Aug 17 2016

Rustom- Movie Review

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rustom movie posterAkshay Kumar has been doing some pretty interesting films off late and Rustom is definitely one of them. I was expecting it to be a really good murder mystery considering the story is based on true events. Here’s what I felt.

Plot in short– Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) a reputed Naval officer surrenders himself to the police for shooting his wife’s lover. Has he been framed or has he really committed the crime?

The Good– There’s nothing that stands out particularly for me to say that the film was very good. The performances were all alright. Akshay Kumar looked great in the white uniform and was subtle and to-the-point where acting is concerned. Ileana D’Cruz didn’t have much to do apart from crying in most scenes. The lady who played the maid is excellent. Arjan Bajwa who had a very small role was ok but I don’t blame him ‘cause there was anyway barely anything to do.  Kumud Mishra as the manipulative tabloid editor was convincing. The songs are not bad. I love the songs ‘Tere sang yaara’ and the ‘Dekha hazaaron dafaa’. The production design is average. If the film had a better screenplay, the court room drama which goes on for most of the film could have been more relevant and real.

The Not-so-good– The film could have been so much more real and believable than what it is. Also, what’s with Esha Gupta? She looks like a plastic doll and can barely act. The art direction was not as refined as one would have expected it to be.

Verdict– Even though there could have been many better things about the movie, it was decently entertaining and good enough to watch once at home.

Rating– 3/5

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Feb 20 2015

Badlapur- Movie Review

Roochster

badlapur-poster1Very recently, a friend asked me which film I thought was the best so far in 2015 and all I could do was think really hard until I gave up. Badlapur hadn’t released then. Today, I can confidently answer that question. This Varun Dhawan- Nawazuddin Siddiqui  starrer is one of the most intense, well directed and better films that has released since the past 3-4 months and you have to go watch it.

Plot in short– After a bank robbery In Poona, Layak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Harman (Vinay Pathak) accidentally kill a woman and her child during their escape from the cops.  Raghu (Varun Dhawan), the husband of the woman and father of the child is furious and sets out to avenge their deaths.

The Good– Sriram Raghavan has made movies like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar in the past which were good films and then he made Agent Vinod which was awful. I didn’t know what to expect from Badlapur because I couldn’t picture Varun Dhawan in a serious, intense film. Also, after looking at the trailers I wasn’t expecting an outstanding film. I guess I was wrong. Badlapur caught me by surprise! The story is a simple thriller about taking revenge for something not acceptable. What we see in the film is a great show from start to end, scene after scene. Gripping screenplay, intense characters, brilliant execution of story, top notch performances by every actor in the film, crisp editing, expert camera work, good background score and music that lingers on.

Coming to the performances… Is it the same Varun Dhawan we saw in Student of the year and Main tera hero? I guess not. The actor has evolved and how! He is powerful and flawless in his performance giving us a clear indication that he must be taken seriously as an actor. Standing at an equally important level is Nawazudding Siddiqui who unflinchingly plays his role and makes us believe that he is Layak, the man who is responsible for killing two people, a faithful lover, the apple of his mother’s eyes. Another performance that stands out is that of Radhika Apte who plays Harman’s wife, ready to do anything for her husband. I have to say that the entire supporting cast too gives the film the respect it deserves. Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Kumud Mishra, Huma Qureshi, Pratima Kannan are all winners throughout the film.

The Not-so-good– I can’t point a finger at what I didn’t like because I was glued to my seat even during the interval anticipating the second half. If I had to pick on something I didn’t like it would be the last half an hour or so. I felt that was slightly dragged and could have been to-the-point.

Verdict– Badlapur is a must watch and most definitely in the list of movies to watch in 2015! Highly recommended!

Rating– 4/5

 

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