Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Meri Pyaari Bindu

Directed by: Akshay Roy

Produced by: Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma

Written by: Suprotim Sengupta

Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra

Music by: Sachin–Jigar

Cinematography: Tushar Kanti Ray

Edited by: Shweta Venkat Mathew

Production company: Yash Raj Films

Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Release date: 12 May 2017

Story line: Fed up with the lack of critical appreciation despite being a successful writer, Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) returns to his roots in Kolkata to write more meaningful literature and decides on an old-fashioned love story - which was now, 3 years in the making.
This writers block is called Bindu (Parineeti Chopra). How do you contain this unpredictable, crazy, restless, larger than life, live wire in the pages of a book?
As Abhi says ''You know when a song comes on and you just have to dance? Bindu was that song. That silly infectious joyful tune you couldn't get out of your head - even if you wanted to." So where should he begin? Where should he end? But when Abhi stumbles across an old audio cassette of their favorite playlist, it sends Abhi down memory lane - and as he waltzes in and out of his past and present through the songs in the mixed tape, he finally faces reality and reconnects with his roots, with his family and his novel starts writing itself.
Of course, life in its usual scheming manner surprises him yet again and changes the ending of his book and his life, as he once again finds himself being pulled back into the center of that crazy little thing called love.
He realizes, that love, is neither time- nor place-dependent. - All we need is the right person next to us and of course the right soundtrack.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Akshay joined St.Stephens College, Delhi where he studied English Honours. It was here that he got fully drawn into theatre in the college's Shakespeare Society and performed in and directed various plays like The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie and In Camera among others.

Post St.Stephens, Akshay joined the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia for a 2 year MA in Mass Communication course, where he studied filmmaking.

Coming to Mumbai after that, he worked as an Assistant Director with Farhan Akhtar on 'Lakshya', Mira Nair on 'The Namesake' and 'Vanity Fair', Deepa Mehta on 'Water', Paul Greengrass on 'The Bourne Supremacy' and John Hay on a BBC film.

He has directed several short films including 'A Shoe Story', 'All is Well', 'The Last Dance' and 'The Finish Line' that have showcased in various International Film Festivals (the Montreal World Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Indo American Arts Council Festival in New York, the Independent South Asian Film Festival in Seattle, the Bollywood and Beyond festival in Stuttgart and the Kerala, Mumbai and Pune International Film Festivals. His short films have also won various awards including the Best Film at the Orion Film Festival, the 0110 British Council Film Festival and the French Embassy awards.

In 2011, he won a National Award for his short film 'The Finish Line'.

Akshay's short foray into advertising, directing the Dove 'Inner Radiance' film for Ogilvy, won him a silver at the Hero Awards.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Memory is more than a dustbin of time, stuffed with yesterday's trash. Rather, memory is a glorious grab bag of the past from which one can at leisure pluck bittersweet experiences of times gone by and relive them.
Above seems true in the case of the story line of Meri Pyaari Bindu where Ayushmann Khurrana relive the memories of his time spend with Parineeti Chopra. Star cast is interesting, the story line is good and narration seems impressive in the case of Meri Pyaari Bindu. On top of it, although this is the directorial debut of Akshay Roy as far as full length commercial cinema is concerned, however ,he seems to put his best foot forward and came up with light hearted sweet love story of today’s time.
Parineeti is coming on screen after a long time since she did Kill Dil in 2014. She seems to be all guns blazing and looking stunning. Ayushmann Khurrana is a natural actor and seems have done justice to the role.
Going with my gut feeling I am giving Meri Pyaari Bindu, 3  stars out of 5, two days before the release.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mukti Bhavan

Banner: Red Carpet Moving Pictures

Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani

Producer:Sanjay Bhutiani, Shubhashish Bhutiani

Cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Navnindra Behl, Palomi Ghosh

Music: Tajdar Junaid 

Cinematography: David Huwiler and Michael McSweeney   

Film Editing: Manas Mittal

Running time: 102 minutes

Release date: 7 April 2017

Story line: When a 77 year old man, Daya, wake up from a strange nightmare , he knows his time is up and he must get to Varanasi immediately in hope of dying there to attain salvation. His dutiful son Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father, leaving behind his wife and daughter.
The two of them check in to Mukti Bhawan, a hotel devoted to people hoping to spend their last few days there. Rajiv finds himself having to live and take care of his father for the first time in his life.
While Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, Daya starts to bloom as he finds a sense of community in the hotel, and companion in the 75 year old Vimla.
As the days go by and Daya shows no sign of letting up, Rajiv faced with the dilemma of whether to remain there with his father or fulfill his duty back home. Rajiv give his father a short of salvation, but as family bonds are tested, he finds torn, not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: While studying at a boarding school in Mussoorie, stealing time to watch films—both Hollywood and Bollywood—was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s way of beating boredom.

Encouraging his pursuit, a teacher introduced him to world cinema and, by the age of 16, he was watching three films a day, and clear about his calling.

