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The Ghazi Attack

The Movie: The Ghazi Attack

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Caption:  Patriotic war against Pakistan

Savvy’s Rating: 3.5 / 5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, Cinematography and Actors

Brush off:

  1. Tapsi’s role
  2. Too much dramatization on under water missile attacks by Pak and S-21 saved from those
  3. No clarity on communication loss on the ship

Savvy’s Rede:

Patriotic movies have faired well mostly, especially where Indians win over Pakistan. Ok, I know what you are saying. I totally understand Saif’s movies – Phantom or Agent Vinod –  didn’t do well. Sometimes, it’s the content that drives the success not too much commercialization. You know what I mean!!

These days whenever movies are done, at least one party is not happy and sues the movie crew. In order to avoid any inconveniences, the film started off with a lengthy disclaimer covering fiction, dramatization, no resemblance of any characters dead or alive, etc. Smart move, huh!

I agree to a point that there was indeed more drama in the story, however, it still can be called as a decent flick. One could see hard efforts put in by the team to make this movie a success. Except Rana, none of the characters come from star studded image. The theme is what brought all of them together.  Including Rana, everybody got a good opportunity to be part of this movie (purely my opinion).

After “Leader”, Rana’s engaging performance is felt in this movie. Looks like he should stick to “Arjun” as screen name. Superstition you see. 🙂

This movie certainly calls for commendation for thinking of recognizing Indian Marine team. Army, Navy, Marines and anyone – from any Country – who saves the motherland and the borders are praiseworthy. I am always up for movies that are made on unsung heroes.

Story in a nutshell:

Ghazi attack is a mission by S-21 submarine to save Vishakhapatnam (India) from Pakistan’s attack. It takes audience to 1970 Indo-Pak era. Politics, pressure, internal conflicts, Country’s image, unwanted enmity, collective team spirit, patriotism, and finally ultimate success is what shown very well. Don’t miss wonderful screenplay and cinematography.

What worked well:

  1. Screenplay is thrilling and engaging ; audiences’ emotions run high along with characters
  2. Cinematography and graphics are flawless
  3. All characters have justified their roles beyond the expectations

Savvy’s Punch:

Watch it with your friends and families.

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartHalfHeart– Entire cast and the crew

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Hindi

 

Sultan

The Movie: Sultan

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Caption:  Life of a wrestler

Savvy’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Zephyr: Story, Direction, Songs and Salman Khan

Brush off:

  1. Wish Randeep Hooda had more screen time

Savvy’s Rede:

Few movies are made to impress audience universally. I am one of those contented audience who loved every bit of the movie.  

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Sultan movie is about an aam admi (ordinary man) who rises to fame at late age. Sultan is a happy go lucky guy who spends most of the time fooling around. He starts liking a local wrestler, Arphaa. His trials for her ends when Arphaa talks about her goals and insults him of being nothing. The hurted Sultan starts learning wrestling to prove himself to win Arphaa. His passion and determination wins him many awards and Arphaa too. With new fame, Sultan fails to balance family life and becomes arrogant. In a twisted turn, he gets separated with Arphaa and stops wrestling. His aim is only to collect donations for a noble cause. As he’s living a low profile life, one day, a businessman turns up at his office and requests him to participate in free-style wrestling sport.

Will Sultan gets back into wrestling ring? Will he gets Arphaa back? What’s the noble cause for which he’s working for? This is something you must watch on the big screen.

What worked well:

  1. Story and direction. Very engaging story with proper twists as the movie paces from one scenario to another. Ali Abbas Zafar has delivered a great product with his hands spread in Direction, Story writing and Screenplay departments. It’s a one man show. His commendable job was the climax where audience feel and react with Sultan
  2. Artistes – A good movie with a good set of actors is unbeatable. It is well known fact that Salman Khan is not good at emotional scenes. However, be it in his earlier movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan or in this movie, he emoted very well and moved audiences’ heart. His expressions are timely and touchy. In addition, other supporting actors like Arphaa (Anushka Sharma), Wrestling Coach (Randeep Hooda), Govind (Sultan’s friend) and the businessman (Amit Sadh) were four pillars who shared the responsibility of movie’s success equally  
  3. Perfect background score especially during Sultan’s practice (first entry and re-entry) and emotional scenes between hero and heroine were impressive. Of course, songs are an added asset
  4. Few dialogues are very insightful. They talk about how life has to be balanced amd about emotions. The conversation between Sultan and Arphaa in the hospital are very deep
  5. Comedy and Emotional portions equally entertaining


