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PadMan movie review: Story of an ordinary man who spun wonder out of life’s straw

Padman R Balki
Rating: 3 out of 5

PadMan movie review: Story of an ordinary man who spun wonder out of life’s straw

Padman movie review

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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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?

*Yawns*

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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