Ghoul – Review

Ghoul – Netflix Mini Series – Review

Ghoul is a landmark in TV series, especially being the second Netflix original from India. This has definitely set high standards for any other serial/series that follows, in the horror genre. Boldly blending Military, Terrorism, and Patriotism with the para normal that ends up convincing even the non believer in Ghouls.

Ghoul Acting and Fear:

Radhika Apte as a Military Interrogator has excelled herself, except for the accent which could have been fine tuned. Manav Kaul as the Colonel has proved his versatility yet again and has emoted beautifully. Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, the ruthless arrogant Major deserves applause. Mahesh Balraj in the title role is so good that you would rather not remember him at all.

The prison cells, costumes, music, as well as lighting complements the dread and trepidation well. The three episode mini series is just long enough to make you wish for the horrors to end before it gets predictable and repetitive. As symbols go, the symbol to call the Ghoul does seem a little weak though gory and drawn in blood as the folklore demands.

An expose of false patriotism taken to the next level like never before!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Race 3 Movie Review

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

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

Kaalakaandi Movie Review

Kaalakaandi Movie Review:

Curious Title..Brilliant Saif Ali Khan!
Kaalakaandi is a bold movie showing three lives. Peddlers, users, & those caught in between.

Peddlers Deepak Dobriyal & Vijay Raaz plot to cheat their boss while sharing an insight into their eventless lives. We are shown the false lifestyle of the drug lords and mafia, their ego and their ruthless killings.

Seeing TV star & VJ Shenaz Treasurywala on screen after a long time. She is a delight as a user & has portrayed the role of a rich bitch very well.

Sobhita Dhulipala as her friend and someone caught up in a rave party raid has clear cut priorities of heading out of the country to pursue her dreams of an education abroad but gives in to guilt & confesses to the police by giving her flight a miss. Her whiny clingy boyfriend, Kunaal Roy Kapur has a small role but acts well as a heartless chap willing to cover up even death in an accident.

A bold sex scene between Amanda Rosario & Akshay Oberoi has been well shot and will be definitely edited for the theatre goers. The typical big fat Indian wedding has been shown well with hassled people, errands, & the sangeet adding a song or two that won’t be remembered for long though.

Saif Ali Khan facing the ultimate announcement of a life that’s soon going to end decides to tick off his bucket list in the most filmy fashion by wanting to see a transgender in the buff, try drugs, style his hair in the weird hairdo we saw in the trailer and kiss a stranger, Isha Talwar, whose calm presence leaves you wanting to know more about her.

The lucidity & electric psychoactivity of the small red pill have been shown way too temptingly. The warning in small print along the bottom of the screen against substance abuse is appropriate but not loud enough to dissuade any potential user.

Saif’s one liners are a delight but lose consistency while one gets a feeling the writer was trying to cram too many lives in one movie. Saif Ali Khan yoyos between fat & buff but is forgiven for taking up the challenge of going through half a movie with awful eye make up & multiple rubber bands in his hair.

The title “KaalaKaandi” meaning ‘Something’s Messed Up’ or rather ‘Kuchh Gadbad Hai’’ clearly fits! The movie is one of the few ‘black comedies’ of our Hindi film industry.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab