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Patriotic Movies Based on Real Life Events

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For the past few days, I was looking to watch some good movies based on real events. As a result, I ended up watching about half a dozen of them. Since many of them had a patriotic theme, an idea came to my mind; I thought of writing an article on “Patriotic Movies Based on Real Life Events”.

So, I selected three movies – Parmanu, Airlift and Madras Café. The reason I chose these three movies is that they all are very different from each other, covering various perspectives of patriotism.

  1. Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran: Starring John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani in lead roles, the movie tells the story and struggle of how Indian became a nuclear-armed state in the late 1990s. Parmanu ticks all the attributes of what a good cinema should be. John looks incredibly authoritative and dashing in his role. Boman Irani as the Secretary to the PM of India is at his usual best. However, the surprise package for me is Diana Penty’s acting, which is commendable as I have only seen her in glam roles till now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would give the movie 8/10 and recommend all cinema lovers to    watch it at least once.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  2. Airlift: Released in 2016, Airlift stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in lead roles. The movie is set in the 1990s and tells us the story of the 1990 airlift of Indians from Kuwait during the Gulf War. Akshay plays a successful businessman based out of Kuwait, who helps in rescuing 1,70,000 Indians stranded in that country during the war.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The movie was a huge success at the Box Office and the acting of the entire cast is praised by critics as well as cinema lovers. The music, screenplay and direction were highly praised too. I would give it a 7/10.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  3. Madras Café: It is a unique film in the context that it came in 2013, about 27 years after India’s intervention in Sri Lanka’s civil war. A political thriller revolving around the assassination of our former PM, Rajiv Gandhi, the film handles an incredibly sensitive topic with care. Credit must be given to Shoojit Sircar for portraying such a topic in a respectful yet gripping manner on the big screen. All the actors have done really well in the movie. In fact, in my view, Madras Café is John Abraham’s best movie so far.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The movie has done well at the box office and is widely acclaimed by the critics for its story and direction. I would give it a perfect 8/10 and recommend you all to watch it for sure.                                      

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     Written by: Absar Ahmad

Stree Movie Review

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Guffaw, Chortle or Scream in terror! Funny or frightened, almost pee your pants either way.

No one told Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee that it’s a horror movie. The trio are clever, witty and the accent of their attempt at Hinglish keeps you in splits. The friends are in awe of not just girls, they know their designers and music too. They try to be ‘Madrone’ and debunk the myth of bhoot, pret and chudails only to be dragged into it feet first, no pun!

The witch hunt is lifted from multiple plots yet keeps you hooked. Pankaj Tripathi cracks you up as the keeper of the town secrets and books. Glamorous Shraddha Kapoor looks out of place in the small town, but you can’t decide if she is the hunted or hunter and all you want at the end of the movie is to know her name. Which you will surely watch the sequel to learn.

It’s bold to make a movie on the age old beliefs of ghosts and making you laugh is just acing it. The four songs barely interrupt the story-line but after showing a sleazy item number, the burst of feminism in the second half doesn’t gel. The man hungry spirit takes away men but doesn’t harm them. You almost want to tell the ghost to go ahead and seek her revenge or guide her how to. The story weakens though and you want to know if the spirit wants love, respect, revenge or sex.

It’s so clichéd to show the spirit looking haggard, skeletons and scary..a pretty flying ghost with sparkles would have done the trick like in another movie where she rises from the past in Urban India.

The temple, historical town, cobbled streets and the ruins of Chanderi makes you want to mark it for your next holiday. Chanderi is mesmerizing!  Stree..a movie not to be missed, especially if you like to lol and be spooked too!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Race 3 Movie Review

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Race 3 Movie Review:

Edited.. This is my opinion with no offence to the fans or the millions of rupees put into this project. Also, the connection to the previous two movies (Race – 2008 & Race 2 – 2013) is only by name.

Race 3.. Looked for a good review and had to waste two & half hours to discover why I didn’t find one!

‘Ghisa Pita’ themes from many ‘bakwas’ movies rolled into this one! Family, backstabbing friends, heists, drugs, arms & the best locales couldn’t help this movie. None of the songs are worth even remembering to post here except for the third time over ‘Allah Duhai Heh’.

Race 3 Acting & Costume:

Both the female leads are glamorous and beautiful, but their clothes don’t seem to fit well. It’s like many designers tried and failed. Daisy Shah has a feisty role and gives Jacqueline Fernandez quite a ‘takkar’ until the horridly filmed scene a la womens WWE. Salman Khan’s Superman meets Batman costume doesn’t even elicit a ‘ooh’ as no state of the art digital effects have been applied to make the flying scenes seem real. Saqib Saleem deserves praise for holding his own with the stars.. Bobby Deol in his new buff avatar.. Anil Kapoor who just looks younger every time versus Salman Khan who seems to age faster than even the calender!

I salute anyone who has liked the movie if they can explain why though.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review

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Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi Movie Review:

You watch a sequel with expectations.. Best not to with this one as though it holds its own & cracks you up for a bit.. It’s not as smooth as the prequel (Happy Bhaag Jayegi).

Though she was present in this one, I still missed Diana Penty and the Abhay Deol charm from the prequel.

Sonakshi Sinha as the punjabi kudi almost steals the show with her one liners and dance moves but not quite. She is unable to keep pace. Would have loved to hear a little more technical gyaan from a horticulturist though.

Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra’s timing is bang on as is their Indo-Pak comic banter.

Jassi Gill’s good looks are obvious even through his pagdi and beard. Introducing him as a loser and bad karaoke singer was so not needed.

Diana Penty and Ali Fazal hardly have a role, except as a connection to the prequel.

Fa Q, Adnan Chow, and Chang are Hindi speaking Chinese characters who only brought the movie down. Most of the Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi movie is in China and typically makes fun of their police/prison system in bad taste.

The whole kidnapping and mix up is due to the common name the two girls share. The plot which is a roundabout chase to reach the Pakistani politician’s son is so far fetched that it leaves you wondering where the story began.

You leave the theater having laughed, but the joke is on us, as its obvious we have such little choice in good cinema, especially the comedy genre in our Hindi film industry.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab