Sanju – Refurbished’?’

What’s common between a chorsa garland (ladi) bursting in parts – A slice of pineapple on a meaty pizza – A rock song playing in a sufi playlist – A ringing phone in the middle of a candle lit moment with your partner and a complaint amidst laughter? That’s right! All of them precisely have an exciting and a joyous premise setup but that one off-beat element spoils the fun! And if you are willing to experience such a situation, get a ticket to Rajkumar Hirani’s latest, ‘Sanju’. Because at it’s core, this 161 min ordeal is an editorial mishap. Moreover, in case someone asks your verdict about the movie, here’s what you may use: “A powerful figure ran a crowd-funding project to refurbish the image of an infamous criminal by on-boarding a talented actor”. Heart sinks and fingers ache as I write that Sanju, unfortunately doesn’t live upto what we witnessed in the trailer. And as much as we love Hirani, Chopra and Kapoor, you have to admit that the authors of this one made a personal favour for someone with an invitation to the Indian audiences who’d love the cover of this book. The key problem? The editing! Before you can relish, perceive, judge or make anything about Sanjay Dutt or any aspect of his life, the chapter and arrangements change which is unsettling. Sanju is not exactly the best of the works by these stalwarts. Ranbir Kapoor is outstanding in parts where he convinces by being baba. But the real winner? Vikram Gaekwad and Dr. Suresh Murkey who sold RK as Sanjay Dutt to you with their make up and prosthetic expertise. All in all when you leave the hall and move to the parking, there’ll be only one statement playing in your head and I quote – “Tum kya leke aaye they aur kya lekar jaaoge?” #sanju #bollywood

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 ..wait for it…. must watch! #jaggajasoos