Mumbai-based Bhutiani was just 21 when he wrote and directed Kush, his thesis film for his undergraduate course at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Set against the backdrop of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the 25-minute film showcased his sensitivity and craftsmanship. It also won him several laurels: An award at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival, the National Film Award for Best Promotional Film (2013) and over 25 international awards. Kush was even shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.      

My Gut Feel and comments:

“Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.”

Mukti Bhawan isa real place in Varanasi where one can stay for 15 days only. One goes there to stay in for the last few days of his life expecting Salvation.

Storyline of movie Mukti Bhawan is simple and interesting presented in realistic, interesting manner which will be appreciated by the audience.

The film is directed by Shubhashish Bhutan who is a young, dynamic intelligent film maker who has been already appreciated for his 25 minute short film named “KUSH” released in 2013.

Even Mukti Bhawan has travelled the world in different different international film festivals and received the due appreciation.

Its release on the 7th of April in India and I am not hopeful if it would reach out to mass audience here as it's not backed by any renowned banner or holding famous star cast or being marketed extensively. Although films like this deserve a lot and should get their dues.  

Going with my gut feeling I am giving Mukti Bhawan, 3.5 stars out of 5, five days before the release.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jolly LLB 2

Directed by: Subhash Kapoor
Produced by: Fox Star Studios
Written by:  Subhash Kapoor
Screenplay by: Subhash Kapoor
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla
Music by Songs: Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt
Background Score: Vishal Khurana
Cinematography: Kamal Jeet Negi
Edited by: Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Production company: Fox Star Studios 
Release date: 10 February 2017


Set in Lucknow, Jolly LLB 2 is the story of the blunt, abrasive and yet oddly compassionate Jagdishwar Mishra, aka Jolly, a small-time, struggling lawyer who has moved from Kanpur to the city of Nawabs to pursue his dream of becoming a big-time lawyer. A hustler by nature, Jolly survives by fighting petty cases and using every tactic under the sun to make a quick buck and earn a decent living. Having spent years in the chaotic and dingy court corridors Jolly is looking out for an opportunity that could turn the tide in his favour and help him achieve his dream of becoming a full-fledged Lawyer with a chamber. When faced with the glimpse of such an opportunity, Jolly jumps at the chance and in the bargain commits an innocent mistake with irreversible consequences that makes him ready for a big fight with the ruthless advocate Mathur.

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

 After completing his MA degree in Hindi literature, Kapoor started his career as a political journalist in Delhi in the 1990s covering North India, thereafter when his short film got him acclaim in 2001, he started making commercial short films, documentaries and ad films, eventually shifting base to Mumbai in 2006.
In 2007, Kapoor made his feature film directorial debut with Say Salaam India. The film failed at the box office, In 2010, he directed his second venture, a satire Phas Gaye Re Obama, which featured many comedians. The film managed to do well in India, and received critical acclaim as well as commercial success.Due to the surprise success of the film, Kapoor began writing his next project. In 2013, it was announced that Kapoor's next project is titled Jolly LLB and features Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Boman Irani. It is a courtroom drama with an comical touch. The film was released on 15 March 2013. In 2015 Guddu Rangeela was released which neither critically acclaimed nor a success a box office.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Jolly LLB part one was a class act. As an under rated actor Arshad warsi backed by interesting story line and with realistic screenplay.  All in all an intelligent film with decent performances.

On the other hand Jolly LLB part 2 seems loud and seems to be an attempt to justify the stardom of Akshay Kumar from first to last frame. This is where most of the sequels go wrong as in order to create better bigger film creative teams goes wrong in most of the places.

Although good aspect is that director of both the movies is same, Subhash Kapoor who is an intelligent creative person and changes are that with his latest offering he would have delivered a decent movie if not the great one.

Jolly LLB 2 with Akshay kumar in lead will surely attract mass audience to the theater and I believe Akshay’s fans won’t be disappointed.

In second half of the movie changes are that film would loss the grip however I am sure it won’t go drastically wrong.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 2.5 stars out of 5, two days before the release.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Directed by: Sanjay Gupta
Produced by: Rakesh Roshan
Written by: Sanjay Masoom (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: Vijay Kumar Mishra
Story by: Vijay Kumar Mishra
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy
Music by Songs: Rajesh Roshan
Background Score: Salim–Sulaiman
Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee, Ayananka Bose
Edited by: Akiv Ali
Production company: Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd
Distributed by: Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd and B4U Motion Pictures
Running time: 139 minutes
Release date: 25 January 2017

Story line: This movie is based the story of a man who lived, laughed and loved just like everyone in this world. Until one day, a terrible tragedy struck. Driven by the fire of vengeance, nothing will stop him.

Film Kaabil is about a blind guy who takes revenge of his girlfriend's brutal rape and murder. The story is uncannily similar to Salman Khan's shelved film Buland.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Sanjay Gupta started his career with Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) starring Aditya Pancholi and Sanjay Dutt. Later he went to write and direct films including Ram Shastra, Khauff and Jung. The filming of Jung (2000), lasted over two years. Gupta and producer Satish Tandon had a dispute about the release of the film, with Tandon pushing for a release while Gupta wanted Sanjay Dutt to re-dub some lines, which Dutt was refusing to do.

