Stand up comedy special by Vir Das : losing it
Streaming on: Netflix
Review: nowadays comedy special are not just mere laugh out loud punches being thrown . Artist tend to cook a story out of it and blend their prime ingredient of humour to serve a satisfying meal. Vir does a easy job of roasting our country , religion and socio-political scenario in front of an Indian audience in San Francisco where the stand up has been shot. Vir Das’s comedy is witty ,stuffed with scarcasm and he does not shy off from roasting himself. There were shots of feminism fired from his mouth that peirced into hearts and made our masculinity bleed. If you guys are the intolerant easy to offend ones ,lose the idea of watching losing it. 7/10
Aquaman: the first thing I thought while leaving the theatre was what tremendous application of vivid imagination must have gone designing the movie graphics on paper. It is incredible beautifully made movie. A movie only to watched on the big screen. A masterpiece in terms of VFX and stunning action imagination. Almost 80 percent of the film is graphics and boy no one will complain this time. Jason mamoa owns his part as the barely brain ,muscle more guy. Every scene of his is whistleworthy. The background score is never overpowering the visuals. Yes It lacks a great story but u will forget about it 10 minutes in to it’s runtime. It’s a fun ride with no stops . 4/5
Web series: maniac
Streaming on: Netflix
Maniac: A disclaimer I would like to share is the TV series staring Jonah hill and Emma stone is a difficult to understand watch. It’s a puzzle that viewers have to solve . It’s a pretty boring watch if u are just laid back and not into the mood to figuring out the things the writer trying to tell . It is about a schizophrenic guy who is considered a black sheep in a famous family. It devels in to the physicic of a man who is dejected in his own family and trying to prove himself a worth. Jonah hill is fantastic to say the least. Emma stone is in depression due to demise of her sister and she is not able to cope with the fact that she can’t be with her sister anymore. Both Jonah hill and Emma stone are on medication and want their minds to heal and they end up in a drug trail that tries to cure depression with 3 pills. We can’t judge the depth and details of what’s inside an ocean just by seeing the water from its surface. We have to dive into the minds to know what is going on. It’s a tale about connection and need to feel wanted by others. It’s almost ends on a note about how friendship is more important, not necessarily ending into a love relationship. Do not binge watch the 10 episode series as it requires to be processed to enjoy it. 7.5/10
2.0 : people on Instagram demonstrate food dishes which are visually appealing but not necessarily can be relished by its taste. Similar 2.0 is visually stunning and finest indian VFX work till date but lacks the emotion . A robot has a body not a heart. The story of mobile phones being an enemy to the birds and eventually to humans doesn’t seem convincing. Rajnikanth does the same old similar things and Akshay Kumar looks the part of nemesis effectively, but it’s director Shankar’s film and he just wants the audience to have a great time. He tries very hard and the money spent shows on the screen . However the screenplay and dailogues are not given importance . Only Rajni is given . His fans are gonna go gaga but for me it’s blah blah. One cool thing about 2.0 is 3.0 but I’m a mean and so it gets a 2.5.
