Dec 21 2016

Dangal- Movie Review


2016 has been a good year for Bollywood with movies such as Neerja, Sultan, Rustom, Kahaani 2, Saala Khadoos, Aligarh, Airlift, Udta Punjab, Pink 2, Ki & Ka, Wazir, Kapoor & Sons and Fan, Azhar, Dear Zinadgi and now Dangal.

Dangal works for its focused screenplay and powerful performances by every actor, making it a film that joins the ‘Best movies of 2016’ gang. Go watch!

Rating– 4/5


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Jan 21 2011

Dhobi Ghat- Movie Review


You walk in for a film starring Aamir Khan with a lot of expectations and more often than not, you aren’t disappointed. But after walking out of the theatre, I heard someone say, while he was on a call with someone else, “Yaar yeh pichar ekdum bakwas hai! Koi paisa de, toh bhi mat dekhna!”  So my review would have been slightly different had I not heard that statement. Here’s my take on the movie.

Dhobi Ghat is a film that revolves around 4 main characters in Mumbai. Arun (Aamir Khan) a painter, Shai (Monica Dogra) a photographer, Munna (Prateik Babbar) a dhobi and Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra) a young Muslim married girl whom we see through recorded videos which she made for her brother. The movie is about their lives and how each of them, even though from different backgrounds have a few things in common- loneliness, passion for what they do everyday and the idea of love and belonging.

Honestly speaking, this movie is not for everyone. Where most people would think it’s an Aamir Khan movie toh commercial hoga, entertaining hoga and all that jazz but the fact is that it’s not. The film is a Kiran Rao film and Aamir Khan is just a part of it; which is what I liked about it. He doesn’t eat up the whole movie like all the other movies he’s done. All the characters have been woven very well, keeping in mind their own story in the story. As a director, Kiran Rao has toyed with the camera with a natural and real setting and brought out a different look and feel to each character’s individual story.

I think all the actors have acted very realistically and very well, except for Monica Dogra who, I think can’t act. Prateik Babbar was superb! Aamir Khan was brilliant as usual even though his character was not over-the-top. Kriti Malhotra who I remember was a Roadie once, was good.

The background music is perfect for the movie and the fact that there was no interval really works. It keeps you hooked.

Now coming to the part about a lot of people not liking it… This is not a movie for the masses. It’s a movie for those who like movies that make you think. There’s a lot of silence, a lot of rawness in the camera work and the entire feel of the film which cannot come under the label of “entertaining”. It’s just nice. That’s it. Now, only if you think it’s your cup of tea, watch it. I toh liked it.

Rating– 3.5/5

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