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Dhanak Movie Review

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“…!

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review

Movie: Mohenjo Daro                          Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                 Language: Hindi

Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review:

When I was told Mohenjo Daro is directed by the man who gave us Swades, Lagaan and Jodha Akbar, my expectations from the film increased many-folds and I ended up watching it today. BIG MISTAKE!

The film is such a disaster that writing the review also feels like a waste of time. The opening scene paints a larger than life picture of the orphaned small town Hero who longs for big city charms. Sounds familiar??? Well, this is just the beginning. The film is the same song and drama that has been done to death in Bollywood. I was shocked to see a Director of Ashutosh Gowariker’s calibre couldn’t give a single creative twist to the age old story. The film partly reminds me of Baahubali and partly of Harry Potter but neither it had the grandeur of the former, nor the magic of the latter.

The only ‘new’ thing about Mohenjo Daro was the backdrop of an ancient civilization. I guess Ashutosh Gowariker got so carried away with the idea of making a film on a unique era that he didn’t focus on the story at all. His only focus seems to be on the historical detailing which also is far from authentic. It is a period film but the characters use modern day abuses, the head gear and dresses of the female lead are very elaborate and revealing, the ancient sets and festivities can beat the modern day rural areas and there clearly hasn’t been made much effort in the language. The characters have weird names, say janawar in place of jaanwar, son in place of sona, sat in place of satya and turantu in place of turant… and that’s where Gowariker’s creativity ends.

I don’t understand why the heroine always get to wear sexy clothes irrespective of the backdrop of the film, how Hero & Heroine romance in public yet the villain staring at them is oblivious to the chemistry, how Heroine rushes to hug Hero in the arena itself after his fight, how Hero gets beaten black and blue in a major fight but comes around and beats his rivals to pulp later, why do the rivals come one by one and not attack the Hero together, even the cannibals seem to keep the discipline. These are extremely silly yet very common scenarios in Bollywood, but one doesn’t expect Ashutosh Gowariker to fall prey to these cheap tactics.

At the end when the Hero wins over the Villain, gets the kingdom and the girl, you feel the torture is finally over but no! The Director wants the Hero to be the saviour of the civilization as well. There is just no end to the heroism of our Hero. Also, there was a huge deal about Chaani being Sindhu Ma ka vardaan or something and that she will save the civilization one day throughout the film, yet all she does is romance the Hero and tell him she has to keep her father’s promise and marry the villain. I kept waiting until the end for this prophecy to come true but seems like the Director got so busy helping the Hero do one super human act after the other that he forgot to tie this loose end.

The only thing that I liked about the film was the song Tu hai. It’s soft and melodious. The performances are mediocre. Pooja Hedge is pretty but she sucks at acting. Nothing else stands out.

My suggestion: Don’t watch even for Hritik Roshan. AVOID!!!

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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

Madaari – Movie Review

Movie: Madaari                                    Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                 Language: Hindi

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Madaari 2016 Movie Review:

The film got many of us intrigued with its trailer. The punch line ‘बाज़ चूज़ पे झपटा.. उठा ले गया, कहानी सच्ची लगती है लेकिन अच्छी नही लगती! बाज़ पे पलट वॉर हुआ कहानी सच्ची नही लगती पर खुदा कसम बहुत अच्छी लगती है!’ got our attention. Add to it Irrfan Khan, a socio-political back drop and the Director (Nishikant Kamant) who gave us Drishyam and you think you have the perfect recipe of a super hit. Only, it fails to reach anywhere close to our expectations.

The story is fairly predictable and constantly reminded of A Wednesday. It keeps going back and forth, which, instead of adding to the experience took away the impact of some intense scenes. Irrfan Khan is the lone shining star of the film. He’s brilliant and his performance stands out in each scene. You really feel sorry for him when he’s sharing his story with the young boy. Sadly, all other actors are mediocre, including Jimmy Shergill. There was so much potential for Jimmy Shergill’s character but he didn’t deliver much.

