Anything but Shy! After years of working, I eased into the more enjoyable but hectic role of being a full time wife, mother & personal assistant to the family very easily. Movies blend my passion for travel, food, reading & observing people perfectly.
Rohit Shetty yet again brings us an over the top filmy movie with the charming and witty Ranveer Singh in the title role #Simmba. Multi starrer and the many extras in the fight and dance sequences is typical of a Shetty film.
Once again Ranveer proves his versatility with his acting skill and accents. Sara Ali Khan is totally under utilised as Shagun and seems to be full of potential in both acting and dancing talent and her sense of couture is bang on.
Sonu Sood as the villain is almost human until his younger brothers go overboard with their greed and egos. Ashutosh Rana and Ranveer’s bond and emotional scenes are pretty much the highlight.
Thumping Signature Tunes
Signature tunes are thumping but the music doesn’t make an impact neither does bringing K’Jo or the star cast of Golmaal into a song sequence. The social message is strong, especially the much needed ‘Teach your sons to respect women’ and ‘Instead of girls parents, it’s the rapists who should be frightened’.
Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right
Extorsion, encounters and herd mentality is pictured well but two wrongs do not make a right. Showing the lawmakers break laws in the final act doesn’t sit right and that’s not a solution to bringing justice to rape victims.
Bringing in Singham was not at all a surprise but adding a preview of Akshay in forthcoming Sooryavanshi sure is.
I enjoyed Helicopter Eela but too much of a good thing..too much acting, too much drama, too bright, too happy.. Just too much! One expects more from Pradeep Sarkar, a little subtlety, a little less wound up energy perhaps.
Drama All The Way
Like the title suggests, a helicoptering parent. Not at all uncommon in India, whether single parent or otherwise, one child or more. Everyday situations, clichés and parent /child dialogues are scripted very well. Riddhi Sen as the tolerant teen deserves a standing ovation while Kajol needs to tone down as her energy seems direction less. The sub plot of why she is a single parent is too weak and leaves you questioning Tota Roy Chowdhury’s intent. The forward thinking Daadi’s support is amazing and acting impressive!
Tolerant Son Guides Mom
The son teaching the mother to follow her dreams is extremely touching. Neha Dhupia as the over the top dramatics teacher sits well as do the multiple celebrities playing themselves. Flash back to a younger Kajol by 20 years is amazing. Fitter & trimmer than ever before Kajol is a delight, kudos to the stylist. The happy go lucky aspiring musician turning into this hovering dumb mom obsessed with dabbas is too much to digest though.
The college students in class & canteen are too filmy but well rounded with a fair peak into their personal lives. Shown as well balanced young adults who value parental support. The smothering mother story is forgotten for the chase your dream angle leaving the Indian parent right where they began, hovering over the child’s life!
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.
Small Indian towns making a come back in a big way with recent Hindi movies showing us more of the rural life. Director Sharat Katariya under the YRF banner brings us the struggle of the artisans with alternate careers when the traditional crafts of the handloom industry die.
More Than Needle & Thread For The Aam Admi
Varun Dhawan, Mauji, a skilled artist revives the traditional yarn spinning to handloom weaving to fabric dyeing and competes to bring back to fashion that which is truly Indian. It is evident that Varun has put in a lot to get the skills right as you get totally absorbed in the act. His posture and even his walk is so apt for the role. Simplicity with the tag line ‘sab badhiya heh’ with the special Varun charm is Mauji’s USP.
Anushka Sharma as Mamta, Mauji’s wife, is the complacent ‘bahu’ until she witnesses her husband entertaining his bosses’ family which is downright insulting. Mamta in her simple synthetic sarees, bangles and pallu on head realises there has to be dignity in labour and subtly urges Mauji to revive his heritage skills.
However Anushka doesn’t seem to have been overtaken by the role and strangely falls short. Her constant expression is more like a grimace sadly.
Raghuvir Yadav has portrayed the quintessential disgruntled father, all he wants is a steady respectable living for his family. Yamini Dass, the mother wins your heart with her obsession to run her simple home. Her hospitalisation is what sets Mauji on his tailoring business. Namit Das as the con man and Govind Pandey as the brother make their mark.
Mitti Ki Khushboo
What’s impressive is the detailing of simplicity, Mauji’s home, the charpai on the chhat, the achar bottles and even the rubble. The neighbourhood in the outskirts and commute to Delhi for work. The soundtrack is earthy and rustic enough to blend in. Love how all things Indian are put together for Mauji’s fashion show finale where the artisans themselves walk the ramp to beat the fashion world at their own game!