Savvy’s Punch:

Salman Khan has delivered another blockbuster movie. Haters going to hate more, but LOVE wins in the end! 😉 

Savvy Recommended! Don’t wait, go and watch immediately!

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheartheart – Entire team of the movie

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

Udta Punjab

The Movie: Udta Punjab

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Caption:  Extended documentary on Drug Mafia

Savvy’s Rating: 3.5 / 5

Zephyr: Songs and main casting

Brush off:

1) Dialogues are – mostly – in Punjabi language
2) Offensive language all through; no filters
3) Unnecessary killing of Kareena’s character
4) Inconsistent performance from Shahid (like during climax he limps but bikes in the next second, bikes for 108 kms when unable to walk etc.)
5) Abrupt climax

Savvy’s Rede:

If you are a fan of NCIS, CSI Miami, Crime Patrol and CID series then this is no less than that. The only difference is this movie has starry cast.

Drug mafia is one of the evils in the society with strong roots. This movie tries to shed some light on youth getting addicted to drugs, corrupt system, and how lives take ugly turn with “drugs”.

What I did not like is, all characters are “losers” in one way or the other in the movie. Also, looks like the Director missed showing a meaningful end to the movie. There’s a chance audience might get baffled on the intent of this movie while coming out of the theatre.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Five characters: Tommy Singh (Shahid), Bihari girl / Mary Jane (Alia), Sartaj (Diljit), Dr. Preet (Kareena) and Sartaj’s bro (Balli). One issue: Drugs. One place: Punjab.

Tommy is a successful pop singer who got into drugs. Under the influence of drugs he gets berserk. Many of his fans gets into drugs taking him as a role model.

Bihari girl finds a huge load of drugs unexpectedly in the fields where she works. She wants to sell it off to earn some money and go back to her village. The plan backfires and the drug mafia team catches her and that puts a bolt to her bright future and life.

Sartaj, a corrupt cop, supports all kinds of illegal transport at the border including drugs. One day, he finds his brother almost losing his life for drugs. He changes his mind and wants to end drug mafia and starts working with Dr. Preet. She is the one who treats his brother Balli.

Dr. Preet works at the drug rehabilitation center and a strong support of “say no to drugs” campaign.

Balli, a lost youth who’s into drugs seriously.

The story revolves around these 5 main characters with supporting actors coming in between to show how drugs mess up lives and how difficult it is (or next to impossible) to make drug-free society.

When whole system is corrupted then one or two honest individuals cannot whitewash the society. The movie showed some “raw” situations and how individuals go thru hell while living. It’s very disturbing at times to watch that much crude reality.

Overall, first half paces little slow. Second half, has gripping scenes to engage audience. However, within no time, the movie ends with abrupt climax. Audience exit the theater with discomfit. 

What worked well:

  1. Censor cuts and related hype
  2. Alia and Shahid did their jobs very well ; Shahid’s intro is impressive. He could convince audience as a drug addict. Alia does amazing job as a Bihari girl in a de-glamorous role
  3. Diljit is cute and could garner some love from audience with his looks
  4. Songs and background score is the HERO of the movie. Apt, catchy and lovely beats

 

Savvy’s Punch:

Please wait till this movie airs in TVs! 

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheart – Appreciate the team for choosing this sensitive topic

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2016 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

Sarbjit

The Movie: Sarbjit

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Caption:  One evening can take life out of you

Savvy’s Rating: 3.75 / 5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, Songs and Randeep Hooda

Brush off:

1) Inconsistencies in Aishwarya Rai’s acting in the old character ; her body language is more youthful than needed
2) Few graphics were lame and unconvincing

Savvy’s Rede:

Life is as simple as it looks till something happens. When you zoom-in, everything is magnified in life. As you zoom-out, life itself is transient. 

