competes to bring back to fashion that which is truly Indian. It is evident that Varun has put in a lot to get the skills right as you get totally absorbed in the act. His posture and even his walk is so apt for the role. Simplicity with the tag line ‘sab badhiya heh’ with the special Varun charm is Mauji’s USP.


Anushka Sharma as Mamta, Mauji’s wife, is the complacent ‘bahu’ until she witnesses her husband entertaining his bosses’ family which is downright insulting. Mamta in her simple synthetic sarees, bangles and pallu on head realises there has to be dignity in labour and subtly urges Mauji to revive his heritage skills.

However Anushka doesn’t seem to have been overtaken by the role and strangely falls short. Her constant expression is more like a grimace sadly.


Raghuvir Yadav has portrayed the quintessential disgruntled father, all he wants is a steady respectable living for his family. Yamini Dass, the mother wins your heart with her obsession to run her simple home. Her hospitalisation is what sets Mauji on his tailoring business. Namit Das as the con man and Govind Pandey as the brother make their mark.

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What’s impressive is the detailing of simplicity, Mauji’s home, the charpai on the chhat, the achar bottles and even the rubble. The neighbourhood in the outskirts and commute to Delhi for work. The soundtrack is earthy and rustic enough to blend in.  Love how all things Indian are put together for Mauji’s fashion show finale where the artisans themselves walk the ramp to beat the fashion world at their own game!

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Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

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