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Jolly LLB 2 – Review

Movie: Jolly LLB 2

Release Year: 2017              

Country: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Standard)                                              

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Jolly LLB 2 Review:

Jolly LLB 2, like Jolly LLB, is a courtroom drama where a novice fights for justice against a much senior big shot lawyer. Sequels hardly ever live up to the standards set by the first film and in this case it was already a tad disappointing to see Akshay Kumar as Jolly because Arshad Warsi had put his heart and soul in bringing the character alive in the first one. However, the promos looked fine, support cast seemed well put together and I hoped maybe it will be as good as the first one.

Since it’s a sequel to the 2013 film we all knew the basic outline of the plot. It’s impressive the way the director maintains suspense until the end – not the suspense of how the case will end but of how Jolly will win. He had so little going for him that audience is glued until the end, hanging on to the tiniest bit of evidence, wondering how the moody judge will react to the surprise witness or the tantrums of the shrewd defense lawyer, and waiting for another twist in the story.

Jolly LLB 2 Acting

Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor are both outstanding but I don’t think Saurabh Shukla will get a national award this time for his performance. Jolly’s friend Birbal and the corrupt cop Suryaveer Singh were good but there could have been more meat in their roles. Huma Qureshi is totally wasted in the film, her love for whiskey and Gucci is the only entertainment she adds to the film. Akshay Kumar is okay… He looks good in his cocky street smart avatar in the beginning and at the end but his sincere avatar in the courtroom is something we have seen many times before.

Jolly LLB 2 Final Verdict

Jolly LLB 2 has packed a decent amount laughs throughout but most of the comic moments are more ridiculous than witty. The fact that no lawyer wants to take up a case against the police and the scene when goons shoot someone in public yet no one comes to help touch a raw nerve.The judge practicing dance steps in the courtroom, big shot lawyer throwing tantrums and arguing with the judge, both sitting on dharna (strike/protest)… These situations are too ridiculous to be realistic. Overall there is too much unnecessary drama in the film. The songs are average and weaken the momentum created by the story.

Watch it if you have nothing better to do.

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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Movie Review – Bejbi Blues (Baby Blues)

Movie – Bejbi Blues

English Title – Baby Blues

Direction and Screenplay by – Katarzyna Roslaniec 

Country – Poland

Language – Polish

Cast – Magdalena Berus, Nikodem Rozbicki, Mikolaj Lubek

Releasing Year – 2012

Genre –  Drama

Bejbi Blues Storyline

“Natalia loves fashion and modeling. She is a single mother, part of the aspirational segment population of large Polish cities. Kuba, the father of her baby, is a skateboarder who thinks all day long about his skateboard, being with friends and hanging around with other girls.

Natalia is alone and has to deal with poverty, in addition to Kuba’s indifference and immaturity. Kuba’s mother offers Natalia a monthly payment for the support of the baby. The lack of money corrupts the poor and scared girl, who little by little has more needs. Later, she meets Martyna, a cocaine-addicted night owl, who introduces her to an employee of a clothing store who gives her a job.  Natalia will fall more and more in an abyss that will carry her to chaos and make her ‘stronger’ … for worse?

Bejbi Blues Movie Review

Excellent realistic scenarios which show the dangers of emptiness and selfishness in lone teens. The fact this is the first time on screen for many actors of Bejbi Blues gives us another dimension to this masterpiece. Acclaimed in Toronto Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, Bejbi Blues is a nice one time watch modern Polish drama. The vacuity of spirit and thus, self-destructive personality of the main character invites an aspirational young society to revalue and rethink morals to rise and consequently, still needs to improve its conception of family and motherhood from the basis, respecting the solidarity that has to prevail in every democratic State.”

Reviewed By – JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA

About Him –

Jorge Isaac Veytia
Jorge Isaac Veytia

JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA, is a Mexican who works as an international commercial lawyer in Berlin, Germany. His practice involves the use of more than six languages. He is a cinema fan since a child. His favourite films focus mainly on French comedies even he also loves the analysis of Scandinavian movies and kitschy Mexican masterpieces. He is also a true fan of Berlinale festival. “The Red Violin” and “La Soif de l’Or” could be listed as his favorite movies.

