Directed By: Shashi Sudigala Produced By: First Ray Films Cast: Anshuman Jha, Divya Menon, Suzanna Mukherjee, Sanjay Suri Duration: 1 hours 59 minutes Bollywood Bubble Rating: ★1/2
Bollywood has explored mostly all the genres, but we are now all set to be introduced to a new genre of films, ‘Social Media-Thriller’. Yes, India’s first social media-thriller, a film named ‘Mona Darling’ is all set to hit the theatres. After watching the trailer, the first word that came to our mind was ‘wow’ because it was damn interesting and promised to offer us something new. The trailer was very well edited to make us curious to watch the film. But, does the film live up to the curiosity level we had for it? Find out here in ‘Mona Darling’ movie review.
The movie starts with a couple of guys discussing about a Facebook profile named ‘Mona Darling’ which was deactivated, but is active again. They all have received a friend request from the profile, and are very happy about it. They accept the request, and, then one by one all of them get killed. Their murders are done in a gruesome manner (faint-hearted people, think twice before watching this movie). Next morning, we see Sara (Divya Menon) asking people in a college campus about her friend Mona (Suzanna Mukherjee) who is missing. She goes to the principal of the college played by the very talented Sanjay Suri (but wasted in this film) and tells him about Mona, but he is more interested in the murders than the missing girl in his college. Sara goes to Wiki (Anshuman Jha) for help to find Mona. They start investigating about her and things start unfolding, and a connection between Mona and the murders comes to limelight. So, is this the missing Mona who is killing everyone? And if not her, who is the murderer? These things form the rest of the story…
After reading the synopsis above, we are sure you would feel that this one is going to be a great cinematic experience as the concept is so good, but unfortunately, that doesn’t happen here. The great concept is not handled well at all. The screenplay could have easily been tight. There are sequences that make you skip a heartbeat, but are very few; like maybe just one or two. In the second half the film becomes damn predictable, forget the second half, actually we predicted the culprit in the first half itself. Like we are sure everyone who is watching the film, will predict who the main culprit is. The climax of the film should be shocking but here it is quite disappointing. The director, Shashi Sudigala, fails to give us the required shock quotient in the climax. Even there are sequences which will bore you too much. A thriller should have a proper pace, but here even that doesn’t happen. Sometimes the film’s pace is fast, sometimes it goes down. Even the cinematography and editing is strictly okay. There are some moments where two parallel stories are going on, and for moviegoers it might be a bit confusing. In a thriller, you need to have a good background score, and even that is missing here.
There are very few good things in the film, and one of them is the acting done by its lead cast. Anshuman Jha is good and Divya Menon is decent. But, the surprise here is Suzanna Mukherjee as Mona. She is wonderful and has portrayed her character very well. Sanjay Suri as we said is wasted. Believe us, he was much better in the cameo he had in last year’s release ‘Nil Battey Sannata’. Other actors in the film are strictly average.
The makers have tried to attempt something new and unique, but sometimes, some experiments fail.
On the whole, ‘Mona Darling’ is a perfect example of how a good concept can be spoilt with bad execution.
Directed By: Vishal Bhardwaj Produced By: Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishal Bhardwaj, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor Duration: 2 hours 47 minutes Bollywood Bubble Rating: ★★★1/2
The year is 1943. Second World War between the allies and the axis is shaking the earth with its viciousness. Meanwhile in India, an irresistible thirst of independence is secretly taking over many hearts. While a large number of Indians continue to be a part of the British force fighting the Germans and the Japanese, Subhash Chandra Bose’s INA is spreading an infectious dream of freedom. Drunk on it, engrossed in it, the knuckled and joined hands seem to grow stronger and larger. Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Rangoon’ is set on a vivid backdrop of sociopolitical crisis. Writing a ‘Rangoon’ movie review is particularly difficult because the phrases often find it difficult to sum up what the eyes witnessed.
