Super villain Thanos (Josh Brolin), the undefeated, used the Infinity Stones to destroy a part of the universe. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is all set die in the outer space until rescued by Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). All our super heroes have given up hope until Scott Lang, the Antman (Paul Rudd), by quirk of fate, manages to get out of the quantum realm and comes up with a ‘back to future’ idea none finds merit in. Tony finally realizes that it can actually be used to regain what was lost and to defeat Thanos. However, they will need the entire band of super-heroes, the Avengers, to fight and destroy Thanos and his army. They will also pay a heavy price for this end game.
When you have all the superheroes of the Marvel universe descend on the silver screen it’s and epochal event and that’s the sole selling point of this melancholic overlong film that uses stock ideas and doses of humor and emotions to tell a predictable tale. All the technical, financial and marketing might of Disney is employed to make this event film work. It’s not an exceptional film though.
After 22 movies over the past 10 years, we bid adieu to MCU universe in a very adventurous, funny, thrilling, emotional and an epic finale. Breaking all box office records with a whopping 2000 crores+ worldwide within its 2 days of release we don’t expect the superheroes to stop anytime soon. Avengers: Endgame has opened to huge craze in India and its collections are only limited by its
release in 2825 screens which are 2K -DCI only. The collection may have been crossed 100 cr in India on opening day if released in NON - DCI single cinemas too.
VERDICT: SUPER HEROES ARE ALWAYS WINNERS
Banner: Maddock Films, Jio Cinema | Producer: Dinesh Vijan
Director: laxman Utekar | Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon
It’s the story of a boy Vinod "Guddu" Shukla (Kartik Aaryan) and a girl Rashmi Trivedi (Kriti Sanon) who stay in Mathura. They come from conservative Brahmin families. Guddu works for a local cable network. Rashmi joins the network as an apprentice. While doing a story on ‘live-in’ relationships, they fall in love. Guddu wants to marry Rashmi who says they should first have a live-in relationship and then think of marriage. They try the experiment at Gwalior while doing a news story. They take up an apartment as married couple. It works but as they are all set to inform their families, things go wrong.
It looks like a blatant Bollywoodish promotion of ‘live-in’ relationships. The comedy falls flat. Few gags evoke laughter. The performances by actors are forced and put on and border on slapstick. The contrived screenplay is the main villain. It’s a preachy film about moral policing. Music is too loud and upfront. Pankaj Tripathi is the only saving grace of the film.
Luka Chhupi is a sweet movie. It is like sachharine. Kartik Aaryan is brilliantly adorable in the lead role, his comic timing and dialogue delivery are excellent. Kriti Sanon impresses and looks charming. Both Aparshakti and Pankaj Tripathy are fantastic and perform with aplomb. Utekar as the director does a good job and the movie has an old world charm. It has the same ‘midfeel like Bareilly Ki Barfi(2016) and Badhaai Ho(2018). Utekar used some old tracks in a very comical way.
HIDE & SEEK IS ALWAYS A POPULAR GAME
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Banner: Dharma Productions, Rohit Shetty Picturez
Producer: Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Rohit Shetty
Director: Rohit Shetty
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonu Sood
Sangram "Simmba" Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) realizes in early childhood that a man in police uniform is most powerful and is sure shot way to get rich. He works hard to become a police officer and turns out to be the most corrupt and 'kameena' police officer ever. He is transferred to Goa to help in the nefarious activities of Durva Ranade (Sonu Sood), a mafia don. This is where he meets Shagun Sathe (Sara Ali Khan). An incident shakes his conscience and suddenly he finds himself pitted against Durva and his criminal empire.
It's a Bollywood remake of NTR Jr.'s Telugu hit Temper, nearly a frame to frame copy. Energetic and fantastic performance by Ranveer Singh. He excelled in all that is romance, comedy and action. Sara Ali Khan is fresh and talented and has a long way to go. Sonu Sood excels in his villainous character. Rohit Shetty lived upto his expectations and delivered yet another entertaining film but only for masses .It's a bit too long. The overtly preachy climax is a downer. Contrived cameos by other Bollywood stars add value to it. The music is all right. It's a well-mounted film.
