Jagga Jasoos – A Cinematic Donut

Remember the time you had a bad cough and you had a glass of warm water? The soothing effect going beyond your throat right through the oesophagus, the warmth induced in the body and that sigh after a sip! Ahhh It’s just so perfect. 2017 may be a bad filmy cough for the audiences, but a warm, gooey and an enthralling movie might just make up for it. Take a bow Anurag Basu, take a bow! Because “Jagga Jasoos” is that warm glass of water which will relieve, sooth and ease out the janta. The 180 min musical tale is nothing short of a contemporary genius which will transform into a classic and will be remembered for a long time. Anurag Basu’s vision for the movie, his story-telling and his idea of fantasy is unparalleled and comes with an exquisite timing and opportunity. That being said, the movie primarily belongs to Ravi Varman whose cinematography will make you go all gaga and drool over the characters and the story. But how do you do cease the overwhelming feeling at the irresistible presence of Ranbir Kapoor? The superstar walks into the movie only to own it and you’ll feel it within the first 5 mins of his performance. And this is only balanced fantabulously by Saswata Chatterjee. With its broadway-ish feels, Jagga Jasoos is a winner all the way. Don’t be a fool and grab a ticket now because this one is a mmmm.mm.mmmm ..wait for it…. must watch! #jaggajasoos

The White Helmets – A Cringeworthy Narration

Have we ever wondered how we face pure optimism, respond to unwavering hope and react to subdued helplessness? In all honesty, I have no answer to that and it’s pretty safe to assume most of us won’t. Our regularities, opportunities and privileges will never allow us to be in the shoes of those who are fighting the odds just to see the bright rays of sun. Possibly, the only lifelong dream (if life is indeed that long for them) they have is survival. But if you wish to seek the true definition of hope, strength and courage, do yourself a favour and watch the award-winning “The White Helmets”. A documentary which captures the daily life of a civilian team which helps out the needy ones in Syria. They’re inexperienced, naive at rescue operations but rock solid with their intent and mission. Director Orlando Von Einsiedel captures a heart wrenching visual which compels us to contemplate about the liberties we are blessed with and the convenience of our safe and ‘happy’ lives. Because there’s no way we can imagine the plight of the people in Syria; we can’t understand what it feels like to see a 1 week old baby trapped in the debris after an airstrike. To feel the palpability of the blessed life we have and to express a genuine despair for humanity, “The White Helmets” is a documentary not to be missed. #thewhitehelmets

A Death In The Gunj – A tale well told!

A mellow Sunday afternoon. A cup of coffee. A cane chair in the balcony. A light breeze and a book in the hand. Sounds like a perfect Sunday recipe. On the onset, one doesn’t feel like there’s anything extraordinary about such an afternoon. But it’s the feel, the mood, the tenor of time passing by which makes us want to hold on to the moment. And if you had to draw a parallel to this scenario in the cinematic world, Konkana Sen Sharma will be able to help you out with her directorial debut. A cinematically appealing “A Death In The Gunj” is a tale setup in 1970s which talks about an uneventful week spent in McCluskieganj by a group of friends which eventually turns out to be a tempestuous episode. The charm of the movie lies in the simple yet gripping method of storytelling and there’s no way the retro feel of the movie will wear off. You have to give it to the production team for creating an atmosphere of a tale and not just cinema in the hall. Honey Trehan lines up a powerful cast leaving no gaps or misses in the overall production value. Vikrant Massey is perpetually undeviating from his character making this an important milestone for him. Full marks to Konkana Sen Sharma for not overdoing this in anyway and keeping it right and real for us. Her direction has her personality and you can only appreciate the build up once you walk out of the hall. For the love of good cinema and appreciating a good production, “A Death In The Gunj” is a definite watch. #adeathinthegunj

Raabta

Have you found yourself in situations where you’ve been involuntarily staring at a spot with a not-so-appealing expression? I bet we all have had moments like that. It’s probably one of the most bland emotions you go through because…well…it just happens. It’s a “Meh” of emotions. It really wouldn’t matter to your conscious or subconscious mind whether this emotion existed. But somewhere we all find ourselves caught in the act. And if you’ve booked tickets to Dinesh Vijan’s latest “Raabta”, set yourself for a ~3 hour stare state. Raabta finds itself in a spot where it becomes a good-to-stare-at movie from a good-to-watch film. A movie which has hard-working actors but brittleness in its story-telling. With a decent start and a first half, the plot looses balance once it enters 2nd half. Despite the shakiness of the production, Sushant Singh Rajput’s hard work is evident and you feel he’s taking one step at a time. Rajput and Sanon’s chemistry is a saving grace and both put up a satisfying performance as a pair. Jim Sarbh’s talent and work goes under utilised and the Neerja actor looks a bit struggling in the plot. One can safely say that this is not the best of the productions by Maddock but for the love of new actors and their hard work, Raabta is a good one-time watch! #raabta

Gujjubhai The Great

If you are a Gujju born in 90s, don’t be surprised if your parents/elders fancy Shahabuddin Rathore more than Virdas or Kapil Sharma. Try not finding yourself dumbfounded in a gathering if you hear Gujarati jokes in a different dialect. Because it is indeed surprising (& a bit shameful on our part) to realize that the comedy culture in Gujarat goes back a long way. Perhaps the urban crowd today is in a long-distance relationship with the comicality of this serious business. But the gears are shifting & cult movies like Bey Yaar & others are reducing the proximity between the art & the crowd. And one such game changer is “Gujjubhai The Great”. Loaded with artists who are sculpted by theatrical chisel, the film is anything but talent-its. Veteran Siddharth Randeria & Jimmit Trivedi leave no stone unturned in putting up a class A performance. Dipna Patel makes a formidable presence as well. The awkwarless. The movie goes all out to work on your abs & facial cheeks to leave you in spldly wonderful chemistry between Hasmukh Gandhi & Bakul Buch creates the soul of the film & you never get enough of them. Devendra Patel has placed his bets on the right people & story which has indeed added another feather in the emerging urban Dhollywood industry. All in all if you looking at a light & fun-filled evening, then you’re definitely in for much more because GujjuBhai is indeed a Great watch.

Hindi Medium

On a sunny day when regularity was at its peak and people were busy in their monotonous lives, a devilishly charming personality passed by. Spellbound by his beguiling traits, people couldn’t help but approach and embrace him. The magnetic persona of this individual created quite a stir and within no time, a mob was formed. In fact, you and I were in the same mob! We saw each other embracing this person. But wait! The story isn’t done. Besides this mob of people like us, there was one more person. He observed the commotion and quietly approached this charming man; held his hand and started walking. Perplexed at the gesture, the man asked “Where are you taking me?” The other man, more commonly known as Saket Chaudhary, smiled and replied “I know who you are. You are deceit. And I am here to take you to school. Or should I say to a हिंदी medium स्कूल”. Your farcical interests, unabated deceitfulness and sheer insensitivity will be all there on that big screen when Saket Chaudhary will tell you a wonderfully scripted “Hindi Medium”. The beauty of this cinematic satire is that it converges multiple messages in a visual experience best known to us. Irrfan Khan and Deepak Dobriyal will show you the subtle equilibrium of tenacity, emotions and artistry by their organically natural performances. For your own enlightenment or a mere reminder of your moral ignorance, Hindi Medium is a definite watch! #hindimedium

Rangoon

Have you been to the Lotus temple in Delhi? In case you haven’t, here’s something you should know about it. The temple has a certain enigma to it which will only grow on you as you walk the aisles. It’s personality is such that it’s dauntingly exquisite but at the same time hauntingly peaceful. But here’s the most interesting/amazing part. As soon as you sit inside, you succumb to self musing and get engulfed by the strong trance-generating vibes. You also give in to the fact that how all religions are so beautiful and that all of them have something unique to offer. Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest venture is no different than this stimulating experience. Rangoon has its own enigma. It offers you a complete visual experience of a multi-faceted cinema. It is (like any other VB’s movies) poetic in nature. It has the nonchalant-ness of a Nazm and the scintillation of a Shlok. Absolutely high on production value, Rangoon makes a fantastic ocular treat. And while Kangana reigns with her presence, Shahid Kapoor’s controlled performance makes him the star of the show. For the production, subject and a unique story-telling, Rangoon is a definite watch. #rangoon