Haseena Parkar movie review: Not Shraddha, Siddhanth is the real takeaway from this partly effective biopic - Bollywood Bubble

Haseena Parkar movie review: Not Shraddha, Siddhanth is the real takeaway from this partly effective biopic

Haseena Parkar Apoorva Lakhia
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Haseena Parkar movie review: Not Shraddha, Siddhanth is the real takeaway from this partly effective biopic

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Directed By: Apoorva Lakhia
Produced By: Nahid Khan
Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘Doctor ka beta doctor banta hai. Gangster ka beta gangster. Aap ne aur aap ke bhai ne apne bete ke liye misaal hi kya rakhi thi? Aakhir option kya tha uske paas?’… the opposition’s lawyer interrogates Haseena in the courtroom. Haseena Parkar. A daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother. But after all, Dawood Ibrahim’s sister. A felony. A godsend. An identity, inescapable.

Why I chose to begin with that particular dialogue is because the underlying connotation behind those words is what commands ‘Haseena Parkar’ throughout; however, effective at parts, abortive at parts.

Apoorva Lakhia’s latest outing efforts to trace Haseena’s journey from being a middle-class family’s protected daughter to Mumbai’s only Aapa among many bhais. Haseena (Shraddha Kapoor) who was introduced to her brother’s (Siddhanth Kapoor) illegitimate deeds at a young age, initially reacted with dread. But she is trapped in love throughout. As Dawood (mind you, the name isn’t mentioned even once in the film) becomes the country’s most wanted gangster from being another local goon, Haseena too keeps paying for an identity she didn’t choose. In the meantime, she has had her share of slices from life. She gets married to Ibrahim (Ankur Bhatia) and begins to dip into the bliss called love, only to be widowed after a few years. The crisis strikes real when being an apparent criminal’s sister takes away people she dearly loved – her husband, and a brother.

Served with a well-written screenplay by Suresh Nair that pretty much conveys Haseena’s secret sufferings, Shraddha’s character is the intriguing part about this film. Beyond a woman who arguably aided hundreds of women, you discover the sister whose belief on her brother was hardly shaken, till the time she breathed her last. What disappoints is Shraddha herself. She delivers her best  and hasn’t been seen this full of efforts in any of her previous films. But the roughness of a woman who has once endured the most difficult phases, doesn’t show up. Shraddha, before she becomes Haseena aapa, is rather more expressive. Once naive to romantic affection, we like how she rises to another chapter of life. But inside the gloomy courtroom, as she essays Haseena in her 50s, Shraddha along with her prosthetics and fabricated dialogue delivery, is a turn-off.

It is rather Siddhanth who can be well called a discovery. With a lesser share of screen time, he manages to pull off his character really, really well. He is this person, on a voyage to find escape from poverty and shortcomings. He becomes a gangster and probably has done things unjustified, but the fond brother deep down is alive. Siddhanth promises to be an actor with fine control of emotions. The next one who deserves a mention is Ankur Bhatia. In limited span, his hard work shows.

The melodramatic courtroom sequences are likely to find quite a few takers. While Priyanka Setia as the prosecution’s lawyer is a fine actress, her game here goes over the top. Not sure it was a deliberate choice from Lakhia’s end in order to tone up the sequence’s seriousness. It doesn’t turn out very well.

A collection of flashbacks and present-day sequences, ‘Haseena Parkar’ tries to be a narration of different times. It partly succeeds. Further, it is far away from being objective when it comes to character treatments. It is a rather sympathetic take on Dawood Ibrahim, his dynasty that he achieved by hook or by crook, and the legacy that he (even though reluctantly) left behind with his sister.

Ornamented by situational background music by Sachin-Jigar and neat cinematography by Fasahat Khan, the film spares you any boredom. To our delight, it is neither dragged, nor falls out of its pace. However, Haseena’s crisis doesn’t stir up. Neither does it stay with you for long. That way, the film might boast of a story worth sharing, stays way behind what it could stand up to.

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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety movie review: ‘Bromance VS Romance’, a refreshing-enjoyable war

Directed By: Luv Ranjan
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

In our lives, most of us have faced a situation where our best friend or just a good friend is all set to get married, and we get possessive about our friend. Thanks to the new person in his/her life, our importance lessens, and we start feeling bad about it. But, what if you come to know that your friend is all set to tie the knot with the wrong person. What would you do, try to save your friend from ruining his/her life or let him/her get married to the wrong person?

Well, Luv Ranjan’s ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is all about what we just told you above. Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are best friends since they were in nursery. Sonu is a like a brother to Titu who is always there for him. Then enters Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha), the sundar-susheel girl who Titu decides to get married. Sweety’s perfect bahu avatar doesn’t go down well with Sonu and he feels that the girl is fake. Is Sweety actually fake? Watch the movie to know that. Moving further starts a war, bromance vs romance. Well, a dialogue in the movie goes like this, “Dosti aur ladki mein hamesha ladki jeet ti hai.” Is that actually true?

‘Bromance vs Romance’ is surely a topic that many people would relate to, and for those who have not yet faced it, ‘wait for it’. Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody have very well created some amazing situations in the film with their writing. But, post interval when the actual war starts, the movie dips down a bit. You will start feeling that what’s next and where the movie is headed. Even though our asanskari Alok Nath has acted brilliantly, his character will surely make you question a lot of things. Thankfully, a few minutes after interval, the movie picks up quite well, keeping you engaged till the end. Luv Ranjan’s narration is also quite good and yes, this movie is much better than the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’.

Talking about actors, Kartik Aaryan is the star of the film. He has acted amazingly. Not only in the comedy scenes, but Kartik has wonderfully managed the emotional sequences too. Nushrat Bharucha is very good in her role and by the way, after Priya Prakash Varrier check out her eyebrow moves. There are very few Bollywood movies, where an actress says, ‘Main Heroine nahi villain hu’, and we are sure there will be whistles on this dialogue. Sunny Singh is nice in his part, but gets overshadowed by Kartik. One more actress from the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchana’ franchise has a short yet a very pivotal role in the film. We are talking about Ishita Raj, she has totally nailed it in her part. A special mention to Ayesha Raza (Titu’s mother), she is truly fantastic.

One of the best factors about the movie is the music. Though half of them are the recreated versions, they are entertaining.

Overall, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is an enjoyable flick that will surely make you feel refreshed after you watch it.

P.S. The chemistry between Sonu and Titu is much impressive than the chemistry between Titu and Sweety, so at least when it comes to chemistry between actors BROMANCE WINS.

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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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