‘Soorma’ Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh as Flicker Singh hits the ball straight into the net

Directed By: Shaad Ali
Produced By: Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Chitrangda Singh, Deepak Singh
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Angad Bedi, Taapsee Pannu
Duration: 2h 11minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3 stars

Over the years, every Bollywood movie freak around the globe has been treated with loads of movies based on the life of great personalities. Even though only a selected few strike the chord into our minds and hearts. But at the end of the day, the responsibility of making it likeable for the audience, lies on the shoulder of a person who decides to don the hat and present the life of the popular persona on the silver screen.

So, when a person like Shaad Ali opted to bring forth the life of the legend of India Hockey, Sandeep Singh onto the celluloid, imagine what a task it must have been. With so many expectations from his fans across the world, Shaad opted for a risky genre and we here to tell you if this risk is worth your while or not.

Let’s decode together whether Ali and his entire gang, has done a fair play or a foul one.

Plot

Soorma‘, tells the heroic tale of a man who carved himself as flicker Singh in the Indian Hockey’s history and in the corner of every Indian’s heart. While we had heard that the sports drama will particularly shed light in Singh’s comeback, ‘Soorma’ has much more on the platter for you than just that.

Tracing Sandeep’s (Diljit Dosanjh) journey from his childhood, the movie starts by talking about the protagonist who swears by his passion of becoming a hockey player, but with not much scope to take it forward, he gets back to being a normal teenager only to later fall for a girl,Harpeeet Singh (Taapsee Pannu), who again happens to be a Hockey Player.

Moving on, we are introduced to the sudden uprising in Singh’s life, wherein he enters the Indian Hockey Team and that too for a reason. A reason that cannot be revealed. Thus the first half of the biopic sheds light on the making of Flicker Singh aka Sandeep Singh.

However, the next hour takes you on a ride depicting his struggles. The problems he had to face post the unfortunate incident which paralyzes half his body.

Up till now, I am sure you have understood that Ali’s product has indeed more to offer than what has been already spoken in the public.

Acting

Diljit Dosanjh as the legend Sandeep Singh is a treat to the sore eyes. The ease with each Dosanjh has dwelled into the skin of character, is commendable. From his amazing expressions to the amount of hard-work he has put in to get into the skin of the character, can be clearly seen through his performance. Taapsee Pannu who plays Dosanjh’s love interest, is the unsung hero of this drama, just as her character in Sandeep’s real life. Speaking of Angad, who essays the character of Sandeep’s elder brother; he too is an asset to the drama. The actor lends full support to Diljit. Not forgetting the coach, vijay raaz, who got Sandeep back in the game, is a cherry on the top.

Now moving to the man behind the drama..

Direction and Cinematography

Shaadi Ali, though loses our attention for a few seconds in between, soon manages to tighten our seat belts with a few light scenes, every now and then. The film basically gains pace after an odd 30 minutes into the cinema halls, as the first few portion of Sandeep childhood are slow and boring.

As compared to the first half, which focuses more on the legend’s personal life, it is the second half that promises more interesting content, that the audience might come to watch. Cinematography wise, Chirantan Das hits the ball right, while highlighting each scene aptly with his vision.

Music

‘Ishq Di Bajiyaan’, the romantic track from this film, is soothing to one’s ears and can surely make it to your playlist of romantic songs. On the other hand, the ‘Soorma Anthem’ gives you a reason to look at your life more positively. Summing up, the music by musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy do not disappoint and goes well with the flow of the film.

Final Verdict

If you are a true-blue patriot by heart just like our legend Sandeep Singh, do watch his heroic tale in the cinemas near you.

Watch the trailer here:

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‘Soorma’ Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh as Flicker Singh hits the ball straight into the net

Directed By: Shaad Ali
Produced By: Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Chitrangda Singh, Deepak Singh
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Angad Bedi, Taapsee Pannu
Duration: 2h 11minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3 stars

Over the years, every Bollywood movie freak around the globe has been treated with loads of movies based on the life of great personalities. Even though only a selected few strike the chord into our minds and hearts. But at the end of the day, the responsibility of making it likeable for the audience, lies on the shoulder of a person who decides to don the hat and present the life of the popular persona on the silver screen.

