Tubelight lacks the starter and certainly chokes

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Sleeper Class Journey(2/5)

When Kabir Khan said that Salman’s acting is a step ahead in Tubelight, I actually raised the bar and was certainly wrong to do that. In a film that unlike most others sticks to its theme and focusses on doing its job, Salman Khan looks to be the most out of sorts thing. Tubelight is a script that needed a much intense level of emotion that Salman miserably fails to pull off.

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The factors Tubelight plays on are an intense degree of emotion and cuteness, brilliant camera shots, some laudable music and an immature yet self-believing Salman who tries really hard to make this outing an enjoyable one. The film is set in the hills of Kumaon and parts of Ladakh oscillating in the catastrophic times of 1962 during the Indo-China war. As the rails roll, Kabir Khan sets the ball rolling and unlike Bajrangi puts before you a juicy and eventful first half. While Sohail is away on the war front Salman gets busy in a journey to capture his “yakeen” self-belief and confidence. It is here, where Kabir actually finds a desirable subplot to his mega starred Eid release.

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As things change from bad to worse on the war front, the makers hint at the incompetency and unawareness of the then Government that lead our soldiers into a valley of doom. With Sohail’s words echoing throughout the film, “Partner…kya tujhe yakeen hai?” and a slight push from a Sharukh cameo, Salman finds his belief by moving things around him, but it is not long before his acting skills start to pinch. As the journey gets intense and plays on a much higher level of sentiment, Salman Khan is trusted to carry the film all by himself, but the gamble does not pay off at all to leave behind an undesirable flavor.

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Music helps the cause but not to a great extent. As far as the supporting cast goes Om Puri and the new kid on the block, Matin Tangu deliver moving performances as there are points you start looking out for them to help you get through. Zeeshan Ayyub has proved himself as an accomplished supporting actor, but his role in Tubelight is simply unworthy of his talents. As the film boasts of some time casting woes, the lead lady Zhu Zhu does cast a pretty spell but her chemistry with Salman is tasteless and lacks intent.

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Despite a flurry of pitfalls Tubelight does justice to its theme and ends up showing what it wanted to and that is the only reason your heart can cheer for the film. Bundling you with emotions, calming you with its music, delivering on its agenda but punishing you with a glossy yet struggling cast, Tubelight falls into the below average category for me. You can watch it, but if you are not a Salman Khan fan, there are heavy chances of you not liking it.

 

Bollywood Films That Wouldn’t Have Been Complete Without Brides Eloping Marraiges

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – The Classic

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One of the best directed, acted and scripted films of all time and without doubt the greatest love stories to have ever been made. Starring the most fascinating on screen couple of all time, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol or as most people know Raj and Simran, DDLJ tops our collection of     . The Raj and Simran love story continued to melt Indian cinema fans in many other classics like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Baazigar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Dilwale.

Pyaar Ke Side Effects – Pyaar Karke Pachtaya

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Rahul Bose and Malika Sherawat may have not done many on screen appearances, but Pyaar Ke Side Effects, presented a handsome love story with some cool and trendy numbers like “Pyaar Karke Pachtaya”, which is still the life of many playlists. The movie definitely deserves a mention in the category with Malika Sherawat dodges 2 weddings on the same guy twice for her love interest Rahul Bose. Hilarious, isn’t it !

Hadh Kar Di Aapne – The Underdog

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Many may have not have heard of this beautiful and hilarious love story between Govinda and Rani Mukherjee, but this film not only touches your emotions but also rattles your funny bone. With a powerful supporting cast of Paresh Rawal, Satish Shah and Johnny Lever, Govinda manages to urge Rani Mukherjee to escape her wedding.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan – Does’nt the Name Say it All

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Another of Yash Raj’s attempt to nudge a wedding classic which ended up being an average and dull effort on screen. The charm of Ali Zafar, Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif together managed to pull off a saving grace which would have been a complete disaster. The movie makes an entry into the list only because of it’s theme where a brother ends up falling for his elder brother’s to be wife , which leads to a funny yet boring scene of events.

Hulchul – When Chaos Meets Romance

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Priyadarshan may not be a very big name in today’s film industry but was a big personality in those days. Starring Akshay Khanna and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, the story transcends from both of them taking digs at each other due to family feuds to falling in love. Known for his multi starrer comedy climaxes, Priyadarshan sets up a laugh riot in his climax wedding scene where the bride eagerly chucks her wedding to marry Akshay Khanna.

