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About Shyamala Nawab:

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.

List of movies reviewed by Shyamala Nawab:

  1. Gold (2018)
  2. Race 3 (2018)
  3. Stree (2018)
  4. Searching (2018)
  5. Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (2018)
  6. Kaalakaandi (2017)
  7. Manmarziyaan (2018)
  8. Sui Dhaaga (2018)
  9. Andhadhun (2018)
  10. Helicopter Eela (2018)
  11. Thugs of Hindostan (2018)

List of web series reviewed by Shyamala Nawab:

  1. Ghoul (2018)

Helicopter Eela Movie Review

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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!

Written By: Shyamala Nawab

 

Andhadhun Movie Review

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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.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Sui Dhaaga Movie Review

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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!

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Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Manmarziyaan Movie Review

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Director Anurag Kashyap has drifted from Dark, Gaalis and Golis with the love triangle of Manmarziyaan.

Tapsee Pannu as Rummi, the hot headed kudi who manipulates her family constantly. She speaks volumes with her eyes, body language and vocals, engages you for all of the 157 mins. Vicky Kaushal as Vicky the DJ kills it with his muscular and juvenile irresponsible lover boy looks. Vicky jumps over across the rooftops to meet his lady love for some fierce love making. They crave sex.. ‘this isn’t love you idiots’, you want to yell. Shown well without being vulgar and bordering on intense, but just falling short of getting the A rating.

Enter Robbie, Abhishek Bachchan as the middle class banker from London seeking homely wife with his mother’s blessings. Expressive in his silence and blessed with patience and maturity to handle this bomb, Rummi He tolerates her rudeness, indecisiveness and supports her madness only because he has fallen in love. Even encourages her to think things through and discuss if she should walk out on her marriage to return to her boyfriend. You wonder if this is typical or is it just the reel world.

A better grip of Punjabi or even subtitles would surely have helped, especially to enjoy the 12 full bodied punju accented songs!

The star cast needs individual mention for each has emoted excellently but then my review will be as lengthy as the movie itself! Vikram Kochhar as Robbie’s bro and the dialogues with his parents are hilarious.

My Rating of Manmarziyaan Movie:

Kudos to the director and cameraman for the closeups of exhalation and vulnerability captured perfectly!

So why wouldn’t I give Manmarziyaan movie a 5 on 5? Cause it falls short on showing the emotions of the family at Rummi changing her mind twice about marriage, later no one helps them even try to reconcile, they just allow them to annul the marriage . There is no continuity in some scenes like the bags that return from London(when did they get sent). The talented dancing twins that pop up without context is a little ridiculous. Switching to animals mating rituals on TV is as bad as covering up sex scenes with flowers in old Bollywood movies.

Though what is sensitively shown is how Robbie takes off his pagdi for a smoke and respectfully picks up the roti that’s fallen on the floor. Rummi’s connection with her Grandfather and Vicky’s Father’s moral lecture to him when he is trying to break up a wedding has been handled well.

You come away from the movie wanting to legalise the marriageable age in India to a sensible 25 and above. Or allow marriage only when both the bride and groom are financially independent and can tell carnal pleasure from real emotions!

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Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab