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”

Bombay Velvet: A Quick Review

Bombay Velvet Poster 3If you give Anurag Kashyap Rs. 20 Cr and 100 characters he makes a critically acclaimed film. And if you give him Rs. 100 Cr and 20 characters he makes a critically maligned film.

But that doesn’t mean that he makes a bad film. Its just that the standards set by him are so high, that people are willing to tear him down at the slightest mistake.’Bombay Velvet’ is exactly that. The male lead is the ”art direction” and the female lead is its ”jazz music”. In the supporting cast you have Ranbir (Johnny), Anushka (Rosie) and Karan Johar (Khambatta) getting “re-introduced (after DDLJ). They are in turn supported by some good actors like Satyadeep Misra (Chiman) and Manish Chaudhary (Jimmy).

The story revolves around Bombay in the 70s when liberalisation was a far cry while mafia dons, smuggling gold, jazz and blues were in vogue. The set design constructed in Sri Lanka is impeccable and transports you to the nostalgic era of Bombay when it was not yet called Mumbai. Music by Amit Trivedi is pure magic and so is the sensuous voice of Neeti Mohan. Anurag takes a long time to establish the era and the mood of Bombay and makes one impatiently wait for the story to begin. The characters lack depth and the screenplay gets confusing at times. People who are used to the typical Bollywood movies will be disappointed as this is a dark movie. There are lot of “inspirational” scenes from Hollywood, but they are well done and Indians should be used to this by now!
Ranbir is normal, Anushka is a pouting doll while Karan amuses  with his mannerisms and expressions.
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Note-IndieYogi’s posts are short/quick reviews,catering to the reader on the go. The attempt is to try something new in addition to the regular style of writing/reviewing.

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Bombay Velvet Movie Review: Ellipses and Environment

Delightful, completely irrelevant, note about circumstance: I went into this movie completely uninitiated; all I knew that there was a new Anurag Kashyap movie coming out some time around now, and that it had Karan Johar. The plan was concocted over drinks at Irish House in Kala Ghoda, and we went to Regal because it was the closest theatre whose prices didn’t leave the insides of our noses sore; for the longest time I was wondering where I had seen the intersection in the movie before. (If this doesn’t make sense to you, I suggest that you resist the urge to find out and let it hit you while watching the movie.)Continue reading Bombay Velvet Movie Review: Ellipses and Environment”

Bombay Velvet (2015) Movie Review: All gloss and A Script Which Sleeps With The Fishes.

There are spoilers. Be warned and be pleased. 

Running Time : 149 Minutes | Language : Hindi | Director : Anurag Kashyap

There are “Beefeater” cartons stacked up behind the kitchen of “Bombay Velvet”, a place where Kashyap’s Hollywoodised Bombay’s jazz thrives, a center where the city’s big shots come and go, discuss their money and pass it on to each other. In the wake of the recent beef ban in Mumbai, it is a light chuckle inducing carton placement to show how different Bombay was to Mumbai. There’s little of the “Bombay” we know in Anurag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet” and almost none of the velvet that the title promises.Continue reading “Bombay Velvet (2015) Movie Review: All gloss and A Script Which Sleeps With The Fishes.”

Bombay Velvet: Worth To Be A Big-Shot?

Apan ko jo bhi mangta hai, sab log bolte hai apan ke aukat ke bahar hai. Apan ko apan ka aukat badalne ka hai.

This was what Anurag Kashyap might have been going through inside his head, before making this multi-starrer blockbuster. And oh well, was it able to gain that aukat?

Set in a period of post-Independence, from 1949 to 1969, the film opens with a wonderful background score by Amit Trivedi and visuals of Old Bombay in a newsreel format against the song Aam Hindustani being sung by Dahlia (Raveena Tandon). Honestly, just that start there gives you a hope. An assurance that this might turn out to be the best film you have seen so far. But, oh wait!Continue reading “Bombay Velvet: Worth To Be A Big-Shot?”

Bombay Velvet Movie Review : Underwhelming, But Not Terrible

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet is his big, brassy and boombox-ed entry into the big budget films league. It is also his dream venture, and is meant to save the day for Ranbir Kapoor, whose goodwill continues to recede after Besharam and Roy. Buttloads of money has been poured in this film by Phantom as well as Fox Star Studios, and believe me, it shows, as grandeur oozes out of each frame. But alas, Bombay Velvet is an aggrandized product, one which has little depth to suck you in beyond its visceral thrills and some good performances. The suspected word is out, and its going to be a nightmare night for the phalanx that came together for this difficult film. Difficult to shoot and produce, not difficult to make a mess of, of course. Continue reading “Bombay Velvet Movie Review : Underwhelming, But Not Terrible”

Baby Movie Review: No child’s play, this!

The one admirable quality about Neeraj Pandey is that he is consistent. What his movies lack in nuance, and grit, they more than make up for it with a solid script and performances. He may aim to be Bollywood’s Katherine Bigelow or Paul Greengrass, but somehow he’s managed to be to this decade what Subhash Ghai was to the 80s and Rajkumar Santoshi was to the 90s. A storyteller, who can spin out a yarn that may seem implausible, but doesn’t insult your intelligence. Baby continues this tradition of his.Continue reading “Baby Movie Review: No child’s play, this!”

Why the Haider debate on anti-nationalism is misplaced!

Ever since the release of the third film in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy “Haider”, there has been a lot of debate about the movie’s ostensible representation of the Indian Army as the villain in the 1990s disturbance in the Kashmir valley. While there has been less dispute about the artistic merit of the film, viewers have been equivocal about the way Haider decides to perceive the then government and the armed forces, which include the Kashmir police and the Indian Army. It is no news now that a lot of people on Twitter had called for boycotting the film for the mere reason that they found the portrayal of the Army disdainful.Continue reading “Why the Haider debate on anti-nationalism is misplaced!”

Haider Movie Review: Love-ed

Sometimes it is so difficult to collect all the thoughts to write a review for a movie. What do I do then? I ask myself. Us Bhakts of Bhardwaj get swept away, most of the times, in blind faith. But the truth is, there is no way you can ignore the reality, as I learnt while I was talking to Sethu. The truth, in all of its probability is, that this Vishal Bhardwaj’s masterpiece…is not aberration free.  There are things in the plot that call for an unwelcome “what a coincidence.” There are things that call for an unwelcome “really?” moment. I mean how do you respond to a thing that’d happen – even in the context of the movie—but won’t because it’s a movie, based on a play — so there are events pending to happen? How do you respond to characters that exist because…well, it’s convenient for the storyteller? And no, I am not talking about Irrfan Khan’s Roohdaar (without trying to spoil anything.) There are coincidences, and character decisions — and yes they can happen, but! — But that jarred. Because it felt like some kind of an easy make-shift solution to drive the movie forward. That makes things look superficial. It takes away the gravity from a scenario otherwise really intense. It hinders seamless involvement.Continue reading “Haider Movie Review: Love-ed”