83 : A Feel Good Satisfying Experience

Kabir Khan was very clear what he wanted to achieve with 83. The proceedings are kept simplistic by design, back stories of individual players or melodrama outside cricket is kept minimalistic by design, the screenplay unabashedly plays to the gallery by design, all the emotional buttons are manipulated by design, and we can see and feel all of it. But no one cares, because all of that works by design too! It is the perfect feel good, nostalgia ride one would want to take this holiday season and come out all smiling and teary eyed from it.

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SARDAR UDHAM : Say it like Shoojit Sircar

Shoojit Sircar is a man of quiet depth and restrained emotions. Even when he makes his lighter films, there is a unique elegance and classy charm attached to them, them studded with precious gem like moments, deeply layered subtlety, and an inexplicable repeat watch quality where you keep discovering a new something with every repeat watch. When the news first started flowing around that my most favourite hindi filmmaker of today’s times was going to make a biopic on Sardar Udham Singh and had the incredible Irrfan on his mind to play the titular role, it was naturally very exciting. While there were apprehensions about Shoojit also jumping into the biopic bandwagon, and also indulging in a genre that was outside his comfort zone, I also had the confidence that Shoojit, with his research , detailing, aesthetics and restraint, will lend the right amount of depth and gravitas to the forgotten story of this valiant revolutionary who took all his time but never lost focus on seeking justice on possibly the single most heinous crime and the darkest event of blood bath that marred India’s struggle for independence.

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JAMUN : Deliciously Warm

Raghubir Yadav’s sincere and heartfelt portrayal of the central character in Gaurav Mehra’s “Jamun” is one of the lesser talked but highly memorable performances of the year, and went unnoticed primarily because the film wasn’t watched and discussed as much as it should have been.

Make time for Jamun and Raghubir Yadav. It would be time well spent.

Jamun has been playing for a while now on Eros Now and Jio Cinemas.

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MIMI : Lacks Empathy

When you are talking about sensitive topics like surrogacy, adoption, disability and motherhood, it is criminal trying to lighten it up with jokes drawn from bigotry, wrapped up sleeze, beauty bias, white redemption and everything else that hurts the very sentiments that are the focal point of your film.

And no, not even a very powerful Kriti Sanon and the always reliable Pankaj Tripathi can do much if the intent was never there to explore the depth and the nuances of the complex emotions with the honesty and the gravitas that the topic deserves and demands.

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TOOFAAN : Doesn’t have the firepower

TOOFAAN could have been a completely forgettable film because the sports drama and rise of the underdog template has nothing new to offer. But it still leaves a definitive footprint because it has a beautiful love story at its core whose beating heart and heartfelt moments is the strength of the film. It also has a certain dignified grace as a family drama that works through its ups and downs. The sincerity and hard work of Farhan Akhtar clearly shows, but it is Mrunal Thakur and her spunk that makes Toofaan a significantly better film than the disaster that the trailer indicated.

Oh Ananya!

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HASEEN DILLRUBA : Poorly Pulpy

Kanika Dhillon has a knack for creating delicious characters. But doesn’t she also need to master what to do with them eventually?

Vinil Mathew picks up the right cast to play those delicious characters, and extracts very engaging performances from them to make them rather exciting. But does he believe that a film can thrive merely on excellent performances?

Pulpy trashy novels within your script can be interesting inspirations to orchestrate the filmy twists in your story. But don’t the writer and the filmmaker have the responsibility to ensure their film eventually doesn’t become that inspiration?

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RAY : No Traces of Ray Here

Forget Me Not | Srijit Mukherji – This may be one of the better films Srijit Mukherji has made in recent times overall, but digs its own grave by using some of the highly objectionable ‘Srijit-ish’ tropes to add some gimmicky glitz and forced darkness to the story. It somehow survives due to some decent performances by Ali Fazal and Shweta Basu Prasad and an okayish overall screenplay. The final memory lane trip depiction is rather unclever and literary though, and takes away some more sheen from the film.

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SHERNI : The Tigress on the Run

The Tigress out there is fighting alone to survive in a jungle that’s turned into a mess by anarchy, whims and fancies of a bunch of bad boys! The rot is deep, the traps are furious, the adversary exists in various forms! The metaphor is strong and leaves its pug mark trails throughout the length of the film.

Amit Masurkar had enough meat here to stew a sumptuous experience with a lingering after taste. Unfortunately at times his process remains inconsistent, and the uneven switch between slow burn docu style storytelling and the parallel layered complex human drama doesn’t deliver the necessary gripping bite to stay uniformly invested throughout.

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SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR : Layered with Smartness

When Dibakar Banerjee makes a film, you watch it.

You can be assured it will be smart, intriguing, layered, and unlike anything what you have seen in the genre before. You can also be assured that he will even make Arjun Kapoor act and Parineeti Chopra get back to form. And you can be assured that the film stays with you for all the right reasons.

So when Dibakar Banerjee makes a film, you watch it. Period.

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ZINDAGI IN SHORT : Stories of Love

‘Zindagi in Short’, now streaming on Netflix, has to be amongst the most fresh anthology offerings of recent times, and also the one that tries least hard to be smart or edgy. A set of 7 short films, each under 20 mins, have been directed by a range of filmmakers, and the stories are of different flavours, representative of a multitude of life dynamics, simple to complex. There is a good mix of established to relatively unknown faces here, both in front of and behind the camera.

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