Tuesday, 11 December 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Vyom And The Royal Weapon by Tripty Bhardwaj (Book Review: 3.5/5*) !!!

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Reading book of any debutante is a different experience altogether considering that they pour in everything that they have as an author in their first book and does not hold back any idea or potential that they have. This exposes the author in his/her first book itself which is why the first book is very important for anyone in his literary journey. The book that I have completed reading last week is written by another debutante, Tripty Bhardwaj, with the name- “VYOM AND THE ROYAL WEAPON”. As I have already read many books from the same genre, I did not have much expectation from the authoress to write anything different from those books but I must say, the story of the book is unique in its own way.

The 1st book generally have references from many classics as it’s obvious that authors have their own favorite authors whom they have kept reading until they themselves start writing but I found that Tripty’s story isn’t influenced as there are ups and downs in the storyline which tells how strong and yet vulnerable the authoress is. The command over English is great which ensures that authoress is successful in communicating her imaginative story to the readers as most of the scenes in the book are created in highly fantasy-based world. Not generalizing but mostly the contents related to science fiction is interesting for boys than girls but it is surprising to see Tripty writing such a story covering elements that make the book genuine and thrilling. The only problem that I have felt in Tripty’s writing is the way she narrates the story. It is quite boring. It could have been interesting if the book had little less seriousness in its approach of story-telling and less description of segments which did not actually required detailing.

Talking about the characterizations, this book has many characters in it and almost all of them are widely discussed which doesn’t let the reader feel that he is not aware of the character’s background or mindset. As this book is based on an organization which has some values and morals, authoress had to ensure it is reflected in the conversations between characters which is done with pitch-perfectness. The two different groups of people are nicely portrayed to make you differentiate between them just in the first few chapters itself. It could have been great if authoress could have made some table describing the characters as their group so that readers could refer it when they are reading this book with lot of breaks the way I did.

The way the whole fantasy world is described does justice with this book. The blend author has ensured in the book with sci-fi content, kind of a mythological aspect, and also being philosophical in few parts of it through the characters is wonderful. The book is divided into many chapters which makes it easy to remember the many sub-plots happening in the story one after another. I just felt that the book could have been edited well as 250 pages are too much for the limited number of instances shared in the book. As already stated above, over-description kills the soul of the chapter sometimes. Overall, as a debut authoress, Tripty has made a respectable entry. Vyom and the Royal Weapon gets 3.5 stars out of 5.



Movie Review: Batti Gul Meter Chalu: Watch it for it's court scenes only! **½

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I had heard a lot of good reviews about the movie Batti Gul Meter Chalu and I was doubtful about it considering the performances of Shahid Kapoor in all his recent movie; or I must say, every movie barring one or two. And when the movie also has another actor like Shraddha Kapoor who lacks potential of being a commendable actor who can make you laugh and cry through their prowess of acting then there is not much that you expect with the movie. And sometimes, this is what works for the movie and director. Irrespective of making an average film with few great scenes, a movie is considered as a good cinema which leads to many audiences going and feeling the same because of aura created around the movie. The same has been case with Batti Gul Meter Chalu.

Though personally, I did not feel that the movie is totally unworthy or something like that but it fools you in making you believe that it’s a great movie though it’s just a ship that somehow saves itself from sinking with a sensible 2nd half. The movie talks about a genuine issue in our country where electricity is a major problem in many villages and outskirts area. Over that, the electricity supplier big gamers enjoy corruption by billing the citizens such overcharged and unacceptable bill that a person has no other option than leaving everything and only fighting with the concerned department to ensure that he does not have to pay such a hefty amount which is nowhere in his budget. This case is not at all given any importance in the first half where the movie is majorly about idiotic segments which leads to nothing except showing us how close the three friends are. It is only in the 2nd half when one of the friends suffer with this injustice that the movie stands on its leg and delivers something which makes you stay with the movie until climax.

The court scenes in the movie are the only reason why I would even recommend this movie to you. The way humor is made a part of it is what makes the script, dialogues and experience of this movie considerable and uplifts the movie from its below average meter. Rest, there is nothing that I would like to talk about the story has there’s nothing in it. The dialogues are irritating in the movie as just to justify the local language of Uttarakhand, the usage of words like bal, thehra, sakna etc. are inserted in every sentence which itches a lot as an audience. Talking about the performances, it is only Shahid Kapoor’s performance in the 2nd half that needs to be mentioned alongwith a powerful cameo of Sameer Soni. The songs are forgettable except Dekhte Dekhte which is also inserted where it was least needed. Overall, it’s a movie which has only few scenes to hold you otherwise it can be easily missed and forgotten. I give this one 2.5 stars out of 5.



Sunday, 9 December 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Tigers: An Unjustifiable movie! **

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I have never been a fan of movies based on documentaries or belongs to the genre because it tries to be too serious to make audience thrill with its content. The news reporters have started telling news in much interesting way than a documentary speaks about its subject matter. When I came to know about Zee5’s latest release starring none other than Emraan Hashmi, named “Tigers”, I was quite positive about the high probability that I would get mesmerized by the movie which would make me watch other renowned and acclaimed documentaries but Alas, the movie could not prove anything pragmatic about the whole thing and I ended up feeling disappointed when the end credits rolled out.

The movie starts on a promising note where an MNC is refusing to take any kind of responsibilities for the side-effects that their product is causing to its citizens. And then the screen switches to few set of people who are on video call with the character played by Emraan Hashmi of a salesman (who have stood against a big MNC and got stuck in between of a situation where he wasn’t getting any support) and assuring that if a documentary is being made on him will they face any legal issues.  Emraan Hashmi takes them into the flashback and this is where there is some more hope generated from the movie as it’s based in Pakistan and about a cause that should be spoken about clearly and loudly. But irrespective of a simple and justifying performance though not superlative or overwhelming, Emraan Hashmi could not do much to save the movie which has too simple plot to intriguing the audience.

The script is not very strong in order of its plot where a simple salesman is going to charge a big MNC in a country where every other person is corrupt and involved in everything going wrong around. There is nowhere in the movie where you would get shocked, surprised, astonished, thrilled and impacted with the twists and turns. This is a very good story on which a movie could have done wonders but Alas, Tigers did not owe up to the opportunity. Talking about the performances, the supporting casts are okay and there are no performances which could be mentioned specifically for their outstanding feat. Overall, Tigers is a movie which speaks about an issue which is very serious and prominent even today though this movie is stuck for release for 4 years but its execution is not that great which could move audience as much as the issue did. I give this one 2 stars out of 5.