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Bangistan Review

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Movie – Bangistan

Release Year –  2015

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Languages – Hindustani (Urdu+Hindi), Polish & English (Few Dialogues)

Genre – Comedy

Bangistan Review:

I am sure by now everyone must have either seen or decided not to see Bangistan at all. And, the reason is obvious Bangistan is a small budget film that even failed to match its budget. The critics have literally abused Bangistan everywhere. People have made fun of Karan Anshuman’s “unique effort”.

But, if you trust me then Bangistan is not that bad a movie. It is a kind of “social experimental” in nature that awfully fails to create any impact on the society. The reason is quite simple to understand. This film has “exaggeration” everywhere in the script. The fact that it stars Ritiesh Deshmukh ( Hafeez Bin Ali/Ishwarchand Sharma) & Pulkit Samrat (Praveen Chaturvedi/Allah Rakha Khan) doesn’t help the cause either.

Story-line & Plot:

The movie is about a region called Bangistan that’s divided between North (Muslim Majority) & South (Hindu Majority). It is a satire on “fundamentalism” that exists in ample form in our present society. There is a conference in Karakow, Poland. The two religious leaders of North & South Bangistan decides to give a message of peace for the people of their country.

But, some people are not happy with their motive of peace. Al Kaam-Tamaam (North Bangistan) and Maa Ka Dal of (South Bnagistan) decides to send their “suicide bombers” to the conference. Hafeez Bin Ali a Muslim, disguises as Ishwarchand Sharma and Praveen Chaturvedi a Hindu, turns himself into Allah Rakha Khan.

Coincidently, they both stay at the same place in Karakow. Gradually, both explore the truth” about their respective religions from each other. Suddenly, there is a change of heart for Hafeez Bin Ali and he decides to stop Praveen.

My Rating & Verdict:

I rated Bangistan 7/10, and felt that it was a good effort by Karan Anshuman. But, it lacked maturity in narration as well as direction. Karan has dealt with a very sensitive topic of “Hindu-Muslim” in a comic way. And, I feel this is the reason it doesn’t go down well with viewers. The story too is light and hardly feels intriguing enough.

Anyways, if you have some free time and nothing worthy of watching. Then at least give Bangistan a chance. May be you will understand the lesson behind the satire which unfortunately most people didn’t…

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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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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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Vicky Donor – Movie Review

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Movie: Vicky Donor

Year: 2012

Country of Origin: India (Hindi, Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi & Punjabi (Mainly), English (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Social, Drama

Vicky Donor Review:

Almost 4 years after Vicky Donor was released, I finally watched it last night. Very unexpectedly, I am really impressed by the film and the unique story-line that it is based on. Vicky Donor deals with a very delicate as well as taboo topic in Indian society “sperm donation”. Dr. Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor) is a fertility specialist who runs his clinic as well as a sperm bank in Delhi. He is facing trouble in his profession as the demand for “good quality” sperm is quite high and he is unable to find any good “donors”. One Day while drinking tea in his balcony Dr. Baldev sees how a young guy makes a fool of people and sells his dog to a family. He gets impressed that guy and tries to get his details. The guy in question is our lead character and the hero of the film named Vicky Arora. Vicky lives with his mother (a widow) grandmother. His mother runs a beauty parlor and makes good money. Her only worry is her son Vicky who is not earning anything and even not interested in joining his uncle’s shop. Vicky has his own dreams of working in a good profession and in a big company. After noticing for few days that he is being “stalked” by this old man Vicky gets frustrated and asked Dr. Baldev who is he and what he wants from him. Dr. Baldev asks him to accompany him in his car and tells him about what he needs from him. But, Vicky upon hearing his offer of becoming a “sperm donor” is completely amazed that this kind of work can be done for money. He leaves Dr. Baldev and asks him not to see him again. But, Dr. Baldev does a bit of his research on Vicky’s background and finds out that he is from Aryan ancestry and is the perfect man for him to become a donor. One day he visits Vicky’s house and meets  he meets him. But Vicky again asks him to leave him alone and tells that he is not interested in his offer. After few days Vicky shows up at Dr. Baldev’s clinic and asks him that he is ready to do the work. After this Vicky becomes a regular sperm donor for Dr. Baldev and they both make a lot of money from it.

