Dear Comrade Movie Review

I’ve been a fan of Vijay Devarakonda, after I accidentally watched Arjun Reddy.  Someone suggested to me that it’s a pretty intense story – exactly what I need to hear to watch a movie.  I really liked the depth he potrayed in the movie.  Ever since Dear Comrade songs have come out,  I’ve wanted to watch the movie.  As I did not get any company to watch it in the theater, I  had to patiently wait for Amazon Prime to stream it for me. And wait even more patiently to get 3 hours of free time at a stretch to finish the movie.  Finally, I’m done watching.

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Oh boy, Oh boy!  The movie is mesmerizing and captivating.  There’s nothing not to like in the movie.  It isn’t a love story,  it is a #Metoo Story, and how one should pursue their passion in life, despite all odds. And how a real comrade will stay by you and bring out the best in you, no matter what the circumstances.

First half is breezy and we get little scared that Vijay’s Arjun Reddy avatar will dominate  – but that quickly fades away, only to be replaced by far better things on the screen. The taking is very nuanced, and  every turn in the movie is  for the better.

Few  striking things in the movie are how girls who are passionate to do something different has to face a lot of shit in life, how it’s okay for lead actor in the movie to cry at the drop of the hat despite being a hot head,  how it’s impossible to change the core nature of a person – fuck naturo therapy and everything else,  and how you can never force someone to do anything –  you have to wait.  The climax where the Lilly bursts open, once her love for cricket is questioned and being called a talentless player – that says it all.

The songs wrench your heart, the background score soothes you.  The lead actors arrest you with their performances and you will come out of the movie nodding your head with what the director says – “Fight for what you love!”

Rating – 10/10

Have a good day and keep rocking!

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Notebook movie review

I flipped through Amazon Prime to see if there is anything I would like to  watch. Among the hustle and bustle of mainstream entertainment, I saw this quiet  poster, and the description read that a guy comes as a teacher,and reads the diary of a previous teacher.  Enough to get me hooked.

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Produced by Salman Khan Films, this movie stars debutantes Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl.  It is set in the most beautiful places of Kashmir. Ex-army man Kabir(Zaheer ) is summoned by his uncle to become teacher in a school. This school is in the middle of Wuller lake, with no human facilities such as electricity, water and another human. While he  struggles to adjust with the surroundings and the kids – he finds the diary of the teacher who t aught earlier – Firdaus.  Beautifully written, it takes the viewer through Firdaus’s life  seen through the eyes of Kabir.

If you want to experience the beauty of Kashmir, watch the movie. Otherwise ,there are so many flaws in the movie to make it a passable watch. Most notable of them is,  Kabir being so bad in mathematics that his star student fails the exam, as he teaches wrong things. I dont think anyone in their right mind and zero academics would sign up to teach in the middle of a remote lake.  Firdaus is excellent, and it is really disppointing that she would give up on everything she loved and goes  behind the man she was supposed to marry. Except, her fiancee has a fling and now the expectant mother calls for justice on the day of his wedding. There are a lot of threads that do not really add up well.  There are two scenes where the director has excelled  – reason why kabir quits army and  how kabir makes a young boy put down the gun.

The Love story between the lead pair is forced, and no effort is made to establish any chemistry.  Their love story is fuelled by chance, and it didnt leave a good taste for the die hard romantic in me.  The fun part of the movie were kids, who remain cheerful though horrible things keep happening with and around them.

Watch it for the beautiful locales, lovely songs and the kids!

Rating – 6/10

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Soni Movie Review

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It’s the season for movies. When you stop doing certain things you are very very used to from a long time, a void gets created in life. To fill it, movies are the one of the option. And when you can’t tolerate a movie like Simmba – you go for the more easier option – Pick and choose on OTT platforms.

Saw this new release on Netflix and the raving reviews on Internet. So spent time watching it.  The film revolves around the lives of two police women – a junior and  a senior.  While the junior is hot headed,  you will never find senior wording a sentence more than what is necessary. The ladies laugh a lot less, because there is nothing worthy celebrating going on in their lives.  The best part of the movie is that it unfolds in a very slow pace –  camera just stays on the faces and the places.  No hurry, and such close look to reality. End of the day , women are shown their place at home even when they are no less than their husbands.  The director did very less to explain –  he let us just be a fly on the wall to witness the lives of the lady police officers in Delhi.

I personally did not find anything negative about the film. Saloni Batra and Geetika Vidya Ohlyan have done a fantastic job. While Geetika Vidya Ohlyan plays the titular character, my more favorite is Saloni Batra. Watch it for sure!

Rating – 5/5

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Padi Padi Leche Manasu : Telugu Movie Review

 

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My favorite actors  Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi in a classical lyrical style romantic movie  –  I wanted to watch it first day first show in theatre but stayed back due to extremely negative reviews. When I found it on Prime – found time here and there to finish it off. So, how did it go?

 

I generally cry at the tip of hat and have usually become emotional in the romantic movies where the situations of the lead pair makes us melt. The lead pair cries – more so the lady and has many twists and turns.  First, good things first.  Streets of Kolkata in rains and the excellent visuals  coupled with mesmerizing background score.  The mindset of the lady –  a stubborn lady who doesnt fall, to someone who falls for an anonymous guy, to the lady who waits for her love for an year only to meet him at the earthquake and finally, the lady who tells the truth only to her lover that she wont remember him anymore. There are lot of shades to the character and sai pallavi did not disappoint at all. You could feel every emotion she played, and she played to the T.

The lead actor’s mindset is what lets you down – looks amateurish and too quick to jump on his feet. His sudden decisions in life just as he meets his father, his stalking and using age old tricks to make a medical student fall for him – too silly.  As matured sai pallavi’s character is – the more childish sharwanand’s character is.  If only the director put little more effort on adding some logic to his actions.

