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.

Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) This “odd-couple-road-movie” plot is driven mainly by the talents of Irrfan Khan & Parvathy
2) “Tanha Begum” – a modern rendition of “Babul Mora” during the opening credit
3) All the fun built up in the first half fizzled out in the second half.

 

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre third act and mild climax – as expected from so-called director Tanuja Chandra.

 

 

Quote –
“Yogi : Kuch khushnasib hotey hain jo khudkushi kar lete hain, hum jaise badnasib shayari karte rahtein hain.”

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”

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 ?

 

Haider (2014)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy – perfect ending.
2) Narrating Hamlet with Kashmir backdrop.Genius !
3) Irrfan Khan as Roohdaar
4) Excellent supporting cast.

 
Cons –

1) 30 minutes too long.

 
Quote –
“CHUTZPAH ho gaya hamare sath!”

The Lunchbox (2013)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Shaikh; steals the show
2) Music from 90’s Bollywood movies supporting the story
3) Bhutanese Radio Song “Boomo Boomo”

 

Cons –
1) Part of the “Faux-La Nouvelle Vague” in recent Bollywood where 90’s DD Telefilm quality stories are presented in a new package (Aankhon Dekhi, Masaan etc.)
2) Average story with a strong cast.

 

Quote –
“Ila: Somewhere I read that the wrong train can lead you to the right station…”

Piku (2015)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Moushumi Chatterjee as Chhobi Mashi
2) Irrfan Khan: effortless
3) Amitabh Twist: Jibone Ki Pabona Bhulechhi Se Bhabona
4) A movie celebrating death as liberation

 

Cons –
1) Cliched stereotypes of Bengalis.

 

Quote –
“Insaan ka emotion uske motion se juda hai”