Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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Directed By: Akshat Verma
Produced By: Rohit Khattar, Ashi Dua Sara
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Oberoi, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Deepak Dobriyal, vijay raaz, Sobhita Dhulipala, Isha Talwar, Nary Singh
Duration: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

‘Kaalakaandi’. After hearing this title, what would you expect from a film? Of course you would think it to be a movie where the characters will have some fun, do some crazy stuff and you would be laughing out loud. Frankly, even the trailer of this Saif Ali Khan-starrer indicated that.

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So, let me tell you what ‘Kaalakaandi’ is all about. Rileen (Saif Ali Khan) is the good guy who never drinks and smokes, but one day he comes to know that he has stomach cancer. Now he has only few days to live. He decides to do all those things which he has not done to date and tries a drug. Post he pops the pill we see Rileen’s story proceed with two other parallel stories that are there in the film. One of a couple (played by Sobhita Dhulipala and Kunaal Roy Kapur) and other of two local gangsters (played by Deepak Dobriyal and Vijay Raaz).

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Written and directed by Akshat Verma (the writer of amazing film ‘Delhi Belly’), ‘Kaalakaandi’ turns out to be a yawn fest thereon. This film could have been much, much better if Akshat had only concentrated on Rileen’s life. While watching the movie too you would want to understand what Rileen is doing instead of knowing what’s going on with other characters.

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A person who has taken a psychotropic drug for the first time would actually go on to do crazy stuff, but here it gets limited to just a few things. The things that Saif’s character imagines are also very dull.

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What I love about the movie is the chemistry between Saif and Nary Singh. We haven’t seen many films in which the lead actor has shared the most screen space with a transgender. A bold move that has paid off.

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When it comes to actors, it is Saif Ali Khan who has nailed it in the role given to him. You would wait to see him on the screen and go all wacky and wicked. But, unfortunately the weak script doesn’t do justice to Saif’s talent.

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Talking about other actors, Sobhita Dhulipala, Nary Singh and Amyra Dastur (cameo) are impressive. Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal have nothing to do apart from abusing each other. Akshay Oberoi is just there as an eye candy for female audiences, and for Kunaal Roy Kapur, NO COMMENTS.

Overall, Kaalakaandi is all kaala (dull) and nothing kaandi (fun). You will surely need psychotropic drug to enjoy this film or you would be also running like this from the theatres while using some cuss words like, kya ch***yappa hai yeh.

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'Dhadak' Movie Review: Ishaan-Janhvi's love saga is full of innocence and old-school romance

'Dhadak' Movie Review: Ishaan-Janhvi's love saga is full of innocence and old-school romance

Directed By: Shashank Khaitan
Produced By: Dharma Productions
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter
Duration: 2h 30m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5 stars

How will be this ‘Sairat‘ remake was the initial thought in my mind while I stepped inside the theater to watch Karan Johar‘s production ‘Dhadak’. Considering that Karan was launching two new faces in Shahid Kapoor‘s brother Ishaan Khatter and Sridevi‘s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, just like Nagraj Manjule did with Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in 2016.

No, I am not going to compare the 2016 hit Marathi venture with Janhvi-Ishaan’s labor of love. As ‘Sairat’ had its own raw touch and feel with characters with Marathi dialect and storyline set in rural Maharashtra, ‘Dhadak’ takes us on a trip to the land of sand dunes, Rajasthan, with the perfect Mewadi dialect. I will not talk about who aced it well but it surely connects us with the plot of this love story.

Not wasting much of your time, let us glance through the minute aspects of this saga, one point at a time.

Plot

Set in the land of palaces i.e Udaipur, the film begins with tickling our funny bones as Madhukar (Ishaan), son of a small restaurant owner, daydreams about his love or say love at first sight Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor), daughter of a powerful politician, Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana). The love saga of the two begins with the first scene of the film.

While the cute nok-jhok of Madhukar and Parthavi runs through the first half, side by side; we witness the calm before the storm- which is the beginning of the casteism, societal and parental pressure and political inclination.

As much as the half piece of this cake focuses on the two head over heel in love couple, it throws light on the impeccable of bonding of Madhukar with his friends Purshottam and Gokul.

On the other hand, the next hour of Janhvi-Ishaan’s love story gains momentum as we witness the battle between love and castism. How the two move from Mumbai to Nagpur and then to Kolkata, in order to find shelter for themselves, with a constant fear in mind of them being caught, builds the crux of the second half of this love story.

But as much as the second half seems promising initially, Janhvi-Ishaan’s love saga takes a back burner with an abrupt end, which ultimately left me thinking whether it will have a sequel to it or maybe the director, Shashank Khaitan was short of words to complete this love-story?

Performances

Ishaan Khatter steals the thunder in this one with his comic timing, natural acting, and the Mewari dialect. The actor doesn’t look like a one film old wonder as he holds the fort with his charming personality. In almost every scene you would connect with his eyes while his action does the rest.

Coming to his friends Purshottam(Shridhar Watsar) and Gokul (Ankit Bisht), these two are playing their part in the best way possible. Purshottam will make you go ‘aww he is so cute’ every time he appears on the big screen. This trio’s friendship is one of the major highlights of this saga.

