Sultan: A Quick Review

Whenever there is a movie with Salman in the lead, it is no longer just a movie but an experience. The world can be divided in to 2 kinds of audience- Salman Baiters and Salman Fans. Both have their reasons for watching it.

For the Baiters: Sultan is everything that you love to hate in a Sallu movie. Like a gym routine, he acts with his upper-body and dances with his lower-body. He gives us one more eve-teasing song which will be played in all the Indian weddings and discos – Baby ko Base pasand hai (Baby loves Base) where he keeps strutting his butt in yet another ‘innovative’ manner. It sounds more appropriate for the heroine (Anushka) though, as Sultan looks anything but a 30 yr old wrestler- with a puffed up face and a saggy torso. Wish he had taken make up lessons from Rajinikant as one of the song choreography seems to be influenced from a Rajini movie.

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Sultan Movie Review: Salman Khan and Eid, the Combination Works Once Again

A quiet moment when you just stand transfixed as you see your beloved in front of you, only to see her walk past you as if she did not even acknowledge your presence. Your heart aches and you pine, not just for her but also for all those wonderful moments that you both shared together. And you repeat the act every day, only to see your lady love walk away the same way. What would such a moment remind you of? Would you really expect this from a Salman Khan film? Actually I wouldn’t and not because Salman isn’t good with romance, in fact he has done enough and more romantic films but then there’s always that expectation that he would come up with something animated that catches the lady’s attention at the end. But that doesn’t happen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s latest film, the well anticipated Sultan that’s bhaijaan’s Eid attraction this time around.Continue reading “Sultan Movie Review: Salman Khan and Eid, the Combination Works Once Again”

Sultan Movie Review: This Calls for Giant Leaps of Faith and Your Unflinching Love for Salman

Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Sultan’ has all the trappings of an earth-shattering blockbuster and in all probability it will be one. Not just because it has the box-office demigod Salman Khan, the man who can right now earn 200 crores even by selling peanuts outside a theater, but also because it is a story of redemption, revival and fighting for one’s love – a potion that can be sold like hot cakes to Indian audiences. The fact that Sultan has Bollywood’s original bodybuilder Khan playing a wrestler at a tender age of 50 only adds to the aura and intrigue of the film. But alas, all that augurs well does not necessarily end well. And a lion’s share of that blame should lie at the feet of the director.Continue reading “Sultan Movie Review: This Calls for Giant Leaps of Faith and Your Unflinching Love for Salman”

Airlift Movie Review: The Film Leaves an Impact Without Much Fuss

There is an innate calmness and simplicity about Airlift. No matter how big the scale or how herculean the task at hand is, Airlift goes about its business with an extraordinary easiness. There is no patriotic chest thumping (may be a little bit towards the end), no heart wrenching portrayal of war and its associated grief, no screeching or shouting. Most of the frames in Airlift are fittingly raw (sometimes eerily ‘still’) and heartwarmingly subtle. And, this is the biggest win for director Raja Krishna Menon and his team. They manage to tell an extraordinary story of courage and survival with an authentic, real-life ordinariness.Continue reading “Airlift Movie Review: The Film Leaves an Impact Without Much Fuss”

Bangistan Movie Review: Only if There Were More Laughs

A film critic turning into a film director is a mouthwatering prospect. Karan Anshuman does the courageous act with Bangistan and you expect the nitty gritties of the film to be tightened. After all, those who throw stones at others should know how to save themselves if those stones are tossed back at them!Continue reading “Bangistan Movie Review: Only if There Were More Laughs”

Filmistaan Movie Review: Entertainment packaged, smartly

Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 2012. That is an incredibly tall order for a film which finally finds a theatrical release, almost 2 years later. Riding on no significant star value, Filmistaan is one of the rare films which are a testament of heresy to the pervasive opinion about non-mainstream films. Yes, this is a ‘supposedly offbeat/arthouse’ film which is a comedy and a good one at that. That apart, it is also fresher than a million other trashy mainstream comedies we get to see. Yet, that it is not a flawless film and what joy would it have been if it was! Continue reading “Filmistaan Movie Review: Entertainment packaged, smartly”

Filmistaan: Trailer

Filmistaan PosterNitin Kakkar‘s Filmistaan has been doing the festival rounds for a while now including festivals like Busan, Mumbai, Kerala, Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart, Goteborg etc. It also won the National Award for Best Hindi Film for 2012 at the 60th National Awards given last year. Filmistaan finally is due to be released on June 6th this year after Shringar Cinemas and UTV Spotboy joined hands with the original producers Subhash Chaudary and Shaila Tanna. The film features Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq, Kumud Mishra, Gopal Dutt etc and has music by Arijit DattaSubhrasnsu Das is the DOP and Sachindra Vats is the editor.Continue reading “Filmistaan: Trailer”

Rockstar Movie Review: Free your wings and feel your string.

After all the hype and hoopla that happened around Diwali for Ra.One and its early hysteria settling down, there was one film which was slowly and assuredly making its date intact among the viewers and for more than one reason.

ROCKSTAR which released today on 11.11.11 was in many ways a film eagerly anticipated for I was totally sold on the idea of a Devdas meets Rockstar setting from its initial glimpses.Continue reading “Rockstar Movie Review: Free your wings and feel your string.”