RAAGDESH

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The film is a period drama, based on the Indian National Army set up by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the war to liberate India from the British Government which was fought on the shores of the Irrawaddy in Burma. The British Government called the soldiers of the INA “renegades and japanese stooges”, and a trial was held at the Red Fort in Delhi, which was called the Red Fort Trials of 1945. Raag Desh brings to life that epic trial which paved the way for India’s freedom. The film is based on Indian National Army trials, the joint court martial of Indian National Army officers Colonel Prem Sehgal, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, Major Shah Nawaz Khan. Mohit Marwah, Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor play the lead roles respectively in the film. All the actors have acted well. Dinesh Goel playing the judge deserves special mention. Kanwaljeet Singh, Zakir Hussain, Kenneth Desai, support well. Tigmanshu Dhulia has all the factual details in perfect order and has made a watchable film. The music is subtle and good. Technically a very perfect film.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

BARAAT COMPANY

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The film looks like a take-off on Band Baaja Baarat though it can be called so as a poor man’s one. Imaad Singh aka Imu (Ranveer Kumar) is a marriage arranger cum facilitator who takes contracts from families who want their marriages to go off without any problems and Ranveer and his motley gang does it on the point of a gun and muscle. Mehek Sharma (Sandeepa Dhar ) is a spirited girl who comes to Lucknow to see that her best friend Yasmin ( Anurita Jha) gets married to her shy college mate and comes across Imu who has taken Anuritas contract of marriage and when they run off he is hot on their trail but ultimately falls in love with Mehak and tries to see that Anurita and her boyfriend get married and gives them a safe house in his farm house owned by his very rigid and old fashioned grandfather who has a rather low opinion about love marriages and court marriages and believes in a complete baarat complete with fun and frolic and dance and of course dowry which he promises Imu along with an Audi car but Imu is hopelessly in love with Mehak and Mehak too is engaged to someone else but then everything goes off well and all is well in the love land. The director has done a very good job. Ranveer Kumar debuts with an impressive performance. Anurita Jha is very good. Rajendra Sethi as the father of Ranveer is very good. Kumar Saurabh as the ultra- active Dijala is a real find. Sandeepa Dhar is a stunner and a good actress and deserves more. The rest of the cast does well. Direction is good. The music is in keeping with the milieu and drama. Technically well shot. The story and screenplay by AM Turaz is good. Overall a good entertainer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

SENTIMENTAL (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film sheds light on the police force and its problems and those especially faced by the policemen in the light of duty, like being overworked, less pay, mentally stressed out, taking to malpractices because of low pay, the chasm between the seniors and the juniors and the general frustration among the police personnel. Hawaldar Ghodke( Ashok Saraf) is a veteran policeman and has seen life from close quarters and is prone to philosophy and is generally stressed out. ASI Dilip Thakur (Upendra Limaye) is a dashing young man but prone to get freebies from the restaurants in town which is quite agreeable given the circumstances. In comes a young man ASI Jadhav, ( Vikas Patil) Public Service Commission recruit who is well meaning and idealistic and doing his duty is of prime importance to him. They get assigned to solve jewellery heists in the city and they solve it but the robber is a Bihari Manoj (Suyog Gorhe) brought up in Mumbai and knows Marathi very well and is a qualified engineer but is facing rough times but well meaning in his heart. He tells the police the story of his life and also that the loot is stashed in his hometown Motipur in Bihar and the trio of policemen leave for Bihar along with the robber and they fall into various difficult circumstances in an unknown state and after all their belongings are stolen in the train they take refuge in Manoj’s home and are treated well and they have a change of heart and promise Manoj that he will be given a lesser sentence. Ashok Saraf returns to the big screen after quite a while and he is the top performer in the film. Upendra Limaye is his usual self. Vikas Patil shows promise. Raghuveer Yadav, Vidyadhar Joshi, Ramesh Wani, Madhav Abhyankar, Pallavi Patil, Pushkar Shrotri, Rajan Bhise, Uma Sardeshmukh, lend good support. Music by Milind Joshi has one catchy raunchy number. Cinematography by Mahesh Limaye is excellent. Overall a good police drama.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