Simmba was roaring. Simbba thundered. All in trade were expecting a storm at the box office. It is a well made movie - a complete issuebased entertainer. But what went wrong with the audience who didnot come out to watch this most anticipated super hit of 2018. Our team did a survey across India about this. We asked audiences, all praised it. Then why this lukewarm start? We find many reasons:
1. Simmba, a mass oriented movie is remake of Temper which has been watched by millions in Hindi dubbed version since long time.
2. Simmba’s trailer was very good but it explained the entire story of the movie.
3. It is a Frame to Frame remake which audience were not expecting in Hindi version.
4. Severe cold in north also effected the opening.
5. Few changes in the movie dIffused it’s focused Temper.
The film is designed to please single screen audiences as well as multiplex and it should do well at box office and holiday season will benefit the film.
Banner: Yash Raj Films
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Llyod Owen etc
STORY: Thugs of Hindostan is based on revenge of a daughter (Fatima Sana Shaikh). Ronit Roy ( king ) who is father of Fathima were killed by British ( Mr. Clive ) to sign a petition. The film which is set in 1795 follows a band of Thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad, caretaker of Fatima and the rebel leader, who aspires to free Hindostan from the rule of the expanding British East India Company. Alarmed, British commander John Clive sends a small-time Thug from Awadh, Firangi Mallah, to infiltrate and counter the threat form the crux of the story.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: The body of the movie is made with Fatima’s soul. Here Writer/Director Vijay Acharya or Aamir Khan committed the mistake and made a beautiful body with unsuitable soul. Dialogues are routine, screenplay is predictable, music and even plot are not up to the mark. Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan tried their level best and they are the only saving grace of this movie. Some scenes are well executed like Amithabh’s entry scene. Location of Malta is the plus point. Katrina Kaif is not the heroine of this filck. She is in the movie to perform two item numbers. VFX are good. Overall the film which created a lot of hype before release may not be able to do the business expected from it.
TRADE ANALYSIS: ToH does not match with the expectations. It is Mangal Pandey for Aamir Khan and Tashan for YRF. Director Vijay Acharya crafted this Ship in Dhoom style wanted to give surprises to audience through Firangi but he failed miserably and the ship is sinking on it’s voyage. Aamir Khan’s all thugees are predictable. When he comes with ladoos in the jail all audience in theatre expect the same what showes later in the scene. Mr. Clive is not at all impressive. After watching movie all felt cheated by THUGS. Projecting Katrina as main heroine - Thuggee # 1. Fatima Sana Shaikh as main protagonist - Thuggee # 2.
Inspite of all odds, this movie may be liked by Masala movie lovers. But excess of Masala marred it’s taste. Openning collection till Sunday will save this ship from sinking.
VERDICT: THUGS THUGG THE HINDOSTAN
BOX OFFICE GRADE: B
Banner: Balcony Films, Rock N Rolla Entertainment |
Producer: Sagar S. Sinagare, Sandesh Jadhav, Yogesh Singh
Director: Sachin P. Karande | Cast: Amit Sadh, Arbaaz Khan,
Sonal Chauhan, Evelyn Sharma, Rajdeep Choudhury
STORY: It is a modern day story of new age man Jack, carefree with little materialistic ambitions, earning as much to meet his daily needs. Jack (Amit Sadh), a comical detective is hired by Waliaji (Arbaaz Khan) to spy on his wife Shilpa (Sonal Chauhan) when he
suspects her of having an affair. Things go upside down when Jack ends up
falling in love with his client's wife.
ANALYSIS: Sachin Karande story did not impress the audience at all. The
same repeat story which has been shown several times on the
screen with just few masala can’t make the movie a good movie.
