Raees Fumbles with Facts but Promises Classic SRK style Entertainment

Starring: 

  • Shah Rukh Khan (Raees)
  • Mahira Khan (Aasiya)
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar)
  • Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (Sadiq)
  • Atul Kulkarni (Jairaj)

Director: Rahul Dholakia

Music: Ram Sampath

Baniye ka dimaag aur Miyabhai ki daring” was what every Shahrukh fan had been waiting for over a year. After the much talked controversies surrounding its cast and release date, Raees finally hit theaters on the 25th of January, ending the wait for millions of SRK fans. Based on the life of Abdul Latif, a bootlegger, prominent in Gujrat during the 80’s and 90’s, Raees is just like every Bollywood biopic that exploits fact and figures, which puts off the well read film buff.

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The film is shot across Mumbai and depicts the India of the 80’s. Director, Rahul Dholakia ensures he keeps his characters well organised and in sync with the story across the 150 minute journey. As the film mainly revolves around the early life, rise and fall of Abdul Latif, the first half unleashes a rather entertaining and exhilarating chain of events to make sure you are glued to the celluloid. A promising first half, with the perfect balance between the music, story and the actors, sets high expectations of the audience, for something mind blowing in the offing.

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The second part of this journey carries the vigour and tone of the first half to keep things well in balance. If we discuss the acting performances, the film is carried across the able shoulders of Shahrukh Kahn and Nawazuddin Siddiqui with now and then surprise moments from the supporting cast. Mahira Khan fits into the  mood but stumbles at occasions while the quirky and witty Zeeshan Ayyub, playing the role of Shahrukh’s side kick, manages to capture some attention but fails to make a mark for himself in this captivating drama-thriller.

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Raees entertains you till the moment we reach the fall of the protagonist, disturbing the momentum of a well enjoyed film. It is at this moment Mr. Dholakia begins tampering facts to lure a sympathetic feeling for one of the most notorious characters our times have seen. While the story manages to get back on its pace, Ram Sampath delivers a simple and melodious music album including a dazzling “Laila Main Laila” as the Shahrukh starrer gathers sufficient attention and credible acknowledgment from the “Sabse bade superstar ka sabse bada FAN“. Despite an uneven momentum towards the end, the writers ensure they give you the momentary smile as the script unleashes a variety of cheeky, funny and bold dialogues.

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The journey winds up giving everyone in the theatre something to smile and fuss about. As some stations deserve a standing ovation some are worth affirmative criticism to make Raees fall jut below my expectations of it being a SRK classic. To sum up,for me, the film was all about Shahrukh, Nawazuddin and Ram Sampath’s music, making it quite an OK outing.

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Average 3rd AC journey

Freaky Ali: Nawazuddin’s Expertise makes Freaky Ali the Perfect Bollywood Entertainer

Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Ali), Arbaaz Khan  (Maqsood), Amy Jackson (Megha),  Jas Arora (Peter), Seema Biswas (Sulbha), Nikitin Dheer (Danger Bhai), Asif Basra (Kishan Lal)

Director: Sohail Khan

Music: Sajid Wajid

The sultry comedy, power packed punchlines, a bold Nawazuddin , the adorable Amy Jackson and the return of Arbaaz khan marked the highlights of an insanely funny and freakishly entertaining trailer of Freaky Ali. Freaky Ali makes sure it gives you the fun and enjoyment a two hour chair car journey in an elite train like Shataabdi or the Deccan Queen. A reflection of Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, Freaky Ali does justice to its simple script and the Salman Khan banner.

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The movie kicks off with a chain of jokes and director Sohail Khan ensures the comic tone is undisturbed throughout the 2 hour journey. Freaky Ali presents Nawazuddin as an undergarment seller who at the age of 34 figures out his unbelievably special talent for golf. Accompanying Nawazuddin in his conquest to glory in the sport, his friend Arbaaz Khan and mentor/caddy Asif Basra play major roles. Despite a comic blast Freaky Ali features a sweet and gullible love story of Ali and Megha (Amy Jackson) which does add the tangy flavour to this sumptuous meal. To conclude our stop at the acting station, its Nawazuddin’s stall that is the main attraction with the remaining star cast simply supporting his brilliance with very minor contributions.

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After a sparkling first half, the film keeps its momentum but loses its balance as and when the focus shifts off from our star golfer. Despite the enjoyment it gives, Freaky Ali gives no major incentive to its music or camera work, which could have made Freaky Ali even more lovable. The sets of the film mostly shuttle between the Mumbai slums and the golf course, which prevents this amazing film from being a master class.

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To sum up our journey, Freaky Ali, surely gives you many reasons to smile and would be a definite recommendation for you from The Cinema Station. I did enjoy the film despite its flaws and it certainly qualifies for the standard, quick, chair car journey filled with multiple enjoyable moments and powerful double meaning jokes to be relished the most.

My Rating: AC chair car(3.5/5)

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

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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