One day Vicky goes to a bank for opening an account and meets a Bengali girl there named Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam). He fell for this girl and soon their romance develops into love and they decide to marry. But, Ashima has secret in her life which she shares with Vicky and that is she is a divorcee. Vicky is not stunned at all after hearing this and asks her that he still wants to marry her without any issue. They belong to different social backgrounds and initially their families citing the reason of “incompatibility” does not agree to their decision. But, seeing  that they both are firm in their decision both the families meet each other and Vicky and Ashima gets happily married. Vicky stops sperm donation after marriage and it makes Dr. Baldev sad but by now he has made enough money to survive without Vicky. A storm comes in Vicky’s married life when he hears the news that Ashima has some medical issue and she can’t become mother. Viky is totally lost but he still cares for his wife. One night Vicky tells Ashima about his past and also tells that he stopped it after marriage. Ashima shouts at him for being cheap and keeping her in darkness.

She takes her stuff and leaves for Kolkata to her father. Police raids Vicky’s house one day and finds lots of money in cash and takes him into custody. Dr. Baldev comes to his rescue and gives his bail. Everyone in the society comes to know about Vicky’s reality even his mother is angry with him. Vicky tells Dr. Baldev that although he has become father so many times technically via sperm donation, but in real life he can’t have his own children because of Ashima’s medical issue. Dr. Baldev’s heart is filled for remorse for Vicky and he decides in his mind that he will give back Vicky his Ashima and a respectful life again. Dr. Baldev arranges a function at his guest house and just asks Vicky to bring Ashima also. Finally, in the party Dr. Baldev shows Ashima that all the families who have come here once were as hopeless as she is now but because of Vicky’s sperm donation they now have children and are living a happy life. Ashima feels very excited as well as happy to know that all these children are of Vicky.

Later on, after the function Dr. Baldev takes them to an orphanage and tells them that one of Vicky’s child is now orphan as her parents died in a car accident. Ashima feels very happy to see the child and they adopts her. The movie ends when Vicky again receives a call one day from Dr. Baldev about one client and Vicky agrees to him after Ashima nods her head in “YES”.

What To Watch In Vicky Donor:

Before talking good things about this movie I would love to write about few drawbacks of Vicky Donor. Although the story is unique and is presented in a very funny and amusing way still at some places you feel as if things are happening in a very unnatural and mechanical way. In my view a good film is one in which you feel that story is very compact and goes along smoothly without any jerks. In Vicky Donor in the first half the story slowly builds up with few obstructions and one feels a little distracted. Dr. Baldev is seen running behing a guy who is not at all interested in the work. You get the feeling as if Vicky is the last man on earth. But, in the second half the movie goes very well and ends on a happy and thought-provoking note. Coming to the direction and cinematography both are excellent. The music is soothing, melodious and to be remembered forever. Below is my favorite song of the movie titled “Pani da Rang” (The Color of Water) sung by Ayushmann Khurrana himself.

Coming to acting Ayushmann Khurrana and Annu Kapoor have done a great job in the film. Ayushmann’s emotions and funny dialogues will make you fall in love with his character of Vicky. It never feels for a single moment that Vicky Donor is Ayushmann’s debut film. He is full of confidence and at his usual best like he is on small screen. Yami Gautam too has done a decent job and she is looking very beautiful in the film as is expected from her. The chemistry between her and Ayushmann is worth seeing. Overall, all the cast of Vicky Donor has performed very good.

My Verdict And Rating Of Vicky Donor:

I have rated Vicky Donor 9 out of 10 because of the way it dealt with a sophisticate topic. Shoojit Sircar has directed the film beautifully and it turned out to be a nice to watch romantic comedy. If you are looking for a nice and refreshing movie then Vicky Donor is a must watch for you. Although it will seem a normal romantic comedy film, but there is an important underlying social message in the movie. All in all it’s a must watch movie for any cinema lover.

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