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Manmarziyaan Movie Review

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Director Anurag Kashyap has drifted from Dark, Gaalis and Golis with the love triangle of Manmarziyaan.

Tapsee Pannu as Rummi, the hot headed kudi who manipulates her family constantly. She speaks volumes with her eyes, body language and vocals, engages you for all of the 157 mins. Vicky Kaushal as Vicky the DJ kills it with his muscular and juvenile irresponsible lover boy looks. Vicky jumps over across the rooftops to meet his lady love for some fierce love making. They crave sex.. ‘this isn’t love you idiots’, you want to yell. Shown well without being vulgar and bordering on intense, but just falling short of getting the A rating.

Enter Robbie, Abhishek Bachchan as the middle class banker from London seeking homely wife with his mother’s blessings. Expressive in his silence and blessed with patience and maturity to handle this bomb, Rummi He tolerates her rudeness, indecisiveness and supports her madness only because he has fallen in love. Even encourages her to think things through and discuss if she should walk out on her marriage to return to her boyfriend. You wonder if this is typical or is it just the reel world.

A better grip of Punjabi or even subtitles would surely have helped, especially to enjoy the 12 full bodied punju accented songs!

The star cast needs individual mention for each has emoted excellently but then my review will be as lengthy as the movie itself! Vikram Kochhar as Robbie’s bro and the dialogues with his parents are hilarious.

My Rating of Manmarziyaan Movie:

Kudos to the director and cameraman for the closeups of exhalation and vulnerability captured perfectly!

So why wouldn’t I give Manmarziyaan movie a 5 on 5? Cause it falls short on showing the emotions of the family at Rummi changing her mind twice about marriage, later no one helps them even try to reconcile, they just allow them to annul the marriage . There is no continuity in some scenes like the bags that return from London(when did they get sent). The talented dancing twins that pop up without context is a little ridiculous. Switching to animals mating rituals on TV is as bad as covering up sex scenes with flowers in old Bollywood movies.

Though what is sensitively shown is how Robbie takes off his pagdi for a smoke and respectfully picks up the roti that’s fallen on the floor. Rummi’s connection with her Grandfather and Vicky’s Father’s moral lecture to him when he is trying to break up a wedding has been handled well.

You come away from the movie wanting to legalise the marriageable age in India to a sensible 25 and above. Or allow marriage only when both the bride and groom are financially independent and can tell carnal pleasure from real emotions!

Image Source: Eekshanam

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Two Explanations of Stree Movie’s Climax

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Earlier this month, I watched “Stree” movie. The film stars Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, and Aparshakti Khurana in lead roles. It is based on an urban legend of “Nale Ba”, which was so far little known to most people of our country. Here, I will make an attempt to understand the meaning of “end/climax” of Stree movie.

After a keen analysis of all the aspects of the film, I believe there can be two possible explanations of Stree movie’s climax. One, Shraddha Kapoor is not “Stree”; second, she is “Stree”. Sounds confusing, huh? Well let’s delve deeper into these explanations.

Scenario one: Shradhha Kapoor is not Stree

It seems the most likely conclusion as we clearly see that she helps Rajkummar Rao and his friends to get rid of Stree because she herself has lost someone special to the evil spirit. The reason why this may be true is the fact that she asks Rajkummar to bring some weird items (supposedly for Black Magic) and through this, she gets those supernatural powers to face the evil spirit. However, she can’t defeat the evil spirit of her own. Therefore, she decides to work as a team with Rajkummar, Aparshakti and Pankaj Tripathi to defeat and destroy the evil spirit.

We also see that at one point of time Shraddha gives dagger to Rajkummar and asks to spear it through spirit’s heart. This clearly shows that Shraddha is not Stree, otherwise why would she kill herself? Now, you must be thinking, if she wasn’t the spirit then why she disappears in the last scene after adding Stree’s chhoti to her’s? I can’t say for sure, but the reason may be that she now has the powers of the spirit and she wants to use it for some “aim” that we may get to know in the movie’s scheduled sequel announced recently by the team.

If you accept this theory, then who was the spirit that comes in the last part and leaves  Chanderi town after reading the message, “O Stree Raksha Karna”? The answer is very simple, she is the same spirit whom Shraddha and team defeated but not killed. Yes, she is alive, as a ghost, of course. She lost her powers but was not killed during that night.

 

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Scenario Two: Shraddha Kapoor is Stree

This theory is purely based on assumptions and some loopholes in the movie’s script. First, Stree is not a single spirit, it is a name given to such spirits. So, if we say Shraddha is Stree that doesn’t mean that she is the Stree of Chanderi town. There is a possibility that she belongs to some other village or town, but came to Chanderi to become powerful for accomplishing something that requires too  much supernatural power.

