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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.

 

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review

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Movie – Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Directed by – Shree Narayan Singh

Language – Hindi (Khadi Boli Dialect of Western Uttar Pradesh)

Country – India (Bollywood)

Genre – Romance, Comedy, Social

Releasing Year – 2017

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review:

Written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal (based on a similar real life incident of a couple)  Shree Narayan Singh’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a movie that openly supports and praises the current Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The film very subtly and wisely puts the blame for the lack of public toilets on the citizens, almost in a way that it vindicates government for all its flaws and inability to enforce its own policies. Toilet Ek Prem Katha has some serious distortion of facts, anyways I am not going to talk about it, if you really want to read about it then read  Anna MM Vetticad’s review on Firstpost. She has explained everything in detail.

Now let’s talk about the film.

 

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Storyline:

Set in a village near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Toilet Ek Prem Katha tells the story of Keshav (Akshay Kumar) a Manglik, who he is 36 and still a bachelor because of his “kundli”. His father (Sudhir Pandey) is a devout pandit with sanskars. He allegedly marries Keshav to a buffalo (to ward off evil from his kundli) and then asks him that he could only marry a girl who has “double-thumb” (something that is rarest of rare on this earth). Earlier, Keshav is shown having break-up with a village girl (Sana Khan) to marry a buffalo. Sana says to him that if he had courage he would have asked her hand from her father to which Keshav politely jokes and they both say last goodbyes to each other.

Later Keshav meets a girl (Bhumi Pednekar) who is a topper (in BCA) and belongs to a family of Joshis (Brahmin people). Her Kakka (elder uncle) Anupam Kher, a jolly man in his late 60s perhaps is an ardent fan of “Sunny Leone” (an element that’s solely there in the movie to make you laugh). Her father too is a man with an open mind (compared to the society he is a part of). Immediately, Keshav starts stalking the girl (something that’s very common in that part of India where the movie is set). At first, Jaya resents Keshav and even threatens him, but eventually, she falls in love with him.

Soon after, the couple gets married (by doing a jugaad of double thumb for Jaya). The very next morning after their first night Jaya came to know this harsh and pathetic reality that her in-laws’ house has no shauchalaya (toilet). She is further angry with the fact that to Keshav and the whole village having no toilets in home and doing open defecation is a “normal” thing as their sanskriti (culture) doesn’t allow them to have toilets in their homes.

She asks him to build a toilet but his efforts go waste as his father gets angry. For few days, Keshav takes Jaya to various places for shauch (toilet) including railway station where a Gorakhpur-bound train has a stoppage of 7 minutes. One day, Jaya gets locked in the train toilet and train leaves the station.

From here, the movie takes a complete 360 degree turn and becomes a government propaganda in support of Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The couple are on the verge of getting divorced and this matter takes up the shape of a national issue. Will there be a solution to Jaya and Keshav’s problem? That’s something you can find out in the theatres not here… 🙂

 

Why To Watch Toilet Ek Prem Katha:

Toilet Ek Prem Katha has good direction, innovative script (keeping in mind what Bollywood offers us nowadays), and some nice and hitting dialogues. I liked the dialogue “Sanskriti ko Sanskrit Bna Diya Hai Aap Logon Ne” (Akshay Kumar to ‘Sarpanch’, the village head of the village). The film’s songs are really melodious and very desi flavored. The background score too is quite good. From the acting point of view, there’s hardly any loopholes in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Every character is cut to perfection.

Bhumi Pednekar of Dum Laga Ke Haisha fame is charming, sensible and desi at the same time. Akshay Kumar did what he does best, comic acting. Divyendu Sharma as Naru (Keshav’s brother) is superb to watch with his body language and witty dialogues. The other characters too are well-crafted.

 

My Favorite song of Toilet Ek Prem Katha

 

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave Toilet Ek Prem Katha, a 10 on 10. The reason is simple, it made me laugh throughout two and a half hours. If we keep its political motives aside, Toilet Ek Prem Katha with not so sensible name does make a lot of sense overall (only, if you really want to understand it).

I would suggest cinema lovers not to go into the politics of this film rather treat it as a normal Bollywood flick. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

 

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Parched Movie: A Critical Review

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Movie: Parched                                        Release Year: 2015 (TIFF) 2016 (Worldwide)

Country: India (Bollywood)                    Language: Hindi (Rajasthani, Kacchi Dialect)

Genre: Social, Drama

Parched Movie Review:

As for its name “Parched” means thirsty or something that’s been baked by sun. Once can simply say a thing bereft of water or moisture. And, it is what our movie is all about. Parched tells the tale of 3 women living different lives, but none satisfied and happy.

The film is shot in a fictitious village with people speaking a “constructed” language rather a dialect of Hindi. In the words of the director of the film Leena Yadav, ‘she did this intentionally so that none of our countrymen could complain that this doesn’t happen in our part of the world’.

Well, I too not certain whether this happens somewhere or not. But, that must not be the topic of discussion while writing about Parched movie. As a cinema lover and reviewer I got to comment about film’s cinematic aspect and value.

What’s good in PARCHED?

Here I start, to my surprise the acting in Parched was of highest standard. People are praising Radhika Apte, but  Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Sumeet Vyas and others too have looked extremely convincing. Kevin Tent’s editing is classy so does Leena’s direction. The film gives you a complete feel of “rural India”.

