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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saala Khadoos

Directed by: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Produced by: R. Madhavan and Rajkumar Hirani

Written by: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: R. Madhavan and Ritika Singh

Music by: Santhosh Narayanan

Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan

Edited by: Sathish Suriya

Production company: Y NOT Studios, UTV Motion Pictures,
Rajkumar Hirani Films and Tricolour Films

Release dates: 29 January 2016

Story line:

Adi Tomar had a dream to win the boxing gold for India. Instead he languished in a nightmare for a decade as his gloves were spiked during an all-important match, blinding him in the arena and handing the match to his undeserving opponent-a mediocre boxer but a political powerhouse. The culprit was his own coach, Dev Khatri. Shattered by his loss, and disillusioned by the state of Indian boxing, Adi turned to a life of cynical self-destruction of booze, brothels and bar-fights. Loyal friends somehow bring him back to boxing as the coach of the lowly rated Indian women's boxing team. His outspoken honesty sends jitters through his old adversaries, and he is soon transferred to Chennai-the Siberia of Indian boxing. But Adi continues to dream but this time for a free-spirited, fiery young woman from the fishing community, Madhi. Adi spots in her a champion that could bring India the gold that he was robbed off. But first Adi must earn her trust, then tame her impetuosity and finally make her dream... all this in just nine months before the world championship. And so begins an uneasy partnership between a man who loves his sport and a girl who loves her freedom. Rigor and rebellion, structure and free spirit collide. It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a journey towards an impossible dream.


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

Sudha Kongara Prasad is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for her works in Tamil cinema, Telugu cinema, and Bollywood.  She debuted as a screen writer for the Indian English film Mitr, My Friend, which won the Best English Film of the year award at the 49th National Film Awards. She then worked as associate director for various works, including Mani Ratnam's films such as Guru.

During the production of her first directorial venture Drohi (2010), Sudha Kongara Prasad began writing a sports drama film on boxing. In mid-2013, she approached Madhavan, who was on a sabbatical from Tamil films, to portray the lead role in the film and his presence in the project, helped take the financial viability of the venture to a higher level. The pair had previously collaborated in Madhavan's films under the direction of Mani Ratnam, where Sudha had been an associate director

My Gut Feel and comments:

Promo of  Saala khadoos reminds films like Mary Kom, iqbal and chakde India which revolve around a journey of dreamers who made big after a struggle. One more common element seems captured beautifully is a love hate relationship of a coach and a player where coach pushes hard to bring out best in a player which lead to success of a player eventually.
In case of this movie title  Saala khadoos belongs to to R. Madhavan who is aggressive, short tempered and strict coach.
Sudha Kongara Prasad the director of this movie first narrated this script to Madhavan in 2011 and as Madhavan liked the script he took the responsibility of finding the producer for the movie. It took a while however he did manage to find the producers for producing both tamil and hindi version.
 Shooting for both the versions happened simultaneously with same star cast R. Madhavan and Ritika Singh in lead roles. Ritika Singh is a boxer by profession in real life too and not a trained actor. Both sudha and Madhavan were convinced from day one that they want a real life sports person for this film which was indeed a risk however seems paid off well.
Saala khadoos seems  honest sincere effort from creative team and should register an entry in good sensible sports based films which we have seen in recent past.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Airlift

Directed by: Raja Krishna Menon
Produced by: Bhushan Kumar and Nikhil Advani, Aruna Bhatia, Krishan Kumar, Monisha Adwani, Madhu G. Bhojwani, Vikram Malhotra
Written by: Raja Krishna Menon, Suresh Nair, Ritesh Shah, Rahul Nangia
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Feryna Wazheir
Music by: Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari
Cinematography: Priya Seth
Edited by: Hemanti Sarkar
Production company: T-Series, Hari Om Entertainment, Emmay Entertainment, Cape Of Good Films, Abundantia Entertainment
Distributed by: Prateek Entertainment
Budget: 30 crore
Release dates: 22 January 2016



Story line:

The film has Akshay playing Ranjit Katyal, a wealthy and powerful Indian businessman settled in Kuwait. Being an Indian, he always saw himself as a Kuwaiti. He soon figures that his family is in danger and he no longer has any influence on the Iraqis. He then becomes the man who is looked upon by 1,70,000 Indians who were stranded in Kuwait, for safely getting them out from Kuwait.

With the help of Ranjit, these Indians manage to survive the Iraqi invasion and travelled thousand kilometres across the border into Amman, from where the largest and successful human evacuation took place in the history of the world.

In February 2015, principal photography of the film was started. The first schedule of the film was reportedly shot in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates in early March 2015. The sets were re-created to depict Kuwait during 1990. The second schedule of the film was shot in Rajasthan, India. Kumar and Kohli reportedly learnt Arabic language for their roles


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

Raja Krishna Menon is a versatile film director, producer and writer, who work for mainly Bollywood Cinema. He has worked on over 150 commercials and also written and directed two Hindi language feature films. He was born in Delhi, India. Raja Krishna Menon has directed different types of films and got his own Identity in Indian Film Industry. He is best known for Bas Yun Hi (2003) and Barah Aana (2009).


