Mukkabaaz (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The plight and love-story of a small-town struggling boxer trying to overcome unemployment, casteism & faulty sports infrastructure.
2) Jimmy Shergill & Ravi Kishan first encounter.
3) Shravan’s outburst on his superior officer.The most fulfilling scene of the movie. Evils of casteism are seamlessly added to the plot. While Sanjay Kumar is facing casteist jibe from Bhagwan Das Mishra, Shravan is facing a revengeful treatment from a lower caste officer.
4) Anurag Kashyap smoothly included beef-lynching and jingoism in this sports drama without any fuss – genius.
5) Juicy dialogues along with great music is always a USP of Kashyap’s movies. Brave soundtrack.

 

Cons –
1) Less screen-time to Ravi Kishan.
2) Rocky inspired climax.

 

Quote –
“Humara pyaar itna pavitra hai na, ki agar hum kisi ko dil se chu lein, toh uska sab bimaari door ho jaye”

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Bhumi Pednekar as Sugandha completely overshadowed Ayushmann Khurrana in this arrange-cum-love-cum-arrange marriage drama.
2) Seema Bhargava & Brijendra Kala – these 2 actors have now become the quintessential part of any movie with the small-town middle-class DNA
3) Opening Bollywood flashback collage.

 

CONS –
1) Over the top climax – The plight of Erectile Dysfunction was ridiculed to a funny sub-plot
2) Now, these movies are becoming more and more predictable – arrange marriage fiasco in the first half, a jagrata remix song before intermission, hero’s sidekick, and loud climax.

 

QUOTE –
Sugandha : Aapko WhatsApp chalana aata hai ?
Father : Arrey, mera to FB pe bhi account hai.Lekin mein password bhool gaya. Pata nahin “SherawaliKiJai” tha ya “JaiSheraWaliki” ?

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 !”

Happy Bhaag Jayegi (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Jimmy Shergill as Bagga
2) Piyush Mishra as Afridi
Cons –

1) Good story, terrible execution
2) Diana Penty as “Happy”: worst possible choice to play the lead
3) No juicy dialogues despite the Ind/Pak story which is full of possibilities.Director ruined it.

 
Quote –

Guddu: Paaji, Ek gal puchu ?
Afridi : Kashmir chhod ke kuch bhi pooch lo.