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Padmaavat movie review: This visual spectacle with rich performances will win you over

Padmaavat Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 4 out of 5

Padmaavat movie review: This visual spectacle with rich performances will win you over


Directed By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor
Duration: 2 Hours 43 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4/5

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s eye for detail and his prowess over delivering a visual treat is not unfamiliar. Be it ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ or his recent outing ‘Padmaavat’, every picture stands true on these parameters and this is no different. Despite the numerous controversies, ‘Padmaavat’ upholds his pride right till the end, staying true to Rajput culture and emerges to strike the right chord.

The story is based on Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem ‘Padmaavat’ and the story starts off with a disclaimer stating the same. It all starts with a fabulous introductory scene of Alauddin Khilji, a wicked man with a dire need to lay control over everything beautiful. Ranveer Singh has metamorphosed himself completely into the conniving and evil Khilji and not a single frame you would feel that he’s a misfit. You just end up hating him and fearing for Rani Padmavati who catches his fancy. Rani Padmavati’s beauty with brains combination impresses Chittor’s King Maharawal Ratan Singh and they get married, much to the bemusement of his first wife, Rani Nagmati. When the news of Rani Padmavati’s unimaginable beauty reaches Khilji, he loses control and only yearns to own her.

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But, it ain’t easy for the man because Padmavati is a Rajput Queen and Rajputs will rather lay their lives for their pride, than bow down before an enemy. The entire controversy around distortion of Rajput culture should die a slow death because not for once do they ever disrespect or show any negative aspect of the Rajputana culture. It’s all about glorification right till the end, when Rani Padmavati does jauhar to save her pride and dignity from getting defeated by Khilji.

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While it’s difficult to imagine Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as a couple, the duo make for a lovely pair as Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati. Anupriya Goenka as Rani Nagmati makes a mark with her restrained performance. Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunissa, Khilji’s wife is beautiful and Jim Sarbh as his effeminate slave is impressive. Raza Murad in a small yet pivotal role leaves you spellbound with his appearance. It’s not just the performances that make ‘Padmaavat’ a worthwhile experience, but the beauty of its frames. Every scene leaves you wonderstruck for the sheer beauty and finesse of the camera work, the production design and the background score. The track ‘Ghoomar’ is beautiful to the eyes, while ‘Khalibali’ will leave you awestruck because of Ranveer’s brilliant act. Truly, the man will win you over with his wickedness.

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As a story-teller, Bhansali has excelled quite well, however, the tad long runtime of the movie gets a bit tedious in entirety. In a world with less scope for patience, you surely need a good amount of time in hand to silently watch this visual spectacle unfold. On a final note, there is nothing controversial that could irk anyone claiming distortion of any form. So, this should definitely be on every person’s watchlist and preferably in 3D for a better experience.


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Welcome To New York movie review: A pure boredom tour!

Directed By: Chakri Toleti
Produced By: Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deep Shikha Deshmukh, Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari, Sabbas Joseph
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh Rajput
Duration: 2 Hours 04 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

“Daant Tod Ke Dungi Hath Ma, Kuch Din Toh Guzaro Gujarat Ma…!” Gonna try this on my colleagues today.

Here’s everything that I watched, in a nutshell. Teji (Diljit Singh), a wannabe actor and Jeenal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha), a fashion designer, winner of the IIFA talent hunt flies down to New York to attend the awards show. Okay?

The entire event is supervised by Garry (Boman Irani) and  his employee Sophie (Lara Dutta). Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh (the real ones)) are to host the evening. Okay?

Karan has a humshakal Dushman, his name is Arjun Johar. Rana Daggubati is unable to get over Bhallaldeva’s lost love syndrome, hence he’s been listening to love songs all day. Sushant Singh Rajput is giving autographs on behalf of MS Dhoni. Salman Khan offers ‘Dabangg 3’ to Jeenal because she resembles Sonakshi, and asli Sona is asking for Rs 3 crore. Okay? No?


Of the three and a half times I laughed, twice was because an uncle was laughing and I was laughing at him. Another time, KJo took a dig at himself and said, “Koi Toh Ho Jo Iss Abla Mard Ki Madat Kare!” And the other half laugh…I think that was on myself.

The only brave things about ‘Welcome To New York’ are the numerous digs that it takes, and dare I say, the true ones. Also, I remember having written an open letter where I took the case of moral police who took digs at KJO, for his sexuality.  And here he is, taking digs at himself.

Nothing, including Diljit Dosanjh’s immense efforts to add comedy, can save this film. Sonakshi Sinha was better off this disastrously typecast character. On a much serious note, why must filmmakers give away to such extent to community stereotyping? Let Alone her purposely typecast getup, you could do without ‘Jai Modi Ji’…!

Bad songs. Scattered story. Forced jokes. Average performance. Welcome nowhere.

Oh, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz khan too have cameos hai, if that interests you!

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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety movie review: ‘Bromance VS Romance’, a refreshing-enjoyable war

Directed By: Luv Ranjan
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

In our lives, most of us have faced a situation where our best friend or just a good friend is all set to get married, and we get possessive about our friend. Thanks to the new person in his/her life, our importance lessens, and we start feeling bad about it. But, what if you come to know that your friend is all set to tie the knot with the wrong person. What would you do, try to save your friend from ruining his/her life or let him/her get married to the wrong person?

Well, Luv Ranjan’s ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is all about what we just told you above. Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are best friends since they were in nursery. Sonu is a like a brother to Titu who is always there for him. Then enters Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha), the sundar-susheel girl who Titu decides to get married. Sweety’s perfect bahu avatar doesn’t go down well with Sonu and he feels that the girl is fake. Is Sweety actually fake? Watch the movie to know that. Moving further starts a war, bromance vs romance. Well, a dialogue in the movie goes like this, “Dosti aur ladki mein hamesha ladki jeet ti hai.” Is that actually true?

‘Bromance vs Romance’ is surely a topic that many people would relate to, and for those who have not yet faced it, ‘wait for it’. Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody have very well created some amazing situations in the film with their writing. But, post interval when the actual war starts, the movie dips down a bit. You will start feeling that what’s next and where the movie is headed. Even though our asanskari Alok Nath has acted brilliantly, his character will surely make you question a lot of things. Thankfully, a few minutes after interval, the movie picks up quite well, keeping you engaged till the end. Luv Ranjan’s narration is also quite good and yes, this movie is much better than the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’.

Talking about actors, Kartik Aaryan is the star of the film. He has acted amazingly. Not only in the comedy scenes, but Kartik has wonderfully managed the emotional sequences too. Nushrat Bharucha is very good in her role and by the way, after Priya Prakash Varrier check out her eyebrow moves. There are very few Bollywood movies, where an actress says, ‘Main Heroine nahi villain hu’, and we are sure there will be whistles on this dialogue. Sunny Singh is nice in his part, but gets overshadowed by Kartik. One more actress from the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchana’ franchise has a short yet a very pivotal role in the film. We are talking about Ishita Raj, she has totally nailed it in her part. A special mention to Ayesha Raza (Titu’s mother), she is truly fantastic.

One of the best factors about the movie is the music. Though half of them are the recreated versions, they are entertaining.

Overall, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is an enjoyable flick that will surely make you feel refreshed after you watch it.

P.S. The chemistry between Sonu and Titu is much impressive than the chemistry between Titu and Sweety, so at least when it comes to chemistry between actors BROMANCE WINS.

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