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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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.

Blackmail movie review: A mad, zany tale that'll surely leave you crackling

Blackmail movie review: A mad, zany tale that'll surely leave you crackling

Directed By: Abhinay Deo
Produced By: Abhinay Deo, Bhushan Kumar
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari
Duration:
2 hours 19 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:
3.5/5

Irrfan Khan is notoriously famous to fancy subjects that are as distinct as chalk and cheese so when he toplines the unusual casting of Abhinay Deo’s ‘Blackmail ‘, you surely got your hopes pinned high. And Abhinay’s brainchild ‘Delhi Belly’ forces you to perceive his upcoming outing ‘Blackmail’ to stand apart albeit on similar counts and that it does manage to extract a madcap plot is a given here.

 

As the title suggests , this one’s heavily about a ‘Blackmail’ that slowly unfurls itself into multiple blackmails. For starters , Irrfan Khan’s in a loveless marriage and to salvage his already gone awry married life, he decides to turn up with a bouquet of roses at his house uninformed only to discover his wife in bed with her ex boyfriend named Ranjeet Arora (Arunoday Singh). While, you’d expect any normal man to get belligerent, he decides to choose the path less trodden in a normal family setup – BLACKMAIL. So, as he embarks on a zany journey of silently blackmailing his wife’s lover, the lover in return blackmails Irrfan’s wife. Well, this man (Arunoday Singh) too is leading a submissive life at the hands of his super rich alcoholic wife played by Divya Dutta who lovingly calls him a kutta. The fear of being caught leads each one of them in a wacky race of playing blackmails on each other which in result evokes enough humour to keep you entertained.

 

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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While this plot rolls out, Irrfan aka Dev’s office shenanigans are equally crazy . His Boss played by Omi Vaidya is hellbent on selling their brand of toilet paper which gives way to subtle toilet humour and Irrfan’s colleague is a major tale-teller who in an inebriated state of mind spills out his blackmailing secrets to a newly joined ‘virgin’ female employee which in turn calls for another madcap situation at his workplace. Together, all things lead to one path i.e. BLACKMAIL and that’s portrayed with a humourous dash.

 

Coming from Abhinay Deo’s table, this one too belongs to the dark comedy genre and Irrfan shoulders the film like a breeze. You see the sorrow and the pain in his eyes which converts into hushed revenge with effortless ease. Kirti Kulhari is good at what she does while Arunoday Singh’s confused expressions aren’t too pleasing. Divya Dutta’s strong baritone as she calls out to her Tommy perfectly describes her need to overpower her hubby while Omi Vaidya as Irrfan’s adamant boss has his crazy American twang intact here too. Also, Pradhuman Singh as Anand Tripathi, his not-so-trustworthy colleague and Anuja Sathe as the greedy-for-money employee are good in their small yet noticeable characters.

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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The music is on point especially the track Badla which blends perfectly as the situations unfold. While, the plot of the movie is the hero, the pace could have been tightened as towards the end of the second half, we are yearning to come to a conclusion as soon as possible. Overall, this one’s a wacky tale that’s caught our eye in a long while.

 

P.S. If only Urmila Matondkar could have earned a better item number, we would have surely blown a few whistles there too.

 

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