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”

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Sadgati (1981)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A classic from the master story-teller : Premchand
2) The travesty of caste system can’t be described in a more better way.
3) Om Puri as Dukhi – Effortless excecution

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

N/A

Haq Se Single by Zakir Khan (2017)

STORY – N/A
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Stand-Up comedy like a TED-Talk

 

Cons –

 

1) Now it’s not spontaneous – it’s made up. Zakir trying to act like Zakir.
2) 30 minutes too long for a stand-up act

 

Quote –

 

“Mere hisab se duniya mein do tarah ke log hote hain – Ek jinko Gangs of Wasseypur pasand hai aur dusre sab saale Ramadhir ke aadmi !”

Hindi Medium (2017)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It was supposed to be a Irrfan’s show but Deepak Dobriyal pipped him in this photo-finish.
2) New-age bollywood movie with a subject.
3) Tillotama Shome as Consultant
4) Mallika Dua cameo

 

Cons –

1) Amrita Singh’s half-baked character
2) A better climax was possible than the usual clichéd rant against the system
3) Neha Dhupia & Sanjay Suri – excess baggage

 

 

Quote –

 

Shyamprakash – Gaadi kyon chhod di ?
Raj – Arrey rasta nahin tha bhai
Shyamprakash – Arrey khali bus thi ekdum. Tujhe yoga karna hai kya andar ?

 

Naram Garam (1981)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The return of Golmaal ensemble
2) Swaroop Sampat as Kusum
3) Om Prakash cameo as Shastriji

 

Cons –

 

1) Hrishikesh Mukherjee trying to rip-off his own movie.
2) Incoherent screenplay and direction
3) Below average music – no R.D.Burman magic here.
4) Shatrughan Sinha overacting
5) Unnecessary and weird Ratna-plot
6) Dina Pathak – hardly any scene – absolute waste

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“A man is as old as he feels”

Special 26 (2013)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Jimmy Shergill Plot-Twist
2) Fast paced direction
3) Outstanding supporting cast
4) Decent music
5) The actual incident (1987 Opera House heist) was forgotten long ago. Thanks to the director-writer Neeraj Pandey the story was made into a commercially successful film.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Akshay Kumar/Kajal Aggarwal romantic sub-plot – the never ending Bollywood obsession with romance

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Asli power dil mein hoti hai !”

Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Fast paced movie with a subtle climax and a social message
2) Despite being a Bollywood movie the melodrama level is surprisingly and pleasantly less.
3) Outstanding supporting cast.
4) Sahil Vaid as Somdev

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

“Middle class baap se provident fund ke paise maangna … unki kidney maangne barabar hai”