Monday 15 October 2012

This week releases - Nightmare for a critic!!

Film: Makkhi
      Producer: Sai KorrapatiSuresh Babu
Director: S.S Rajamouli
      Cast: Sudeep, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nani
Genre: Fictional
Rating: Very Good

Synopsis: It is a simple story of love, revenge and reincarnation where a beloved is reborn as a fly and protects his beloved from the villain.
Plus points: are the fantastic animation and the conviction in the script. Director Rajamouli is a revered name down South and has made the same film in Tamil and Telegu- both 100 crore films.
Minus points: the film could have been shorter by 10 minutes and excluded superstition stuff about tantriks. Also there is a strong South flavour which could have been reshot to make it Hindi audience friendly.
If you are Spiderman, Rajnikant fan: you cannot miss Makhi.


Film: Chittagong               
Producer: Bedabrata PainAnurag Kashyap
DirectorBedabrata Pain
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Raj Kumar Yadav, Jaideep Ahlawat
Genre: Social
Rating: Very Good

Synopsis: Set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India, Chittagong is a true story of a 14 year old Jhunku, and of his journey to find where he belongs.
Plus : it is an authentic representation of history, well researched and earnestly presented. It excels in all the departments – cinematography, action, locations and first rate performances.
Minus : it is a slice of history with nothing frivolous about it so those looking for entertainment, stay away.
Kindly note: Ashutosh Gowariker made a film on the same subject a while ago titled Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se.


Film: Aiyya
Producer: Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18
Director: Sachin Kundalkar
      Cast: Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj, Subodh Bhave
Genre: Rom-com
Rating: Average

Synopsis: Meenakshi Deshpande (Rani Mukerji) lives in a dream land and is forever possessed by her fantasies. She falls in love with a Tamil artist Surya (Prithviraj) and is drawn to the scent of the man.
The minus point of the film is that: everything – the plot, presentation and the characters are over the top.  The first half is entertaining but post interval the director loses the plot.
What works is: Rani Mukherji who can sing, dance, emote, romance, make you laugh and empathize.
Recommended for: Rani fans.


Film: In The Name Of Tai
Producer: Ujjwal Thengdi
Director: Ujjwal Thengdi
Cast: Nishigandha Wad, Asrani, Vilas Ujawane, Mahesh Thakur, Ujjwal Thengdi
Genre: Drama
Ratings: Good

Synopsis: Inspired by a real story that of an ordinary woman who struggle for 20 years against the powerful lobby of land mafia.

What works about the film: is that it stays true to the real story and has no pretensions. All performances particularly Nishigandha as tai is noteworthy.
What does not work: is that it appears more as a Marathi film than Hindi – the locales, characters, dialect are strongly Maharashtrian.
The message: more than makes up for the presentation.


Film: Bhoot Returns
Producer: Jitendra Jain
Director: Ram Gopal Varm
Cast: Manisha Koirala, Alayana Sharma, Madhu Shalini, J.D. Chakravarthy
Genre: Horror
Rating: Average

Synopsis: it is yet again the story of a haunted house and a tormented family.
The plus of the film: is it marks the comeback of Monisha Koirala – it is good to have her back even if this is not the best vehicle for the actor.
The minus of the film: is that the horror does not strike you in the 2D or the3D.
Poster reads- First was a warning. Fear returns. I don’t think so.


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