Saturday, October 15, 2016

31st October

Directed by: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Banner: Magical Dreams Productions Pvt Ltd

Music Director: Milind Gaba, Vijay Verma

Produced by: Harry Sachdeva

Starring: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das, Lakha Lakhwinder Singh, Pritam Kagne

Cinematography: Ramani Ranjan Das

Release dates: 21 October 2016

Story line:

The movie speaks about a true incident happened on 31st October, 1984, when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. The film narrates a story of a Sikh family and their fight for survival.
The film is a depiction of one of the most important dates in Indian history, the day India lost its Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
She was shot dead by her own bodyguards, which changed the political scenario of the country to such an extent that many innocent lives were lost and India witnessed a black Wednesday. It is a story of human emotions, conflicts, survival and friendship.
31st October had its official screening at the London Indian Film festival on 18 and 20 July 2015

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Shivaji Lotan Patil is an Indian film director. He received the 60th National Award for Best Director for his Marathi film Dhag.

My Gut Feel and comments:

“There are wounds that never show on the body with time, that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
“The worst part of holding the sad memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it.

31st October is a story of a Sikh family struggling to survive during the tough circumstances arise out of a tragic event Indira Gandhi's Assassination. Going by the writer producer of this film Harry Sachdeva during their ground research around this topic they came across a diary in which a couple documented their pain full journey of survival. This family is still alive even know, it’s just don’t want to come in media for obvious reasons.

Shivaji Lotan Patil is a national award winner who is a tenured Marathi film director and well known for his realistic cinema. With him around I am sure film would live up to the expectation of audience that would like to revisit the pain full historical event in sensitive and sensible manner.
Going by Harry Sachdeva he found it tough to get clearance from censor board however film did get clearance eventually after nine cuts.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving 31st October 3.5 stars out of 5, a five days before the release.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Baar Baar Dekho

Directed by: Nitya Mehra
Produced by: Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Written by: Anvita Dutt (dialogues)
Screenplay by: Nitya Mehra, Anuvab Pal, Sri Rao
Story by: Sri Rao
Starring: Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra
Music by: Amaal Mallik, Arko, Badshah, Jasleen Royal, Bilal Saeed
Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by: Amitabh Shukla
Production company: Dharma Productions and Excel Entertainment
Distributed by: Eros International
Release dates: 9 September 2016

Story line:

'Baar Baar Dekho' is a love-story, which unfolds through flash-backs and flash-forwards. The movie has a unique and very unusual story line. The film is neither sci-fi nor does it revolve around time travel.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Nitya Mehra, assistant director to films Life of Pi and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, would be making her directorial debut

My Gut Feel and comments:

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.- Edwin Way Teale

Above statement holds true as far as story line of Baar Baar Dekho is concern. Going by the trailer it seems to be a case that Sidharth Malhotra got a chance to see the future of his relationship with Katrina Kaif which is not so good and get a chance to go back in time and rectify the issues.

Story line seems fresh however complex at same time. The creative team compiling Nitya Mehra, the first time director, Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani and  Farhan Akhtar as producers of film are capable of pulling it off reasonably well which means one can expect decent entertainer which definitely will appeal to multiplex audience.  

Going by my gut feeling I am giving Baar Baar Dekho 3 stars out of 5, four days before the release.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Directed by: AR Murugadoss
Produced by: AR Murugadoss and Fox Star Studios
Written by: Karan Singh Rathore (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: AR Murugadoss (Additional Screenplay) Santha Kumar (Original Screenplay)
Story by: Santha Kumar
Based on: Mouna Guru By Santha Kumar
Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap
Music: Vishal–Shekhar
Background Score: John Stewart Eduri
Cinematography: R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company: A.R.Murugadoss Productions
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios
Release dates: 2 September 2016


The film is titled as Akira, which means 'graceful strength' in Sanskrit. It is the name of Sonakshi's character in the film, a quietly intense and misunderstood girl, who is forced to fight back when she is put in a corner. The film is said to be an emotional thriller set in Mumbai and Rajasthan with Sonakshi performing action for the first time.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

First he became an assistant writer of P. Kalaimani and wrote dialogues for the Tamil film Madurai Meenakshi. He became assistant director of Ratchagan (1997) for half of the film and continued as assistant script director for the Telugu film Kalusukundam Ra.  Murugadoss then worked with S. J. Surya for the film Kushi.