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10 Movies To Watch This Diwali With Family & Friends

10 Movies To Watch This Diwali With Family & Friends

Diwali is a festival of lights and sweets. Celebrated across India with intense passion and reverence. An occasion that brings friends and family together for celebration. Being a country obsessed with Movies, I have compiled a list of 10 Movies that you can watch with your friends and family this Diwali weekend. This list has movies based on the theme of “friendship, love, family and fun”.

 

Andaz Apna Apna -1994
     Andaz Apna Apna -1994 Hindi Movie

Andaz Apna Apna – This 1994 Bollywood Comedy Film is without doubt a treasure of our country’s cinema history. With an ensemble cast featuring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Shakti Kapoor (as the legendary character of “Crime Master Gogo”) Andaz Apna Apna is a pure delight that you can enjoy with family on any occasion. A rating of 8.7 on IMDB is a testimony to the fact that Andaz Apna Apna is an all-time favorite movie of Indians.

 

Anand 1971 Movie
Anand 1971 Movie Poster

Anand – A 1971, Bollywood Drama Movie, featuring Rajesh Khanna as Anand (Main Protagonist), with Amitabh Bachchan and Sumita Sanyal in supporting roles. Anand is an emotional movie about friendship, love and sacrifice. An IMDB rating of 8.9 makes Anand, the No. 01 Movie among “Top 250 Indian Movies” list. Surely, a film that is worth watching. The 2003 Shahrukh Khan starrer Mega BlockBuster Hit “Kal Ho Na Ho” is inspired by Anand. So, I am leaving that out of this list.

Gol Maal 1979 Movie
Gol Maal 1979 Comedy Movie

 

 

Gol Maal – Amol Palekar’s best movie, Gol Maal is a 1979 Comedy that still makes you burst with laughter. The film was a “Mega Hit” of its time and is one of the milestone movies in the career of the Director “Hrishikesh Mukherjee”. Gol Maal features talented stars like David, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutt, Deven Verma, Dina Pathak to name a few.

 

Chupke Chupke 1975
Chupke Chupke 1975 Comedy.

 

Chupke Chupke – A 1975, Bollywood Comedy Film starring the stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bahaduri, Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, and Om Prakash in the lead roles. The movie is also well-known for its songs written by Anand Bakshi and the music is composed by the great S.D.Burman.

Hum Apke Hain Kaun 1994
Hum Apke Hain Kaun 1994 Movie

 

 

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – Released more than 2 decades ago in 1994, Hum Apke Hain Kaun is Bollywood’s one of the all-time most watched movie. It was the Top Grossing Bollywood Movie of its time. Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan’s romance is an absolute delight to watch. The film has it’s fair share of emotional drama too. A perfect recipe for this Diwali for your family.

Dil Chahta Hai 2001
Dil Chahta Hai 2001 Movie

Dil Chahta Hai – The 2001 Coming of Age Movie, Dil Chahta Hai has it’s appeal in the Indian Urban Masses. Starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna the film revolves around friendship, fun and the problems in relationships. A Movie that will remind you of your younger days, Dil Chahta Hai is an “ultimate film” to watch this Diwali.

 

Jab We Met 2007 Movie
Jab We Met 2007 Movie Poster

Jab We Met – This 2007 Romantic Comedy is one of India’s all-time most watched movie. The film stars bubbly Kareena Kapoor as a Punjabi girl who is feeling to get married to her boyfriend. She meets a billionaire (Shahid Kapoor) during her journey who is “depressed”. The film has some great music and songs. Check them Out Here..!

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 Movie
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 Movie

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – A film that has run uninterrupted for more than 1000 weeks in a Mumbai theatre. Commonly referred to “DDLJ” this 1995 Classic Bollywood love story is something that most Hindi movie lovers have seen more than once. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. Dilwale Dulhania Lejayenge is a milestone in the history of not just Bollywood but Indian Cinema too. It is a musical Blockbuster also and its songs are still popular on Indian FM stations. Listen all the songs Here..!

