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Ittefaq movie review: The coincidence with an unforeseen twist is decent, if not exceptional

Ittefaq Abhay Chopra
Rating: 3 out of 5

Ittefaq movie review: The coincidence with an unforeseen twist is decent, if not exceptional

Ittefaq movie review

Directed By: Abhay Chopra
Produced By: Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Renu Ravi Chopra, Hiroo Yash Johar
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

In 1969, a murder mystery named ‘Ittefaq’ had released in theatres which starred Rajesh Khanna, Nanda and Bindu in lead roles. The movie wasn’t a huge success but surely had you on the edge of your seats till the end. Cut to 2017, a movie with the same name releases, but the premise is different this time, and so are the characters. So, does it manage to live up to the expectations? Will all the no marketing and no spoilers campaign bear fruit? Read on our movie review to discover how the movie pans out.

The movie kicks off with a gritty Chase sequence as a famous novelist from UK, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) is on the run while the cops chase him. He meets with an accident and coincidentally takes shelter in a married woman’s house named Maya Sinha (Sonakshi Sinha), who seems quite suspicious according to him. She gets him arrested and soon we discover that he is charged with two murders, one of his wife Catherine and the other of lawyer Shekhar Sinha, husband of Maya Sinha. Akshaye Khanna as inspector Dev is given the huge responsibility of cracking this high – profile case. As he interrogates Vikram and Maya, he comes across two different versions of the murders. So, as the plot unfolds we are introduced to another story, that of a girl’s suicide due to Vikram’s novel. Enough mysteries to provide you for a nail-biting experience ,huh!

As soon as you are on the verge of decoding the real murderer in the second half, there comes a major turning point, an unexpected one. Clearly, with several logical twists and turns the story isn’t as easy to predict as you would have imagined. Coming to the performances, Sidharth and Sonakshi are good but it’s Akshaye Khanna who takes the cake. His unintentional one liners at moments least expected provide a sense of relief to this suspense saga. Plus, the fun element in the form of the fun banter between him and his junior cops at the crime scene suggests that the movie doesn’t intend to take itself too seriously which works in its favour. The dark settings and the loud but very thought out background score help create a sense of thrill to the plot. However, if you compare it to the original then you may be slightly disappointed. The twist is unexpected in the second half which is the highlight, but it lacks the wow factor needed for a nail-biting murder mystery. So, on a parting note, this coincidence of events takes its own sweet time, but doesn’t score completely in terms of the real suspense. Go watch to know the real murderer and stay away from the spoilers.

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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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