Tanu Weds Manu: The Lucknow-Kanpur Waali Love Story

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Ok, this film and the pair need no introduction. From groovy pairs to an amazing love story, Tanu Weds Manu is a perfect combination of emotion, comedy and sacrifice, but in the UP style. Being from Lucknow, myself, the movie brilliantly connects with the UP culture and it’s quality is enhanced by the beautiful pair of Tanu and Manu.

Hasee Toh Phasee: Brides Are Common, This One Has A Groom on the Run

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Released in 2014, hasee toh Phasee did not trouble the box office much, but did make its mark. The pair of Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra was dubbed as unconventional, but they managed to pull off a ripper of a performance. Parineeti playing a scientist and Siddharth a confused guy juggling between things fall for each other and in the end, the latter’s feelings force him to escape his wedding for Parineeti.

Shudh Desi Romance: Too Many Wedding Escapes Can Be a Menace

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Suppose to be another Yash Raj classic, Shudh Desi Romance portrays the confusion of the youth of today and their impulsive nature when it comes to weddings. The movie failed to make a mark and was a disaster, but definitely needs to be mentioned in the genre. Lets hope Sushant Singh Rajput makes some reclaim in hi biopic of Mahender Singh Dhoni.

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein: Simple yet Perfect

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Starring Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan, this film is supposed to be one Bollywood’s greatest romantic hits of all time. A perfectly edged story, scintillating numbers and some powerful acting were the highlights of this all-time classic. The movie went on to be a trend setter and is still in the favorites list of many.

Jab We Met: When In Punjab do as the Punjabi’s do

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The so called chocolate boy, Shahid Kapur and his ex-girlfriend set the 70 mm canvas on fire with a love story that stayed in the hearts of many Bollywood fans for years together. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, the film is centralized around an impulsive and full of life Kareena Kapoor who crosses paths with a dull and dejected Shahid Kapur. Bringing in the life and culture of Punjab the film is one of the films that have made a mark in Bollywood.

Dolly Ki Doli: Some Brides Just Love Running

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Based on a true story with the fashion model Sonam Kapoor in the lead shows a girl who is bent upon making grooms run for their life. Marrying them and then robbing them on the first night of marriage, Dolly Ki Doli is funny but in bits and pieces and is one of the decent and enjoyable entities in this genre.

Queen: Its Time for Some Male Bashing

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A film that created ripples across the globe with a simple and logical story glorified by the acting skills of Kangana Ranaut, Queen was one of the biggest hits of 2014. After being left at the wedding by her fiancée, played by Rajkumar Rao, Kangana plans to go on her honeymoon all by herself against all social taboos and barriers and what unfolds is one of the most amazing films you will ever see.

3 Idiots: Come on! Raju and Farhan helped Kareena Elope her Marriage

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Another trend setting Bollywood classic that aimed to expose the ignorant and damaging education system in India, the movie goes on all about its main theme, education, followed by friendship of Rancho( Aamir Khan ), Farhan ( Madhavan ) and Raju ( Harman Joshi ). For people thinking where the term love story and eloping fit into this, watch the movie and you hall have your questions answered.

Major Saab: War for Love

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Love has said to have stirred nations amongst each other and Major Saab is an attempt to impress upon the same fact. Lead roles from Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan and Sonali Bindre pump life into what could have been a dull script with no impact. The movie circles around a budding love story of Ajay and Sonali which is marred by a number of villains. At a later stage, Amitabh and his group of army men help the lovebirds win the conquest by sabotaging a wedding.

Namaste London: Punjabiyo Da Romance

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Chart buster songs, Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s subtle direction, a well-fitting story and brilliant acting is what brings Namaste London to this list of ours. Once again, from Punjab’s food and culture to their way of romance, the movie portrays everything with fine detail. Starring Akshay as the Punjabi munda and Katrina Kaif as the Anglo-Indian spoilt brat the film unveils an orthodox and adorable love story.

Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani: Naïve But Admirable

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The first time the much talked about pair in B-town, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor made it on the big screen was as the lead pair in this insanely hilarious and delightful love story. Prem, a good for nothing guy falls for Jenny and goes all guns blazing to get her but ends up losing her to another guy. The story focuuses on how Ranbir gets Katrina to leave her wedding and go back to him. A must watch if you love light and gentle romantic comedies.

