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Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Review

Gangubai Kathiawadi 2022 Movie Poster
Gangubai Kathiawadi 2022 Movie Poster

Reviewed By: Shyamala Nawab


“Izzat se jeene ka, kisi se darne ka nahi”



Gangubai all the way while Lala’s presence is only to balance the man’s world of the 60s. Shantanu Maheshwari brings a freshness and Jim Sarbh is endearingly enthu.

Initially its sad to see the violence against sex workers on the big parda but all’s never rosy in the Kamatipura world.

You hate Seema Pahwa as SheelaBai and Vijay Raaz as RaziaBai proving they get a 💯 each.

Indira Tiwari as Kamli, the epitome of sex workers tugs at your heart.

The music is true to the times.

With the Kathiawadi theme and Navratri dhol, the comparison is inevitable.. while Deepika as Leela wins hands down with Nagada for charm and presence but it’s Gangubai (Alia Bhatt) who emotes and dares to share her pain in Dholida.

Alia Bhatt as Gangubai leaves a mark on films & history
Alia Bhatt as Gangubai leaves a mark on films & history

Haanh, Shikayat Toh Huma ke Blouse Fitting And Matak se Heh.. 🤣

.. but the reform topic is close to my heart and I will always root for the Gangubai of the world!

Alia Bhatt chaand thi aur chaand rahegi!


The World of Movies Rating: 8/10

Movie Title: Gangubai Kathiawadi

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Story by: Hussain Zaidi

Main Cast: Alia Bhatt as Gangubai Kathiawadi, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz as Raziabai, Seema Pahwa as Sheela Mausi, Varun Kapoor as Ramnik Lal, Jim Sarbh as Journalist Amin Faizi, Ajay Devgn as Rahim Lala, Huma Qureshi (special appearance)

Year of Release: 2022

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi

Running Time: 154 minutes

Production Company: Bhansali Productions, Pen Studios

Distributed by: Pen Marudhar Entertainment 

Image Source: Screenshots taken from the Gangubai Kathiawadi movie.

The Courier Movie Review | Prime Video

The Courier 2020 Movie
The Courier 2020 Movie

Reviewed By: Anantha Alagappan

I picked this movie because of its interesting storyline and Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead actor. Based on the life of “The spy who saved the world”, the plot revolves around two main characters, a top Soviet official who went against his own government to defuse a nuclear war and a British Salesman, “The Courier”, who was instrumental in transporting this vital information to the west on time.

The Review:

It is the year 1960. Both America and the Soviet Union have equipped themselves with heavy nuclear arsenal. The leader of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev has an ambitious plan to deploy nukes in Cuba to put the US under the radar. Khrushchev’s reckless attitude was disliked by many of his own countrymen. One top ranked official, Oleg Penkovsky, decides to take matters into his own hands. In a daring attempt, he reaches out to the CIA and MI6 saying he wants to establish peace in this world. When the CIA receives the message, they team up with MI6 and set up a channel of communication with Penkovsky through “The Courier”.

“The Courier”, is a British Salesman,  Greville Wynne, recruited by the MI6 to make contact with Penkovsky. Wynne is entrusted  to transport the classified information from Penkovsky to MI6 and CIA. With the”Big Brother” KGB watching them all the time, Penkovsky and Wynne are forced to come up with new tactics to choose their rendezvous point to exchange information. Over a period of time, the duo develop a steadfast friendship with each other and getaway with many escapades. 

But eventually, they get caught by the KGB and are imprisoned in the deep pits of Tartarus. Before succumbing to the depths of despair, will the duo successfully avert the Cuban danger  forms the crux of  this brilliant thriller.

A Scene From The Courier Movie
A Scene From The Courier Movie

The Courier: Performances, Technical and Accuracy

Benedict Cumberbatch and Merab Ninidze excel in their roles as Wynne and Penkovsky respectively. They sink deep into the skin of their characters. The screenplay is tight and the cinematography is brilliant. Moscow is a treat to watch and the film subtly gives the audience a taste of the pleasures of the Russian elite.