Besides Irrfan Khan, the only thing I liked in Madaari was the alternate ending. The Director has shown two possible scenarios – one realistic and one idealistic. The unrealistic one is where you really feel you have had enough. No matter how much you want to believe in the system or in the power of the common man, you know there are some things that will never happen, that can never happen. The alternate end is one of those.

Madaari Story-line:

The film seemed to revolve around father son relationships – Irrfan Khan with his son, the old man who’s collecting compensation for his son’s death, Home minister and his kidnapped son. However, the Home Minister didn’t really seem to care much about his son. Even towards the end when he gets to see his kidnapped son, he shows terrible lack of emotions that a normal person would feel under the same circumstances. I also didn’t understand why the Director needed to bring in the element of Mother who left Irrfan Khan and her son but roots for him on social media years later. Why not just show she died or something!

Rating & Verdict:

Overall, Madaari is an average film, there’s no punch, not enough thrill and the takeaway message is also something that has been done many times before, in better ways. With the little time I have for watching films these days it seemed like a waste of time.

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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

 

Kardeşim Benim – Movie Review

Movie – Kardeşim Benim        English Title – My Brother

Release Year –  2016                Country of Origin – Turkey

Language – Turkish      Genre – Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Kardeşim Benim Movie Review:

Kardeşim Benim (My Brother) is a refreshing, youthful and entertaining Turkish film. The film stars Burak Özçivit, Murat Boz and Aslı Enver in lead roles. Released in January – 2016 Kardeşim Benim is already the 2nd most successful Turkish movie this year. Mert Baykal’s direction is cool and Zafer Külünk‘s story is good enough to entertain you. Talking of the acting credentials of the cast Murat Boz and Burak Özçivit have done extremely well as “estranged” brothers.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Aslı Enver as Zeynep too is impressive throughout this comedy drama film. The locations are exotic and the countryside Turkey is charming. Murat Boz himself has sung for the movie and the songs as well as background music score is appealing.

Story-line of the film:

Now, let’s talk about the story of Kardeşim Benim film. Hakan (Burak Özçivit) and Ozan (Murat Boz ) are brothers both of whom are musicians, singer to be precise. Ozan, has made a name for himself in the Turkish Pop world and is a national star. While Hakan’s records have hardly done any business. They both don’t like each other and don’t want to see each other’s face. But, destiny has something else for them.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Due to the death of their father and his unique last wish Ozan and Hakan must travel to a faraway city to “sing together” like the old days they use to sing with their father. In the way they help an unfamiliar girl named Zeynep (Aslı Enver). Over the journey they become friends with each other. But, as the things were looking back to normal for the two brothers Ozan gets a shocking news. His pics are circulating in the media over the course of journey. And, he is threatened by his organizers that if he doesn’t turn up for the “concert” they will sue him.

Kardeşim Benim Pics
Zeynep, Ozan & Hakan enjoying their journey…

Ozan decides to continue the journey despite of it. The twist in the journey comes when they find out that they have a “step sister”. Now, comes the real test of character and relationship for the brothers. Hakan decides to find out the truth while Ozan flies back to Istanbul for his concert after he learns that it was Zeynep (who by that time becomes Hakan’s love interest) who sent his pics to the media. Hakan too is disturb and feels cheated.

The film ends when the step sister Ayşe, needs urgent donor to recover from marrow cancer. Both the brothers come for help and one succeeds. Now, Ozan and Hakan again have a family as well as happiness as they once had.

My Verdict & Rating:

I rated this film 8/10. Kardeşim Benim is a bit different from ordinary Turkish movies. There is youthfulness in the film and the music is really cool. One good aspect was the film was its “unpredictability” the story although not too unique, but still keeps you interested all the way. So, my recommendation is to watch this film to get a taste of Turkish Cinema. I am sure you too will love this Turkish Delight… 🙂

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