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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




Storyline:

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

Rustom

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

Storyline:
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
5.     
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

Dishoom

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


Storyline:
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. 





Friday, July 15, 2016


Madaari

Directed by: Nishikant Kamat
Produced by  : Irrfan Khan, Shailesh Singh, Madan Paliwal, Sutapa Sikdar, Shailja Kejriwal
Written by: Ritesh Shah (Dialogues)
Screenplay by: Ritesh Shah
Story by: Shailja Kejriwal
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Vishesh Bansal, Jimmy Shergill, Tushar Dalvi, Nitesh Pandey, Sadhil Kapoor
Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj and Sunny–Inder Bawra
Background Score: Sameer Phaterpekar
Cinematography: Avinash Arun
Edited by: Arif Shaikh
Production company: Paramhans Creations & Saptarishi Cinevision
Distributed by: Pooja Entertainment & Films
Release dates: 22 July 2016



Storyline:
Madaari movie is a social thriller pertinent to the current political scenario in India.

A burgeoning nation of 125 crore people in which the powered call the shots. The relationship is symbolic of that between a madaari (street performer) and jhamoora (sidekick).

The one holding the damroo (a small two-headed drum) of power makes the other dance to his tunes. But what if the damroo changes hands and lands in the hands of the common man? And those usually played around with taking over the reins of the game?

The film was shot in New Delhi, Rajasthan, Dehradun, Shimla and Mumbai.

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

Nishikanth Kamath is an Indian filmmaker. His debut film, Dombivali Fast earned him accolades in Marathi Cinema, as it went on to become the biggest Marathi film of the year. He remade his film, in Tamil with R. Madhavan in the lead as Evano Oruvan, which opened to rave reviews.
He has also acted in Marathi film Saatchya aat gharat. His Bollywood debut project is based upon the 2006 Mumbai Bombings, titled, Mumbai Meri Jaan, which is filmed in Hindi. In 2011 he directed John Abraham starrer Force  which was a remake of Tamil movie 'Kaakha Kaakha'   Drishyam done well staring Ajay Devgn and Tabu however his last movie Rocky handsome staring John Abraham was a flop and was indeed a below average movie.


My Gut Feel and comments:

I am the common man. I'm polite, I love my family and I play by the rules. And sometimes I get pushed around. That's my lifestyle, and that's what I try to bring to characters. Eugene Levy.
 Above statement seems true in the case of upcoming movie Madaari whose promo in a way reminds  a movie “A Wednesdaystarring Naseerudin Shah although the plot of both the movies is quite different.

Nishikanth Kamath as a director is capable of handling a complex subject like this, going by the movies he directed in the past like Mumbai Meri Jaan, force, and drishyam.

Irrfan Khan turned producer with this film and as an actor as well he seems have done justice to the challenging role. Story and screenplay of this movie seem engaging and should appeal to its targeted audience. Madaari would face a challenge at the box office from Sultan although sultan would enter its 3 weeks by the time Madaari would release. Madaari was supposed to release in June then shifted to 15th July and now finally releasing on 22nd July.


Going by my gut feeling I am giving Madaari 3 stars out of 5, one week before the release. Although I would be happy if it turned out to be 3.5 star movie as with rocky handsome being an average movie I would love to see Nishikant as director bouncing back with a bang…

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sultan





Directed by: Ali Abbas Zafar
Produced by: Aditya Chopra
Written by: Ali Abbas Zafar
Screenplay by: Aditya Chopra
Starring: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh
Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematography: Artur Zurawski
Edited by: Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Production company: Yash Raj Films
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Release dates: July 6, 2016

Storyline:
The film centers around Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), a local wrestling champion with the world at his feet as he dreams of representing India at the Olympics.
It's a story of Aafra (Anushka Sharma) - a feisty young girl from the same small town as Sultan with her own set of dreams.
When the 2 local wrestling legends lock horns, romance blossoms and their dreams and aspirations become intertwined and aligned.
However, the path to glory is a rocky one and one must fall several times before one stands victorious - More often than not, this journey can take a lifetime.
Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestlers journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds staked up against him. But when he has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this fight for his life match... Sultan must literally fight for his life.
Sultan believes he's got what it takes... but this time, it's going to take everything he's got.
"Wrestling is not a sport it's about fighting what lies within"...SULTAN!

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

Ali Zafar grew up in Dehradun, He has completed his schooling from Marshall school Dehradun. Later he joined Kirori Mal college for further studies and while studying in Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, he worked part-time in film Amu (2005).

Thereafter he shifted to Mumbai and started working with Yash Raj Films, where he worked as an assistant director under directors like Sanjay Gadhvi and Vijay Krishna Acharya.

