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Shubh Mangal Savdhan – MOVIE REVIEW

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Movie – Shubh Mangal Savdhan

Releasing Year – 2017

Language – Hindi

Country of Origin – India

Director: R.S. Prasanna

Shubh Mangal Savdhan Review:

Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a comedy movie based on a funny but very sensitive topic of ‘male erectile dysfunction’ (which is widely concerned as a taboo topic in India). The good thing about this film is that it has dealt with this topic in a very light and comic way. And this is also the drawback of the movie as you never get to understand or feel the “severity of this issue”. Shubh Mangal Savdhan fails to impart any social message to audience unlike the on-screen couple’s 2015 movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Before watching, I had a feeling that Shubh Mangal Savdhan should have a good message for the audience, but it was not there in any form. Also, the way this ‘sensitive topic’ has been dealt with is not convincing. It felt that just for the sake of comedy even serious scenes have been turned into laughing stock

From the technical point of view, the film has good direction. The music, however, failed to impress me, the songs are just average, and the background score too is mediocre for my liking. The highlight is acting by the entire cast. Ayushmann Khurrana is as convincing as he always is in yet another portrayal of a “Delhi Guy”. Bhumi Pednekar is wonderful and confident in the role of a normal middle-class Delhi girl. The other notable performances came from Anshul Chauhan as Ginni (Bhumi’s BFF) as she tries to solve Bhumi’s problem in a confident, sincere and yet funny ways; and Seema Bhargava (Vimla) who tries to teach her daughter, “the life’s secret” with an example of “Ali Baba and 40 Thieves Story”.

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Bhumi Pednekar & Ayushmann Khurrana in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.

Storyline:

Mudit is following Sugandha for a month and when he finally tries to talk to her an unfortunate accident happens, and he is attacked by a bear. Then, he resorts to “online matrimony services” and sends his proposal for Sugandha. Within days, they get engaged and one night when they are alone, Mudit finds out that he has some “male problem”. He reluctantly tells Sugandha and she asks him to find a solution for it before the marriage. As the marriage date approaches, a tension develops between the two, at times overshadowing their love for each other. Will they get married? Mudit will ever be able to do it? Or The couple will be separated? The answer to all these questions you can find out in theaters, as I don’t want to spoil the fun for you.

My verdict and Rating of Shubh Mangal Savdhan

I gave this film 8 out of 10. Even with not so strong storyline, this film is a good to watch one-time stuff. Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a great 2-hour comic ride, however, it lacks the quality of Vicky Donor and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, in terms of content. I would recommend watching it soon and be assured that you won’t be disappointed with this one.

 

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review

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Movie – Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Directed by – Shree Narayan Singh

Language – Hindi (Khadi Boli Dialect of Western Uttar Pradesh)

Country – India (Bollywood)

Genre – Romance, Comedy, Social

Releasing Year – 2017

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review:

Written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal (based on a similar real life incident of a couple)  Shree Narayan Singh’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a movie that openly supports and praises the current Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The film very subtly and wisely puts the blame for the lack of public toilets on the citizens, almost in a way that it vindicates government for all its flaws and inability to enforce its own policies. Toilet Ek Prem Katha has some serious distortion of facts, anyways I am not going to talk about it, if you really want to read about it then read  Anna MM Vetticad’s review on Firstpost. She has explained everything in detail.

Now let’s talk about the film.

 

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Storyline:

Set in a village near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Toilet Ek Prem Katha tells the story of Keshav (Akshay Kumar) a Manglik, who he is 36 and still a bachelor because of his “kundli”. His father (Sudhir Pandey) is a devout pandit with sanskars. He allegedly marries Keshav to a buffalo (to ward off evil from his kundli) and then asks him that he could only marry a girl who has “double-thumb” (something that is rarest of rare on this earth). Earlier, Keshav is shown having break-up with a village girl (Sana Khan) to marry a buffalo. Sana says to him that if he had courage he would have asked her hand from her father to which Keshav politely jokes and they both say last goodbyes to each other.

Later Keshav meets a girl (Bhumi Pednekar) who is a topper (in BCA) and belongs to a family of Joshis (Brahmin people). Her Kakka (elder uncle) Anupam Kher, a jolly man in his late 60s perhaps is an ardent fan of “Sunny Leone” (an element that’s solely there in the movie to make you laugh). Her father too is a man with an open mind (compared to the society he is a part of). Immediately, Keshav starts stalking the girl (something that’s very common in that part of India where the movie is set). At first, Jaya resents Keshav and even threatens him, but eventually, she falls in love with him.

Soon after, the couple gets married (by doing a jugaad of double thumb for Jaya). The very next morning after their first night Jaya came to know this harsh and pathetic reality that her in-laws’ house has no shauchalaya (toilet). She is further angry with the fact that to Keshav and the whole village having no toilets in home and doing open defecation is a “normal” thing as their sanskriti (culture) doesn’t allow them to have toilets in their homes.

She asks him to build a toilet but his efforts go waste as his father gets angry. For few days, Keshav takes Jaya to various places for shauch (toilet) including railway station where a Gorakhpur-bound train has a stoppage of 7 minutes. One day, Jaya gets locked in the train toilet and train leaves the station.

From here, the movie takes a complete 360 degree turn and becomes a government propaganda in support of Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The couple are on the verge of getting divorced and this matter takes up the shape of a national issue. Will there be a solution to Jaya and Keshav’s problem? That’s something you can find out in the theatres not here… 🙂

 

Why To Watch Toilet Ek Prem Katha:

Toilet Ek Prem Katha has good direction, innovative script (keeping in mind what Bollywood offers us nowadays), and some nice and hitting dialogues. I liked the dialogue “Sanskriti ko Sanskrit Bna Diya Hai Aap Logon Ne” (Akshay Kumar to ‘Sarpanch’, the village head of the village). The film’s songs are really melodious and very desi flavored. The background score too is quite good. From the acting point of view, there’s hardly any loopholes in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Every character is cut to perfection.

