Aksar 2 Movie Review

AKSAR 2 STORY: Sheena Roy is hired as a governess for Madame Khambatta, a wealthy seventy-year-old lady, by her trusted investment banker. The plot thickens and the real motive of each character is revealed when the investment banker forces Sheena to indulge in a sexual relationship with him.

AKSAR 2 REVIEW: Aksar 2 starts on the right note when Sheena Roy (Zareen Khan) is hired by investment banker, Patrick Sharma (Gautam Rode) to take care of Miss Khambatta (Lillete Dubey), whose previous caretaker meets with an accident and expires. While Sheena has a boyfriend, (Abhinav Shukla) she lies to Patrick about being single. When Patrick forces her to indulge in a sexual relationship, Sheena reveals her true self. This lands Patrick in a mess as he realises that he is not the only one who is hiding his real motives.

Zareen Khan in the role of the governess with ulterior motives is good in parts. On the other hand, Gautam Rode in his debut on the big screen, comes across as a one trick-pony with not too many expressions on display, even though he gets to play a charcater with more than one shade. Lillete Dubey as the aged Madame Khambatta delivers a measured performance. Abhinav Shukla as Ricky does the best he can with his limited character sketch. Mohit Madaan as Madame Khambatta’s driver is competent. Cricketer S Sreesanth who finds himself on a new pitch as Madame Khambatta’s lawyer scores in his debut outing on screen.

Director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan manages to steer the film’s narrative in the right direction, replete with intrigue in the first half. But the second half with its innumerable twists and turns intended to keep the viewers hooked doesn’t manage to do so. The climax is predictable and the narrative towards the end slackens with the inclusion of a song. Aksar 2 is a movie that begins well, but quickly crumbles to a point of no return.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/aksar-2/movie-review/61687273.cms

 

Tumhari Sulu Movie Review

SULU’S VOICE IS LOUD AND CLEAR

TUMHARI SULU STORY: A happy-go-lucky Mumbai suburban housewife Sulochana, fondly known as Sulu, lands the role of a night RJ, resulting in drastic changes to her routine life.

TUMHARI SULU REVIEW: There’s a been a recent spate of Bollywood movies devoid of its typical glamorous sheen with a focus on the lives of middle-class suburban Indian households. Ad director turned filmmaker Suresh Triveni takes this into consideration in his big screen debut while writing the story around Vidya Balan as Sulochana or ‘Sulu’, a housewife whose achievements aren’t typically noteworthy, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming big. When presented with a rare opportunity, her subsequent decisions & actions affect her husband, son and immediate family. As a testament to Triveni’s ability as a writer, Sulu doesn’t lose her identity as she begins to experience the corporate media life as an RJ, walking the tightrope between her overnight fame and managing her domestic demands.

Vidya Balan is completely in her element, infusing Sulu with an abundance of infectious optimism without being aggravating. She makes Sulu appealing by bringing out the various shades of a woman who has put her personal ambitions on hold because of her family. It also helps that she is surrounded by strong performances all around, in those playing her colleagues and loved ones. Manav Kaul, in particular, is perfectly cast as Sulu’s husband Ashok – a man trying his best to make his wife happy, but also faces work pressure that gets deflected into anger. Also, her family isn’t too thrilled about her sweet-talking potential creeps on a nighttime show which fuels the drama around Sulu’s new career.

The sudden shift from being lighthearted to a serious drama is largely where the film falters. Until then, there are entire sequences, especially with her colleagues which are thoroughly entertaining but don’t eventually add up to much. We spend a lot of time looking through Sulu’s lens, and while there’s a lot to fun stuff to savour there, thanks to Vidya – this crucial conflict emerges well into the film’s runtime, at a point where her voice is just starting to be heard in the world. Fortunately, the tonal shifts are not too jarring to disconnect from the story which is easily accessible. A majority of the urban populace will relate to the challenges faced by Sulu and her family, as we all struggle to live out our dreams of a better life. The essence of this story is ‘Main Kar Sakti Hai’, and with such a refined and affable actress as Vidya Balan in the lead, it is lovingly captured in ‘Tumhari Sulu’ making it an entertaining watch for the whole family.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/tumhari-sulu/movie-review/61668494.cms

