Jan 24 2015

Baby- Movie Review

Roochster

baby-posterI had just seen a war movie- American Sniper recently and was not quite prepared to go watch anything even remotely similar anytime soon that too  at 11 in the morning. But just like me, there was a theatre full of people who came to watch Akshay Kumar in Baby. You will soon know if it was worth it.

Plot in short– A team of Indian secret agents led by Danny Denzongpa set out on a mission to find and stop the leader of a terrorist group who are planning an attack on India. Will they be able to stop the attack?

The Good– I like how Neeraj Pandey, the director and screenplay writer has kept the pace going. Even though the movie is quite long, the second half is twice as gripping as the first half so you wont find yourself getting bored at all. The characters are well thought of and each one plays their part well. Akshay Kumar’s performance is top notch. He’s a good actor… the kind of actor who can act and do action scenes better than the other guys. Apart from him, the other supporting actors- Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh, Madhurima Tuli and the others all play an important part in making the film interesting to watch. The locations are beautiful, especially in Saudi Arabia. Beautiful cinematography. I have to say that I was very impressed with the action sequence where Taapsee Pannu fights Sushant Singh single handedly.

The Not-so-good– Now the film is slightly longer than I hoped for but thankfully the screenplay keeps it going. Also I felt that the songs were unnecessary and not even that great.

Verdict– Watch Baby not for the strange title but for the fast paced thriller that it is. The second half is very engrossing and Akshay Kumar proves yet again that he is Bollywood’s best action hero.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Feb 8 2013

Special 26- Movie Review

Roochster

Special 26 posterNot many heist movies can have the kind of effect ‘Special 26’ has on you. This one’s a gem in Bollywood’s treasure chest. Here’s why.

So what’s the movie about? Well, in 1987, a man robbed jewellery worth lakhs from Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai by hiring 28 recruits who applied to work with the CBI. He claimed he was from the CBI and made the shop owner switch off all the cameras, phones and produce cash and jewellery for inspection. In thirty minutes, while the recruits searched for vital information, he walked out of the shop without being suspected by anyone. Special 26 is based on that event.

I must salute Neeraj Pandey, the director of the film for making a film on this incident. He is pure genius. The story is fast paced and gripping. You might feel a little restless in the first half but the second half makes you understand why that was important. The setting is so real that you’ll go back to the 1980s with all the Marutis and Ambassadors, the old school telephones, Vimal ads, etc. The background music is superb! Sanjoy Chowdhury, take a bow! Bobby Singh, the cinematographer’s done a good job with the camera work.

Coming to the performances… Anupam Kher is brilliant, especially in the scene where he’s caught and has to confess to Manoj Bajpayee; Akshay Kumar is good, Manoj Bajpayee is very good as a tough CBI officer,  Jimmy Sheirgill and Divya Dutta don’t have much to do but still make an impact. Kajal Aggarwal just had to look pretty as Akshay Kumar’s love interest and she did it well.

There’s not much music in the movie luckily but I really like the first song that plays when they introduce Kajal Aggarwal.

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, watch Special 26 and I promise you, you wont be disappointed.

Rating– 4/5

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