Sunday, 15 July 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Review: Sanju: A Complete Entertainer with Ranbir's effortless performance! ****

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Who does not wait for years to watch a Rajkumar Hirani film? I am one of his devoted followers and see each of his movies multiple times whenever I find them being telecast on the television. The only movie I was least excited to watch has been his latest release “Sanju” because I was sure of its biased take on Sanjay Dutt’s life considering that they have been on good terms in their personal and professional lives. In its first two weeks of release itself, the movie has earned 300 crores in Indian market itself. Why the hell will anyone need a review now but still I will do to add my blog count. Haha!

The movie talks descriptively about the life of Sanjay Dutt getting into details on two of the important aspects of his life- his drug addiction and his case of keeping arms at his residence during Mumbai bomb blasts. Rather than making the whole movie as a very dark stuff which any other director would have done, Hirani keeps it mostly on a lighter note irrespective of story having numerous events which had darker side of truths. Only Hirani could have moulded the story in this manner. The dialogues are entertaining right from the start and like every Hirani movie, there are some words or sentences you will take with yourself after watching the movie. E.g. ghapaghapp. Haha!

The movie manages to make you laugh out loud and also succeeds in making you drop tears in the scenes when Sanju speaks whatever he had written for his father or when he does not get chance to give awards to his father or when his friend comes to know about the innocence of Sanju etc. Still, I would say that irrespective of being one of the well-made movies in Hindi film industry, this is Hirani’s worst made movie till date.

Talking about the performances, Ranbir Kapoor has proven once again why he could be termed as a Superstar finally. He not only looks like Dutt but has also personified himself and his body language completely like him. In all the age of Sanju right from his teenage to the old age, he looks like him and even talks like him. An Incredible effort from his end. Vicky Kaushal is another actor who has stood out as Sanju’s best friend in the movie. Dia Mirza is fine as Manyata Dutt. Jim Sarbh has also played his part of a villain nicely. Sonam Kapoor looks and acts adorably. Overall, all the performers have played their parts perfect because of which the movie turns out to be hilarious and worth watching.

Sanju definitely has repeat value and that’s the reason why it is ending up beating all the records in the market. I also believe like many that the facts about Sanjay Dutt’s life has been distorted but I have focused my review basically on how the movie is rather than debating on Fact vs Fiction. I give this movie 4* out of 5.


Saturday, 14 July 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Review: Blackmail: An entertaining roller-coaster ride!!! ***½

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When you go out to watch movies of few actors, you know that you will at least get to watch an average movie if not a very good attempt. Irrfan Khan is one such actor. I remember seeing the trailer of Blackmail and was fully aware that this movie is going to be one roller-coaster ride in its own skin. Now that I have watched the movie, I can say that the movie is amazing and is certainly something that keeps you glued to the screen to know the next move of the protagonist and others supporting his character. In spite of knowing the certain wrong things that he has been doing to take revenge from his wife, you still pray when you find police around him and want police to leave the screen frame as soon as possible. That’s the amazement Backmail brings with itself.

Blackmail is story of a man who finds his wife cheating with him by sleeping with another man in his absence. He does not have guts to confront her so he takes the decision of blackmailing her boyfriend. And this is how the chain reaction of Blackmail begins. But the screenplay takes the first half to begin this game until which the pace is very slow and the movie looks average. It is only in the second half that Blackmail starts proving its mettle and uniqueness. The poker face that Irrfan keeps throughout the movie and keeps on playing his tactics is what makes this movie funny. The dark comedy implemented by Abhinav Deo is another X-factor for which Blackmail will always be listed in the Top 10 movies in the genre. The climax is also very well handled and gives a good ending to the story of a broken husband.

Talking about the performances, I have already spoken a lot about Irrfan above so no need to talk about his excellence anymore. Arunodaya Singh has given the best performance of his life and he also makes you laugh like a mad in many of the scenes. His scenes with Divya Dutta are amazing. Kirti Kulhari is also fine in her performance. Rest of the supporting roles are also good in their respective parts. The background music and scores also plays a big part in making the whole blackmailing process look more cool and classy. Overall, a very good movie and I give it 3.5* out of 5.



Review: 102 Not Out: A feel-good movie!! ***½

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I still remember when I had seen the trailer of Oh My God years back, I was unsure that the movie will impress me or anyone for that matter. The film was made purely to spread the message the makers believed in rather than proving that they are providing us the another level of cinematic experience. The director, Umesh Shukla, has repeated the similar performance in his latest creation, “102 Not Out” starring none other than the superstars of the yesteryears, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. The film is made with pure heart and it reflects in each and every scene and each and every dialogue.

Director has not tried to do something pathbreaking with the movie but kept everything very old-school and made a simple movie of not even 2 hours and managed to provide a light entertainment to the audience. Though I believe that much could have been done with the subject selected for the movie but still director has managed to make you leave theater with smile and feeling of pleasantness. The story is based in Mumbai but most of the times, the characters are walled inside their bungalow itself which leaves the movie to shine only on the basis of the actors’ performances. The best part is that actors have not disappointed the movie.

Talking about the performances, Amitabh Bachchan playing role of a 102 years old father who is full of life and believes age to be just a number, is pitch perfect and outshines in each and every scene. The Gujarati accent though is not fully justified by him and few dialogues are not understandable because of the same reason but still Bachchan’s performance is flawless. Rishi Kapoor playing 75 years old son also gets full marks. The attitude of grumpiness that he needs to keep throughout the movie is very well performed by him and he is also able to make audiences laugh when he challenges his father’s philosophies in few scenes. The performance given by both the actors in the emotional scenes are wonderful and something you will take with you while leaving cinema hall. Jimit Trivedi has also marked his presence in the movie with his comic timing and supporting performance.

Overall, 102 Not Out impresses. The climax makes you feel good and sad, both at the same time, and this tells about the kind of story the movie talks of. I give the movie 3.5 stars out of 5.