Bhumi Pednekar of Dum Laga Ke Haisha fame is charming, sensible and desi at the same time. Akshay Kumar did what he does best, comic acting. Divyendu Sharma as Naru (Keshav’s brother) is superb to watch with his body language and witty dialogues. The other characters too are well-crafted.

 

My Favorite song of Toilet Ek Prem Katha

 

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave Toilet Ek Prem Katha, a 10 on 10. The reason is simple, it made me laugh throughout two and a half hours. If we keep its political motives aside, Toilet Ek Prem Katha with not so sensible name does make a lot of sense overall (only, if you really want to understand it).

I would suggest cinema lovers not to go into the politics of this film rather treat it as a normal Bollywood flick. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

 

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The World’s End – Movie Review – A Disappointing End to The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

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Movie – The World’s End

Directed by – Edgar Wright

Language – British English

Country – U.K

Genre – Action, Comedy, Sci Fi

Releasing Year – 2013

 

Trailer:

 

The World’s End Movie Review:

This is the final installment of the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy”. The movie has Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again in the lead roles as with the previous two movies of the trilogy. The World’s End has got some great rating and critical reception, but I was hardly impressed by this film. The reason is same as I explained in my review of “Shaun of The Dead”.

For me the storyline was thin and being a comedy movie, The World’s End offered little to laugh. Talking about the technical aspects of this movie, I didn’t found anything wrong or bad anywhere. In fact, everything looks well worked upon. Simon Pegg and other actors have done a decent job. Rosamund Pike plays a cameo and looks effervescent. Pierce Brosnan’s cameo too looks cool. But despite all this, the film was a total disappointment.

The music and background score is fine, yes, just fine. The direction and cinematography are good. The special effects used are of quality and doesn’t give a bad feel to your eyes, the “android robots” are great, in fact, I loved them.

 

Storyline:

Simon Pegg plays Gary King who is on a mission to fulfill his dream of completing the “Golden Mile” (a bar tour involving 12 bars) in his hometown, Newton Haven with his friends. Something he planned 20 years ago and then missed by just a single bar, “The World’s End”.

Gary meets his four friends who were the part of his teenage gang 20 years ago. Initially, they all were circumspect about this madness, at this juncture of their lives and career. But, after so much insistence by Gary, the gang gets ready to give Golden Mile a shot. Upon arriving in Newton Haven they felt that it is no more their “pretty little happening” town. Some sort of strangeness is prevailing in the environment. The people are not friendly anymore and there’s hardly any known who recognizes them.

Soon the gang discovers an appalling reality that the town has been taken over by some aliens who are converting everyone into android robots. Now, will they be able to complete the Green Mile and reach the last bar, The World’s End this time? Or those robots will get the better of them? I am not going to reveal this and ruin your excitement if you are excited at all. So go ahead watch the movie yourself.

 

Rating & Verdict:

The film is a box office hit and liked by the majority of the audience as well as critics. The applauded the fact that The World’s End has been a perfect finale to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. But, I could only give 6/10 to the film. It was bereft of laughter for the most part of it compared to the second installment, Hot Fuzz of this trilogy. Anyways, you can still watch it because you never know you may end up loving this film.

 

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Hot Fuzz – Movie Review

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Movie – Hot Fuzz

Directed by – Edgar Wright

Language – British English

Country – U.K

Genre – Action, Comedy, Mystery

Releasing Year – 2007

 

Trailer:

Hot Fuzz Movie Review:

Hot Fuzz is the most successful movie of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy. And, I too agree to this fact. Compared to Shaun of The Dead and The World’s End, this film is way better in all the aspects. As a matter of fact, Hot Fuzz does have some great laughing stuff in it. Nick Frost is an integral part of this movie and is really funny to watch. Simon Pegg looks in better shape than the first installment of Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy.

Now talking about the storyline. Nicholas Angel is an “outstanding” police constable with 400% greater arrest rate than his peers. Because of his “unmatched skills” in arresting and defeating criminals, he is promoted to the post of sergeant.

But, he is shocked to learn that he no longer will be serving the city of London. Instead, he is transferred to a quiet and small village. Nicholas tries to show his disgust with the department’s decision. But, nobody listens to his plea.

Now in Sanford (An Award Winning Model Village), he notices a “crimeless life” with everyone enjoying their work and life. Here, he meets his new sidekick Danny Butterman (Nick Frosta constable) and the station chief Mr. Robert along with the rest of the police staff.

Soon Nicholas tries to find crime and criminals in the village as per his nature. The situation gets interesting when accidents start occurring in the village claiming lives. Everyone including the police chief is sure that these are just nasty accidents with no connection to each other. But, Nicholas is confident that these are “planned murders” and there is a large-scale conspiracy behind it.  Here starts the most interesting and captivating part of Hott Fuzz. Nicholas and Nick try to solve all the murders only to find out that the all the village elders are hatching a conspiracy to kill him.

As expected from a man with exceptional abilities, Nicholas exposes everyone and wins the heart of the whole department. But, how he was able to do this is something guys need to find out yourself. No more spoilers here…!

Hot Fuzz Movie Rating & Verdict:

I rated the film 8/10. Hot Fuzz has high-quality acting, good direction, and awesome background score. If you believe my words Hot Fuzz is one of those movies that are not to be missed by the movie lovers. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s deadly combo will make you laugh endlessly throughout the film. So, go ahead taste this flavor of ‘Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy’.

 

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