VERDICT: NO JACK TO RECOVER PRODUCER’S BILL
BOX OFFICE GRADE : -B
Banner: Bombay Talkies | Producer: Rajnarayan Dube, Azad Army | Director: Aazad | Cast: Ruhi Singh, Zakir Hussain, Manish Chaudhary
STORY: This is the first film in history of Indian cinema which will give insights about life and times of Chandrashekhar Azad. His thoughts were like the flames of fire and acts were deadly.
ANALYSIS: The film on any national hero need a good story line and also it should be given some liberty which is not the case in this film.
VERDICT: A MOVIE MADE WITH GOOD INTENTION BUT....
BOX OFFICE GRADE: -B
Producer: Rajesh Kumar Jodhani, Mukesh Jodhani | Director: Pawan Kumar Chauhan | Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Kamalika Banerjee, Mukesh Tiwari, Brajendra Kala etc.
STORY: Sanjay Mishra is a priest in Mathura who has no money, but he wishes to get his daughter Kajal Jain married to Mahesh Sharma with full pomp. To get the money, he decides to marry off his son Chandrachoor Rai and use the dowry for his daughter’s marriage.
ANALYSIS: Pawan Kumar Chauhan has chosen a very good subject but didn’t present it in a way audience would have liked to see it. All the cast are experienced actors but their skills has not been used up to the mark.
VERDICT: NOT SHUBH MUHURAT FOR THE RELEASE
BOX OFFICE GRADE: B
Producer: Manju Bharti, Kaluram Purohit |
Director: Partho Ghosh |
Cast: Mukesh Bharti,
Madalsa Sharma, Manju Bharti
Story: A love story about Amar and Anjali, the story revolves around their college days and how they fall in love then. Old rivalries and families clash while the two try to be together.
Review: With a story right out of a bad 90s film and Bapi Lahiri at his campiest best in the music department, 'Mausam Ikrar Ke…' has very little to offer.
VERDICT: FOR FEW MOMENTS
BOX OFFICE GRADE: -B
Banner: Fun Entertainment Productions | Producer: Hanwant Khatri, Lalti Kiri | Director: Prabhuraj | Cast: Javed Jaffrey, Vijay Raaz, Niki Aneja Walia,Karan Anand
STORY: A road trip turns into a spooky nightmare as a family of four is attacked by strange entities.
ANALYSIS: There is nothing here that is truly frightening, and not enough substance to justify the running time of 117 minutes, but at least the actors are committed to the material. And horror movie nowadays need a good content .
VERDICT: MAY VANISH SOON BOX OFFICE GRADE: B
Banner: Kyta Productions, Emmay Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Producer: Dheeraj Wadhawan, Ajay Kapoor, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikhil Advani
Director: Gauravv K Chawla
Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Chitrangda Singh, Radhika Apte
Like many young Indians Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra), from Allahabad move to Mumbai, not to struggle but to settle. He doesn't want to make it in movies but crack the stock market and impress one of its most successful players Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), a greedy and powerful Gujarati trader.
It is a drama that fails to shine due to its sketchy screenplay. It doesn't bode well that the film ends with a factual inaccuracy. Taking the audience for ignorant is not a smart business move.
The director made this movie on the business of stock market and it became difficult for the masses, who are not aware of this trade, to understand what is going on screen. Most of the charecters are in gray shade. Saif Ali after ‘Scared Games’ did a different character of a Gujrati businessman is a tret to watch. Rohan Mehra voice did not match with his body but he did his job well. Radhika Apte is a delight to watch as a corporate staff. Chtrangda’s character shows the reality of elites.But the director failed to present a good thriller.
