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Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review

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The Big Question Dekhen Ya Nahin?

Dekho! For the exquisite settings, larger than life drama and perfect cinematography. Every rope in place, every cloud with perfect colouring and the period costume such a welcome change from the glam and glitter of YRF films.

Thugs and Baaghi

Amitabh Bachchan as Azad, not just a title but an inspiration of freedom and the rebel princess, Fatima Shaikh set up their hideout in North India by the ocean and no amount of artistic license allows you to digest this geographic impossibility. Ila Arun as the medicine woman who doesn’t always get her potions right is barely funny.

One fleeting scene with the good looking thugs of the 1700s barely shows the horrors they wrought.

Cross ya Double-cross

Aamir Khan can’t make up his mind and neither will you, whether he is a good guy or bad. The curly hair and nose pin adds the swag that he lights up the screen with.

Aamir and his friend, Zeeshan Ayub’s comic timing not being bang on is disappointing though. Katrina Kaif as Suraiya Jaan with the exotic looks is the ultimate letdown as she just does not fit in with her glitzy costumes and jhatak phatak dance moves as a 18th century nautch girl.

Lloyd Owen and Gavin Marshall have played the mean ruthless role of East India Company officers very well.

Remake or Not

Perhaps remix or mashup of multiple movies and themes would be better suited descriptions. You can play a guessing game of ‘which movie..which movie’ for every scene.

3 on 10, No more

Wonder what director, Vijay Krishna Acharya really had in mind. Epic or fantasy? It’s sad that the stars are bigger than the story which seems to sink steadily right from the start.

Image credit: YRF Films Official Facebook Page.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

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

 

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!

Image source: Koimoi

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

6 Facts About Gold Movie That You Don’t Know

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Bollywood, to serve the flavor of entertainment in its recipes (movies), oftentimes misses the vital ingredients. Can I get your agreement on this point? The recent release “Gold” movie can be an appropriate and perfect example. This time the Gold movie was unable to satiate us, because it wasn’t real at all.

Yes! The biopic of an Indian legend who got the free India the first Olympic gold medal and waved the Indian flag on the British soil doesn’t justify the purpose. Instead, it is the same traditional Bollywood period drama film with a few biopic elements. The World of Movies addresses the need of all its readers and hence we take you towards an audi of our cinema theater which plays the real story behind the “GOLD”.

Let’s take the way!

Fact 1: Kishan Lal was the man, who captained the Indian Hockey Team in 1948. Under his leadership, the team bagged its first gold medal for Independent India. For the record, earlier in British colonial era, United India already had won medals at Olympics.

Fact 2: Kishan Lal was only a hockey player. As shown in the movie, he wasn’t a part of any selection committee.

 

Do check out our review of Gold Movie here!

 

Fact 3: Despite acing the game, the captain never believed in portraying himself as a hero by making the final goal, instead he often passed the ball to the inside forwards or the center forward to do the finishing touch.

Fact 4: He was born and brought up in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh in 1917. Do update your information of him being born in Bengal.

Fact 5: He was associated with the game for 28 years as a player. Later, he took retirement from competitive Hockey and remained connected with the game as a coach and commentator.

Fact 6: He was honored by the then President of India, Dr. Sarvapalli Radha Krishnan with the prestigious Padma Shri Award.

Thanks for reading this article, stay tuned for more such articles!

Written by: Pooja Mishra