Monsoon Shootout.

A very unusual movie which is interesting nevertheless. The entire hour and a half of screening time revolves around one police man’s split second different decision making processes which results in three different outcomes.

I went to see because I was intrigued with the reviews that I read about it. One of them is this one. Naturally, another magnet was Nawazuddin Siddiqui. And he did not disappoint.

I must however confess that I was very impressed with Vijay Verma who I had seen earlier in Pink.

Another instance of Indian movie producers willing to experiment with unusual and daring themes. Worth seeing for its sheer novelty.

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.

I had been reading about this movie in the Indian press for quite some time and had decided to see it on release because it starred a favourite actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

I was not disappointed. And as a bonus, the entire cast came up trumps and delivered a remarkable performance under some excellent direction and photography. And for the record, this is the first time that I saw all the rest of the actors on screen and the work of the director.

The plot, the locale, the dialect etc all come together in a fluid way to offer a very entertaining and fast moving experience experience.

A movie that I recommend to viewers who like black action narrations.

Mom.

It sounds odd that almost all the recent Hindi movies that I have been seeing are women centric and Mom brings up the latest in it. It has been touted as a come back film for Sridevi and if it is so, my reaction is – “Wow, what a comeback!”

Remarkable as she always is, and I have some very nice recollections of her role in English Vinglish, this one brings out the best in her yet. It is not easy portraying a step mother spurned by a step child but Sridevi brings it off with aplomb and verve.

The story, built around a gang rape, very topical now in India, is gripping and the movie speeds along from scene to scene in a very logical and attention holding way.

The other actors, despite their star rating, like Akshay Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, play rather unusual and perhaps therefore insipid roles. That however only shows up Sridevi’s remarkable histrionic talent , and it is all for the good.

The step daughter’ role played by Sajal Ali is another female role played to perfection.

Excellent direction, cinematography and subdued background music all go to give a very enjoyable and thrilling experience. I strongly recommend the film to those who have not yet seen it.

I am just mystified by the choice of a Pakistani actors for the role of the father and daughter pair. Couldn’t Indian ones be found? Or is there something happening that we mortals do not know about?

Freaky Ali.

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Freaky Ali is loosely based on the old film Happy Gilmore that I had seen about a decade ago. Adam Sandler’s counterpart in the Hindi version that I saw yesterday is one of my all time favourites, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Instead of taking off from ice hockey like Gilmore does in the English version, Ali takes off from being a super cricket player in his inner city low income group area. A neighbour who just happens to be a caddy takes Ali into his hand and trains him to be a pro golfer instead of being an undergarment peddler and part time extortionist hoodlum.

The film has been classified as a sports comedy and I have no issue with that. I have no issues with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performance though in my opinion, he has not received proper direction to showcase his histrionic talent. Just about all the other members of the cast emote and overdo their bit but I suppose that to get a comic effect out of a fairly serious situation, that is the only way to go about it.

It was an enjoyable outing but nothing that I would rave about. I would give it a three star out of five stars rating and advise my readers that you can see it if you have nothing better to do!

Raman Raghav II

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Due to all kinds of problems, I was unable to see this film when it was released in our theaters. I was however told by very discerning filmgoers that I must see it and so procured a DVD and saw it yesterday.

First thing that struck me was that here was another film completely out of the ordinary Indian film that was also a commercial success. A psychological study of an ordinary slum dwelling person and a senior police official both psycho cases. That it was a success says something about the average movie goer of India who seems to have developed a taste for the esoteric instead of only the dramatic, song and dance routines movies.

Both the protagonists, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal come up trumps in their roles and some superb direction from Anurag Kashyap has produced a first class movie which I was able to enjoy to the full in the comfort of my home where I could adjust the volume of sound to my liking!

If you have not seen it, I strongly recommend your doing so. You will not be disappointed.

Badlapur, A Review.

badlapurThere is no telling what will please who.  I was advised by three well meaning friends not to see this film as they had seen it and were convinced that it would not please me.  I had resisted other invitations to see it earlier but could not say no to Ramesh who was feeling out of sorts and wanted some diversion.  So off we went for an afternoon of diversion and I am glad that I did.

This is another film in the so called dark genre like Ugly that I had reviewed earlier.

The title literally translates the Revenge City and that straight away gives an indication as to what the story is likely to be on.  Yes, a story of revenge executed in style with panache and the twists in the tale that keeps one interested in staying the course of two and a quarter hours. The whole picture revolves actually around two characters, the hero and the villain with all the other supporting roles more or less  just that. Varun Dhawan and Nawazudding Siddiqui give very creditable performances.

Tight direction and excellent cinematography makes the experience worth spending the extra long time in the theater.  The occasional unnecessarity loud background music can be forgiven for the effect it provides to the whole experience but which gets me to drop giving it the full six and to settle with just a [rating=5] rating.

I took great pleasure in contacting my three advisors to share my review with and to argue as to why I thought that the picture was worth seeing.  I am getting increasingly impressed with the stuff that Bollywood is now coming up with.