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3 Storeys movie review: A slice of life film, where you can expect the unexpected

3 Storeys Arjun Mukerjee
Rating: 3/5 out of 5

3 Storeys movie review: A slice of life film, where you can expect the unexpected

3 Storeys review
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Directed By: Arjun Mukerjee
Produced By: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Priya Sreedharan 
Cast: Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Sharman Joshi, Renuka Shahane, Masumeh Makhija, Ankit Rathi, Aisha Ahmed
Duration: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

Right now sitting in a CCD, writing this review, maybe I am a part of a story or maybe someone would be thinking that I could be a character in their story. After watching ‘3 Storeys’, suddenly life for me has become a story, a story that I am a part of, a story someone would be thinking of narrating.

Arjun Mukerjee’s ‘3 Storeys’ revolves around the characters of a chawl, the characters that we would relate to in our day-to-day lives. The movie focuses on three stories – first one of Mrs Mendonca (Renuka Shahane) and Mr Naik (Pulkit Samrat), the second one of Varsha (Masumeh Makhija) and Shankar (Sharman Joshi) and third one of Sohail (Ankit Rathi) and Malini (Aisha Ahmed).

The movie starts with the beautiful voice-over by Richa Chadha. She mouths a very profound dialogue, “Har Chehre Par Emotions Hote Hai, Aur Unn Mein Basi Alag Alag Kahaniyaan”. And that’s where I came to know that the movie won’t just be a simple story, and I am in for something exciting. Every story narrated in the film has a twist, maybe a few of you would even guess what the twist is, but the way it has been narrated by Arjun Mukerjee, that’s praise worthy. I haven’t seen any film where the twist in the story has been narrated so subtly without going dramatic.

The only problem here is that while the screenplay in the first half is tight and engaging, the second half loses it’s grip a bit especially in the last story. However, the film manages to surprise us once again in the climax, a twist that none of us expected.

While narration is good, and screenplay could have been a bit better, one department where the film gets full marks is that of performances.

Do you guys remember Pooja from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’? Yeah the same girl who danced on the song, ‘Lo Chali Main Apne Devar Ki Baraat Leke’. I am sure you guys remember her, none other than Renuka Shahane. With this film, Renuka makes her comeback and believe me, you will be left speechless after seeing her on the big screen. It’s actually a role we never expected Renuka in, and believe us she has nailed it. After Renuka, the actress who really impresses is Masumeh. She is brilliant and I wonder why we don’t get to see her in more films. Pulkit Samrat is good in his role, and I am extremely happy to see Sharman Joshi in a good film as he has just been doing some erotic thrillers here and there. Ankit Rathi and Aisha Ahmed make an impressive debut.

And a special mention to none other than Richa Chadha. With a very minimal role, Richa makes an impact and she has looked gorgeous in the film. She will surely make all the men in the theatre drool.

Overall, ‘3 Storeys’ is a slice of life film sans the drama we mostly get to see in movies nowadays.

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Raid movie review: Fails to intrigue with an unsurprising narrative

Directed By: Raj Kumar Gupta
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz
Duration: 2 Hours 8 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

