REVIEW OF THE WEEK

KABIR SINGH        * 3/5
Banner : Cine1 Studios, T-Series
Producer: Murad Khetani, Ashwin Varde, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Director:  Sandeep Vanga
Cast:   Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani
Review: It’s the story of Kabir Rajdheer Singh (Shahid Kapoor), a house surgeon in the prestigious Delhi Medical College, a mercurial person, always driven by intense passion and impulses. He gets violent quickly if things are not done his way. He is a college topper and is held in awe by students and faculty. When Preeti Sikka (Kiara Advani), a beautiful homely girl, joins the college, he instantly and madly falls in love with her. It’s a no holds barred affair. They complete their education and decide to get married but the girl’s family is against it and they get her married to another boy. That makes things go topsy-turvy in Kabir’s live and he embarks on a path to self-destruction.
Analysis: The ‘A’ certified film is dominated by the main protagonist but the unidimensional characterization has its own limitations and loses its impact after a while. Kiara Advani looks beautiful and is apt for the role. The emphasis is on shocking the audience instead of moving it emotionally. The climax of the overlong film is a big let down. The music does not much add to the drama of the film either. It’s a technically well-made film.
Verdict  :The film is well publicised. Its low-budget Telugu original had done extremely well. It’s too long. It may do well with a certain section of young audiences.

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR          *2/5

Banner :  Sony Pictures France
Producer:   Luc Bossi, Jon Goldman, Saurabh Gupta, Aditi Anand, Gulzar Chahal

Director:  Ken Scott
Cast:  Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
Review:   It’s the story of a poor slum-kid Ajatashatru “Aja” Lavash Patel (Hearty Singh) brought up by his single mother Siringh (Amrutha Sant) in Mumbai’s slum district. She does odd jobs to earn a living and run the household. Aja grows up into a small time swindler (Dhanush). The mother always dreams of going to Paris to meet her estranged husband who still writes to her. But she falls ill and dies. Aja decides to fulfill her dream and manages to land in Paris with her mother’s ashes and thus begins an adventure that takes him around the world as a refugee and he discovers his true calling.  
Analysis: The stylized adventure comedy is a mishmash of many artistic elements yet it’s neither an art-house nor a commercial mainstream film. The pretentious screenplay and below-par direction are the main culprits. It’s the point of view of someone who knows little about India yet is quite fascinated by the fake ‘Indian slumdog’ idea. Among the cast are top of the line French and Indian stars but they have been wasted. The performances are stagy and the music unimpressive.

Verdict:  The film may find some audience in India because it’s Dhanush’s first foray into International cinema. 

FASTEY FASAATEY            *1/5

Banner :  Xpression Films
Producer: Charu Sumit Garg
Director: Amit Agrawal
Cast:  Arpit Chaudhary, Karishma Sharma, Nachiket Narvekar, Sharib Hashmi
Review: A young banker Aakash (Arpit Chaudhary)falls in love with his free-spirited, sexually liberated partner Anisha (Karishma Sharma)by fluke but situation becomes worst  when his orthodox parents give him this ultimatum.The film’s plotline  is lost in transition. This trap is far too common for anyone to fall for. 
Analysis:  Technical and  performances are passable effort, story is predictable and the
punchlines sound like extensions of other romcoms in the past, lengthy film.
Verdict:    The  film may not find any taker at the box- office 

 BANDISHALA(MARATHI)   *2.5/5

Banner :  Shantaai Motion Pictures, Shantaai Motion Pictures
Producer: Swati Sanjay Patil
Director: Milind Lele
Cast: Mukta Barve, Sharad Ponkshe, Umesh Jagtap, Anand Alkunte, Ananda Karekar
Review:  Madhavi Sawant is a resilient police officer who tries to root out the corrupt administration in the prisons. However, she makes powerful enemies who plot a gangrape against her. The harrowing incident leaves a strong Madhavi, broken. The film attempts to bring out the discrimination and crimes against women to the forefront through Madhavi`s story.

Analysis:  Technically passable , Routine drama has powerfull  performances 
Verdict: The film may do well at small centers   

TUJHICH RE(MARATHI)      *2.5/5
Banner :   Isabel music and entertainment
Producer:  Bella Samson Gracias
Director:  Pravin Raja Karale
Cast:  Priyanka Yadav, Akshay Kambli, Milind Gawali, Sumukhi Pendse, Ananda Karyekar
Review:  It is love story between a Hindu girl Shalu (Priyanka Yadav) and Catholic guy Peter (Akshay Kambli). But at the end of the day, it is yet another love story set against the backdrop of man-made divisions, which just seem to be unending in Marathi cinema.
Analysis:  Repeated  storyline with technical  and performances average 
Verdict: May do well with the Marathi audience 

TOY STORY  *3.5/5
Banner :   Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Producer:  Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen
Director:  Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele,
Review : It’s the story of heart-warming toys led by Woody, the Sheriff (Tom Hanks voice) and his friends. Now Woody and his friends are with Bonnie, a girl. Bonnie is not much interested in Woody but experienced Woody knows what children go through and helps Bonnie in her Kindergarten test. She creates a new toy Forky with some help from caring Woody. When the family goes on a road-trip and to a carnival, Woody meets old friend Bo, the Shepherdess (Annie Potts) who helps him get back Forky to Bonnie. In the process Woody also helps a forlorn toy Gabby Gabby.
Analysis : The computer-animated 3D comedy film around likeable toy characters is quite enjoyable. It’s an engaging family film. The comic gags, action sequences, and characterisations work very well. Forky steals the show. It’s a competently made film that connects emotionally with the audience.
Verdict : It should do well with Indian audiences.

ANNA       *2//5
Banner :
  EuropaCorp, Canal+, TF1 Séries Films, OCS

Producer:  Luc Besson, Marc Shmuger
Director:   Luc Besson
Cast:  Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren
Review:   Anna is one of the world’s deadliest assassins, and she’s on a mission.
The action stakes have been raised, and ‘Anna’ is a couple of years behind on that front. Luc Besson’s latest is stylish, yet indulgent in its execution to a fault.  There’s some fun to be had in this bonkers spy-thriller led by a tough female protagonist, but the gasps eventually develop into groans as ‘Anna’ tries to shock you at every turn.
Analysis: Technically  and performances are good.  A  thriller meant for youth audience
Verdict:  May do well with the metro audience  

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