Miss Julia (Kangana Ranaut) is a massively popular action and film star and also happens to be the fiance of Rustom Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), a high-ranked Indian officer from the British Army. True, he loves Julia. But more than that, he owns Julia. He owns her soul, her vibes, her thoughts, her aspirations and what not? During the war, Julia is sent to Rangoon (Burma) to entertain the Indian soldiers and she meets Nawab Mallik (Shahid Kapoor), a jamadar of the same British Army. Julia does not rediscover how untrue her own ideologies were, until Nawab saves her life amid a difficult circumstance and they both fall in love. What initially looked a triangle love story, becomes a story of self-discovery, unpainted patriotism and a journey of seeking truth.
From his Shakespearan adaptations to his sociopolitical dramas, Vishal Bhardwaj ensures you don’t watch the film, you live it. Kangana Ranaut as the woman with suppressed wills, Saif Ali Khan as a man tussling between what he wants to do and what he has to do are so perfect! Kangana will take your breath away with those sharp glittering eyes while she whispers ‘bloody hell’. Saif as well delivered a razor-sharp performance. After ‘Omkara’, this will probably be counted as his best. Shahid Kapoor never looked so subtle yet expressive in the past. He is in love, but he is on a bigger mission. He is torn inside, but he shows an iron face, until the time to break out arrives.
But is it just love? Just a war? No. It is war at the time of love and love during the war. The narration constantly challenges any comfortable conclusion. That is how the story goes on. Amid crisis, small moments of love crop up. At times, it is choking. At times, it breaks your heart. And at times, you just feel nothing at all.
‘Rangoon’ has small moments with smaller feels. The moments of romance are so real! Here, you kiss each other’s muddy face, wipe each other’s blooded cheeks and vouch to carry each other’s dreams. Could love be any more real than this?
Leave everything aside, ‘Rangoon’ is a thorough visual and musical treat. Shot across Arunachal Pradesh, the film is like a wide landscape across vivid scenic beauty. It is beautifully shot by Pankaj Kumar. Add Bhardwaj’s own extraordinary music to it. Not many would create so many moods in one story. ‘Tippa’ is filled with innocence, ‘Alvida’ is how the pang of separation feels like, ‘Yeh Ishq Hai’ is love without boundaries. Not to leave out the quirk of ‘Mere Miyan Gaye England’ and ‘Bloody Hell’.
Having said everything, we did find a bit of continuity issues in editing. Some scenes just end. Sequences and songs could be in better sync. The ending might seem a bit dragged, but since the film is re-edited, you will probably catch a shorter version of it.
Directed By: Amit Roy Produced By: Shoojit Sircar, Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures Cast: Amit Sadh,Taapsee Pannu, Arsh Bajwa Duration: 1 hours 54 minutes Bollywood Bubble Rating: ★★1/2
After getting delayed for around two years, Amit Roy’s ‘Running Shaadi’ is all set to hit the screens now. The film stars Amit Sadh, Taapsee Pannu and Arsh Bajwa in the lead roles. The trailer of the film was quite promising that the movie will offer us something that we haven’t seen. But does the film live upto the expectations? Let’s find out here in the ‘Running Shaadi’ movie review.
So, the film starts with a love story between Bharose (Amit) and Nimmi (Taapsee). The former works in the shop owned by the latter’s father. But after dating for few months, due some circumstances, the two breakup, and Bharose also leaves his job. One day he and his friend, Cyberjeet (Arsh Bajwa) go for a wedding. The bride runs away, but then later her family finds her and her boyfriend and takes her back. After seeing this, Bharose gets an idea of a business to make people run with a proper planning and get them married. Bharose and Cyberjeet start a website named Runningshaadi.com. Their business is going quite well. But, one day a twist comes when Nimmi requests Bharose to help her in running with her boyfriend Shunty. Nimmi and Shunty’s wedding is going to be the 50th wedding for Runningshaadi.com. However, something very surprising happens. The big twist in the tale. Well, don’t worry we’re giving no spoilers here. What the twist is and how the story moves forward, for that you need to watch the film.
