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Gold Movie Review

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Gold Movie Review:

I was proud to stand up twice for our National Anthem while watching the story of India’s First Olympic Gold win in post Independence era! One before the movie began and again when India wins the much coveted Gold medal in the movie.

In my view, Gold is a well directed/written movie that didn’t lose focus throughout its 2 hours and 31 minutes of running. It was action-packed, motivating, inspiring two and a half hours of only hockey – Our National Game! Something we have forgotten with time resulting in the inexorable decline of the game in the country .

Though this is not a first hockey movie to be made in India. It was still refreshing and charming in ways. I especially loved the fact that it did not make fun of the British Empire or Pakistan, that is often seen almost in all of Bollywood’s patriotism-themed movies. It has an easy going story-line and an effective plot that leads to a grand finale like climax.

Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das is looking adorable as well as authoritative at the same time. His stature as a versatile actor has been further increased with the success of Gold movie. Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor are total hunks and have acted so well that it won’t be wrong to say that they acted as the sails of the ship that Akshay was steering brilliantly. I am happy and satisfied that Mouni Roy and  Nikita Dutta didn’t have to shake a leg as item numbers to hold their own.

Enjoyed the music of Gold which has been made popular on the radio, also the short bits of dancing in the club, typical of pre-Independence era India. I must say in the end that it is a must watch movie for the patriotic goosebumps and pride that stays on even after leaving the theater!

Gold in every way is a golden movie.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Edited by: Absar Ahmad

About Shyamala Nawab:

Anything but Shy! After years of working, I eased into the more enjoyable but hectic role of being a full time wife, mother & personal assistant to the family very easily. Movies blend my passion for travel, food, reading & observing people perfectly.

Dangal Movie Review – Aaamir Khan Delivers a Milestone Movie

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Movie: Dangal                                              Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                        Languages: Hindi (Haryanvi Dialect)

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Dangal Movie Review:

Watched Dangal yesterday FDFS definitely an oscar nominee. It is a must watch film for audience all over the world. Aamir Khan proves again why he is called Mr. Perfectionist. It’s the story of hard work, being passionate about the dream and fulfilling the dream no matter what. A truly Inspirational film.

 

Dangal Trailer –

 

Why to Watch Dangal?

The performances of every character in the film is completely intriguing and the visuals are stunning. The wrestling series are so realistic and were shot so well as if we are watching a real wrestling match and kushti (Indian version of wrestling). Aamir Khan plays a guiding role here and lets the girls who play his daughters in the film take the center stage on most occasions. What keeps us glued to the screen is Aamir khan’s transformation into a total Haryanvi father, with a submissive wife played by saas-bahu serial fame Sakshi Talwar. She always kept a subdued attitude toward her husband, only got fierce once when he asks her to cook chicken for his girls to build muscles in a vegetarian kitchen.

We have always seen Aamir in his Chiseled frame, this time playing an aging wrestler, with added pounds and flab and still wow. He mesmerizes you! literally lives the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat in rural Haryana.

The amount of effort that he has put in this film to look like a fat old father and then to lose weight to look like a real wrestler and that too for a flashback portion that hardly travels for 10 minutes is commendable.

But the stars of the film are definitely Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar. As the young Geeta and Babita, they are simply adorable and charming. They show their innocent and aggressive attitude with such ease that you will fall in love immediately with their characters and start applauding them in every scene. The way their parents pronounced their names in Haryanvi accent is still lingering in my mind. The soundtrack of Dangal is adequately entertaining. Hanikarak Bapu, Dhaakad are my favorite.

Dangal Verdict:

You may have zero knowledge about wrestling but you find yourself clapping and cheering Geeta and praying that she wins. That is the beauty of this movie. Dangal is sensitive yet fun, serious yet entertaining. Anyone who consider girls are weak take them to watch Dangal. It delivers a powerful message in a country where rural women are subjected to restrictions and early marriage is the only option for their parents.. It’s a wrestling bout where the audience is the winner …please watch it in Theaters ..respect to Mr. Perfectionist!

