Sooryavanshi (2021) Movie Review: This Needed More Masala

I decided to watch Sooryavanshi at a theatre near my home as the theatre had just opened 3 days before lockdown and was soon shutdown. Strangely during the pandemic I was consuming a lot of masala films and rewatching films which gave me comfort and gave a sense of poetic justice to me.

Sooryavanshi could not have come at a better time when one of the most celebrated cops in the country has been under scrutiny and there is a slugfest around him due to politics and an ex-commissioner is missing . thus the film comes at the right time when it gives us hope that Mumbai will bounce back and so will Mumbai Police.

Rohit Shetty started his career with the actioner Zameen which was a Bollywood take on Kandahar Hijack, but Rohit changed his tracks later and met with success due to his comedy films. As far as I know Rohit Shetty hasn’t worked again on original scripts (apart from Zameen) as most of his film have been adaptations of Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films but with his take on it.

Sooryavanshi to be fair in most parts is an original film but has strong shades of Thuppakki, with Akshay Kumar having featured in the Hindi version (Holiday) of the same. Now let us be honest, politics or subtlety is not a strong point of Rohit Shetty. This is where Rohit flatters the most.

Sooryavanshi starts with this idea where Pakistanis are marrying Hindus and waiting to carry of sinister plan against India. Love Jihad check. The film mentions that Bombay/Mumbai has been under attack since ’93 by Pakistani sponsored terrorists, which is true and also tells us that the hero had lost his parents due to the Bombay Blasts, the largest attack ever carried by terrorists pre 9/11.

We have Kabir Shroff (Javed Jaffrey) obviously an ode to one of Mumbai’s supercops, Rakesh Maria, who along with his team from Mumbai police solved the case within a record time. But strangely there is no mention of Bombay riots, it is as if the makers are scared to utter the incident or that they think that it did not affect millions of Mumbaikars. But then I guess this is now part of rewriting history.

Then for some reason the makers confuse ISIS with Pakistani terrorists and terrorism. This is followed by a mention of Padgha where these religious teacher is recruiting Indian Muslim youth to fight against the state, strangely we all know how the so called accused or perpetrators of crime were declared not guilty by the court but then I guess we need to toe the line of propaganda and our hero needs to deliver sermon on who is a good Muslim or bad Muslim.

Surprisingly the much touted helicopter scene is marred with bad vfx and compared to this I would still say the action sequence in 1994’s like in flms like Sab Se Bada Khiladi had much better aerial sequence.

Also Bollywood needs to stop remixing old songs, Tip Tip Barsa Pani is one of the worst picturised songs of late and it does not do any justice to the original and Katrina is nowhere near the league of Raveena. Also do not know why Katrina looks jaded in the movie.

In Singham and Simmba despite being alpha action movie, the lead female character had an objective to support hero here that is totally missing and in one scene it becomes misogynistic also when Sooryavanshi glances accusingly his wife when the security lapse was on the part of his team.

Now that we have done with the bad parts, let me come to the good parts. It emerges when Rohit Shetty stops taking himself seriously and goes full on Bollywood masala mode, beginning with the Hum Hindustani song and you know it is cheesy but that is the time when you start to enjoy the movie. From here on Rohit is in full control, bringing back Singham (Ajay Devgn) and Simmba (Ranveer Singh) to set up his cop universe.

This where we see Farhad Samji with their witty one liners like ” aa gaya Dev leke Gun”, wordplay reference to Ajay Devgn. From here on the film is irreverent with a bomb disposal scene which includes fun and tense moments in parts.

It is where the movie shines, when the focus is on Simmba and Singham and the action shifts to hand to hand combat and punchlines and boy it is what we missed about our movies, in the end hero saves the day.

Alas the last act comes tad too late, but it entertains.

Also a request, if you are watching this in a cinema hall, please follow the guidelines issued by local authorities and listen to the cinema ushers. They are doing their duty to keep a safe environment for you and other film buffs, show your vaccine certificate when asked, be seated in your allotted seats, keep your masks on and do not argue as to why you want to eat inside the theatre.

Be safe, stay safe and welcome back to the movies.

