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.

Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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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).

Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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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.

Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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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.

Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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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.

Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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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.

Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

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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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A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

Directed By: Soojit Sircar
Produced By: Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Duration:
115 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:
3/5

Varun Dhawan is without a doubt one of the most sought-after actors of Bollywood today. The young actor has been giving frequent hits and proving his mettle in the industry, but it sure was high time that he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his hands on something different. So for everyone who was tired of seeing Varun in masala potboilers, the actor did listen to us and how. His recent release ‘October’, directed by the impeccable talented Soojit Sircar sees Varun in a totally different avatar.

Living as a hotel intern, Dan (Varun Dhawan) is all about enjoying his life with his friends and living carefree. It is only when one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) faces an accident and ends up in a hospital, which changes Dan’s life forever. The story unfolds as the careless Dan embarks on an emotional journey. He starts finding love in the strangest the places and the strangest of ways.

If you too thought of Varun’s forte lying in potboilers and comedy flicks, this movie is made to prove you wrong. The actor deserves an applause for Not only taking a risk of playing a role this complex but also for executing it’s so flawlessly. Dan is innocent and a brat at the same time. He will make you fall in love with him, and you will feel what he feels until the very last scene. Banita, on the other hand, is a revelation. She can go places if given the right path. The rest of the cast, especially Shiuli’s mother, Professor Vidya Iyer (Gitanjali) are fabulous playing their parts.

Shoojit handles the sensitivity of the plot brilliantly, it is however his direction which is not up to mark. The movie starts off nice but gradually gets into the boring zone. The parts shot in the hotel are sure to keep you hooked. However the hospital sections soon start to doze you off. Even after being a mere 1hr 56minute long, the movie seems to take a lifetime to end. The storyline is predictable and leaves no scope for suspense or surprise. The climax however is engaging and gets you thinking even after you exit the movie halls.

The camera work by Avik Mukhopadhyay is top notch, while the wound track goes well with the flow of the plot.

Overall,’October’ is about passion and love and is meant for the ones who do not believe in giving up easy. The film however lacks the Entertainment quotient and becomes tedious in the middle. Watch it for the performances.

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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Directed By: Mukul Abhyankar
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Vikram Malhotra, Shri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Roopa Pandit
Cast: Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee, Annu Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu, two of the greatest performers we have in the industry. Both of them are known for being a part of good cinema, and when these two are starring in a film we would surely expect the movie to be fantastic. Well, Manoj and Tabu have come together after a gap of 18 years on the big screen with ‘Missing’ which hits the screens on April 6, 2018.

‘Missing’ is about Sushant (Manoj), Aparna (Tabu) and Titli (Aparna’s 3-year-old daughter). They come to Mauritius via cruise, check into a hotel late night, and next morning Titli goes missing. And then starts the hunt for Titli and during this whole searching scenario, twists and turns take place.

First all of let me tell you that ‘Missing’ has a very good concept. It had a potential to be a very good suspense thriller, it had the potential to make you sit back and think that what would happen next, and it surely had the potential to be nail-biting. But, writer-director Mukul Abhyankar, unfortunately couldn’t deliver a good suspense-thriller here. I am not saying that there are no good twists and turns, but the way they appear on the screen they don’t look convincing to make us believe. The sequences that should have been the highlight look too dull here.

Another thing that doesn’t really impress us is that the movie is based in Mauritius, but from receptionists in the hotel to manager to the police officers everyone there is Indian, even the people staying in the hotel are Indians. UFF!

The biggest disappointments of the movie are, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor. The former in the first half is not at all good. However, he manages to impress us in the second half. Talking about Annu Kapoor, he is a very senior actor, but his portrayal of police officer starts irritating us a bit after a point. I can’t blame the senior actor much for that as his character itself is not convincingly written.

The movie is saved by Tabu. The supremely talented actress does justice to her character and holds us throughout the film. What a brilliant performance!

Overall, ‘Missing’ is an unconvincing tale that leaves you with a lot of questions. Annu Kapoor mouths a dialogue again and again in the film, ‘Something is wrong’, and that’s what you will feel while watching the film.

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