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”

Kabir Singh (2019)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The entire movie is scene-to-scene to remake of Arjun Reddy (2017). Sandeep Reddy Vanga successfully recreated the blockbuster in Hindi.
2) Kamini Kaushal was possibly the best choice for that important role.
3) Soham Majumdar played the pivotal role of the ultimate sidekick cum friend.

 

CONS –
1) Shahid Kapoor fell short of Vijay Deverakonda’s version by a whisker.

 

QUOTE –
“life mein paida hona, pyar karna aur mar jaana … yeh 10% moments sabse important hote hai … baaki 90% are just reactions to them”

Bharat (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Satish Kaushik and Aasif Sheikh brought some fun with their character.

 

CONS –
1) Salman Khan tried the bollywoodization of Ode to My Father (2014) but ended up ruining it. He tried amalgamating Forrest Gump (1994) with the Korean movie.
2) The most important strength of Ode to My Father (2014) is its emotional quotient. Ali Abbas Zafar ravaged it by inserting periodical item numbers and tedious sub-plots.
3) Forgettable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“logon ka yeh maanna hai ki duniya mein sirf saat kahaniyan hai … lekin main yeh maanta hoon ki duniya mein jitne log hai utni hi kahaniyan hai”

Luka Chuppi (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) One time watch small-town comedy.

 
CONS –
1) New age Bollywood is clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel for small-town stories.
2) Pankaj Tripathi is clearly miscast in a role tailor-made for Rajpal Yadav.
3) The movie ruined the original Laung Laachi song thanks to Tulsi Kumar.

 

QUOTE –
“tumhara pariwar hai ya mobile network … jahan jaate hai wahan pahunch jaata hai”

Simmba (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Bollywood potboiler with all tried and tested masala elements.

 

CONS –
1) The trailer is enough to understand the entire plot including the climax

 
QUOTE –
“yeh kalyug hai kalyug … yahan log sirf ek hi matlab ke liye jeete hai … apne matlab ke liye”