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Trailer Trails: Freaky Ali looks damn freaky and enjoyable

Welcome to our first edition of #TrailerTalks. Today we talk about the trailer of Salman Khan’s latest production , Freaky Ali, re launching his kin, Arbaaz Khan opposite to the amazingly adept Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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Well as the trailer revelas, Freaky Ali is the freaky story of a road side Mumbai goon who i surprisingly good at cricket.Supported by the wayward yet funny looking Arbaaz Khan. This movie will be a feast for those who have the fetish for both, Nawazuddin’s skills and his proficient acting skills. The trailer shows no added flavor or spices but you may expect some as it comes straight form Salman Khan’s production house.

Actors look entertaining but more importantly the lead pair of Nawazuddin and Arbaaz seems to compliment each other. I would say this movie is going to be loved but may not get the commercial claim it deserves.

Do let us know your views on the film and on #TrailerTalks

Our Recommendation For This Friendship Day Weekend

Hey Guys, watch out for our Recommendations For This Friendship Day Weekend. Thats all you need to make it a Filmy Friendship Weekend

  • Partners in Crime: Sholay 

Starring: Dharmendra (Veeru), Sanjeev Kumar (Thakur Baldev Singh), Hema Malini (Basanti), Amitabh Bachchan (Jai), Jaya Bhaduri (Radha), Amjad Khan (Gabbar Singh)

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The song “Ye Dosti Hum nahi Todenge” made a special place in the hearts of our parents and has maintained the trend till date. Impressing upon the incredible friendship between Jai and Veeru, one of Ramesh Sippy’s classics is not only the story of two guys hunting down a gang of goons, but also one which beautifully brings out the common things guys do in friendship. From getting you your love to taking a bullet for your friend, the Amitabh-Dharmender duo was one of the firsts to define friendship on the 70 mm screen.

  • Humko Toh Rehna Hai Ek Dooje Ke Saath: China Gate

Starring: Om Puri (Col. Krishnakanth Puri), Amrish Puri (Col. Keval Krishan Puri), Naseeruddin Shah (Major Sarfaraz Khan), Danny Denzongpa (Gurung), Kulbhushan Kharbanda(Major Kulbhushan Gupta), Tinu Anand (Major B’John), Viju Khote (Ghanshyam), Jagdeep (Subedar Ramaiyah), Mamta Kulkarni (Sandhya Rajan), Mukesh Tiwari (Jageera), Paresh Rawal (Inspector Barot)

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One of Bollywood’s most remembered Bollywood classics, China Gate, is definitely one of the films in my bucket list for this Friendship’s day. With a grandly decorated star cast, China Gate is the story of a bunch of retired army officers, whom life gives one last chance to battle off the disgrace and gloom in their lives. The movie deals with the relationship between these men and how the bond of friendship forces them to fight for one another to fight a gang of dacoits.The movie even gave Bollywood one of its top item songs, Chamma Chamma, which is still a frequent presence in people’s playlists.

  • Do MAstaane Chale Zindagi Banane:Andaaz Apna Apna

Starring: Aamir Khan (Amar), Salman Khan (Prem), Raveena Tandon (Karishma/Raveena), Karishma Kapoor (Raveena/Karishma)

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From cheesy dialogues to lame jokes, this 1990’s classic deals with the life of two friends, Amar and Prem and the journey they take to marry a millionaire’s daughter to fulfil their dreams of getting rich. Directed by one of Bollywood’s best, Rajkumar Santoshi, Andaaz Apna Apna is a hilarious comedy of errors and brings out the funny side of one of Bollywood’s most rememberd friendship, amir and Salman. This list seems incomplete without it’s mention.

  • Because Friends Always Understand: Dil Chahta Hai

 Starring: Aamir Khan (Aakash Malhotra), Saif Ali Khan (Sameer), Akshaye Khanna (Siddharth Sinha), Preity Zinta (Shalini), Sonali Kulkarni (Pooja), Dimple Kapadia (Tara Jaiswal)

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Three friends just out of college are put face to face with the ralities and emotions of life. The movie focusses a great deal on presenting a heart-warming friendship and the way it changes in the due course of time. Love, anger, frustration, confusion, revelation, Farhan Akhtar, the director brings it all to life in what went on to be the biggest trend setters of the 21st century.

