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. 

Friday, July 15, 2016


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

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


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

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.