Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Directed by: Ajay Devgan
Produced by: Ajay Devgan
Written by: Sandeep Srivastava and Robin Bhatt
Story by: Ajay Devgan
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Sayesha Saigal, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Vir Das, Girish Karnad and Saurabh Shukla
Music by: Mithoon
Cinematography: Aseem Bajaj
Edited by: Dharmendra Sharma
Production company: Ajay Devgn FFilms and Pen India Limited NH Studioz
Distributed by: Reliance Entertainment
Release dates: 28 October 2016
Running time: 169 minutes

Shivaay revolves around the imperfections of Lord Shiva and how it makes him strong. It highlights Lord Shiva's human elements. It is not a mythology. It's a modern film.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Ajay Devgan (born Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969), also credited as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular actors of Hindi cinema who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has won numerous awards, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Devgan began his professional career with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[9][10] He then starred in successful films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997). In 1998, he appeared in a critically acclaimed performance in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Zakhm and he received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to unite his wife with her lover.
In addition, Devgn owns a production company Ajay Devgn Films which was established in 2000. In 2008 he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum.

My Gut Feel and comments:
“Man wanted a home, a place for warmth, or comfort, first of physical warmth, then the warmth of the affections.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Above quote sums up the story line of Shivaay as it’s a journey of a man fighting for his family and getting the love in bits and pieces.
Shivaay, going by its promo can be perceived as a typical action film however as per actor director Ajay Devgn it’s an emotional drama. Ajay is a sensible actor and proved his mettle as a director through his directorial venture “U Me Aur Hum”.  Although first half of that movie was not effective however film picked up well in the second half.
Going by the interviews I have seen of Ajay, he seems confident about his offering and seems to have delivered a decent movie with its share of high points beat in action department or emotional scenes.
Over all I think it’s a tricky project and chances of going it off track is quite high. Length of the movie is a concern area for me. Holding audience for more than two and a half hour is a daunting task. It’s going to get tough completion from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which is releasing on same day.

Being on a pessimistic side; I am giving Shivaay 2.5 stars out of 5, two days before the release.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Directed by: Karan Johar
Produced by: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar

Written by: Karan Johar

Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka 

Music by: Pritam

Cinematography: Anil Mehta

Production company: Dharma Productions

Distributed by: Fox Star Studios

Release dates: 28 October 2016

Story line: 
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a 2016 romantic drama film written, directed and produced by Karan Johar. It features Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan in lead roles. It is being said that Lisa Haydon and Kajol also have a small role in the film. K Jo is returning to the director's chair after a gap of three years. His last movie was Student of the Year in 2012, which starred SidharthMalhotra, VarunDhawan and Alia Bhatt. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has a story line based on relationships and heartbreaks. It will be the first time that Aishwarya, 41, will share screen space with Ranbir, 32, and Anushka.. On 6 February at the India Conference at Harvard, Johar revealed that in the film Kapoor plays the character of a Hindu boy, Aayan, and Sharma plays a Muslim girl, Alizeh.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Karan Johar (born 25 May 1972), often informally referred to as KJo, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who is primarily known for his work in Hindi films. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the acclaimed producer Yash Johar.
Johar made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have established him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema.

Screening issue

On 8 October 2016, Indian political party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), proclaimed that they would not allow the release of the film, following nationwide protests surrounding the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 18 September 2016 and the decision by Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India preventing the release of films with Pakistani actors in four states - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Goa. Citing the casting of Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan, in the film, the MNS warned theater owners around the country to not screen the film, threatening them with vandalism. Announcing that security will be tightened at theaters along with sufficient police protection, Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, commented on the issue, saying, "Anyone found taking the law into their hands will be dealt with firmly." He also informed that 12 MNS members were sent to judicial custody after they barged into a Mumbai theater and held a protest on 19 October 2016.

My Gut Feel and comments: 
I’m not sure what scares me more, that you will never start loving me, or that I will never stop loving you. I tried to hate you but the only thing I hated is how much I loved you. Loving someone who doesn’t love you in return… is like trying to fly with a broken wing…

Ae Dil hai mushkil projected as a story of one sided love, friendship and other complex human emotions. Exact plot has not been revealed which increases the curiosity about the movie. Songs are brilliant, star cast is interesting. Karan Johar as a director is quite good and is capable of doing justice to this kind of story line. 
I hope over all story line and screenplay is align to Indian audience’s sensibility and one of the Karan’s film “ Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” was too progressive in nature to handle by typical mass audience which resulted in not so good performance at Indian box office as compare to overseas.

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

31st October

Directed by: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Banner: Magical Dreams Productions Pvt Ltd

Music Director: Milind Gaba, Vijay Verma

Produced by: Harry Sachdeva

Starring: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das, Lakha Lakhwinder Singh, Pritam Kagne

Cinematography: Ramani Ranjan Das

Release dates: 21 October 2016

Story line:

The movie speaks about a true incident happened on 31st October, 1984, when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. The film narrates a story of a Sikh family and their fight for survival.
The film is a depiction of one of the most important dates in Indian history, the day India lost its Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
She was shot dead by her own bodyguards, which changed the political scenario of the country to such an extent that many innocent lives were lost and India witnessed a black Wednesday. It is a story of human emotions, conflicts, survival and friendship.
31st October had its official screening at the London Indian Film festival on 18 and 20 July 2015

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

Shivaji Lotan Patil is an Indian film director. He received the 60th National Award for Best Director for his Marathi film Dhag.

My Gut Feel and comments:

“There are wounds that never show on the body with time, that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
“The worst part of holding the sad memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it.

31st October is a story of a Sikh family struggling to survive during the tough circumstances arise out of a tragic event Indira Gandhi's Assassination. Going by the writer producer of this film Harry Sachdeva during their ground research around this topic they came across a diary in which a couple documented their pain full journey of survival. This family is still alive even know, it’s just don’t want to come in media for obvious reasons.

Shivaji Lotan Patil is a national award winner who is a tenured Marathi film director and well known for his realistic cinema. With him around I am sure film would live up to the expectation of audience that would like to revisit the pain full historical event in sensitive and sensible manner.
Going by Harry Sachdeva he found it tough to get clearance from censor board however film did get clearance eventually after nine cuts.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving 31st October 3.5 stars out of 5, a five days before the release.