BHETLI TU PUNHA (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text] A good romantic drama. Vaibhav Tatwavadi plays a young man who is an eligible bachelor but prone to rejecting girls who come with marriage proposals and so far has rejected thirty five girls and his latest proposal is Pooja Sawant but he rejects her because she is too shy and wears glasses , But they meet on a train trip again and then fall in love with a road trip to Konkan. The film is on the lines of Jab We Met or Mumbai Pune Mumbai or Before Sunrise or Before Sunset. Vaibhav Tatwavadi acts well. Pooja Sawant shows a lot of inherent talent, . The film has been beautifully shot. Director Chandrakant Kanse has done well . The music is good. Technically alright.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

MUNNA MICHAEL

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is a Tiger Shroff vehicle all the way, who scores in action, dancing and romance. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the surprise element in the film and debutant Nidhi Aggarwal makes a confident debut. Munna Michael (Tiger Shroff) is an orphan, nice guy from Mumbai who loves his father (Ronit Roy) dearly, who has reared him. His only dream is to dance like Michael Jackson and make his father proud who too was a dancer but couldn’t make it. He comes to Delhi and makes friends with Mahendra (Nawazuddin) a typical Haryanvi gangster who falls in love with Deepika Sharma ( Nidhi Aggarwal) desperately but doesn’t know how to woo her , so he seeks the help of his friend Munna and the tragedy is that Munna silently loves Deepika too who now calls herself Dolly. Munna carries gifts and letters from Mahendra to Deepika but she is hell bent on going to Mumbai and winning a dance reality show. Mahendra gives her a free flat and all the money and you name it but Mahendra is married against his wishes and hence Dolly doesn’t want to marry him and once Mahendra’s chief Henchman Pankaj Tripathi makes advances against her which she doesn’t like and she runs away to Mumbai to participate in a dance reality contest. Mahendra asks Munna to bring her back to Delhi but he knows Deepika’s dream and helps her with his dance group and with himself participating to win the dance reality contest. But Mahendra and his men are after him and he fights them and ultimately the mercurial Mahendra allows his dear friend to marry Deepika. The film has an entertaining plot and there are many enjoyable moments in the film like Mahendra learning English, learning dancing, and him wooing Dolly. Tiger Shroff carries the film on his broad shoulders with his dreamlike performance. Nidhi Aggarwal is a surefire star material. Nawazuddin adds one more feather in his illustrious cap. Ronit Roy, Pankaj Tripathy, Shehnaz Treasurywalla, Farah Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Shaan, Sudesh Lahiri, Anupam Shyam, Sameer Kocchar, support well. The music is more disco like, a tribute to Bappi Lahiri and his Mithun- Subhash Babbar films like Disco Dancer and Kasam Paida Karne wale Ki. More so even the climax seems a tribute to this cult trio. Director Sabbir Khan seems to have made a good equation with Tiger Shroff. The cinematography is pleasant and colorful. The reality show sequences have been deftly handled. Overall a film for Tiger Shroff fans and the college going teenage crowd.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text] This controversial film finally gets released and the director should be mentioned for her attempt to portray a female centric side of sexuality at various ages and from various backgrounds. Though it is very stark and very real, you cannot deny that it is a bold attempt. Rihaana (Plabita Borthakur) is a young college going girl in purdah in Bhopal but she wants to come out and be like her more outgoing college crowd and so she shoplifts lipsticks and high heeled shoes and speaks against the authorities where they ban wearing jeans to college and she rebels against her conservative parents.