Sarbjit is a biographical movie based on the real life story of Sarabjit Singh (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarabjit_Singh). This movie shows how a happy life turns upside down due to a novice mistake. Entire movie drills your heart as you cannot come to terms with yourself that it is actually a real story. A common man’s life, actually a human life, costs nothing when it comes to political drama where two countries are involved.

Movie takes you close to real life where everything is a big hurdle. Releasing Sarabjit is like an oasis in the desert. Every time his family celebrates his release date, after hardships, all they get is a shock of his no return. Overall, this movie is a great tribute to Sarabjit and he lives in our hearts forever. May his soul rest in peace!

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Movie starts in 1980s where border line between India and Pakistan is just few triangular pillars. If one crosses those pillars, he/she will be in another country in a second. We are in times where in emotional borders are stronger than physical borders. Sarabjit is a common man, who’s happily married with two daughters. He is a local wrestler in Punjab and has a doting sister. One day Sarabjit goes out to hangout his friend and drinks too much. In an inebriated state, he slips into Pakistan area. Pakistan police catches Sarabjit and convicted him of bombings in Pakistan.

Sarabjit rots in Pakistan jail for 23 years for the crimes he didn’t commit. Sarabjit’s family fights for his innocence and starts a movement to get him out of jail. Sarabjit’s sister plays an important role in bringing awareness of her brother’s innocence and brings entire India together to support his release. Her trials to bring back Sarabjit safely to India fails in epic. Movie ends with Sarabjit losing his life in Pakistan jail. 

Movie shows the cruel handling and torture of Sarabjit in Pakistan jail, sensitive relations between India and Pakistan, determination of a poor family to get an innocent (Sarbjit) released, never ending denials of his release by political leaders, unexpected terrorist attacks at the same time when entire India was supporting the release of Sarabjit and the murder of Sarabjit in Pakistan jail by other inmates.

What worked well:

  1. Very engaging screenplay and direction
  2. Good background score and songs
  3. Randeep Hooda is highlight of the movie ; there’s method actors, classical actors and then there is Randeep Hooda
  4. Aishwarya tried her best in supporting role

Savvy’s Punch:

Not for weak hearts and emotional souls.

Savvy Recommended!

If you are a movie buff and enjoys watching all kinds of movies then be my guest!

Savvy’s Hearts:
heartheartheart HalfHeart– Entire team of the movie

 

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

FAN

The Movie: Fan

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Caption:  It’s SRK – this way or that way

Savvy’s Rating: 4/5

Zephyr: Story, Direction and SRK (my pick – SRK role not fan’s role)

Brush off:
1) Inconsistent scenes like the scene where only Neha (Gaurav’s friend) recognizes the real SRK but not the entire crowd or SRK’s wife doesn’t recognize the duplicate 
2) Very lengthy chasing scenes between SRK and his Fan Gaurav
3) Slight editing would have been better
4) SRK all over – entire duration of the movie. Good for his fans ; SRK overreacted in some scenes in Gaurav’s role
5) Gaurav’s make up is good but his character is bit confusing. Audiences’ wouldn’t know if he’s a psycho obsessed with SRK or an egoist who’s ego was hurt by his hero cum God

Savvy’s Rede:

SRK has evolved over the years in his movies and the magic wand he uses always is “obsession”. From Baazigar to Darr to Deewana, he won what he wants. Adding to his list, the latest addition is self-obsession. I mean in the form of double action in the movie “Fan”.

SRK is not Kamal Hassan to handle him throughout the movie. Please be advised that you have to bear his over action at times in the movie.  🙂

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Story is well written with focus on the title of the movie from the start to the end. Fans come in different shapes and forms. And this fan is not just an ordinary fan but treats his reel hero as his God. Entire movie revolves around an ardent fan who has grown up watching SRK movies vs the actual SRK. SRK’s attitude towards the fan, when the latter tries to meet him wasn’t favorable. The small tiff between SRK and the fan takes an ugly turn after that. Only two characters are seen almost entire movie, either it’s the real SRK or Gaurav Chandna, SRK’s fan.