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988 Movie
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988 Movie

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak – This 1988 film is the first step of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla towards their eventual stardom in Hindi Film Industry. The songs “Papa Kehte Hain”, “Ae Mere Humsafar”, “Gazab Ka Hai Din” are still popular on TV as well as radio. The movie revolves around the popular theme of kids of enemy families falling in love with each other. A theme that ruled the 80s and 90s in Bollywood.

Hungama-2003-movie
Hungama 2003 Movie

Hungama – This 2003, Priyadarshan Movie is one of the “underrated movies” in the Hindi Film Industry. Hungama is a charming comedy that makes you laugh relentlessly. With likes of Rajpal Yadav, Akshay Khanna, Paresh Rawal in the film this is a must watch for you. A semi-hit when released Hungama has garnered a strong fan base over a period of time now.

Other than the above mentioned movies in the list. The movies that couldn’t find a place in my list but are worth mentioning here are:

Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Baghban (2003), Hera Pheri (Series), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014), and Mr. India (1987).

So enjoy and Happy Dilwai To You All…!

Hollywood So Far In 2016 – Expectations & Reality

Hollywood So Far In 2016 – Expectations & Reality

Like every year this year too there were a lot of Hollywood releases which had high expectations, but couldn’t deliver. While few movies which were initially thought to be as low key affair, unexpectedly made it big at the box office. As far as the collections are concerned till now, the top 5 highest grossing movies of 2016 are:

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Captain America Civil War 2016 Movie
  1. Captain America – Civil War
  2. Zootopia
  3. The Jungle Book
  4. Batman vs Superman – The Dawn of Justice
  5. Finding Dory
Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Batman vs Superman Poster

Among the above mentioned films, “Batman vs Superman” received a negative review from the critics as well as the viewers. But, still it was able to earn more than 3 times of its budget. Mostly, due to the “hype” created around the movie. On the other hand “Captain America – Civil War” not only crossed $1billion mark, but also ruled the hearts of the people worldwide.

One movie that crossed the expectations given its budget is Ryan Reynolds starring “Deadpool”. The film was supposed to earn around $850 million world over and so far it has made around $780 million. With a budget of just under $60 million Deadpool has earned more than 12 times of its budget. The film holds an 8.1 rating on IMDB with almost half a million votes currently. “Zootopia” too was expected to gross $850 million internationally has surprisingly crossed $1billion. The movie got 98% on Rotten tomatoes which is a testimony of its commercial as well as cinematic success.

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Deadpool Poster

Now, talking about the films that disappointed us. Among the foremost are “Zoolander – 2” & “My Big Fat Wedding – 2”. Both the films have couple of things common between them. These sequels are released after more than a decade of their first part. They both were highly anticipated movies of 2016 and they didn’t live up to the expectations. Although, they made more than their budget, but still were not accepted by the audience in general. One more “sequel” that hit the screen in 2016 was “The Huntsman – Winter’s War”. Despite an experienced and powerful cast and all the marketing and media hype created around this film it can only be considered as “below par”. In general, we can say year 2016 wasn’t good for sequels. Except for few of them, all the sequels were either rejected by the audience or couldn’t make the impression that was expected from them.

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Zoolander 2 Poster

“Independence Day – Resurgence” couldn’t even make the half of what was predicted out of it. Likewise, “Now You See Me – 2” although did a “modest” job in theaters, but by no way surpassed its first part commercially as well as popularity wise. Similarly, “Ghostbusters” couldn’t even cross its budget till the time this article was written.

Now, here are my top 5 movies that are yet to hit the screens in 2016 and what we can predict for them in revenue worldwide.

  1. Dr Strange – $700million
  2. Moana – $700million
  3. Suicide Squad – $712 million
  4. Rogue One: A Star War’s Story – $900 million
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $1 billion
Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Fantastic Beats And Where to Find Them Movie Poster

It would be interesting to watch and see what these movies can bring to us and whether they will make their way into the Top-grossing movies of 2016 by the end of the year or not. Till then take care and enjoy watching movies…!