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

Kadvi Hawa Nila Madhab Panda
Rating: out of 5

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

Kadvi Hawa movie

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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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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