S. J. Suryah recommended Murugadoss to Ajith Kumar for directing his debut film, Dheena. His next films were Ramana, Ghajini, and Stalin. His fifth film was Ghajini, which was a Hindi remake of his same-titled 2005 film and marked his Bollywood debut. It released on 25 December 2008 and became the first Indian film to gross over 100 crores.  Murugadoss's next Tamil film 7aum Arivu, was released on Diwali 2011. Murugadoss signed a deal with Fox Star Studios to produce two Tamil films.

In 2012 he directed the action thriller Thuppakki, starring Vijay and produced by S. Dhanu released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success. Thuppakki entered the 100 crore (US$15 million) mark at the boxoffice in just 12 days. He also directed the Hindi remake of the film, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty which crossed over 100 crore (US$15 million) mark at box office  In 2014 he was the writer and producer for the fantasy film Maan Karate starring Sivakarthikeyan which was directed by his former assistant Thirukumaran which became a "hit" at box office.

My Gut Feel and comments:

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." —Margaret Thatcher

Akira seems to be a good movie with decent engaging story line and some sincere performances from lead star cast.  It is based on successful tamil film Mouna Guru directed Santha Kumar which is this time backed by AR Murugadoss who has directed few successful Tamil and telugu films and even delivered two super hit hindi films, Ghajini and Holiday.

Sonakshi Sinha is looking convincing in action sequences. Although in past even good women centric films struggled to reach mass audience however with time sensibility of audience is changing and acceptability of films like this in increasing.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving Akira 3 stars out of 5, a night before the release.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Flying Jatt

Directed by: Remo D'Souza
Produced by: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Sameer Nair, Aman Gill
Written by: Aakash Kaushik and Madhur Sharma (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: Tushar Hiranandani and Remo D'Souza (Original Screenplay) Aakash Kaushik Madhur Sharma (Additional Screenplay)
Story by: Remo D'Souza
Starring: Tiger Shroff, Nathan Jones, Jacqueline Fernandez
Music by: Sachin-Jigar
Cinematography: Vijay Kumar Arora
Edited by: Nitin FCP
Production company: Balaji Motion Pictures


A flying jatt is a 2016 bollywood superhero film directed by remo d'souza starring tiger shroff, jacqueline fernandez and professional wrestler nathan jones in lead roles. tiger shroff is playing the role of a super hero and jacqueline fernandez will be playing his love interest in the film.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Remo D'Souza (birth name Ramesh Gopi Nair,born 2 April 1972 is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director. Although he is mainly involved in choreography, he has also contributed to other Indian film industries, mainly Bengali cinema. He was a judge in the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa with the Indian actress Madhuri Dixit and the director Karan Johar. Currently he is the "super judge" on the prime time dance show Dance+, on Star Plus, along with Dharmesh Yelande, Shakti Mohan, and Punit Pathak

His first movie as a director, F.A.L.T.U, was a moderate success at the box office.

He made India's first 3D dance movie, ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance, with contestants from series 1 and 2 of Dance India Dance (Dharmesh Yelande, Salman Khan, Bhavna and Prince) and Prabhu Deva and Lauren Gottlieb from So You Think You Can Dance. His next directorial venture, ABCD 2, was released in June 2015. It stars Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, and Prabhu Deva in lead roles.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Flying Jatt’s promo is unimpressive!!!  Although as film does cover a fresh outlook where it has shown that superhero does fear of heights and make silly errors like a common man however it seems to be not captured effectively. Film is directed by Remo  D'Souza who directed successful films ABCD and ABCD 2 however with Flying Jatt he seems to miss the trick.
Tiger Shroff’s did well at box office till now and have a fan following among kids and young generation. Film does hold mass appeal as tiger is playing a Sikh character and slight a chance  that film would do well in North India.
Somehow I am not convinced with overall packaging where beat humor or action everything seems forced upon and screenplay seems rusty.

