Dear Zindagi

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There are some good movies and there are some bad movies. Then there are some movies like “Dear Zindagi”, which fits in the middle category i.e memorable, understanding but could have been better.

The movie does a good job handling Mental Health issues. For someone who has gone through anxiety many times, I can totally understand, relate and feel for all that Kaira (Alia Bhatt) went through in the film. Mental Health is a serious issue and it is not an easy thing to go through. The movie has some wonderful dialogues that are inspiring and would make you feel just good about yourself. Some of my favourite quotes were:-

“Don’t let the past blackmail your present … to ruin a beautiful future”

“Kabhi kabhi hum mushkil rasta sirf is liye chunte hai … kyun ki humein lagta hai, important cheezein paane ke liye humein mushkil rasta apnana chahiye … apne aap ko punish karna bahut zaroori samajhte hai … but why, aasaan rasta kyun nahi chun sakte … kya burai hai us mein … khaas karke jab us mushkil ka saamna karne ke liye hum taiyaar hi nahi hai” (Sometimes we choose a difficult path only because … we feel that to attain important things we need to choose a difficult path … we think that it’s important to punish ourselves … but why can’t we choose a simple path … what’s wrong with that … especically when we are not ready to face that difficult path)

“Jab hum apne aap ko achchi tarah samajh lete hai … toh doosre kya samajhte hai, it doesn’t matter … not at all” (When we understand ourselves well enough … then it doesn’t matter what others think about us … not at all)

“We are all our own teachers in the school of life”

“Agar hum apni zindagi ka steering wheel apne haath mein nahi lenge na … toh koi doosra driver seat par baith jayega” (If we don’t take the steering wheel of our life in our own hands … then someone else will sit on the driver’s seat)

I liked the cinematography of the film. They captured the beauty of Goa wonderfully. I also liked Amit Trivedi’s music. The music totally fits into the movie’s storyline.

But what I was mainly upset about was the plot. There were so many scenes in the movie which were unnecessary. The movie had a simple storyline, but to come to the main point, they kept on dragging. Some scenes where cliched too. The movie would have been a masterpiece if the movie just stuck to its main storyline.

Alia Bhatt, who is one of the finest actresses in the generation, has proved it again that she is versatile and can act. Her performance is something you should watch out for. Even Shah Rukh Khan and the other actors did a good job too. Gauri Shinde’s direction was a good effort, but probably not as good as her previous film “English Vinglish.”

All the positive points of the film, such as the inspiring quotes, the beautiful cinematography, Alia’s performance etc. will make you feel good. But the way the movie was made, it was quite disappointing and could have been a lot better.

My Rating:- 3/5

Pink

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Story of all women today. It is so brilliantly made! The movie clearly shows the “rape” culture, and why it is a huge problem that needs to be solved? Women wearing short clothes, goes out at night, drinks, smiles etc. is considered a woman of no character, and that she’s asking for it, while it is ok for a man to just touch her without any consent? Also if a women admits to being molested, people question her character, and say that she is a liar, and she wants attention, and men, especially rich men, who have a lot of money, easily get away with a crime, isn’t this a problem that exists today?

The dialogues in the movie were amazing. There is one dialogue said by Amitabh Bachchan in the movie, “A woman’s no means no, be it a sex worker, a casual acquaintance or even a wife,” which was so powerful that would be ringing in my ear for a long time. I am sure this dialogue will ring on everyone’s else’s ear. The cinematography and screenplay were too good.

While Amitabh Bachchan nailed the role of a lawyer with health issues, it was Taapsee, Kirti and Andrea who stole the show with their powerful acting. Other actors like Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee also did a good job. Superb direction by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. Shoojit Sircar is one of the finest filmmakers we have, and he proved it again, by making this film. Even the music was good. “Kaari  Kaari” is still stuck on my head. I also loved the background music, as well as the poetry recited by Amitabh Bachchan in the end credits.

Everyone should watch this movie! Everyone should understand the seriousness of the “rape” culture and we hope to solve it!

My Rating:- 4/5

Udta Punjab

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I loved the plot and the screenplay. Though the movie has a crass language and it was quite difficult to understand (be thankful for subtitles), and that it had a dark content, the movie has a wonderful message which they successfully conveyed through this movie. I was surprised to know about the drug problem in Punjab, and all the various controversies surrounding it. I realized that its a serious issue among the youths and it should be told, and I am so glad they made a movie out of this.

I am still mad at the Censor Board to make a joke about it. I am mad that they banned the film when they showed the truth, when there are a lot of vulgar movies, which were easily passed. When that didn’t work, they leaked the film online! The movie really didn’t deserve this treatment.

The direction by Abhishek Chaubey was brilliant! Each actor did their career best performances! Please watch out for Alia Bhatt’s amazing performance of a Bihari migrant, she stood out completely! So glad she won the Best Actress this year as she totally deserved it! The music by Amit Trivedi completely suited the theme of the movie.

This movie is strictly for adults. Do watch the film!

