Padmaavat

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Brilliant is the word for the film. Simple story, yet made wonderfully. There are a lot of topics that are discussed which is very relatable, such as ego (Alauddin Khilji wanted to own every unusual thing, and would do anything to win), pride, homosexuality (Malik Kafur’s infatuation towards Alauddin), polygamy, (Ratan Singh married twice, which wasn’t discussed much), the topic of Jauhar (Padmavati commits Jauhar to defeat Khilji). All of this happened during those days, which I was amazed to learn about. I felt like I had travelled time, and had actually gone to the 13th century. Wonderful cinematography and effects. Beautiful songs and choreography. Ranveer Singh stood out for his performance as Alauddin Khilji. His emotions, body language, dialogue delivery etc. makes him a true villain, I was almost scared. Deepika Padukone was graceful in her performance as Rani Padmavati. And damn, she can dance! Shahid Kapoor’s effort was great and has improved a lot, though I couldn’t see any chemistry between him and Deepika and that sadly his performance was overshadowed by Ranveer and Deepika, who are more powerful than him. Jim Sarbh amazed me with his performance as a eunuch. All the other supporting actors were also amazing. Kudos to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his wonderful artistic direction.

My views on glorification even after watching the movie still remains the same. In no way I think this movie glorified “Sati” and “Jauhar”. This was something that happened during the 13th century. If we don’t show this then how would we all know about this? In fact, I feel like wanting to learn about these concepts that happened over the 13th century. This again brings me back to the time when people said that the TV series “13 Reasons Why” glorified suicide, when in reality, it made us feel more aware about teen suicides, bullying and how we could prevent it.  It’s the same for this film as well. I also felt that in no ways this movie offended Hindus or Muslims. Like I always say, its a movie. We shouldn’t be too oversensitive or effected by all this. Movies are made for learning, and to appreciate artistry and creativity. I have seen this as a movie, and we all should do the same. For all those who think its glorifying or offending, just stop complaining and learn from these films, and if these issues effect you, then think about what we can do to make things better.

The movie didn’t deserve violence and controversies. I wish that the censor board in India could improve. There were a lot of unnecessary edits, I wish they didn’t have to do that, maybe that could have helped learn the story and these concepts better. Also, the fact that Deepika’s midriff was covered through special effects during the “Ghoomar” song, and yet vulgar songs and movies are easily passed through.

It was a fun experience. I got to witness so many things and I still have a lot of thoughts. Please do watch this film. I am sure you will also get to learn.

My Rating:- 3.5/5

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The Boss Baby

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Nonsensical story, average animation, and not-so-interesting dialogues, but it is still watchable, as it is hilarious. I liked how the movie tried to not lose focus and it stuck to the plot, which keeps you hooked on. Alec Baldwin’s as The Boss Baby did a wonderful voice performance. Especially if you are fond of dogs and babies, some parts will get you hooked on.

Overall, not a masterpiece, but still watchable.

My Rating:- 2.5/5

Lipstick Under my Burkha

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It is one of the boldest movies made. It shows the problems women face. It is about four women:- Usha a.k.a Bua ji (Ratna Pathak Shah), a 55-year-old widow, Shirin (Konkona Sen Sharma) a mother of three boys and a secret sales girl, Leela (Aahana Kumra) a beautician and Rehana (Plabitha Borthakur), a fresher in college, who steals make-up and transforms to a jeans-wearing singer who loves Miley Cyrus. These four women have hopes to break free from conservative traditions, to become more independent, and basically aspire to become something more than what the society wants.

Usha’s story was the most relatable. Just because she is old and a widow, she is expected to be at home, and to be a matriarch. But she wants to do something more, such as wearing a swimsuit and going for swimming lessons, desires of wanting a youth guy, wearing make-up etc. Shirin’s story was sad, her husband Rahim (Sushant Singh) just uses her for sex, and he in turn, cheats on her, while she desires for something more, such as being a sales girl, than cooking and staying at home. Leela desires to travel the world with her secret boyfriend Arshad (Vikrant Massey), who owns a small studio, though Leela is pressurized by her mom for arranged marriage, as it is the norm. Rehana’s story is like every teenager, wanting to be free by wearing jeans and make-up rather than wearing a burkha, and to become a singer rather than just sewing burkha, but due to her conservative Muslim family, her desires are difficult to fulfill.

The movie is about the four women vs. the society. The movie shows that these situations still exist in the real life world, but at the same time, we should still keep hoping for these situations to change, for women to get the rights for freedom to do what they want, that we should put an end to stereotypes.

The best thing I like about this movie is that though these are real-life situations, they didn’t make it intense, but they made it into a light-hearted comedy. Alankrita Shrivastava, hats off to you! I love the dialogues in the movie! Each and every cast member did an amazing job, but its Ratna Pathak Shah who stands out for her brilliant acting, gracefulness and dialogue delivery.

Such kind of movies should be made. Highly recommended for both ladies and men!

