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”

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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”

Badlapur (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Varun Dhawan’s best role to date. Sriram Raghavan is undisputedly the king of neo-noir in Bollywood.
2) An epic level revenge drama spanning two-decades.
3) Great cast, fast and bold screenplay. Performances of Radhika Apte and Nawaz stands out.
4) Songs: “Judaai” & “Jeena Jeena”

 

CONS –
1) The plot explores the psychological aspect of revenge where a victim becomes a remorseless perpetrator himself in the rage. That’s where the climactic scene between Jhimli & Raghu fails. It was supposed to sum up the entire movie with subtle expressions and apt music, but it failed.
2) Kumud Mishra as the Inspector is a terrible miscast. His characters’ final meltdown with Laik was supposed to be epic.

 

QUOTE –
Police : naav kay tujhe?
Raghu : Raghu.
Police : ghetli kaay ?
Raghu : Murder keli.

Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) “Nakhrewali” action scene
2) Experimental music
3) Fresh slow-motion action scenes
4) The entire personality cult of Karate Mani

 

CONS –
1) Too much time wasted in built up.
2) Abhimanyu Dassani as Surya: expressionless actor
3) Vasan Bala tried making a cult movie on purpose.

 

QUOTE –
“har mind-blowing life ke pichhe kuch bahut burey decisions hotey hain”

Gully Boy (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Grand debut for Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher. Confirmed Best Supporting Actor in either National or Filmfare award.
2) Great soundtrack with “real” hip-hop music.
3) Vijay Raaz and Alia Bhatt delivered as expected.
4) The best aspect of this movie will remain its Cinematography by Jay Oza

 

CONS –
1) 8 Mile (2002) Bollywood redux. Generic rags to riches story.

 

QUOTE –
“kabhi aapne socha hai ki shayad aap galat sochtey hain, ki aapne apni akkhi zindagi bita di ek jhooth ko maanke”