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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'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'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.

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Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

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!

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