My Rating: 3.5/5

The Secret Life of Pets

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“Funny”, “adorable”, “entertaining” etc. are the words to describe this movie. While it has a predictable story, this movie will make you feel so good. It has some hilarious dialogues. I loved the animation and the cinematography. The voice cast did an amazing job. Love Kevin Hart as snowball, as well as Louis C.K as Max and Eric Stonestreet (of Modern Family) as Duke. I also loved the voice of Jenny Slate (of Zootopia) as Gidget. Moreover, I liked the music used in the film.

Do watch the film, when you are having a bad day, it will cheer you up!

My Rating:- 3/5

Te3n

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To be honest, I was a bit disappointed when I saw this film as I expected a lot. It was made by the makers of “Kahaani” and it also has actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan. So what worked and what didn’t?

The screenplay and the plot could have been a lot better. The story was going fine until the climax, which got butchered. I felt that this film was trying to copy “Kahaani” too much, but fails. I also noticed some of the dialogues being used from “Kahaani”. I was thinking rather than making it into an altogether different film, they could have just made this movie the sequel or a spinoff of “Kahaani.”

What I liked about this film was that they managed to add the suspense and thriller elements. Good direction and cinematography too. All actors did a wonderful job. Vidya Balan, though she was only supposed to be a Guest Appearance, had the maximum screen time and stole the show. Another thing that I liked was that its not easy to remake a film. This movie is a remake of the South Korean film, Montage, and they remade it well. I also loved the music by Clinton Cerejo, it is an underrated album which is a must listen.

So overall, it’s not so good, but not so bad either. At least you won’t feel bored when you watch this film!

My Rating: 3/5

Finding Dory

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Finding Dory is so lovable, light-hearted and just a feel good film. The sequel/spinoff is about Dory, a fish who suffers from short-term memory loss, going on a journey to find her parents. On the way she is captured and taken to a California public aquarium, which eventually turns out to be the place she is from. Going from places to places, meeting old friends, will she be able to meet her parents? Also Marlin and Nemo go to find Dory, will they be able to?

I love the animation, Pixar never fails me. I love the dialogues and the voices too. Ellen as usual is amazing, and she nailed the voice of Dory.

Though Finding Nemo is legendary and nothing can beat that, Finding Dory isn’t that bad. It is cute and watchable.

My Rating:- 3/5

Passengers

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I was initially intrigued by the concept and the technical effects. But when I saw the film, I was like, “Really? You could have been better!” Poor script, direction, story, screenplay and acting spoil everything.

The movie starts off with a starship named Avalon transporting over 5,000 colonists to the planet Homestead II. This journey takes 120 years. The colonists and the entire crew are in hibernation pods. When the ship passes through a large asteroid field, a malfunction is caused, waking up a Passenger named Jim (Chris Pratt), a mechanical engineer, 90 years early. After a year, Jim feels bored, with no one to talk to, except for Arthur (Michael Sheen) an android bartender. Then he comes across a beautiful lady named Aurora  (Jennifer Lawrence) in her pod. He watches her profile video so many times, and learns that she is a writer with a humorous personality. Wanting her for company, he wakes her up and tells her that it was a pod malfunction just like his. Aurora is devastated and tries all the ways to enter hibernation like Jim tried earlier. Eventually she accepts her situation and starts writing a book about her experiences. She and Jim become closer and turn into lovers.

These parts were very interesting for me to see. I actually felt like “What will happen next? I am interested!” But who knew that the next part will make me disappointed?
Arthur accidentally blurts out the truth to Aurora. She feels devastated and shuns herself from Jim. She even starts attacking Jim, that’s when I thought that she really needs to chill. Another pod malfunction happens and a Chief Deck Officer named Gus (Lawrence Fishburne) wakes up. The three of them find out that there were multiple failures in the ship’s systems. They set up to fix it. So what happens next? Will the ship be fixed? Will Aurora forgive Jim? Or will she find a way to go back to hibernation and follow her dreams?
This movie would have been a lot better if it just stuck to the plot. The first part seemed like how a sci-fi film should be. Passengers on a space ship, with amazing use of technology such as the Autodoc,an automated medical diagnostics and treatment pod, the hibernation pods, the snack bar, the dance game etc. But then this sci-fi film turns into a silly love story which wasn’t even required. The writers forgets all about the effects and butchers the entire story. He gives us a horrible end to a story thinking that I have wasted 2 hours by watching this. So Aurora gets angry on Jim as he woke her up, she even beats him up, as her dreams were important. When Jim finds a way to get her back to hibernation, she realises that she loves him and she chooses to stay with him. That made me realise, didn’t she beat Jim up? She even called him a murderer for waking her up! When she finally gets the chance to go back and follow her dreams, she refuses saying she is in love, then what was all the drama for? Now your dreams don’t matter anymore Aurora? My main question is that is it a love story or a sci-fi film? The makers need to really make their mind up!

As for the acting, I was disappointed that Jennifer Lawrence would pick such a film for her career. She is one of my favourite actresses, and she is very talented, but her acting in this film really disappointed me. I expected so much better! But I did love her chemistry with Chris Pratt!

Do watch out for the cinematography and the technical effects in the film, they are wonderful. Otherwise this movie really isn’t worth your time, and you can do something better to pass your time.

My Rating: 2.5/5