My Birthday Song movie review: Has its moments of density among abruptions

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Directed By: Samir Soni
Produced By: Samir Soni, Sanjay Suri
Cast: Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Suri, Zenia Starr, Ayaz Khan
Duration: 1 Hours 36 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘My Birthday Song’. That’s a bit too poetic for a psychological thriller. As if, a little less rasping. As if a bit mellifluous. Albeit, it gives hints of a birthday going eventful, probably in the wrong way.

Actor Samir Soni delves into making films with this one and opts for a genre that’s not yet prevalent in mainstream Hindi films. Does he succeed? Yes, and no.

Rajiv Kaul (Sanjay Suri), an ad-man with a neat house, a beautiful wife and two happy children, is like how those happy men in TV ads look. His postcard-ish life, however, is in for a hurricane one night. As he rings in his 40thbirthday with a cosy party sans his wife at his residence, he meets Sandy (Nora Fatehi). And a romantic hiccup is assumed.

“Do you cheat?”, whispers Sandy. “Depends on whether it’s worth cheating for,” smiles Rajiv. I am smirking as they make out through a chain of sequences, actually beautiful to look at. A minute later. Sandy lies in a pool of blood, dead. Boom.

There begins the story. Rajiv wakes up on his birthday, to a cleanly done room with no blood and no trace of Sandy and thinks of it as a bad dream. But every tiny thing that he saw in his ‘dream’, starts coming true. And oh, the birthday party is tonight. Hence, the misfortune is supposed to happen tonight too!

Through the next hour, We’ve Rajiv running around like a possessed person, trying to set things right as if he has foreseen the future. Does he? Does he not?

Before we start analysing, ‘My Birthday Song’ had the ingredients of becoming so much more than what it is. It is a technically strong film with a potentially powerful story. Soni, who can’t escape glitches here and there, came up with a decent first attempt. At one point, the tense gets dense, and we start wondering if the characters we are witnessing are at all there, or are surreal. But surrealism is where it goes wrong as well.

After a few shifts between reality and surrealism, the thin line disappears and it is difficult to figure out which course is it following. Probably to make it psychologically tickling, Soni has added elements of hallucination, which is justified. But it is also necessary to place hallucinatory events in a way that they don’t disrupt a story’s rationality. Here, that happens.

Since the film majorly banks upon its events and not the number of characters, it is mostly shouldered on Sanjay. The intention was probably to allow us to sync in the uncertainity. But it results in the film losing pace.

Barring that, ‘My Birthday Song’ has its moments of cinematic expertise. Sanjay Suri is a delight to watch and Nora Fatehi is decent in her shoes. Australian beauty Queen Zenia Starr steps into Bollywood with this one, and will probably stay. I also like how the director’s approach is to move the viewers with subtlety. And I admit, it brings end with a climax I had never even imagined.

To watch or not? The call is yours.

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'Bioscopewala' movie review: Danny Denzongpa's stellar act saves the film from sinking

'Bioscopewala' movie review: Danny Denzongpa's stellar act saves the film from sinking

Directed By: Deb Medhekar
Produced By: Sunil Doshi
Cast: Danny Denzogpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra
Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2 stars

First time director Deb Medhkar’s ‘Bioscopewala’ is a modern day adaption of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous short story ‘Kabuliwala’. Though not completely based on his work, Medhkar has crafted the movie by taking the narrative ahead. The film’s premise is set in Kolkata and Afghanistan.

‘Bioscopewala’ talks about Rehmat Khan (Danny Denzongpa) who reaches Calcutta due to conflicts in his land. Rehmat is a man who loves cinema and wishes to change people’s perception through the same. Loosing all his cinematic setup in Afghanistan, he flies off to Calcutta. In the city, he runs into a 5 year old girl Minnie, eventually turning into a special someone who shapes her childhood.

The story starts with Robi Basu (Adil Hussain), a renowned fashion photographer. He sets off to Afghanistan, with a hope to repay to Rehmat. Robi pens down few unsaid things for his daughter Minnie Basu (Geetanjali Gupta). Things take a U-turn when Robi passes away in the plane crash. With his father’s sudden demise, Minnie returns to her home all the way from Paris.

On reaching home, Minnie meets Bholla Kaka. He introduces her to an old man ( Rehmat Khan) who suffers from Alzheimer’s. At first, Minnie refuses to keep the man at home, the reason being he was convicted in a murder case.

A few flashbacks from her childhood and Minnie eventually realizes that the old man is her own ‘Bioscopewala’. The man who taught her the art of storytelling.

The story gets on track with Minnie’s mission to know more about her Bioscopewala. Here begins, her search to find Rehmat Khan’s family and reunite him with his daughter Rabeya (which was the actual reason of Robi going all the way to Afganistan).

What were the few unsaid things mentioned by Robi? Did Minnie manage to reunite ‘Bioscopewala’ with his daughter?

To know the answers to these questions, you need to see this tale at the nearest cinemas.

The storyline seems to be a bit stretched but Danny and Geetanjali’s work manages to save the film from sinking. It strikes an emotional chord within few minutes but fades away with the slow track. Overall, Deb Medhkar’s directorial has left me a bit disappointed. The tale could have been presented in a better way.

Anyway, everyone has their own point of view. I would highly recommend this film to the ones who love story-telling.

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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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