Uri Movie Review: A Lobotomy of the Senses

The Uri Attack of 2016 was the straw that broke the back in India-Pakistan relations, leading to a diplomatic war between the two countries, and when news of a surgical strike behind enemy lines broke out, a few days later, there was much rejoicing among the public. Therefore, it was only natural, that the incident would find its way to the big screen, but is debutant director Aditya Dhar up to the task of narrating this exciting tale of guts and glory?

Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) is a dedicated young military commando who after a successful mission in Myanmar, decides to resign from the army to take care of his Alzheimer’s stricken mother (Swaroop Sampat), but at the insistence of the Prime Minister (Rajit Kapur) and the National Security Advisor (Paresh Rawal), takes up desk job at the Army HQ in New Delhi.

But when the Uri attack occurs, and ends up hitting a little too close to home, will Vihaan heed the call of his conscience, and take the fight back to the enemy? With the support of a hawkish establishment, a steely glanced intelligence agent (Yami Gautam) and a grieving pilot (Kirti Kulhari), can Major Shergill win back India its lost honor, by striking fear, deep in the heart of the enemy?Continue reading “Uri Movie Review: A Lobotomy of the Senses”

Neerja Movie Review: An Outstanding Biopic That Gives us the Lovely Shabana Azmi Back

If I would have to bet my life on an actor who could make anyone cry in a matter of two minutes, I will put all my money in Shabana Azmi’s kitty. The veteran actor, who plays Neerja Bhanot’s affable mother in the biopic Neerja, totally steals the show in the last 20 minutes of the film, gently slicing through every emotional chord in your heart, making you root and cry for her brave daughter as if she was one of your own. It is this incredible emotional pull in director Ram Madhvani’s Neerja that makes it an unmissable film in many ways.Continue reading “Neerja Movie Review: An Outstanding Biopic That Gives us the Lovely Shabana Azmi Back”

Neerja Movie Review: A Tearjerking Tribute!

The tale of Neerja Bhanot isn’t one that’s narrated too often, and Ram Madhvani sets out to change that. Madhvani’s repertoire of work includes some award-winning ad campaigns like the famous Happydent commercial that won the silver lion at Cannes, and the critically acclaimed, and sadly criminally under-viewed Let’s Talk, that introduced Boman Irani to Bollywood. Therefore, when it was announced that he was going to bring Neerja Bhanot’s story to life on celluloid, and cast Sonam Kapoor in that role, there was some trepidation, as Sonam’s not exactly been a favourite of the critics. So the question here is, was justice done to her legacy?Continue reading “Neerja Movie Review: A Tearjerking Tribute!”

Vakratunda Mahakaaya Marathi Movie Review : The Elephant Deity And Its Adventures

Vakratunda-Mahakaya-Marathi-Movie-PosterAmong the innumerable gods and goddesses worshiped by Indians, Lord Ganesha occupies a special place. Perhaps that is why the Ganesh Chaturthi festival continues to be celebrated with great pomp and fervour even today. That the public celebration of the festival has acquired quite a nuisance value in recent years is a discussion best left for another day.Continue reading “Vakratunda Mahakaaya Marathi Movie Review : The Elephant Deity And Its Adventures”

Vakratunda Mahakaaya: Trailer

Vakratunda Mahakaaya PosterDirected by Punarvasu Naik, Vakratunda Mahakaaya (also known as Twisted Trunk,Big Fat Body) is a Marathi-Hindi film that has been produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra, Guneet Monga and Anshuman Jain. Premiered at Mumbai Film Festival 2013, the film is finally gearing up for its theatrical release. Featuring Naman Jain, Vijay Maurya, Usha Nadkarni etc, the whole film revolves around a Ganesh soft toy’s travel all over Mumbai and various characters who get interlinked with it. Written by Yogesh Vinayak Joshi, the music is by Sanket Naik and Sankarshan Kini while Mitesh Mirchandani is the DOP and the editing is by Ashish Mhatre and Apurva Motiwale.Continue reading “Vakratunda Mahakaaya: Trailer”