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Partition: 1947 movie review: An untold story that deserves a watch

Partition: 1947 Gurinder Chadha
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Partition: 1947 movie review: An untold story that deserves a watch

Directed By: Gurinder Chadha
Produced By: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha, Deepak Nayar
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Michael Gambon
Duration: 1 hours 46 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

We happily celebrated our 71st Independence Day this year. While many people were quite jovial to have a Holiday on that day, there were people who were cribbing about not getting a holiday or about not getting to drink on that day as it was a dry day. But, do we ever think about the people, who couldn’t celebrate the day we got independence, because they had the tension of shifting from one country to another.

Partition of India is one of the most terrible phases in the history of our country. While on one side the country was celebrating independence and the end of long British rule in India, there were people who had become homeless, had lost their families, and were left with no option, but to stay in refugee camps where even getting one square meal a day was a big dream. We have heard a lot about partition, read a lot about it, and have even seen movies about it. Earlier this year, we saw ‘Begum Jaan’ which also had the backdrop of partition, and now, it’s time to witness the worst page in the book of Indian history, once again on the big screen with Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Partition: 1947’.

Well, it’s a British-Indian historical flick, which has released in English as ‘Viceroy’s House’, and the Hindi dubbed version is titled as ‘Partition: 1947’. We all know a lot about the partition and our independence, so what’s new that this film will be offering to us? Well, it surely has something to tell us that we didn’t know about…

Lord Louis Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) comes to India to free it from the British rule. But, unfortunately gets into the chaos of India and Pakistan. While Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Denzil Smith) wants a different country named Pakistan for Muslims, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (Tanveer Ghani) and Gandhiji (Neeraj Kabi) are not keen on dividing India into two countries. Meanwhile, in the Viceroy’s house there are conflicts between the servants. While Hindus are keen about India, Muslims wants Pakistan. And while everyone is busy fighting for Pakistan and India, there’s romance building up between Jeet (Manish Dayal) and Alia (Huma Qureshi) who also work in the Viceroy’s house.

The movie surely has something to offer that we had no idea about. Maybe many of you had read about it, but we are seeing this for the first time on the big screen. The screenplay of the film, which is written by Paul Mayade Berges, Gurinder Chadha and Deepak Nayar, is quite good. There are a few sequences in the first half that may bore you a bit, especially the romantic scenes between Jeet and Alia. The chemistry between the two characters is zero. But, the scenes that show the meetings between Mountbatten, Jinnah, Nehru and Gandhiji are superb. The second half is filled with emotions and some really untold facts about partition. There are even moments that will leave you choked.

Gurinder Chadha wonderfully gets an untold story on the big screen. She has proved in past that she is great storyteller and she does it again. The black and white effect in the few scenes in between makes an impact and even the locations used look original and not like a film set. Cinematography done by Ben Smithard is fantastic, and editing done by Victoria Boydell is just perfect. But, we are disappointed with one thing. The film’s English version is titled ‘Viceroy’s House’ and that is the most suitable title for the film. The Hindi version shouldn’t have been titled ‘Partition: 1947’. The title should have been same for Hindi and English, both. This movie concentrates on the partition and independence, but more than that it’s about what the Viceroy and his family went through and what all happened during the time of partition in the house of the Viceroy.

The movie is filled with some amazing performances, but it’s Gillian Anderson’s act as Lady Edwina Mountbatten that will leave a strong impact on you. She is excellent in her part. Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten is very good. He is actually the lead actor of the film, and rules throughout. Now let’s talk about our very own Huma Qureshi. First of all let us tell you that she has a very good screen time in the film, and is not wasted like other Bollywood actresses who recently made their international debut. Huma as Alia is superb; she makes us sit back and notice her. Manish Dayal as Jeet is wonderful and impresses us. Om Puri ji is good in his brief role. Neeraj Kabi as Gandhiji gets less scope but does his part well. Denzil Smith as Jinnah is fine, but it is Tanveer Ghani as Nehru who is not up to the mark. He fails to live the dynamic personality of Nehru on the big screen. Arunoday Singh has very few scenes in the film, and he fails to impress.

The music of the film is given by AR Rahman, and when it’s his music we are never disappointed.

On the whole, ‘Partition: 1947’ opens pages that we had no idea about. It is high on information and facts, makes us emotional and even entertains. This Gurinder Chadha directorial is a must watch.

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Aiyaary movie review: The men in army fail to shine through the muddled up plot

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Gada, Jayantilal Gada, Karan Shah
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra
Duration: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

After delivering taut thrillers like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, hopes are high from his new outing ‘Aiyaary’, but does it manage to convey it’s message efficiently? Let’s unravel in the movie review…

‘Aiyaary’ (which means ultimate trickery), is about a young army officer named Captain Jay Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) who goes rogue with a hefty purpose to expose the dirty secrets of the military forces. His mentor Col. Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is an incorruptible army man who heads a covert cell and guns down traitors. Ever since Major Jay Bakshi absconds, Col. Singh has only one mission, to hunt him down. Here begins a cat and mouse Chase although with loads of unwarranted confusion.

While Col. Singh believes himself to be the smarter one, Major Bakshi outsmarts him and he isn’t Alone, a nifty hacker in the form of Sonia helps him. Bakshi wants to expose the deadly misgivings of a retired army man played by Kumud Mishra who has grown corrupt and earns help from a businessman played by Adil Hussain. Does he succeed or does Bakshi manage to expose him? Does Singh manage to catch hold of his protégé gone rogue? Too many questions that could have been dealt with methodically, but everything goes down the drain with poor execution and unnecessarily over explained and stretched portions. The entire plot gets lost and confused with too many sequences jumbled up together which right till the end remain a mystery.

Manoj Bajpayee is the only standout in this muddled up, almost three hours long thriller. Sidharth Malhotra is decent while Rakul Preet Singh is fairly okay. Pooja Chopra is barely seen whereas all senior bunch of actors like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra and Adil Hussain are utterly wasted with no clear character sketches drawn. Naseeruddin Shah’s dialogue delivery seems like a hangover from ‘A Wednesday’ whereas Anupam Kher is totally wasted. The only character that makes sense is Colonel Abhay Singh and Bajpayee rightfully delivers.

Overall, ‘Aiyaary’ is a complex and too stretched thriller with no clear direction of the happenings. Clearly avoidable.

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

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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