Lucknow Central : A musical prison break

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The only reason I chose to watch this movie was for the soothing and soulful song of Amit Mishra “Meer-e- Karwaan”. The song was running  in a loop in my laptop for almost a week. Lucknow Central has its flaws but when the movie keeps you engaged with its music, rib tickling comedy and punch dialogues you hardly notice those flaws. Farhan Akthar carries the movie on his shoulders along with his other jail inmate gives a superb performance. Ravi Kissan with ludicrous acting  and Ronit Roy as the strict Jailor adds spice to the movie.

Overall this is a must watch and laughs are guaranteed.

PS (Taken from DNA) : The movie is based on true story of a band formed by the inmates of Lucknow Central jail. The band named ‘Healing Hearts’ was formed in the Adarsh Jail wing of Lucknow Central jail. Consisting of 12 men who are sentenced to life imprisonment, the band plays hit Bollywood numbers at various private functions including weddings and baraats. The band was the brainchild of VK Jain, the senior superintendent of Lucknow Central Jail, as a part of qaidi reforms in 2007. Just like the film, a contest was held in the jail for which funds were released.With the arrangement of fifteen instruments, few volunteers came forward for the initiative. An inmate who hailed from a musically inclined family provided leadership due to which the band won the contest. The win further opened doors to opportunities for the band to perform at private parties.

 

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Movie List of 2017

Hindi

Hall of Fame

  1. Jolly LLB – 2
  2. Naam Shabana
  3. The Ghazi Attack
  4. Lucknow CentralMy Review
  5. Bareily ki Barfi – Loved Kriti and Ayushman

Time Pass

  1. Raees
  2. Kaabil
  3. Badrinath ki Dulhaniya
  4. Sarkar 3
  5. Toilet Ek Prem Katha – A good story getting lost…
  6. Jab Hari Met Sejal
  7. Poster Boys

Risky

  1. Meri Pyari Bindu
  2. Half Girlfriend
  3. Raabta
  4. Baadshaho

Malayalam

Hall of Fame

  1. Angamaly Diaries – My Review
  2. Take Off
  3. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum 

Time Pass

  1. Fukri
  2. Mundirivallikal Thalirkumbol
  3. Joemonte Suvisheshangal
  4. Honey Bee – 2
  5. Godha
  6. Rakshadhikari Baiju oppu
  7. Sunday Holiday
  8. Varnyathil Aashanka

Risky

  1. 1971 – Cant bear the acting
  2.  Oru Mexican Aparatha – Very poor direction
  3. Sakhavu
  4. CIA
  5. Ramante Edenthottam
  6. Lakshyam
  7. Aavarude Raavukal
  8. Velipadinte Pusthakam

Tamil

Hall of Fame

  1. Kavan
  2. Kuttram 23
  3. Maanagaram
  4. Maragadha Naanayam
  5. VikramVedha
  6. Taramani
  7. Meyaadha Maan

Risky

  1. Katru Veliyadai
  2. Bairavaa
  3. VIP2

English

Must Watch

  1. Eye in the Sky (2015)- 8/10A political situation during a drone attack. A must watch
  2. Secretariat (2010) -8/10 – One of the best movies on horse racing.
  3. Pork Pie (2017) – 6/10 -New Zealand  movie about escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws
  4. Seven (1995)-6/10 – Rare combination of Morgan Freeman/ Brad Pitt. Murder mystery.
  5. Heat (1995)- 6/10- One of the best Heist movies. Rare combination of Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.
  6. Ichi (2008) – 7/10 . Japanese movie. A blind woman with skill for Sword.
  7. Dunkirk (2017) – One of the best of 2017
  8. Down by Law (1986) – 8/10. A must watch movie.
  9. Memories of a Murder (2013) – 6/10 – Korean crime thriller.
  10. The Great Wall (2016)
  11. Wind River (2017) – One of the best movies of 2017
  12. Jaesim (2017) – Korean Movie – Based on a true incident

Time Pass

  1. Drone (2017) – 4/10 – Watchable.
  2. Unforgiven(1992)-4/10- Nothing compared to Clint in The good,bad and Ugly
  3. Goodwill Hunting (1997) -4/10- Matt Damon / Robin Williams / Ben Affleck.
  4. Going in Style (2017) – 6/10 – A good Heist movie done by oldies.
  5. The Mummy (2017) – 6/10
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) – 6/10
  7. The Hateful Eight (2015) – 6/10 Cowboy movies.
  8. HHhH (2017) -5/10  Nazi Movie.
  9. 6 Days (2016)