  • Friends Are Always There For You: Rock On

 Starring: Arjun Rampal (Joe), Farhan Akhtar (Aditya Shroff), Purab Kohli (KD), Luke Kenny (Rob)

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Sometimes you may not appreciate the life you lead and may not end up following your dreams, that is when your friends come into the picture and help you make a comeback in the game of life. Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On, beautifully explains the above line. Rock On is both, emotional and cool at the same time. A story revolving around 4 friends who are trying to make it as a band are brought to terms with their changing lives as they fall apart. One of the great movies which makes you want to meet your long lost friends even more.

  • A Guy And Girl Cannot Just Be Good Friends: Dostana

Starring: Abhishek Bachchan (Sameer), John Abraham (Kunal), Priyanka Chopra (Neha)

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Dharma Productions have made sure they have made their mark in every genre. Dostana, a suave, stylish, gentle and exhilarating film from the Dharma Production house, best explains the friendship between a guy and a girl. Tarun Mansukhani not only brings into play all the touchy and crush feelings, but also delivers the message, that yes, a guy and girl can be really good friends. One of the very few Bollywood movies that you can watch not only this weekend, but anytime to cheer up your mood.

  • Well, A Guy And A Girl Cannot Always Be Just Friends: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan (Rahul Khanna), Kajol (Anjali Sharma), Rani Mukerji (Tina Malhotra)

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Rahul-Anjali, one of the cutest and most adorable love stories of the 90’s should be one of the top seers of this list. The story of two great friends, their relationship and how the feelings of attraction and love come and transform the relationship completely. As the name goes, it’s all bout those small little funny feelings.

  • Friendship is Also About Sacrifices: Kal Ho Na Ho

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan (Aman), Preity Zinta (Naina), Saif Ali Khan (Rohit)

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As said, “The movie of A Lifetime”, Kal Ho Na Ho is one of the better love stories Bollywood has seen. With the likes of King Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta, the movie is not only a classic love story, but also a great example of the sacrifise and extent to which friends can go to support you. Mesmerizing and heart warming, Kal Ho Na Ho is one of the best ways to celebrate the reunion of Bollywood and friends this Friendship Day.

  • Sometimes A Friend Plays An Important Role In Your Love Life Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Starring: Salman Khan (Sameer Malhotra), Akshay Kumar (Arun), Priyanka Chopra (Rani)

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One of the better films that merged the genre of love, comedy and the relation of friendship. Muhse Shaadi Karogi, based on the popular Adam Sandler starrer, Anger Management is the story of how friends help you getting on with your love life keeping your angry and introvert attitude aside.

  • Friendship Is Crazy and Impulsive:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Starring: Deepika Padukone (Naina), Ranbir Kapoor (Bunny),Aditya Roy Kapur (Avi), Kalki Koechlin (Aditi)

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Four friends who have all the fun and make merry in their youth come face to face with the many changes life throws your way. Separation, love, marriage, career and passion are a common inclusion in every person’s life and the movie teaches us how to deal with all of them at the same time keeping in minds you never forget your friends.

  • Take A Trip As Much As Possible With our Friends: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Starring: Hrithik Roshan (Arjun Saluja), Abhay Deol (Kabir Dewan), Farhan Akhtar (Imraan Qureshi), Katrina Kaif (Laila), Kalki Koechlin (Natasha)

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Credited as the modern version of Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na MIlegi Dobara focussed upon a simple theme: Chase your dreams, but do not forget to live your life. It proves the significance of how revealing and refreshing holidaying with your friends can be. The multi starrer Zoya Akhtar creation is one of the must watch movies this weekend.

  • Chappar Phaad Ke: Hera Pheri

Starring: Akshay Kumar (Raju), Sunil Shetty (Shyam), Paresh Rawal (Baburao Ganpatrao Apte)

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One of the most famous ones in Bollywood, Hera Pheri is a film that not only does commit to wholesale comedy, but tells you how important is it to have friends in your good and bad times. In their quest to become rich, three friends do not only complicate situations hilariously but also end up entertaining you gloriously.