My Rating:- 3.5/5

 

Beauty and the Beast

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A live-action version of one of my favourite Disney movie. It was a wonderful effort, it brought back a lot of memories. The songs were also wonderfully recreated. The thing that bothered me was the cinematography. It was very dark. Also, they made the beast look more hideous compared to the animated vserion, where the beast looked more likeable. Same with the Prince. Even Gaston in the movie wasn’t as selfish and mean compared to the animated version. Emma Watson was the best part of the movie. She was graceful as Belle. She even has a beautiful voice.

Overall, it is good for the sake of nostalgia but still the animated version was way better.

My Rating: 3/5

Viceroy’s House (Partition:1947)

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Gurinder Chadha made a wonderful effort on making a movie about Lord Mountbatten (the last Viceroy of India), on his life, on the partition, the tensions and cruel attacks between Hindus and Muslims etc. Being an Indian, I could feel sympathetic and sad seeing innocent people dying due to the tensions between two religions. The Partition was one of the saddest and tragic part of India. We could have lived as one nation, with peace and harmony, with no hatred.  Though the movie covered all of this, one question still remains unanswered:- who was really responsible for the Partition, if it wasn’t Mountbatten?

The screenplay could have been tighter. Best part of the movie was the memorable performances by the cast. Be it Huge Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, Gillian Anderson as his wife Edwina, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi as lovers Jeet and Alia (another part of the story, which shows romance between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl), they shared a good chemistry, Om Puri as Alia’s father, Neeraj Kabi as Mahatma Gandhi and Michael Gambon as Lord Ismay. Music by A.R Rahman was so apt for the situation in the film.

There are still tensions between the two religions and the two countries. Though I wish the movie covered who was responsible, the movie sure showed that there is still hope for love, peace and harmony.

My Rating:- 3/5

 

 

A Death in the Gunj

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This was Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut? It seems that she is an expert at direction. It was so brilliantly made. A perfect script with so many tight gripping scenes and jaw dropping moments, with excellent camera work, one could easily get hooked onto it.

It is about a family trip at McCluskiegunjan, Anglo-Indian town. It consists of an elderly couple (Om Puri and Tanuja), their son Nandu (Gulshan Devaiah), Nandu’s wife Bonnie (Tillotama Shome), their 6-year-old daughter Tani (Arya Sharma), their family friends Vikram (Ranvir Shorey) and Brian (Jim Sarbh). Then there is Mimi (Kalki Koechlin). But among them lies the protagonist of the film Shyamal a.k.a Shutu (Vikrant Massey), Nandu’s 23-year-old cousin. Shutu lost his father, who he was extremely close to, failed his semester. He escaped from his house to the family trip.

While the family and friends are busy having a great time together, there is Shutu, who, according to them, is invisible. He has been humiliated and bullied by them for being sensitive. From the scene, where everyone’s name was carved in the tree, except for his, being picked last at the Kabbadi game over the maid and servant, being beaten at the game by Vikram, picked by Nandu for being sensitive about his father’s death, his sexual feelings towards Mimi, Shutu had to fight all the battles. He was a loner, wanting to get accepted. These struggles made him depressed, to an extent that he had sleepwalked at night. The times when he smiles, one couldn’t see his depression. Though Shutu was sensitive, he had a great talent in literature and art, which was noticed by Tani, his only companion. He even beats Nandu at chess. Then one day, Tani gets lost when Shutu was on a date with Mimi. Everyone blames Shutu. Tani was found but Shutu falls in a ditch, he crys for help, yet no one bothers to look for him. Shutu eventually comes back, but Tani, who was his only companion also refuses to see him. Along with that, he is rejected by Mimi, which crushes his confidence even more. Then comes the ending, which makes you think twice.

So when you think about the title, especially the word “death”, what do you think? Most people would think that a person has died and has gone to another world. But this movie explains death in a different way. It is death of innocence, death of acceptance, death of care, death of light etc. All Shutu wanted was to be loved and accepted, all he wanted was someone to understand him. Everyone is different. There are people with disabilities, there are people with mental health issues, people with different race etc. More than that, there are people going through so many issues which you may not know about. Instead of being accepted, they are shunned, bullied, hated etc. Some amount of love, care and compassion would help them do well, without that, they feel inferior. I feel this is a main cause for mental health issues. If you see the movie, Shutu was invisible in the beginning, and became invisible till the end. If people had treated him well, and given him care and acceptance, wouldn’t his fate be a lot better? The movie showed that life is unfair, there will be cruelty. Konkona made this movie as a hope to make this world a better place, to spread love, acceptance and kindness around.

Vikrant Massey, you won a fan in me. No one could have played Shutu better than him. The scene where Shutu takes his father’s brown sweater and buries it in his face, was so intense, and he did with somuch passion. He depicted a smile, that contained so much pain from the inside, which Vikrant did amazingly. All the other actors were good. Om Puri and Tanuja shared a great chemistry, Tillotama Shome was graceful, Ranvir Shorey was so good for a hot-tempered guy, Kalki Koechlin was also good as a seductress, Jim Sarbh was calm, Gulshan Devaiah was also good for someone with short temper.

This is one of the best movies made this year. It is a lot to think about. It is a must watch!