Risky

  1. Good Fellas (1990) -4/10- Crime movie.
  2. Security (2017) – 4/10 – You can better watch Mall Cop.
  3. Pilgrimage(2017) – 4/10 – Irish monks embark on a  pilgrimage to escort holiest relic to Rome
  4. The Hatton Garden Job(2017) – 3/10 – Heist movie completely gone wrong.

Baahubali 2- Is a winner

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It is for sure that the movie couldn’t had any other name better  than ” Baahubali” because  your adrenaline is sure to raise each time the name is called on. And when Prabhas presents the character in a grand demeanor  you just cant stop applauding. Each frame is a class and you might easily forgive that the primal question, to why Kattappa killed Baahubali,  had an unconvincing answer . For the first time I saw a Telugu movie been watched by people from across the country. The guy who was sitting next to me a was a Bengali.

Was surprised to see opening scene song sung by Daler Mehendi. M.M. Kreem make sure that the background music blends with the storyline. With his alchemic touch SS Rajamouli  perhaps will  now fall into the league of  Alejandro Inarrite or a James Cameron . It is difficult to convey the feelings or the experience into words but this will be a movie that will remain in the list of best movie ever made. If Baahubali: The Beginning was a sumptuous appetizer this will be a  main course with a scrumptious dessert.

Angamaly Diaries – A movie with a mettle

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Disclaimer : Don’t watch this movie on empty stomach and if you are strictly a vegetarian I recommend you to definitely avoid this movie. Just Kidding…

If “Salt & Pepper” had some mouth watering scenes, this would be a treat for those pork and beef lovers because such is the way some delicacies are shown in the movie.Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Angamaly Diaries takes a risk by showcasing 86 new faces and trust me, none of them will disappoint you. There are some characters that you will definitely take home especially characters like Pepe, Police officer Shahul Hameed, U Clamp Raju, Pork Varkey, 10 ml Thomas, Lichi (you wish you could see more of her) , Bheeman , Maramkothi. Antony Varghese who plays the protagonist Pepe is a good find. He eases into the character comfortably  with remarkable good looks.

Worth mentioning that the writer of this movie is none other than the talented Chemban Vinod Jose .With a superb blend of action , you’re-watching-life-as-it-happens narrative, colloquial slang, foodie metaphors, Prashant Pillai’s musical ballads , comic overtone,highly convincing performance , Angamaly Diaries will be perhaps is one of the best movies so far in 2017. It has already set certain yardsticks and gives an assurance that malayalam movie is in safe hands.

 

 

Dangal – You can’t miss it

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If you have come out of theater without having any goosebumps  or a tickle in your eyes  or a desire to topple somebody in the air , as how Geeta and Babita does in the movie,  then perhaps you have not enjoyed the movie. Dangal definitely is going to one among the best movies of 2016. The performances of the girls was a treat to watch and so was their cousin who is the funny-bone-cum-sutradhar of the movie. Dangal is a remarkable flick peppered with some nice humour,   punch dialogues , nail-biting wrestling sequences , smashing performance of the girls , wonderful writing and editing , Daler Mahendi‘s vibrant title track ,Amir’s  near to perfection acting and Nitesh Tiwari’s excellent direction.

Damn the demonetization, watch Dangal. 

Dear Zindagi – Alia lives upto it

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 Alia Bhatt’s name comes first  in the opening credits of the movie and as you leave the theater you will agree that Alia deserves that honour. After a long time I saw a movie which had a female as the protagonist. If it was Sridevi who delivered a knockout punch in English Vinglish ,in the first flick of Gauri Shinde, this time Alia Bhatt crafts a delightful performance. With her cute and energetic appearance you simply cannot take eyes off her. You will easily forgive the subtle plot and even the number of boy friends Kaira ,the character played by Alia, had in the movie. Perhaps the movie has only one actor , Alia Bhatt, and you should see the movie exactly for that reason.