Alia Bhatt: Audience will see me in a completely different avatar in Raazi

Actress Alia Bhatt, who is playing the main lead in Meghna Gulzar’s “Raazi”, says the audience will see her in a completely different avatar in the film.”I think in ‘Raazi’ audience will see me in completely different avatar at least that is my wish because ‘Raazi’ as a film is very different. Its the first time I am doing a period film and it is based on true story as well, so I am very excited for it and I hope audience will like it,” said Alia on the sidelines of the second edition of Lokmat Maharashtra’s Most Stylish Awards in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt had come together to recreate the magic of Romeo and Juliet at the awards night to spread the message of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value #SwachhIndia.’ The short clip which is a part of the clean India initiative has been released by the actors on Twitter and hopes to drive home an important point – “If we don’t litter abroad then why do we litter in India”.

Talking about the initiative, Alia said, “Who doesn’t want a clean India. Definitely, it’s a very important campaign and we added some humour to it so that people can also get entertained but the point is ‘Badlega scene Jab India hoga clean”.

When asked whether she likes to be stylish, Alia said, “Obviously..I really like to stay stylish. I think it has become necessary to be stylish.”Alia’s next film “Raazi” is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s “Calling Sehmat”, a novel inspired by the almost-unbelievable real-life story of a woman who Sikka named Sehmat, to protect her identity.

Alia is playing Sehmat, a Kashmiri woman who marries a Pakistani officer with the intention to source out intelligence details and pass them to Indian forces. Vicky Kaushal is essaying the role of the Pakistani officer.”Raazi” is being directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Karan Johar and Vineet Jain. It is scheduled to release on May 11 ,2018.

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/alia-bhatt-audience-will-see-me-in-a-completely-different-avatar-in-raazi/

Padmavati row: Rajput Karni Sena calls for a country-wide bandh on December 1

Rajasthan minister Kiran Maheshwari today joined the chorus of protests against Bollywood movie Padmavati even as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena called for a country-wide bandh on December 1 opposing the films release. The Rajasthan State Commission for Women (RSCW) also wrote to the censor board asking it to clear the “ambiguity” over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film “in the interest of law and order”. The protests, meanwhile, also reached south with Karni Sena members staging a demonstration in Bengaluru. In Jaipur, Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the reported comments by actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the legendary queen in the movie, that nothing can stop the release of the film was provocative. “Deepika Padukones statement is provocative and I take it as a challenge, therefore, I have called for a nationwide bandh,” Kalvi said.

“Ye jauhar ki jwala hai bahut kuch jalega. Rokna hai to Padmini ko rok lo (This is the flame of the Jauhar and a lot will burn. Stop it if you want to),” he threatened. The Karni Sena seemed to have found some support in Maheshwari, a minister in the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan. Maheshwari said she strongly opposed the film claiming it was made purely for money making and entertainment. In a social media post, the minister said that Rani Padmini had performed Jauhar with 16,000 women. “Deceit in any case with the history of immortal valour of such women cannot be accepted,” she wrote.

Rajasthans commission for women chief Suman Sharma, meanwhile, wrote to the censor board seeking clarity over movie so that peace is maintained. In a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi, Sharma said that it needs to seen that the movie does not affect the dignity of women.
Citing protests in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, she said such incidents were adversely affecting the law and order situation. Members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena claimed that not just the Rajput community or Hindu organisations but even Muslim leaders had come out against the film. Karni Sena leader Kalvi demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene in the matter saying the central government had the powers, as per the provisions of the Cinematography Act, to stop the release of a film for three months.

That provision should be invoked in case of Padmavati which is slated to be released on December 1, he demanded.
“We are calling for a country-wide bandh on December 1 if the film is released. We have the support of all castes and communities. We will hold public meetings and rallies in Gurgaon, Patna and Bhopal before that,” Kalvi told reporters. He claimed that film hall owners association and distributors had refused to release the film in the state and leaders from political parties and communities were coming in support of the demand that there should be no distortion of historical facts. He said that the film maker had promised to organise a pre-screening before the censor boards approval but he released the promo and song without taking the Rajput community into confidence.
The sena is not demanding any pre-screening now but a total ban as the filmmaker had “betrayed”, he said.
The protests spread to the south as Rajput community members today staged a demonstration and held a rally in Bengaluru.

A large number of people from the Karni Rajput Sena turned up at the Town Hall in the heart of the city and marched up to the Freedom Park. “What we have learnt is that there is lots of distortion of historical facts. Till our objections are addressed, we will not let the movie to be screened anywhere,” said Sukhdev Singh, president of the Karni Sena. A section of pro-Kannada organisations too came in support of the Sena.

In Uttar Pradesh, Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh said the force had been asked to remain extra vigilant in view of the scheduled release of the film. The protests against Padmavati had till now been confined to the northern and western parts of the country.

Bhansali has been facing trouble since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur — and the director was roughed up by members of the Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year. The Supreme Court had recently refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, saying the censor board was yet to certify the movie.

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/padmavati-row-rajput-karni-sena-calls-for-a-country-wide-bandh-on-december-1/

Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor FINALLY set to make a comeback onscreen after 16 years but sorry, there won’t be any Dhak Dhak!

Who isn’t aware of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit’s sizzling chemistry onscreen! With films like Ram Lakhan, Parinda, Pukar, Beta, their pairing was a hit back in the 90s. Rewind back to their all time sensational song – Dhak Dhak Karne Laga and you will know what we are trying to say. In fact, such was the kind of rage around their onscreen romance that at one point in time, fans were even wanting to see them get married for real. But anyway all that aside, the good news is – Anil and Madhuri are finally set to revive their lost magic and share screenspace after 16 years . Yes, as per this latest report in Mumbai Mirror, both Anil and Madhuri have been finalised for Total Dhamaal.

Confirms director Indra Kumar in interaction with Mirror, “Yes, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit have been paired in Total Dhamaal which goes on the floors in January in Mumbai. However, this film is essentially a comedy so don’t expect any ‘Dhak Dhak’ but I promise total dhamaal. Anil and Madhuri have always been a great pair to work with and getting them together again is a dream.” When asked about casting Madhuri, the director said, “I approached her a couple of months ago and the script worked its dhamaal on her and everybody else.”

While we are certain Total Dhamaal is going to do wonders at the box office considering the excitement around Anil and Madhuri’s comeback. Indra Kumar informs that he is aiming for a Diwali 2018 release as he added,”The final decision on the release date will be taken by the studio we tie up with but it would be great to have a dhamaal Diwali next year.”

Let’s not forget, Indra Kumar is the same director who directed Anil and Madhuri in their superhit ‘Dhak Dhak’ film, Beta which won many awards. How excited are you to watch Madhuri and Anil’s comeback? Tell us in the comments below and keep watching this space for more updates,

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/madhuri-dixit-and-anil-kapoor-finally-set-to-make-a-comeback-onscreen-after-16-years-but-sorry-there-wont-be-any-dhak-dhak/

The Trailer Of Fukrey 2 Is Here And It’s Absolutely Hilarious!

Remember when Fukrey released and cracked us all up? And gave us all this incredible bromance with Pulkit Samrat, Varun SharmaAli Fazal, and Manjot Singh? Also, how can we forget the badass Bholi Punjaban played by Richa Chadha? It was a total laugh riot, and now, these mad people are back at it to make us LOL!

Check out the trailer of Fukrey 2.

Like it? Tell us in the comments below.

Source : https://www.missmalini.com/2017/11/13/trailer-fukrey-2-absolutely-hilarious/

The House Next Door Movie Review

CAST: Siddharth, Andrea Jeremiah, Atul Kulkarni, Anisha Victor
DIRECTION: Milind Rau
GENRE: Horror
DURATION: 2 hours 12 minutes

A WELL EXECUTED HORROR FLICK; GRIPPING!

STORY: Neurosurgeon Krishnakanth and his wife Lakshmi lead a perfect life in the Himalayas but everything turn upside down when the D’Costas move into the house next door.

REVIEW: A young, happily married couple finds themselves embroiled in inexplicable domestic circumstances caused by their next door neighbours. Krish(Siddharth) and Lakshmi(Andrea Jeremiah), however helpful and social, cannot wrap their heads around the bizarre series of recurring incidents at the D’Costa household and get entangled in them in more ways than one.