NO MONEY IN THIS BAZAAR
Banner: Insite India | Director: Dheeraj Kumar | Producer: Shravan Kumar
Agarwal, Vineet Singh, Dhiraj Kumar, Manish Kishore Cast: Sharman Joshi, Govind Namdev, Manojj Pahwa,
Aishwarya Devan, Manoj Joshi
It is the story of
Kaashi (Sharman Joshi) a corpse burner who lives on the banks of the river Ganges in
Varanasi. Despite caste and class differences, he catches the attention of Devina
(Aishwarya Devan) a journalist, who is in the holy city in search of a story.
The script is not well-chiselled and the tale though intriguing, appears to be ridiculous and convolutedly mounted with predictable scenes, for most of its length. Hence, the audiences who have no patience with the narrative would crack up soon and dismiss the film midway.
Sharman Joshi stands out in his performance. Kaashi... is a suspense thriller which engrosses one’s attention throughout the movie but it reminds us of Drishyam.
IN SEARCH OF .....
Banner: Junglee Picutres, Chrome Pictures | Producers: Vineet Jain, Aleya Sen, Hemant Bhandari, Amit Sharma, Sushil Chaudhary, Priti Sahani | Director: Amit Sharma | Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta
STORY: The film centres around the middle-class Kaushik family who live in Lodhi Colony, Delhi. A young man named Nakul Kaushik, who is unable to accept the fact of having a new sibling in his life at the age of late 20s by his parents Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) who get unexpectedly pregnant.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: The film is a family entertainer which will make you laugh, cry and most importantly entertain you. Story, screenplay and direction is excellent. It has ample of humour in the form of quirky one-liners, but it is the emotional quotient that is the USP of this film.
TRADE ANALYSIS: Director Amit Sharma thoughtfully captures the love between the middle-aged couple as they steal glances at a wedding. Congratulations to Ayushmann Khurrana for choosing unconventional scripts and hitting the bull's eye each time. Be it Vicky Donor', 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan', 'Andhadhun' and now 'Badhaai Ho'. Overall it's a simple story and this time simplicity worked beautifully.
BAGHAI HO!!! HIT HAI
BOX OFFICE GRADE
Producer: Sajid Qureshi | Director: Abhishek Dogra | Cast: Govinda, Varun Sharma, Sanjay Mishar
Set in Delhi, it’s the story of a good-hearted water purifier salesman Rajiv (Varun Sharma) at the verge of losing his job as he is not able to meet his sales target. His boss gives him an ultimatum that by coming Friday if he didn’t succeed in effecting a sale, he will be thrown out of the job. He goes for a crash course in salesmanship, picks the tricks of the trade and finally manages to get a customer, a rich soft-hearted socialite married to a debauch of a husband Gagan Kapoor (Govinda), a well known theatre actor, who is carrying on an affair with the young wife of a police officer. Rajiv reaches Gagan’s house to install the water purifier on Friday but what follows is a roller coaster ride of one identity crisis after another.
The slapstick situational comedy works yet it gets a little tiresome at times. Indian audiences will be watching a film of the genre after a long gap of time. It’s Varun Sharma’s film all the way. The gags draw laughter and have moments of inspired performances by actors. Though the film is low on technical parameters (B grader), it’s high on entertainment quotient particularly for audiences who just want to laugh and get entertained. The stagey unpretentious screenplay works. The direction is fine, and music inconsequential.
Its main draw is Varun Sharma and Govinda combination. The business of the film will grow through word of month. It may do well at single screen theatres and may turn out to be a sleeper hit.
A LAUGHING FRIDAY
Banner: Vishesh Films | Director: Pushpdeep Bhardwaj | Cast: Rhea Chakraborty, Varun Mitra and
Digangana Suryavanshi | Screenplay: Kausar Munir
Mumbai girl Ayesha (Rhea Chakraborty), an aspiring writer, gets enamoured with her tour guide Dev (Varun Mitra), a PhD scholar in history, on a Delhi trip. Love prevails over good sense and they get married only to realise that they don’t want similar things from life. Aisha and Dev decide to end their marriage due to their ideological differences. Years later, they meet on a train journey where they are confronted with their past choices and relationship.
