Sacred Games (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”

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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”