SUBIRA- Kenyan Sensation

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SUBIRA Film still, Courtesy SUBIRA

Subira is about a young girl who dreams to have her own way in a life that belongs to her, but will she be able to tackle the customs and traditions that hold her prisoner? Will she break free?

Read More (http://crossover.co.ke/2018/10/21/the-big-love-story-subira/)

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Unstoppable Sanju, Sanju Film Review

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Sanju Movie Courtesy GoPaisa

Sanju Movie Courtesy GoPaisa

There are no misses in this film. Only those who are not Sanjay Dutt’s fans will not appreciate this incredible film. (Read More on KenyaBuzz)

Sanjay Dutt is a personal icon for me and I think I have watched Khal Nayak over 100 times and can remember the dialogues easily. Every human being has a positive and negative or you can call dark side. I believe as an actor Sanju portrays the darker side with a touch of innocence and that has what has caused him the troubles and shining moments in his life.

Sanju, is an excellent collection of his life so far, he has just started a new chapter in his life and is unstoppable. Rajkumar Hirani changed his career course by giving him the movie Munnabhai MBBS which he starred opposite his dad Sunil Dutt. Such moments are precious.

Ranbir Kapoor has done complete justice to the role and his sacrifice of body weight changes are nothing compared to the heavy weight of the icon’s responsibilities he was showing on the silver screen. He was adequately supported by Vicky Kaushal who played his friend Kamli and no doubt Paresh Rawal who played his father Sunil Dutt.

This has been one of Paresh Rawal’s most beautiful performances. Jim Sarbh as the villain deserves a clap, ooops slap when he was beaten up in the scene, that was one of the most satisfying scene in the film.

The film will be ground breaking for those who are afraid to have conversations of the real life of a star. Sanjay Dutt was a mega star during our parents young days and what he showed or went through was a reflection of the breaking culture in the 80s and 90s that led to drugs, womanizing and corruption.

A special mention to the three ladies, Sonam A Kapoor as Ruby, Anushka Sharma as Winnie Diaz, Dia Mirza as Manyatta and Manisha Koirala as Nargis, all suitable and stunning in their roles.

Sanju is a fantastic depiction of a real life star.

Simple and Thrilling, Raazi Film Review

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Raazi Courtesy Firstpost

Raazi Courtesy Firstpost

Raazi is another spy story based on the real incident of how a young Indian girl saved her country from an attack from the Pakistani navy. The film is an adaptation of the book Calling Sehmat written by Harinder Sikka. (Read the Kenya Buzz Film Review)

Alia Bhatt is an excellent actress and she will have a very long career. She plays the role of Sehmat the Indian spy in the film Raazi.

Raazi is another spy story based on the real incident of how a young Indian girl saved her country from an attack from the Pakistani navy. The film is an adaptation of the book Calling Sehmat written by Harinder Sikka.

Director Meghna Gulzar has not wasted time in song or dance or full blown drama, she has kept the film real and human. The film story kicks off with news that Sehmat’s father is dying from lung cancer and they need to recruit another spy to keep the information links open and her father suggests the marriage of his daughter Sehmat to Iqbal, the son of a Pakistani General.

Sehmat begins her training and when she gets married, she gets to work on sending information back home to India. Subsequently the most vital information from her saves an imminent attack on the Indian navy and while her cover is blown she is extracted by the help of her handler and his team.

The film keeps you on the edge and race to not getting caught. When Sehmat is almost caught by the house worker she has to commit her first murder and this is a heart wrenching scene.

There are several favourite scenes, from when Iqbal presents her with anklets and they consummate their marriage, when she reaches out for help at the ration store and finally when her husband confronts her. The costume design for Alia is simple, sophisticated and not at all Bollywood, just real everyday wear.

The film definitely belongs to Alia Bhatt and very notable performances by Vicky Kaushal who plays her husband Iqbal and the handler Jaideep Ahlawat as Khalid Mir. Hopefully one day they can really cast Pakistani actors to play their characters.

The songs Dilbaro, Ae Watan and Raazi are superb.

Raazi will go down in history as an exceptionally crafted film for any filmmaker student or actor. Great work by Meghna and her team.

Patriotic & Passionate, Parmanu Film Review

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Parmanu Courtesy Film Companion

Parmanu Courtesy Film Companion

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The content is tight and well scripted by writer Saiwyn Quadras who has also written successful films Mary-Kom and Neerja. (Read the Kenya Buzz Film Review)

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The number of patriotic films in India is definitely on the rise.

Actor Akshay Kumar restarted the trend for patriotic films about 5 years ago with his movies like Special 26, Holiday- A Soldier is Never off Duty and many more, releasing them on the Indian Republic Day or Independence Day.

Looks like the rest of Bollywood followed suit and now almost every month there is a film with a patriotic subject.

Parmanu is a brilliant account of the birth of India as a nuclear nation in 1998. The film has been produced by John Abraham and he has shown a track record of making meaningful films since his first production of Vicky Donor.