My Gut Feel and comments:

Promo of Airlift is quite interesting and plot seems engaging as it’s based on true incident where India managed to airlift around 1.7 lakh of its citizen back home from war zone of Kuwait.  
Akshay kumar  looking awesome and seems have put similar sincere efforts like he did in the movie “Baby” released last year  and will live up the expectations of his fans once again.
Raja Krishna Menon is known name in AD world as he is associated with more than 150 TV commercials. He directed two movies which were off beat and have not created much buzz however with Airlift he will surely get the recognition  in main stream commercial cinema this time.
Although movie is based true incident however its evident from the promos that it’s not been captured as a documentary film however have been packaged and showcased as a typical bollywood masala entertainer which mass audience would able to connect.
Film releasing time is apt, just before republic day and as the budget quite moderate .i.e  around 30 crore , there is a great chance film would do decent business at box office.

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

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Wazir

Directed by:  Bejoy Nambiar
Produced by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani
Written by: Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Dialogue by: Abhijeet Deshpande and Gazal Dhaliwal (Additional Dialogue)
Screenplay by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi and Bejoy Nambiar (Additional Screenplay)
Story by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham
Music by: Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Advaita (band), Prashant Pillai, Rochak Kohli, Gaurav Godkhindi
Background Score: Rohit Kulkarni
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Edited by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi
Production company: Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films
Distributed by: Reliance Entertainment
Release dates: 8 January 2016

Story line:

The film tells the story of two unusual friends—a paralysed chess grandmaster and a grief stricken ATS officer—brought together by a peculiar twist of fate as part of a wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives.
The idea of Wazir came to Vidhu Vinod Chopra after badminton player Syed Modi was shot dead on 28 July, 1988 in Lucknow. However, Chopra claims that this film is completely different from the incident. When Chopra met his writer Abhijat Joshi in 1994, he told him about the idea of setting a thriller around two chess players. The title of the film had gone through several changes including Fifth Move, 64 Squares and Chess being some of them.  Later, between 2000 to 2004, they both wrote it in english. It was supposed to be Chopra's first Hollywood film, with Dustin Hoffman playing the protagonist. In 2005, their producer Robert Newmyer suddenly passed away. The script of Wazir took five years to complete. Then Chopra saw the black-and-white portions of Bejoy Nambiar's David (2013), which he liked. Later Chopra recalls: "I called him (Bejoy), and I have an almirah (Cupboard) full of scripts, so I opened it and asked him ‘Which one? He picked this one. Then we worked for two more years on it."
The working title of the film was Do, which was changed to Wazir in October 2014. Both Chopra and Joshi consulted chess experts from America for the film. The cinematography of the film is done by Sanu Varghese, who had previously worked with Nambiar in David. The films story was tweaked constantly during its seven-month editing period. This is the first film edited by Chopra after his directorial venture Parinda (1989). Joshi, who is also first time editor of this film, believed that "a film is rewritten on the editing table."Visual effects were used to hide Bachchan's leg, and to make him look disabled. He weared black socks with marks on them to enhance CGI in it. he wheelchair on which he sits throughout the film was chosen among 40 to 50 wheelchairs. When Neil Nitin Mukesh was offered the role, the film was titled Ek Aur Ek Do, which was later changed by Chopra to Wazir; based on the character name of Nitin Mukesh in it.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Bejoy Nambiar is an Indian story writer, screenwriter and director. He is mostly known for his critically acclaimed short films, Rahu and Reflections, starring Mohanlal. He was the winner of Sony PIX’ s Gateway to Hollywood, as the best director judged by Ashok Amritraj, Rajat Kapoor and Anurag Basu.
He marked his feature film debut with the Hindi film Shaitan (2011).[citation needed] His second feature film was a bilingual gangster-comedy film called David. He has also directed a short video 'Sachinocalypse' for All India Bakchod. He was one of the jury member for India Film Project in 2013.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra teamed earlier as well as co writers where those films were either directed by Raju Hirani or Vidhu vinod chopra himself. Here is the first time where Bejoy Nambiar is directing a movie under the banner of Vinod Chopra Films.  This is indeed an interesting team who worked with patience and passionately at the same time in the making of Wazir.  Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra earlier written the movie and screenplay in english however later adapted it as per hindi cinema audience sensibility and finally titled it wazir.
Bijoy as director has been associated with experimental cinema as he directed off beat movies like Shaitan and David other then critically acclaimed short films, Rahu and Reflections, starring Mohanlal.
Trailer of wazir is smartly edited and do manage to create the buzz and curiosity among its targeted audience as both Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar are looking refreshing  and story seems interesting too  with twists and turns.
Wazir is going to be first hindi commercial movie release of 2016.  Going by the trade analysts first month of the year generally go slow as far as movie business is concern. That’s why usually you hardly found big releases in the month of January.
Although by the time of release of wazir both Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani would be three weeks old still knowing the sensibility of masses Wazir would found it tough to register huge box office success.
Going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 3.5 star out of 5, four days before the release.