Alia Bhatt’s stellar act powers Raazi

 

Meghna Gulzar’s latest directorial venture ‘Raazi’ is a sensible spy thriller film with a lot of heart and substance.

Overview:

Raazi revolves around Sehmat, a 20-year-old college-going Kashmiri girl who agrees to work as a spy for the Indian Intelligence on the request of her ill father.  The story traces her journey from being trained as an undercover agent to being married to a Pakistani army officer (Iqbal Syed). Rest of the story deals with how Sehmat succeeds in unearthing vital information while concealing her actual motives. Continue reading “Alia Bhatt’s stellar act powers Raazi”

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Watch Sajjan Singh Rangroot for Diljit Dosanjh’s Powerful Performance…

Diljit Dosanjh is back, this time as a Sikh sepoy fighting the Germans in WW1. Fighting a war and laying down your life for the sake of your motherland is considered the highest sacrifice. But, the question that arises is: Would you sacrifice your life for the very people who colonized you?

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Love per Square Foot is a light-hearted love story with a pinch of salt and pepper

In a city as big and crowded as Mumbai, owning a big house is not the easiest thing to imagine. This is exactly what forms the heart and soul of Love per Square Foot, a light-hearted rom-com set in the city of Mumbai. The film tells the story of Sanjay Chaturvedi and Karina D’Souza.  Both the principal characters aspire to buy a house of their own. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Anand Tiwari, the film is India’s first mainstream feature film to be available online across 150 countries. Continue reading “Love per Square Foot is a light-hearted love story with a pinch of salt and pepper”

Tiger Zinda hai is over dependent on Salman Khan and his charismatic star power…

First and foremost, Kindly allow me to apologize for coming out with an extremely delayed review. The unbelievably long queues outside the multiplexes are to be blamed for this delay. Buying a couple of tickets for TZH was a real task. Anyways, here I am with a delayed, but elaborate review of Tiger Zinda Hai.

Overview:
 Salman Khan, Bollywood’s and controversy’s favourite child is back, bigger and better.  The much-awaited Tiger Zinda Hai has finally hit the screens and it’s as stupendous as ever. Salman Khan is back with a bang after the failure of Tubelight.  The film is inspired by a real-life incident where a group of 46 nurses were kidnapped by the ISIS. The film deals with how Salman, along with a bunch of Indian as well as Pakistani agents, rescues the kidnapped nurses from the jaws of a dreadful militant named Abu Usman. The Indian authorities are given seven days to rescue the kidnapped nurses by the American authorities. The head of the Indian Intelligence, Shenoy (Girish Karnad) believes Tiger is the ideal man to execute this rescue operation. Tiger, after some amount of persuasion, agrees to spearhead the operation. The rest of the film deals with how Tiger and his men overpower the ISC in a bid to rescue the trapped nurses. Continue reading “Tiger Zinda hai is over dependent on Salman Khan and his charismatic star power…”

Murder on the Orient Express: An old-fashioned detective thriller to take you back in time

Director Kenneth Branagh is here with a lavish remake of Murder on the Orient Express. The film is an adaptation of a novel written by Agatha Christie.  Detective thrillers are known for their jumbled plotline, unanswered questions, a significant breakthrough, and above everything else, a considerable degree of solemnity and thrill. Branagh’s latest offering is a blend of all these elements and to put the icing on the cake, Branagh, who also plays Hercule Poirot, succeeds in stealing the show with his calm and sophisticated demeanour and an old-school moustache. Read on to know more: Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express: An old-fashioned detective thriller to take you back in time”

Jagga Jasoos is a hilarious comedy of errors…

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s much-awaited film Jagga Jasoos has finally hit the big screens. Director Anurag Basu’s first outing since Barfi was eagerly awaited by fans, and after a prolonged wait, the film has finally been released. Does it pack a punch? Ah, not quite.

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‘Phillauri’ brings the ‘old-school romance’ back to life…

Anushka Sharma’s second venture as a producer is out. Expectations from the film were high, especially after the success of NH10. Phillauri, starring Anushka as a ‘good at heart’ ghost shines in patches. Diljit and Anushka have done complete justice to the characters they were portraying, but a loosely written script plays a spoilsport.

