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.
'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka
Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4
A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.
After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.
Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.
The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.
All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.
Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.
Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.
On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.
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Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!
Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars
Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.
Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.
Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.
From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.
Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!
So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!
Watch the trailer here: