Kadvi Hawa movie review: A heart-wrenching saga on climate change which deserves your attention

Directed By: Nila Madhab Panda
Produced By: Manish Mundra, Akshay Kumar Parija, Nila Madhab Panda
Cast: Sanjai Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome, Bhupesh Singh
Duration:1 hours 35 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:3.5/5

Filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda has a propensity of churning out deep, dark, socially untold and relevant topics. An example of his exemplary work can be recalled from the 2011 National Award winning film ‘I Am Kalam’ which tackled the effective topic of education through a small boy’s perspective, the one who seeks inspiration in APJ Abdul Kalam. This time, Panda pulls out a never-attempted-before, yet a grave and dark topic, that of climate change, rightly giving it the title of ‘Kadvi Hawa’.

The movie depicts the times of the winds gone viciously dark, leaving nothing but a drought-inflicted area full of dejected farmers. The story starts off with an old blind man walking through the barren lands of a village and it’s so beautifully shot that you know that this one’s going to be worth your time. Sanjai Mishra plays the character of the blind man named Hedu residing in the drought-stricken Mahua village which hasn’t seen a drop of rain for the past 15 years. His sole purpose in life is to save his son Mukund (Bhupesh Singh) who is gloomy and depressed due to no yields and is suicidal. He fears that just like some other farmers in his knowledge who committed suicide due to inability of repaying their debts, his son too would succumb to the pressure and commit suicide.

The man responsible for these suicides is Gunu Babu (a loan recovery agent) who is quite harsh and ruthless when asking for repayment of loans from the farmers which has earned him the dreaded tag of ‘Yamdoot’. In fact, there is a dialogue in the movie uttered by Hedu, “Tum jab bhi yahan aate ho 4-5 logo ki zindagi saath le ke jaate ho.” However, as mean and menacing as Gunu Babu may seem to be, he too has a grim and helpless past urging him to earn commission to bring his family from the flood-stricken areas of Odisha to Mahua village where there is not an ounce of rainfall. Their paths cross and Hedu and Gunu Babu hatch a plan to save each other from their agonies. Will they be successful in ridding each other of their pains or will they succumb to the nature’s fury is what forms the crux of the story.

Poignant and touching, the movie relies strongly on its narrative, characterisation, background music and the camera angles. Every scene is so emotionally well-crafted that you feel the plight of the suicidal farmers who are helpless for years on end, with their hopes pinned on their crops and the weather. While, the movie strongly reasons out that the bitter winds have played a crucial role in forming these dark situations, it doesn’t give us an answer for why. A classroom scene where the master asks the children to name the seasons and a kid replies that there are just two seasons, summer and winter will touch you deeply and make you realise the hard times that the farmers and villagers staying in drought-inflicted areas go through.

You will deeply sympathise with Sanjai Mishra who perfectly captures the emotions of a helpless blind old man trying to save his son. But, you would also somewhere sympathise with Ranvir Shorey who effortlessly plays out the role of a dreaded loan recovery agent with a murky past. Tillotama Shome as Sanjai Mishra’s daughter-in-law shines through in her miniscule part while Bhupesh Singh as Mukund is heart-wrenching. Ramanuj Dutta’s cinematography is another applause-worthy effort for the movie which will leave with an unfilled void at the end.

On a parting note, there are too many questions and no answers that will trickle your minds as you exit the cinema halls. A deeply earnest effort from the makers which deserves your time and attention.

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'High Jack' Movie Review: This TRIPPY flight journey is bound to tickle your funnybones!

'High Jack' Movie Review: This TRIPPY flight journey is bound to tickle your funnybones!

Directed By: Akarsh Khurana
Produced By: Nickhil Jakatdar, Arun Prakash, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena
Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Mantra, Sonnalli Seygall
Duration: 1 hrs 42 mins
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3

As I sit to watch Akarsh Khurana and Sumee Vyas’ second venture, In my head I was already ready for a laughter ride. The duo had earlier entertained the masses with The Viral Fever’s web series ‘Tripling’ . The ones who had their eyes hooked on-to the director – actor’s previous work can expect more from this comedy-drama. If you are the one who enjoys pun-intended and non-veg jokes, then it is a go-to movie.

The light heart serious-comedy starts off with our lit DJ Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas). The actor’s comic timing and screen space was one thing that left me and everyone amazed in the theater. After this movie, I admit being a fan of the actor (not die hard). After the LIT start, the movie inches towards the introduction of Udaan Airlines and the terrible state of its employees, who wish to get their unpaid dues. A revengeful yet kind-hearted staff of the airlines plan to HIGH-JACK their own flight.

The movie’s plot revolves around DJ Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas), his creepy co-passengers and the High Jackers. Apart from Sumeet, characters of Kumud Mishra and Taaruk Raina were the highlight of this stoner-comedy. Director Akarsh Khurana has done justice to every character of his film.

Speaking about the music, you will feel as if you were actually in a RAVE party. Akarsh has presented a serious issue in a funny and witty way! Well, there were few offs in the movie viz no background score in some scenes and the lack of songs. Overall, the movie is a perfect pick for a lazy weekend.

This flight from Goa to Delhi is bound to tickle your funnybones. To know, if DJ Rakesh’ dream to be popular is fulfilled and whether the employees of Udaan airlines succeed in HIGH Jacking, you need to get out of your couch and head to the nearest cinema.

If asked to sum up the movie in one sentence, it will definitely be- Get ready to board a TRIPPY flight from Goa to Delhi!

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'Raazi' Review: Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal's film is a must watch

'Raazi' Review: Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal's film is a must watch

Directed By: Umesh Shukla
Produced By: Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal
Duration:2.3 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4/5

Set in the early 1970s just before the India-Pakistan war and inspired from real events, ‘Raazi’ is the tale of a Kashmiri girl, Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) whose life changes after she gets to know her dying father’s last wish. As a dutiful daughter, she can do little but surrender to his passion and patriotism and follow the path he has so planned for her.

So from an ordinary, college-going girl, she is trained by an Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) to become a deadly spy. She is then married off to Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal), the son of the well-connected Pakistani Brigadier Parvez Syed (Shishir Sharma) and her mission is to regularly pass information to the Indian intelligence.

How Sehmat survives her stint in Pakistan, forms the crux of the tale.

With the perfect infusion of sentiments in a gripping plot, the story touches one’s heart especially because of Alia Bhatt’s power-packed performance. In an author-backed role, she is natural and undoubtedly captures your heart with her restrained and mature act.

Vicky Kaushal as Iqbal Syed has little to do on screen. But, within the given screen-time he shines brilliantly, especially at the end when he realizes that his marriage was just a farce and he earnestly asks Sehmat, if the moments which they spent together were for real?

Among the supporting cast; Rajit Kapur as Sehmat’s father Hidayat Khan, Shishir Sharma as Iqbal’s father Brigadier Parvez Syed, Soni Razdaan as Sehmat’s mother are all effective and effortless.

The only odd one out was Arif Zakaria, portraying Abdul, the family help of the Syeds. With his standoffish get-up and mysterious demeanor, he stood out like a sore thumb and seemed cliched.

Also, Sanjay Suri’s guest appearance is a clever ploy by the director to stamp a loaded statement.

With excellent production values, Jay I. Patel’s cinematography captures the performances and the era to perfection. Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy’s music elevates the viewing experiences.

Overall, Raazi offers a subtle dose of patriotism that makes you root for the film as it brings to life the story of the unsung Heroine of the India-Pakistan war.