Tiger Zinda Hai movie review: Tiger is back with a lot of swag in this massy entertainer

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Directed By: Ali Abbas Zafar
Produced By: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sajjad Delfrooz, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, Girish Karnad, Paresh Rawal
Duration: 2 Hours 41 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

It’s not Eid, but Christmas and Salman Khan is here to enthrall his zillion fans with his latest outing ‘Tiger Zinda Hai‘ . After the debacle of ‘Tubelight’ this year, all hopes are pinned heavily on to this action entertainer and trust us, you won’t go disappointed because Ali Abbas Zafar manages to keep you seated right till the end with this massy action flick.

So for starters, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ starts off from where ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ left. Tiger (Salman Khan), a RAW Agent and Zoya (Katrina Kaif), an ISI Pakistani spy abandon their jobs to stay together and are residing in a secluded town of Austria, away from the hustle-bustle and fear of getting caught by their respective agencies. They have a cute little son too with them, who seeks to become a hero figure just like his father Tiger. Their small happy family gets interrupted when a deadly mission comes calling for Tiger. 40 nurses, which include 25 Indians and 15 Pakistanis have been held hostage in a hospital by an Iraqi warlord who aims to spread his terror. Tiger has the mission to save those 25 Indian nurses as specifically instructed by RAW, while Zoya sets off on the same mission to save those 15 Pakistani nurses and here comes the Indo-Pak angle shouting out slogans of peace between the two warring nations who unite to fight a common enemy.

Will they flourish or will they succumb to the terror of Abu Usman, the leader of the Iraq terrorist squad? That’s something you would see unravel in this masala massy entertainer.

As much as the plot seems to turn predictable in the second half, Zafar has managed to pack in loads of fight sequences to keep you on the edge of your seats. While Salman is back with swag as he fights the terrorists and minces them to pulp, a poker-faced (albeit in a good sense here) Katrina as Zoya isn’t far behind. She rolls out fight sequences with finesse and is at par with Salman Khan. And if you thought it’s just the action sequences that will blow you away, then there is romance too and yes, a comic relief in the form of Paresh Rawal and Kumud Mishra. Angad Bedi as Navin, the man who defuses bombs in a jiffy, has minimal dialogues and screen space, while Girish Karnad is back to his trademark conversations with Tiger, just like in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Sajjad Delfrooz as Abu Usman is terrorising with his getup and suits the part very well, while the nurses evoke sympathy.

‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ also boasts of great cinematography, music and background score which ups the ante at explosive moments complimenting the crucial scenes very well. Also, the element of peace between India and Pakistan gels well with the theme of rescuing the nurses. So to quickly sum it up, with loads of action, emotions, romance and patriotism, this one surely could be called as Salman Khan’s comeback this year for the audiences. The only glitch, is a predictable and slightly lengthier plot. Rest, it’s sure to leave you whistling in various scenes.

Our verdict: Definitely lights up your Christmas.

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A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

Directed By: Soojit Sircar
Produced By: Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Duration:
115 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:
3/5

Varun Dhawan is without a doubt one of the most sought-after actors of Bollywood today. The young actor has been giving frequent hits and proving his mettle in the industry, but it sure was high time that he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his hands on something different. So for everyone who was tired of seeing Varun in masala potboilers, the actor did listen to us and how. His recent release ‘October’, directed by the impeccable talented Soojit Sircar sees Varun in a totally different avatar.

Living as a hotel intern, Dan (Varun Dhawan) is all about enjoying his life with his friends and living carefree. It is only when one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) faces an accident and ends up in a hospital, which changes Dan’s life forever. The story unfolds as the careless Dan embarks on an emotional journey. He starts finding love in the strangest the places and the strangest of ways.

If you too thought of Varun’s forte lying in potboilers and comedy flicks, this movie is made to prove you wrong. The actor deserves an applause for Not only taking a risk of playing a role this complex but also for executing it’s so flawlessly. Dan is innocent and a brat at the same time. He will make you fall in love with him, and you will feel what he feels until the very last scene. Banita, on the other hand, is a revelation. She can go places if given the right path. The rest of the cast, especially Shiuli’s mother, Professor Vidya Iyer (Gitanjali) are fabulous playing their parts.

Shoojit handles the sensitivity of the plot brilliantly, it is however his direction which is not up to mark. The movie starts off nice but gradually gets into the boring zone. The parts shot in the hotel are sure to keep you hooked. However the hospital sections soon start to doze you off. Even after being a mere 1hr 56minute long, the movie seems to take a lifetime to end. The storyline is predictable and leaves no scope for suspense or surprise. The climax however is engaging and gets you thinking even after you exit the movie halls.

The camera work by Avik Mukhopadhyay is top notch, while the wound track goes well with the flow of the plot.

Overall,’October’ is about passion and love and is meant for the ones who do not believe in giving up easy. The film however lacks the Entertainment quotient and becomes tedious in the middle. Watch it for the performances.

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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Directed By: Mukul Abhyankar
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Vikram Malhotra, Shri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Roopa Pandit
Cast: Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee, Annu Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu, two of the greatest performers we have in the industry. Both of them are known for being a part of good cinema, and when these two are starring in a film we would surely expect the movie to be fantastic. Well, Manoj and Tabu have come together after a gap of 18 years on the big screen with ‘Missing’ which hits the screens on April 6, 2018.

‘Missing’ is about Sushant (Manoj), Aparna (Tabu) and Titli (Aparna’s 3-year-old daughter). They come to Mauritius via cruise, check into a hotel late night, and next morning Titli goes missing. And then starts the hunt for Titli and during this whole searching scenario, twists and turns take place.

First all of let me tell you that ‘Missing’ has a very good concept. It had a potential to be a very good suspense thriller, it had the potential to make you sit back and think that what would happen next, and it surely had the potential to be nail-biting. But, writer-director Mukul Abhyankar, unfortunately couldn’t deliver a good suspense-thriller here. I am not saying that there are no good twists and turns, but the way they appear on the screen they don’t look convincing to make us believe. The sequences that should have been the highlight look too dull here.

Another thing that doesn’t really impress us is that the movie is based in Mauritius, but from receptionists in the hotel to manager to the police officers everyone there is Indian, even the people staying in the hotel are Indians. UFF!

The biggest disappointments of the movie are, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor. The former in the first half is not at all good. However, he manages to impress us in the second half. Talking about Annu Kapoor, he is a very senior actor, but his portrayal of police officer starts irritating us a bit after a point. I can’t blame the senior actor much for that as his character itself is not convincingly written.

The movie is saved by Tabu. The supremely talented actress does justice to her character and holds us throughout the film. What a brilliant performance!

Overall, ‘Missing’ is an unconvincing tale that leaves you with a lot of questions. Annu Kapoor mouths a dialogue again and again in the film, ‘Something is wrong’, and that’s what you will feel while watching the film.

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