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Aiyaary – Movie Review

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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

Raid – Movie Review 2018

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Movie: Raid

Releasing Year: 2018

Director:  Raj Kumar Gupta

Writer/Screenplay:  Ritesh Shah

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Standard Dialect)

Raid Movie Review 2018:

When two stalwarts come together, you get a power packed film. When the plot is original and based on real-life events, you get to watch realistic, off beat cinema. When it’s embellished with top quality performance from the entire supporting cast and crew, you get an award-winning film!!

Raid is a brilliant political thriller movie. The story is so gripping, the dialogues so crisp, the characters so real and the plot so interesting that you are on the edge until the end. It is a treat to watch Ajay Devgn and more so, Saurabh Shula. He is outstanding! Amma ji (played by Pushpa Joshi) is another character that’s really fun to watch.

Despite the intense story-line, Raid packs more than a few laughs, keeping the mood light and interesting-great work with the screenplay and dialogues here. There is hardly any loose end or stretch, so full points for the editing. The realistic sets have recreated early 1980s that add to the character of the film. The only thing that I would have changed are the 2 songs. I understand why they were included but feel that excluding them would have helped the film.

Overall a very entertaining and inspiring watch. I won’t be surprised if Raid movie wins a National Award. Also hats off to the real-life hero who conducted this raid in 1981. Love the movies based on actual events.

 

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called “The Movie Club“…!  Join it to connect with Cinema enthusiasts from around the world.

 

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The Reader – Movie Review

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Movie: The Reader

Releasing Year: 2008

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer/Screenplay:  David Hare

Country of Origin: U.S.A & Germany

Running Time: 124 minutes

Languages: English, German, Greek

Genre: Drama, Romance, History

The Reader Movie Review:

Well ‘The Reader’ is a movie about an affair between a woman in her mid-thirties, Hanna (played by Kate Winslet) and Michael who is 15 (played by David Kross and in the later part of the movie played by Ralph Fiennes in his 60s). A movie with Nazi Holocaust as the backdrop. I have seen so many movies on this topic-the list is endless. But that event in the history of mankind, still inspires people to make movies on it. As there are so many aspects to it which the world hasn’t stopped thinking about. But ‘The Reader’ is much more than an expression on the futility of human cruelty. It is about love, reconciliation, and a woman’s pursuit to find redemption. Hanna defends herself in the war-crime trial and like many of us, realizes the severity of her crime much later in life, when it’s too late.

The Reader is a good comment on classic human behavior of ‘doing without thinking’. Hanna in the movie, at least had the courage to admit that she was one of the guards in selecting the Jews every month (as to who will go to the gallows). But her other colleagues just follow the bandwagon of ‘fallacy,’ denying their involvement in the crime. A very typical of human behavior of not wanting to rise above mediocrity, as we don’t wish to lose our comfort zone.

Michael’s affair with Hanna was more based on sexual relationship. Michael as a teenager discovers his own sexuality with Hanna who also wisely guides him in the act of lovemaking. There are good number of scenes of nudity and the experience of orgasmic fulfillment. But the relation between the two runs much deeper….more so, for Michael. Hanna is illiterate and loves to be read to. And Michael a good, animated reader reads to her some of the best works of literature (Homer’s Odyssey, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The lady with the little dog). This reading followed by sex forms a bond between them-an experience, a relation that will affect Michael for a lifetime.

Life often gives us a chance to look back at our behavior, analyse our past actions, and rise above our errors to become a more wholesome and a responsible human being. But very few can justify this chance-just a few like Hanna did in The Reader.

At the end of the movie Michael meets a Jewish woman (a survivor of the Holocaust) with an expectation of the Jewish victims to understand Hanna. The woman does not forgive Hanna’s crime but does make an effort to understand the culprit better, which for me is a step towards forgiveness. This effort of great character does somewhere make the Jewish woman a slightly more satisfied human being. And therein lies the power of forgiveness.

The Reader Performances:

The performances by Kate Winslet and David Kross as young Michael are commendable. Bob Marley once said, “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” In this movie, Michael Berg finds that one worthy person.