Going by my gut feel I am giving this movie 2 starts out of 5, two days before the release.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mohenjo Daro

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker
Produced by:Siddharth Roy Kapur and Sunita Gowariker
Written by: Preeti Mamgain (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: Ashutosh Gowariker
Story by: Ashutosh Gowariker
Starring: Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: C. K. Muraleedharan
Edited by: Sandeep Francis
Production company: UTV Motion Pictures and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. (AGPPL)
Distributed by: Disney India
Release dates: 12 August 2016
Running time: 150 minutes
Budget: 100 crore

Story line:

Set amid the ancient Indus Valley civilization circa 2016 B.C.E, an indigo farmer from Amri, Sindh named Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) travels upriver to the largest city, Mohenjo-daro, where during a street mishap he saves the life of a beautiful woman named Chaani (Pooja Hegde) who as "The Chosen One" in service to Sindhu Ma, the goddess of the river which is the centre of their culture, is "the symbol of Mother Sindhu's grace and blessing."  But Sarman soon falls afoul of the politician Maham (Kabir Bedi) and his son Moonja (Arunoday Singh) who are seizing power and starting to rule Mohenjo Daro as an empire.  To win Chaani, Sarman must defeat Maham and rouse the people to save their city. 

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

The 1993 movie, Pehla Nasha marked Gowariker's directorial debut. His second movie, Baazi (1995), starred Aamir Khan.

In 2001, Gowariker wrote and directed the period epic movie, Lagaan, produced by and starring Aamir Khan. Lagaan, the story of a cricket match between British officers and Indian villagers in the late 18th century. It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of gross revenue.

In 2004, Gowariker directed Swades, starring Shahrukh Khan.

Jodhaa Akbar (2008), another historical epic romance set in the 16th century, starred Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. As a filmmaker he shows his own civility through his films.

Gowariker's romantic comedy What's Your Raashee? (2009), starred Priyanka Chopra in 12 roles and Harman Baweja.

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010), about the Chittagong Uprising set in undivided Bengal of 1930, starred Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone. 

My Gut Feel and comments:

“The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.”
Ashutosh Gowariker’s last successful stint was Jodhaa Akbar way back in 2008. Two movies after that What's Your Raashee? (2009) and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) were average movies which doesn’t do well at box office either.
With Mohenjo Daro I believe he came back strongly as it seems holding the novelty like of Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar.
I feels Mohenjo Daro is a difficult project as historians have different opinions and theories about that era. So doing research around it and presenting an entertaining fiction is a daunting task.
Lead pair Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde is looking good and supporting cast seems impressive. Going by the story line and length of the movie which is 2 hours 30 minutes chances are film drags in some part of it.
  Ashutosh Gowariker is a hardworking and intelligent director where chances of him going wrong is less. Film budget is 100 crore and on top of that Rustom is releasing on the same date, so Mohenjo Daro is expected to face tough challenge at box office as going by history Ashutosh Gowariker do picks up at box office slowly and steadily however as it would be an extended weekend with 15th August being a public holiday, chances are this film will do well at box office.
Going by my gut feeling I am giving Mohenjo Daro 3.5 stars out of 5, one day before the release.

