Jul 6 2016

Sultan- Movie Review


Sultan poster‘Khoon mein teri mitti, mitti mein tera khoon. Upar allah, neeche dharti, beech mein tera junoon…Aye Sultan!’

Just when you thought Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s got to be his best performance till date, Salman Khan gives us Sultan. And what a film it is!

Plot in short– Sultan (Salman Khan), a young man without an aim in life falls in love with a wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) who wants her husband to be a strong, dedicated wrestler too, just like her father. To win her heart and some respect, he works hard and becomes a world class wrestler. After a few years of being married and having great wrestling careers, Sultan’s arrogance goes up with his popularity while Anushka must leave wrestling to start a family. Things go awfully wrong and Sultan loses Aarfa and his purpose in life. A few years later, he gets an opportunity to wrestle again, only at a deadlier level. Will he risk it all to bring his old life back?

The Good– Salman Khan! Man! Every Eid he’s just been giving us brilliant films! Sultan too, without a doubt falls into that category. I’m not saying this just cause I’m a huge fan of his but seriously, he’s just doing better films and his performances are so much more real. This is probably the first time he’s done a role as inspiring as this and his hard work clearly shows; whether it’s his Haryanvi accent or the way he expresses himself when he looks at his fat belly in the mirror or the way he wrestles. Anushka Sharma plays a simple girl and totally rocks the look. She’s also so sincere in her performance that you can’t help but love her. Ali Abbas Zafar, whose directed movies like Gunday and Mere Brother ki Dulhan has outdone himself in Sultan. The screenplay is gripping and interesting, the film is well shot, the fight sequences are decent, and the music by Vishal and Shekhar is great. I can’t really tell which one’s my favourite song cause they’re all so good. I love the choreography in the songs. Especially that ‘bum step’ from ‘Baby ko bas pasand hai’. I could watch Salman do that step a million times and never get sick of it! The background score too is fantastic! The supporting cast plays an equally important part in making sure there’s never a dull moment. The actor who plays Salman’s best friend- (Anant Sharma) is one to watch out for! Great talent! Randeep Hooda has a small role but a great screen presence and performance. Amit Sadh is there in bits and parts and is good.

The Not-so-good– Except for the length of the movie which is two hours and 50 minutes (lots of Salman time which is not a bad thing for fans like me), there’s really not that much I can point out that would make this film any less awesome.

Verdict– Sultan is a must watch! Don’t ask why. Just go watch it and then come back and thank me.

Rating– 4/5



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Jul 3 2015

Guddu Rangeela- Movie Review


With a thin plot, Guddu Rangeela manages to bring out the best in the screenplay, direction and performances making it a decent Bollywood entertainer.

Rating- 3/5


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Feb 22 2013

Kai Po Che- Movie Review


kai_po_che posterEver since I saw the trailer of the film, I knew I had to see it; and I did. Here’s my review.

The story of the film revolves around 3 friends, their struggle to do something out of nothing and achieve success. In the process, they live, learn and lose more than they wish for. The backdrop is of a troubled Gujarat with communal biases, conservative thinking but also filled with lovely colours, beautiful people and warmth.

Abhishek Kapoor is one of those directors who makes movies that are from the heart. I haven’t read Chetan Bhagat’s novel- ‘The 3 mistakes of my life’ on which this movie is based but after watching it, I do want to read the book. The characters are all well written. The cinematography is beautiful. I only wish the theatre I went to had better speakers to hear the dialogues properly. There’s subtle humour that adds charm to the film. The styling is just right.

I’ve seen Sushant Singh Rajput for the first time and I must say the guy has talent. He’s good looking, acts very well and is very likable. Amit Sadh I have seen in some serial before and he’s grown so much as an actor. He’s not likable but lovable. I’ve fallen in love with his smile. There’s something about him that makes him endearing and he expresses without saying anything which is an amazing quality to have as an actor. Raj Kumar Yadav who plays an innocent and simple character is effortlessly cute. He’s played his part very well. The actress Amrita Puri who was very ok in ‘Aisha’ is great in Kai Po Che. She’s pretty and a natural actor.

The music in the film is lovely. Amit Trivedi is one of the finest music composers we have today and his music is fantastic! I love the songs ‘Meethi boliyan’ and ‘Shubhaarambh’.

Watch Kai Po Che for its cultural richness and beautiful performances.

Rating– 3.5/5


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