So, when a person like Shaad Ali opted to bring forth the life of the legend of India Hockey, Sandeep Singh onto the celluloid, imagine what a task it must have been. With so many expectations from his fans across the world, Shaad opted for a risky genre and we here to tell you if this risk is worth your while or not.

Let’s decode together whether Ali and his entire gang, has done a fair play or a foul one.

Plot

Soorma‘, tells the heroic tale of a man who carved himself as flicker Singh in the Indian Hockey’s history and in the corner of every Indian’s heart. While we had heard that the sports drama will particularly shed light in Singh’s comeback, ‘Soorma’ has much more on the platter for you than just that.

Tracing Sandeep’s (Diljit Dosanjh) journey from his childhood, the movie starts by talking about the protagonist who swears by his passion of becoming a hockey player, but with not much scope to take it forward, he gets back to being a normal teenager only to later fall for a girl,Harpeeet Singh (Taapsee Pannu), who again happens to be a Hockey Player.

Moving on, we are introduced to the sudden uprising in Singh’s life, wherein he enters the Indian Hockey Team and that too for a reason. A reason that cannot be revealed. Thus the first half of the biopic sheds light on the making of Flicker Singh aka Sandeep Singh.

However, the next hour takes you on a ride depicting his struggles. The problems he had to face post the unfortunate incident which paralyzes half his body.

Up till now, I am sure you have understood that Ali’s product has indeed more to offer than what has been already spoken in the public.

Acting

Diljit Dosanjh as the legend Sandeep Singh is a treat to the sore eyes. The ease with each Dosanjh has dwelled into the skin of character, is commendable. From his amazing expressions to the amount of hard-work he has put in to get into the skin of the character, can be clearly seen through his performance. Taapsee Pannu who plays Dosanjh’s love interest, is the unsung hero of this drama, just as her character in Sandeep’s real life. Speaking of Angad, who essays the character of Sandeep’s elder brother; he too is an asset to the drama. The actor lends full support to Diljit. Not forgetting the coach, vijay raaz, who got Sandeep back in the game, is a cherry on the top.

Now moving to the man behind the drama..

Direction and Cinematography

Shaadi Ali, though loses our attention for a few seconds in between, soon manages to tighten our seat belts with a few light scenes, every now and then. The film basically gains pace after an odd 30 minutes into the cinema halls, as the first few portion of Sandeep childhood are slow and boring.

As compared to the first half, which focuses more on the legend’s personal life, it is the second half that promises more interesting content, that the audience might come to watch. Cinematography wise, Chirantan Das hits the ball right, while highlighting each scene aptly with his vision.

Music

‘Ishq Di Bajiyaan’, the romantic track from this film, is soothing to one’s ears and can surely make it to your playlist of romantic songs. On the other hand, the ‘Soorma Anthem’ gives you a reason to look at your life more positively. Summing up, the music by musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy do not disappoint and goes well with the flow of the film.

Final Verdict

If you are a true-blue patriot by heart just like our legend Sandeep Singh, do watch his heroic tale in the cinemas near you.

Watch the trailer here:

'Sanju' Movie Review: The unconventional life of Sanjay Dutt presented by Ranbir Kapoor has blockbuster written all over it

'Sanju' Movie Review: The unconventional life of Sanjay Dutt presented by Ranbir Kapoor has blockbuster written all over it

Directed By:  Rajkumar Hirani
Produced By: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Jim Sarbh, Boman Irani
Duration: 2h 41minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:  4 stars

Bollywood has treated the audience to a number of biopics on great personalities. While some managed to intrigue us with their brilliant vision which let us experience a particular person’s life just by sitting on a couch, some failed to leave an impact. Nevertheless, when this man called Rajkumar Hirani thought of depicting his close friend Sanjay Dutt‘s life on the silver screen, his fans, including me, were merely content with his idea.

