Sacred Games (Season 2)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An Osho like Guru running a drug-fueled mission to bring Sat Yug post-nuclear winter. The plan is executed by a Muhammad bin Qasim fanatic, completing his dream of Gazwa-E-Hind.
2) Full of smart references like Dawood Ibrahim, Karan Johar, RGV, Kangana Ranaut, Divya Bharti, etc.

 
CONS –
1) The entire Kenya sub-plot doesn’t add anything to the story.
2) The cliffhanger ending is pointless as all the secrets are already out. Also, with most the main character being dead, what’s left for next season?
3) The mob-lynching plot is clearly part of Anurag Kashyap’s personal outrage rather than adding anything to the story.

 
QUOTE –
Aham Brahmasmi

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Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 
Pros –
1) Some good non-CGI hand to hand combat scenes.
2) The only scene worth mentioning is when the masked vigilante decides to wait for the green traffic signal while being chased by goons.

 
Cons –
1) Kick-Ass meets The Karate Kid
2) 153 minutes for a movie whose entire plot is already revealed in the trailer.
3) Mediocre cast
4) Vikramaditya Motwane’s attempt may not be half-hearted but is definitely half-baked. Clearly, the makers were watching The Dark Knight too many times while writing the screenplay.

 

Quote –
Reality hit karti hai … toh bande ko badal deti hai

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”

Katiyabaaz (2013)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 

PROS –
1) Unveiling one of the numerous untold urban stories of India.
2) Brilliant music by Indian Ocean
3) Not shying away from a political debate.
4) The analogy of Cawnpore & Loha Singh

 

CONS –
1) Lesser Content than expected.

 

QUOTE –
“Transformer Band…Loha Singh Chalu.”

Queen (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Kangna Ranaut Performance – One Woman Show – One of the best in past decade by any Bollywood actress. Her screen dominance reminds me of Rekha.
2) Rarely any movie is getting word-of-mouth promotion nowadays.This is one of them. Continuing the legacy of Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky, A Wednesday etc.
3) Music – Amit Trivedi’s best since Dev-D.(Including the remix “Hungama Ho Gaya”.)
4) The Delhi Factor
5) End Credits

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Mera Sense Of Humor bohot achha hai..aapko dheeray dheeray pata chalega”