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Na Maloom Afraad – A Movie Review

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Movie: Na Maloom Afraad                                     English Title: (Unidentified Persons)

Language: Urdu (Few Dialogues in English)        Genre: Comedy, Thriller

Release Year: 2014                                                Country: Pakistan (Lollywood)                     

 

Na Maloom Afraad Movie Review:

As I mentioned in one of my earlier reviews that in the last 2-3 years. Pakistani cinema industry (Lollywood) is going through a ‘revival phase’. Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad (Unidentified Persons) too is a product of this revival.

Na Maloom Afraad features an ensemble cast consisting of heavyweights like Javed Sheikh and  Fahad Mustafa. The film is basically a comedy drama affair that holds your attention from  the very first scene till the last one. Story might not be a great one, but it draws attention to the deteriorating law and order situation in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi.

There are dialogues that have sarcasm in them. And , one feels the gravity of the situation. Mehwish Hayat’s item number ‘Billi’ (Cat) is fine, but not memorable. Overall, the movies has some good music and cinematography is fine too.

STORY LINE:

The film is about the lives of three people coming from diverse backgrounds. But destiny makes them work together and stand for each other. Shakeel (Javed Sheikh) is a middle age govt clerk. All he has is his wife and younger sister Naina (Urwa Hocane). His world is turned upside down when he learns that the urban development authority has taken a decision to raze his house and build a flyover there. Being a middle class and honest person a family house is all that Shakeel have.

Moon (Mohsin Abbas Haider) is a clever and smart guy wishing to migrate to Dubai. But, he couldn’t make it farther than Karachi. Here he ends up working in a Karachi  electricity board’s call centre. But, this is not the real issue with him. His main problem is a ‘Bhai’ (Term used for Goons in Indian Sub-continent) from whom he has taken lakhs (millions) of money and now can’t payback.

Then there is a guy called Farhan (Fahad Mustafa) , a sales representative by profession earning a meagre 8K per month. Farhan lives as a tenant in Shakeel’s house and allegedly is in love with Naina. He doesn’t have a single problem, but an array of issues tormenting his life. He has lost his job, he will lose his rental room too and more importantly his love of life Naina.

So, how these 3 gentlemen will settle their life amidst the troubles they are facing?

Finally, they make a plan to set a bank on fire during routine riots in Karachi. But before setting a bank on fire they must have their lockers in it.

Will Shakeel be able to save his paternal house? Will Farhan get a job and marry Naina? Will Moon ever be able to go Dubai? Well, they may or they may not.

Watch “Na Maloom Afraad” and you will know it. I am not going to spoil the fun for you.

My Rating And Verdict:

For this film, I too will go by the consensus as Na Maloom Afraad has a rating of 7.9 on IMDB. I have rated it a bit high at 9/10. The film is a bit lengthy with almost 2.5 hours. But, I am sure you will not get bored at any stage. Plus, there are few twists and turns that any cinema lover will love to watch. Not to mention it offers a fair bit of laughing stuff too. So, go and watch this one…

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Pink Movie Review

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Movie: Pink                                                  Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Language: Hindi

Genre: Social, Drama, Thriller

Pink Movie Review:

Pink is not a movie, it’s a slice of life for thousands of working women in Delhi. Not everyone faces the exact same situation, but most know it can very well be them.

I remember during my first job a colleague’s boyfriend got into a scuffle with a stranger who misbehaved with my colleague. Punches were exchanged and the stranger got a little hurt. Next day when my scared colleague narrated the incident our boss, a middle aged Delhite who clearly had more experience than us freshers commented that it was a foolish thing to do. She said in Delhi you don’t know who’s connected to whom and my colleague should pray that the roadside romeo wasn’t a nephew of an MLA or a Minister.

Thankfully, she never saw him again. Years later when my husband and I went to get an FIR filed for a small theft at home the SHO very cordially refused to do that. The SHO who Meenal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) goes to in the film had the same attitude as the inspector we dealt with. At all my places of work I have had colleagues from the North East and I first hand know of the ‘special’ treatment they get from all and sundry just for being who they are.

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Pink Bollywood Film 2016

For these reasons and more Pink doesn’t come across as a film. The incidents are close to life, the horror is palpable and when the girls are threatened your skin literally crawls in fear of what’s going to happen next.

The film grips you from the very first scene and keeps you on the edge until the end. I liked the way the details are not spelled out for the audience in the beginning but is pieced together as the film progresses, and only shown during the end credits.

Why to Watch Pink Movie?

Performances are stellar. The 3 girls are so natural with their expressions and gestures they don’t seem to be acting at all. I’m sure all women can identify a little with Meenal, Falak and Andrea. We can relate with the bold and aggressive Meenal who refuses to bow down to the goons on phone but as soon as the call disconnects runs to the safety of her home. We see a little of ourselves in Falak (Kirti Kulhari) who is mature and composed but loses her cool when provoked beyond her limits. Everyone of us who has ever known a girl from North East knows how true Andrea is when she says she’s harassed more than average girls only because of her place of origin.

The boys have acted very well too. One of them seriously gave me the creeps every time he said something about teaching the girls a lesson.

Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant and dominates the second half. His arguments in court are fantastic and spot on. However, I didn’t quite get the significance of him wearing a mask and watching over the girls in the beginning. I also couldn’t understand the significance of bringing his ailing wife in the picture.

The support cast is fantastic. The judge, other lawyer and woman SHO have all given realistic performances. I especially enjoyed Amitabh Bachchan cross questioning the SHO.

One must credit the director (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury) for giving attention to detail – the tattoo Meenal sports, the modest unsophisticated courtroom, the jail cell with wet floor – all add to the flavor of the film.

Pink Movie Verdict:

The film is a tight slap on the faces of all those men who think like Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and his friends. It conveys the message loud and clear and as one of my friends said this kind of films need to be released every weekend instead of the trash we see in halls ever so often. The whole team of Pink needs a standing ovation for their outstanding work. In fact I feel the film should be made tax-free for the strong social message it gives.

A must watch for each and every man and woman.

 

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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

Spectre – Movie Review

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Movie: Spectre

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English

Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure

Rating:

7.2/10 IMDb

64% Rotten Tomatoes

Spectre Movie Review:

Much was expected from Spectre once the trailer was out there. But, after seeing the movie I can conveniently say it was not up to the standards of the previous Bond flicks. The good thing about this movie was its action and background score/music. The start is really good and I liked the song “Writing’s on the Wall“. It is beautifully presented and very well choreographed. After seeing this nice start and a pretty decent trailer one would be expecting a lot from this movie. And here is all goes the other way. The whole movie only revolves around Daniel Craig (007 Mr. James Bond) and all other characters are just there to give a supporting cast to the movie. Monica Belucci, who at 50 became the oldest bond girl made a small cameo and you never understand even why that was required? Dave Bautista is there to show his physical strength as he does in WWE. It seems as the writers really struggled to give proper roles to all the characters. Léa Seydoux is cast as the “New Bond Girl” in terms of acting she has given her best, but to be honest there wasn’t much for her to do in the movie. Even Ralph Fiennes as the new “M” of MI6 has only a limited role to play in this movie. Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) is the main villain in this movie who is finally caught by 007, but he didn’t kill him.

Talking about the story line, the movie starts with Daniel Craig being in Mexico on a mission (an unofficial one). He kills a person there named Marco Sciarra and takes a ring out of his finger that later on leads 007 to an international sinister organisation (SPECTRE) which is trying to convince the Security Agencies of major countries to work in collaboration to develop a network through which information about every human being on this planet can be extracted. From Mexico Bond returns to England where he finds out that the “00” program is under threat of being dismissed by the home ministry. The “M” is under tremendous pressure to follow the new system which has come to place after the merging of MI5 & MI6. The person heading this new setup called C (Max Denbigh) is actually an ally of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The rest you people need to find out yourself by seeing the movie that how Mr. Bond dismantle “SPECTRE” while saving his love interest. Throughout his hunt to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007 is assisted by Eve Moneypenny and Q. The character of Q is of comical “technology geek” and Ben Whishaw has portrayed it extremely well.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Daniel Craig (James Bond/Agent 007): Well, if we put aside the story line and the weak plot of the movie, we can easily say that Daniel Craig has given his best in this movie. His acting is as usual very good and he is looking handsome in this movie as he was in precious Bond movies (whom he was a part of). The only place where he was overshadowed by someone in the movie is when Dave Bautista beats him in the train. But, there too he manages to defeat Bautista by throwing him out of the moving train with the help of Dr. Swann.

Léa Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann): This is the first time I watched Léa, and to be honest I am impressed by her acting skills as well as her body language. She has really carried herself well in the movie and her character though (small) has an impact on the movie. 

