Jun 14 2013

Ankur Arora Murder Case- Movie Review

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Ankur Arora Murder Case posterTo be honest, I didn’t expect much from this film except for the fact that it is based on a real life incident. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it though. Read why.

Dr. Romesh (Arjun Mathur) worked under Dr. Asthana (Kay Kay Menon) at a hospital he was interning at. He had a live-in relationship with Dr. Riya (Vishakha Singh), his co-intern and girlfriend. However, when an 8-year-old boy Ankur Arora (Vishesh Tiwari) dies because of a silly medical mistake by Dr. Asthana, Romesh stands up to fight for justice along with Ankur’s mother Nandita (Tisca Chopra).

The story is written by Vikram Bhatt, who is known to make good thrillers. Although this film is based on a real life incident, the screenplay is well written, especially for the second half. The momentum slowly builds up making it more interesting to watch. Director Suhail Tatari has executed the story well with characters that are well written. There are a few filmy things in the film that might be a put off but the message is the main thing and that is conveyed appropriately. The camera work is good and there are some beautifully shot scenes in the house of Romesh and Riya. Luckily there’s just one prominent song in the film which is melodious and goes well with the theme. The background score enhances the flow of the film.

We have all seen Tisca Chopra as a mother before in Taare Zameen Par and we know how perfectly she fits into the skin of her character. Her acting in this film is also excellent! She’s not melodramatic or over-the-top. Just right. Arjun Mathur as Dr. Romesh is a bit dull in the start but gets better through the course of the film and does his role well. Kay Kay Menon as we know is a great actor and he proves that in this film too with his egoistic, grey character that you will love to hate. Vishesh Tiwari as Ankur is ok. I would have liked to feel more for him or when he died but sadly didn’t. I can’t blame him though because he’s still a child and not every child can act well. Vishakha Singh as Dr. Riya and Romesh’s girlfriend is alright. She’s not too good with doing emotional scenes. Her chemistry with Arjun Mathur didn’t show at all in spite of there being a couple of intimate scenes. Pauli Dam I have seen in a sleazy film again by the Bhatt camp and she was not bad then. She’s a decent actor and as a lawyer in this film too she’s convincing. She reminds me a lot of Mugdha Godse but acts better!

Ankur Arora Murder Case might not have got the right amount of publicity or promotion but as a film it is worth watching. I wouldn’t call it ‘entertaining’ but it is engaging and made with good intentions.

Rating– 3/5

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Jun 14 2013

Fukrey- Movie Review

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fukrey-posterWeird title, new actors and a trailer that doesn’t look that appealing is not inviting enough to go watch ‘Fukrey’. But then, if Farhan Akhtar who’s made and been a part of some really good films has produced it, there must be something right? Well, that’s why I just had to give this a chance. Here’s my review.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Chucha (Varun Sharma) are buddies who are brats of the first order and have a unique talent- to make money winning lotteries thanks to Chucha’s dreams. Laali (Manjot Singh) whose father owns a small food stall selling jalebis, etc. is struggling to get into college with a bit of jhol via the college’s security guard. An aspiring musician Zaffar’s (Ali Fazal) father’s paralysis treatment can only happen with a good sum of money which he doesn’t have. Due to desperate measures, they all turn to the college’s security guard who’s pretty influential. One such person he knows is Bhooli Punjaban (Richa Chaddha) who is a gundi. One thing leads to another and they get themselves into a big mess.

What is nice is the way the story unfolds with its many subplots all forming a nice build up to the climax. The screenplay is well written with dialogues and situations that will crack you up when you least expect it. The production design is real and contemporary, keeping with the times and so is the styling of all the actors. Delhi forms an integral part of the film and the characters are beautifully sketched out. Good job director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba! The cinematography is good. The background score is very good. The music by Ram Sampat will grow on you after the film but the song ‘Ambarsariya’ sung by Sona Mahapatra is superb!

Coming to the performances… Pulkit Samrat as Hunny is not only ridiculously handsome but also a very good actor. He’s a natural and has acted very well. I have to admit that I have a HUGE crush on him! Ali Fazal as Zaffar is alright. His character is my least favourite. Manjor Singh as Laali is good. Varun Sharma as Chucha has some of the best lines in the film and his expressions are hilarious! Richa Chaddha as Bhooli is just fantastic! She is supremely talented! The other two lead actresses Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh are nice to watch.

Fukrey is a fun, fresh and entertaining film albeit a little long. The performances by Richa Chaddha, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma are noteworthy. Do watch!

Rating– 3/5

 

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