The Tashkent Files (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Very informative & an absolute eye-opener revealing hidden facts on Shastri’s death. The death of a PM certainly needs a widespread discussion even with conspiracy theories.
2) HJ Bhabha death, The Mitrokhin Archive, etc are some of the most noteworthy points of the movie which cannot be undermined.

 

CONS –
1) Even with a talented pool of actors, there is less acting and more over-acting.
2) The primary structure is clearly copied from 12 Angry Men (1957)
3) Forgettable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“rajneeti mein jeetna bahut zaroori hai, kyunki haare hue log desh ki taqdeer nahin badal sakte”

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Sacred Games (Season 2)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An Osho like Guru running a drug-fueled mission to bring Sat Yug post-nuclear winter. The plan is executed by a Muhammad bin Qasim fanatic, completing his dream of Gazwa-E-Hind.
2) Full of smart references like Dawood Ibrahim, Karan Johar, RGV, Kangana Ranaut, Divya Bharti, etc.

 
CONS –
1) The entire Kenya sub-plot doesn’t add anything to the story.
2) The cliffhanger ending is pointless as all the secrets are already out. Also, with most the main character being dead, what’s left for next season?
3) The mob-lynching plot is clearly part of Anurag Kashyap’s personal outrage rather than adding anything to the story.

 
QUOTE –
Aham Brahmasmi

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Well-made biopic of an underdog. Real-life footage of matches with CGI adds great authenticity to the entire experience.
2) Herry Tangri as Yuvraj Singh. This actor is a spitting image of young Yuvraj.

 

CONS –
1) Generic elements of a sports biopic. I wonder how many times Anupam Kher will play the perennial role of a father asking his kids to quit sports.
2) Forgettable soundtrack

 
QUOTE –
“Dhoni: yuvraj singh double century. bahut maara. dhaga khol diya ekdum”

The Office (Season 1) [India]

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A decent adaptation of the original BBC series.
2) Gopal Dutt as T.P. Mishra is the definite winner in this series

 
CONS –
1) Mukul Chadda as Jagadeep Chadda – While he gave justice to his character, a more familiar face would’ve been better for the iconic main role.

 
QUOTE –
“office ke 90% problems ka solution hai free ka samose. ye sab iim mein nahin sikhate”

Kabir Singh (2019)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The entire movie is scene-to-scene to remake of Arjun Reddy (2017). Sandeep Reddy Vanga successfully recreated the blockbuster in Hindi.
2) Kamini Kaushal was possibly the best choice for that important role.
3) Soham Majumdar played the pivotal role of the ultimate sidekick cum friend.

 

CONS –
1) Shahid Kapoor fell short of Vijay Deverakonda’s version by a whisker.

 

QUOTE –
“life mein paida hona, pyar karna aur mar jaana … yeh 10% moments sabse important hote hai … baaki 90% are just reactions to them”

Kota Factory (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Vaibhav’s inorganic chemistry rant.
2) Jeetu’s 21 days challenge

 

CONS –
1) The first black and white web series in India. What purpose is it serving?
2) Annoying Ahsaas Channa
3) Average primary plot with predictable outcomes.

 
QUOTE –
“Grow karne ke liye, move on karna padta hai.”

Bharat (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Satish Kaushik and Aasif Sheikh brought some fun with their character.

 

CONS –
1) Salman Khan tried the bollywoodization of Ode to My Father (2014) but ended up ruining it. He tried amalgamating Forrest Gump (1994) with the Korean movie.
2) The most important strength of Ode to My Father (2014) is its emotional quotient. Ali Abbas Zafar ravaged it by inserting periodical item numbers and tedious sub-plots.
3) Forgettable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“logon ka yeh maanna hai ki duniya mein sirf saat kahaniyan hai … lekin main yeh maanta hoon ki duniya mein jitne log hai utni hi kahaniyan hai”