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Salt Bridge – Movie Review

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Movie: Salt Bridge                                                                                          Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India, Australia                               Genre: Drama, Comedy

Languages: Hindi (Mainly); Bengali, English (Many Dialogues)


Salt Bridge Movie Storyline

Salt Bridge is not a typical movie that one expects. It has a completely different taste from a normal Indian movie. As you can guess by its name, the movie is based in a small town of Australia.

It is a story of an Indian man who has left his country for a better future abroad. Basant (Rajeev Khandelwal) is a researcher who lives a happy life with his wife Lipi (Usha Jadhav) and a school going son. His life goes on smoothly till he meets Madhurima (Chelsie Preston Crayford), who  gives him driving classes. Madhurima is a married Australian white woman, her husband is an Indian and she speaks and understands a little bit of Hindi.

Soon Basant and Madhurima gets close to each other and their relationship becomes “questionable” to the Indian community living in the town of Salt Bridge. Madhu’s brother-in-law, Shubro, even goes on the extent of beating Basant for having relations with his sister-in-law.

After this incident Madhu stops talking to Basant, he tries many times to clarify himself to her, but she doesn’t reply or meets him. This makes Basant feel very low and he finally after consulting his wife decides to leave the town for Sydney.

A few years pass by and Madhu has a daughter, Basant too is living a happy life again. But, in his heart he still remembers Madhurima and writes his feelings on his Blog (Which is intentionally in Hindi) because she doesn’t know to read the script. One day, Madhurima thinks of searching Basant and comes across his Blog (as now she is well versed in Hindi both reading and speaking).

After reading everything Basant has wrote for her on his Blog she feels very ashamed and gets anxious to meet him and ask forgiveness as well as say sorry to him. She finally meets him in a temple in Sydney and invites him to a celebration party. Basant is back again in Salt Bridge after many years, people have forgotten everything that happened.

In a twist it is revealed in the climax that Basant had a friend or sister (it is not clear but it seems to me that it was a friend) named Madhu in his childhood who died in an accident. Since then, he has been searching for his Madhu whom he finally found in Salt Bridge. Unfortunately, the people took his relation with Madhurima in a different way. The movie ends with Lipi reading a book saying that it was his (Basant’s) story with a few “additional” characters and now he is no more with us.

What To Watch in Salt Bridge Movie

Abhijit Deonath has directed the movie in an extremely compact way and there is nothing that is out of context in this film. Although a drama movie, at many places it has some hilarious punches of comedy. This makes Salt Bridge film a delight to watch for every cinegoer.

The Hindi conversation between Basant and Madhu is surely going to make you laugh. All the cast has performed well, Rajeev Khandelwal is a seasoned actor and he has given is absolute best in this film. For me the big surprise was Chelsie, she has really done an awesome job; her acting as well as body language speaks volume. The movie’s music too is very good and feels nice and soothing to the ears. It has a distinct Bengali flavor to it, which adds to its beauty.

My Rating & Verdict of Salt Bridge Movie

I have rated Salt Bridge movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its “out of the league” story line as well as some seriously good acting by the cast. In my view humor was one of the best parts of this flick. So, if you want to see something serious which is little humorous in its narration then go for this movie.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

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Until Ahmad Returns – Movie Review

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Movie: Until Ahmad Returns 

Original Title: (Ta Amadan Ahmad) تا امدن احمد

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: Iran

Languages: Persian (Mainly) Arabic (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Drama, War, History

Until Ahmad Returns Movie Review –

The movie is based on Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s. Karg Island (also. Khark) is a small island in the Persian Gulf, it was bombarded very heavily by the Iraqi Forces during the 8 year long military conflict between both the countries. Although the movie is based on war, but it tells us the “other side” of war. Director Sadegh Daghighi has really done a commendable job and one can easily say that the movie is well directed. One of the outstanding feature of “Until Ahmad Returns” is its acting and background score. The starting and ending music is really very good and touching. Overall, the cinematography and camera work too is great. The special effects could have been a bit better, but given the other satisfying aspects of “Ta Amadan Ahmad” one can easily forget this small flaw.

I watched this film recently in 8th Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) – 2016. The movie tells the story of a family who are living on this this island that is being bombarded frequently by the Iraqi Forces. The movie starts on a battlefield where two boys (Irani) are trying to help wounded soldiers. Suddenly, a shot is being fired and one boy gets down. Then the scene is shifted to a house where people are celebrating and singing on a marriage function. The marriage is of a girl named Maryam, she is very happy on her marriage except for the fact that her mother is not there in the house. The marriage is interrupted midway when the father tells the guest that he is going to his wife. As he reaches to his wife, who is missing her son “Ahmad” on her daughter’s marriage, he tries to convince her that Ahmad is his brave son and he will return for her sister’s marriage. The old couple starts moving towards their house. As they reach suddenly fighter jets starts bombing the island’s oil refineries. The marriage is called off and Maryam’s happiness is gone.

