1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical…

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Directed By: Vikram Bhatt
Produced By: LoneRanger Productions
Cast:Zareen Khan and Karan Kundrra
Duration:2 Hours 24 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:1.5/5

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has given us some good horror cinema in the form of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, so one would have high hopes from the director from his newly released horror flick ‘1921’. This fresh series is nowhere close to the last ‘1920’ series which was a decent horror fest.

To start with, the story begins with a young man named Ayush (played by Karan Kundrra) who shifts to London to learn music and works as a caretaker in a huge palace. Those times were all about royal palaces right? It’s barely been a month and the man with a penchant to heal through his musical skills starts experiencing paranormal activities in the house. So, he decides to seek help from a psychic medium named Rose, played by Zareen Khan who too is mesmerised by his music. The beautiful lady has earned this special power to communicate with ghosts through her late mother, or so she claims.

Together, they decide to unravel the mystery of finding the adhoori ichcha of the evil spirit looming freely in the house. Since this is the first evil spirit that Rose has ever encountered , the task is way too tougher for her than it seems. Will they succeed or they will succumb to spooky ghost? It is something you discover when you sit through two hours of mindlessness.

As simple as the story seems to be, the plot gets confusing and too boring with every progressing scene. The horror scenes are forced and predictable and even evoke laughter many a times. You know that something spooky awaits you in the next scene and you’re all prepared for it and more than getting scared, it makes you laugh out loud. The loud and spooky background music on every second scene just doesn’t help the immensely boring plot which tries its level best to scare you off your seats. Forced elements of romance between the protagonists makes it even more worse and to add to it, a dozen romantic songs to enchant the viewers which are more irritating than interesting.

We’ve seen romance in various movies but when the lead actors break into a romantic song after every four scenes, it somewhere starts scaring you, making you wonder as to where exactly the story is headed towards. And to add to all the agony, the ending will leave you cringing heavily because you wouldn’t really know what just happened.

Moral: Two good looking actors Alone can’t save the fate of a horror movie with their love story.

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A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

Directed By: Soojit Sircar
Produced By: Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Duration:
115 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:
3/5

Varun Dhawan is without a doubt one of the most sought-after actors of Bollywood today. The young actor has been giving frequent hits and proving his mettle in the industry, but it sure was high time that he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his hands on something different. So for everyone who was tired of seeing Varun in masala potboilers, the actor did listen to us and how. His recent release ‘October’, directed by the impeccable talented Soojit Sircar sees Varun in a totally different avatar.

Living as a hotel intern, Dan (Varun Dhawan) is all about enjoying his life with his friends and living carefree. It is only when one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) faces an accident and ends up in a hospital, which changes Dan’s life forever. The story unfolds as the careless Dan embarks on an emotional journey. He starts finding love in the strangest the places and the strangest of ways.

If you too thought of Varun’s forte lying in potboilers and comedy flicks, this movie is made to prove you wrong. The actor deserves an applause for Not only taking a risk of playing a role this complex but also for executing it’s so flawlessly. Dan is innocent and a brat at the same time. He will make you fall in love with him, and you will feel what he feels until the very last scene. Banita, on the other hand, is a revelation. She can go places if given the right path. The rest of the cast, especially Shiuli’s mother, Professor Vidya Iyer (Gitanjali) are fabulous playing their parts.

Shoojit handles the sensitivity of the plot brilliantly, it is however his direction which is not up to mark. The movie starts off nice but gradually gets into the boring zone. The parts shot in the hotel are sure to keep you hooked. However the hospital sections soon start to doze you off. Even after being a mere 1hr 56minute long, the movie seems to take a lifetime to end. The storyline is predictable and leaves no scope for suspense or surprise. The climax however is engaging and gets you thinking even after you exit the movie halls.

The camera work by Avik Mukhopadhyay is top notch, while the wound track goes well with the flow of the plot.

Overall,’October’ is about passion and love and is meant for the ones who do not believe in giving up easy. The film however lacks the Entertainment quotient and becomes tedious in the middle. Watch it for the performances.

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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Directed By: Mukul Abhyankar
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Vikram Malhotra, Shri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Roopa Pandit
Cast: Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee, Annu Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu, two of the greatest performers we have in the industry. Both of them are known for being a part of good cinema, and when these two are starring in a film we would surely expect the movie to be fantastic. Well, Manoj and Tabu have come together after a gap of 18 years on the big screen with ‘Missing’ which hits the screens on April 6, 2018.

‘Missing’ is about Sushant (Manoj), Aparna (Tabu) and Titli (Aparna’s 3-year-old daughter). They come to Mauritius via cruise, check into a hotel late night, and next morning Titli goes missing. And then starts the hunt for Titli and during this whole searching scenario, twists and turns take place.

First all of let me tell you that ‘Missing’ has a very good concept. It had a potential to be a very good suspense thriller, it had the potential to make you sit back and think that what would happen next, and it surely had the potential to be nail-biting. But, writer-director Mukul Abhyankar, unfortunately couldn’t deliver a good suspense-thriller here. I am not saying that there are no good twists and turns, but the way they appear on the screen they don’t look convincing to make us believe. The sequences that should have been the highlight look too dull here.

Another thing that doesn’t really impress us is that the movie is based in Mauritius, but from receptionists in the hotel to manager to the police officers everyone there is Indian, even the people staying in the hotel are Indians. UFF!

The biggest disappointments of the movie are, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor. The former in the first half is not at all good. However, he manages to impress us in the second half. Talking about Annu Kapoor, he is a very senior actor, but his portrayal of police officer starts irritating us a bit after a point. I can’t blame the senior actor much for that as his character itself is not convincingly written.

The movie is saved by Tabu. The supremely talented actress does justice to her character and holds us throughout the film. What a brilliant performance!

Overall, ‘Missing’ is an unconvincing tale that leaves you with a lot of questions. Annu Kapoor mouths a dialogue again and again in the film, ‘Something is wrong’, and that’s what you will feel while watching the film.

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