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Monday, July 27, 2015

Drishyam

Casts: Ajay Devgn,  Shriya Saran, Tabu ,Rajat Kapoor
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Panorama Studios
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Producer: Kumar Mangat Pathak
Writers: Jeethu Joseph
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Release Date: 31st July 2015

Storyline : Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime.
Vijay Salgaonkar runs a cable TV network in a remote and hilly village of Goa. He lives a happy life with his wife Nandini and two daughters. A 4th grade dropout & an orphan, Vijay has worked his way towards success with his sheer hard-work & street smartness in order to provide for his family who mean the world to him. A man of few means & needs; Vijay believes life is to be lived simplistically - his wife, while she loves him devoutly, wants Vijay's thrifty & miserly behavior to end and wants the world for her family. If there's one thing that Vijay cannot live without, it is his passion for watching films. Such is his 'filmy' obsession that he doesn't mind staying up all night at his office binging on TV movies! In a bizarre turn of events; a teenage boy goes missing; he is the son of a headstrong & no-nonsense cop; IG Meera Deshmukh and the Salgaonkar family is the prime suspect! Will a humble & middle class man, be able to protect his family from oppression of the powerful? How the family weathers the storm that ensues during the violent investigation forms the rest of the story leading to an unexpected & shocking climax.

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'

Facts And Figures:
·         Drishyam is a remake of the Malayalam film with the same name, directed by Jeethu Joseph with Mohanlal and Meena in the lead which was indeed a blockbuster.
·         Later the same movie was remake in Kannada with the name Drishya in 2014, in the same year it was released in Telugu with the name Drushyam and in Tamil with the name Papanasam directed by regional directors. All the version of this movie regionally done well at box office.
·         Jeethu Joseph the writer of this hindi version of the movie had directed the original malyalam version of it in 2013.
·         In October 2014, it was announced that Saif Ali Khan would take the lead role and reprise the role played by Mohanlal in the 2013 Malayalam predecessor, but in November 2014, it was announced that Ajay Devgn would be doing the lead role.
·         On the announcement of the Hindi remake, film producer Ekta Kapoor sent a legal notice to the makers of the Malayalam filmmakers. Ekta Kapoor has acquired the movie rights of Japanese author Keigo Higashino's book, The Devotion of Suspect X and her legal team has claimed that Drishyam is a film adaptation of the novel, for which they have purchased rights. However, the film's director Jeethu Joseph, who will also be directing the Tamil version, clarifies that his film is neither a adaptation nor a copy of the Japanese novel and film.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Going by the fact that this film has already been made in four regional languages in last two years and done critically and commercially well, chances of going its Hindi version wrong seems less.  Star cast is impressive as Ajay devgan and Tabu are sharing the screen after long time and that to in interesting roles.  The ex-factor is the director Nishikant Kamat who had done well in both Hindi and Marathi cinema is his career. His both hindi directorial ventures Mumbai Meri Jaan and force were decent movies. It has been observed in the past that remake of successful south Indian movies do hold the south Indian touch in its overall presentation which generally do not appreciated by typical north Indian audience. This doesn’t seems to be case with Drishyam as nishikant kamat given it a neutral effect which gives it a mass appeal and will surely boost chances of success of this movie.

By the time of release of Drishyam although Bajrangi Bhaijaan will lead to its third week of release however still it will give a tough completion to Drishyam as currently  Bajrangi Bhaijaan doing exceptionally well at box office. Drishyam has not been extensively promoted and going by the scale of this movie it would require strong mouth of publicity to do well at box office.


Overall, going by its interesting story, impressive star cast and swift direction I am expecting a good movie and giving this movie 3.5 star out of 5 stars, four day before the release.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Masaan

Casts: Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi
Banner: Drishyam Films, Macassar Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, Phantom Productions
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Manish Mundra, Guneet Monga
Screenplay: Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover
Music: Indian Ocean
Release Date: 24th July 2015