Streaming on: Netflix
Synopsis: A story that is good enough but not powerful than it’s predecessor Narcos season 1 and 2. The emergence of marijuana trafficking cartels from Mexico gained strength by participation of the local cops and politicians. Felix is the brain who runs it smoothly . Rafa is the genius behind the seedless weed production that made the cartel the most successful one. Kiki camarena is a American of Mexican origin as the cop that is trying to bust the cartel business. That things that make a crime drama worth remembering is their characters . Here the characters are superficial and lack the depth they require for us to either like them or hate them. Neither we root for the death of the drug lords nor do we wish the survival of the good cops. The long scene takes are uncessary and makes us fidget our phones mid episode. The only character worth remembering is ‘don neto’. With high hopes came sheer disappointment. Just like judwaa 2 where in Salman’s guest appearance was the highest point. Here is when Pablo appears. Skip this season or revist the first two if ur a Narcos fan. 4/10
Streaming on: Amazon prime
Synopsis: Zakir Khan is the go to guy for realtable comedy . He weaves a beautiful underdog story of a boy in school with so much conviction that we start imagining ourselves in it. He is the guy who makes middle class way cooler than the so called modern rich . A story that not only makes you laugh but nostalgic and happy. It’s a comedy for the soul . 8/10
Streaming on: Amazon prime
Synopsis: set in the town of Mirzapur it’s a tale of two brothers in search of success and money land up being in the nexus of gangster kaleen bhaiya played by the dependable Pankaj Tripathi. Ali Fazal is the beefed up elder brother with hot head attitude that has burnt his brain . Vikrant massey is the low on courage ,high on IQ younger brother . Divyendu Sharma(Munna bhaiya) is the son of kaleen bhaiya who is reckless and high on his father’s power. All actors are phenomenal especially divyendu Sharma who is given a script that demands him to go over the top but he makes it sensible and quite interesting. It is a crime drama series that requires violence but here it’s just too gory for a viewer like me. Violence overpowers the drama required for an engaging experience. The technical aspects like cinematography and screenplay are good . 8/10
Streaming on: Eros now and Jio cinema
Synopsis: A story about Goa’s drug cartel with a fine star cast that includes Gulshan devaiah, Jim sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Tom alter, Neil bhoopalam, Mandira Bedi, amit sial. Jim sarbh and Gulshan devaiah are the best among the lot, Kalki hasn’t given too much to do, Amit sial as the hot headed gangster son is convincing , Tom alter does over acts as the Russian drug cartel boss . Goa is run by 2 cartels Russian and Sri Lankan in which Russian are dominating the maximum area . The govt is in constant attempt to fuse out the cartels but are always behind. There is a lot happening over here which can be a potential spolier so I will leave for you to view. It’s a engaging story line with most good acts and few over the top acts. Fans of scared games and Narcos may find it a good watch if not upto the latter and former’s level. Give it a try it won’t bore you. 7.5/10
To All The Boys I Have Loved Before
all sports films are crafted from same template and carry a designated ending of the underdog winning. Gold undergoes the same treatment. It is the journey that should be thrilling and GOLD manages a silver in doing so. The production design of creating 1948 is fabulous and so is the background score. Sunny Kaushal as himmat Singh is the finest of the supporting cast. Vineet Kumar and Amit sadh are quite true to their character. It is Akshay Kumar who is a Misfit in this team. Rather living as a Bengali he is trying to be one. His accent and behaviour as a Bengali falters. He emotes more of his punjabiness ( he even sings a Punjabi track) which doesn’t make him a convincing character. Director does a reasonable job but editor should have trimmed 15-20 minutes . Keep ur hopes minimal and u won’t complain. 3/5
Mission Impossible Fallout
At the age of 56, Tom cruise challenges himself with the 6th installment of the franchise. It’s a mission taken by Tom cruise to entertain the Audience and he delivers even if it costs him a broken ankle during filming a stunt. The only superstar to perform the most difficult stunts with finesse. Henry Cavill brings the toughness with his fists and its a treat to watch the chemistry between him and Tom. The cinematography is literally top speed as the camera races with Ethan hunt to take the long action sequences. There are ample of twist and turns with not much of a scope in the script. Get ready to bedazzled with the stylish action . 4/5