And if you by chance had  got irritated by Shahrukh‘s camoe role in Ae Dil He Mushkil, you would certainly applaud for his role in this movie.  Shahrukh with his tender humour, tough looks and restrained acting, plays his role of a mental therapist with a  conviction. The scenes when both of them are together is a treat to watch especially the Kursi and the mountain climbing theory . Alia also allows humourous jibe to pass on her ( Cycle ko Recycle)  and plays the satirical scenes with perfection.

Couple of best liners from the movie

Genius is not who has answers for all the question, but Genius is someone who has the patience to find the answers for all the question “.

If the fear or weakness is going to become a habit, its time to have a look on it

It is sarcastic that Rajeev Masand / newspaper  gave 2/5 for this movie while they  gave 3.5/5 for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which hardly had anything to offer other than  Arijit’s melodious songs.

Dear Zindagi go for it.

Movie Review : Dear Zindagi

Directed by : Gauri Shinde

 

 

 

 

Movie List of 2016

Hindi

Hall of Fame

  1. Nil Battey Sannatamy review
  2. Airlift my review
  3. Rustom –  Should be one of the best movies of 2016. Akshay Kumar at his best
  4. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story – Sushanth Singh does a wonderful job. Purely Dhoni’s story.
  5. Pink – One of the best movies of 2016. Amitabh steals the show
  6. Dear Zindagi – my review

Time Pass

  1. Sultan – One time watch movie. Watch out for Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Jag Ghumiya song
  2. Housefull3 – See it if you don’t have any thing else to do.
  3. BaaghiWatch it for Tiger Shroffs action and for Shradda Kapoor
  4. Ki & Ka – A nice concept went wrong, still can be a one time watch
  5. Dishoom – Varun Dhawan keeps the movie entertaining

Risky

  1. Happy Bhag Jayegi – Avoid, nothing in it

Malayalam

Hall of Fame

  1. Maheshinte Prathikaaram –  Worth a watch.
  2. Action Hero Biju – One of the best movie of 2016
  3. James & Alice –  A rare and different love story
  4. Jacobinte Swargarajyam –  One of the best movie of 2016
  5. Kammatti Paadam  – A serious drama
  6. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam  – Humour , romance and some good acting
  7. Happy Wedding –  The premam boys does a good job
  8. James & Alice 

Time Pass

  1. King Liar –  A good Dileep movie after a long time.
  2. Ithu Thanda Police – Time pass
  3. Pavada – Time pass
  4. Kali  – Watch it for Dulquer and Sai Pallavi
  5. Oppam  – A nice concept without a good script.
  6. Annmariya Kalipilanu – Time pass
  7. Marubhoomiyile Aana – Watch it for Biju Menon

Risky

  1. Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti – Just like the title no head and tail.
  2. Darvinte Parinamam
  3. Hallelooya
  4. Leela  – Failed to understand the concept
  5. Oozham – Watch it out only if you are hardcore Prithvi fan
  6. Welcome to Central Jail – Waste of time
  7. Pretham – Easily avoidable
  8. Kasaba
  9. IDI – How can you make movies like that

 

English

Hall of Fame

  1. The Jungle Book 
  2. Whiplash (2014) . An intense movie which focuses on the relationship between a hardworking Jazz student and extremely rebuking and abusive teacher.
  3. Blood Father  – Week story, could be watched for Mel Gibson
  4. Hector and the search for happiness (2014)  Its about Hector a sad Psychiatrist in search of happiness. ” Everybody has an obligation to be happy” is the moral of the story
  5. Locke (2013) –This movie can be perhaps be compared to “Phone Booth”. Tom Hardy flawlessly delivers one of his best performances. Even though he is the only character you can see on the frame but he keeps you hooked on to the screen. A must watch
  6. The Gift (2014) – Impressed with the climax.
  7. The Infiltrator – Slow but thrilling movie . Outstanding climax.
  8. Hell or High Water – Watch out for the Bank Heist 
  9. 12 Angry Men (1957) – How did i miss this one

Time Pass

  1. The Central Intelligence – The movie had no intelligence
  2. Focus (2015) – Watch out for the first 30 minutes how Will Smith handles a 1 Grand bet.
  3. Run all Night (2015) – Watch out if you are Liam Neeson fan

Risky

  1. The Gamblar (2014) – Can be avoided, I dint see any features of Mark Wahlberg.