Story line:Benares, the holy city on the banks of the Ganges, reserves a cruel punishment for those who play with moral traditions. Deepak, a young man from a poor neighborhood, falls hopelessly in love with a young girl from a different caste. Devi, a young student who’s gone off the rails, is tortured by feelings of guilt following the disappearance of her first lover. Devi’s father Pathak, a victim of police corruption, has lost his moral compass because of money, while a young boy, Jhonta, is in search of a family. These characters are all seeking a better future, whilst buffeted between the demands of modern life and an attachment to tradition. And their paths are about to cross…
Set in present day Banaras, the plot of Masaan follows two seemingly separate story arcs that eventually converge.
The first of these tells the story of Devi (Richa Chadda). The film opens with her and her fellow student, Piyush, checking into a hotel room. They are interrupted when the police bursts in, accusing them of indulging in “indecent behaviour”, and even getting a confession from Devi on videotape. Subsequently, Devi and her family are subjected to blackmail by the police, particularly one Inspector Mishra, who demands a hefty bribe from Vidyadhar Pathak, Devi’s father.
The second narrative concerns Deepak (Vicky Kaushal), a young boy (also from Banaras) who belongs to the untouchable Dom caste. As a result, he is forced to work on the Ghats of the Ganga, burning bodies on funeral pyres; he longs to escape this atmosphere of marginalization. Deepak meets and falls in love with Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi), a young girl who belongs to the upper-class Gupta clan, and their difference in caste leads to familial and societal conflicts

Key Information
·         Masaan is debut solo directorial venture of Neeraj Ghaywan who assisted Anurag Kashyap in Gangs Of Wasseypur.
·         Neeraj Ghaywan was a co-director with Shlok Sharma, Siddharth Gupt, Anirban Roy, Rohit Pandey. They directed movie named “Shorts” released in 2013 starting Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi and Richa Chadda received very good response from critics.
·         Masaan is first Indo-French co-production
·         Masaan was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Just saw the promo of Masaan , it is indeed engaging. Banaras seems to be captured in its row form with a screenplay webbed around two engaging story. Film’s duration is of 2 hours; screenplay seems realistic and on top of it, is backed by highly sincere creative team which is overall an interesting combination. Sometimes realistic cinema goes in deeper zone of darkness and it lost the entertainment value which neither get appreciation from critics nor applauded by audience. I am hoping this is not a case with Masaan.  As far as box office recognition is concerned, with bahubali and bajrangi bhaijaan around it’s a daunting task for Masaan.

I am expecting Masaan, a good movie which will surely get due consideration from critics however will find tough to reach out to much deserved mass audience’s attention.


I am giving Masaan 3.5 out of 5 stars, three days before the release.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Casts: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Banner:  Eros International
Director: Kabir Khan
Screenplay:  Kabir Khan, V. Vijayendra Prasad, Parveez Shaikh, Asad Hussain
Producer: Rockline Venkatesh, Salman Khan
Writers:  V. Vijayendra Prasad
Music: Pritam Chakraborty, Komail Shayan (KK) (songs)  and Julius Packiam
Release Date: 17th July 2015

Story line: A 5 years old girl - Munni from Pakistan gets separated from her mother at an Indian railway station. Lost and hungry she finds shelter at the home of Pavan, an ardent devotee of Hanuman, a devout Hindu and hailing from a robust wrestling family.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the moving story of Pavan's quest to unite the child with her parents against all odds. Set against the backdrop of colourful Chandni Chowk, the film travels from the heartland of Punjab, through the deserts of Rajasthan, over the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir
Bajrangi Bhaijaan tells the story of how Pavan, who will move heaven and earth to fulfil the promise he made to the girl from across the border.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Kabir Khan (born 1971) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He started his career working in documentary films, and then made his feature film directorial debut in 2006 with Kabul Express which was followed by New York (2009) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012).

Khan started his career at age 24 as a cinematographer for the Discovery Channel documentary film Beyond the Himalayas (1996) directed by Gautam Ghosh. He then made his own directorial debut with the documentary The Forgotten Army (1999) based on Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army. He then directed two more documentaries before shifting his focus to mainstream cinema.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has a simple story which has been revealed in the promos from day one. Somehow I strongly believe that if it was not led by Kabir Khan as a director then there were higher a chance that film would have gone drastically wrong knowing star power of Salman khan which although off late ensured box office  success even to the average movies.

I have high regards for Kabir Khan, as a director with documentary directorial background, it gives him an edge as a story teller. Charm of his work had been evident in “Kabul Express” and “New York”.  Narration has been a finer aspect of Kabir’s films. It is simple to comprehend, and characterization is apt as per the demand of the role. His movies holds serious backdrop however screenplay’s simplicity gives them mass appeal which resulted in commercial gain to the movie.

In case of his latest offering, Salman Khan compliments the character “Bajrangi Bhaijan” and is undoubtedly the apt choice for this role. Film would not disappoint his fanatic fans and ever few over the top moments in the film would be negotiable by the multiplex audience which even if not accept by them whole heartedly however will not discarded outrageously either.

There seems to be three refreshing aspects of this movie – innocent little girl, Nawazuddin’s delightful presence and the filming locations that will be the treat for the eye.


Going by my gut feel I am giving this movie 3 star out of 5 stars, 2 days before the release.