Remake of the super loved Marathi sairat which I haven’t watched yet, for Dhadak I don’t carry the baggage of prejudice against it. But it still doesn’t hold for me. The actors seemed to be trying to make the audience fall in love with them rather trying on each other. Ishan khattar is honest and does bring the boyish charm. Jhanvi Kapoor is good in emotional parts and below average in subtle behavior. For newcomers, we can’t complain much but the director has no vision and want to encash from sairat’s fandom. Every aspect of direction is forced and repetitive with an instance of using a bald midget for all the cheap laughs which ain’t funny. No supportive cast is given depth in character to ensure all focus is on the newcomers. Mausam accha hai aajkal isliye dhadak dekhne ke bajaye sadak par ghumloh . 2/5
Westworld season 2 streaming on : Hotstar
Nanette : Streaming on Netflix
Sacred Games Season 1
Authentic is something that was never an ingredient in indian TV series. Finally Netflix gifted us authenticity in form of sacred games directed by Vikramaditya motwane and Anurag Kashyap. Gist of the story: Politics is the villain and religion is it’s army. Never knew Saif Ali Khan could metal the corrosion he derived from bollywood. His game just began with a splendid performance . Nawazuddin does so many gangster roles but never repeats himself in any form. He digs into role so deep that just his performance is solely responsible for our empathy. Humanizing the antagonist with different flavours is what Nawazuddin specailizes in. I have never binge watched any TV series but the gripping narative and execution compelled me to complete 6 hr long season in one go. This is a story that handcuffs ur eye to the screen with its intrigue and twists. Stop playing games with ur entertainment and watch sacred games. 9/10
Rajkumar Hirani is the true hero of the film because he makes story that touches the heart. More than Sanjay Dutt it is about the media sensationalism that brings havoc in someone’s life. The need of people to know the spice of others life makes the host’s life tasteless. Vicky Kaushal as sanju’s friend is the most heart warming character and he does humour with ease . Ur eyes are fixed on vicky whenever he and Ranbir are on same frame. Paresh Rawal might not have physical resmebelance with Sunil Dutt but he captures his soul beautifully. Finally about Ranbir!!! As Robert Downey Jr is to iron man and Hugh Jackman to Logan ,Ranbir is to the work he does. No one can replace him in his finest self. I found holding the lump in my throat more difficult than Ranbir might have , playing Sanjay Dutt. A movie that can be enjoyed in loop has arrived. 4.5/5
The preconceived notion of a Rajnikanth film doing the Rajnikanth stuff doesn’t hold for this film. Rajni washes out his swag and does acting in this one. It’s a treat to watch Nana Patekar as saafed and Rajni as kaala confronting each other. Nana commands his place as the villain . The most memorable character is Rajni’s wife who steals the act every time and does the fun lifting. The story holds blue print of ramayan and its nicely done. The screenplay does take way too long coming to the point with pointless songs . The director brings drama worthy for our attention . 3/5
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero
There are superheroes which we aspire to become but can’t have that super power in reality and then there are Bhavesh joshi’s who inspire us with powers which they generate from their heart. Inspired by 2011’s anna Hazare corruption movement Vikramaditya motwane weaves a story loosely adapted from Batman’s ideology Harshavardhan is definitely good if not great as the vulnerable guy. The action sequences are believable and earthy . However the script writing is incoherent and gives out loop holes . Here the villain is the editor who could have made a tighter film out of an interesting story. Bhavesh Joshi Ko dekhne k liye zyada bhav wali ticket zaruri nahi hai .3/5
The Looming Tower
Streaming on: Amazon prime and Hulu
Synopsis: it was not just the conflict between Al-Qaeda and USA that led to 9/11 . The twin tower was shown ground due to the ideology difference amidst the 2 protecting entity’s namely the FBI and CIA. Such a audacious attempt by the makers of the series to show the limitations of FBI and mistakes of the CIA . 9/11 could have been averted if FBI and CIA dint indulge into petty fights and worked hand in hand. It might not be engaging enough in the first few episodes due to too much information and character development but hang on to this tower
Who should watch : viewers who like true story being depicted without adulteration of melodrama and sensationalism. 8/10
