Jersey (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) There are not too many good sports movies in Indian cinema and also it’s never easy to pull off one, but Gowtham Tinnanuri managed it successfully with a tight screenplay.
2) Nani gave a strong and compelling performance of a washed-out first-class cricketer fighting against all odds

 
CONS –
1) The movie can easily be completed within 2 hours. A 150 minutes long movie is tiresome for audiences.

 
QUOTE –
“Arjun: I found myself when I was searching for 500 rupees in the last 3 days. I saw the past 36 years of my life. I didn’t understand myself in all these years but I finally found myself in the last 3 days.”

Raazi (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Good to see Bollywood making movies about a forgotten era that too based on a fiction novel.
2) Alia Bhatt as Sehmat – running the entire show single-handedly
3) A perfect prequel to The Ghazi Attack (2017)

 

CONS –
1) Run-of-the-mill spy-thriller where the director used all the predictable textbook elements.
2) Forgettable soundtrack.

 
QUOTE –
“watan ke aage kuch nahi … khud bhi nahi”

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”

Sarkar Raj (2008)

Sarkar Raj

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

Verdict – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre again gave a stellar performance.
2) Dilip Prabhavalkar as Rao Saab. The “Don Altobello” twist was unexpected
3) Full of quotable one-liners
4) The final confrontation between Rao and Sarkar – There is a reason why RGV is the king of Bombay-noir.

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“jaan lena jurm hai … sahi samay pe jaan lena … raajneeti”