Horror is an underexplored genre in Indian cinema that may not excite the audience, given its shoddy record, but this one is surprisingly gripping and scary. Other than a few out-of-place scenes including those with awkward falls, ‘The House Next Door’ has rendered complete justice to the theme and the storyline of the film. It keeps you at the edge of your seats, believable VFX, coupled with some splendid performances by the entire starcast and not to mention, breathtakingly beautiful locales of the Himalayan valley.

The story comes across as an amalgamation of a few classic Hollywood horror flicks—such as ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ and ‘Insidious’—but full credit goes to director Milind Rau for weaving the paranormal encounters and shock elements into an interesting plot. It works partially because the cinematography(VFX included) is at par with its Hollywood counterparts. One noticeable feature of this film is non-existence of songs, typically used as a tool to ‘scare’ the crowd in almost all the horror movies made here.

Siddharth as a medical prodigy is a treat to watch on screen, and walking shoulder-to-shoulder with him is Andrea Jeremiah. In all the shots, from steamy, passionate lovemaking to being scared to death, these two are naturals. Theatre-trained Atul Kulkarni as the powerless patriarch of the D’Costa family is a perfect fit. Hats off to the casting director—one actor who steals the show is Jenny(Anisha Victor) as a troubled, rebellious Goth girl. If poorly executed, her role could have turned the film into another run-of-the-mill Hindi horror flick.

If you are looking forward to watching this film only for the laughs, think again. Despite a stretched second half, ‘The House Next Door’ is one that compels you to look over your shoulders.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/the-house-next-door/movie-review/61582814.cms

Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review

CAST: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Neha Dhupia, Luke Kenny
DIRECTION: Tanuja Chandra
GENRE: Romance
DURATION: 2 hours 5 minutes

THIS ROM-COM TAKES A DETOUR FROM THE NORM

Qarib Qarib Singlle Story: A contemporary love story between two opposite personalities who embark upon an unusual journey, which becomes an adventure of a lifetime.

QARIB QARIB SINGLLE REVIEW: By now, we’re well aware of the formula behind Bollywood romantic movies. When boy meets girl, they fall in love and overcome all their hurdles because in the end – Love conquers all. Oversimplification aside, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a rom-com that manages to subvert the route usually taken by these movies. ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ certainly embarks on the road less traveled, and for the most part, it succeeds. Parvathy makes her Bollywood debut as the unassuming Jaya. The accomplished South Indian actress plays a confident girl-next-door who appears to have a stable job and caring friends. Her life is quite self-sufficient and she’s otherwise sorted, save for that one missing element. Fortunately, co-writer and director Tanuja Chandra chooses not to paint Jaya as a woman who is incomplete without a man. She dresses casually, doesn’t hide under layers of makeup and even breaks the fourth wall to speak directly to us, making her very relatable; even a tad mundane. Grounded in Parvathy’s understated portrayal, Jaya’s backstory reasonably justifies why she would resort to online dating to find a suitable companion.

This allows her to take some otherwise questionable decisions when she meets the whirlwind that is Yogi. Irrfan Khan is at his chirpiest here, making Yogi a jovial and carefree person who goes with the flow. Although his backstory isn’t as clearly outlined as Jaya’s, the actor’s ability to make him endearing is how the character grows on her, and us along the way. With these two strong actors at the helm, the film flies through the first half but begins to meander after the interval and doesn’t quite regain its initial momentum even towards the end. The story largely revolves around revisiting Yogi’s past, and in meeting his exes, we expect to discover what makes him tick. But the screenplay doesn’t give us as much clarity as he, and the secondary characters deserve. The latter are introduced and exit the story before their presence makes much of an overall impact. Some scenes could have easily been left on the floor to make a leaner middle act.

