JL 50 (2020) – (miniseries)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A mad scientist in 1984 cracked an ancient time-travel code and conducted his experiment on a passenger plane named JL 50. He miscalculated and instead of returning in 35-hrs, the plane crash-landed after 35 years.
2) Project Ashoka – The space-time experiment with a Mauryan connection.
3) A remarkable series in terms of story, direction, screenplay, and of course performance from a brilliant cast including Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur, and Piyush Mishra.
4) Amongst the plethora of web-series available on OTT platforms, this sci-fi miniseries is a must-watch.

 

 


CONS –
1) The cliched explanation of wormholes using a sheet of paper and a pencil.
2) The cop investigating the case, going through a divorce is also now done to death.

 

 


QUOTE –
Das: We made it!

Paatal Lok (Mini-Series)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A small-town politician decides to get rid of his rival’s loyal henchman and ends up opening a pandora box. The numerous colorful characters involved in this mess are merely a ruse, irrelevant to the main puppeteer Bajpayee (played surprisingly by Anup Jalota).
2) The sub-plots and backstories are better than the main plot. Without the flashbacks, it’s an ordinary episode of Crime Patrol.
3) Jaideep Ahlawat finally landed up in a show where he can show his true prowess.
4) Fast-paced screenplay and brilliant writing by Sudip Sharma.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“aisa shaastron mein likha hua hai, par maine WhatsApp mein padha hai”

Dream Girl (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Annu Kapoor as Jagjeet distinguished himself in this ensemble-comedy.

 

CONS –
1) 2/3rd of the movie already revealed in the trailer.
2) Apart from the primary plot, the two hrs. long screenplay is terribly weak.
3) Nushrat Bharucha in a meaningless token role.

 

QUOTE –
“duniya mein har koi galat hai … aur sahi woh hai joh kam galat hai”

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 ?

 

TVF Pitchers (2015)

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

 

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Tight screenplay with perfect execution.
2) Natural effortless acting.
3) Realistic scenarios
4) Jeetu’s hostel meltdown.
5) Opening Sequence

 

CONS–
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“Mandal: Registration ki line yahi hai kya?
Rastogi: Nahin, hum to ration lene khade hain.”

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Not the typical Salman “no-brainer”; an emotional roller-coaster. It’s surely annoying at times but it’s the best Salman Khan movie since Dabangg (2010).
2) Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab and Om Puri’s effective cameo compensates for the bad performances from the main cast.
3) Bhar Do Jholi Meri – Qawwali

 

 

CONS –
1) Salman & Kareena are visibly old for the roles they are playing.
2) Thanks to so many bad movie coming these day, our standard for a Bollywood movie has gone down to another level. Even with sloppy direction with predictable and cliched twists, the movie looks tolerable.

 

 

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