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.

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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”

Mirzapur (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep# 7: “Lions of Mirzapur” – Best episode of the series.
2) Geographical tour of Purvanchal for the uninitiated.
3) A good ensemble of actors.

 

CONS –
1) If this show would have released before Gangs Of Wasseypur and Sacred Games, this probably would’ve been a success. But this genre belongs to Anurag Kashyap and his team, and he already raised the bar too high for any run-of-the-mill copy.
2) Shallow characters and soulless plot. Entire Rasika Dugal’s plot seems forcefully shoved for cheap thrills.
3) Pankaj Tripathi is now seriously typecasted in this role. Just like in Gurgaon (2017), his performance is mediocre.

 
QUOTE –
“jab aadmi ko izzat ki ummeed na ho,aur wo mil jaye, to uski loyalty dus guna badh jaati hai.”

Pataakha (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Both lead actresses justified the roles.
2) Sunil Grover as Dipper plays the marionettist of this story.

 
CONS –
1) Another movie completely ruined by the trailer. Entire first-half is summarised in the trailer.
2) Third-Act is dud. The movie is forcefully trying to convey some “social message”.

 
QUOTE –
“hum apne dushman to chun saktey hain, par padosi nahin; rishtey to chun saktey hain par rishteydaar nahin”

Tigers (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) It was brave of Danis Tanovic to make a movie on this issue.
2) Great supporting cast – Adil Hussain’s performance stands out.

 
CONS –
1) Good story, mediocre screenplay and editing. The movie looks more like a stale documentary.

 

QUOTE –
“bahut sataye lagte ho beta, tabhi to murgi ke goo mein bhi umeed talash rahe ho”

Gurgaon (2017)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) A morbidly dark movie without a single cheerful character in a fast and unpredictable plot.
2) Aamir Bashir as Bhupi – the only character who looks realistic.

 

Cons –
1) Cementing established stereotypes of Gurgaon as the ultimate crime city.
2) This movie is a classic case of good actors in wrong roles. None of the actors are suited for the role given.

 
Quote –
“shikari jungle ke niyam roz todan lage to samjho jungle ki to aafat aa gayi”