Leela (Aahana Kumra) and Vikrant Massey are a wedding honeymoon planner friends couple who are more than friends but Aahana gets engaged to Vaibhav Tatwavadi at her mother’s insistence as she has been toiling as a nude model for artists for so many years, but Aahana still can’t get over Vikrant but finally she has to relent. Usha Parmar (Ratna Pathak Shah) is a greying Bua who owns a haveli in Bhopal which she has let out to tenants but this nice caring elderly lady has her own fantasies and so she seeks to learn swimming from a handsome young trainer right out of her Mills and Boons novels. Shireen (Konkana Sen Sharma) is a young sales woman who is good at her work but she is just used as an object by her husband (Sushant Singh) and she has to rear children and look after the family and wait for the visits of her husband from the Gulf. All these women try to break free from their cocoon and that is the essence of the story of this film. The performances are all good especially Ratna Pathak Shah and Konkana Sen Sharma. Vikrant Massey is very good. Aahana Kumra is a spitfire actress.Plabita Borthakur shows loads of promise. Ahmed Khan, Shashank Arora, Sonal Jha, Vaibhav Tatwavadi, Akash Sisodia, Mayur More, lend good support. The film has won laurels in many national and international film festivals but it’s only for a niche audience. Director Alankrita Srivastava seems to have a lot of potential. Technically a well made film and the locales of old city like Bhopal have been picturized well. Musically quite good. Overall a film of women appeal.

 

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MAANJHAA (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is a well made psychological drama in the genre of Hitchcock films. The film is set in a residential school in Lonavala where a single divorcee mother (Ashwini Bhave) comes to admit her introvert, complexed son with the help of her good friends Saurabh (Mohan Kapur) and Veena (Shivani Tanksale) and the kind principal Denzil Smith admits him but with the warning that a serial killer is loose and that the students should take care. The pace is set right from Ashwini’s dialogue in the opening frame and it steps up relentlessly from there on in a series of high voltage scenes with an intriguing twist at the end that leaves you gasping and asking for more. ‘Manjha’ is a psychological-thriller and the story revolves around three characters played by Ashvini Bhave, Vicky Sumedh Mudgalkar and Jaydeep (Rohit Phalke). Ashvini Bhave’s character of a worried yet strong mother Samidha grabs everybody’s attention. There seems to be a cat and mouse game between Sumedh and Rohit but we don’t know whom to believe or trust. The background score is unlike anything heard in a marathi film and amplifies the edginess of the scenes. At the end of the trailer the chilling eyes of the psychopathic Sumedh saying “Hunt or be Hunted” continues to haunt. Sumedh Mudgalkar plays a crazed psychotic killer with rare abandon and he deserves accolades for his portrayal. Rohit Phalke as the boyish and shy friend of Sumedh who has to save his mother from the evil Sumedh performs very well. Director Jatin Wagle has handled this delicate subject with great effort and sincerity and he succeeds in keeping the audiences on the edge of their seats. Ashwini Bhave is very good. Mohan Kapur, Shivani Tanksale, Denzel Smith, Yogesh Soman as the shrink, and the rest do very well. The title Maanjhaa signifies that in rearing children it is akin to a kite thread which if pressed tightly can cut and draw blood but if you release it slightly the kite will blow away on its own accord and so the amalgamation of the fist to the kites thread should be in correct balance. A very well made thriller.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

BUS STOP (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is about the youth and for the youth and with a message for their parents too. A group of students study at a decent management school in Pune where Siddharth Chandekar, a rich boy Vinit is in love with a rebellious Sharayu Amruta Khanvilkar, Hemant Dhome as Kishor belonging to a poor family posing as a rich student to woo girls, the studious and caring Deven Aniket Vishwasrao who is passionately in love with Anushka Pooja Sawant, and the intelligent but roguish Akshay Waghmare, the vivacious and homely Maithili Rasika Sunil is in love with Sumedh Suyog Gore, but all their love stories are fiercely opposed by their parents Uday Tikekar, Sharad Ponkshe, Vidyadhar Joshi, Avinash Narkar, and Sanjay Mone. The student try to convince their parents but to no avail and the film takes a three year leap and it denotes how all the students and their parents are placed at that point of time. The film is well directed and aimed at the youth. The film is technically a polished product. All the young performers have performed well as have the seniors. The music is young and peppy. All together this is a film for the old and young alike.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

TI ANI ITAR (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]An adaptation of Manjula Padmanabhan’s play ‘Lights Out’ which discusses a serious matter in society where the middle class has taken a stand against injustice and wrong doings rather than being blind spectators. Govind Nihalani has shot this film like a play in a one bhk flat and reminds one of his classic like Party. Anirudh Godbole (Subodh Bhave) and his wife Naina (Sonali Kulkarni Senior ) are celebrating the release of Sonali’s first ghazal albums and their friends Bhaskar (Bhushan Pradhan) and wife Priya Marathe and an aunt Janaki (Amruta Subhash) have been invited along with a family friend Mohan (Avishkar Darvekhar.) The film is basically about what the cast is saying to each other and very verbose like a drama. All the characters make small talk from cricket to varied issues. Then they hear screams from an under construction building in front of their flat and Sonali gets very disturbed as she has been hearing these screams for a long time but her husband heeds her to keep quiet as they have a young 16 year old maid at home who is a runaway and has been sheltered in their house by Kaveri. But finally they take action and Avishkar tries to shoot the proceedings but then shots are fired at their house and all the glass panes get shattered and then they call the police and Inspector Ganesh Yadav walks in with a hawaldar but he is surprised that no one else in the building or in the vicinity have heard the screams of young girls being raped.The film is made on a very low budget fare and shot beautifully with a lot of creativity with all shots taken indoors and at night. The background music is very good. Sonali Kulkarni delivers a great performance. Subodh Bhave is very good. Amruta Subhash as the fiery journalist is excellent. Aavishkar Darvehkar is good and one wonders why we see so less of this talented actor. Bhushan Pradhan and Priya Marathe are good too. Ganesh Yadav is excellent. Suman Patel as the maid is superb. Altogether a very niche film.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

JAGGA JASOOS

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]A unique detective tale is depicted in this film of a teen detective Jagaa (Ranbir Kapoor) who while in a boarding school solves the murder case of his teacher and is naturally gifted to play a detective in the mould of the Bengal icons Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi and the eternal icon Sherlock Holmes only this time round he has a Watson in a pretty school teacher and a journalist who is after the Purulia arms scandal case and she narrates the tale of Jagaa to her wards in the way that Tintin comics are narrated and the result is fairly good. Jagaa gets a well being video tape from his father Bagchi (Shashwat Chatterjee) on every birthday but then his tapes stop coming and he is worried about what could happen to his father and then he receives an explosive videotape by mistake which if fallen in the wrong hands could lead a grave loss to the country as it is an expose by Jagaa’s father on the Purulia scandal, and his taped reports which has to be handed to his Intelligence Chief Saurabh Shukla who is rogue and then he goes after Jagaa to recover the tape, and then the whole film is about the cat and mouse game between them shot on exotic locations. The film is narrated in a verse style as Jagaa is a chronic stammerer and prefers to sing songs to communicate what he says. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful and her performance is one of the bright things in the film. Ranbir Kapoor too puts a good show and this must count as one of his best performance. Saurabh Shukla is good as the bad intelligence officer. Shashwat Chatterjee as Jagaa’s gather is very good. Denzil Smith makes a chilling bad man. Sayani Gupta is good in a brief role. The director Basu has shot the film in a verse style which has been seen in Hindi films after Chetan Anand’s Heer Ranjha but the music of Pritam is not that effective to make it a musical hit. Music is a very important part of the film and it has just been superb. Specially considering that this film was made to be a musical. The concept has been great to do a musical but the lack of a screenplay is what brings the film down. Pritam has shone as usual with this film, with the soundtracks being loved and appreciated by many. Cinematographer Ravi Varman has shot the exotic locales in his usual slick way and the cinematography has been worldclass. Choreography is elaborate and wonderful. The film is too long and tiresome and a lot of times it had felt disjointed. The editor could have snipped the footage a little bit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]