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”

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.

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”

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”

Ghost Stories (2020)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Janhvi Kapoor’s performance stands out in this mediocre horror movie.

 
CONS –
1) I’m never expecting anything from an anthology film anyway. This is just a Netflix contractual project with the 4 directors.
2) All 4 stories are stale where you can smell the twist from a mile.

 
QUOTE –
“let me get this right. maa laash hai, granny bhoot hai, aur tumhara husband choot hai.”

Housefull 4 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 
CONS –
1) Our expectations were already low, but Holy Fuck…!
2) Crass potty jokes, slapstick comedy, ripped off songs. A total time-waste

 
QUOTE –
Ga Ma Ma Re Ga !

Dream Girl (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Annu Kapoor as Jagjeet distinguished himself in this ensemble-comedy.

 

CONS –
1) 2/3rd of the movie already revealed in the trailer.
2) Apart from the primary plot, the two hrs. long screenplay is terribly weak.
3) Nushrat Bharucha in a meaningless token role.

 

QUOTE –
“duniya mein har koi galat hai … aur sahi woh hai joh kam galat hai”

Gumnaam (1965)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie belongs to Helen and Mehmood with their huge screen presence overshadowing all other cast members.
2) A must-have Bollywood soundtrack/album from Shankar-Jaikishan with timeless gems like “Jaane Chaman Shola Badan”, “Hum Kaale Hain To”, “Jaan Pehechan Ho”, “Iss Duniya Mein Jeena Ho To”, “Jaane Chaman Shola Badan”, and “Gumnaam Hai Koi”.

 
CONS –
1) This Agatha Christie story adapted by Dhruva Chatterjee failed in execution by the director Raja Nawathe.
2) A weak screenplay is full of potholes underutilizing its excellent cast.

 
QUOTE –
“Mehmood : Khayaloon mein… Khayaloon mein… “

Judgementall Hai Kya (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is watchable only when Satish Kaushik and Brijendra Kala were on the screen in their respective minor roles.

 

CONS –
1) Ekta Kapoor was trying to make a Sriram Raghavan thriller. But this mediocre adventure of her is as generic as it can be with the plot-twist that anyone can guess it from a mile.
2) Balaji Motion Pictures spent the entire budget on Kangana Ranaut’s costumes.

 
QUOTE –
“aaj kal normal logon se darro”

Batla House (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Most commercially viable time for a project like Batla House Encounter when the entire nation is drenched in nationalist fervor.

 

CONS –
1) Absent supporting cast. Apart from Ravi Kishan, hardly any actor is well known.
2) “O Saki Saki” remix can only get cheap views on YouTube, otherwise the entire soundtrack is garbage. Background score is mainly ripping off Hans Zimmer from The Dark Knight (2008)

 
QUOTE –
“students kaha hai maine, bekasoor nahin kaha”