Talvar (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The real-life incidence itself is so intriguing that a 133 minutes cinematic adaptation without any songs is extraordinarily gripping.
2) Brilliant casting
3) Rashomon effect amalgamated with the most notorious unsolved murder mystery in India.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Saboot aur saza jaise jachcha aur bachcha … tandurust jachcha toh mazboot bachcha”

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Sadgati (1981)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A classic from the master story-teller : Premchand
2) The travesty of caste system can’t be described in a more better way.
3) Om Puri as Dukhi – Effortless excecution

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

N/A

Hindi Medium (2017)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It was supposed to be a Irrfan’s show but Deepak Dobriyal pipped him in this photo-finish.
2) New-age bollywood movie with a subject.
3) Tillotama Shome as Consultant
4) Mallika Dua cameo

 

Cons –

1) Amrita Singh’s half-baked character
2) A better climax was possible than the usual clichéd rant against the system
3) Neha Dhupia & Sanjay Suri – excess baggage

 

 

Quote –

 

Shyamprakash – Gaadi kyon chhod di ?
Raj – Arrey rasta nahin tha bhai
Shyamprakash – Arrey khali bus thi ekdum. Tujhe yoga karna hai kya andar ?

 

Naram Garam (1981)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The return of Golmaal ensemble
2) Swaroop Sampat as Kusum
3) Om Prakash cameo as Shastriji

 

Cons –

 

1) Hrishikesh Mukherjee trying to rip-off his own movie.
2) Incoherent screenplay and direction
3) Below average music – no R.D.Burman magic here.
4) Shatrughan Sinha overacting
5) Unnecessary and weird Ratna-plot
6) Dina Pathak – hardly any scene – absolute waste

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“A man is as old as he feels”

Special 26 (2013)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Jimmy Shergill Plot-Twist
2) Fast paced direction
3) Outstanding supporting cast
4) Decent music
5) The actual incident (1987 Opera House heist) was forgotten long ago. Thanks to the director-writer Neeraj Pandey the story was made into a commercially successful film.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Akshay Kumar/Kajal Aggarwal romantic sub-plot – the never ending Bollywood obsession with romance

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Asli power dil mein hoti hai !”

Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Fast paced movie with a subtle climax and a social message
2) Despite being a Bollywood movie the melodrama level is surprisingly and pleasantly less.
3) Outstanding supporting cast.
4) Sahil Vaid as Somdev

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

“Middle class baap se provident fund ke paise maangna … unki kidney maangne barabar hai”

Dangal (2016)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Better first half : A father fighting social dogma & prejudices
2) Aamir’s transform is no less than Raging Bull. Probably one of the best sports movie in Bollywood along with Chak De India.
3) Excellent supporting cast
4) Opening credit with the title song

 
Cons –

 

1) Second half is predictable with a made-up villain for the sake of story-telling.

 

Quote –

 
Mhari choriyaan choro se kam he ke ?