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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Andhadhun (2018)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Ayushman playing “Teri Galiyon Mein” on piano before discovering the dead body. This scene can’t be executed in a more better way. The song is probably Anil Dhawan’s best-known song and the lyrics match the situation perfectly.
2) Homage music: All in all, the entire first hour is a living homage to Anil Dhawan. From the flashback from his 70s movies to songs like “Guzar Jaye Din”, “Ye Jeevan Hai” played at his character’s funeral. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony played during second murder.
3) Sriram Raghavan managed to pull a Coenish thriller where every next scene depends on the decision made by the characters at that moment which keeps the story unpredictable till the last minute.
4) Though the climax is left open-ended for audiences interpretation, in a story full of morally bankrupt characters making selfish choices, one can clearly guess the obvious.
5) End credits montage is a fitting tribute to the contribution of the piano in Bollywood.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“kuch cheezein adhuri hone ki wajah se hi poori hoti hain”

Padman (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A movie made too late just like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. This movie needs mandatory premiere in every school for social awareness.
2) “Aaj Se Teri” by Arijit Singh

 

 

Cons –
1) Poor supporting cast.
2) The first half is too melodramatic while the second half is like a documentary.R. Balki is undoubtedly one the most over-rated director in Bollywood.
3) Sonam Kapoor love triangle towards the end of the movie is completely silly and unnecessary.
4) Surprisingly just 6-months before the release of this movie, a movie on the same theme, Phullu is already released.

 

 

Quote –
“Big company having money for doing R&D … research and development … I poor, I doing T&F … try and fail”

Sacred Games (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”