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Dentist by Profession, Nishant is an avid movie buff. He never misses a single movie and is your one stop destination to know if a movie is worth watching. At times, his movie reviews are more awaited than the movie itself. Grab your popcorn now!




Smoke

Smoke Web Series Review By Nishant Shah - YDPD Media
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

Badhaai Ho!

Badhaai Ho

The subject on which the movie is based is a no man’s dream about his/her parents . It’s a film that requires the  sensitivity of the audience and sensibility of a director. Ayushman Khurana is the aam aadmi actor of Bollywood. He brings the relatibility of the man next door with ease. The character actors are the real eyecatchers. Especially the amma (Surekha Sikri) is an actor who steals the show even when she is sleeptalking. TVF’s favourite dad Gajraj Rao is always a treat to watch and Neena gupta’s body language speaks more than her dialogues. The movie races to it’s runtime with minor bumps after interval. Your weekend is sorted ,badhaai ho!!! 3.5/5

Andhadhun

A good deed has a foolish end ‘ should be the tag line for this film . Only after seeing the film u will understand why I said so. It’s hard to write about this film cause anything about it is a potential spoiler . So I will keep it minimal. Ayushman is a piano player , Radhika apt-hai is his love interest. A kid is a businessman, a police officer is a badman, a 70’s hero is a good man, tabu is his wife, and a rabbit is a bit hero. Spectacular story and plot with brilliant direction by Shriram ranghavan who pours levity in action sequences. a mystery film with twists and turns more than one can imagine, kyuki aankhein dekh Sakti hai par dimag andha hai. Do not miss this film at any cost. 4.5/5

 

Sui-DhagaSui Dhaga

Sui dhaga: Starting with a Disney movie like a background score the makers established it is going to be a feel good film. Varun Dhawan as mauji is a making in likeability. There is nothing wrong in him. He even loves his father who doesn’t leave a chance to criticize him. Anushka as Mamta is a misfit here with her perfect teeth and rich expressions. Only her clothes are true to her character. The most hilarious lines are the takes that includes mauji’s mother who is constantly worrying about the daily chores even at a hospital. This Ernest first half is grabbed by the cliches to pander the masses in the second half which drives through predictability and a dishonest ending. 3/5

Manmarziyaan

It’s the movie for millennials and demand the audience to relate with the plot to like the film. It’s a love triangle with all the edges damaged. There is a flaw in every action and behavior of the cast which makes them human and original. Music is perfectly blended and gives a distinct flavor to the story.  The runtime is tad bit stretched and could have been better edited. Tapsee Pannu is a fire and exceptionally pleasing to watch. Vicky Kaushal seems to have a fun year and this was his easiest act of the year. Abhishek does make us feel this time he is the son of Amitabh Bachchan. It’s an earthy human love story, not a wonderland fantasy of what should love be. 3/5

To All The Boys I Have Loved Before

It’s a cross race romantic comedy about a girl going through infatuations but isn’t able to address the guy personally so she writes letters about it keeping it to herself. Someone gives out her letters to all the boys ( it’s not hard to guess who sent it) and what follows next is the story. It’s high school drama which ain’t silly and stupid . Smart lines and good casting gives a fresh and unique feel to the movie. it has a fimiliar ending like all high school rom-coms which doesn’t make a mark .it’s not a high on social message movie so relax and chillflix the movie. 3/5

Sharp objects

Directed by Jean Marc Valle who also directed oscar nominated movie Dallas buyers club. It is 8 episode limited series which is stretched and could have been cut short upto 5-6 episodes. Story is about a town where 2 girls are brutally murdered . A reporter Camille preaker (amy Adams)former resident of the town comes to investigate . The series is less dialogue driven and more of visual to understand the plot. There is little bit confusing story telling of past and present of Camille preaker that goes side by the investigation. The notion that only men can brutally murder is tested here. The slow pace is compensated with a riveting and fresh ending in the last 2 episode . It’s a mystery series so more than that will be a spoiler 7.5/10
Who should watch: if u like confusing story telling where u need to think and absorb on ur own . A non-conventional entertainment which demands patience but a satisfactory pay-off.

Gold

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

Dhadak

 

Dhadak Nishant Movie Review
Dhadak Nishant Movie Review

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

About the show: one of the most daring and ambitious project on TV . With excellent production design and background score each episode of Westworld is worthy of a theatre screen viewing. A show that’s get better with multiple viewing because it’s difficult to understand and interpret the plot . Its a show about humans trying to play god ,But what if the product is not meant to be controlled by the creater. Great cinematography and artistic violence add up to the viewing appeal. The show does try to confuse us with its timeline rather than making is simple . Just bathe ur mind fresh before watching because you won’t enjoy it if ur tired .don’t forget to watch the first season before hopping to second. 8.5/10
Who should watch : those into artificial intelligence and futuristic fantasy.
Who should not watch : those who like entertainment to be served simple and easily palatable.

Nanette : Streaming on Netflix

Synopsis: It’s a comedy show but here comedy is mere a medium used to serve realisation of “fault in our minds” that we have engraved since time began. Comedy isn’t just for cheap laughs, it can be used to convey thoughts that shape our behaviour and make us more accepting towards those who are different. General People hate different people because they don’t understand them ,they fear them. Performed and written by Hannah gadsby an Australian comedian who shares her self deprecating story is an assamble of humour and heart . I can praise this stand up for pages but I would rather let u have ur own arsenal of adjectives to hail this finest piece . Just go and watch it guys. 9.5/10
Who should not watch this: If ur new to stand up comedy don’t go for it right now. Accustom urself with some stand up that are just humourous ,have a good laugh and then u can come back to nanette

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

Sanju

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

Kaala

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

Deadpool 2


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

Raazi

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

Streaming on : HULU
What if the world grows in scarcity of children?
What will the authorities do about it?
Set in a parallel world in USA the handmaids tale is about the cruelty of the impotent important commanders and sterile women on those who are fertile. It’s a gut wrenching , horrifying tale of the atrocities and dictatorship carried out in the name of God on the fertile women in form of surrogacy. Elizabeth moss as June (offred) is worthy of the hype and golden globe for 2017’s best drama series. The story is imagined in US but can be true anywhere in future. Even though the series is dark it doesn’t make it’s viewers sad. It evokes anger and agony for the handmaid’s.
This series is for those who like to get shocked and surprised. The screenplay and cinematography is engaging for every episode .  Viewers in distress in their life and those who doesn’t savour the flavour of grim and gritty story shouldn’t apply eyes for this watch. 8.5/10

 

Omerta

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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

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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

October

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.

Raid

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.

Blackmail

Blackmail Movie Review By Nishant Shah - YDPD MediaThe 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.

Justice league

JUstice League Movie Review By Nishant Shah - YDPD MediaInfusion 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.

Thor Ragnarok

Thor Movie Review By Nishant Shah - YDPD MediaDifferent 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.

Newton

Newton Movie Review By Nishant Shah - YDPD MediaAuthentic 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.

 

 

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