Sonchiriya Movie Review: Dakus in the Dust

There used to be a time when the Daku movie was a staple in Bollywood. Right from the 40s, with Mehboob Khan’s Aurat (which he remade as Mother India), into the 60s with Dilip saab’s Gunga Jumna, it was the 70s when the genre hit its peak with blockbusters like Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Khote Sikkey and of course, the baap of them all, Sholay!

But while the genre flourished right up till the late 80s (Mardon Wali Baat, Aag Hi Aag), the resurgence of the family film through directors like Sooraj Barjatya, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra led to daku movies being slowly relegated to B-grade cinema in the 90s, and relative obscurity in the 00s, what with a more urban brand of cinema coming in, save for the Paan Singh Tomar biopic, or the brilliant Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru from 2 years back.

Therefore, when the promos of Sonchiriya showed up with an ensemble cast and a brilliant soundtrack, the only thought that entered one’s mind was if this was going to be a throwback to old school Daku dramas, or would it be a more contemporary take on the lives of dacoits?Continue reading “Sonchiriya Movie Review: Dakus in the Dust”

Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan Movie Review: The Perfect Marriage of an Incredible Script & an Ensemble Cast!

Let’s start with a standing ovation for the writer of  ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan,’ (SMS) – Hitesh Kewalya. I watched the original version of this film a few days back, and I was wondering what’s the point of remaking this one? I might have missed some nuances because it was in Tamil, but it just didn’t give me a cinematic boner at all. After watching SMS, all I can say is that it is far removed from the original, but for the central plot point.Continue reading “Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan Movie Review: The Perfect Marriage of an Incredible Script & an Ensemble Cast!”

BookASmile arranges for over 16500 kids and special adults across 40 cities to watch Toilet-Ek Prem Katha

The Indian film industry has been definitely bringing to light incredible stories that are not just high on entertainment quotient but also those that raise awareness on some of the most pertinent issues of our country. The new Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, that’s released on Friday, August 11, 2017, also aims to instill the value of cleanliness in the viewers. With this in mind, BookASmile, the charity initiative of BookMyShow, has taken over 16500 kids from lesser fortunate background and special adults across 40 cities for the film. Continue reading “BookASmile arranges for over 16500 kids and special adults across 40 cities to watch Toilet-Ek Prem Katha”

YFR launches Man’s World, for Gender Equality at 6th Jagran Film Festival: The biggest multi-starrer series on the internet

Y Films, the youth division of Yash Raj Films, India’s leading movie studio in association with India’s largest travelling film festival, the 6th Jagran Film Festival, in a unique initiative, is premiering the biggest multi-starrer series on the internet, Man’s World, on September 29, on YouTube. The trailer of the four-part series launches today on YouTube.com/YFilms.Continue reading “YFR launches Man’s World, for Gender Equality at 6th Jagran Film Festival: The biggest multi-starrer series on the internet”

Bhumi Pednekar Wins Best Actor- Female at Melbourne

She proved her mettle and confidence by playing the unusual overweight, ambitious small town girl in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Now, Bhumi Pednekar, sans the weight & with loads more confidence has won the Best Actor- Female award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne.

In this gem of a sleeper hit, the character of Sandhya in this film broke barriers & brought in a fresh new talent in Bollywood with Bhumi Bhumi PednekarPednekar. Her role won hearts and minds, which is evident in the fact that Bhumi has won this prize over and above experienced leading ladies like Anushka Sharma in “NH 10”, Kalki Koechlin in ‘Margherita With A Straw’ and Deepika Padukone in ‘Piku’.  In a year where Bollywood’s leading ladies have made great impact with substantial roles, Bhumi’s victory at this international film jamboree is encouragement for a genuinely talented actress!Continue reading “Bhumi Pednekar Wins Best Actor- Female at Melbourne”

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More

What can one expect from a script that has come out of NFDC’s Film Bazaar? Well, for the uninitiated, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) runs an annual Film Bazaar for films that have been developed in labs to reach out to potential studios and independent producers. Well, YRF and first time producer, Maneesh Sharma, deserve a hat tip just for picking up a script from the Film Bazaar. Director Sharat Katariya’s debut venture, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is that genteel deft ‘small-town’ film that Yash Raj had been aiming for in many of their last ventures, and failing miserably due to none of them ringing true. The first trailer spoke of much hope, post a disastrous 2014 for the studio. The songs worked unanimously, with the veteran Anu Malik being brought back on board. Yet, there was not enough buzz for the film, quite preternaturally. And even YRF was not sure if they should plunge in the market with large number of screens. But ahoy, DLKH is probably the best film to come out of YRF in years, and I mean years. No kidding, this one’s a stunner and there should be no skepticism in whether to watch it or to widen its release. Continue reading “Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More”