While filming Kaante in the Los Angeles in 2001, the events of the 9/11 attack forced the film to relocate planned scenes from several areas that were then considered sensitive. Commentators noted a similarity in Kaante to Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Gupta says that he was "inspired" by a number of other films as well, including The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, and the film that inspired Reservoir Dogs, City On Fire.

Gupta's Zinda (2006) has been described as an unofficial remake of the Korean film Oldboy

He also produced the films Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan, and directed and co-produced Shootout at Wadala the sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala.

My Gut Feel and comments:

To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. : John Milton

Sanjay gupta teaming up with Rakesh Roshan’s production house itself is an interesting combination and I am sure with Kaabil them as a team delivered a decent movie. The storyline is interesting, Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam are looking great.

Sanjay gupta is a capable director who can handle the difficult project like Kaabil well. Going by the trailer and multiple interviews I have seen of the complete creative team I get the sense that as a team they put best foot forward and worked very hard on this difficult script.
The storyline is quite clear from the promo however the overall presentation and narration would be the USP of this film.

Raees is also releasing tomorrow which will give tough competition to Kaabil at box office however content wise I am sure Kaabil would be better movie then Raees.

Going by my gut feel I am giving 2.5 stars for Sanajay gupta’s direction and additional point five stars for film backing by Rakesh Roshan. Overall 3 stars out of 5 for Kaabil one day before the release.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ok Jannu

Directed by: Shaad Ali
Produced by: Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Hiroo Yash Johar
Written by: Gulzar (Dialogues)
Screenplay by: Mani Ratnam
Story by: Mani Ratnam
Based on: O Kadhal Kanmani By Mani Ratnam
Starring: Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company: Madras Talkies and Dharma Productions
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios
Release dates: 13 January 2017

Story line:

 Aditya Varadarajan is a video game developer who accidentally meets Taara Kalingarayar at his relative's wedding. He later finds out she is planning to pursue her studies in Paris. They soon begin to call each other often, go out together, and start to fall in love during a holiday they take together. They agree that marriage is not for them and decide to have a live-in relationship instead, and Taara moves into Adhi's place, rented from Ganapathy. They wish to spend their time with each other before they go their separate ways for their respective careers. Taara and Adhi live happily, being playful with each other.
One midnight, Tara has a conversation with Ganapathy. She tells him that she might get her visa approved for going to Paris, and that it's hard for her to leave Adhi and go far away. The next day Taara goes to Jaipur for her business, and Aditya starts to miss her terribly. Upon seeing the love and patience his houseowner Ganapathy has for his wife, Bhavani, an Alzheimer patient, who one day even forgets her own house address, they begin to understand the importance of each others presence in their life.
Soon, Adhi is selected to develop his skills in video games and to go United States. He tells his colleague that it's hard for him to leave Taara. The next day, both of them make an agreement to enjoy themselves to the maximum for the 10 days left before they separate. Nearing the last day, they begin to have little fights and arguments, which don't last long.
One day, Bhavani goes missing again, as she did when she forgot her house address. While looking for her, they continue arguing about their relationship and finally Adhi proposes to Taara and they decide to get married. Post marriage, both of them continue to accomplish their own dreams, one in Paris, another in US. And they live happily, married and in love.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Shaad Ali started his career as an assistant director to Mani Ratnam, and assisted him on the film Dil Se.. (1998).He made his directorial debut under Yash Raj Films and Madras Talkies, with Saathiya (2002), starring Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji. The film was a remake of Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Alaipayuthey (2000). Saathiya's script was written by Ratnam. The film did well and established Shaad Ali in the industry.
His second film was Bunty Aur Babli (2005) which for the first time brought together real-life father and son Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year.
Shaad Ali's third film released on 15 June, 2007. The film, titled Jhoom Barabar Jhoom stars Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta in lead roles.
His fourth directorial venture was Kill Dil which got released on 14 November, 2014. The movie received average reviews from critics and got a lukewarm response at the Box office as well.

My Gut Feel and comments:

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the one who turns back soonest is the most progressive. : C. S. Lewis
Above seems to be the case as far as storyline of Ok Jannu is concerned.  The same team who made Saathiya came back together to make Ok Jannu which gives a similar look and can be considered as a progressive version of Sathiya.  Saathiya was directed by Shaad Ali, written by Mani Ratnam, lyrics from Gulzar Sahab and music by A. R. Rahman. Same team worked on Ok Jannu as well.
Ok Jannu is an official remake of successful Tamil movie O Kadhal Kanmani, directed by Mani Ratnam.

Recently a film with a similar story line Befikre was released which was indeed a below average movie. Being progressive is fine, however movie should be engaging and soulful.

Ok Jannu seems to hit the right note and greater a chance that it would be a decent fast passed love story.
 I am giving this movie 3 stars out of 5 stars, three days before the release.