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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mary Kom

Casts: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, Sunil Thapa, Minakkshi Kalitaa, Zachary Coffin and Shishir Sharma
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions
Director: Omung Kumar
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Writers: Saiwyn Quadras
Music: Shashi Suman and shivam
Release Date: 5th September 2014

Story line: The movie begins in earnest by showing an incident that builds Priyanka Chopra interest in self-defence before showing her first interaction with a boxing gymnasium and coach and her entry into boxing. The movie then tells the story of her initial training, her struggle with a new sport, her immense dedication and will, her passion, while at the same time showing the immense struggle of balancing the needs of home and boxing and the additional sacrifices that she had to make to pay for her classes and equipment, all in the context of the poverty that was a constant in her early life.
The script builds up to the reasons for Mary's first unsanctioned fight and the immense odds that she faces against a fancied opponent to win some money for her family. The script then engages with Mary's relationship with the officialdom of the boxing federation and weaves in the challenges of that relationship into her burgeoning professional career in the larger context of Onler's proposal and her decision to marry him and then giving birth to twins. Mary is shown balancing the demands of her training with the demands of her young children and how the balance is made possible by the unending attention of Onler, who learns to take care of the children under Mary's supervision.
The story shows how the country writes her off and the pressures on her and her family to have her quit. And then it is shown how she makes a comeback and wins accolades, along with taking care of family and children.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Mumbai — And who is Omung Kumar — actor, model, television host, art director and production designer, or a film director? Incredibly, he’s all. As actor, he did vintage Doordarshan shows like “Magic Lamp” and “Khel Khilone.” He has been a model for a few ad campaigns, including for Godrej. He was host in “Ek Minute,” a Zee show that ran for 12 years. He acted in films like “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum” and “Ishq Vishq.”
As an art man, he not only has done the sets of “Ek Minute,” but also television shows like “Sarabhai Vs. Sarabhai,” “Bigg Boss,” “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” and “Just Dance” but also of movies like “Dil Hai Tumhaara,” “Ishq Vishk,” “Fida,” “Masti,” “Chameli,” “Black,” “Waqt – The Race Against Time”  and “Saawariya.”
And now he is set to turn director with “Mary Kom,” his bio-pic on Chugneijang Mary Kom, the five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships. Kom is also the only Indian boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal.

The half-Punjabi-half-Irani Omung is soft-spoken, and his office a funky delight in its d├ęcor just like an art director’s should be. And on the peculiar spelling of his first name, he admits that he has been “okay” with his initials “OK” even though he has always been called “Umang.”
Son of Sabha and Vipin Kumar Bhandula, both Film & Television Institute (FTII, Pune) alumni from the same batch as Shatrughan Sinha in the late ‘60s, neither of whom hit the big league as actors, Omung kept doing stage shows since childhood. As he was good in drawing and painting, a natural corollary to schooling was joining the Bandra School of Art. A First Class First result led to an instant offer from Hindustan Thompson Associates, the advertising giant.
Omung met Vanita, his wife, in college too, and now, while he is the art director, Vanita remains his production designer.

Facts And Figures: Priyanka Chopra is playing the role of Mary Kom. Priyanka Chopra visited Kom's hometown in Manipur as a familiarization to learn more about the life of Mary Kom. While the visit Chopra was shared advices from Mary Kom and she stated "When she came to Manipur, she knew about boxing so I gave her tips as a mother and a wife, how I went about managing my home and profession, how I live with my family — basically she got to know aspects about my family life." Chopra also had to go through an extensive training schedule for the role of a boxer for 10 days to ensure physicality and agility is well in place before the shoot. Priyanka also suffered an injury while shooting for the film. "Priyanka was filming a boxing scene with an actor from the North-East. She fell on the floor due to the impact. She got the shot spot on, so director Omung Kumar decided to retain it. The cut mark that you will eventually see on screen under her eye is real but we did touch it up with make-up to make it look deeper," says Uday Shirale, who has been working on Priyanka's look.Film is scheduled to release in two versions one for Indian audience and another for International audience

My Gut Feel and comments:
Chances of Mary Kom going wrong seems be less as debutant director played around interestingly around thin line of  a genuine honest biopic which could be boring at times vs a commercial mass appealing masala entertainer screenplay. Indian cinema is on right track as back to back we would see women centric film mary kom after delightful Mardani. This indeed a rare moment and as a mature audience we should cherish this by excepting Mary kom as well. With extensive promotion Mary kom do manage to create enough buzz to pull the audience to theater. Promos made it clear that it’s a story of a struggle of a female boxer who made to top. I personally feels that where ever possible songs should be avoided as they most of the time put breaks on the high voltage drama. Length of the movie should be too short too keep the audience engage. Like movie from the same league Bhaag Milkha bhaag should have been 30 minutes shorter as per my judgment.