Overview:

An NRI named Kannan (Suraj Sharma) returns to India from Canada in order to marry her childhood friend Anu (Mehreen Kaur). His marriage with Anu turns into a roller-coaster ride after he is asked to marry a tree as he’s a ‘manglik’. The ghost of Shashi (Anushka) is bound to him as her spirit resides in that tree. The film narrates two parallel love stories, that of Kannan and of Shashi.

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Review: Beauty and the Beast is a beauty…

The world of fairytales is back. Emma Watson, the ‘Hermoine Granger’ of Hollywood is back and boy, hasn’t she done well? Recently, we had read that the girl had said no to Lala Land for Beauty and the Beast. She was called a fool. People literally laughed at her misfortune, but the girl has taken the box office by storm. The film is a visual treat and Emma Watson is undoubtedly the heart and soul of this tale. Continue reading “Review: Beauty and the Beast is a beauty…”

Logan goes all guns blazing…

Overview

Set in 2029, the film follows a largely dystopian plot. Dr. Charles Xavier’s school is in ruins. He and Logan (Wolverine) hide near the Mexican border. Logan does odd jobs in order to keep his body and soul together. Additionally, he seems to have aged greatly as his healing factor has begun faltering. Gabriela, a nurse, asks Logan to escort a girl named Laura to a place called ‘Eden’ in North Dakota. Things turn nasty when Reavers come into the picture. Would Logan be able to safely escort Laura to North Dakota? The answer isn’t that hard to find.

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Film review:Assassin’s creed-A total ‘paisa-vasool’ flick

This morning I decided to go and watch The Assassin’s Creed, not because I’m a big fan of the video game but because I didn’t have anything to do:)

Let us take a closer look at Assassin’s Creed, the film. Assassin’s Creed trailer

An Overview:

The story begins exactly the way stories like these usually do. A convicted criminal being rescued from prison (Fassbender) and learning that the organization which planned and executed the rescue (Abstergo Industries) is madly searching for The Apple of Eden (Now, that’s interesting:)) How these men (and woman as well) go about their business forms the crux of the story.

The Storyline:

The story could have been a bit tighter, but frankly, stories and films dealing with video games and stuff are pretty much ‘over the top’ action-packed entertainers and we want them to be that way. The best thing about the film is that it  succeeds in keeping the viewer hooked and guessing. It’s fast-faced and doesn’t give you an opportunity to blink your eyes. The film keeps you interested right from the beginning till the very end and its 2 hour run-time won’t appear long . The story loses pace on more than one occasions, especially post interval, but ultimately succeeds in delivering what it wants to deliver i.e. entertainment.

Rating:**1/2

Performances:

Fassbender is the star of the show, without a doubt. The film relies heavy upon Fassbender’s heroics and he has done quite a reasonable job. He’s quite similar to the protagonists we have in our typical Bollywood flicks. A guy with  a largely  shadowy past. Marion as Dr. Sophia adds glamour and charm to the film just like Katrina Kaif did in Ek Tha Tiger. The likes of Jeremy Irons and Micheal Williams have been given limited screen-space and you can expect that from a movie which is heavily dependent upon its lead pair.

Rating: ***/5

Music:

The director’s brother Jed Kurzel has composed the film’s music and it has to be said that the film’s music is one of the positives the film brings to light. Jed Kurzel, known for composing music for the highly acclaimed horror flick The Babadook has once again delivered the goods. The film’s music pumps up the viewer’s adrenaline and complements the entire setup. It adds that adventurous flavour to The Assassin’s Creed.

Rating ****/5

Direction:

Justin Kurzel has tried extremely hard to recreate the 15th century setup. The action sequences have been executed really well. The locations add authenticity to the setup. Most of the action sequences are extremely pleasing to the eye. The complexity of the entire plot has been maintained but the wafer thin plotline really leaves you with nothing except action sequences. the VFX team needs to be given a thumbs up for the effort they’ve invested.

Rating **1/2

Overall:

All in all, the film is meant for the sole purpose of entertainment. It is a perfect way to kickstart the weekend. If you’re a fan of Fassbender then you can definitely give it a go ahead. It would surely lure the video game and movie buffs in India as well as in other parts of the world as well. Assassin’s Creed has been made keeping in mind the younger audiences. It’ll do reasonable business (I would like to believe that) because of the popularity of the video game. Overall, it’s a fast paced,action-packed flick. Definitely a one-time watch.

Overall Rating:***/5