The Ghazi Attack Movie Review: Thunder Down Under

It is rather surprising that with all the war movies that have been made in India, not one has ever focused on our naval forces, let alone one set in a submarine. Therefore, the promos of The Ghazi Attack brought with them a sense of intrigue. When one thinks of movies set on a submarine, the mind goes to the dark and claustrophobic Das Boot, the tense Cold War thriller, The Hunt for Red October, the gripping Crimson Tide, and the classic, Run Silent Run Deep. The question here is, can debutant director Sankalp Reddy make an impact, through the narration of a war tale, long forgotten, the tale of the sinking of PNS Ghazi?Continue reading “The Ghazi Attack Movie Review: Thunder Down Under”

Raees vs Kaabil: Clash of the Titans?

Jan 25th was slated to be the battle of the stars- Shahrukh and Hrithik battling it out with Raees and Kaabil respectively. The swords were all out with both the parties battling it out with their PR machinery. Some even called it as a mentor-pupil battle. And it mattered for both the stars as their previous movies were almost a washout (Fan and Mohenjo Daro).Continue reading “Raees vs Kaabil: Clash of the Titans?”

Raees Movie Review: Once Upon A Late Latif

It’s all Ram Gopal Varma’s fault. Till he showed up with Satya, Company etc, we were so used to the trope of the gangster being a modern day Robin Hood, a leader of the community, a do-gooder on the wrong path etc, that when we were exposed to what gangsters really are, ordinary men and women with a gun, who let their ego come in the way of reason, flawed human beings who may be larger than life for a few fleeting moments, but end up the victim of either the system, or their own hubris.Continue reading “Raees Movie Review: Once Upon A Late Latif”

Rajwade And Sons Marathi Movie Review: Of Joint Families And Complex Relationships

Living in a joint family is never easy. Often the eldest of the family members dominate and control the people in the household in every possible way. This dominance also extends to the vital decisions taken by the elders on behalf of the younger generation, including the career choices. Often these decisions are forcefully imposed on the people without making an attempt to understand what they really aspire for.Continue reading “Rajwade And Sons Marathi Movie Review: Of Joint Families And Complex Relationships”

Kanal Movie Review: Revenge Tale that Works in Parts

It isn’t easy making a thriller, and certainly not one that has revenge as its core theme. Why isn’t it easy? Well simple-for years together we’ve grown up on a staple diet of such films, some of them have worked, and many didn’t work as well. The ones which worked well had their reasons, probably the tale by itself was interesting, add to it a taut screenplay and narrative and perhaps a good star cast as well. Of course some of these films which didn’t work also must have got some of these elements right, but slipped on the way somewhere along. Personally I have always been found of revenge stories, and admired anyone who can come up with a compelling one even today. Of course it doesn’t quite happen all that often these days to be honest, on the rare such occasion I do feel happy though. Now that I’ve seen M.Padmakumar’s Kanal, it’s only natural for me now to think along these lines. Continue reading “Kanal Movie Review: Revenge Tale that Works in Parts”

Jazbaa Movie Review: More Filtered than Instagram, Photoshop and Your Cup of Coffee Combined

First things first. I don’t know why they have called the film ‘Jazbaa’. ‘Jazbaa’ roughly translates to ‘passion’ in English and I am not sure how the theme of passion fits the bill to be this film’s title. Are the makers hinting at the passion of a mother to save her child or is it about the passion to fight against a social evil like sexual harassment? Whatever be might the intent, it does not come out well at the end of the film. The only aspect of the film that showcases true passion is Sanjay Gupta’s weird obsession with green filters that makes at least half of the film look like a series of poorly-edited Instagram posts. More on that later.Continue reading “Jazbaa Movie Review: More Filtered than Instagram, Photoshop and Your Cup of Coffee Combined”

Jazbaa (2015) Movie Review: Ham and Mob Justice

There was a time, when Bollywood used to lift directly from Hollywood and in some cases, they used to copy paste entire scenes from Hollywood films. Times have changed; Hollywood studios are now making inroads into the Indian film industry.

Sanjay Gupta the inspired film maker, finally makes a film which is an official remake of a Korean thriller, Seven Days (2007). Let me tell you at the outset, I have not seen the Korean film so it would difficult for me to say how this has turned out compared to the original.Continue reading “Jazbaa (2015) Movie Review: Ham and Mob Justice”

Happy Journey Marathi Movie Review : A Journey That’s Worth Taking

Often in the rat race called life, so consumed and engrossed are we in the quest to earn money and the comforts of a better life that we often overlook the small things in life that give us joy. So consumed we are by the desire to live a better life that we rarely take a breather and spend some time in solace or in the company of our near and dear ones.

Happy Journey tells the story of one such individual Niranjan (Atul Kulkarni) who has been working since a very young age in Dubai. This has alienated him from his family including his younger sister Janaki (Priya Bapat) , although she remembers him fondly and misses his presence. Often putting his family first and not being able to fulfil his personal desires has also made Niranjan cynical and bitter. Several years later, Niranjan and Janaki meet under some unusual circumstances giving them a chance to rediscover their relationship. They decide to embark on a roadtrip with the intent to mend their relationship and have an adventure of their own. What happens along the journey forms the crux of the film.Continue reading “Happy Journey Marathi Movie Review : A Journey That’s Worth Taking”

Happy Journey: Trailer

Happy Journey Poster 2Sachin Kundalkar who is known for his National Award winning Marathi films Nirop (2007) and Gandha (2009) went on to make his Bollywood entry with Aiyyaa (2012), an attempt that did not yield the desired results. He is now back with a Marathi film, Happy Journey which is produced by Sanjay Chhabria. Featuring Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Pallavi Subhash, Siddhartha Menon etc, the film talks about a journey undertaken by a brother and sister in a caravan. The music is by Karan Kulkarni while Rangarajan Ramabadran is the DOP and Jayant Jathar the editor.Continue reading “Happy Journey: Trailer”