John also plays the lead role of Engineer Ashwat Raina and in his team are various skilled individuals of scientists and engineers and the head of security Diana Penty as Capt. Ambalika Bandopadhyay. This was a great change from the usual macho officer, she is portrayed as intelligent and competent, there was no need to wear shorts, tank tops and have a song and dance about it or a romantic scene with the hero.

There is brilliant work by the supporting actors Yogendra Tiku who plays Dr Narendra Sinha. He usually does father roles in films and it was nice to see him play his age as an established scientist and give sarky dialogues. Good work by the others too including Aditya Hitkari, Ajay Shankar and Vikas Kumar.

One of the best scenes in the film was when they are running out of time and have to get back to the camp before the American satellite spots their work, this nail biting scene was intense.

The film keeps you on the edge throughout especially with sharp direction by Abhishek Sharma and cinematography by Aseem Mishra and Zubin Mistry. The lead story writer is Saiwyan Quadras and from his previous work of Mary-Kom and Neerja, he continues to deliver a brilliant script.

Parmanu is a must watch and it will be one of John’s best films. The music by Jeet-Gannguli and Sachin-Jigar is cool, the patriotic sound comes in the background from time to time and keeps you focused on the subject, with good melody and meaningful lyrics.

Victorious Veeres, Veere di Wedding Film Review

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It is about time that such a modern woman eccentric film came out. Ladies, over 18 years you are probably dealing with some of these issues and you must watch this one. (Read the Kenya Buzz Film Review)

Veere di Wedding created major hype when the biggest actress Kareena Kapoor Khan agreed to do the film with Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. From the beginning it was seen as a feminist movement and so far it has lived up to that reputation.

Girls want the best in their relationships and are aware of their own shortcomings or expectations and while they may be ready to admit them, the boys are still struggling or family is still conscious of society and busy handling damage control.

Veere di Wedding is the story about 4 girls who are best friends since high school and meet after 20 years because one of them is getting married. Kareena Kapoor who plays Kalindi Puri is getting married but she can’t shake off the feeling that marriage only brings fights, because that’s what her parents’ marriage taught her. Even though her fiance Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) is awesome, she gets the cold feet and becomes the runaway bride.

At hand are her other 3 Veeres, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja who plays divorce lawyer Avni who got her hurt by her first boyfriend and can’t get over him and is searching for true love; Swara Bhaskar who plays separated wife Sakhshi and she wants more in her marriage; ad then Shikha Talsania who plays runaway girl Meera who married a White guy.

The girls support each other and through the wedding preparations come to terms with their issues and end up making necessary choices to move on with them.

The film has been directed by Shashanka Ghosh who also made the film Khoobsurat starring Sonam and Fawad Khan. Shashanka continues to do a brilliant job with Veere di Wedding.

The fashion in the film will become the hot seller in the shops, it is cool, trendy and fresh. Designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla stun you with the best outfit of the film, the bridal outfit worn by Kareena Kapoor Khan. This yellow white floral design will become a trendsetter for the weddings to come.

The film has definitely been inspired by Hollywood films such as Sex and The City where after Carrie and Big don’t get married the girls go off to the honeymoon resort and have a holiday, the Veeres do the same in Phuket.

In the end, the film is a delight. The song Tareefan by Badhshah and Qaran will continue to reign on the charts. Also Bhangra Ta Sajda by Gaurav Solanki is a cool song.

Veere di Wedding is fun and meaningful journey that can be easily relatable for young urban girls.

 

Sweet, Heart Wrenching & Real, October Film Review

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On New Year’s Eve, the Radisson Hotel staff are having a party and when Shiuli tries to sit of the ledge, it is slippery and she falls 30 feet to the ground. Her last question “Where is Dan?” haunts him and he ends up playing a crucial role in her recovery.

The story of October is simple because truly it can happen to any one of us. Dan is working to earn his Five Star Hotel diploma but you can quickly see that he is not settled and is seeking more. Somehow, he always found the reason for conflict in Shiuli and very few can understand his compassion for the girl lying in a deep coma. (Read More on KenyaBuzz)

The Fussy Dressmaker, Phantom Thread Film Review

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A perfect dress is every lady’s desire. Reynolds Woodcock was the ideal dressmaker and when he met his muse Alma, who knew there will be that much change in his house and life.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson who directed There Will Be Blood starring Daniel Day Lewis, repeats the partnership in Phantom Thread. This interesting weave of a couture London dressmaker in the 1950s is cooly handled by Daniel. You can see his has done his character homework of all the mannerisms of a dressmaker, being slim, attention to detail, the spectacles, walking and soft voice.

The entire film revolves around the three, Daniel as Reynolds Woodcock, Lesley Manville as his sister Cyril Woodcock and Vicky Krieps as the muse Alma. Daniel is one of the finest actors in Hollywood and Vicky has done her utmost in responding to his excellence.

For the sake of art, it is a must watch.

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