Paatal Lok (Mini-Series)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A small-town politician decides to get rid of his rival’s loyal henchman and ends up opening a pandora box. The numerous colorful characters involved in this mess are merely a ruse, irrelevant to the main puppeteer Bajpayee (played surprisingly by Anup Jalota).
2) The sub-plots and backstories are better than the main plot. Without the flashbacks, it’s an ordinary episode of Crime Patrol.
3) Jaideep Ahlawat finally landed up in a show where he can show his true prowess.
4) Fast-paced screenplay and brilliant writing by Sudip Sharma.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“aisa shaastron mein likha hua hai, par maine WhatsApp mein padha hai”

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Manu Rishi’s final monologue. He did most of the heavy lifting in this movie. His bickering arguments with Gajraj Rao are the highlights of the movie.
2) Kya Karthe The Saajna remix.

 
CONS –
1) Ayushmann Khurrana role was poorly written. He was completely out of his element.
2) Tanishk Bagchi is a curse on this generation. He’ll end up ruining the entire Bollywood catalog of classic songs.
3) You just can’t make an entertaining movie only because of good actors.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Jack and Johnny went up the hill to live in love and laughter … Jack ki leli papa ne aur Johnny chup gaya bhaagkar”

Vishwamitra (1995 TV Series)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This Indian mythological series reconfirms how important is the roles of Sages and Rishis in Indian culture. Their might and glory is unmatched. Vishwamitra’s story is very unique in nature. He’s arrogant as a King and also as a Sage but he’s still diligent with an unflagging attitude.
2) A great supporting cast including Arun Govil, Arvind Trivedi, etc. Bhanupriya as Menaka is spot on.
3) This is probably Mukesh Khanna’s best performance in the furious sage’s role. He was in his prime way before Shaktimaan.

 

CONS –
1) Mediocre soundtrack as compared to other mythological shows. The music is predominantly Carnatic.

 
QUOTE –
“ashambhav shabd hamare shabkosh mein hai hi nahin rishivar”

Angrezi Medium (2020)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) A good story but terrible execution. Comedy is not Homi Adajania’s cup of tea.
2) Miscasting of good actors in half-baked roles. There are hardly good comedy scenes even with an ensemble of actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Ranvir Shorey, and Manu Rishi.
3) The Rajasthani language spoken terribly by lead characters is another weak-link in this movie.

 

QUOTE –
“ghasiteram ka dhanda to meethe ka hai, par wafadaari namak se hai”

The Body (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) A revenge story with a tinge of Oldboy (2003)  and The Invisible Guest (2017) 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre level thriller that the CID team can solve without even ACP Pradyuman.
2) B-grade screenplay with zero chemistry between the lead actors.
3) Garbage soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“waqt har zakhm bhar deta hai, lekin badle ka zakhm waqt ke saath nasoor ban jata hai”

Good Newwz (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Kareena Kapoor’s monologue. There is a reason why she’s the uncrowned queen of Bollywood.
2) Straight forward screenplay without any annoying sub-plots.

 

 
CONS –
1) 90% of the plot already revealed in the trailer.
2) Another lazy soundtrack full of recycled songs. However, it was good to see Sukhbir in “Sauda Khara Khara”.

 

 
QUOTE –
“agar ek drink se sperm count kam ho jaye toh laanat hai aise sperm par”

Ghost Stories (2020)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Janhvi Kapoor’s performance stands out in this mediocre horror movie.

 
CONS –
1) I’m never expecting anything from an anthology film anyway. This is just a Netflix contractual project with the 4 directors.
2) All 4 stories are stale where you can smell the twist from a mile.

 
QUOTE –
“let me get this right. maa laash hai, granny bhoot hai, aur tumhara husband choot hai.”