Let’s Have That Conversation, Viceroy’s House Film Review

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Viceroy's House courtesy of Another Tongue

Viceroy’s House courtesy of Another Tongue

The Bend It Like Beckham decided to make a personal story with the film Viceroy’s House. Director Gurinder Chadha who gained worldwide recognition with her film Bend It Like Beckham co-wrote the story for this film based on the Partition of India and Pakistan.

The film has been dubbed in Hindi and given the title Partition 1947 and Chadha’s grandparents were directly affected by this historical event.

The film stars the famous Downtown Abbey star Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, X-files super star Gillian Anderson as Lady Mountbatten, Manish Dayal as Jeet and Huma Qureshi as Aalia. The film also includes the late Om Puri as Aalia’s blind father and a mix of British Asian and Indian actors in other roles.

Viceroy’s House as the name suggests is set on the last few weeks of the posting of Lord Mountbatten to India to complete the process of Independence and handover India to the countrymen. When he arrives there are many changes that begin and he soon realizes that there is the talk of partition looming. He tries his utmost to avoid the situation but the leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi are at a conundrum and Mountbatten gets the final approval from Prime Minister Churchill and thus the famous Radcliffe line is drawn.

In the backdrop is the love story between Hindu Jeet and Muslim Aalia, who have to make the decision just like the rest of the staff working for the Viceroy and the rest of the country to which side to swear their allegiance.

Gurinder Chadha gives you a great story and she does not waste time in keeping the pace of what needs to be done- the partition. With the production assistance from BBC Films there are several black and white newsreels she uses to add to the story and show the suffering and consequences of the carnage that was ensuing between the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Historical films like these can not be all like Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, so Gurinder does deliver an important gem to the cinema industry that will be remembered for years to come.

There are excellent performances by Hugh, but it is Gillian as Lady Edwina and Manish Dayal as Jeet who steal your hearts.

Viceroy’s House will serve to be a productive discuss over ek cup chai.


You Can’t Control Love, Jab Harry Met Sejal Film Review

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Jab Harry Met Sally Courtesy InToday Desi Martini

Jab Harry Met Sally Courtesy InToday Desi Martini

Jab Harry Met Sejal is getting terrible reviews around the world. Here’s the thing, Imtiaz Ali sees beyond superficial love stories and everyday human beings. He has the eye to see the real person and how they struggle with being themselves and falling in love.

Sejal (Anushka Sharma) stops Harry (Shahrukh Khan) and tells him that he has to help her find the ring her fiance proposed with. Harry is off duty as the tourist guide and tries hardest to convince her that the search can be done differently rather than him repeating the tour with her only. Sejal is adamant and even when Harry confesses to her that he is a big flirt and control himself with women, she tells she can and that the search must happen together.

The journey begins and obviously they fall in love. Yes, that happens. But what is unusual is that they end up discovering and being comfortable with their true identities. Each saves the other.

The music by Pritam rocks and flows with intensity and fun throughout their trips. Imtiaz loves Europe and probably this is the last time he will be able to be in his comfort locations. His next film should include the pair of Hrtihik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, it will be interesting to see how they bare their true selves or get into the skin of a complex character deep with emotions and meaning.

The wonderful work by Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma must not go unnoticed. Though, Shahrukh looks older and if Ranbir Kapoor was Harry maybe the charm may be different. Shahrukh is vulnerable, sexy and on fire. Anushka is nerdy but aggressive.

Jab Harry Met Sejal will be appreciated later in the years.

Total Family Drama, Mubarakan Film Review

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Mubarakan is the first film that brings uncle Anil Kapoor and nephew Arjun Kapoor together. The film has been directed by the famous Welcome series director Anees Bazmee and he certainly delivers a big Punjabi Family drama.

The story is about identical twins Karan and Charan whose parents die in a road accident and even though they have a bachelor uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor), he prefers his brother in India Baldev (Pavan Malhotra) and their sister Jeeto (Ratna Pathak) in London bring up the boys in their respective homes.

The time for marriage arrives and Jeeto chooses her twin Karan for the rich Binkle (Athiya Shetty), but Karan is in love with Sweety (Illeana D’Cruz) and tells everyone that let Charan go and see Binkle. However even Charan is in love with the Muslim girl Nafisa (Neha Sharma).

What unfolds next is the double trouble between Karan and Charan, who is Arjun Kapoor and how they are unable to come out with the truth about their girlfriends. To the rescue is Kartar Singh and then follows major family drama because Kartar’s tricks are slightly on the edge, for example declaring innocent and nerdy Charan as a drug addict.

Mubarakan has an excellent pace of comedy and drama and is definitely a winner for both Uncle Anil Kapoor and Nephew Arjun Kapoor. The music of the film composed by music directors Amaal Malik, Gourov Roshin and Rishi Rich are also entertaining and keep you dancing to the beats of the love triangles.

This will be one of Arjun’s best films, each character have done their parts wonderfully and big credit also goes to the Screenplay writers Balwinder Singh Janjua and Gurmmeet Singh, they surely can whip up something interesting.

Die Hard- Dunkirk Film Review

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Dunkirk Courtesy Puremzine

Dunkirk Courtesy Puremzine

If the British did not hold their fort at Dunkirk then the Second World War could have easily reached their shore.

