102 Not Out (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) After 47 years, Amitabh got his version of Anand.A tear-jerker featuring 2 Bollywood stalwarts.
2) A story with 3 lead characters and no subplots.
3) Unlike generic Bollywood family-drama where the evil sons are generally forgiven, this movie took the Baghban way.
4) Only Amitabh can swing from one extreme of over-acting to the other end of brilliance.

 

Cons –
1) Forgettable music (except the “mere ghar aana..” scene)

 

Quote –
“aulaad nalayak nikle toh usse bhool jaana chahiye … sirf uska bachpan yaad rakhna chahiye”

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Blackmail (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A fresh Coen-ish black-comedy with excellent supporting cast
2) The “gun dealer” scene with Vibha Chibber

 

Cons –
1) Good soundtrack by Amit Trivedi but hardly any memorable song
2) 20 minutes too long with a dissatisfying climax
3) Urmila Matondkar item song – not for her stature
4) The problem with the trailer – the entire plot was explained in the bloody trailer leaving hardly any surprises.

 

Quote –
Blind Gun Dealer : Yadav Brothers ; Amroha,UP. ; Desi kala katta, 6999 /-, aur 6 bullets free.Kaalia film mein isko…
Ranjit : Amitabh Bachchan ne use kiya tha.
Blind Gun Dealer : Nahin, Mithun wali Kaalia.

Shikar (1968)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A whodunit murder-mystery in a Jungle backdrop.A Dhruva Chatterjee classic.
2) Supporting cast – Sanjeev Kumar as Inspector Rai (though the character isn’t explored much) and Helen is her usual self, are adding weight in this thriller.
3) Songs – “Parde Mein Rahne Do” & “Tumhare Pyaar Mein”

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre final plot-twist
2) Background score towards the end of the movie is surprisingly comical.

 

Quote –
N/A

Majboor (1974)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) A Salim-Javed thriller.A man staring at his death’s door last attempt to redeem his family. The concept very similar to Breaking Bad.
2) Pran as Michael D’Souza – He appears with his hand-binoculars in the 3rd act of the movie but stoles the entire show. His powerful screen presence is unmatchable.
3) Mac Mohan as Prakash – One of the rare movie where he’s playing a character with more than one spoken line.
4) Great supporting cast
5) Memorable songs like : Roothe Rab Ko & Daru Ki Botol Mein

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ravi : michael, suna hai choron ke bhi kuch usool hotey hain ?
Michael : tumne thik hi suna hai, choron ke hi to usool hotey hain.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) High production value: style but not over substance, unlike many other Bollywood project.
2) Soundtrack – Copied / Remixed / Sampled – but still, an effort is made to make it entertaining.
3) Luv Ranjan‘s never-ending love for NCR and his perennial hatred for womankind.

 

Cons –
1) Sunny Singh as Titu – huge miscast.
2) Despite having a fresh story and good direction, it’s a one time watch.

 

Quote –
Ghasita : Mera life ka usool hai, Chutiye insaan ko kabhi mat batao ki wo chutiya hai.

Fukrey Returns (2017)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Varun Sharma as Choocha – one of the best character ever created in Bollywood
2) Final treasure hunt and 2010 CWG Scam connection
3) Rajiv Gupta as Babulal Bhatia – a major role

 

Cons –
1) Ali Faizal, Manjot Singh etc. returned as cast members but without any role in the story.
2) Forgettable soundtrack

 

Quote –
“Life Of Chu”

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Supporting cast – the usuals from new-wave middle-class backdrop bollywood
2) Fast paced execution – few intense moments
3) Characters of grey shades – no one is right or wrong in this story

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary 3rd act – the film should’ve ended 20 minutes earlier

 

Quote –
“Everything is fair in love and war … love is over … now war begins”