Pushpdeep bhardwaj named his movie after the most popular sweet of our nation but his offering is not so sweet. Actually this ‘Jalebi’ is not well cooked or fried in term of story and direction. Among the more striking features of Jalebi are the silences that if offers the audience to balance out the melodramatic scenes and the musical score that opts for serenity over foot-tapping noise - two more reasons why the film might feel wearisome to some. Rhea and Varun did what they suppose to do as per the script and direction. Musically mediocre.
People expectations are always for something new and musically rich product from Vishesh Films banner but this time they failed to meet the expectations.
JALEBI IS NOT SWEET
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures / Matchbox Pictures | Producer: Sanjay Routray / Ashok Vashodia | Director: Sriram Raghvan | Cast: Ayushmann Khurana / Tabu / Radhika Apte / Anil Dhawan / Zakir Hussain / Ashwini Kalsekar
STORY: The black situational comedy and crime thriller revolves around Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana), an accomplished piano player, who lives in Pune. He is seemingly blind. By quirk of fate he meets a beautiful girl Sofie (Radhika Apte) whose father runs a restaurant and bar. Akash plans to go abroad and is collecting money for that purpose. He begins to make good money in tips at the bar by playing piano. Akash and Sofie get very close. Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhavan), a has-been filmmaker, and a regular at the bar, invites Akash to his residence for a private concert. He wants to give his wife Simi (Tabu) a surprise on their wedding anniversary. Akash reaches their flat at the appointed hour and the events that follow thereafter turn Akash’s life topsy-turvy and perilous.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: The story is full of surprises and holds your interest. You want to know what happens next. The twists and turns in the screenplay use known tricks of this genre of cinema. It’s a better Indian film of the genre though. There are quite a few loose ends yet the narrative is smartly contrived and lay audiences won’t much care for minor flaws. It’s a well written, directed, and performed film. The comedic gags and situations are very effective. The filmmaker pays an apt and heart-warming tribute to piano sequences in Indian films of the yore. The background score is imitative but goes well with the film’s subject.
TRADE ANALYSIS: This a unique edge to edge thriller. From start to end Sriram Raghvan succeed to make it unpredictable, unexpected and hilarious as well. In term of acting, Tabu and Ayushman are the show stealer. Radhika Apte did her role with full justice and well supported by Zakir and Ashwini. This James Hadely Chase style story will be loved by all.
THIS BLIND PLAYER IS THE WINNER ALL THE WAY
Banner: Salman Khan Films | Producer: Salman Khan | Director: Abhiraj Minawala | Cast: Ayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Caroline Wilde
Romance blossoms between young Sushrut (Ayush Sharma) and Michelle (Warina Hussain) when they meet during the festival of Navratri. When Michelle returns home to the United Kingdom, Sushrut embarks on an adventurous journey through a strange land to win back the woman he loves.
Debutant director Abhiraj Minawala has played it safely here and haven’t experimented anything new. He had come up with same old formula of love. The debutant Ayush Sharma and Warina Hussain being their first film have done a good job and they have been supported nicely by the experienced actors like Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor.
If someone thought that people would go to watch a movie as that was presented by Salman Khan is not a correct speculation. Salman as a producer fails to deliver a good product in term of entertainment. The story is very old fashioned and predictable. Ayush has potential but not explored well. Warina looks very pretty. She may shine in future. A routine direction and ordinary screenplay make it an average fare.
