Parental Challenges- Chhichhore Review

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After making a huge blockbuster like Dangal, director Nitesh Tiwari had set the bar high. Chhichhore has been an excellent choice. He has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues.

The film showcases the parental challenges that the young parents are facing with their busy careers, unfulfilled marriages and competitive children. If only, someone took the time to relive the good old times or just let their children see the many options available.

The ensemble includes Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Kumar and Mohammad Samad as the teenager in distress.

Some may find the pace slow and the bald heads a little irritating but the message is simple and powerful. Teenagers are struggling with peer pressure, social image and educational achievements.

Varun Sharma steals the show and Sushant Singh Rajput delivers an excellent performance of a leader, boyfriend and father.

Chhichhore is a must watch and should go around the world to spread the simple message of how there are options in life. You can always make a choice.

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.

Film Review- ABCD 2 Definitely Dance Worth It

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ABCD 2 Poster Courtesy IBTimes

ABCD 2 Poster Courtesy IBTimes

Remo D’souza received fame and recognition when he was a judge for the inaugural Dance India Dance show. From thereon he never looked back and soon he announced India’s first dance film- ABCD (a title coined by his co-judge Terence Lewis- Any Body Can Dance).

The first instalment was a success especially that he made a splash and got noticed. He introduced Prabhu Deva in an acting avatar, his best and DID’s best dance students and gave us Lauren Gottlieb. Sensational dancing and very much inspired from So You Think You Can Dance and Step Up but having a story close to home, are Indian parents ready to accept that their children can make a career out of dancing.

ABCD 2 goes to the next stage of professional dancing and what it means to be original, hardworking and having the utmost determination to succeed despite all the odds. The story is inspired by real life dance group Fictitious. Remo doesn’t waste time on love stories or other melodrama and tries hard to stay on the topic, Suresh and his group need to clear their name, get a second chance and prove to India they can do it.

The performances by Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and the rest of the dance stars is as expected. Prabhu Deva shows versatility but obviously he is a better dancer. The story could have been executed at a faster pace, but maybe in 3rd instalment there will be more improvements.

The soundtrack of the film is the winner and has to be because good songs give great dance. Music directors Sachin-Jigar also did the background score but it was a little dry and could have been done better. Their compositions however were all brilliant and bringing back the anthem of ABCD – Bezuban was awesome.

Choreography is the king of this film and hats off to Remo and his team. Watching this on 3D is even more interesting, thus Remo sets new standards.

Overall,  power packed for those who were looking for dance and a good time. With Disney as a production house however I hope the 3rd one has super stars from Hollywood too. We need a new dimension and world dance off for real next time.