What worked well:

  1. Make up of Gaurav Chandna – another character played by SRK
  2. Good story with supporting direction ; great concept
  3. Supporting characters like Neha (Gaurav’s friend) played by Shriya Pilgaonkar (Sachin’s daughter)
  4. Few dialogues are very realistic. They touch on film stars, how their shows and interactions are filmy  and how they take money to dance in various occasions – a dialogue goes something like – “film stars paise lekar shaadiyon mein naachte hai par attitude to kam nahi”. SRK role touched slightly on why eccentric fanism is not good and also clarified cleanly about celebrities and their attitudes / tantrums

Savvy’s Punch:

Savvy Recommended!

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheart heart – Entire team of the movie

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

Masaan

The Movie: Masaan (Graveyard / Burial ground)

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Caption: Yin and Yang

Savvy’s Rating: 4/5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay and Direction

Brush off:
N/A

Savvy’s Rede:

Imagine a bad hair day! Imagine a bad day at work day! Some people tend make big fuss about little things until they see the real “bad” day in people’s lives. Masaan gives a real taste of life with right amounts of shade covering struggles, love, emotions, loss, compromise, acceptance and moving on. This movie is a fight between life and a living, a compromise between likes and dislikes, a war on emotions and wants, and a no-line between moral policing and privacy. This movie definitely unfolds the so-called biased society with unwanted moral policing, red tapism, exploitation, casteism, and lastly, zero-value to a poor man’s life.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Masaan showcases complicated lives where everything they encounter is nothing but negativity and/or ill-luck. With a very positive ending on how they thrive and grow out of their misery. It has 2 stories which are shown intertwined with clear distinction for better clarity. Backdrop is based in Banaras. This movie is very intriguing and haunting.

First story talks about a young girl’s date going going wrong and the boy committing suicide because of over enthusiasm from the police. Female protagonist in the first story is very courageous, determined and confident. She and her father are harassed by police for saving her name from suicide case. This story talks about exploitation of poor by policemen, relationship between a father and daughter, a father’s stress on societal pressure, and finding all means and ways to pay 3lac rupees to police as bribe are very well shot. The female protagonist tries and succeeds in getting out of her past, and succeeds in getting a Govt. job in a nearby city. Her character is very gutsy. She endures all insults that come upon her and fights back with brave heart.

Second story talks about a low caste boy – who’s day job is working in the graveyard to burn the dead bodies – liking an upper caste girl. Love or attraction is beyond religions, castes and society. A teenage boy liking a girl, a normal process. The protagonist in the 2nd story is highly ambitious. He goes to college to do a white collar job and do well. When he confesses his love to the girl, the girl accepts his proposal. However, she encourages him to do well in his studies and get job first before they share their love news with her parents. A pure / innocent love that goes on with long phone calls, being around and talking together, riding on a bike are very well shown. One day when the protagonist was working in the graveyard, he gets to burn a body which ends up as his girlfriend’s body. She dies in a bus accident when she goes on a tourism along with her parents and relatives. The boy get devastated. He almost loses interest in his life. But one day, he decides to put his past to rest and start a new life. He succeeds in getting a good job in a nearby city.

Climax: Female protagonist from first story meets the male protagonist from the second story on a boat. This open end leaves audience to think a positive outcome in their lives.

What worked well:

  1. Story, screenplay and the direction
  2. Very good casting. All artistes out-did their jobs
    1. The little kid’s scenes where he jumps into waters to bring coins as a part of local betting is very gripping. Audience empathize with his character and gets to the edge of the seats in the scene where he jumps into waters and doesn’t come onshore
  3. Songs are well timed and are of great composition. “Tu Kisi Rail Si .. “ is worth listening as lyrics touch your hearts. “tu kisi rail si guzarti hai, main pul sa thartharata hoon” – meaning if you pass like a train, I shiver like a bridge … watch full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpf8hrbT2d0

Savvy’s Punch:

If you like off-beat movies then this is the one. Weak and emotional hearts and reality-averters, please stay away.