This film wouldn’t resonate as much with lesser skilled actors, and Tanuja Chandra knows this. She lets Irrfan and Parvathy bring out their nuanced interpretations of the lead pair, which then keeps you amply invested in their stories enough to see them through to the end. Eeshit Narain’s cinematography also adds to the film’s realism by beautifully capturing the subjects in their natural elements, without resorting to over-dramatic shots. As long as you don’t expect fireworks, enjoy this sweet film that will leave you smiling.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/qarib-qarib-singlle/movie-review/61580049.cms

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana Movie Review

CAST: Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda
DIRECTION: Ratnaa Sinha
GENRE: Romance
DURATION: 2 hours 17 minutes

STORY: Hailing from a conservative family, Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda), an educated girl from Kanpur, falls in love with her arranged match Satyendra (Rajkummar Rao). Sattu’s stable government job (clerk in excise dept) and upper class family background impresses her parents; while his humility and liberal thoughts, win over the girl. But the love story takes a drastic turn when Aarti flees on her wedding day, leaving Satyendra at the altar.

REVIEW: Fearing she’ll end up as a housewife after marriage, an ambitious Aarti sacrifices her love for Sattu as she chooses career and independence. Scarred with rejection, heartbreak and societal humiliation, Sattu becomes a changed man. Years later, fate brings them together. What unfolds forms the story.

Though director Ratnaa Sinha addresses various social issues (dowry, bribe, gender equality) in her overstretched and a tad outdated tale, her film is predominantly a romantic drama that seems inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Class and gender disparity, revenge, jealousy and eternal love – it ticks all boxes.

However, unlike Austen’s classic that beautifully captures the simmering tension, regret and passion between two former lovers, this one leaves a lot to imagination.

What then keeps you engaged despite the rather implausible plot riddled with misunderstandings is some real good performances, led by the very talented Rajkummar Rao. Whatever he touches turns to gold. His subtle and honest portrayal of Sattu is a testament to his much talked about acting brilliance. Kriti Kharbanda exudes charm and simplicity, thus complimenting Raj perfectly.

The film could have been much better than it eventually turns out to be. But if you don’t mind watching a modest family drama, reminiscent of the 90s, you won’t mind being privy to this emotional alliance.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/shaadi-mein-zaroor-aana/movie-review/61578942.cms

Ittefaq Movie Review

CAST: Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna, Sonakshi Sinha
DIRECTION: Abhay Chopra
GENRE: Mystery
DURATION: 1 hour 40 minutes

MURDER, THEY WROTE

ITTEFAQ STORY: With cops on his tail for being charged with his wife’s murder, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) runs into Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) and manages to get refuge in her house on a rainy Mumbai night. Maya soon learns that Vikram could be a convict on the run so she alerts the cops, who nab Vikram and discover the dead body of her husband Shekhar in the house. Maya accuses Vikram of double murder but Vikram pleads innocence. The case is assigned to officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna), who must decode the mystery in three days.

ITTEFAQ REVIEW: With cops on his tail for being charged with his wife’s murder, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) runs into Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) and manages to get refuge in her house on a rainy Mumbai night. Maya soon learns that Vikram could be a convict on the run so she alerts the cops, who nab Vikram and discover the dead body of her husband Shekhar in the house. Maya accuses Vikram of double murder but Vikram pleads innocence. The case is assigned to officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna), who must decode the mystery in three days.

An adaptation of Yash Chopra’s 1969 suspense drama, starring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda, Abhay Chopra retains the theme of the original and infuses his own twists and turns to the story, which keeps you intrigued. While his efforts are sincere and understated, there’s a lot that gets lost in translation.

Unlike the linear storytelling of the original, this investigative reboot gets a bit tedious as it simultaneously presents two parallel accounts of Maya and Vikram as they reveal their respective versions of the story to Dev. What makes it further complicated is the fact that the two suspects tell their tale in instalments. This results in constant flashbacks.

Eventually, this trick of shuttling between past and present to elevate the suspense quotient backfires as it obstructs your train of thought and doesn’t allow fear or tension to creep in.

However, one person who salvages this whodunit, single-handedly and makes it worth a watch is Akshaye Khanna. He lends gravitas to the otherwise dreary proceedings. His banter with fellow cop (Mr Tambe) is hilarious. On the contrary, Sidharth’s deadpan expressions and Sonakshi’s limited character arc, disappoint.

Overall, Ittefaq may not be a taut thriller that you expect it to be. But if patience is your asset, this unhurried suspense drama can be watched for Akshaye Khanna’s crackling screen presence, acting prowess and sublime charm. Why he doesn’t do films more often is the bigger mystery here.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/ittefaq/movie-review/61485316.cms