Directed by Ravi Kumar and starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee among others, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is a docu-drama which deals with one of the worst industrial disasters in world history – The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
It’s been 30 years since that night on 2nd December in 1984 in Bhopal. The events of that fateful night have been well documented across many documentaries and articles. But Ravi effectively humanizes the tragedy.
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Directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra, Mardaani is Rani Mukherjee’s comeback vehicle. She is supported by Jisshu Sengupta and Tahir Bhasin. The trailers clearly indicated that this one is an out & out thriller. Does it work. Let’s check it out.
Shivani Sivaji Roy (Rani) is an upright Senior Inspector with the Crime Branch in Mumbai. She lives a simple life with her husband played by Jisshu and her niece – Meera. She is known as a no-nonsense officer who treats criminals as they must be treated. The day a teenage girl – Pyaari is kidnapped from a shelter home, Shivani’s life turns upside down. As she begins the journey to find her, she starts to uncover a dirty truth which will lead her to Walt (Tahir Bhasin). The rest of the flick deals with how both of them battle it out against each other.
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Holiday – A Solider is Never Off Duty starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Govinda in lead roles is the remake of the Vijay starrer Thupakki. Both the flicks have been directed by A.R.Murugadoss. Though he’s made quite a few movies down South, this is his 2nd attempt in Bollywood after Ghajni. Does it succeed? Let’s check it out.
Virat (Akshay Kumar) is a captain in the Defense Intelligence Agency in the Army. As soon as he’s back home on a holiday, his parents rush him off to get married to Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha). In between he is caught up in a bomb attack on a bus and stumbles upon a terrorist who is part of a group of individuals who are planning to attack the city of Mumbai at various locations. The rest of the story deals with how he and his army mates go about stopping the terrorists.
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Directed by Abhishek Varman and starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in lead roles, 2 States is the movie adaptation of one of Chetan Bhagat’s most successful works (having the same name) till date. The movie has been in the news since the time of its inception. The songs and the trailers are already popular among the audience. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
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Starring Jackky Bhagnani, Farooque Sheikh and Neha Sharma in lead roles, Youngistaan is Syed Ahmed Fazal’s first directorial venture. From the trailers, it looked like an interesting take on politics. What better time to release this flick than during the current election season when everyone’s waiting for the days ahead to see who finally forms the government in Delhi. So does it work out? Let’s check.
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Directed by Bhushan Patel and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under the Balaji Motion Pictures, Ragini MMS 2 is Sunny Leone’s third venture into Bollywood as a mainstream actress after Jism 2 and Jackpot. It is said to be India’s first horrex (Horror + Sex) flick promising scares for everyone and also whistles from the hoi polloi. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
The story goes like this –
Uday and Ragini’s MMS goes viral. Uday is killed while Ragini becomes a lunatic. A filmmaker is quite interested in this story. He feels that there’s something more to the entire episode. And since the girl has become a lunatic, one cannot believe her completely. Therefore, he with his crew set out to the same very house where the MMS was shot to film a movie on this entire episode.
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Directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock in lead roles, Gravity is a space science fiction thriller. With its interesting trailers and intriguing premise, it has been in the news for quite a while. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first space mission aboard the Space Shuttle Explorer while Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is commanding his final expedition. He tests the operation of the space shuttle. But during the final spacewalk, both of them are informed by the Mission Control in Houston that debris from a Russian strike on a defunct satellite is about to hit them. Before they can react, the debris strikes the Explorer and Stone begins to tumble into space. The rest of the flick deals with how Stone and Kowalski tackle the physical as well as mental challenges to travel back safely to Earth.
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Directed by Maneesh Sharma of ‘Band Bajaa Baraat’ fame,’Shuddh Desi Romance’ stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Rishi Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor in lead roles. With its unconventional promotional strategy and nice music, the flick has been in the news for some time. Is Maneesh Sharma able to recreate the magic of Band Bajaa Baraat yet again? Let’s check it out.
Raghu (Sushant) is a tourist guide in Jaipur and also acts as a rental wedding guest for Goel (Rishi Kapoor) who is a wedding planner. Raghu is about to get married and on the way to his wedding. But when he meets Gayatri (Parineeti) on the way, he is not quite sure of getting married anymore. In the midst of all this, he comes across Tara (Vaani) and then starts his confusion. Will it be Tara or Gayatri? Is commitment more important to him than love? The flick talks about all this and more as the story unfolds.
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‘The Conjuring’ is a supernatural horror flick directed by James Wan of the ‘Saw’ series fame. It stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor. As most of the horror movies these days, this also proclaims to be based on true events which happened in Rhode Island in 1971. Will the flick be able to scare you? Let’s check it out.
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Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Divya Dutta, Prakash Raj, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Producer: Viacom 18, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Plot: The movie begins with Milkha’s tragic loss in the 1960 Rome Olympics and then goes into flashback mode showing a young Milkha and how it all started for him from the army recruitment phase. We also get to see the post partition riots where Milkha’s parents’ were murdered and how the little Sikh runs for his life, meets his sister in the refugee camp and then grows up gambling, learning how to use a knife and stealing coal from local trains for some cash. From the army begins his journey to become one of the greatest ever athletes India has ever seen.
Technical view: This biopic just leaves you speechless with it’s impeccable direction and energetic atmosphere. Though the movie runs for about three hours, except for maybe a few minutes, the movie holds a strong grip over the audience. The background score is exceptional and the introduction of Farhan Akhtar is just epic! Dialogues are not the best part of the movie but they do provide you a chuckle here and there. Prakash Raj and Pavan Malhotra also do a fine job with their acting as always.
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