Later on, the father finds a wounded man (wearing Iranian Military Uniform) and thinking of helping him he takes the man to his home. This strange man don’t speak to anyone and just looks with empty eyes. Ahmad’s mother thinks him as her son’s friend and always keeps asking him when will Ahmad return? But, he never speaks a word. The film takes another turn when the Maryam’s groom abandons her because he thinks that she is having an affair with that wounded soldier. The biggest twist in the movie comes when some people caught the “wounded soldier” (who is now recovered) stealing a small boat and they returned him to Ahmad’s family, because he was their guest. The father is agitated and asks the man to speak and finally, the soldier breaks his silence and speaks… He tells them that he is an Iraqi soldier and to save himself from being captured, he took away Ahmad’s clothes after he was dead on the battlefield. Everything stops for Ahmad’s family and they decided to send him away from where he came from. As the soldier was going back on a boat in the sea, again the Iraqi planes bombarded the island. In the last scene, the soldier is shown helping the people after the bombardment. His heart might have changed and he could have stayed there….

What To See In Until Ahmad Returns –

This movie shows human emotions at the time of war, and it also tells us that no matter how bad we become there’s still humanity left in all of us.  The pain of Ahmad’s mother and father is very evident and Maryam’s trouble too is very well portrayed. The acting of all the cast is really of high quality as one associates with Irani films. In my view, if you are looking to see something serious and sad then this movie is for you. You will enjoy the human emotions and relations shown in this movie.

My Rating of Until Ahmad Returns –

I gave this film 9/10, mainly because of the direction and good quality acting. The story too is engaging enough.

 

Image Credit: Press TV. (Iran)

 

The Eagle – Movie Review

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Movie: The Eagle

Year: 2011

Country of Origin: USA

Languages: English (Mainly), Gaelic Scottish (Few places)

Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure, History

The Eagle Movie Review:

After watching this movie, I have only one thing in mind, what if this could have been a little better? I am sure it would have become one of the top movies based on ROMAN EMPIRE. The Ninth Legion of the Roman Army has attracted considerable amount of interest from scholars as well as history lovers all across the planet. This movie too based on a Novel, talks about the lost EAGLE of the Ninth Legion in 2nd century A.D. Kevin Macdonald has really given us a treat to watch. For me and I am sure for those too who will watch this movie and who have watched already there is one “outstanding feature” of the movie to like. The music and background score of The Eagle is really “exceptional”.

Mr. Atli Örvarsson has given some great background scores in his career, but this one is really one of the best, if not the best he has ever composed. The music really feels like an integrated part of this movie and gives you an awesome feel about the movie. Now coming to the story line of this film, it tells the story of a man named Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) whose only aim in life is to bring back his family honor. Marcus’s father was leading the Ninth Legion which disappeared few years back along with the priced golden Eagle of the Roman Empire. The Eagle holds a very strong significance to the Empire and finding it back is something that will make the finder immortal in the history of Roman Empire. Marcus asks to be posted in Britannia and his wish is being granted, but soon after reaching Britain he is “severely” wounded in a raid by local people.


Marcus is then shifted to a distant place to his uncle played by Donald Sutherland. After few days he receives the news from Rome that due to his injury he is being discharged from this duty, upon hearing this news Marcus is shattered and here his journey for the Lost Eagle starts. He saves the life of a British slave named Esca (Jamie Bell) who later on becomes his partner in the quest for the Lost Eagle. The movie starts with a lot of promise and in the first 20 minutes you get the feel that it’s really going on to be an absolute masterpiece to watch, but as the movie progresses it losses its charm. It becomes a man’s quest to bring his family honor back. In the quest he is accompanied by a slave named Esca. The ever-changing relationship between these two characters is really worthy of watching. The movie also has some wonderful fighting scenes that are choreographed very well. In the end, I would say this is a good movie to watch, but after watching it you be left with a feeling of anxiety that it could be made better.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum): He has looked good all through the movie, at times you feels that he is trying to give more than he is capable of. But, overall he has done justice to this character and his body language as well as dialogue delivery is appreciable. I have not seen many movies of Channing so can’t compare him with any of his other roles.