My Rating:- 3.5/5

Lion

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Beautiful is the word to describe this film. I felt very connected to the story, went through a lot of emotions, and had tears in the end. It’s a true story, based on a five-year old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta. He gets adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets to look for his lost family.

The movie shows a person’s determination and hard work to achieve something. I could feel the pain and emotions Saroo went through, from getting lost to finding his family in India, and the pain of distancing himself from the family who have brought him up, as he didn’t want to upset them with the fact that he was searching for his lost family. Also, the pain of distancing from his lover due to the search. The scene where Saroo tells his lover, the pain he feels with the thought of his lost family looking for him. The movie also teaches us compassion. Millions of children get lost, or with no family. These children deserved to be loved. Sue and John had a great heart by bringing up these kids with love and affection.

The movie also showed India in a natural way, and didn’t glamorize or over exaggerate it. Beautiful cinematography.

Dev Patel was brilliant. His best performance till date. He was so into the role, that it seemed like he was actually Saroo. Sunny Pawar was excellent for a child artist, he has a bright future ahead of him. Nicole Kidman did a good job. So were the other supporting actors. Good direction by Garth Davis, for a debutant. Good music too!

This movie will connect you to your home and roots. I am missing India after watching this film. The movie also makes me understand the true beauty of India. Do watch the film when you get the chance!

My Rating:- 4/5

Parched

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“Brilliant” and “mesmerizing” are the words to describe this movie. It is about four women from a village in Rajasthan, a place that is all about pleasing the society, old-age traditions, child marriage, dowry, marital rapes, abuse etc.

There is Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) who is a widow working struggling to support her family. There is Lajjo (Radhika Apte) who is abused by her alcoholic husband and is mocked for not having a child. Then there is Bijli (Surveen Chawla), an erotic dancer, an eye-candy for many men, but is always mocked and ridiculed by the village, and is not invited to auspicious events, due to her profession. Then comes Janki (Lehar Khan), a child bride who is sold by Rani to her son Gulab (Riddhi Sen). These four women go through a lot of torture and difficulties. They yearn for a better life. They yearn for freedom. Whether they do, you have to find out!

A lot of topics have been addressed this film. It’s sad that people a judge a woman’s character through her profession, for e.g Bijli’s case in this film. Though she is a dancer, she is still a human being with feelings. When will people see that those with such professions doesn’t make them a bad person. Also the case of Kishan (Sumeet Vyas) who was berated for marrying an educated woman from Manipur, and respects women by giving them good jobs and salary, and also liberating them, but then he gets beaten up and is half-dead due to this. Shocked to see such mindset. Hoping for a change.

The direction by Leena Yadav is brilliant. While her previous films “Shabd” and “Teen Patti” disappointed me, she is back with a brilliant story. Hoping to see more wonderful movies from her. Tannishtha Chatterjee and Radhika Apte as usual were terrific, but it is Surveen Chawla who stole the show with her performance. The child actors Riddhi Sen and Lehar Khan shine, they have a bright future. Even other actors like Sumeet Vyas, Adil Hussain and Sayani Gupta (both in small roles) did a good job. The cinematography, done by the award winner cinematographer of Titanic,  Russell Carpenter, did a wonderful job. He beautifully captured the beauty of the village. The music was good too.

It is very sad to know that movies like these fail at the box office. I seriously suggest everyone to watch this!

My Rating:- 4.5/5

Moana

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“Moana” is a very cute film. It makes you feel good. The movie is about a girl named Moana. This movie shows her determination to go on a daring mission across the ocean to save her people. She meets a demi-god named Maui, and together they go through an adventure, to restore the heart of Te Fiti, which Maui stole. They go through a lot of action, encounter monsters etc. In the journey, Moana also discovers her identity.

“Moana” is a movie that inspires women and other youths to follow our heart, and to be determined to try and achieve things.

The animation and special effects were amazing (oh how I am in love with the ocean). The voice cast did a brilliant job. The songs in the movie were also beautiful!

“Moana” is a must watch!

My Rating:- 4/5

Sairat

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This is my 3rd Marathi film after “Shwaas” and “Katyar Kaljat Ghusli”. This is a brilliantly made film. While it is a romance film, it is not like those typical cliched Bollywood Romantic films, but this one is very pure and very realistically portrayed. We could feel the emotions the pair has shown. It’s about a lower-caste boy and an upper caste girl who fall in love with each other. With a lot of tensions between the two family members not accepting each other, they go through a lot of hardships to be together. The movie ends with a shocking and tragic climax which will just give you chills.

The best thing I like about regional films is that they are more natural and pure, and they don’t try to glamorize too much.

The direction is superb. So is the screenplay. The cinematography is just beautiful. They showed the village in Maharashtra very beautifully. There are also some beautiful dialogues. The movie is full of newcomers. Debutants Akash Thosar and Rinku Rajguru did a brilliant job, it doesn’t seem like they were newcomers, but they did a good job as if they were professionals. They also shared wonderful chemistry. So did the other supporting actors. The music in the movie is brilliant. Ajay-Atul are exceptionally talented. They are definitely the composers you should watch out for.

“Sairat” is a tragic love story which will make you think about a lot of things. Please do watch this film! It is a must!

My Rating:- 4/5