My Rating of The Movie: 

Although I didn’t like the story line much but, because of its music and good camerawork and graphics used in Spectre I am rating it 7 out of 10. The movie has some really good music and fighting scenes that makes it a one time watch. Overall Sam Mendes may have disappointed us, but he has managed to give a movie which will do well irrespective of many flaws in the plot and story line.

My Verdict of The Movie:

If you are a Bond movie fan then this movie too will definitely appeal your senses. You will see some good action and drama in it. Having knowledge of previous Bond movies is very much required to watch this movie as on many occasions characters appear in the movie who have connection to the past Bond movies especially the last two Bond movie i.e. Skyfall and Quantum of Solace. Overall, if you are on a free weekend with nothing to do and wanting to watch something this might entertain you with its “Bond Appeal”.

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Angels & Demons – Movie Review

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Movie: Angels & Demons

Year: 2009

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English (Mostly) German, Italian and Latin (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating:

6.7/10 – IMDb    37% – Rotten Tomatoes   48% Metacritic

Angels & Demons Review:

I watched Angels & Demons twice only then I was able to understand it in full to be able to write a review of it. One of the major reasons for me to watch this movie was none other than Mr. Tom Hanks. Off late, I have become a huge admirer of his acting and really appreciate his movies. Now coming to the review of Angels & Demons, the movie is based on Dan Brown‘s novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed by Ron Howard. The movie starts with the current Pope being dead and the conclave is taking place in Vatican City to choose the new pope. In the meantime the Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor) assumes the temporary control of the Vatican.

The Vatican is suddenly under threat from  an old enemy “The Illuminati“. The four “preferiti” have been abducted from Vatican City and the Illuminati gives the threat of executing all four of them hour after hour and also blowing up the Vatican City. Keeping in mind the gravity of the situation the Vatican looks to handle this situation and is eventually forced to call for an old critic of the Church, symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) from Harvard University to solve the mystery surrounding the abduction and killing of Father Silvano Bentivoglio (Carmen Argenziano) {Under whose watchful eyes  Dr. Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) was doing research on getting the “Antimatter“}. Now Robert Langdon along with Dr. Vittoria starts his search to track the Illuminati as well as its plan to blow up the Vatican. After that whatever happen is worthy of watching. The plot builds up really well and at every moment you feel glued to the “adventure” of Robert Langdon. The acting in the movie is of top quality and there’s nothing you can complain about this aspect of the movie.

For me other than the acting and storyline one outstanding thing about Angels & Demons was its music/background score. It is just awesome and the credit goes to Hans Zimmer (who for me he is perhaps the best music composer of all time in this world). The music is very engaging and it gives strength to the story line. Now coming to the end of the movie, the end is really very thrilling and exciting. One will not be disappointed at all after watching this movie. I am also not telling the end of this movie here as I want you to figure it out yourself…about who the “Illuminati” was and how did Robert Langdon and Dr. Vittoria figured out this mystery. Overall thumbs up to Ron Howard for making this wonderful movie.

My Favorite Characters of Angels & Demons:

Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon): After so many years in the business, Tom Hanks has become a brand of his  own and in this film too he has delivered his best shot again. His acting and expressions are really commendable. If you are a Tom Hanks fan then this is one for you to watch out. Tom has carried his performance where he left in The Da Vinci Code.

Ewan McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna): Well, Mr McGregor is the dark horse of this movie. He has given a fabulous performance as Patrick McKenna. I can’t think of anyone else in his place after watching this movie. His character is important from the start of the movie but, it is in the last 15 mins that his true face is revealed and here the surprise element comes on for the viewer. I would rate his performance on par with Tom Hanks in this movie and when you are comparing someone with Tom Hanks then they must have done something to be compared.

The other cast including Aylet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, and Armin Mueller-Stahl have also performed excellently and are great to watch in this mystery thriller. 

My Rating of The Movie:

I have rated Angels & Demons 9 out of 10. The reason is obvious a great star cast, wonderful music and an exciting plot. From the start to the last scene I couldn’t divert my attention anywhere, it was such a nice movie. By the way had I missed any scene I wouldn’t be writing a review about it, as it is a very intriguing movie that demands your presence of mind to understand it. May be this is the reason I watched it twice as on first time I was not that attentive. 

My Verdict of The Movie:

It is very simple if you have already watched The Da Vinci Code then you must watch this one too, I am sure you will like it. And, if you have not watched The Da Vinci Code then also watch it as you can always watch The Da Vinci Code later on. If you are a Tom Hanks fan or you like mystery thriller movies then Angels & Demons is definitely worthy of your time.

 

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