Esca (Jamie Bell): Jamie as Esca is the surprise package of The Eagle. He enters the movie in the 28-29th minute, but soon becomes an important part of it. Jamie has really performed the part of a slave as well as master (when he crosses Hadrian’s Wall) perfectly. I am really liked his acting and body language. His expressions are really good.

My Rating of The Movie:

I rated this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that I really liked the music of this movie, at few places it is really breath-taking. The Eagle also has some nice fighting as well as emotional scenes. In addition to the lead characters, others too have given a fine performance in the movie. Specially, Mark Strong, Donald Sutherland and Tahar Rahim. Overall, this movie deserves this rating.

My Verdict of The Eagle:

Keeping this movie’s “Historical Integrity” aside, I liked the movie very much and enjoyed every minute of it. I normally like movies based on History so I can be a little biased when reviewing movies like this. Having said this, I would recommend this movie to anyone who is fond of adventure, history and drama based movies. Once you will start watching The Eagle you will surely watch it till the end. Just one advice don’t think after watching that all that is being shown is actually happened in History. Because History over a period of time keeps on changing from what it “really” was when it actually happened.

 

Image Credit: IMDB

 

Chup Chup Ke – Movie Review

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Movie: Chup Chup Ke

Year: 2006

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Mainly) (Some Gujarati, Bengali & English)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chup Chup Ke Movie Review:

A fantastic movie requires a good story-line, excellent camera work, wonderful dialogues, and some amazing acting by the cast. With Chup Chup Ke you get all these things in a single package of just over 160 minutes. The movie has all the masala and magic that you associate with good Bollywood films. It has a huge star cast to be specific it is a “multi-starrer” movie that is very common in Bollywood. It was released in 2006 almost a decade ago from today. But, having seen it 4th time last night I couldn’t control but write a review of it. There is a very simple and straight forward story-line that is well supplemented by the music and songs. For me, the thing that makes this movie stand out from others is its dialogues and the excellent acting by the characters. Priyadarshan has a reputation of making good comedy movies in India. And in Chup Chup Ke he has once again given us a reason to feel happy after watching a movie.

All the characters of this movie are very interesting and they have given their best onscreen. The moment you will start watching this movie you will fall in love with the characters and enjoy their journey throughout the movie. The characters of Gundya & Bandya are the heartbeats of this movie. Without them the movie would be very dull. Now coming to the story-line Chup Chup Ke portrays the story of a young man named Jeetu Prasad Sharma (Shahid Kapoor) who has a lot of debt over him, 1.39 million Rupees to be precise. After Jeetu fails to resolve his debt crisis he decides to commit suicide, but destiny has something else for him. He is found by a fisherman (Bandya) who along with his master Gundya tries to use Jeet for extracting money because they think that Jeet is a rich guy. Jeet after coming back to consciousness in hospital plays a smart move by pretending himslef as a “deaf & dumb” man. Meanwhile, Gundya too has his own issues related to debt and needs his “fishing ship” back from Prabhat Singh Chauhan (Om Puri) a rich Gujarati business man/money-lender. To resolve his problem Gundya leaves Jeet and Bandya as “security” to Prabhat Singh Chauhan till he gives all his money back. From here starts a series of comic events as well as some drama in the life of Jeet. To learn more about it, I am leaving it here and urging you too see the movie yourself. One thing is assured that you won’t be disappointed after watching this film.

My Favorite Characters:

Paresh Rawal as Gundya – He is just awesome and hilarious at times. Some wonderful dialogues by him would leave you laughing on your couches. Paresh Rawal has a reputation of giving some awesome comic performances and he lives up to his reputation in this film also.

Rajpal Yadav as Bandya – Rajpal Yadav has established himself as a great comedy actor with wonderful acting skills and they are on full display in this film. His acting, dialogue delivery is superbly supported by his awesome face expressions that made me laugh again and again. He has definitely given one of his best performance in Chup Chup Ke.

My Rating of Chup Chup Ke:

I rated this movie 10 on 10 and the reason is obvious, it’s a great family entertainer that you can enjoy easily with your family as well as friends. The movie has no cheap or double meaning comic script rather has interesting and clean comedy. The songs are good and you must listen to the full album of this film here.

My Verdict of The Movie:

If you want to see a family movie that has comedy, romance, drama as well as good music then Chup Chup Ke is a must watch for you. You will enjoy the movie from the start till the end of it. The movie also gives a good message of love and humanity that we all need irrespective of our lingual and regional differences. 

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