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Is Sanju Movie Worth Watching?

Movie: Sanju

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Year: 2018

Genre: Biography, Drama

Language: Hindi, English (some dialogues)

 

Before Sanju, the Sanjay Dutt Biopic was released many of us were thinking, “Should I watch Sanju”? “Is Sanju a biography based on truth”? or “Is Sanju just an effort to vindicate Sanjay Dutt”?

Well, I am not sure whether we can give answers to all these questions, but one thing that we are sure to answer is trying our best to give you a concise review of Sanju Movie.

Sanju Movie Review:

The most awaited biopic and foreseen blockbuster of 2018 has already taken the Bollywood by storm. At the end of its 6th day, Sanju has already crossed 200 crore mark*. The movie seems as a lottery ticket for the theaters. Almost, all the slots are booked for Sanju.

Theaters are houseful for Sanjay Dutt Biopic, even in the second week!

I give it 9/10 for its wonderful script and excellent acting by Ranbir Kapoor, who has literally transformed himself into Sanju Baba (Sanjay Dutt). The background score too is good; one thing that was a little disappointing was the songs–they are just okay to say the most.

The Real Hero in The Sanju Movie:

For most part in Sanju, Sunil Dutt (Sanjay Dutt’s father) is portrayed as a hero and became a thought-slayer. In fact, he truly is an ‘unsaid hero’ on the screen as well as in his real life. He was a Johnny On The Spot and supported the nation bravely during the post Babri Masjid demolition riots that rattled many parts of the country in early 1990s. Today, a very few of us have knowledge of Sunil Dutt’s contribution during that dark time of our motherland. The cinematic legend is an equally great human.

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About Direction of Sanju Movie:

The best part of Sanjay Dutt’s Biopic is it’s direction. Every scene in the movie gives you a travelling experience; travelling backwards to learn about  the unknown history of a worldly known face. It creates a perfect blend of mystery, drama, effects, and timeliness.

Cast:

Ranbir Kapoor is indeed the best choice to play Sanjay Dutt. After Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ranbir Kapoor has really given a performance of his life. Paresh Rawal, as usual steals the show. Manisha’s comeback in Bollywood after a long-time was a charm.

The not-so-smooth flow of the story became a reason to make people sit on the edge of their chairs, with same level of curiosity till the end. Sanju. One man.. Many lives is truly a fascinating character.

 

*By 19th July 2018 Sanju Movie has crossed INR 520 crore mark and is expected to reach INR 650 crore by the end of July 2018.

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Reviewed by: Pooja Mishra

 

3 Life Lessons from Tumhari Sulu

3 Lessons from Tumhari Sulu are Quick Fix of Life’s Troubles

 

Tumhari Sulu, call it a movie, a radio show or a character, in every form it teaches us some lessons. Yes! after unleashing the absurd reality of cinema in the Dirty Picture, in “Tumhari Sulu” the versatile actress, Vidya Balan exhibits different familial and social roles, a woman plays in her life, every single day, and every single moment. A Higher Secondary failure, a youngest sibling among two banker sisters, a bubbly, friendly and caring wife and a typical Indian mother of an adolescent dreams to run a business or do a job.

Except writing a résumé and registering on the job portals, Sulu does everything to get a decent job. And, eventually she gets one. Sulu becomes an RJ and gets popularity as “Tumhari Sulu”. And then… The real story begins which throws light on some unanswered questions, unsaid rules and unwanted situations of everyone’s life (not specifically a woman) and ends with a few lessons to learn from.

3 Life Lessons from Tumhari Sulu
3 Life Lessons from Tumhari Sulu

1. It’s never too late to start – 
A failure in Higher Secondary School exams, wife to an ordinary clerk, living in a 1 BHK house could have believed that whatever she got will shape her future and all she could do is manage her house and children. But, she had dreams, tiny dreams where she has an identity outside her house and also a very wide scope where she can contribute with her passion, skills and hard work. An Indian woman in her thirties plans to have a decent respectable job, a promising career and an independent life. This shows the possible reality which seems impossible without
any action. Sulu’s character is indeed an inspiration for those women who hold a secret wish and don’t act on it because they think, the appropriate time for them has passed, and the time remains after finishing all the chores isn’t enough to work for building career. Tumhari Sulu shows the possibility, all it needs is a proactive first move.

2. Lust and love –
If you have watched the movie, you must have remembered the scene when an old widower calls to radio station to talk to Sulu. He mentions, Sulu reminds him of his wife who has passed away. That one night, Sulu was the reason behind his smiles and happiness. What will you call that act of him, love or lust? The heart touching scene explains the difference quite clearly.

3. You stand for yourself, when your family approves societal rules –
The members in a family are committed with each other with unsaid promises to hold hands in difficult situation, but the irony is, sometimes they are the one, who does not hold you to offer support but pull you back when you need them the most. That mustn’t be a reason to abandon your dreams. Stay motivated by thinking about the beginning and about the better and stronger reason for why did you start everything. Start is justified when it has an end; if it is left on the mid-way, it loses its significance.