When you think of the title ‘Raid’ and Ajay Devgn, you know what to expect in there. Similar was my perception as I entered to catch a screening of ‘Raid’ which for me promised to be an intriguing plot. Sadly, it wasn’t as nail-biting an experience as I had anticipated.
For starters, the story borrows its concept from a real life raid that happened in the 1980’s and Ajay Devgn as the protagonist Amay Patnaik plays the imaandar Income Tax official who conducted the heaviest raid ever of those times. While we believe that the makers have got it right in terms of their concept, the execution doesn’t live up to it. A lot of time is wasted in establishing Devgn’s character and when we are finally there almost on the edge of the seat, in comes a romantic track with his wife Malini played by Ileana D’Cruz. Just imagine this scenario of an Income Tax officer turning up with his entire battalion outside a big Minister’s bungalow to conduct the biggest raid ever and even before things get started, we have a romantic track just for the sake of depicting a side story of the protagonist’s love life. A big turn off there! This is exactly the case when Devgn lands up at the White House in Lucknow to conduct a raid in the house of the menacingly rich Minister fondly called as Tauji. Saurabh Shukla as the antagonist is in top form but we’ve seen him portray similar characters in the past; so we know what to expect. Ileana D’Cruz looks like a trophy wife whose existence is limited to bringing food for the hubby and being an easy target for the enemy to prey upon. Sounds so boring, right? Ajay Devgn delivers powerful dialogues with a deadpan face that has been a constant since the past few movies, but his scenes with Saurabh Shukla are entertaining, thanks to the well written dialogues.
Well, conducting the biggest raid ain’t an easy job as the officials go about unearthing gold biscuits and infinite notes from wall ceilings, sewers and so on. But, it does get tedious when all that the story sticks to is showing the raid unfold slow and steady. While there were a few scenes that evoked laughs and claps, the plot didn’t seem to have anything different. Also, the huge team of IT officials conducting the raid dutifully did remind us of Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26’ where Akshay Kumar held the reigns. However, this raid lacks the same depth and intensity and only limits itself to come across as a verbal argument between an honest IT officer and a corrupt politician. You can very well predict the outcome and that itself is where the story loses out on some brownie points. While Ajay Devgn’s turn as the heroic no-nonsense officer may impress his fans, we think it’s about time the actor reinvents himself. On a parting note , don’t go in expecting something way too intriguing, but keep your ears open for some good dialogue delivery.



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Dil Juunglee Movie Review: Partly flawed, partly touchy

Directed By: Aleya Sen
Produced By: Jackky Bhagnani, Deepsikha Deshmukh, Mayank Jain, Mudit Jain
Cast: Saqib Saleem, Taapsee Pannu
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

In 2016, ad filmmaker Aleya Sen directed her maiden music video, ‘Tum Ho Toh Lagta Hai’. Starring Saqib Saleem and Taapsee Pannu, it had quite a tragic end. I remember being present in a press conference where Aleya was asked why she chose a sad ending for her first music video. “That’s because everyone says Jo Hota Hai Achche Ke Liye Hota Hai, Par Sach Yeh Hai Ke Hamesha Woh Achche Ke Liye Nahi Hota,” she answered. That’s etched in my memory.

Two years down the line, Aleya is back with her first feature film ‘Dil Juunglee’. Iss Bar, Sab Achcha Hota Hai.

We’re introduced to a nerdy, super cute Karoli (Taapsee Pannu) who’s eloping with one Sumit Uppal (Saqib Saleem). Their love story has a pinch of spice, since Karoli or Karo as everyone lovingly called her, was Sumit’s English teacher in college. While Karoli is a tender, warm human being with a fairytale idea of love, her father thinks she’s a total misfit for a rich, affluent family of businessmen. Sumit, on the other hand, is an aspiring actor, mostly day-dreaming through the day. As Karoli’s troubled, silent soul comes across Sumit, they fall in love, despite many differences; only to face a tragic separation. But no, they meet again. Seven years later, in London. By then, their lives have changed.

It sounds like quite a familiar plot, and it is. Cupid striking at the wrong time and leaving two souls devastated isn’t a new idea in Bollywood; and neither is that of they reuniting. Nevertheless, a few plots are probably worth nurturing.

‘Dil Juunglee’ is certainly not flawless. Apart from the fact that it has nothing new to offer, it has also frequently lost its pace and a number of cliches might have a number of takers. Yes it has its own moments of humour, but that’s not consistent either. It could be well cut short of 15 more minutes.

But Saqib and Taapsee’s flamboyant performance brings life to the story. With her wide, innocent glares, with the softness that she speaks with and with the natural warmth that she carries, Taapsee’s character in the first half will strike many right chords. Probably because, many of us have been there already? Saqib has left his swaggy self behind for this one. His mannerism and his accent testify to that. While the story itself could elevate, these two actors are as genuine as they could get.

Aleya, an ad woman, has her eyes for aesthetics. Shot across Delhi and London, the film walks upon pleasing visuals; not extraordinary, but real and neat. The soundtrack boasts of variation. While Guru Randhawa’s ‘Nachle Na’ is a peppy desi dance number, the title track composed by Tanishk Bagchi and sung by Armaan Mallik and Prakriti Kakkar is filled with the spirit of nascent love and freshness.

You might want to to give this a watch for some freshness! 🙂

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