IT IS AN ACCIDENT ON LOVE-FESTIVAL JOURNEY
2 STAR OUT OF 5
Banner: Yash Raj Films | Producer: Maneesh Sharma, Aditya Chopra | Director: Sharat Katariya | Cast: Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Raghubir Yadav
STORY: It’s a heartwarming countryside drama about jovial simpleton Mauji (Varun Dhawan) and his meek - but - enterprising wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma) and their obstacle-filled quest to set up their own
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: The first half is filled with feel-good moments but the second half gets slightly indulgent as the plot veers towards suspension of disbelief, especially considering the grim economic climate.Their road to self-reliance in this clean entertainer as they set up their own venture isn’t particularly rocky and a realist junkie may never buy into the twists. But it will definitely hurt less if you stop looking for loopholes. It is a wholesome entertainer which demands that you don’t over-analyse it by pulling at its weak threads.
TRADE ANALYSIS: From rags to riches is a successful formula of movies. In this movie the director & writer Sharat Kataria, who earlier entertained us with Dum Lagaa Ke Haisha is actually a winner. The way of making this film is a bit hattke. The depressing moments comes frequently but the chemistry between Anushka and Varun is good enough to survive those. Performance-wise, Anushka is at her best and Varun has proved himself as a versatile actor. Raghubir Yadav impresses in his role. People who are expecting comedy and humour may disappoint here. Few comical moments are in first part only. Musically, It is an average-fare. This type of story requires some chart-buster songs. Music could have been better. A motivational movie
VERDITS: MAY RELATE MORE TO MIDDLE CLASS
BOX OFFICE GRADE:
Banner: Kyta Productions, Vishal Bhardwaj Films | Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Dheeraj Wadhvan, Ajay Kapoor, Ishan Saksena | Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Cast: Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover
STORY: The film talks about two feisty sisters Champa Kumari and Genda Kumari whose love-hate relationship is at the centre of Vis personify. Radhika Madan is the older sister — as reflected by her nickname Badki. And then there's Chutki Sanya Malhotra While Badki is a tempestuous simpleton who is happy with her beedis, gets along more with cows than humans and aspires to own a dairy one day, Champa is a dreamer, and wants to be a teacher. Champa and Genda do not get along, and it's the biggest bane of their existence.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Vishal Bhardwaj as a director has managed to capture the essence, dialect and inherent charm of rural India one step further with Pataakha. This is a quirky family film that entertains, and isn't ever melodramatic. The film is an explosive but subtle; it's emotive but doesn't take itself too seriously as a film. It could have benefited with a tighter edit, but for the most part audience couldn't take their eyes away from the screen. The film is an indulgence worth investing in.
TRADE ANALYSIS: Patakha is a metaphor by Shakespear’s plays obsessed film maker Vishal Bharadwaj. Here he adapted the short story by Charan Singh Pathik. Here two sisters stands for India and Pakistan who are destined to live together with love to hate each other. Vishal tried more rural treatment for the movie. Sanya and Radhika did their roles well but Vijay Raj and Sunil Grover are at their best. Weak Script and ordinary music fail to connect with audience.
VERDICT: IT WILL NOT CATCH FIRE BOX OFFICE GRADE: C
Producers: TIM beven, Chris Clark, Eric Feliner Director: David Kerr Cast: Rowen Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, Emma Thompson
STORY: The British Intelligence service, MI7, is cyber attacked. The cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service's last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the master mind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue
methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.
ANALYSIS: Johnny English Strikes Again is a laugh riot. English is no James Bond but at the end of the day, he always manages to get the job done. Rowan
Atkinson is at the top of his game and never backs out of making a fool of himself on screen in order to tickle the viewers’ funny bone. Ben Miller plays the spy’s sidekick and gets his comic timing spot on. Also, it’s good to see
Emma Thompson in a light-hearted role.
