Gully Boy – Iska time zaroor aayega!

The much awaited Gully Boy trailer is here, and it is super groovy, full of swagger and attitude! The way it is cut is fantastic, and gives all positive vibes of Apna Time Aayega! Zoya Akhtar is the queen of telling stories of the heart, and here she seems to have completely grabbed the pulse of street rappers and their lives! The trailer is also assuring some fabulous performances from Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz and rest of the ensemble. The camera work in capturing the state of chaos – physical and of the mind, is brilliant. Its amazing how well Zoya has always channelized the energy of Ranveer in the right way. Alia’s performance is surprisingly high on energy. The film should have a standout soundtrack as well. Cannot wait for Feb 14th!

Yeh hain asli hip hop!


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Sonchiriya – Promises a fascinating drama!

Abhishek Chaubey is known for capturing a very authentic milieu in all his films and tell a hard hitting story on that. We have seen that with Udta Punjab, Ishqiya and to an extent with Dedh Ishqiya too. Naturally the expectations are sky high when he decides to tell the story of Chambal Dakaits in his latest offering Sonchiriya. And going by the trailer, we seem to be all set for an earthy, gritty and highly intense drama here! The setting seems perfect and the overall production design seems to make an impact in the two minutes trailer itself. There are a bunch of powerhouse performers, but the one who make the max impact in the trailer are Ranvir Shorey, Sushant Singh Rajput and Ashutosh Rana. Surprisingly there is little of Manoj Bajpayee in the trailer in comparison, and I wanted to see him more. The music by Vishal Bharadwaj is sounding good, and the film is possibly going to be well shot as well. The wait for 8th February has now gotten more exciting!


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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga – the trailer has its moments!

Ek ladki ko dekha to aisa laga – While I am not a fan of the fact that the film tries to cash in to the nostalgia of a beautiful song to ring the initial bells, but I think the trailer of the film has come out quite nice!

There seems to be a good brave attempt to tell a homosexual love story on a large commercial scale, and I hope it is treated with the right amount of sensitivity. Casting the father daughter pair for such a strong subject is a good thought, and I hope the daughter does not pull down the energy of the charismatic father in any way. Kudos to Sonam Kapoor though to walk in to a role like this and giving the very relevant topic the right backing of an A-lister!

Rajkummar Rao is looking good, excited to watch Juhi on screen after long, and am sure Seema Pahwa and Brijendra Kala will light up all the scenes they appear in.

What lighted up the trailer for me though was this frame. The man and his eyes and the heartfelt image of vulnerability.


We have to check out how the film will be, but the trailer is decent enough to push me to the theatres.

ELKDTAL releases on February 1st and is directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar.


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Shahjahan Regency – Triggers an intrigue

I am always skeptical about remaking classics. Srijit Mukherji has done that with Nayak, Antony Firinghee and Sansayi Raja already, and Shankar’s classic book Chowringhee gets a fresh adaptation now with Shahjahan Regency. The trailer triggers intrigue, I have to say. Though there are a lot of snippets that you see and ask loudly – Why? I am also worried with Abir donning Sata Bose, I think Param will make a fine Shankar though.

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Manikarnika – The trailer loses its way

Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi trailer could have been so much more but quickly loses its plot.

Kangana Ranaut in the titular role looks lovely as the princess in the opening shot and I wish there was more to it. The styling and wardrobe of the queen however, although grand, looks clumsy, not true to the period, and does not create an impression.

There is a good supporting cast lined up for the film, but they are all given very poor dialogs. Most of the dialogs appear cheesy, and never feel like real people having real conversations. I am looking forward to what Jisshu Sengupta and Atul Kulkarni do.

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Cheat India – Might not cheat the audience!

The film could go either way, some of the dialogues are rather cheesy, but what is exciting is that subjects like this are being made to films these days! Its refreshing, and if dealt with even some sincerity, can make up an interesting film. Emran Hashmi also has a knack of shining in such roles. Can he pull it off again?

Cheat India could be the film to watch out for next Republic Day. Arrives on January 25, 2019.

Sonchiriya – seems all set to fly high!

Abhishek Chaubey has always ensured that he gets the milieu in his films authentic and on point. His last outing Udta Punjab was a blazing example of the same. If Sonchiriya’s teaser promises one thing loud and clear, it is that! Gritty, earthy and rooted, this one looks like the film to watch out for in Feb 2019.

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URI – The trailer is problematic

Now, Vicky Kaushal is a great actor. But should war movies only focus on one individual’s heroics and not the entire team as the trailer suggests? Frankly no other soldier in the trailer gets focus. This angle of storytelling is bothering. Not convinced.

Simmba – Why Rohit?

Just one line reaction – I am so glad Sara Ali Khan is NOT making her debut in this film to get lost in this mess 😐

Bijoya – promises a great start to ’19

Having experienced the terrific Bisorjon, this trailer definitely arouses the intrigue on the next phase of the story. I just wish that Ganesh Mondol and Padma remain at the center stage of this story as well, and there are more layers than what the trailer apparently suggests. Releasing on Jan 4th ’19