Now, let’s see why I am saying this. In the movie, Shraddha never enters any sacred place (temple); she also didn’t tell her name and instead says to Rajkummar – I will come whenever you will think of me –  this shows she isn’t human. But the most interesting thing is that she only becomes visible to everyone after doing some “black magic” in the jungle. If you notice, during first few visits she is only visible to Rajkummar. However, later everyone is able to see and talk to her, but it happens only after performing some black magic.

I strongly believe that Sharaddha did a black magic that allowed her to take human form and be visible to everyone. She also took 12 pages of the book that was written by Vijay Razz on Stree and explained how to defeat her. She studied it and found out that Rajkummar is the one who can help her to defeat and get Stree’s power. As she had no grudge against Chanderi, she didn’t bother its people.

There can be more views on Stree movie climax, and the truth will come out in the sequel. Till then, we will need to be content with these theories only!

Photos source: Shraddha Kapoor’s Official Facebook Page.

Written by: Absar Ahmad

Patriotic Movies Based on Real Life Events

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For the past few days, I was looking to watch some good movies based on real events. As a result, I ended up watching about half a dozen of them. Since many of them had a patriotic theme, an idea came to my mind; I thought of writing an article on “Patriotic Movies Based on Real Life Events”.

So, I selected three movies – Parmanu, Airlift and Madras Café. The reason I chose these three movies is that they all are very different from each other, covering various perspectives of patriotism.

  1. Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran: Starring John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani in lead roles, the movie tells the story and struggle of how Indian became a nuclear-armed state in the late 1990s. Parmanu ticks all the attributes of what a good cinema should be. John looks incredibly authoritative and dashing in his role. Boman Irani as the Secretary to the PM of India is at his usual best. However, the surprise package for me is Diana Penty’s acting, which is commendable as I have only seen her in glam roles till now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would give the movie 8/10 and recommend all cinema lovers to    watch it at least once.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  2. Airlift: Released in 2016, Airlift stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in lead roles. The movie is set in the 1990s and tells us the story of the 1990 airlift of Indians from Kuwait during the Gulf War. Akshay plays a successful businessman based out of Kuwait, who helps in rescuing 1,70,000 Indians stranded in that country during the war.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The movie was a huge success at the Box Office and the acting of the entire cast is praised by critics as well as cinema lovers. The music, screenplay and direction were highly praised too. I would give it a 7/10.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  3. Madras Café: It is a unique film in the context that it came in 2013, about 27 years after India’s intervention in Sri Lanka’s civil war. A political thriller revolving around the assassination of our former PM, Rajiv Gandhi, the film handles an incredibly sensitive topic with care. Credit must be given to Shoojit Sircar for portraying such a topic in a respectful yet gripping manner on the big screen. All the actors have done really well in the movie. In fact, in my view, Madras Café is John Abraham’s best movie so far.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The movie has done well at the box office and is widely acclaimed by the critics for its story and direction. I would give it a perfect 8/10 and recommend you all to watch it for sure.                                      

    Stay tuned to The World of Movies to read more such interesting articles!

     Written by: Absar Ahmad

Stree Movie Review

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Guffaw, Chortle or Scream in terror! Funny or frightened, almost pee your pants either way.

No one told Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee that it’s a horror movie. The trio are clever, witty and the accent of their attempt at Hinglish keeps you in splits. The friends are in awe of not just girls, they know their designers and music too. They try to be ‘Madrone’ and debunk the myth of bhoot, pret and chudails only to be dragged into it feet first, no pun!

The witch hunt is lifted from multiple plots yet keeps you hooked. Pankaj Tripathi cracks you up as the keeper of the town secrets and books. Glamorous Shraddha Kapoor looks out of place in the small town, but you can’t decide if she is the hunted or hunter and all you want at the end of the movie is to know her name. Which you will surely watch the sequel to learn.

It’s bold to make a movie on the age old beliefs of ghosts and making you laugh is just acing it. The four songs barely interrupt the story-line but after showing a sleazy item number, the burst of feminism in the second half doesn’t gel. The man hungry spirit takes away men but doesn’t harm them. You almost want to tell the ghost to go ahead and seek her revenge or guide her how to. The story weakens though and you want to know if the spirit wants love, respect, revenge or sex.

It’s so clichéd to show the spirit looking haggard, skeletons and scary..a pretty flying ghost with sparkles would have done the trick like in another movie where she rises from the past in Urban India.

The temple, historical town, cobbled streets and the ruins of Chanderi makes you want to mark it for your next holiday. Chanderi is mesmerizing!  Stree..a movie not to be missed, especially if you like to lol and be spooked too!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab