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Dil Juunglee Movie Review: Partly flawed, partly touchy

Dil Juunglee Aleya Sen
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Dil Juunglee Movie Review: Partly flawed, partly touchy

Saqib Saleem and Taapsee Pannu

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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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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Hate Story 4 movie review: Such a boredom ride!

Directed By: Vishal Pandya
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Cast: Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhathena, Ihana Dhillon
Duration: 2 Hour 11 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1/5

What’s Urvashi Rautela’s character in ‘Hate Story 4’? Wohi, jo madhosh bhi kar de aur hosh bhi uda de. Asmaan mein udne wale usko bistar pe letana chahte the. Isliye usne Zameen pe Rehna Sikh liya. 

Note: No personal input in language.

From the beginning  credits, I pretty much thought I had entered a spooky  film, and not an erotic  thriller. Then, before I could understand anything, Urvashi was running down the stairs, Vivaan Bhathena was chasing her, Ihana Dhillon was entering the house like a wounded tigress, and was shot dead within next two minutes. What?

Aryan (Vivaan Bhathena) and Rajveer (Karan Wahi) are two Brothers, both swept away by the irresistible appeal of Tasha (Urvashi Rautela). Aryan is already engaged to Reshma (Ihana Dhillon) and boasts, “boardroom ho ya bedroom, there’s nothing that she won’t do to satisfy me”. Duh.

Chhota bhai Rajveer is mad after Tasha’s killing looks. Hence, Aryan comes to his rescue and suggests, “Dil jit le, jism apne aap haath aa jayegi”. Double duh.

Anyway, as it turns out, Aryan is a smartass. He sends Reshma and Rajveer to an outcity work tour, and we know the intention. 

I’ve to write more? Okay. Tasha ends up sleeping with both, but then, we’ve kickass twist under our sleeves. Well, rather a could-be-kickass twist because simply, no one in the film really acted.

Besides, the second half is such a khichdi of heartbreak, mystery and weird performances that it looks funny. *Apologetic Face*

I could’ve tried to concentrate in Urvashi’s performance. But then, her screentime began with a cringeworthy version of ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ and her booty steps got etched in my memory. Why, just?

Karan Wahi looks cute, and makes cheesy dialogues sound cute. That’s it. Vivaan Bhathena looks like a smartass, and he is one. But well, that’s it. But WHY DOES NO ONE ACT?

This film has got more erotica than thrills. Or may be, I yawned so much that I missed out on the thrill. But it rightfully abides by the unwritten clause that in any commercial erotic thriller, there must be unnecessary display of cleavage and sexist dialogues will be used as a pun. Slow claps. 

I’m so sad it turned out this way. Now, I’d like to apologise to Vishal Pandya fans if I’ve hurt their sentiments. Everyone gets offended these days.

If you got nothing to do this weekend, take a train ride to Nalasopara and come back. Time pass ho jayega.

Because from bedroom to boardroom, this film is pure boredom. 


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