Gully Boy (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Grand debut for Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher. Confirmed Best Supporting Actor in either National or Filmfare award.
2) Great soundtrack with “real” hip-hop music.
3) Vijay Raaz and Alia Bhatt delivered as expected.
4) The best aspect of this movie will remain its Cinematography by Jay Oza

 

CONS –
1) 8 Mile (2002) Bollywood redux. Generic rags to riches story.

 

QUOTE –
“kabhi aapne socha hai ki shayad aap galat sochtey hain, ki aapne apni akkhi zindagi bita di ek jhooth ko maanke”

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Raazi (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Good to see Bollywood making movies about a forgotten era that too based on a fiction novel.
2) Alia Bhatt as Sehmat – running the entire show single-handedly
3) A perfect prequel to The Ghazi Attack (2017)

 

CONS –
1) Run-of-the-mill spy-thriller where the director used all the predictable textbook elements.
2) Forgettable soundtrack.

 
QUOTE –
“watan ke aage kuch nahi … khud bhi nahi”

Kapoor & Sons (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Surprisingly better than expected – well written and executed
2) Coonoor – the hill-station where the movie is set – fresh location
3) The screenplay is the real winner
4) Music – Bolnaand “Kar Gayi Chull”

 

CONS –
1) Alia Bhatt playing the same character again
2) The bad acting talent of Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan is overshadowed by easy dialogues.
3) Dysfunctional family, gathering for one event – this plot is done to death now.

 

 

QUOTE –
Rahul Kapoor: You’re funny.
Tia Malik: You’re hot.

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”

Dear Zindagi (2016)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Shah Rukh Khan as Dr. Jehangir “Jug” Khan: The only reason I watched this film.
2) Nice ensemble

 

Cons –
1) First world people with first world problems repeated on-screen for a zillionth time.
2) Pretentious plot with tasteless quotes which can only impress a teenager. Gauri Shinde trying to be Mira Nair.
3) Too long.

 

Quote –
“Kabhi kabhi hume lagta hai ki zindagi mein kisi goal ko paane ke liye hame mushkil raasta chunna padta hai, and that we should punish ourselves. Lekin kyun? Easy rasta kyun nahi chun sakte? Jabki easy rasta easy hota hai”

 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) “Channa Mereya” Song
2) SRK delivered the best line in the movie.

 

Cons –

 

1) Worst Karan Johar movie of all time. The guy surely lost his mojo.
2) Shallow character development. Screenplay full of overacting in the first half.
3) Aishwarya Rai’s horrific extended cameo.
4) Generic Ranbir Kapoor plot. Dazed & Confused rich desi lad trying to find solace in music with a past girlfriend & blah..blah…bullshit.
5) The movie died much before “Alizeh” died of cancer.
6) Last minute Lahore to Lucknow editing adds more woes to already irrelevant plot.

 
Quote –

 
“Ek tarfa pyar ki taqat hi kuch aur hoti hai … auron ke rishton ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahi bat’ti … sirf mera haq hai ispe”

Udta Punjab (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Opening “border” scene
2) Diljit Dosanjh as ASI Sartaj Singh (perfect chemistry with Kareena)
3) Shahid Kapoor as Gabru ( The “RockStar” missing in Ranbir Kapoor.
4) Great soundtrack by Amit Trivedi : “Hass Nach Le” is crème de la crème
5) Overall supporting cast

 
Cons –

1) Average story
2) Alia Bhatt ruining a meaty role with her pathetic dialogue delivery.

 

Quote –

“Zameen banjar te aulad kanjar”