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Directed by: Tinu Suresh Desai
Produced by: Neeraj Pandey, Aruna Bhatia, Nittin Keni, Akash Chawla, Virender Arora, Ishwar Kapoor, Shital Bhatia
Screenplay by: Vipul K Rawal
Story by: Vipul K Rawal
Based on: K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D'Cruz, Arjan Bajwa, Esha Gupta
Music by: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly, Raghav Sachar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyil
Production Company: Zee Studio, KriArj Entertainment, Cape Of Good Films, Plan C Studios
Distributed by: Zee Studios
Release dates: 12 August 2016
Budget: 45 crore

Rustom movie is a film about a famous sailor who has immense love for his country and about the struggles that he has to fight with on his journey for the country.
In Rustom movie, Akshay Kumar will be seeing playing the role of a Naval Officer named Rustom Pavri. This is the first time Akshay will be seen playing the role of a Parsi. The film also stars Ileana D'Cruz in the main role alongside

Key Facts:

1.    This is the first time Akshay Kumar plays a Naval Officer in his career.
2.    The Story, Screenplay and Dialogues writer of the movie Vipul K Rawal is an ex-navy man himself. He was responsible for guiding Akshay Kumar in the Naval ways. It is also one of the reasons why all the Naval scenes on Warship look authentic.
3.    The warships used in the film are actual Warships from that era.
4.    Actor Producer John Abraham had bought the rights to this script from the writer Vipul K Rawal earlier, however he decided not to make the film. Vipul then sold the script to Neeraj Pandey's company Friday Filmworks
My Gut Feel and comments:

Tinu Suresh Desai debuted as director with a horror film 1920 London which was a below average film and was a flop at box office indeed. However with Rustom he seems to have got his act right this time.

Film promo is impressive and it looks like that creative team has managed to pull out an entertainer. Akshay Kumar is looking dashing and seems doing justice to offered role.

Akshay Kumar is a salable performer who works on moderate budget movies with decent content which increases the chance of box office success. Although Film is releasing along with “Mohenjo Daro” however with extended weekend due to national holiday of 15th August higher a chance that movie sale through reasonably well at box office. In recent time Akshay’s films like Special 26 and Baby were sincere efforts from his side with great entertainment value. As Rustom belongs to same banner chances of going it wrong drastically is negligible. 

Going by my gut feeling I am giving Rustom 3.5 stars out of 5, five days before the release.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Directed by: Rohit Dhawan
Produced by: Sajid Nadiadwala and Sunil A Lulla
Written by: Hussain Dalal (dialogues)
Screenplay by: Rohit Dhawan,Tushar Hiranandani
Story by: Rohit Dhawan
Starring: John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Akshaye Khanna and Jacqueline Fernandez
Music by Songs: Pritam
Background Score: Abhijit Vaghani
Cinematography: Ayananka Bose
Edited by: Nitin Rokade, Ritesh Soni
Production company: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Distributed by: Eros International
Release dates: 29 July 2016

When India's top batsman goes missing in the Middle East, two cops from either side of the Arabian Sea team up for a 36 hour manhunt.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Rohit Dhawan is the son of very famous director David Dhawan. He has been directed a lot of amazing movies in his career. His mother is Karuna and younger brother is Varun Dhawan made his entry into Bollywood as an actor with Karan Johar's film called 'Student Of The Year'. Anil Dhawan, who is an actor is his paternal uncle. Rohit is married to Jaanvi Desai Dhawan on 10 February 2012.
Rohit made his directional debut with movie 'Desi Boyz' and he has also worked as an assistant director for the movie Partner and Don 2.

My Gut Feel and comments:

I have seen few interviews of Rohit Dhawan son of ace director David Dhawan after watching the trailer of Dishoom. I found Rohit a sincere director who is confident and knows his art well. He already delivered a hit movie Desi Boyz although it was indeed an average movie.
I case of Dishoom although with the backing of Sajid Nadiadwala as extravagant producer film seems lacking the eventual punch and higher a chance of this turning out to an average movie with a graph going up and down with some inconsistent screenplay.
John and Varun’s pairing reminds pairing of Abhishek Bachchan and Uday chopra’s pairing of Dhoom franchise.

Although the subject of the movie is fresh however treatment seems repetitive which disallows this movie to turned out to be an above average movie.  No doubt it has the masala which does appeal to mass audience however even chances of box office success somehow seems less.
I love to go wrong and wish it to turn out to be an entertainer however chances are quite low going by my instinct.
Going by my gut feeling I am giving Dishoom 2.5 stars out of 5, four days before the release.