10 Endrathukulla and the Curious Case of Being Vikram

Vikram is one of the most talented as well as hardworking actors not just in Tamil Cinema, but perhaps across Indian cinema these days. I don’t think I will be exaggerating when I say this. After all for someone who had started off as an actor way back in 1990 with En Kadhal Kanmani,before finally finding success with Sethu in 1999, he has come a long way indeed. It wasn’t that he got a bad start, in the first 3 years of his career itself he had 4 Tamil films as hero, which included films directed by well-known names like C.V.Sridhar, S.P.Muthuraman and P.C.Sreeram. His best bet among these definitely was P.C.Sreeram’s Meera (1992), a film whose music is popular even today but which somehow did not live up to its potential. Later Vikram went on to feature in many Malayalam and Telugu films, mostly as the 2nd lead, in an attempt to survive and keep himself running in the race.Continue reading “10 Endrathukulla and the Curious Case of Being Vikram”

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela : An Honest Film with a Remarkable Lead Pair

Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies are known for belonging to certain adjectives – big, beautiful, detailed and plagiarized. Yes, plagiarized,  at least for the last three ventures. The only difference is that this time he isnt playing games trying to hide his inspiration(s), instead he comes out way more comfortable and effective, having declared that Goliyon Ki Rasleela : RamLeela is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. And its adapted in an unknown Bhansali town in Gujarat. Bingo! A premise that is like flesh to Bhansali’s skin. Continue reading “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela : An Honest Film with a Remarkable Lead Pair”

Ram Leela: Trailer

Ranveer-Singh-And-Deepika-Paukone-in-Ramleela-Movie-Poster-Pic-1Three years after he directed Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Leela Bhansali returns to direction with Ram Leela. The film which is said to be a violent adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.Continue reading “Ram Leela: Trailer”

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara Movie Review: Twice the monstrosity and pain of movie watching

OUTIMAWhen Once upon a time in Mumbaai became successful , there was little doubt that the film would see a sequel very soon given the fact that the film was allegedly based on the life and times of the dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Continue reading “Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara Movie Review: Twice the monstrosity and pain of movie watching”

Thalaivaa: Trailer

Thalaivaa PosterVijay, one of the most popular Tamil actors currently seems to have got into a new zone of late as seen by the kind of projects he has accepted with established directors, unlike earlier. After the resounding success of A.R.Murugadoss‘s Thuppakki, the next offering from Vijay is Thalaivaa  which is directed by A.L.Vijay.Continue reading “Thalaivaa: Trailer”

Gabbar Singh-A Fan Boy Tribute to Power Star

Gabbar Singh has been in the news since the day it was announced with fan boy posters coming out even before shooting started. If you are following director Harish Shankar on twitter, you would know that he is a fan boy of Pawan Kalyan. My apprehension with the movie was on account of Pawan Kalyan’s track record of late. When recently Pawan did the remake of Love Aaj Kal as Teenmaar it did not work for me, they had butchered the script to suit Pawan. And his last release Panjaa was not exactly a typical Pawan Kalyan film. The makers were trying to do something different and yet tried to keep Pawan’s fan following in mind as seen in case of Pawan shaking his legs at the end of the movie and the end result was there for all to see. The other reason for my worry was whether Harish deliver when he himself is fan of his lead actor, will he deliver the film which will be enjoyable fare both to fans and non-fans and I must say ,Continue reading “Gabbar Singh-A Fan Boy Tribute to Power Star”

Gabbar Singh-Trailer

After Simbu tried to emulate Salman Khan in Osthe,the Tamil version of Dabanng its now time for Pawan Kalyan to do the same with Gabbar Singh, the Telugu version. Right from the time the movie was launched it has been drawing a lot of attention like with all Pawan Kalyan films, thanks to his huge fan base. Continue reading “Gabbar Singh-Trailer”

Gabbar Singh- Trailer

After Simbu tried to emulate Salman Khan in Osthe,the Tamil version of Dabanng its now time for Pawan Kalyan to do the same with Gabbar Singh, the Telugu version. Right from the time the movie was launched it has been drawing a lot of attention like with all Pawan Kalyan films, thanks to his huge fan base. Continue reading “Gabbar Singh- Trailer”