Zafar made his debut as a director with the YRF hit Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) which starred Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Ali Zafar in the lead roles.

His next directorial venture was with Gunday, which released on 14 February 2014. The film starred Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in the lead roles, with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan in the supporting roles.


My Gut Feel and comments:

A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
Above statement holds no truth in the case of Sultan and Salman’s association with it. Going by the trailer Salman seems apt for the role and once again hit the bull’s eye with a movie which would do justice to his stardom and kind of cinema we associate with him these days.

Ali Zafar is experienced director who is associated with Yash Raj Films for long now and do understand the dynamics of showbiz.

His earlier directorial ventures were Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Gunday which were box office success even though were just above average movies.

Sultan is 2 hours 50 minute long which is a concern for me as Ali as director losses the grip especially in second half of movies which is avoidable by keeping the overall length of the movie short.

Its box office success is in a way guaranteed and this seems to be an above average typical Salman khan movie which holds  mass appeal and indeed is a treat for Salman’s die heart fans.

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



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Udta Punjab

Directed by: Abhishek Chaubey
Produced by: Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Aman Gill, Vikas Bahl and Sameer Nair
Written by: Sudip Sharma (Dialogues)
Screenplay by: Sudip Sharma and Abhishek Chaubey
Story by: Sudip Sharma and Abhishek Chaubey
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh
Music by: Amit Trivedi
Background Score: Benedict Taylor and Naren Chandavarkar
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi
Edited by: Meghna Sen
Production company: Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films
Distributed by: Balaji Motion Pictures
Release dates: 17 June 2016

Storyline:
The movie will revolve at the increasing problem of drug abuse in Punjab. It is a story of four different people merged together. There are four different stories and four different perspectives. It is the first Hindi film to deal with the drug issue.
Actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt will be seen together once again after Shandaar movie. Kareena Kapoor Khan will play the role as Dr. Shivangi Gupta romancing Punjabi heart-throb Diljit Dosanj in the film. Alia Bhatt to be seen as a professional Hockey player. To fit the role she is doing a lot of background work.  Shahid Kapoor will be seen portraying the character of Rockstar. He has transformed from Shahid to Tommy Singh. He will be seen in the role as a drug-addicted person.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Abhishek Chaubey started his career as an associate director and co-writer with film director, Vishal Bhardwaj, starting with Vishal's debut Makdee (2002). He went on to assist him in all his subsequent films, and most notably co-wrote Vishal's trendsetting Omkara (2006) based on Othello, and Kaminey (2009).

Eventually, he debuted as a film director with Ishqiya (2010), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi, the film was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and won rave reviews for him.

His second film Dedh Ishqiya starring Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi and Vijay Raaz released on 10 January 2014.


Controversy :

The row over the film being drug-themed slated for release on June 17 escalated with co-producer Anurag Kashyap hitting out at Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, calling him "oligarch" and "dictator" and that it was like living in North Korea. The makers of the film are said to have been asked by the Revising Committee of the Censor Board to remove all references to Punjab and to make 89 cuts. Kashyap got the support of several filmmakers including Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Ram Gopal Varma, Aamir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Varun Dhawan and Mukesh Bhatt. "It is a dark day for freedom of expression and creativity in the country," Mukesh Bhatt said, calling Pahlaj Nihalani a "stooge" of the government.  It was finally cleared by bombay high court with the cuts reduced from 89 to 1 in which tommy singh was seen urinating. 'A' certificate was given and scheduled release is expected.

My Gut Feel and comments:

“You can find anyone that will tell you what you want to hear, but the only one worth valuing is the one that tells you what you need to learn.”
Above seems true in case of Udta Punjab as it appears to be too blunt to handle by one section of society who protested the release of movie and people like Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani tried hard to do as much damage as possible to the movie however finally film releasing in its original form and shape with minor cuts here and there.
It’s a  difficult and complex subject to handle as screenplay doing justice to all four pivotal characters and bringing them on one platform  covering the critical problem of drug abuse in Punjab is a daunting task.

Going by the work Abhishek Chaubey done in the past higher is the chance that he handled everything well and pulled out a dark entertaining movie which is influenced by Vishal Bhardwaj’s still of cinema as Abhishek worked under him for many movies and followed the footsteps with his two movies as director which are  Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya. 

The movie is backed by strong production houses like Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films which add additional punch to the overall presentation and marketing of this movie.  The overall film looks fresh and promising although still it is not meant for a typical family audience as youth is the prime target audience for this movie as dealing with a very relevant issue of drug abuse among youth in India and even globally.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5, two days before the release.