Blackmail movie review: A mad, zany tale that’ll surely leave you crackling
Directed By: Abhinay Deo
Produced By: Abhinay Deo, Bhushan Kumar
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari
Duration:2 hours 19 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5
Irrfan Khan is notoriously famous to fancy subjects that are as distinct as chalk and cheese so when he toplines the unusual casting of Abhinay Deo’s ‘Blackmail ‘, you surely got your hopes pinned high. And Abhinay’s brainchild ‘Delhi Belly’ forces you to perceive his upcoming outing ‘Blackmail’ to stand apart albeit on similar counts and that it does manage to extract a madcap plot is a given here.
As the title suggests , this one’s heavily about a ‘Blackmail’ that slowly unfurls itself into multiple blackmails. For starters , Irrfan Khan’s in a loveless marriage and to salvage his already gone awry married life, he decides to turn up with a bouquet of roses at his house uninformed only to discover his wife in bed with her ex boyfriend named Ranjeet Arora (Arunoday Singh). While, you’d expect any normal man to get belligerent, he decides to choose the path less trodden in a normal family setup – BLACKMAIL. So, as he embarks on a zany journey of silently blackmailing his wife’s lover, the lover in return blackmails Irrfan’s wife. Well, this man (Arunoday Singh) too is leading a submissive life at the hands of his super rich alcoholic wife played by Divya Dutta who lovingly calls him a kutta. The fear of being caught leads each one of them in a wacky race of playing blackmails on each other which in result evokes enough humour to keep you entertained.
While this plot rolls out, Irrfan aka Dev’s office shenanigans are equally crazy . His Boss played by Omi Vaidya is hellbent on selling their brand of toilet paper which gives way to subtle toilet humour and Irrfan’s colleague is a major tale-teller who in an inebriated state of mind spills out his blackmailing secrets to a newly joined ‘virgin’ female employee which in turn calls for another madcap situation at his workplace. Together, all things lead to one path i.e. BLACKMAIL and that’s portrayed with a humourous dash.
Coming from Abhinay Deo’s table, this one too belongs to the dark comedy genre and Irrfan shoulders the film like a breeze. You see the sorrow and the pain in his eyes which converts into hushed revenge with effortless ease. Kirti Kulhari is good at what she does while Arunoday Singh’s confused expressions aren’t too pleasing. Divya Dutta’s strong baritone as she calls out to her Tommy perfectly describes her need to overpower her hubby while Omi Vaidya as Irrfan’s adamant boss has his crazy American twang intact here too. Also, Pradhuman Singh as Anand Tripathi, his not-so-trustworthy colleague and Anuja Sathe as the greedy-for-money employee are good in their small yet noticeable characters.
The music is on point especially the track Badla which blends perfectly as the situations unfold. While, the plot of the movie is the hero, the pace could have been tightened as towards the end of the second half, we are yearning to come to a conclusion as soon as possible. Overall, this one’s a wacky tale that’s caught our eye in a long while.
P.S. If only Urmila Matondkar could have earned a better item number, we would have surely blown a few whistles there too.
'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka
Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4
A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.
After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.
Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.
The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.
All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.
Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.
Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.
On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.
Watch the trailer here:
Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!
Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars
Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.
Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.
Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.
From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.
Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!
So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!
Watch the trailer here: