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Gurgaon movie review: An intense ride for a very niche audience

Gurgaon Shanker Raman
Rating: 3 out of 5

Gurgaon movie review: An intense ride for a very niche audience

Directed By: Shanker Raman
Produced By: Jar Pictures
Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Pankaj Tripathi, Ragini Khanna
Duration: 1 hours 47 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

When a daughter is born in a family, everyone says, “Lakshmi hui hai.” But, we still live in a country with places where daughters are not accepted with open arms.

Today we watched a film titled ‘Gurgaon’. We are sure not many of you have heard about it because it has not been promoted at many reality shows, nor does it have songs that can get millions of views on YouTube. But, then we have always heard and even seen in case of few films that ‘content is the king’.

‘Gurgaon’ is about Kerry Singh (Pankaj Tripathi) who is having a great life with his wife and kids. Well, his love for his daughter Preet (Ragini Khanna) is unconditional and his each and every business is named after her. This is something that doesn’t go down well with his son Nikki (Akshay Oberoi). Once Nikki loses in betting and now, has to repay a huge amount. To get the money, he plans to kidnap his sister. But, things don’t go as planned. What happens next? For that you need to watch the film.

The story of the film is very good. The unwanted girl child angle is also wonderfully shown and there are sequences that will give you goosebumps. But, while the story of the movie is amazing, the screenplay lacks a very important thing. When we make a thriller the most important thing is the pace of the movie. In ‘Gurgaon’, the screenplay is very slow. There are no edge of the seat moments or scenes that excite you for what will happen next. The film starts on a pace and ends on the same pace, and that’s the biggest problem here.

Shanker Raman’s narration is realistic and makes the film intense. He doesn’t go overboard at any point to make the film look dramatised. The locations are apt, the accent of the actors are perfect and even the characters make us believe in them. But, as we said that the film’s pace is same throughout, Shanker’s narration is also very static in the whole film. The editing could have been much better. This film should have been more crisp. There’s not much scope for cinematography in the film.

Shanker Raman had some great actors in his hands, and he has used each one of them wonderfully. Pankaj Tripathi is excellent. Is there any role this actor can’t do? Akshay Oberoi is simply fantastic. With that cute-good looking face, he amazingly manages to play the bad guy. Ragini Khanna is superb in her role. It makes us wonder why was she away from the big screen for so long. Shalini Vatsa and Aamir Bashir are too good in their parts.

Talking about music, the songs are there in the background and they suit the film’s theme.

On the whole, ‘Gurgaon’ is very well intended film. If the pace of the movie was a bit fast, then this would have surely been one of the best noir thrillers. It’s an intense film for very niche audiences.

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Aiyaary movie review: The men in army fail to shine through the muddled up plot

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Gada, Jayantilal Gada, Karan Shah
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra
Duration: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

After delivering taut thrillers like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, hopes are high from his new outing ‘Aiyaary’, but does it manage to convey it’s message efficiently? Let’s unravel in the movie review…

‘Aiyaary’ (which means ultimate trickery), is about a young army officer named Captain Jay Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) who goes rogue with a hefty purpose to expose the dirty secrets of the military forces. His mentor Col. Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is an incorruptible army man who heads a covert cell and guns down traitors. Ever since Major Jay Bakshi absconds, Col. Singh has only one mission, to hunt him down. Here begins a cat and mouse Chase although with loads of unwarranted confusion.

While Col. Singh believes himself to be the smarter one, Major Bakshi outsmarts him and he isn’t Alone, a nifty hacker in the form of Sonia helps him. Bakshi wants to expose the deadly misgivings of a retired army man played by Kumud Mishra who has grown corrupt and earns help from a businessman played by Adil Hussain. Does he succeed or does Bakshi manage to expose him? Does Singh manage to catch hold of his protégé gone rogue? Too many questions that could have been dealt with methodically, but everything goes down the drain with poor execution and unnecessarily over explained and stretched portions. The entire plot gets lost and confused with too many sequences jumbled up together which right till the end remain a mystery.