The only glaring flaw in the movie is the portrayal of the KGB. It is difficult to imagine the KGB being lacklustre and incapable of catching the mole in their own system for such a long time. The real story upon research  states that KGB was aware about the dealings of Penkovsky but could not expose him earlier as they did not want to compromise their own mole on the other side. They were patiently waiting for an opportunity to catch Penkovsky unaware and catch him in action. Had the movie portrayed the  KGB chase in more detail, it would have been a much better thriller to watch.

Having said that, it is true that Penkovsky did manage to keep the KGB at bay for two whole years and was able to successfully transport a lot of classified information to the west. Thanks to his efforts, the Cuba threat was subdued. 

A traitor in his own land, a Hero who saved the world. His accomplice, The Courier,  lived on to narrate the story to the rest of the world. Aptly brought to the silver screen, such stories are meant to be told. The world has to be made aware of such unsung heroes. I am glad I watched a sensible film after a long long time.


The World of Movies Rating: 08/10


Movie Title: The Courier

Directed by: Dominic Cooke

Written by:  Tom O’Connor

Main Cast of The Courier Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, Merab Ninidze as Oleg Penkovsky, Rachel Brosnahan as Helen Talbot, Jessie Buckley as Sheila

Year of Release: 2020 (Sundance Film Festival), 2021 Commercially 

Genre: Thriller, Drama, History, Spy

Country of Origin: USA, UK

Languages: English

Running Time: 111 minutes

Production Company: 42, FilmNation Entertainment, SunnyMarch

Distributed by: Lionsgate (United Kingdom), Roadside Attractions (United States)


Image Source: Screenshots taken from the movie.

Reviewed by: Anantha Alagappan

Decoupled Review: A Netflix Delight!

Decoupled Netflix Show
Decoupled Netflix Show

Written By: Namita Tribhuwan

Not sure why many people aren’t talking about it but Decoupled on Netflix is so damn good. It’s witty, hilarious and therefore so good. Certainly a must watch if you are looking for something new.

R. Madhavan (Arya Iyer) plays the second-best pulp fiction writer, first is Chetan Bhagat in a hilarious cameo, who is observant (because an author) but brutally honest about everything. Surveen Chawla (Shruti Sharma Iyer) plays a successful businesswoman who is his wife, and they are going through a marriage fallout leading to a divorce, like it’s a love story in reverse. The awkward moments, dark humor, hilarious references like ‘I have seen Parasite’ to a Korean guy who thinks there is some smell in the car. It’s an absolute delight to watch.

R.Madhavan has done a superb job as Arya Iyer in Netflix's Decoupled
R.Madhavan has done a superb job as Arya Iyer in Netflix’s Decoupled

Madhavan just rocked the screen and carried the role like a feather in a breeze! He has aged like wine, the older he grows the finer his acting turns out. Decoupled is a very well written and well directed TV show which comes as a breath of fresh air when most new shows try to follow the dark thriller template since that formula has been a success. That being said, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea as the quality of humor is very different from what you would find in any other Indian sitcom show.

I particularly love how Arya tries to hide his ex-gf from his wife because she has become fat below her waist. Also, I loved the scene where he calls the driver and asks him to eat the banana which was part of a stupid art installation.

Surveen looked very pretty and carried off her part very well. I enjoyed Mr. Basu, Guruji, and Mayank too who added to the fun and wit of the plot.

Decoupled is one of the best Indian series ever made. Everything portrayed in the series is so logical and realistic. Once you start watching this TV series, you will get hooked to it!

I give this show 9/10 and I surely recommend watching Decoupled especially with your partner.


The World of Movies Rating – 9/10!


Title: Decoupled

Year of Release: 2021

Created & Written by: Manu Joseph

Directed by: Hardik Mehta

Decoupled Cast: R. Madhavan as Arya Iyer, Surveen Chawla as Shruti Sharma Iyer, Chetan Bhagat as himself, Mir Afsar Ali as Dr Basu, Aseem Hattangadi as Mayank

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Web Series, TV Series

Number of Seasons: 01

Number of Episodes: 08

Episode Length: 26-36 minutes each

Original Network: Netflix

Production Companies: Andolan Films, Bombay Fables Motion Pictures

Distributor: Netflix Streaming Services

*Images created from screenshots captured from the series.

The Big Bull | A Critical Movie Review | Disney + Hotstar

The Big Bull 2021 Disney PLus Hotstar Movie
The Big Bull 2021 Disney PLus Hotstar Movie

Reviewed By: Suraqua Fahad

The Big Bull is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language crime drama film directed and co-written by Kookie Gulati and produced by Ajay Devgn, Anand Pandit, Vikrant Sharma and Kumar Mangat Pathak. This movie has very well projected the loopholes of the share market and its consequences on the economic system of the country. This movie is a well defined example for describing “the Life of the Dreamers” (i.e. common man) that completely depends on the physiological needs which is well described by Maslow’s Hierarchy need theory

The Big Bull movie is also trying to depict the involvement of the administrative structure in the scams and how the white collar criminals take the clean chit from the judicial authorities through manipulation of the laws.

Abhishek Bachchan impresses with his portrayal of Harshad Mehta
Abhishek Bachchan impresses with his portrayal of Harshad Mehta in The Big Bull 2021 movie.

Comment of the last dialog of the movie communicated by Meera (Journalist, played by Ileana D’Cruz) “this 2020 is changed and I am happy that country is in such an inspiring MBAs” is itself a scam for those dreamers who want to made changes in the country against monopolization, capitalization, bureau-democratic self-ideologist economic system and mafia of privatization in the economic system. On the basis of empirical evidences in contemporary scenario, proletariats are still struggling for their survival needs and bourgeois are taking all the expensive facilities, just because of the wide gap between the distribution of power and resources and this is not something fresh or new served on the table of power as already many examples are there like Harshad Mehta’s Scam, Vijay Maliya’s Scam etc.

This discriminative theory is still practiced in the 21st digitalized century because of monopolization of resources and biased use of political power for the self-profitable interest by the different politicians. Have you ever heard that politicians suffer due to hunger, poverty or any other basic need deficiency? Have you ever read that the politicians from the authoritative political party are in jail because of scam charges? You get yourself the right answer. So SCAM is nothing, it is just a synonym of ‘use of biased power’ and the culprits automatically are those who don’t have any power i.e. common people or we can say ‘Dreamers’ and they are the culprits because of putting their legs in other’s authoritative person’s shoe.


The World of Movies Rating – 08/10


Movie Title: The Big Bull

Directed by: Kookie Gulati

Written by: Kookie Gulati & Arjun Dhawan 

Main Cast of The Big Bull Movie: Abhishek Bachchan as Hemant Shah, Ileana D’Cruz as Meera Rao, Nikita Dutta as Priya Patel Shah, Sumit Vats as Hari Vyas, Mahesh Manjrekar as Rana Sawant, Ram Kapoor as Ashok Mirchandani, Sohum Shah as Viren Shah, Lekha Prajapati as Tara Shah, Supriya Pathak as Amiben Shah, Saurabh Shukla as Mannu Malpani.

Year of Release: 2021

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Country of Origin: India 

Languages: Hindi, Gujarati (few dialogues only)

Running time: 154 minutes

Production Company: Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Anand Pandit Motion Pictures

Distributed by: Hotstar

Image Source: Screenshots taken from the movie.


About the Author:

Suraqua Fahad from Aligarh, UP (Founder member of Pranayak and Praksh-Pratyaksh) is a social philanthropist and social activist, accomplished Post Graduation (with specialization in Human Resource Management and Community Development) in Social Work from Gautam Buddha University. He had done different research projects on different social issues in collaboration with distinctive national and International organizations. Moreover, he had a vast contribution in publications based on empirical research.