  • The Honourable Mention: Dhol

Starring: Sharman Joshi (Pankaj), Tusshar Kapoor (Sameer), Kunal Khemu (Goti),

Rajpal Yadav (Martand “Maru” Damdere), Tanushree Dutta (Ritu)

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An all-time favourite and a laugh riot, Dhol is one of the best comedies a group of friends have ever produced on the big screen. One of Piyadarshan’s classics, Dhol is entertaining and shows how you can make the best of any situation when friends are there around you, not only for support but for cracking jokes upon. This film will give you the much needed comic edge to your Friendship Weekend.

  • Jugaad Waali Dosti: Fukrey

Starring: Pulkit Samrat (Hunny (Vikas), Varun Sharma (Choocha), Ali Fazal (Zafar), Manjot Singh (Lali), Richa Chadda (Bholi Punjaban)

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There is always that one friend whom you can bank upon to get you through if the Plan A fails, the one with all the loopholes. Fukrey is a thorough entertainer showcasing how a bunch of guys who learned to live life on the streets and loopholes of Delhi are able to get through to their dreams with each other’s help. Watching the movie is always an enjoyment.

  • The Last One and No Doubt The Best One: Munnabhai Series

Starring: Sanjay Dutt (Munna Bhai), Arshad Warsi (Circuit), Boman Irani (Multiple roles)

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The most memorable friendships of all time , Munna- Circuit and the perfect movie to round up your friendship day. With two back to back hits, Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai, the Munnabhai and Circuit relationship has been the trend setter of most Bollywood friendships.

Hope you enjoyed our collection. Let us know if you feel any movie from your list of bests that can be put up here. Follow us @CinemaStation92 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And wish you a Filmy Freindship Day from the Cinema Station

Suicide Squad: Now All DC Needs Is A Wonder Woman To Turn It Around

Starring: Will Smith (Floyd Lawton / Deadshot), Jared Leto (Joker), Margot Robbie (Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn), Jay Hernandez (Chato Santana / El Diablo), Jai Courtney  (Digger Harkness / Captain Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Cara Delevingne  (Dr. June Moone / Enchantress), Ben Affleck(Batman)

Director: David Ayer

Music: Steven Price

The DC consortium has already disappointed millions of their fans earlier this year with the Dawn Of Justice and if that was not enough, Suicide Squad surely takes the cake. The trailer showed us a psychotic and amazingly talented Joker( Jared Leto ), Will Smith and Margot Robbie as part of the DC villain force and with further trailers with Flash and Batman, the mammoth snowball was all set to roll this Friday.

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Suicide Squad, featuring a brand new addition of actors to the DC family, like the previous DC movies, fails to explain its purpose. Yes, you are startled by the likes of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck as the major DC comic characters, but they all seem to be not only pointless, but also put in a story that has neither head nor tail. The movie opens with the world still recovering from the shock of the Superman’s collapse and the FBI is all set to gather a task force to substitute the Man Of Steel, enter, the Suicide Squad, a bunch of criminals, psychopaths and lunatics with a special skill set to save the world. This may sound truly bad ass and thrilling, but trust me, it isn’t.

Despite the suicide squad, what had the people on their feet was Jared Leto, the new Joker. Yes, he does excite you, amaze and startle you, but only in bits and pieces. Missing from a major chunk of the movie, director David Ayer plans to save the biggest DC villain for future sequels. Despite the perfect chemistry of the Suicide Squad members, music from Steven Price is a treat. The sound design and the back ground scores are amazing and one of the few things that keep your mood in the theatre.

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Suicide Squad, has a very short script with a first half which you would want to forget and a second half which adds some meaning to the movie and DC Comics. Despite a number of squad members, Will Smith and Margot Robbie and Jay Hernandez play a prominent role in the film and in saving the United States from the wrath of the Enchantress, another villain from the DC family.

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Major flaws in the story, characterization of the supporting Suicide Squad members, missing major characters and a promising Joker appearing in intervals are the pain points of another disappointing DC film. Suicide Squad is strictly only for the DC Comic fans and not for the common public as the movie miserably fails to stay up to its hype.

 

My Rating:2.0/5

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Dhishoom: Dashing Cops, Bashing Entertainment, Yet Something Missing

Starring: John Abraham (Kabir Shergill), Varun Dhawan (Junaid Ansari), Jacqueline Fernandez (Ishika), Akshaye Khanna (Wagah), Saqib Saleem (Viraj)

Director: Rohit Dhwan

Music: Pritam

The Dhawan family has always delivered their best when it comes to trendy entertainers. Ranging from the famous No.1 series of the senior, Mr. David Dhawan to their latest venture, Dhishoom involving both, Rohit and Varun, comedies and the perfect Bollywood “tamasha” have been a field of expertise for the Dhawan family.

