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!

 

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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

 

Movie Review : Ask Me Anything!

After I packed the house clean, I put my hands around my waist and looked around. What a beauty! It was 12:15 AM in the morning. Ideally I should be sleeping. But, I wanted to waste some time.  This one was a recommendation from a dear friend – but just to watch for the first 5 minutes.

Got it on Youtube –

 

1 hour and 37 minutes. The music in the introduction –  I heard it and made up my mind that I will watch this in full.  Here’s the intro from internet –

A young woman (Britt Robertson) chronicles her sexual adventures in an anonymous blog that exposes her innermost desires, shames and secrets.

Its about a girl who is sexually abused as a kid, grows up to like older guys – married or engaged. She never understands why, and tends to go with the flow.  No drama, No preachings – everyone is doing what they feel like doing. Mom gets engaged to a “moustache” guy, Dad ends up with an Indian and the girl has no clue whose kid she’s carrying at that point in time.

The movie shows how guys in perfectly satisfied relationships can easily go for an affair, if the girl looks all willing and the risk is worth taking. Scary! The end is apt, she disappears from everyone around her,  and the mother tries to find her via  a blog.

We are not shown a lot of her blogging, but she posts there when life isn’t happening. And one scene she writes – “If you have a life, you don’t blog. In fact, YOU DON’T READ BLOGS TOO!”.  That’s true for her –  but in general, not.

The guy in depression she starts hanging out with – their conversations are the best in the movie.  Not a very light movie, but nothing to take away too.

Review :  3/5

Movie Review : The Revolutionary Road

A friend suggested this movie as a reason to me, when I asked why he was depressed on a particular day. I was going on Hyderabad trip, and downloaded this movie on Amazon Prime.  Watched it over two sessions and spent some time thinking about it.

Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, its about a middle aged couple with kids.  Plot unfolds as with other movies – boring job, comfortable life and school going kids.  Settled routine, and frequent fights. The lady decides to go behind her husband’s dreams – to move to Paris from Revolutionary Road, where they stay.

Al hunky dory for a while, until husband gives up on dreams to settle a little more, and to handle the unexpected pregnancy. And the wife cannot! The burden of seeing a dream and watch it crumble under societal pressures – is unbearable to watch. How a person getting treated for mental disorder can get what perfectly normal people like us cannot is a subtle and hard hitting theme in the story. Kids are shown wherever required, and the very fact where Kate Winslet feels their kid is a mistake – shows how unintentional things come out of one’s mouth in desperation to make their case!

In the end the father remains with the kids, and vacates their pretty house on Revolutionary Road. I was at mom’s and had nothing better to do. Mused over the movie, and one question I have no answer to –

Should you succumb to your routine and stop seeing dreams?  Are you not allowed to have dreams that have no definitive success but will make you alive again?

Watch this for Kate and Leo’s amazing performances – raw, real and restrained.

 

 

Movie Review : Pellichoopulu

Finally, after very very long – managed to go to a movie with family. Superb!

Enjoyed the refreshing honesty in the movie’s lead characters, and the way they do not change till the end. No drama – but all the conflicts conveyed and addressed superbly.

Kudos to the hero’s friends for keeping the movie light, while some heart tugging scenes fill up tears in your eyes.

Must watch!

Movie Review : Attarintiki Daaredi

I watch movies because I enjoy vinod’s company.  With no special interest in movies, movie stars and anything related to do with them – you can safely assume my review would be neutral. Let’s go into the review.

 

Plot : Wafer Thin. Has been told umpteen number of times in movies before.

Actors:  Pawan Kalyan, true to his name, he mesmerizes audience with his non stop humor and brings joy to all the audience.  Nadiya, a smart move by Trivikram in the role of aunt. Samantha, Pranitha and the rest of the cast – Doesn’t matter who plays them, you’d have the same impact on the audience.

Music : If not for Devi Sri Prasad, the movie’s flaws would have been highlighted much more, and it wouldn’t have been the blockbuster it is now. Hats off!!

Things that work:  Pawan Kalyan’s trademark mannerisms, dialogues and dances,  Trivikram’s punches and Music

Things that work against the film : The unconvincing track between Samantha and Pawan Kalyan, A Lot of Illogical scenes like getting the railway station empty for Pawan Kalyan and lots.

I think, a movie should be judged based on where it is made, for whom it is made and by whom it is made. I think Trivikram Srinivas is a man with brains and one’s brains don’t diminish with size.  Even a very talented film maker like hits in between, and Attarinitiki Daaredi is that attempt.  I think the director and the actor know that they need to rely heavily on music for this one to become a hit, and hence the result of massive musical blockbuster. 

Somehow, deep down my heart – I believe that the so-called flaws in this movie are intentional moves. I did enjoy the movie a lot, and my 2.5 hours are well spent.  Waiting for the masterpieces from Trivikram Sir!

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Movie Review : Lunchbox

I am a self proclaimed Art Movie Lover. Please don’t get me wrong –  I watch almost every movie an average telugu film lover would watch – the dhinchak, over the top action and senseless comedy. And find myself enjoying those too:)  But, my heart yearns for those silent, heart warming tales told in one person. They somehow soothe my soul, in ways I could never express…

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Life just happens, and sometimes really strange things find their way to you. Irrfan Khan, who is a widower is in his last month of retirement and gets a mistaken dabba from another house. The lady who sent it is a housewife, with a never-bothered husband and school going girl.  They start exchanging notes over the Dabba, until the lady wants to meet him. So, do they meet? And what happens at the end? The beauty of the movie lies in its excellent between-the-lines dialogues, and situations that naturally lead to the happenings..

The movie has no ending, and one is left to imagine if they meet.  As an Optimist, I thought they would. It is a well crafted movie, and the lead actors do a fantastic job. Nawazuddin Siddiqui , who plays Irrfan’s Junior – is very endearing. He cuts vegetables in the metro on the way home, and is never tired of talking to the unresponsive Irrfan. Few things that stand out in the movie:

a) The beautiful depiction of Mumbai Metro and Government Office environment.  You’ll have a smile on your face, when you see Irrfan waiting for 1’O clock to see what Ila ( Nimrat Kaur) has written.

b) The notes exchanged.  In the simplest of sentences, she tells him her husband has cheated, and her dad has a lung cancer. In exchange, he tells her that the food was salty, and he got a vertical coffin with a joke that he has to stand after being dead, after standing life long in metro.

c) The point in realization for Irrfan that he is too old to give someone a new lease in Life.  Bathroom scene, followed by the train scene. One would expect him to go and meet Nimrat. He goes there, sees her and doesn’t think that they deserve a future. So, he doesn’t meet her.

d) The scene where Nimrat’s father dies and all her mother feels is hunger. When she says that her dad become no more than responsibility because the love between them died years ago, it sets the stage for Nimrat’s separation from husband.

e) Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s loneliness, but with the guts to break through the harder shells of a softer man.

f) The Climax.  An Open Ended one – they have every possibility to meet if the fate favors them. Or, she would go and live in Bhutan with her daughter, and he would probably go back to Nashik.

Every single sound in the movie was audible, and the lack of background score actually helped to bring out the beauty in the movie more. Just watch the movie for it’s sheer brilliance in story telling. You’d not regret it!

Have a good day and keep rocking!!