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Movie Review – Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi

Starring Alia Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar and Angad Bedi, Dear Zindagi is Gauri Shinde’s second directorial venture after the Sridevi starrer – English Vinglish. Her first flick had an excellent story and some fantastic acting by Sridevi. It was a movie that had soul and appealed strongly to the heart. Does this one work the same way?

The story goes like this –

Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is a cinematographer who is trying to work her way towards directing a feature film. She seems like a determined and career oriented woman who is doing all it takes to succeed starting from ads and short films. But as life goes on, she meets a lot of different men like Angad Bedi, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar and Aditya Roy Kapur each of whom make a mark in her life in a different way. 

A chance encounter with Dr Jehangir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) turns her life upside down. She starts seeing life from a different lens. The rest of the story deals with what all she does to get her meandering life back on track. 

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Movie Review – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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Directed by Karan Johar and starring Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) released this weekend after all the controversy it generated in the last few months. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

Ayan (Ranbir) is a rich dude who ‘seems’ to be pursuing MBA  (or Mere Baap ki Arzoo as he says) and has so much money that he travels on his personal jet. Alizeh (Anushka) is a young woman who is sorted and knows what she wants in love and friendship.

Saba (Aishwarya) is a poetess who is divorced and ends up falling for Ayan. Are Ayan and Alizeh just friends or more? Will Saba get the happiness she wants? Will love triumph over friendship? The rest of the movie talks about all this and more.

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Movie Review – Neerja

Neerja Bhanot - India's braveheart..

Neerja Bhanot – India’s braveheart..

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Directed by Ram Madhvani and starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku and Shekhar Ravijani (special appearance), Neerja is a biopic of Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73.

Pan Am Flight 73 was to be a routine flight from Mumbai to New York via Karachi and Frankfurt. While the Mumbai – Karachi leg passed off without incident, four terrorists hijacked the plane as soon as it landed in Karachi and took everyone hostage. The rest of the flick deals with how Neerja and her fellow colleagues helped almost all the passengers escape.

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Movie Review – Momentum (2015)

Momentum (2015)

Momentum (2015)

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Last week, I attended the premiere screening of ‘Momentum’ – a South African – American action thriller. This one stars Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman in lead roles.

The movie starts off with a high – tech diamond robbery where Olga’s (who is disguised as a thief) character is revealed by mistake. The rest of flick deals with how and why an assassin (James Purefoy) and his cronies begin to pursue her for the diamonds. There is also a US senator (Morgan Freeman) in the picture.

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Movie Review – Piku

Piku

Piku

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Starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan in lead roles, Piku is directed by Shoojit Sircar. From the time the promos of this one began airing on TV, people have been quite excited seeing the comic and light – hearted nature of this flick. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

Deepika Padukone (Piku) is your everyday young woman who works at an architecture firm  and takes care of her 70 year old dad played by Amitabh Bachchan (Bhaskor). Bhaskor Da has a weak stomach and frequently ends up sitting in the toilet with loose motions. Piku tries to balance her work life with ensuring her father gets his medicines at the right time. Bhaskor convinces Piku for a trip to Kolkata to see their old home and catch up with their relatives. The rest of the flick deals with their journey and how Irrfan Khan (Rana) slowly but surely becomes a part of their lives.

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Movie Review – Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

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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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Movie Review – Mardaani

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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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Movie Review – Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty

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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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Movie Review – 2 States

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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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Movie Review – Youngistaan

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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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