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With a promising trailer, catchy songs, a bad ass John Abraham and a cute Varun, Dhishoom had already set its expectations to be an all and all cop adventure with unlimited comedy and an ordinary story line; i.e. the perfect Dhawan movie. The movie revolves around the kidnapping of Viraj Sharma, an alias for Virat kohli, played by Saqib Saleem, just few hours before a crucial India Pakistan final. Compared to his previous venture, Desi Boyz, another amazing entertainer, Rohit Dhawan makes no major amendments to his well-balanced two lead actor equation.

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The lead actors, John Abraham and Varun Dhawan carry out their responsibilities perfectly, but tend to overdo their part at times. While John Abraham plays the tough cop who breaks and smashes anything coming in between, Varun is equally gullible, witty and adorable, adding that much needed element of humour to every scene. Despite the on screen electricity between the Desi Boys 2.0, something that will surely dazzle you is the comeback of Akshaye Khanna. The return of the much loved actor, whom we last saw winning hearts with his negative performance in Race, strikes back with another power packed and ruthless performance. As far as Jacqueline Fernandez, she is nothing but a charming addition to this well decorated film.

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Pritam’s music, without doubt, is trendy, but lacks class significantly, however he manages to get away with his brilliant title track, “Toh Dhishoom”, which is the common man’s candy. Dhishoom, at times gets boring, springs up with over acting and fails to impress upon some major chunks in it’s story, which of course can be ignored by the audience.

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Dhishoom, does not only entertain, but has a few surprises lined up as well, to savour the taste of which, I would suggest Dhishoom is a must watch for all Bollywood fans. The Dhawan’s latest project, may not be a buffet of delicacies, but unquestionably, is a “paisa vasool” meal you should try at least once.

My rating: 3.0/5

Madaari: An Irrfan Khan Monologue With A Hint Of Jimmy Shergil Is Tiring

Starring: Irrfan Khan (Nirmal Kumar), Vishesh Bansal (Rohan Goswami), Jimmy Shergill (Nachiket Verma), Tushar Dalvi (Prashant Goswami), Nitesh Pandey (Sanjay Jagtap)

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Music: Vihal Bhardwaj, Sunny Inder Bawra

A ripping trailer with Irrfan Khan’s intensity and wit, Jimmy Shergil’s style and the stage being set for an exhilarating thriller involving the kidnapping of the Home Minister’s son had the crowd on their feet for Madaari. Madaari, in line to join thrillers like Kaun, Raavan, Shaitaan, A Wednesday and Apharan at the top of the sack, does not only surprisingly disappoint as a thriller but also as a film.

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To be honest, Nishikant kamat has not found much luck post Drishyam and Lai Bhaari(Marathi), either as an actor or a director and Madaari does not mess with the trend. The wait for some thrill may keep you glued to your seats and interested in Irrfan Khan, but 15 minutes into the second half, you realise that Madaari is a lost battle. Irrfan Khan delivers a standard lead role supported by a blunt Jimmy Shergil , out of sorts Tushar Dalvi and a young-energetic  kid, Vishesh Bansal. Thus, the average acting performance is without doubt the only stand out feature of this never ending 130 minute saga.

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Despite a very ordinary story of a common man who lost his kid to due to the corrupt Government, the movie tries to create those ‘WOW’ thriller moments, but sadly they all meet dead ends. Yes, it may turn on the patriot within you for some time(for me, it failed even there ), but it nowhere stands a chance against the Rajnikant starrer, Kabali. Music from Vishal Dadlani and Sunny Bawra is average and thankfully limited, however background scores are the only thing that make you feel you came to watch a thriller.

So, as the movie tag line goes,’Desh so Raha Hai’,  Madaari follows suit and allows the audience to dose off in the cinema halls. Madaari is definitely not worth a try unless you do not get tickets for Kabali or feel like really watching a hindi movie.

