The Love Battle- Raabta Film Review

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Raabta Courtesy Mensxp

Raabta Courtesy Mensxp

Raabta brings in a fresh pair of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon. This is also the directorial debut for Dinesh Vijan. This is also presents Neerja’s villain, Jim Sarbh in a stylish avatar.

The story of Raabta is about a reincarnation triangle love story between Jilaan/Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput), Saiba/Saira (Kriti Sanon) and Kaabir/Zak (Jim Sarbh) set in Budapest, Hungary.

Shiv gets a job in Budapest and soon walks into Saira’s chocolate shop and they fall in love until she meets Zak and then starts the spiral trip to the past.

Sushant is super happy in the film and unfortunately his terrible hair do in the past life character is irritating and his stunts are poorly executed. Jim Sarbh steals the show in both instances as the possessive Kaabir and billionaire Zak. But Kriti Sanon has done a wonderful job and you can see her gradient rising to complex roles. The makeup on Rajkummar Rao is excellent, you really can not tell it is him, he plays the role of a 300 year old ruler.

Director Dinesh Vijan has laid out the story nicely; only the visual effects need to still get better when they use animals. The comedy timing and rapport between the characters Shiv and Radha (Varun Sharma) are fun too. You can see Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra have influenced Dinesh.

Raabta is mixed with astrology, love and revenge. The supporting soundtrack, wonderful locations and quite decent performances by the actors hold you till the end.


Action with a Purpose, Force 2 Review

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Force 2 Courtesy Review Rating

There have been several benefits with Anil Kapoor taking up and bringing the TV Series 24 to India. One of them is in the work of Director Abhinay Deo, who has shot both Series 1 and 2.

Force 2 is based on the 2011 sequel Force where the main subject was the drugs smuggling and it launched the career of the villain Vidyut Jamwal.

Force 2 brings back John Abraham, who has also co-produced the film. John is the same cop, ACP Yashvardhan and still the hot-headed guy who wants to save the world from evil. His best friend is a Government spy and is killed and so the investigation begins and Yash has a clue to work with. He is assigned to work with the R.A.W. agent Kamaljeet Kaur and they head off to Budapest to start the hunt. The interesting plots, twists, villainous tricks by their target Shiv Sharma is quite a treat. Bollywood has really come a long way in terms of giving strength to plot, production design and of course action.

Sonakshi Sinha is Kamaljeet Kaur and she is definitely not your blonde off the block. She handles the role with ease. John is at his best in looks and acting. The villain played by Tahir Raj Bhasin, is the black sheep and he will surely have a long career in Bollywood. He has to make sure he is not stereotyped as a mean guy by taking another negative role, since his debut was in Mardaani as the child trafficker.

Force 2 is a delight in use to time and space on the screen and the best part is the fight sequence where you get a video gaming style view of the action.