Manoj Bajpayee is the only standout in this muddled up, almost three hours long thriller. Sidharth Malhotra is decent while Rakul Preet Singh is fairly okay. Pooja Chopra is barely seen whereas all senior bunch of actors like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra and Adil Hussain are utterly wasted with no clear character sketches drawn. Naseeruddin Shah’s dialogue delivery seems like a hangover from ‘A Wednesday’ whereas Anupam Kher is totally wasted. The only character that makes sense is Colonel Abhay Singh and Bajpayee rightfully delivers.

Overall, ‘Aiyaary’ is a complex and too stretched thriller with no clear direction of the happenings. Clearly avoidable.


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PadMan movie review: Story of an ordinary man who spun wonder out of life's straw

Directed By: R Balki
Produced By: Mrs Funnybones Movies, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, SPE Films India
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

If you believe you can, you are halfway there. Parents use this therapy to their children who are sinking in schools and colleges. Just, they don’t tell you there would be teenage crushes, diet fads, breakups, insufficient pocket money and unbearable math classes. Was that too weird to begin my ‘PadMan’ review with?

Even before I begin analysing ‘PadMan’ as a film, I think films like these should be lauded just because they’re being made. That actors and filmmakers are using cinema as a tool to strike conversations, tickle thoughts and raise debates, itself is a relief; especially in a country of over 100 crores with numerous problems, most of them neither spoken nor understood.

The film is based on a Tamil Nadu based social activist who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin producing machine. Lakshmikant Chauhan, a man from an MP village, learns of rural women’s plight during menstruation after he is married to Gayatri (Radhika Apte)… Or, why am I even using ‘rural’ when the taboos are equally prevalent in urban spheres as well? Determined to bring more hygiene to how the women at his home handle periods but aware that they can’t afford to buy the sanitary napkins available in stores, he begins attempts of making them himself.

For every innovative idea, you’ve to pay a price. For Lakshmikant, it’s on the heavier side. In the course of communicating to women and understanding the problems better, he earns the tag of ‘loose character’. His two sisters and wife leave him. Devastated with the constant emotional ups and downs, he leaves his village; however, with the determination of succeeding at his attempts one day.

Rest shapes a man’s bumpy journey towards fulfilment. Not without hiccups, though.

Through the first half, we’re taken to visit how the revolutionist has to walk on thorns if he decides to mould the society’s behaviour. This portion, although necessary and paves way to the latter part, is dragged and feels longer than what it is.

In the latter part, as Lakshmikant nears his goal, enters Pari (Sonam Kapoor), a beautiful, intelligent and compassionate woman who becomes an indispensable of Lakshmikant’s journey. How a fresh MBA and a deserving candidate of a fat-paying corporate job leaves many prospects and sets off on a mission to help village women and spread health awareness on menstruation, is empowering, to say the least. BUT! Why would Bollywood necessarily instill romantic equations whenever we have a woman and a man playing equally crucial parts in the story’s development? That part feels not only forced, but also cliched.

Other than that, ‘PadMan’ is purely a testimony of a man’s journey from nothing to contentment; solely banking upon on his own desires of bringing about positive changes and helping them sustain. If you ignore a few exaggerations (and I fear I don’t have takers for saying this), it is an inspiring film and could create positive impacts. Decently shot by P.C. Sreeram and rightly complemented with soundtracks composed by Amit Trivedi, it features noticeable performances from both Radhika Apte and Akshay Kumar; and not to forget, a fluent Sonam Kapoor in a short yet pivotal role.

Watch ‘PadMan’ to encourage more films that talk about REAL problems; more real than fairytale love stories. 🙂 Even the real love stories are tested with bad times, remember? Like that of Lakshmikant and Gayatri.

Author’s Note: My first ever day as a menstruating girl? ‘Congratulations’ from mom, and a huge bowl of Mishti Doi after dinner. 🙂

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