Savvy’s Hearts:

N/A

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

Tamasha

The Movie: Tamasha (Entertaining play / show)

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Caption: Weak first half and Strong second half

Savvy’s Rating: 3/5 (reluctant rating)

Zephyr: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika

Brush off:
1) Ranbir Kapoor’s irrational / mental reaction at a party and few other similar scenes
2) It’s time for Deepika to check her roles. Metro girl look and roles are good but repetition may impact her career. Technically, she didn’t get meaty role to prove in this movie (she looked chic though)
3) Songs are out of place (in the movie)

Savvy’s Rede:

Life’s a PLAY. Lucky are those who get a chance to direct their lives. And the rest are called common people.

Imtiaz Ali did it again. Weak hearted female protagonist again. Heroine’s role-o-meter drops to Zero by the climax. 😀

Check this out:

1) Heroine, a naive girl, goes all alone to Corsica and falls for an unknown Indian guy (the Hero). She has a good time with him but doesn’t think she’s in love with him. Cut! Fast forward, she re-enters into the Hero’s life by stating she never forgot him all these years and starts painting the town red with him. But, later rejects his proposal “because” he’s not cheerful the way he was in Corsica. Wait, picture abhi baaki hai, after the rejection, she convinces herself that she’s totally in love with him and tries her best to win him back. All in all, a confused female role. Weak, volatile and fickle minded.

2) Hero’s role confuses you, if not alert. A lost soul in the real world. He’s strong willed at times (trying to take the rejection maturely), looks mentally ill at times (party scene where makes a big ruckus), frustrated (cz of parental pressure and not likeable job) and depressed (cz his love insults him) many times and all in all not happy with his live at all. If this is what the Director wanted to show to audience then he’s successful to some extent.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

At a hi-level, the movie is all about “love what you do, do what you love”. Hero succumbs to parental pressure as a kid and picks up Engineering over his love for story-telling. Later, on the job, he becomes a corporate robot under societal pressure. Technically, he becomes a life-less machine who does everything the same way again and again with no zest.

Once the goes to Corsica and meets an Indian girl (the Heroine). The same girl enters in his life after few years. She expects him to be cheerful and lively but very soon realizes that he’s no more like that. She rejects his proposal. The inner demon takes a toll on this already depressed soul (the Hero). He’s now caught between parental wish (Engineering and a white collar job) and the girl he had fallen for (who’s trying to change him). After many twists, the Hero convinces his parents, leaves the corporate job and starts his own troupe of shows (hi-end story-telling). The movie takes you to the past, present and the future throughout its duration

The movie starts off with very confusing and fast paced scenes. Audience may feel very disconnected and baffled. After an hour or so, things start falling in place and you get involved in the movie.

Few questions that movie tried telling us:

  1. Kids who undergo parental pressure to study what they don’t like over picking the career what they are good at
  2. Touches on compromised – plastic – lives (aka lifeless life) that few people live in the society and the rat-race they follow to compete with others
  3. Love err a girl enters your life and wants to change your life to a “U” turn (this would never change in any generation 😉 )
  4. Glory of childhood and special attention one gets as a kid ; and how that angel-ring disappears as people grow up
  5. Last but not the least, it’s never too late to pursue your ambitions. Change of careers can happen any time in life. Whatever is the time, it’s the right time, go for it!

What worked well:

  1. It’s all about Ranbir. He has done good job as a frustrated son and strong-willed lover. He just mesmerizes you with his acting in the later part of the movie. Wish movie had a great start
  2. Songs are good to listen ; picturization and placement are not so good. My fav is 1) Safarnama and 2) Agar tum saath ho

Savvy’s Punch:

This movie is for a specific set of audience. Not for all. I am in split thoughts to recommend this movie as I am not convinced of myself.

Savvy’s Hearts:

N/A

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Hindi, Movie Reviews