VERDICT: A FULL ON ENTERTAINMENT
BOX OFFICE GRADE: BB
Banner: T-Series Films, Kriti Pictures | Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nitin Chandrachud, Shree Narayan Singh | Director: Shree Narayan Singh | Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor,Divyendu Sharma, Yami Gutam
STORY: S.K (Shahid Kapoor), Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor), and Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma) are childhood friends. S.K is a hypocrite, mean lawyer making money from out of court settlements. Nauti is an over the top fashion designer who thinks highly of herself. Things were breezy until
Tripathi opens a small town Printing Press. Within months, he is charged with an inflated electricity bill of 1.5 Lakhs, which escalates to 54 Lakhs in the following months. With nowhere to go and complain, Tripathi commits suicide. S.K is set aback by the events and has a change of heart. He decides to fight out against SPTL, a Privatised Electricity Company responsible for the Inflated Bills. Whether or not he is able to sue the company forms the rest of the story.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Even though the film deals with a serious issue, there is no denying that it is high on entertainment as well. While the storyline of the film is being appreciated, the songs of BGMC are also winning hearts. The music of has been given by Anu Malik, Sachet-Parampara & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and the lyrics are by Siddharth-Garima, Manoj Muntashir & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The movie will definitely win the heart of the audiences.
TRADE ANALYSIS: Electricity’s inflated bills were a major problem what people were facing in India previously. But this problem is very smartly handled by most of the state government by introducing prepaid meters or other measures. End of the story is that the subject of this movie is not relevent now. Some people of our country are stealing electricity as their custom. Director in this movie took an old issue and that is his mistake. Although he did his job well with the help of writer Vipul Rawat. Uttarakhand dialect in dialogues and beauty of the hills are nice to hear and watch. Editing could have been better. Shahid has acted brilliantly. Sharaddha Kapoor did well in her role. Musically some songs are composed well.
VERDICT: HOPE BATTI MAY NOT GUL BOX OFFICE GRDE: B
Banner: HP Studios, Filmstoc, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Nandita Das Initiatives | Producer: Vikrant Batra, Ajit Andhare, Namrata Goyal, Nandita Das | Director: Nandita Das | Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal,Nandita Das, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Paresh Rawal
STORY: It is the biographical drama film about the famous Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto who was known for his hard-hitting stories.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Nandita Das as a director has done a good job. It’s a well-researched bio-pic on Manto, very detailed in the art and costume department and excellent cinematography by Kartik Vijay who has given the hues to the era of those times and the various moods of Manto and the court trial and the riots that erupt during the Partition and recreating the Bombay of those times.The performances are good all round with Nawazzuddin Siddiqui simply living the role of Manto and Rasika Dugal as his wife and all other actors too have performed well. Overall the film is an art house cinema. May not do good business.
TRADE ANALYSIS: The movie is a flawless piece of direction. Nandita Das has made a master-piece. Nawazuddin did his catreer’s best performance in this. All is well but the present scenerio of trade is totally different where only big starcast or big budget movies doing well at plexes and this movie may not get enough time to grow on the word of mouth.
VERDICT: THIS MOVIE WILL DO WELL AT OTT PLATFORM
BOX OFFICE GRADE: - B
Producer: Prerna Wadhawan, Ravi Wadhawan | Director: Prerna Wadhawan | Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Richa Chaddha, Raj Babbar, Manish Anand etc.
Story: The film is about Kuhu Singh (Richa Chaddha) falling in love with handsome and studios Ra Raghav (Neil Nitin Mukesh) but he has a troubled family and detests his rich businessman father
(Raj Babbar) who has deserted his mother. But unfortunately complications and difficulties
arise between Kuhu and Raghav and Raghav leaves town and when he return after seven years to divorce her but learns
that he has not stopped loving Kuhu. How they solve their problems and come together is the plot.
Review: The film is well written and directed by Prerna Wadhawan .The music is good with one Holi song and one Sufi
song being the highlights. The technical aspects are okay. Neil Nitin Mukesh puts in a matured performance. Richa
Chaddha is completely natural and believable. Raj Babbar is a veteran in such roles and he is very effective.
