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.

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

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

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