I would give Mary Kom 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, five days before the release and expecting it to be a watchable entertainer.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Raja Natwarlal

Casts : Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick, Paresh Rawal
Banner : Utv Motion Pictures
Director : Kunal Deshmukh
Producer : Siddharth Roy Kapur
Writers : Parveez Shaikh
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Release Date : 29th August 2014

Story line: A small-time con man seeks assistance from his mentor with an intention of setting scores with a gangster.

Facts And Figures: In May 2013, it was first reported that Kunal Deshmukh's next project would be produced by UTV Motion Pictures.Deshmukh selected Emraan Hashmi for the lead role, collaborating with him for the fourth time.The film was titled Shaatir and Hashmi was revealed to play the character of a ‘shaatir’ conman in the film.In April 2014, the film's title was changed to Raja Natwarlal inspired by the 1979 Amitabh Bachan film Mr. Natwarlal.
In June, it was reported that Abhishek Bachchan would play another lead role besides Hashmi.But he opted out and next month Paresh Rawal was signed for the role.Jacqueline Fernandez and Priyanka Chopra were approached to play the lead female role, but both actresses could not accommodate the dates.In November 2013, Pakistani model and actor Humaima Malick was cast as the female lead. Deepak Tijori was signed for a role in the film in December.Kay Kay Menon was signed for an important role and Deshmukh stated that his character named Vardha Yadav had been modelled on the Sahara India Pariwar chief Subrata Roy. Pritam Chakraborty, who had composed the music for all of Deshmukh's films, was supposed to work on this film's music, too,but was replaced by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Deshmukh later stated that Pritam wanted to take a break and that it was Pritam himself who referred Yuvan Shankar Raja to him.
Deshmukh had planned to start the first schedule of the film early 2014 but since Hashmi's other film Badtameez Dil had been postponed, the start of the film's shoot was advanced to October 2013.Principal photography commenced on 20 October 2013. Hashmi took special dance training for the film under choreographer, Raju Khan.

Know more about the captain of the ship the director: Kunal, After finishing his schooling at Arya Vidya Mandir, Bandra, Mumbai and junior college at Jai Hind, Church Gate, he took up an advertising course at H.R. College. Later, he went to the US for a short diploma course on filmmaking. During that trip he also explored the NY dining scene with his friend Rikhey, which resulted in him eventually entering the hospitality industry. He started his career as an assistant director in Zeher (2005), Kalyug and Woh Lamhe (2006), under director Mohit Suri and Vishesh Films. In October 2006, he quit his job to work on a script. He made his directional debut Jannat in 2008, starring Emraan Hashmi, produced by Vishesh Films. Jannat was released in 2008 and was successful.

He made a film in 2009 Tum Mile, based on the 26 July 2005 Mumbai floods, starring Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan. In 2012 Jannat 2, a sequel to Jannat was released and it got a huge success. In 2009, he opened a fine dining restaurant named Trikaya at Bavdhan, Pune.

My Gut Feel and comments:   
Experiment do excites the audience these day however raja natwarlal seems to be conventional in nature where emran Hashmi once again playing a grey shade character and through promos whole plot is clearly evident. I respect Kunal deshmukh as a director of masses who has done decent work in past as assistant director and director.

One important factor is that till date kunal worked under and for vishesh films ( Mukesh and Mahesh bhatt camp) and this is the first film where he worked under some other banner. This leads to some lousy music as amusing music has always been the USP of vishesh films and on top of it that X factor of vishesh films is also seems to be missing. Film has not been promoted enough which could lead to information to the targeted audience about its release date, I believe much more promotion should been done.


All facts and figures not favoring this movie clearly and as I go by gut feel, I am expected it to be an entertainer with purpose still short of X factor and I would give this movie 2.5 stars out of 5, a weekend before its release date.