The concept of the film is excellent. Like just imagine, a website that helps you elope and get married to the person you love. But then we hope the writers had concentrated on building up this concept instead of making this one a light-hearted love story. The story is not at all similar to ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ as some of us thought after watching the trailer. But the handling of the film is kind of same. In the second half, the film concentrates on the personal life of the owners of the business. Even in the first half there are a few scenes that are dull. Amit Roy’s narration is decent, but he being one of the writers could have focused more on Runningshaadi.com, than the love story of Bharose and Nimmi. One more thing that irritates a little is the censoring of the word ‘.com’. They have beeped the word, but while a character mouths it, his lips also get blurred and that was like a disturbance in the film. But well, don’t be disappointed as this film will entertain you nevertheless. The writers have very well kept moments that will make you laugh out loud.
Directed By: Aparnaa Singh Produced By: Falguni Patel and Prince Soni Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes Bollywood Bubble Rating: ★★★1/2
Terrorism! A dreaded word highly discussed and portrayed efficiently in many movies, but what about eco-terrorism? Do you have your facts in place for this term? Did you know that there is a cancer train in the state of Punjab? These questions may not instantly ring a bell in your overtly curious mind, until you watch the movie ‘Irada‘, a gripping tale that tackles these issues with sensitivity.
Headed by a powerful starcast comprising of actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sagarika Ghatge and Sharad Kelkar, this story deals with a socially relevant and unspoken topic of how the process of reverse boring results in eco-terrorism and cancer-stricken patients. So, let’s see how the story pans out. Check it out in ‘Irada’ movie review here…
Parabjeet Walia (Naseeruddin Shah), an ex-army man who is mourning over the loss of his only daughter Riya (Ruman Molla) to the dreaded disease of lung cancer. Not the one to let things lie low, he digs deeper into the real cause of her death and discovers that the process of reverse boring in one of the biggest industries PPFPL was the cause of contamination in water, ultimately resulting in cancer. Well, he isn’t the only one to seek revenge, but a journalist Simi (Sagarika Ghatge) too is on a vengeful path for the murder of her boyfriend, an RTI Activist.
Directed By:Sankalp Reddy Produced By: Anvesh Reddy, Venkatramana Reddy, Prasad V Potluri, NM Pasha, Jagan Mohan Vancha Cast: Rana Daggubati ,Taapsee Pannu , Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni Duration: 2 hours 05 minutes Bollywood Bubble Rating: ★★★1/2
We have heard about a lot of wars that took place in the history of India. But, we actually had no idea about a war that took place under the sea, a war which we will now get to witness on the big screen. From the first poster itself, ‘The Ghazi Attack’ made us curious to know what it is all about. The trailer and the promos were so engaging that we couldn’t wait to watch the film. So, was it worth the wait? Check it out in ‘The Ghazi Attack’ movie review here…
The movie starts with the partition of East Pakistan and West Pakistan. The officers of West Pakistan want to send some basic necessity materials to their soldiers in East Pakistan. But they have to cross the Indian waters to reach there. Their only concern is INS Vikrant, an aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. So they decide to destroy it with the help of PNS Ghazi. On the other hand, Indian Naval officers come to know about the plan set by the Pakistanis. They send a submarine, S 21 for a search mission. Officers, Captain Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), Lt Commander Arjun Varma (Rana Daggubati), and Executive officer Devraj (Atul Kulkarni) take the lead in S 21. How this search mission turns into a war, forms the rest of the story.
In the beginning itself, there’s a disclaimer that the film is based on real incidents but it has been fictionalised and cinematic liberty has been taken. But, let’s just forget about this disclaimer and concentrate on how brilliantly the film has been written and executed. What really impresses us is that without wasting any time, the movie just goes on point and from first scene itself it keeps us engaged. There are some really powerful moments that will keep you on the edge of the seat. Believe us, there were sequences that actually made our heart pump a bit faster. In such films, editing plays a very important part and A Sreekar Prasad has done that wonderfully. Madhi’s cinematography is also excellent. Not to forget, the visual effects in the film are superb. While watching the film you will surely feel why this film wasn’t made in 3D.