Angrezi Medium (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) A good story but terrible execution. Comedy is not Homi Adajania’s cup of tea.
2) Miscasting of good actors in half-baked roles. There are hardly good comedy scenes even with an ensemble of actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Ranvir Shorey, and Manu Rishi.
3) The Rajasthani language spoken terribly by lead characters is another weak-link in this movie.

 

QUOTE –
“ghasiteram ka dhanda to meethe ka hai, par wafadaari namak se hai”

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”

Jurassic World (2015)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Boss fight: “Indominus rex” vs “T. Rex”
2) Vincent D’Onofrio & Irrfan Khan
3) Epic scale cinematography
4) Connecting story with InGen ( “When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth” banner / The flare / Return of the same T Rex )

 

Cons –
1) Predictable storyline

 

Quote –
Henry Wu: Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.