Bala (2019)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Another Ayushmann small town movie, another men’s problem, and a message of self-acceptance. The movie also addresses the issue of fairness-obsessed Indian society apart from the primary issue pre-mature baldness in men.
2) The great supporting cast including Saurabh Shukla, Deepika Chikhalia, Javed Jaffrey, and Seema Pahwa completed with Vijay Raaz’s narration.
3) The amazing desification of The Champs – “Tequila” song.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
“roothi huyi girlfriend lautke aa sakti hai … gayi huyi sarkar vapas aa sakti hai … lekin gaye huye baal vapas nahi aate guru”

Lootcase (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 

PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) The primary theme of this black-comedy is heavily borrowed from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).
2) Slow-paced and 45 minutes too long for an ordinary comedy film whose entire plot is already revealed the trailer.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Last time pooch raha hoon … kiska suitcase hai”

 

Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another feather in Amitabh’s cap. He played Mirza, an old cunning husband waiting for his old wife to die so that he can inherit the decaying haveli.
2) This is a Panchatantra kind of story where 2 scheming parties are outsmarted by the weak victim.
3) Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala are two excellent actors who played their roles as expected.

 

 

CONS –
1) Ayushmann Khurrana’s role didn’t have much substance. He hardly got any memorable scene.

 

 

QUOTE –
Shukla: ye hoti hai ghar ki pakki deewar. ye nahin ki koi tatti kar raha hai, gir padi sar par.

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”

Gully Boy (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Grand debut for Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher. Confirmed Best Supporting Actor in either National or Filmfare award.
2) Great soundtrack with “real” hip-hop music.
3) Vijay Raaz and Alia Bhatt delivered as expected.
4) The best aspect of this movie will remain its Cinematography by Jay Oza

 

CONS –
1) 8 Mile (2002) Bollywood redux. Generic rags to riches story.

 

QUOTE –
“kabhi aapne socha hai ki shayad aap galat sochtey hain, ki aapne apni akkhi zindagi bita di ek jhooth ko maanke”

Pataakha (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Both lead actresses justified the roles.
2) Sunil Grover as Dipper plays the marionettist of this story.

 
CONS –
1) Another movie completely ruined by the trailer. Entire first-half is summarised in the trailer.
2) Third-Act is dud. The movie is forcefully trying to convey some “social message”.

 
QUOTE –
“hum apne dushman to chun saktey hain, par padosi nahin; rishtey to chun saktey hain par rishteydaar nahin”

Stree (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Spooky and funny. Possibly one of the best Bollywood movie of this genre. Great debut for Amar Kaushik.
2) Supporting cast: Pankaj Tripathi as Rudra got the best lines, and Vijay Raaz cameo was spot-on.
3) Shraddha Kapoor as the unnamed femme fatale. The final plot-twist involving her was remarkable.

 
CONS –
1) The soundtrack is forgettable but who cares. The songs and dances are added just to promote the movie as a regular Bollywood movie.

 

QUOTE –
“Ye naye Bharat ki chudail hai”

Dedh Ishqiya (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The adventures of Khaalujaan and Babban continues while they are escaping Mushtaq and the police. Perfect execution of a mediocre story. A treat for Urdu aficionados.
2) The soundtrack (classical and some old Hindi hits). The best one is Hamari Atariya by Rekha Bhardwaj
3) The excellent supporting cast (Vijay Raaz as Jaan and Manoj Pahwa as Italwi)
4) Mushtaq Bhai quoting Batman.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jaan : Italwi ? Ye Kahan hai be ?
Italwi: Italy Mein.
Jaan: Bofors Wala?