Jan 8 2016

Wazir- Movie Review

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wazir movie posterWhat happens when you put Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar together? Either they both sing in their unconventional- singer voices or both completely engross you with their acting skills and take you with them on an interesting journey. I feel lucky to have experienced both in the film Wazir. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Danish (Farhan Akhtar), an ATS officer loses his four year old daughter Noorie while trying to fight a terrorist. This makes him so angry and driven that he single handedly kills the terrorist in a shoot out. This step makes him lose his job and he is suspended. A chance meeting with a physically challenged, retired chess champion Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) makes him realize that there’s a politician involved in terrorist activities and he must be finished.

The Good– Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi are the true heroes here. They’ve written a top notch screenplay that works well in director Bejoy Nambiar’s favour.  Fast paced and thrilling, Wazir will not bore you one bit in spite of the underlying sadness in the characters that is with you throughout. Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar play a huge role in accomplishing that. Aditi Rao Hydari, despite her small role shines through. Neil Nitin Mukesh is getting better and more convincing with every film as the bad guy. The music in the film is nice and hummable. I came back home to listen to ‘Tere bin’ by Shantanu Moitra, sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal in their soulful voices.

The Not-so-Good– The chess bit might just be overdone a bit more than my liking. Apart from that, there’s not much that I think was not that good except for maybe that the second half of the film is slightly slow compared to the first half.

Verdict– Wazir is a good thriller that has some incredible performances. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 10 2011

Shaitan- Movie Review

Roochster

I hadn’t seen the trailer before watching Shaitan as I was travelling and I don’t watch Tv but I went for it mainly because I know Rajeev Khandelwal and I’ve seen him in Aamir and I think he’s a great actor. Also, I read Anurag Kashyap’s name somewhere in the poster so I just had to go watch it.

Shaitan is a movie about a group of friends in Mumbai living ordinary lives. On a completely reckless night, they kill a few people sleeping on the road which puts them in a tough spot. They decide to run away from it but only till a cop catches them and asks for Rs.25 lakhs as a way to get out of the situation. That leads to many more complications and sub plots.

It’s not your regular happy youth film but dark, intriguing and crazy. The main story is interesting but somehow the sub plots confused me a bit- Amy’s mother and why exactly she needed to be there in the story and also, Rajeev Khandelwal’s little story with his wife. I just felt it was unnecessary and added just so he has a bigger role in the movie.

The positives- I love the way the director has presented the song Khoya Khoya Chand. That was just superb and so brilliantly shot! In fact, I think the whole film is shot amazingly and the editing has also been done extremely well! The vision of the director (Bejoy Nambiar) combined with the cinematographer’s eye made the movie visually very appealing. The music is refreshingly different and adds meaning to the scenes.

I also felt that the casting was great! Kalki Koechlin, Rajeev Khandelwal and Neil Bhoopalam are the stars of the film.

Overall, Shaitan was nice. I liked it because it was zara hatke and kept me glued to my seat throughout.

Rating– 3/5

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