Dunkirk has been written and directed by Christopher Nolan and whenever he takes on a project he changes major things in the game of movie making. From block busters like Batman Begins, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher leaves his mark for excellence.

Dunkirk is a film based on the Battle of Dunkirk when the British and French soldiers were left to wait to be rescued by the seaside as they fought valiantly against the Nazi Germany in 1940.

Christopher picks the themes of land, air and sea to show off the hardships and close shaves his heroes face. From the bomber planes to the Navy warships and the men at the beach with their rifles, they are all trying to save their lives from Nazi Germany. He uses an interesting time lapse technique to depict his story from the Pilots, Navy Officers to the rescuers who come on their private British cruisers.

The stars in the film include, the voice of Michael Caine, then One Direction’s pop star Harry Styles makes his acting debut, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

It is an excellent watch. The pressure builds up with the help of the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, another one of his excellent piece of work. The cinematographer Dutch Hoyte van Hoytema whose work includes the James Bond Spectre, proves his brilliant skills in taking the audience from beach to sea and the skies suspense of the war.

Dunkirk is a must for die hard Nolan fans and any one who wants to see a piece of history captured magnificently.

The Girl Shines- Gifted Film Review

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Gifted Film

Captain America is always busy saving the world but what if he needed the saving himself? Chris Evans (Captain America) settles in comfortably in the role of Uncle Frank in the film Gifted directed by Marc Webb who is known for making the Amazing Spiderman films.

Gifted is the story about a very talented and genius niece Mary who is being protected by her uncle, such that he does not want her to go to a regular school, get discovered and sent to a “lab type school” and loose her sanity because her mother committed suicide for being a genius who was on the verge of cracking a Maths problem.

Frank and Mary are supported in this scheme by their neighbor Roberta Taylor and it is when Mary’s maternal Grandmother Evelyn comes over to complete her daughter’s Maths problem that a court case ensues.

Chris Evans is handsome and looks very sweet as the troubled brother, uncle and son. Octavia Spencer is wonderful as Roberta and while Lindsay Duncan looks perfect as the quintessential grandma, it is Mckenna Grace who steals the show as Mary. Jenny Slate who is famous for her TV Series House of Lies lends a supportive hand as Mary’s teacher.

This beautiful and heartwarming story is just that, beautiful.


Worth the Half Wait- Half Girlfriend Film Review

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Half Girlfriend

When Chetan Bhagat writes a book, it seems like it is made for the silver screen. His book the Half Girlfriend was this time picked up by Director Mohit Suri. Mohit is known to make films where the female is conflicted and the male protagonist is struggling to live up to her expectations.

Half Girlfriend is just like that and more.

Yes, it goes beyond the half.

This is a story about Madhav, coming from Bihar who wants to study Psychology in Delhi to give a better life to his home ground. When he meets Riya he realizes he has found love and a purpose to be a successful man. The subject is very reality based and this could happen to any 20 year-olds in University or College who are starting out to figure their life and purpose of love.

Arjun Kapoor is Madhav and Shradha Kapoor is Riya, and this this their love story. It has been beautifully written and dialogues included by the team of Tushar Hiranandani and Ishita Moitra Udhwani. The performances by Arjun and Shradha are excellent, Arjun is definitely growing as an actor and his large size is actually an asset of a mature guy who is comfortable about his big personality.

Director Mohit Suri has done a fabulous job but he lacks in a good cinematographer partner. Taking the film to New York for the climax is a good idea, but soon you wear out of the obviousness and right at the end, it looks like they are in a studio. Otherwise Half Girlfriend is a romantic watch and a tissue box catch.

Spiritually Moving- The Shack Film Review

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The Shack

The Shack is based on the novel by the same name, written by William P Young and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Stuart Hazeldine has directed the film and this is his biggest venture so far. The film stars the Avatar hero Sam Worthington as Mackenzie Phillips and his wife is Radha Mitchell, they are supported by Octavia Spencer as the Papa, Aviv Alush as Jesus and Sumire as Sarayu the spirit.

The story is about Mackenzie Phillips, an abused child by his father and mother, who meets “Papa” (the Holy Father) played by Octavia Spencer, and his life turns for the positive. Later we meet Mackenzie happily married to Nan and they have three children. Mack is taking the children to a camping trip, where his youngest daughter Missy is abducted and brutally murdered. The family is not able to reconcile with this loss and tragedy.

Mack gets a mysterious note one morning, signed by “Papa” to meet at the same Shack where Missy was killed. Mack goes there and meets Jesus, who guides him to wonderful lake house and he meets the Holy Spirit and Papa. The healing begins.

This interesting journey is magical, sad and happy too. It is a story worth exploring, that what if you could really have that conversation with God how would it be and what would you say?

The fact that Papa or God is female, Octavia Spencer, Jesus is Israeli, Avraham Aviv Alush and the Holy Spirit is Japanese, Sumire should signal an unusual yet pleasant possible reality.

The Shack belongs to Mack’s inner conflict and Sam Worthington does not let you down. Go on, take on a new spiritual journey.

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