Reviews of the Week

Gully Boy

Banners : Excel Entertainment, Tiger Baby Productions / Producers : Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar / Director : Zoya Akhtar / Cast : Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz
Story : It’s the story of Murad Sheikh (Ranveer Singh) son of a driver named Aftaab Sheikh (Vijy Raaz).  The family lives in a Mumbai slum. He has a moody girl friend Safeena (Alia Bhatt), daughter of a doctor, who is studying for her MBBS. Murad writes rap songs. He comes across a maverick rapper Shrikant a.k.a MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) who encourages him to sing rap. Murad’s father wants him to take up a stable career after his studies instead of wasting his time on singing etc. Murad almost gives up his singing but something happens that transforms his life.
Analysis : It’s a well written, directed, characterized, performed, shot and production designed film. It has some inspired dialogue writing and musical score as well. The predictable screenplay is its weak point. Ranveer Singh delivers a powerful award winning performance. The debutante Siddhant Chaturvedi shines bright and is very impressive and starts his march to certain stardom with this film.
Verdict : The film is all the way a box office winner.


Producer : Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya and  Sooraj R. Barjatya / Director : Abhis   hek Dixit / Cast :  Tushar Pandey ,  Anshuman Malhotra, Simran Sharma and Prit Kamani
The Story : Four friends, who are separated during their college life, meet four years after for a special reason. Medial students has hectic lives, it is a bit odd that the four protagonists of the film are worried about their grades, because they are there to entertain the audience. As the film has released during the valentine’s week, it may pique interests of young. However, they should realize that their dull lives, will be more interesting and entertaining in comparison with these characters.
Verdict : Below Average


Banner: Orbit 9 Films / Producer: Sanjay Sharma / Director: Sumit Sinha
THE STORY : The film depicts the story of re-incarnation where Rimi (Rivya Rai) has come to India from USA and plans a Number Game for fun and pleasure of the contestants. In this game the  participants had in their last birth  gang-raped Rimi’s mother( Aishwarya Rajesh) and unknowingly Rimi comes to know this when all the male particiapants get killed by an unknown spirit which is none other than Rimi’s mother.
ANALYSIS : The script has been fairly well written by the director Sumit Sinha himself. The story has been actually inspired by a rape incident which happenned in Kolkata a few years ago and the gang rape was widely publiched in the media circles. The film has been shot in Delhi and Mumbai locales in a shoe-string budget. Performancewise Aishwarya Rajesh does fairly well. Rivya Rai is good. Nakul Chaudhary, the love interest of Rivya Rai is fair. Saurabh Mishra as the main rapist  mkes his presence felt. Ramesh Goyal does very well in a cameo role. The rest are okay.  Musically the romatic number ‘Hum Rahe Na Hum’ and the Party song number ‘Fultoo Mazaa Hai’ are well tuned and catchy numbers. Background music is fair. Camerawork( Mahesh Sarojini Rajan) is good. Editing (Akhtar Ali ) is crisp. Production and technical values are proper. The publiicty was okay.
Verdict : At the box-office, the film is meamt  mainly for the masses  and may do well in smaller centres in the interiors only.

Anandi Gopal

Director : Sameer Vidwans / Written : Karan Shrikant Sharma / Star : Bhagyashree Milind, Lalit Prabhakar, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Story : Biopic of one of the earlier Indian Female Physicians Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi. In times when gender equality and feminism are raised at almost every forum and podium, A couple in the 1800’s practiced and fought for these very idea. Anandi Gopal is a love story more than a biopic about the struggle of a husband to educate his wife and her response and determination to become the first Indian Female Doctor.
Analysis : This is not only a biopic of 19th century but it relates even today. Sameer as a director did a wonderful Job.
Verdict : It is a Well made Biopic

The Wife (English)

Banners : Anonymous Content, Meta Film, Tempo Productions, Silver Reel, Spark Film and Television / Producers : Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Tempest, Piodor Gustafsson, Claudia Bluemhube / Director : Björn Runge / Cast : Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons
Story : It’s the story of a novelist Joseph Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) and his wife Joan  who met Joseph during her college days. He was her professor of literature. She fell in love with him. Joseph divorced his wife and got married to her. Joan devoted herself to the role of his wife. They grew old together. At the fag end of his life Joseph gets the news that he has been awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Both, along with their son David (Max Irons) travel to Stockholm to receive the Prize. A biographer, Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater), who wants to write Josephs’s biography, also travels with them. In Stockholm the real life of Joseph and Joan begins to unravel which leads to some really tragic consequences.
Analysis : Its poorly developed, and implausibly predictable script proves to be the film’s undoing. It offers no new insight into the life of an aging couple. It’s a competently directed and shot film. The performances are routine and uninspiring. It’s technically a good film.
Verdict : The film has very little scope of success on Indian box office.


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