Moving on to the Heroine of the film Janhvi Kapoor; she does her bit with class and is pleasant to one’s eyes. However, she fails to draw out attention due to her poor dialogue delivery in few scenes.

Ashutosh Rana, who plays Janhvi’s father, lacks the cruelty which is needed for his character, though he stands out in some scenes, whereas, Aditya Kumar, who plays Janhvi’s brother (Roop), has a short lifespan in the movie, yet has a fair play.

Direction and Cinematography

Shashank Khaitan who has directed films like ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’ in the past, has done a great job with his vision of capturing the cutesy love story.

Vishnu Rao, who is the cinematographer of this saga, captures the picturesque locations of Udaipur and Kolkata, but somehow fails while capturing the close up shots. However, he manages to capture the innocence of the two leads.

Music

The first half of the film showcases three major songs- ‘Dhadak title track’, ‘Zingaat’ and ‘Pehli Baar’ were too much for me to handle. Still, the three melodies blend with the plot of the film.

‘Vaara Re’ which is played in the second half, is equally good.

You might not have liked ‘Zingaat’ but once the song is played on the screen you will surely groove to its beats.

Overall the music by Ajay-Atul is praiseworthy.

What’s Good

Ishaan Khatter’s natural on-screen act.

Janhvi Kapoor’s innocence.

Crisp Storyline.

Bang-on Music.

What’s Bad

Janhvi’s poor dialogue delivery in few scenes.

Placing of too many songs in the first half.

The slow pace in few scenes of the film.

Final Verdict

Go and watch Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter’s labour of love with a fresh thought of not comparing the same with ‘Sairat’. They will surely leave you wanting for more.

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'Soorma' Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh as Flicker Singh hits the ball straight into the net

'Soorma' Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh as Flicker Singh hits the ball straight into the net

Directed By: Shaad Ali
Produced By: Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Chitrangda Singh, Deepak Singh
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Angad Bedi, Taapsee Pannu
Duration: 2h 11minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3 stars

Over the years, every Bollywood movie freak around the globe has been treated with loads of movies based on the life of great personalities. Even though only a selected few strike the chord into our minds and hearts. But at the end of the day, the responsibility of making it likeable for the audience, lies on the shoulder of a person who decides to don the hat and present the life of the popular persona on the silver screen.

So, when a person like Shaad Ali opted to bring forth the life of the legend of India Hockey, Sandeep Singh onto the celluloid, imagine what a task it must have been. With so many expectations from his fans across the world, Shaad opted for a risky genre and we here to tell you if this risk is worth your while or not.

Let’s decode together whether Ali and his entire gang, has done a fair play or a foul one.

Plot

Soorma‘, tells the heroic tale of a man who carved himself as flicker Singh in the Indian Hockey’s history and in the corner of every Indian’s heart. While we had heard that the sports drama will particularly shed light in Singh’s comeback, ‘Soorma’ has much more on the platter for you than just that.

Tracing Sandeep’s (Diljit Dosanjh) journey from his childhood, the movie starts by talking about the protagonist who swears by his passion of becoming a hockey player, but with not much scope to take it forward, he gets back to being a normal teenager only to later fall for a girl,Harpeeet Singh (Taapsee Pannu), who again happens to be a Hockey Player.

Moving on, we are introduced to the sudden uprising in Singh’s life, wherein he enters the Indian Hockey Team and that too for a reason. A reason that cannot be revealed. Thus the first half of the biopic sheds light on the making of Flicker Singh aka Sandeep Singh.

However, the next hour takes you on a ride depicting his struggles. The problems he had to face post the unfortunate incident which paralyzes half his body.

Up till now, I am sure you have understood that Ali’s product has indeed more to offer than what has been already spoken in the public.

Acting

Diljit Dosanjh as the legend Sandeep Singh is a treat to the sore eyes. The ease with each Dosanjh has dwelled into the skin of character, is commendable. From his amazing expressions to the amount of hard-work he has put in to get into the skin of the character, can be clearly seen through his performance. Taapsee Pannu who plays Dosanjh’s love interest, is the unsung hero of this drama, just as her character in Sandeep’s real life. Speaking of Angad, who essays the character of Sandeep’s elder brother; he too is an asset to the drama. The actor lends full support to Diljit. Not forgetting the coach, vijay raaz, who got Sandeep back in the game, is a cherry on the top.

Now moving to the man behind the drama..

Direction and Cinematography

Shaadi Ali, though loses our attention for a few seconds in between, soon manages to tighten our seat belts with a few light scenes, every now and then. The film basically gains pace after an odd 30 minutes into the cinema halls, as the first few portion of Sandeep childhood are slow and boring.

As compared to the first half, which focuses more on the legend’s personal life, it is the second half that promises more interesting content, that the audience might come to watch. Cinematography wise, Chirantan Das hits the ball right, while highlighting each scene aptly with his vision.

Music

‘Ishq Di Bajiyaan’, the romantic track from this film, is soothing to one’s ears and can surely make it to your playlist of romantic songs. On the other hand, the ‘Soorma Anthem’ gives you a reason to look at your life more positively. Summing up, the music by musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy do not disappoint and goes well with the flow of the film.

Final Verdict

If you are a true-blue patriot by heart just like our legend Sandeep Singh, do watch his heroic tale in the cinemas near you.

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