My Rating: 1.5/5

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Independence Day – The Resurgence: Try Watching It If You Want To Avoid a Sleeping Pill

Starring: Liam Hemsworth(Jake Morrison), Jeff Goldbium (David Levinson), Bill Pullman(Thomas J. Whitmore), Maika Monroe (Patricia Whitmore), Jessie Usher (Dylan Dubrow-Hiller), Sela Ward (President Elizabeth Lanford), Travis Tope (Charlie Ritter), Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Dr. Catherine Marceaux), William Fichtner (Joshua Adams)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Music: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker

Cinematography and Screenplay: Markus Förderer, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, James Vanderbilt

Independence Day – The Resurgence had many people excited , hoping it would be as amazing and entertaining as its prequel back in 1996. The last time we saw Jeff Goldbium, Bill Pullman, Will Smith and Brent Spiner save the world from an alien attack the attempt was much more exhilarating and appreciated. With some of the prequel stars making their entry into the sequel you do find some of the old spice returning but still most of the ingredients seem missing.

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Director Roland Emmerich sets an exciting opening where the scientists, Jeff Goldbium and Charlotte Gainsbourg figure out that the earth is going to face a similar and larger attack as the one in 1996. Considering the initial 20 to 30 minutes to be the build up to a mouthwatering alien – human fight , what unfolds later is an absolute catastrophe. As the movie progresses, it becomes tasteless and increasingly stretched and you are faced with the desire to storm out of the cinema hall. The movie is not only uninteresting but also makes you realise you are watching a typical 1990’s Bollywood drama, where the son comes charging in to save his mom and the father pushes his daughter behind to sacrifice himself.

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The new comers into the series, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Jessie Usher and Travis Tope dazzle the screens on their first appearance but as the movie unfold it feels that they are just taking a walk in the park. Brent Spiner, Jeff Goldbium and William Fichtner play a major role in making you feel you are watching the sequel of a classic as they are the only standouts and ensure a certain degree of interest in this 120 minute monotonous ride. With an otherwise relentless and dull script the only thing you are left to like are the fascinating action sequences and a few hilarious moments, making the movie nothing more than an average presentation. The music and screenplay are no good as they make no effort to even come close to the effect of the 1996 classic.

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After a 2 hour disaster, the makers try and woe the viewers with a link to a third part, which is again both inane and needless. From my point of view, Independence day – the Resurgence is a waste of both time and money and would not recommend watching it even if you are jobless or would have received a salary bonus.

My Rating: 1.0/5

 

 

Raman Raghav 2.0: Anurag Kashyap’s Portrayal of Raman Raghav Is An Acting Masterclass

Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Ramanna), Vicky Kaushal (Raghavan), Sobhita Dhulipala(Simmy)

Director: Anurag Kahyap

Music: Ram Sampath

Cinematography: Jay Oza

Despite his last action thriller, Ugly going unnoticed and unappreciated, director Anurag Kashyap seems have pumped in all his thrill creativity in his latest Raman Ragahv 2.0. Already making waves since being applauded at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the movie had already set the bar of a master class and goes onto live up to it. Based upon the Psycho killer of mid 1960’s, Raman Raghav is not only a dark, all evil and treacherous thriller but also an acting stellar.

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Playing the role of the psycho killer, Raman, Nawazuddin Siddiqui once again goes on to prove his mettle as he steps back into his niche of the bad guy roles. He manages to pull of the immensely serious role with sheer brilliance once again reminding us of his brilliant roles in Gangs Of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Kick and Badlapur. Vicky Kaushal, after an award winning debut in Masaan, plays the role of a cocaine snorting cop and gives stiff competition to his co actor. The combination may sound weary, but their on screen aura deserves much more than a standing ovation.

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As his style has been over the years, Mr. Kashyap takes the first 15 to 20 minutes in letting his characters set the stage and once they do, the ride picks up speed. If judged as a thriller, Raman Ragahav 2.0 is at par with the other famous Indian thrillers like Darr, No Smoking, Kaun, A Wednesday, etc. Despite being a smooth ride on the highway, the journey is too long and has a few bumps. At one point of time Anurag Kashyap gets so busy creating chaos and bloodshed that you may be feel the urge to bathe once you go home. When we talk Bollywood, music automatically comes into the picture. Ram Sampath’s tunes paint the picture even more dark and evil, which makes the movie even more appealing and interesting.

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Acting, thrill, music and the element of surprise, Anurag Kashyap has all ingredients added to his dish. Despite some unwanted and excess thrill, the film is bold, dark and well presented. So if you have already seen last week’s release Udta Punjab, Raman Raghav 2.0 is impressive and worth watching.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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