Poster Boys (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Primary plot is rich and promising

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Filled with tired old jokes and slapstick comedy
2) Weak supporting cast – biggest problem of the movie
3) Bobby Deol – His overacting is annoying.
4) Self-parody – SRK and Sunny Deol are infected with the same virus.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

sachchai ke saath saath agar kuch chahiye toh woh hai sansani

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Bhumi Pednekar as Sugandha completely overshadows Ayushmann Khurrana
2) Seema Bhargava & Brijendra Kala – these 2 actors have now become the quintessential part of any movie exploiting 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” ?

 

Newton (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Strong sociopolitical satire
2) No singing-dancing or romantic sub-plot
3) Pankaj Tripathi’s performance stands-out in this film
4) Powerful supporting cast with Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra

 

Cons –

 

1) Rabidly alt-left movie dismissing the current state of Indian democracy.
2) The film is vilifying Indian Army and undermining their sacrifice.
3) An Oscar nomination will be good for the film but at the same time this will strengthen the negative prejudice about India in the world.

 

 

Quote –

 

Aatma : Main likh ke deta hoon koi nahi aayega vote dene…
Newton : Likh ke dijiye koi nahi aayega vote dene main ye collector office mein submit kar deta hoon.

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.

Behen Hogi Teri (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Plight of bhai-zoned community
2) Presence of old-timers – Gulshan Grover & Ranjeet

 

Cons –

 

1) Rajkummar Rao surprisingly disappoints

 

 

Quote –

 

“Gattu : Romeo Must Die.”

Toilet – Ek Prem Katha (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A movie 70 years late. This should’ve been made 70 years ago with mandatory viewing all across India.
2) Akshay Kumar – his jugaads and his fake-branded clothes
3) Divyendu Sharma – one of the most underutilized actor

 

 

Cons –

 

1) At times, the movie appears to avoid criticizing the govt and blame open defecation problem entirely to the people which makes it look like a govt sponsored ad.

 

Quote –

“Kabir Bedi ne char-char shaadi karli…aur tumse ek Khoon Bhari Maang hi na bhari ja rahi”

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”