Reviewed by – Manju Nair

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Review – The “Untold” Remains Untold In This Supposedly Biopic

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Movie: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                                                  Genre: Sports, Biography

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English)

M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Review:

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, was among the most anticipated films of Bollywood this year. The reason is quite simple, it is supposedly a biopic on Indian’s greatest captain and perhaps its best cricketer (at least in terms of achievements in International Arena). The movie has a tag line “The Man You Know, The Journey You Don’t”. All this made quite a buzz around the movie months before it was released. The movie got even more attention when in May this year Emran Hashmi starer Azhar (Azharuddin’s Biopic a former Indian Captain too) failed to charm the audience and critics. But, unfortunately after all these big talks M.S. Dhoni’s so called “Untold Story” too fails to do justice to the “Biography” genre.

Well, I said this because in a Biography you got to show the good as well as bad times and circumstances. But, Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni biopic has very easily bypassed the “controversies” that the Indian Captain has gone through or have at least seen in his playing career. The reasons can be many but two of the widely speculated ones are:

  1. This movie is being funded by Arun Pandey (A close M.S. Dhoni friend and associate).
  2. M.S. is still the captain of the Indian National Cricket Team in One Day and T20 formats. And, he is willing play till 2019 (something he said in a press conference earlier this year).

So, amid all these scenarios Neeraj Pandey’s M.S. Dhoni doesn’t turn out to be a great piece of cinema, but yes a popular movie for the masses in this “cricket mad” country.  The movie talks about Dhoni’s life till 2011 World Cup. And here lies a great setback for audience like me. We wanted to know so much about his relations with Ganguly, Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer and many others. But, nothing has been told about them and abrupt ends of their career. Mind you meanwhile Gautam is back in the test squad but the others have retired long ago.

We are also not told how Dhoni always keeps calm in tough situations? Is it natural or something he has developed over time. There is also no mention of his relationship with Lakshmi Rai? We also don’t get to know what happened in IPL that led to the suspension of Chennai Super Kings (A team Dhoni has lead since the inception of IPL in 2008). His close association with N. Srinivasan (Former BCCI Chief) too has been kept at bay from the audience. All in all, it can be said easily that M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a great PR attempt for the Indian captain that sidelines all the tough/rough/controversial phases of his career and focuses mostly on his struggle to become a cricketer. The movie of course tells the story of his deceased girlfriend (Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha) and present wife (Kiara Advani as Sakshi)

Well, after all the criticism in the above mentioned part you might not be willing to read this review any further. But, as a movie/cinema lover I got to do this while writing. I am not criticizing Dhoni or his tenure, but I am just not convinced with this film been an “Untold Story”. Whatever is shown we all know thoroughly. It is just that I am disappointed with Neeraj Pandey who is a very good director, but it seems he too was not brave enough to rack up any controversy. Anyways, now let’s talk about the good part of it.

What’s Good in M.S. Dhoni’s Untold Story?

While biopic nature of the film will be a topic of contention. There is no dispute in the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput has won the hearts with his acting. I am extremely glad to see his body language that would make even Dhoni blush. He has mastered it all very well. His way of talking and face expressions too are very much Dhoni like. It seems that this movie will be a landmark movie for Sushant’s future as a “movie star”. Kiara Advani too is convincing as Sakshi (although there’s not much for her in the film anyway). Disha Patani has done a fabulous job as Dhoni’s first girlfriend. The rest of the cast too has given their best. It’s a nice thing about M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story that despite no big star playing any other cricketer’s role the film has still looked pretty decent and one feel no void in it. The music of the film is really great and enjoyable. Editing is fine, choreography competent and background score comprehensive.

My Verdict & Rating of the film

I would rate M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, 7/10. The film has all aspects of being a good movie and it’s a must watch for cricket lovers as well as general audience. But, there’s a word of caution from me “Don’t just think that you now know all you wanted to know”. Because the legend of M.S. Dhoni is not over yet and there’s much “UNTOLD” in it that we would love to know about and will know one day…