Batla House (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Most commercially viable time for a project like Batla House Encounter when the entire nation is drenched in nationalist fervor.

 

CONS –
1) Absent supporting cast. Apart from Ravi Kishan, hardly any actor is well known.
2) “O Saki Saki” remix can only get cheap views on YouTube, otherwise the entire soundtrack is garbage. Background score is mainly ripping off Hans Zimmer from The Dark Knight (2008)

 
QUOTE –
“students kaha hai maine, bekasoor nahin kaha”

The Tashkent Files (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Very informative & an absolute eye-opener revealing hidden facts on Shastri’s death. The death of a PM certainly needs a widespread discussion even with conspiracy theories.
2) HJ Bhabha death, The Mitrokhin Archive, etc are some of the most noteworthy points of the movie which cannot be undermined.

 

CONS –
1) Even with a talented pool of actors, there is less acting and more over-acting.
2) The primary structure is clearly copied from 12 Angry Men (1957)
3) Forgettable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“rajneeti mein jeetna bahut zaroori hai, kyunki haare hue log desh ki taqdeer nahin badal sakte”

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Well-made biopic of an underdog. Real-life footage of matches with CGI adds great authenticity to the entire experience.
2) Herry Tangri as Yuvraj Singh. This actor is a spitting image of young Yuvraj.

 

CONS –
1) Generic elements of a sports biopic. I wonder how many times Anupam Kher will play the perennial role of a father asking his kids to quit sports.
2) Forgettable soundtrack

 
QUOTE –
“Dhoni: yuvraj singh double century. bahut maara. dhaga khol diya ekdum”

Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se… (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha comedic wrangle in the court-room.
2) Surprisingly a good plot with pathetic execution.

 
CONS –
1) Bobby Deol continues to annoy with his over-acting.
2) Binnu Dhillon as Billa was underutilized.
3) Unbearable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“jitna dimaag tere paas hai na … utna mera kharab rehta hai”

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 ?

 

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Not the typical Salman “no-brainer”; an emotional roller-coaster
2) Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab
3) Bhar Do Jholi Meri – Qawwali
4) Om Puri: effective cameo.

 

Cons –
1) Salman & Kareena: Visibly old
2) Sloppy direction with predictable and cliched twists

 

Quote –
“Chand Nawab : Ek dafaa aur le lein ?”