Watch it, but do not expect magic on the screen. You will cringe and crib – still watch it anyway!

Have a good day and keep rocking!

F2 : Telugu Movie Review

After long, entire family of 6 was in theatre last sunday to catch up with the latest telugu blockbuster F2.  I was told it will be a laugh riot and people were laughing non stop for the entire duration of the film.  So, how did it go?

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One guy married for 6 months to a sister, another guy about to be married to another sister – elope to Europe along with their neighbour who is maintaining 2 wifes to escape the torture of females in their lives. Nothing wrong with this.  The problem is , the director could not make up his mind on who is wrong until the end of the film. We are given lecture at Nasser’s house on how husband is the only person in wife’s lives and they should say “I Love you” when they are happy with wife and “I am sorry” when things go wrong.  Nothing wrong with the plot – except the basic premise is incorrect.

The ladies shown in this movie – Harika ( Tamanna) and Honey( Mehreen) are typical ladies who would want to make husbands dance on their tunes. There is no concept of women equality or husbands  not understanding their  wives. The director  clearly depicts the ladies as shrewd, cunning and cut throat.  So, for once when all the male characters jumped to Europe –  I thought the preaching is for ladies, for a change.

But, thats where the film fails. The entire film goes in one direction and the climax exactly in the opposite.  There are quite few episodes that are old, cliche and unlaughable – vennela kishore revenge, the collapse of bridge and prakash raj letting some random guys into house on the pretext of writing his biopic.

I found the plot wafer thin,  actings over board and entire sequence of events illogical. There are laughs scattered, however I have become more matured audience to entertain this kind of cinema I guess.  Leave you logic at home and be prepared to see the old wine in a new bottle – the only way to watch this movie.

2/5 for the comedy tracks in the movie.

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Movie Review : That Girl in Yellow Boots

I couldn’t sleep that night. It was 10 days and my cold hadn’t come down, and the new exercise routine I started was aching. But, more importantly – I just finished watching this movie and was wondering what the central character in this movie must have gone through.  Enough said, there was no sleep for me that night!

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The people whole likes to watch good cinema must be indebted to Kalki koechlin. She is the main character in the movie, and has co-written it with her ex husband Anurag Kashyap.  The plot is wafer thin. A British lady comes to India to find her father, who left them when she was 5 years old. She has no photos since her mom tore off  everything, after the elder sister kills herself.  How Ruth struggles in passport office,  her ways of earning money by illegally working in a massage parlor and her tumultous relationship with her boyfriend.  She doesn’t speak much.  Her treatment of her boyfriend, how she develops a nice bond with the elderly guy who comes for Massages, played by Naseeruddin  Shah show the tender side of Ruth. Come what may, she is determined to find her long lost father, and keeps donating the hard earned money to the institutions she needs the details from.

When Ruth discovers who her father is, you wish she never came. You wish she never took the pain. I personally wanted to shut out the laptop and go for a walk.  The film stays with you for very very long time, on how inhuman people can be, and what a crime for a dad to be that.

Watch it, only if you can handle stomach churning endings. For the rest, we have Sallu bhai anyway 😉

Rating – 10/10

Have a good day and keep rocking!

 

Movie Review : A Death in the Gunj

Last night, I scrolled on my Amazon Prime to see if there’s anything new. and Viola! I saw this movie available for streaming. I was screaming with joy, but only inside.  This is Konkana Sen Sharma’s debut directorial, and I wanted to watch it in theater. Couldn’t do since no company at home – so i made some snacks, powered my laptop, put the earphones and snuggled on sofa with a nice comforter while the movie played along.

The film is set in the town of McCluskieganjBihar (now in Jharkhand), India, during the winter of 1979. Its a small family reunion, with father,mother and daughter visiting their parents. Accompanying are the nephew, and the mother’s friend.  Also seen frequently at home are childhood friends who come to keep them company.

There’s nothing to do there – no TV, no cement.  People amuse  themselves by calling fake ghosts, playing kabaddi and dancing to bangla folk songs.  The film’s main protagonist, Shuntu is a reserved boy who is grieving his father, fails his exams and comes on vacation without informing his mother.

What follows is a display of how we treat Shuntu in the common of household situations. The mood, the music and his emotions.  There are multiple threads all woven into one into the movie.  Shuntu is there. All along. When a kid needs something to do. When people need custard. All along, people call him and get things done. The sadistic pleasure people get by making him go inside his shell –  picture perfect.

Ranveer Shorey, newly married and still in affair with Kalki.

Gulshan and Tillotama with young kid. Want to spend some time alone, without the kid. Doesn’t ask what the kid is doing, as long as they get to do what they want.

8 Year Old Girl. Not entertained by rustic village charm, needs somebody to play and talk with her.

Late Om Puri and Tanuja. Couple growing old.  Forgetting things, cannot stand each other.

The closed ones, shun Shuntu and not once we hear anyone telling his name – Shyamlal.  He is there, invisible. Konkana shows the natural degradation of his mood and how no one seems to care. Gun is visible in parts, only to make a natural entry in the climax where he shoots himself.  Kalki, Tillotama, Ranveer – everyone’s flaws are so wide visible when they are with Shuntu. It shows what as a human we are capable of doing, when the other does not revolt.  He is a brainy one, but cannot get a handle of his own life.

The climax is heart breaking. Watch it to feel it.   The background score was haunting, and Vikrant Massey –  you have a new fan.  It is hard to depict what he has shown on the screen – for 1 and half hour.   There are many minute details packed in the film – this is like an old book. Everytime I see this – I am sure to discover something I missed last.

Watch it when you have some free time afterwards. It helps to stay quiet for a while, and sip your favorite beverage and reflect on what you witnessed on the screen.

My rating :  5/5