Bala (2019)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Another Ayushmann small town movie, another men’s problem, and a message of self-acceptance. The movie also addresses the issue of fairness-obsessed Indian society apart from the primary issue pre-mature baldness in men.
2) The great supporting cast including Saurabh Shukla, Deepika Chikhalia, Javed Jaffrey, and Seema Pahwa completed with Vijay Raaz’s narration.
3) The amazing desification of The Champs – “Tequila” song.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
“roothi huyi girlfriend lautke aa sakti hai … gayi huyi sarkar vapas aa sakti hai … lekin gaye huye baal vapas nahi aate guru”

Dabangg 3 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 

PROS –
N/A

 

 
CONS –
1) This movie is gross even by Salman Khan’s standards. A Bollywood masala movie when too much masala is added.
2) A forced Chulbul Pandey origin plot.
3) Annoying dialogues, forgettable performances, and jarring soundtrack.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
“maarenge bhi hum aur bachayenge bhi hum … lekin tum na dekh paoge, yeh tumhari aatma dekhegi aur ghanta kuch nahi kar payegi”

Lootcase (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 

PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) The primary theme of this black-comedy is heavily borrowed from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).
2) Slow-paced and 45 minutes too long for an ordinary comedy film whose entire plot is already revealed the trailer.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Last time pooch raha hoon … kiska suitcase hai”

 

Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another feather in Amitabh’s cap. He played Mirza, an old cunning husband waiting for his old wife to die so that he can inherit the decaying haveli.
2) This is a Panchatantra kind of story where 2 scheming parties are outsmarted by the weak victim.
3) Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala are two excellent actors who played their roles as expected.

 

 

CONS –
1) Ayushmann Khurrana’s role didn’t have much substance. He hardly got any memorable scene.

 

 

QUOTE –
Shukla: ye hoti hai ghar ki pakki deewar. ye nahin ki koi tatti kar raha hai, gir padi sar par.

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”