Gully Boy is a celebration of life in Asia’s largest Slum. It does not demean the society but brings it to light in a beautiful manner without the frills and fancy of a typical Bollywood film. No naach gaana, no dishoom dishoom, just plain story-telling with its heart in the right place.
The only actor to catch the eye is Shreya Dhanwanthary who excels in the ‘Plain Jane’ look as well as the girl in a corporate set-up. Her transition, screen presence and character graph is the only good thing in the flick.
The movie is more a docu-comedy with director Vijay Gutte trying to highlight Dr Singh as he is. In that sense, he has been honest and Dr Singh’s character shines out throughout.
The twist in the tale comes at the interval and you wonder how the film will move on. But Aditya Sarpotdar and Mauli Sarjerao Deshmukh have other plans.
Andhadhun is an entertainer all the way, never once letting you down as a paying public.
Director Nandita Das needs a standing ovation. Her painstaking work of going back in time to the pre- and post partition days is brutal in its depiction. Even though she lingers only but a moment on a scene, it is enough to understand the viciousness of it all.
The entire production is top class with the subtle music (Baapi-Tutul) drawing you into the plot right from the very first scene and being an intrinsic character in the story till the end.
Corrupt policemen are being burnt systematically by one Veer (John Abraham) and DCP Shivaansh (Manoj Bajpayee) is at his wits end since he is being challenged by the killer. The film takes you back to the early 90s, where characters had no meaning and heroines were showpieces.
The end is mirrored beautifully to the prosecuting lawyer, those gathered in the courtroom and the viewers, that the perceived “They and “Us” conundrum is nothing but a ploy! Mulk is hard-hitting in that sense.
anney Khan could have been sharper and more realistic if the kidnapping was not turned into a joke by debutante director Atul Manjrekar. It could have been a Secret Superstar!
There’s nothing of note here, even performance-wise from any actor. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia makes a mess of this flick without patching in on anything from the first and SBAG Returns.
Ishaan Khatter is earnest and ‘in with every scene’, making it his own without trying too hard. Janhvi Kapoor has an appealing and endearing screen presence and like Ishaan, her reading of every scene is commendable.
The film is an attempt to reiterate the Supreme Court judgement where it stated that “Sanjay Dutt is not a terrorist.” Having said that, it is entertaining with some teary-eyed moments but leaves that ‘little something’ out.
Since the plot is weak and you cannot hold the audience’s attention with mid-air pyrotechnics all the time, Director Remo D’Souza shuffles to his specialty (dance choreography) and throws in elaborate songs a la Himmesh Reshammiya’s music videos. When that too doesn’t work, he moves to Cambodia to sneak off a hard disk from a Bank’s locker.
Bioscopewala is a tale well told and a movie worth a watch if quality cinema is your forte!
For most, marriage is a given and the relationship is taken for granted. But life is not a given, make the most of it by expressing your love. This is what Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain is all about. It’s a slice of life film which is worth a watch.