This way, Tumhari Sulu, the entertaining chick flick ends up teaching for an entertaining life that one, specially a woman can lead.

 

Written by: Pooja Mishra

October 2018 – Movie Review

Movie: October

Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Writer: Juhi Chaturvedi

Country of Origin: India

Running Time: 115 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Romance, Drama

My Two Cents on October Movie:

Some days it is important to pen down your heart-wrenching feelings. Be it about a movie or book, feelings do come to you like waves. I am glad I am amongst those wonderful souls who happened to watch October movie. Words are not enough to define the human emotions I did experience while watching this masterpiece. What a surreal and subtle way of touching the strings of your heart? What a splendid way of portraying the real characters and opening the thread of relations one after another? I am not sure how one director or actor ends up in justifying the fit-to-role emotions perfectly from genesis till the end.

October 2018 Movie Review:

I was amazed by looking at the promo and trusted my hunch enough to watch it this weekend on the theater. I am writing this review with a heavy heart because this movie made me laugh out louder, took me to journey of friendship, taking me back to the road of love and finally disappearing in the face of the death, like everybody else disappears. I could relate it to more because somehow I was expecting this movie to be extra-ordinary. Varun Dhawan deserves a standing ovation for delivering such a powerful performance. His dialogue delivery and eye-to-eye meet expression made me believe actors like him do exist and they move people like me just being on the screen. I would applause every character as their emotions were so real and dialogues let you step into their shoes as if it was happening with one of you.

Some stories don’t start with an agenda nor do they end with one? October movie started on such a hilarious note and ends by leaving you teary-eyed. I feel like watching it again because it’s beyond the concept of usual love stories and dramatic family movie. It holds the truth which only few of us live and that’s “The power of being real and following your heart”, “The taste of courage which only few shows”, “The feelings which are hidden deep inside, yet you don’t forget to feel them”, “The people who you love the most and miss them while in pain or joy”, “The person who once left unannounced and never came back”. I believe it’s a plethora of emotions which you can only feel while watching and once you step out of the theater, it’s your heart you are going to feel the most inside your body.

I may someday, somehow, after gathering courage, would watch it again! It’s too heavy for me to go for next show again. I am going to let it sink in me completely.

Reviewed By: Gurpreet Dhariwal

About Gurpreet Dhariwal: I am a free soul who likes to write about anything under the skin of the sky. I always believed in myself knowing if you trust yourself, you can definitely aim for the sky. I am the courage that I seek in others no matter what!

Aiyaary – Movie Review

Movie:Aiyaary

Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Neeraj Pandey

Writer/Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey

Country of Origin: India

Running Time: 167 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Crime, Drama, Action

 

Aiyaary Movie Review:

Aiyaary…means the art of deceiving which seems magical. The promos, however, did look promising and magical and being a fan of Neeraj Pandey’s direction, it pulled me to theater to watch it.

As the promos suggests, the movie is based on the Indian army where Siddharth Malhotra is playing the role of Jai Bakshi who is a part of special force (a secret force/division) that performs the coveted operations of the Indian army. He is led by Manoj Bajpayee aka Abhay Singh, the “Aiyaar” of the movie along with 5 other members. Jai Bakshi, while doing his job finds out some dirty secrets of the army and the insiders behind it. Analyzing what would happen to him, his team, army or the country for that matter if the conspiracy he found out about an arms and ammunition deal cracks down. So, he decides to handle it his own way which, in turn, makes him go rogue and projects him as a traitor. Manoj Bajpayee gets on a mission to stop Jai Bakshi, the brightest and his favorite member of the team and his girl friend Sonia (Rakul Preet Singh), the internet hacker, from getting successful in their mission.

Aiyaary Acting Performances:

Manoj Bajpayee has done total justice to his character with his flamboyant acting skills. He looks convincing in the role he plays and steals the show. Siddharth, however, nowhere looks like a soldier…just by wearing the uniform, one can not become or portray an army man. Aiyaary as a film has a brigade of fine actors like Kumud Mishra, Anupam Kher, Pooja Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, and Adil Hussain, but none of them were given the roles that they could have nailed it. In fact, their appearances were so short and untactful that it made me disappointed. The plot was not easily understandable or intriguing. It was a confusing story. Dialogues and screenplay were very weak. The direction was very poor. The only reason I kept glued to the movie was because I was waiting that may be something interesting would happen. The scenes were too exaggerated and boring at times. The climax of the movie was totally abrupt. It left you with a feeling that the plot defeated the purpose it actually based on. Didn’t feel like it was a Neeraj Pandey movie…It felt so amateurish. All n all not worth spending time n money.

 

Reviewed By: Priyanka Bhateja Walia