Toilet – Ek Prem Katha movie review: Capable of striking meaningful conversations

Directed By: Shree Narayan Singh
Produced By: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

When a film promises to harp on orthodox and evil perceptions (and systems) that have stayed on for long, it is  quite a challenge. There’s always a fear of sounding preachy, and at the same time you must be impactful enough to turn the table around. Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ created quit a stir that way. Not just because it tries to strike a constructive conversation regarding poorly managed sanitation system of India, but also brings into picture how an otherwise fulfilling love story is impacted by the very real problem.

Akshay (Keshav) and Bhumi’s (Jaya) introduction to each other and a gradually discovery of mutual fondness form the first half of the film. Keshav and Jaya, who meet in a local train, have another quirky encounter as Keshav, owner of a cycle shop, incidentally sells a bicycle to Jaya’s father. After initial reluctance, she is is taken aback by Keshav’s simplicity and honesty, and ties the knot; however, without the knowledge that his house doesn’t have a personal toilet. There begins Jaya’s struggle. After a few rounds of demands, she decides to turn stern and leaves the house.

There begins the film’s real mission. Even in 2017 as we boast of many a developments we already cherish, you will find strange and contradictory mindsets that are anything but progressive. As an outcome, mobiles phones are far more accessible than public toilets and the otherwise ‘sanskari’ bunch wouldn’t mind going to the field for their daily morning ritual. Keeping the practical scenario in mind, the film tries to build up a relatable conflict between the old-fashioned villagers who disown the entire practice of personal toilets and Akshay who stands against the flow and would go to any extent to change this. That is not just because he is on the verge of losing his ladylove, but also because he has slowly come to realise how this often leads women to massive embarrassment and various other forms of sexual harassment.

But does it succeed? The first half is considerably enjoyable, thanks to fair share of comic elements and the swift transition of romance. At the same time, we thoroughly enjoyed how a much humane bond is slowly built up between Akshay and Bhumi. Bhumi’s character, an educated and enlightened one from a village, is progressive but doesn’t mindlessly try to be a modern woman in appearance. That’s what has retained her originality. She has got the accent and pronunciation just right, and looks real.

Akshay is decent, although a number of directors in the past, have handled him better and churned out better performances from him. In the second half, though, things are in for a change. Any revolution that is against the system, is neither easy nor comfortable. However, here, it happens quickly and conveniently. In fact, it is surprising as to how how Akshay, single-handedly, manages to stir the entire state administration.

In between, the screenplay witnesses several drops and the pace goes for a toss. But thanks to consistent turn of events, we manage to stay hooked.

The film’s music, which is strictly average in merit, might have a few takers. None of the songs would stay with you for long. Even in the film, they are strictly situational. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ is decently shown and you do spot a few flaws in editing here and there. It could be trimmed to another 15-20 minutes.

We also have to mention Divyendu Sharma and Sudhir Pandey, who within their limited character space, have done a commendable job.

Do films indeed act a tool of change? No one yet has the answer. But yes, this one will definitely make you think!

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Toilet – Ek Prem Katha movie review: Capable of striking meaningful conversations

Directed By: Shree Narayan Singh
Produced By: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

When a film promises to harp on orthodox and evil perceptions (and systems) that have stayed on for long, it is  quite a challenge. There’s always a fear of sounding preachy, and at the same time you must be impactful enough to turn the table around. Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ created quit a stir that way. Not just because it tries to strike a constructive conversation regarding poorly managed sanitation system of India, but also brings into picture how an otherwise fulfilling love story is impacted by the very real problem.

Akshay (Keshav) and Bhumi’s (Jaya) introduction to each other and a gradually discovery of mutual fondness form the first half of the film. Keshav and Jaya, who meet in a local train, have another quirky encounter as Keshav, owner of a cycle shop, incidentally sells a bicycle to Jaya’s father. After initial reluctance, she is is taken aback by Keshav’s simplicity and honesty, and ties the knot; however, without the knowledge that his house doesn’t have a personal toilet. There begins Jaya’s struggle. After a few rounds of demands, she decides to turn stern and leaves the house.

There begins the film’s real mission. Even in 2017 as we boast of many a developments we already cherish, you will find strange and contradictory mindsets that are anything but progressive. As an outcome, mobiles phones are far more accessible than public toilets and the otherwise ‘sanskari’ bunch wouldn’t mind going to the field for their daily morning ritual. Keeping the practical scenario in mind, the film tries to build up a relatable conflict between the old-fashioned villagers who disown the entire practice of personal toilets and Akshay who stands against the flow and would go to any extent to change this. That is not just because he is on the verge of losing his ladylove, but also because he has slowly come to realise how this often leads women to massive embarrassment and various other forms of sexual harassment.

But does it succeed? The first half is considerably enjoyable, thanks to fair share of comic elements and the swift transition of romance. At the same time, we thoroughly enjoyed how a much humane bond is slowly built up between Akshay and Bhumi. Bhumi’s character, an educated and enlightened one from a village, is progressive but doesn’t mindlessly try to be a modern woman in appearance. That’s what has retained her originality. She has got the accent and pronunciation just right, and looks real.

Akshay is decent, although a number of directors in the past, have handled him better and churned out better performances from him. In the second half, though, things are in for a change. Any revolution that is against the system, is neither easy nor comfortable. However, here, it happens quickly and conveniently. In fact, it is surprising as to how how Akshay, single-handedly, manages to stir the entire state administration.

In between, the screenplay witnesses several drops and the pace goes for a toss. But thanks to consistent turn of events, we manage to stay hooked.

The film’s music, which is strictly average in merit, might have a few takers. None of the songs would stay with you for long. Even in the film, they are strictly situational. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ is decently shown and you do spot a few flaws in editing here and there. It could be trimmed to another 15-20 minutes.

We also have to mention Divyendu Sharma and Sudhir Pandey, who within their limited character space, have done a commendable job.

Do films indeed act a tool of change? No one yet has the answer. But yes, this one will definitely make you think!

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

'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.

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'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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