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Radhika Apte as Lajjo…

I too belong to a backward Indian state and have seen the worst of Indian villages in my life. But, now things have changed for better in most places. But, in this film the villagers are still living in an extremely restricted not to mention “male dominated” environment. They don’t even have a TV set in the village (a fact that was hard to swallow). Anyways let’s move forward.

At no point Parched felt to me as a film based on women emancipation. But, it did struck me more than couple of times to think about the plight of rural women of my country. The music, songs and background scores are pretty vernacular and typical of rural Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Storyline

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Tannishtha Chatterjee as RaniStoryline:

Now let’s talk about the film’s story. It prominently revolves around 3 women named Lajjo (Radhika Apte), Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) and Bijli (Surveen Chawla). Lajjo is living in an abusive marriage presumably because she is barren. It’s only after Bijli’s insistence that she discovers that she is not barren when she gets pregnant with Adil Hussain’s child (a Mystic Lover in the movie). Rani a 32-year-old widow with a teenage boy whom she has married to a girl. But, her son is not the man who she thinks he is. Rani has not been touched by a man for 15 years and now she starts getting calls from a person who calls himself Shah Rukh Khan. And last, but not the least Bijli, a dancer and prostitute who once was Rani’s husband’s mistress and now her best buddy.

Surveen Chawla & Radhika Apte in Parched
Surveen Chawla & Radhika Apte in Parched…

Parched has plenty of bold scenes in it. Although, they doesn’t seem vulgar. The language used in the movie is very foul and abusive. It’s literally vulgarity at its zenith. But, then this is the reality of rural Indian and we must accept it.

I personally liked the end of the film as it depicted the end of Lajjo’s husband coinciding with the occasion of Dussehra festival. A festival that commemorates the win of evil over good.

My Verdict & Rating of Parched:

I rated Parched 8/10, due to its great acting, direction and the message it wants to convey to the audience. Although, I would absolutely not recommend it to people below the age of 18. There’s one more suggestion to the audience, if you are not a native Hindi speaker please see it with English subtitles as the dialect is extremely difficult to understand at places.

With this I sign out for today’s review. Stay tuned to The World of Movies for many more reviews to come….

Pink Movie Review

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Movie: Pink                                                  Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Language: Hindi

Genre: Social, Drama, Thriller

Pink Movie Review:

Pink is not a movie, it’s a slice of life for thousands of working women in Delhi. Not everyone faces the exact same situation, but most know it can very well be them.

I remember during my first job a colleague’s boyfriend got into a scuffle with a stranger who misbehaved with my colleague. Punches were exchanged and the stranger got a little hurt. Next day when my scared colleague narrated the incident our boss, a middle aged Delhite who clearly had more experience than us freshers commented that it was a foolish thing to do. She said in Delhi you don’t know who’s connected to whom and my colleague should pray that the roadside romeo wasn’t a nephew of an MLA or a Minister.

Thankfully, she never saw him again. Years later when my husband and I went to get an FIR filed for a small theft at home the SHO very cordially refused to do that. The SHO who Meenal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) goes to in the film had the same attitude as the inspector we dealt with. At all my places of work I have had colleagues from the North East and I first hand know of the ‘special’ treatment they get from all and sundry just for being who they are.

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Pink Bollywood Film 2016

For these reasons and more Pink doesn’t come across as a film. The incidents are close to life, the horror is palpable and when the girls are threatened your skin literally crawls in fear of what’s going to happen next.

The film grips you from the very first scene and keeps you on the edge until the end. I liked the way the details are not spelled out for the audience in the beginning but is pieced together as the film progresses, and only shown during the end credits.

Why to Watch Pink Movie?

Performances are stellar. The 3 girls are so natural with their expressions and gestures they don’t seem to be acting at all. I’m sure all women can identify a little with Meenal, Falak and Andrea. We can relate with the bold and aggressive Meenal who refuses to bow down to the goons on phone but as soon as the call disconnects runs to the safety of her home. We see a little of ourselves in Falak (Kirti Kulhari) who is mature and composed but loses her cool when provoked beyond her limits. Everyone of us who has ever known a girl from North East knows how true Andrea is when she says she’s harassed more than average girls only because of her place of origin.

The boys have acted very well too. One of them seriously gave me the creeps every time he said something about teaching the girls a lesson.

Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant and dominates the second half. His arguments in court are fantastic and spot on. However, I didn’t quite get the significance of him wearing a mask and watching over the girls in the beginning. I also couldn’t understand the significance of bringing his ailing wife in the picture.

The support cast is fantastic. The judge, other lawyer and woman SHO have all given realistic performances. I especially enjoyed Amitabh Bachchan cross questioning the SHO.

One must credit the director (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury) for giving attention to detail – the tattoo Meenal sports, the modest unsophisticated courtroom, the jail cell with wet floor – all add to the flavor of the film.

Pink Movie Verdict:

The film is a tight slap on the faces of all those men who think like Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and his friends. It conveys the message loud and clear and as one of my friends said this kind of films need to be released every weekend instead of the trash we see in halls ever so often. The whole team of Pink needs a standing ovation for their outstanding work. In fact I feel the film should be made tax-free for the strong social message it gives.

A must watch for each and every man and woman.

 

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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