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Kaalakaandi Movie Review

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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

Patch Adams Movie Review

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Patch Adams Movie Review:

Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical American film. It is based on the life of Dr. Hunter Patch Adams. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the movie stars effervescent Robin Williams in the lead role. Besides featuring Daniel London, Monica Potter, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in supporting roles.

With a good screenplay and and high-quality acting by the cast, Patch Adams is an absolute delight to watch. I particularly enjoyed the music and background score; it is beautiful and goes with the theme of the movie.

Before we jump to discuss the “Criticism”, the movie received over the period of time since its release, let’s have a look at its plot.

Storyline/Plot of Patch Adams:

Patch Adams is a man fighting depression and tries to end his life; there too he fails miserably. He voluntarily admits himself to a mental asylum. There he is touched by the despairing lives of patients and apathy of doctors towards them. At this point in his life, Patch thinks that he now has a “goal” in his dejected life–to become a doctor and help others who are suffering. He leaves asylum for a medical college after confronting with the supervisor.

At college, Patch becomes the top student despite being fairly aged compared to his fellow students. Gradually he makes friends at the college and subsequently starts his own clinic (without any proper Government and Medical Board’s approval). Patch’s life shatters when his close friend, Carin (Monica Potter) is killed by a psychopath. After this incident, Patch leaves everything despite his friends’ disapproval. He again tries to end his life but Monica’s memories give him a new spirit to complete his studies and continue the clinic.

Things take an ugly turn for Patch Adams as he is debarred from the college on charges of prescribing medicines without license. In the climax, he defends himself against the council and wins their trust to complete his studies. The film ends here!

Patch Adams movie has its funny, witty, and emotional moments that make it a must watch for any cinema lover. The last scene, where Patch Adams defends his case against the Medical Council is the best scene of this movie. It is perhaps one of the best acted piece of Robin Williams’ illustrious cinema career.

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Robin-Williams-In-Patch-Adams-1998-Hollywood-Movie

My Rating & Verdict of the Movie:

I am giving this movie a 9 out of 10, despite its flawed and deviated storyline (from the actual life of Dr. Hunter). The reason is quite simple; Patch Adams is a movie that delivers the message it want to convey in an absolutely fantastic cinematic way.

There are people who would strongly disapprove the idea of ‘treating patients with love and friendship’. But as far as I am concerned, I believe that Dr. Patch Adams’ ideas can make a huge difference to the normal “doctor-patient” relationship.   

Patch Adams Trivia:

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., a 2003 Sanjay Dutt starring Bollywood movie seems closely inspired by Patch Adams movie. However, its director reportedly told media that he hasn’t seen the movie before the release  of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Quite interesting, right? Once you see both the movies you will realize the similarities between them.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Il Postino: The Postman – Movie Review

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Movie: The Postman

Original Title: Il Postino

Releasing Year: 1994

Directors: Michael RadfordMassimo Troisi

Writer/Screenplay: Anna PavignanoMichael RadfordFurio ScarpelliGiacomo ScarpelliMassimo TroisiFurio ScarpelliGiacomo Scarpelli

Country of Origin: Italy

Running Time: 108 minutes

Languages: Italian, Spanish (Some dialogues)

 

Il Postino: The Postman Movie Review:

Mario ( Massimo Troisi) is a poor fisherman’s son living on a remote island in Italy. He is a very simple and a shy man looking for a job to survive. He gets the job of a postman and he delivers the mail to just one man-the great Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Neruda (Philippe Noiret) is banished from his country for his expression and association with communism. He and his wife are now sheltered in Italy.

Pablo Neruda was a great poet who wrote about love, people and the large part of humanity which is been mistreated for centuries. His work was a voice of the oppressed and he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971. I have read many times that the eminent revolutionary Che Guevara voraciously read Neruda and was highly inspired by him. And, this had made me read Neruda too.

Il Postino: The Postman Story-line:

Mario visits Neruda almost everyday to deliver mails. Slowly they hit the chords of camaraderie. Mario is not a very educated man. He is a commoner, naive to the world of intellectualism. But that itself is his greatest strength. He is unbiased with no prejudice and more open to absorb the world. His ignorance gives him an honest audacity to express freely. He slowly reads Neruda’s work and interprets it in his own ways. Neruda also answers Mario’s simple and heartfelt questions with great honesty. He also discovers that Mario is good with metaphors.

Mario then falls in love with a beautiful lady named Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). With the help of Neruda, his poetry and influence, he wins Beatrice’s heart and gets married to her. The Chilean poet gets permission to return to his homeland. But in these few months, Mario and Neruda have formed a great bond of friendship. A transparent brotherhood between one of the greatest intellectual writers and a simple, ignorant postman.

Il Postino - The Postman - 1994 Movie Still
Il Postino – The Postman – 1994 Movie Still

Il Postino: The Postman is a movie about friendship and inspiration. Many a times in life, we meet some people who help us realize the strength within us. They inspire you to find yourself by entering into those deepest realms of your being, that you had never been able to access before. The same happens with Mario in Neruda’s company. He discovers the poet within him and becomes more aware of the political situation around . He realizes that he too can rise above his misfortunes by fighting for himself and his community. The sound of the waves and the wind, the beauty of the twilight, and the grandeur of the mountains, now reveal itself to him with a new glory. Mario has great respect for Neruda and understands him when Neruda later fails to get in touch with him. Years later, Mario’s gift to the great poet leaves a great impression on his mind.

Final Verdict on Il Postino: The Postman:

Il Postino: The Postman movie is an absolute work of love. It is very heartfelt with touching and subtle shades of humor. Every person has something special in him or her. I think its like Einstein’s law – ‘Energy can never be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another’. Similarly, no one can make or break a person. One can just inspire and help the other person channelize his energy. Just give the strength a new form.

Massimo Troisi really shines in his role as a young, shy, ignorant, awkward, and honest Mario. After a long time, have I seen such a simple yet powerful performance. The camera often pans through the breathtaking land and seascapes of Italy, helping you just soak in the colors of nature. There is not a moment where you would want to take your eyes off the screen. Il Postino: The Postman is really well made with music you will want linger around. It is a beautiful story told with passion and simplicity…!

Reviewed By: Pallavi Patil

Image source: Pastposters & Magnet Magazine

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.

 

Image Source: Koimoi