Andhadhun movie director Sriram Raghavan and editor Pooja Ladha Surti bring us a thriller with an open ending that leaves you guessing and wanting to know more. Definitely out of the box, Andhadhun is a movie that will fit descriptions of being a crime thriller, laugh out loud comedy and an absurd, brutal movie.
Well Plotted Crimes, Beautiful Music & Blind man’s View:
By now we all know Ayushmann Khurrana, is a blind man and his passion is to be a better pianist. The ray of sunshine with one liners of perfect timing is Radhika Apte. The surprise element is Tabu as a sensual, wannabe actress married to a star of yesteryears, Anil Dhawan. Buff and fit Manav Vij is refreshing as the inspector not at all shown in a cliched way. You do wish the charming and attractive Ashwini Kalsekar had more than the small role she plays though. You almost cheer when Zakir Hussain as the unethical doctor gets his due.
The crimes have been planned and plotted well. Shot with no faults and scenes flow from one to next beautiful scene leaving you literally gasping. You go in and out of shots seeing what the blind man can’t see but knowing the actor is acting and yet wonder at the poker face. You are constantly breaking out in a sweat or laughing. The dialogues are crisp and you feel empathy even for the greedy little boy, Kabir Sajid.
The tale is well spun and you are completely caught up in the web. The twist of stealing organs for transplant seems unnecessary. The saving grace is that you are spared the throbbing music that usually accompanies a drama of this magnitude. Instead you are treated to some beautiful music on the piano and the Andhadhun movie has a soundtrack with ten great numbers you will want to hum.
What you come away agreeing is that karma sure is a bitch and happy that justice is served in the end.
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”.
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.
Every now and then we come across a movie that is not very successful and yet it proves a good stuff to watch. Bewakoofiyaan is one such movie that is not a “commercial hit” neither it was appreciated by masses. But, I found it very good as well as “close to life” movie. Bewakoofiyaan is a modern Indian film that tells about the complex lifestyle of our youth living in big cities and the ups and downs they through it. Mohit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) are in love with each other and they are planning to get married. The only issue is Mayera’s father Mr.V.K. Sehgal ( A High Ranking Government Official). Mohit is expecting a good promotion at job and Mayera asks him to talk to her father about their marriage. One day they go to a picnic where Mohit tells V.K.Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor) that he loves Mayera.
Mr.Sehgal gets angry and soon leave the place with his daughter. Later he tells her daughter that he will not let her marry that “middle class” guy. Mayera also tells him that she will not marry anyone except Mohit.
Now, Mr. Sehgal visits Mohit at his office and gives him an ultimatum whereby he will check his “eligibility” for her daughter and if, Mohit fails in this test he will have to forget Mayera forever. Meanwhile, after getting promoted just a few days ago Mohit loses his job as his company goes through a crisis and fires many employees as part of the austerity measures. Now, Mohit faces a dilemma to pretend to Mr. Sehgal that he is not fired and still works at his office. On the other hand, he also has to help his would-be father-in-law to get a new job (as he is retired from his Govt job and wants to do something for earning money as well as passing his time). Amidst all this Mohit is unable to get a new job and soon ran out of money (as during his hay days he didn’t manage his expenses well and had no substantial savings too). He asks help from Mayera for his expenses and installments. She gladly comes to his rescue and everything is going on track except that Mohit is losing his patience as well as confidence every day he goes through without a job. As a result, after some time their relationship gets strained as Mohit and Mayera get into an argument over his joblessness. After this, they decide to call it off and Mohit sells his car to return Mayera’s money. Mayera leaves for Dubai while Mohit takes up a small job at a cafe. Mr. Sehgal gets hurt seeing this as in his heart he has accepted Mohit as his son-in-law. The climax of Bewakoofiyaan involves how V.K. Sehgal again gets Mayera and Mohit together. While doing so he himself gets a job as a CEO in a company.
My Rating & Verdict of Bewakoofiyaan:
I rated Bewakoofiyaan 9 out of 10, this film has everything a movie lover would love to watch. The only thing that wasn’t good about this film or at least that I didn’t love was its songs. They are okay to listen but not something to remember forever. Bewakoofiyaan is a movie that is very close to today’s reality. It’s a funny romantic drama with some good acting by Rishi Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sonam Kapoor. One a boring weekend Bewakoofiyaan is a perfect Bollywood Masala Film to watch. So, add it to your watchlist and see whenever you want to…!
Thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for many more reviews coming your way!
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.