60 seconds into the film and u know this gonna make fun of alot of superheroes. There’s too much of superhero movies and pop culture references dedicated to creating humour and it does deliver, but if u haven’t seen many Hollywood films I recommend go for the hindi version ( although I’m not aware how Ranveer Singh would fit into the amazing dailogue diction of Ryan Reynolds).it doesn’t even shy of making fun of its lazy writing which is actually true as the story is wafer thin. Action is a blood burst pizza and does throw laughther along punches. Dive into this pool if u enjoyed the first deadpool. 3.5/5
Director Meghna gulzar’s previous venture Talwar was crsip and did not drown into self-indulgence of the character. The problem with Raazi ,it is not driven by the story of war but by Alia’s character. Never let a character overpower the story. What seemed promising in the 1st half was shot in the head by melodrama with Karan johar producing it. Alia is definitely great in this one too but it never brings lustre to the story. Special mention for Arijit Singh’s beautiful rendition of background songs. Iss film ko dekhne k liye raazi hona zaruri nahi. 2.5/5
The Handmaids Tale Season 1
It’s about the transition of a man from grey to BLACK. Omar Saeed Shaikh is an empathetic man but only for his community and that turns him to a terror for all mankind. From his POV all that he is doing is a retaliation for freedom of his brothers and sisters. Raj Kumar rao captures Omar’s character as good as Omar to his victims. Most biopics are inspiring ,this one is terrifying. Mayham and chaos brings fulfillment to his conscious. It’s dark and bitter, so those with taste for dark chocolate can indulge this weekend others stay Sprite. 3/5
Avengers: Infinity War
This film is the ultimate definition of Entertainment. Come to think of it, What is entertainment? It is a box of goodies which includes excitement, cheer, thrill, adrenaline racing from ur helmet to your shoes, grief to calm u down. Don’t get shocked on Moments of the whistle and shouts overpowering the sound system of the theatre. 10 Years of accumulating stories and 18 movies boils down to this cinematic pleasure for every marvel fan. Let lose the kid in you and enjoy the ride that will make you repeat the journey over and again. Its gonna perspire, inspire and conspire every ounce of emotion from you till the end. Don’t go anywhere else this weekend Bcoz THANOS demands ur presence. 4.5/5
Love is not to b expressed it is to b felt. Love is not a return gift u get for showing up for a party. This is the core of October . Varun’s character Dan is a goofy childlike person who doesn’t care of his work, but the people around him. He might not b with a friend in his good time but will always b there during bad ones. Banita Sandhu doesn’t get to do much but whatever she gives from her eyes is beautiful. The approach for making this movie is blend just like the five star hotel food . But people don’t really go there for food right!!! They go for their hospitality . The movie is deliberately made slow to experience and imbibe the pain,the hope ,the grief . Movies like october are not meant for enjoyment inside the theatre but to change ur perception about life and cliches of love.
Even if he gets repetative ,Ajay devgn’s seriousness n his piercing eyes never fails to engage ur attention to what he is doing. He is as effective as he was in gangajal. But the hero of the movie is the villain Saurabh Shukla as tauji . Thekedar to woh levity aur sarcasm ka hai!!! . The 90 yr old mother is a character that brought the most laughs . The only problem is the song sequences and ridiculous climax to the fast paced crisp thriller. 3. This weekend ensure ur raid to the theatres.
The dependable Irfan and surprising Arunoday Singh saves balckmail from getting spam. Convoluted script tries to bring shockvalue for the audience but seldom successful . Little bit streched and too much stressed on shoulders of Irfan is an easy picking for directors. Go with little expectations and u might find urself having a good tym.
Infusion of superheroes that can bring levity to the dark action is now well learnt by DC . The flash as the amateur brings the right speed to the sluggish first half . All the adrenaline is in the 2nd half . There is a great moment for the Superfans(not a secret though). Batman seems the most boring out of all . New characters bring justice to this league.
Different is the new better. Marvel’s marvelous approach by getting the wacky director taika waititi makes it a splendid film. The humour is so smart and the music is just so cool and awesome that I need a warm gargle to fix my throat. Secure ur entertainment with this watch.
Authentic and original. What happens and what is shown to us!!!. Whatever happens, u don’t change urself is what the film Is trying to convey. Pankaj Tripathi plays the best role by far this yr. rajkumar Rao is spectacular but Pankaj Tripathi grabs the attention when both of them confront. If anyone wants entertainment of the body go for the Navratri. Those who want a thought go for newton.