Sanjay Dutt’s life has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. From his estranged relations with his father to his drug addiction to his numerous girlfriends, Dutt’s journey is definitely worth being told. But executing the same while also keeping in mind to not disrupt it, demanded a lot of effort. Well, now let us see whether Hirani has sailed or sunk the ship.

The first half of ‘Sanju’ is about the not-so-great bond with his dad, Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal), his accidental friendship with a guy named Kamlesh (Vicky Kaushal) and his camaraderie with his mother, Nargis Dutt (Manisha Koirala). ‘Sanju’s initial phase builds the crux of the movie – from being an irresponsible son, a young guy who cannot spend a moment without the substance, his troubled relations with a girlfriend (Ruby), a mother losing her battle to cancer, involvement in 1993 blasts to meeting a writer, Winnie (Anushka Sharma), who helps him pull out of the mudslinging. You would be taken aback and smothered by the fact that the now superstar Sanjay Dutt, at a point in his life, had lost his senses, as he couldn’t differentiate between reality and imagination. Out and out, the first 90 minutes of the movie keeps you glued to the screen. With each scene, the curiosity to know more about the man increases.

Moving ahead, we are exposed to Sanju’s (Ranbir Kapoor) side of the story- how the man was arrested under TADA, the underlying reason for the same despite him not being the culprit, how the world and paparazzi framed him as a terrorist. Here as well, Hirani’s product doesn’t let you complain as every particular chapter of Dutt’s life is portrayed crisply thereby making us understand it well. Not bombarding the audience with loads of information at once, the movie is like a jigsaw puzzle, step by step putting each piece in the right place and eventually completing it appropriately. There are some scenes in this movie that leave you heartbroken, for example, the one where Sanju loses his mother and when he pleads or breaks down in front of his dad to help get out of all the mess in his life. These tiny and very keen details of Sanjay Dutt’s life will leave you speechless.

Speaking about the performances of the cast, I need to applaud each actor. Even though there are characters that have an appearance for a minute in the film surrounding one particular man, they have their own space. Ranbir Kapoor, who plays the reel, Sanjay Dutt, has left me stunned and with no words to appreciate his performance. I am sure after this film, Mr Kapoor can be touted as one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood.  Coming to Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala, they are the delight of the movie, especially Manisha as she looks the crystal clear image of late Nargis Dutt. Not missing out on Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh and Boman Irani, the actors have purely done justice with this character. Whereas Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Karishma Tanna and Sonam Kapoor are the cherry on top with their simple yet crisp appearances.

When you hear the song ‘Kar Har Maidan Fateh’ in the cinema hall, you will have to confidence to face the difficulties in your life with courage despite the failures, just like Sanjay Dutt. On the other hand, songs like ‘Ruby Ruby’ and ‘Main Bhi Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya’ make for a good watch too.

Just like the stellar acts by the actors and musicians, the scenes of the film are well crafted. Kudos to Ravi Varman, who balances both the past and present mood of the film aptly. Coming to the man who got all the above-said things in place, the director, Mr Rajkumar Hirani, we need to thank him for not glorifying and justifying Sanjay Dutt’s life on-screen and presenting it in a subtle way. No wonder this man has made a mark for himself as one of the finest directors of Bollywood, owing to his subtleness.

While the movie has blockbuster written all over it, there is a small glitch which is pricking us. The absence of Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt’s alleged love-affair kind of left a void in Hirani’s product. I mean, this was like missing out one important chapter of his life which was the most talked about. Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri’s love-affair was one of the highlights back in the 90’s, from the duo working in more than 5 films to their sizzling chemistry on magazine covers, their relationship had spread all over in Bollywood. Wonder what was the reason behind not making that chapter a part of the film.

Nevertheless, finally, giving out the final verdict- If you have been a fan or even if you are not a fan of Sanjay Dutt, do watch this movie- ‘Sanju’ to brighten up your lazy weekends! I bet you will have a smile on your once you leave the cinema hall. Adios!

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'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'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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