Andhadhun (2018)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Ayushman playing “Teri Galiyon Mein” on piano before discovering the dead body. This scene can’t be executed in a more better way. The song is probably Anil Dhawan’s best-known song and the lyrics match the situation perfectly.
2) Homage music: All in all, the entire first hour is a living homage to Anil Dhawan. From the flashback from his 70s movies to songs like “Guzar Jaye Din”, “Ye Jeevan Hai” played at his character’s funeral. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony played during second murder.
3) Sriram Raghavan managed to pull a Coenish thriller where every next scene depends on the decision made by the characters at that moment which keeps the story unpredictable till the last minute.
4) Though the climax is left open-ended for audiences interpretation, in a story full of morally bankrupt characters making selfish choices, one can clearly guess the obvious.
5) End credits montage is a fitting tribute to the contribution of the piano in Bollywood.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“kuch cheezein adhuri hone ki wajah se hi poori hoti hain”

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Badhaai Ho (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Gajraj Rao as Jeetender Kaushik : a role tailor-made for him. He can expect either a Filmfare or a National Award for this role.
2) Surekha Sikri and her rants.

 
CONS –
1) It could’ve been funnier and entertaining with this great primary-plot.

 
QUOTE –
“doctor ne kahi ke mehmaan aane wala hai … chotta mehmaan”

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Bhumi Pednekar as Sugandha completely overshadowed Ayushmann Khurrana in this arrange-cum-love-cum-arrange marriage drama.
2) Seema Bhargava & Brijendra Kala – these 2 actors have now become the quintessential part of any movie with the small-town middle-class DNA
3) Opening Bollywood flashback collage.

 

CONS –
1) Over the top climax – The plight of Erectile Dysfunction was ridiculed to a funny sub-plot
2) Now, these movies are becoming more and more predictable – arrange marriage fiasco in the first half, a jagrata remix song before intermission, hero’s sidekick, and loud climax.

 

QUOTE –
Sugandha : Aapko WhatsApp chalana aata hai ?
Father : Arrey, mera to FB pe bhi account hai.Lekin mein password bhool gaya. Pata nahin “SherawaliKiJai” tha ya “JaiSheraWaliki” ?

Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) Rajkumar Rao as Vidrohi – the only character with substance
2) There is a Karan Johar Universe of Kapoors, Singhanias and Malhotras. The neo-bollywood carved a market for Mishras, Trivedis and Dubeys thanks to the mega success of Tanu Weds Manu. This movie is part of the same vaudeville.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Primary weak plot
2) Forgettable soundtrack

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Pados ke ladke ko aam ke ped pe chadha rahein hain. Neeche utrega aam khaane ko milega, gir ke mar gaya teravi ka khaane ko milega.