 

Reviewed By: Pallavi Patil

Black Panther – Movie Review

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Movie: Black Panther

Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Ryan Coogler

Writer/Screenplay: Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Running Time: 134 minutes

Languages: English, Wakandian (Some dialogues)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Black Panther Movie Review:

With the introduction of Black Panther in the Marvel movies, the world is seeing the addition of African continent in otherwise American-centric marvel world. The first mention of Black Panther came in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War movie. Where  Prince T’Challa (Black Panther) after the death of his father, King T’Chaka at a UN meeting allies himself with Tony Stark (Iron Man) and fights against Captain Steve Rogers (Captain America) and his allies, that included Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier). In post credits he is seen talking to Captain Rogers and we get an idea that he has taken Bucky to his nation, Wakanda.

Black Panther Story-line:

The movie starts as T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is getting ready to crowned as the future King of Wakanda. For the first time, the audience get to know the real Wakanda and the “origin of Black Panther”. At the crowning ritual, T’Challa is challenged by M’Baku (Lord of the Jabari tribe, the only tribe that refused to accept the Black Panther as the King and Protector of the nation of Wakanda). T’Challa defeats him, but he allows M’Baku to live instead of killing him.

Soon T’Challa gets to know that an identified object made of Wakanda made of Vibranium is stolen from a London museum. The man behind it is, Ulysses Klaue (a fugitive that is wanted by Wakanda). The King decides to undertake a mission in Busan, South Korea and bring Klaue to face trial in his kingdom. Accompanied by his elite forces’ general Okoye and his ex-love interest, Nakia, T’Challa fails to bring Klaue home. Instead, the King brings a CIA agent, Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) to heal as he took a bullet while defending Nakia during a gunfight with Klaue’s men.

Meanwhile, a man claiming to be of royal blood shows up at the Wakandan border, he brings Klaue’s body with him and wins the support of W’Kabi (who wanted Klaue dead to avenge his family’s death caused by him). The man is N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, an expert killer and member of the US army. He is also the cousin of T’Challa and now lays his claim for the Wakandan throne, T’Challa accepts Killmonger’s challenge. He is defeated by Killmonger in a ritual combat and thrown over from a cliff. Seeing the gravity of the situation, Nakia takes the Queen and Shuri (T’Challa’s sister) to safe place alongside Agent Ross.

They go to Jabari tribe for help and find that T’Challa is not dead. Lord M’Baku tells T’Challa that now they are even as he has returned his favor of  life for a life. T’Challa asks M’Baku’s help to retake the throne, but M’Baku refuses to give his men as he sees this is of no interest for his people.

In the climax, Killmonger and W’Kabi fight against Black Panther and his supporters. With the help of Agent Ross, Shuri, Nakia and Okoye, T’Challa defeats his cousin and kills him.

Why to Watch Black Panther?

Director, Ryan Coogler has given us a wonderful cinematic treat in the form of Black Panther movie. The screenplay, background music, action scenes, cinematography and acting all are brilliant. Everyone has performed their role to perfection and the portrayal of Wakanda as an African country is really overwhelming to watch. Black Panther movie also has references where we get to know that how colonial powers have exploited the continent of Africa, and now the African youth is rearing to catch up with the rest of the world. This is clearly visible in the post credit scene when at the UN meeting, T’Challa announces that his country will no  longer remain in the shadows and will share its technical knowhow and resources with the rest of the world.

My Verdict of Black Panther

I am giving 10/10 to this film and is super excited for the Infinity War, where once again we will see Black Panther. I loved the plot and its execution, there is never a dull moment in this film. I especially loved the background score that had a great blend of traditional African and modern techno music. So, if you are a Marvel fan then don’t wait anymore to watch this movie.

 

Reviewed By: Mirza Yusuf Faiyaz

Yusuf is a History student and a teacher by profession, but has immense interest in arts and culture. He thinks that Cinema as an art form is an extension of a country’s soft power.