VERDICT: PREVIOUSLY , MOUTH PUBLICITY DID WORKS BUT NOW.... ? BOX OFFICE GRADE: B
Banner: Phantom Films, Color Yellow Productions | Producers : Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and Anand L Rai. | Director: Anurag Kashyap | Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu,Vicky Kaushal
STORY: The film is an old fashioned romance set in Amritsar where a DJ who is high on sex and music , Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal are head over heels in love. Vicky is a typical carefree dude who wants to enjoy benefits of romance without commitment of marriage. Taapsee’s family isn’t happy with this arrangement and pushes her to settle down immediately, either with Vicky or boy of their choice. Vicky is commitment phobic. Taapsee agrees for arranged marriage. Enters perfect marriage match Abhishek Bachchan, a gold hearted NRI who’s character is like Ajay Devgn of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam . He fells deeply in love with Taapsee. But old flame rebounds in girl’s life and finally, after lot of emotional drama, she makes an easy choice between passion and pure love.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: The film is well directed by the otherwise noir director Anurag Kashyap who directs a romance and does it well. The performances are good all-round with the energetic Punjabi kuddi Taapsee Pannu and the robust Vicky Kaushal and the understated Abhishek Bachchan who is back on screen after a sabbatical and he chose the right film. The cinematography is first rate as is the editing. The supporting cast is credible. The film is written well by Kanika Dhillon.. The music by Amit Trivedi has a Punjabi folk flavor which is infectious.
TRADE ANALYSIS: Overall it's nothing but role reversal where Tapsee behaves like a male and Abhishek's character acts like a traditional wife who has to suffer in silence. Tapsee does justice to Rumi. Vicky exceptionally performed to a new level. Abhishek played his role decently. Musically, Amit Trivedi’s Daryaa is good but all songs are mostly in Punjabi which may not attract Hindi audience. Director Anurag’s story telling from crime thrillers to love stories shows his caliber. He is fantastic in all but this story has limitations.
VERDICT: MOVIE RELEASED IN WRONG TIME
BOX OFFICE GRADE: B
Banner: Abundatia Entertainmemt | Producers: Vikram Malhotra ,Raedita Tandon |
Director: Nitin Kakkad | Cast: Jackky Bhagnani ,Kritika Kamra ,Pratik Gandhi
STORY: The film is set in a Gujarati household where a strict father (Neeraj Sood) wants his engineer son Jai (Jacky Bhagnani) to achieve something in life but the son wants to be a chef much to the chagrin of his father who wants him to get married as soon as possible and a girl (Kritika Kamra) enters his life who too wants to start a trailer food service and both get close together but their families are not happy with this alliance. How both Jaccky and Kritika along with their good friend (Pratik Gandhi) solve their problems forms the gist of the story.
ANALYSIS: The films premise based on a South film is very interesting but much similar to the recently released Chef but the director Nitin Kakkad succeeds in making a watchable film. Jackky Bhagnani does well making you wonder why so less of this talented actor is seen. TV Star Kritika Kamra makes a good debut on the big screen. Neeraj Sood as the Gujarati speaking strict father is very good. Pratik Gandhi as Jackky’s best friend is impressive. There is a lot of Gujarati spoken in the film which a novice to the language won’t understand. The technical aspects are very good. The music is okay. VERDICT:The film is a dud
BOX OFFICE GRADE: (-B)
Banner: Davis Enter tainment | Producer: John Davis | Director : Shane Black |Cast : Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan- Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Sterling K Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Yvonne Strahovski
STORY: Army captain and sniper Quinn McKenna (Narcosstar Boyd Holbrook) on a mission to free some hostages from a drug cartel. The operation is going right on plan when a huge spacecraft crashes onto the scene. McKenna goes along to investigate and gets hold of a Darth Vader-like facemask and something like an Infinity Gauntlet. Also has the ability to become invisible; the creature soon kills the other members of McKenna's unit, although the captain himself manages to incapacitate the alien and get away. ANALYSIS: The Predator, the latest attempted reboot of the journeyman action franchise, in which a character
attempts to board a fleeing alien
spaceship. BOX OFFICE GRADE: B