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.

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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.

Sweet, Heart Wrenching & Real, October Film Review

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October Film

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)

Margot Robbie is So Cool, I, Tonya Film Review

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I, Tonya Courtesy by Screen Musings

I, Tonya Courtesy by Screen Musings

She is beautiful, innocent and yet strong. Margot Robbie is just such a cool actress. When she was opposite Will Smith in Focus you could see her gorgeousness and then in Suicide Squad she was cute as Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel.

Now with I, Tonya this girl is shining. I, Tonya is based on the real life story of American figure skater Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie fits in her ice skates perfectly. This must have been her most difficult role ever, but if this one could land her an Oscar Nomination, well then girl you’ve only just started.

Biopics are interesting if well handled because you are most likely aware of the story beforehand. But if you never knew Tonya Harding, then this film is sweet presentation with all its intense real life incidents to tell you what a fighter this girl was.

My favourite scene was when her skating laces were letting her down and she burst into tears on the rink. It was as if her world was falling apart and she had to let go or be strong and fight for her place.

Director Craig Gillespie was has previously made Million Dollar Arm and The Finest Hours, has done a superb job with I, Tonya. Big credit should also go to McKenna Grace who plays the younger Tonya, she was so gifted in Gifted and even here, she’s one to watch out for. Actor Sebastian Stan who plays Tonya’s husband Jeff Gilloly has done a remarkable job but its Allison Janney who plays Tonya’s mother who also steals the show. Her rigid, don’t care attitude parenting is heart wrenching. Obviously deserving the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award for 2018.

I, Tonya is about her struggles as a child, her dream to be an Olympian and the first American to do a triple axle. We get to see her relationship with her mother and the abuse she withstood as a child which spilled over into her marriage.

This is a must watch for psychologists and interesting study material. But it is also a must watch for inspiration, because no matter what happens, never underestimate your talent or reduce it just to please others.

 

Veteran Acting at its Best, Khujli Film Review

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Jackie Shroff Courtesy India.Com

Jackie Shroff Courtesy India.Com

You know an excellent actor when they just do their work flawlessly, that’s called being a veteran. Jackie Shroff is so cute in this short film Khujli and Neena Gupta who plays his wife is simply marvelous. This film about a couple in their 60s trying to act out a scene from the book of Fifty Shades of Grey is just so cool.

Well done to writer and director Sonam Nair. Her debut Bollywood film was Gippi and with Khujli she has aroused curiosity to see her next work. The film is from Terribly Tiny Tales.

The film was a winner at the Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 for Best Actor in Short Film.

 

 

Rani Mukerji’s an Instant Hit- Hichki Film Review

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Hichki Courtesy Movie Talkies

Hichki Courtesy Movie Talkies

 

No matter how old we become there will always be that one teacher that left you inspired. Yash Raj Films have gone for an adaptation of the book Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen.

 

The Tourette Syndrome is a neurotic disorder where the person is either sniffling too much or making a distinct ticking sound uncontrollably.

The producers filled the shoes of the teacher’s role with the versatile actress, Rani Mukerji. Rani is incidentally married to the producer Aditya Chopra and they have a two-year-old daughter named Adira. Rani was last seen in the film Mardaani…(Read More on Kenya Buzz)

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