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Julie 2 movie review: Better sit at home and watch ‘CID’

Julie 2 Deepak Shivdasani
Rating: 0.5 out of 5

Julie 2 movie review: Better sit at home and watch ‘CID’

Directed By: Deepak Shivdasani
Produced By: Vijay Nair, Deepak Shivdasani, Pahlaj Nihalani
Cast: Raai Laxmi, Ravi Kishan
Duration: 2 hour 17 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 0.5/5

We reached at 8:50 am at a multiplex in suburban Mumbai to catch the 9 am show of Raai Laxmi-starrer ‘Julie 2’. As we entered the audi we spotted only a handful in the theatre. They too turned out to be journalists who had let go of their morning sleep for they had to watch the film and review ‘Julie 2’

The movie starts with a scene of a beautiful bungalow. It’s a bright morning and Julie (Raai Laxmi) who plays the role of an actress, wakes up looking as fresh as a daisy, and then she looks into the mirror and says, ‘I am the best’. (We are pretty sure that not even an A-list actress would do that in real life ever). She goes on a set of her next film and the mahurat shot gets rolling. It’s a biopic based on a dead politician. The shooting of the film starts and then a black-out with a slate of ‘After 4 months’. Julie is now seen at a lake where she is performing Baptism on her birthday. In front of media and fans, she opens up about a few dark secrets (such a dull scene which should have been the highlight of the film). Later, she goes to buy jewellery, and a few robbers come in the shop. They rob the jewellery but purposely shoot Julie. She is now in hospital in a serious condition, and then starts something that we have been seeing on small screens for the past 19 years. Well, we are talking about ‘CID’, and so that we don’t miss watching CID on screen there’s Aditya Srivastava (Abhijeet from ‘CID’) as ACP Devdutt in the film.

As the first half looks like a TV serial, the second half is filled with a lot of close-ups of Julie (everything apart from her face is focused on), two most bizarre songs, some kissing scenes here and there, some scenes that look as if they are copy-pasted from ‘Heroine’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’, some religious dialogues, a boring climax, and the end (Phew! Finally the movie gets over). The movie is written and directed by Deepak Shivdasani, and his name doesn’t come in the starting credits, his name comes when the interval happens. Yes, there’s no ‘interval’ or ‘intermission’ slate that comes on screen when the first half gets over, what comes is the credit title that reads – ‘Written and Directed by Deepak Shivdasani’. We wonder what made him put his name when the interval happens. But, we are sure about one thing that Deepak was badly confused about what he wanted to make. It looks like he wanted to make a thriller in which he added some erotic scenes, and then he thought that putting some religious angle might make this movie a hit. YEAH LIKE REALLY!!! (We are not against any religion, but you cannot forcefully include it in your movies).

Moving forward. Let’s talk about the worst part of the film, and that is, the dialogues. ‘Yeh dhai kilo ka haath nahi, dhai feet ka hai’; what a dialogue! We can imagine Sunny Deol literally banging his ‘Dhai Kilo Ka Haath‘ on his head! There are many such dialogues that will make you laugh out loud even in some serious sequences. Now, let’s go through the cinematography, one more element of the film that deserves a special mention. The camera angles are way too bad. The cinematographer was literally getting into the actors faces hence making us a victim of their nostrils too. Unforgivable!

Talking about the performances, the only thing we want to say is that ‘we feel bad’ for the actors in this movie. Raai Laxmi had impressed us with her small role in ‘Akira’, but in ‘Julie 2’ she is strictly average. There are very few sequences in which she impresses, but then overall she falls flat. She even fails to get an oomph factor in the film. The movie has many actors in supporting roles like Pankaj Tripathy (good in his part, but was better in his previous movies), Ravi Kishan (horrible), Rati Agnihotri (has nothing much to do) and Aditya Srivastava (same as Abhijeet from ‘CID’).

Overall, ‘Julie 2’ is a torture for a moviegoer. It will put you to sleep easily. It’s better you stay at home, get a DVD of ‘The Dirty Picture’ or ‘Heroine’, or just sit and watch ‘CID’.

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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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