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Drishyam (??????) is a 2013 family drama-thriller Malayalam film written and directed by Jeethu Jospeh starring Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles. The film starts with a tag line that "Visuals can be deceiving" and it actually lives up to it. George Kutty (wonderfully essayed by Mohanlal) is an orphan and 4th class dropout who is running a local Cable TV network. He is a big movie buff who watches movies in a much focused manner and many of his decisions are influenced by the same. The movie portrays good family moments where George Kutty tries to be stingy (he has his own justifications for the same) and his wife Rani (Meena) occasionally demands of shopping, enjoying movie in a theater and food in a restaurant.
George Kutty, Rani and their two kids Anju (Ansiba Hassan) and Anu (Esther) together form a beautiful family picture until an unprecedented event hits them. The audience gets completely absorbed in the twist of events that begin to unfold from the end of the first half. The second half is more like a thriller and is about how the family, despite the vengeful villainy of a corrupt cop Sahadevan (Kalabhavan Shajon), stands its ground even as the law takes its course. The psychological cat-and-mouse game that ensues between George Kutty and the lady IPS officer Geetha Prabhakaran (Asha Sarath) has several moments that thriller buffs will dig into with delight. What is appreciable however is the adversary's acceptance of defeat, and the eventual respect that the two develop for each other. Prabhakaran (Siddique), husband of Geeta Prabhakaran also plays a vital role who seems to have non-biased approach. The movie doesn't try to justify what is right and wrong. It showcases the journey of a head of the family who protects his family by all means.
Sujith Vaasudev was successful in capturing the visual beauty of Rajakkad-Idukki. Music scored by Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas was good. The editor's table was safe with Ayoob Khan. Overall, the movie Drishyam has been packaged well.
Barefoot to Goa, Praveen Morchhale's debut film, conveys a beautiful as well as strong message which is indeed very relevant, soul-touching and also thought provoking. It has been already showcased in many international festivals all across the globe and gathered many accolades. For the first time ever, a film's commercial release is funded by 238 Proud Funders from 15 countries. After watching the movie, I did feel that, isn't it the story of almost every household today. Yes, Praveen touches a contemporary social issue. Parents do every bit to make their children self-reliant, independent, and educated. The same children, after growing up, move to different cities, countries for better career prospects. This is inevitable. But what is saddening is that aging parents are abandoned in some distant land and absolutely forgotten in the mad race of earning livelihood or living one's own life. They have become a liability. The relationships are not valued, turning out to be merely a ritual. Today, when a person thinks about his or her family, it is limited to his / her spouse, and children i.e. the immediate family. What about the aging parents, who don't feature in the list, and are left to fight their own battle that too at the fag end of their lives. Relationships have taken a beating in this fast paced society. We don't spend quality time with our loved ones. Children don't get to experience the 'story-telling grandmother' in person. There is a strong need for privacy. But isn't it ironical that one's privacy is assumed to be at stake due to one's own parents. Kudos to Praveen and his team, the theme has been handled with considerable sensitivity. No over-the-top dialogues, no melodrama, rather, silence is used to convey a strong message. Barefoot to Goa does explore the nuances of human values and relationships, and also it questions the innocence we overlook. From the Director Praveen Morchhale's Table: Barefoot to Goa is a kaleidoscope of modern society through the eyes of children particularly of India, with its contradictions of modernity, economic expansion and traditions. In today's nuclear family era and race of materialistic achievements and migration to big cities, aging parents are being ignored and they are assumed as burden. It might be due to the pressure of city life, space constraints and economic limitation. All these lead to the disintegration of the family and old age parents are left to fend on themselves at the fag end of their life. I understand our aging parents / old age people don't expect anything except the love and caring. But do we really care about them? Are we not responsible for this situation of neglect and their abandoning? Film's morally correct two children protagonist revolting silently against parents and embark on a journey to bring back their abandoned grandmother. They face challenges and hurdles, which raise questions for those, we have no answers. Old age people could be metaphor too. Are we not leaving behind our culture, rituals and our own self in the so called race of development and self-centered materialistic life.
The Storyline: The movie begins at Goa where Dadi (Farrukh Jaffar) is going to a typist to get a letter hand-written for her son and his family. Legendry singer Yesudas' song 'Naina do Pyare..." (his return to Bollywood singing after two decades) adds so much meaning to these frames. It conveys so beautifully the whole soul of the movie. The emotions on typist's face are captured so beautifully when he reads out the letter to Dadi. In spite of not getting responses from her son and family, Dadi is regularly sending them letters and some gifts viz. Laddu, Lattu (spinning top or wooden spinner) etc.
These letters though get delivered at her son's place in Mumbai, but neither reaches her son or grandchildren. Purva Parag (Mother) dumps the sweets into the waste basket and hides the letters from husband (Kuldeep Dubey) as well as children. But, one day, when grand children Diya (Saara Nahar) and Prakhar (Prakhar Morchhale) coincidently find these letters from grandmother, that is where their journey Barefoot to Goa begins to bring their ailing grandmother (suffering from cancer) to Mumbai.
How do Diya and Prakhar manage to reach their grandmother's place at Goa forms rest of the story. How do they deal with the things when they move out of their cocoon? They come across lot of good Samaritans who become part of their journey. Unfazed by the uncertainties, they keep exploring the untread path, fully determined to bring their Dadi back.
The screenplay picks up both the good and not so good parts of rural and urban life. On one side, we see selfless support of a few strangers and on the other side, we see somebody not even able to accommodate one's own family. The irony is shown that there is room for full-time maid at home, but no space for ailing mother-in-law. Innocence of children is captured so beautifully. Do they become successful in reaching grandmother? How does the climax shape up?
Certain scenes worth mentioning: A beautiful dialogue by typist when he is asked to write the letter instead of typing: "Syahi se shabdon me aatma aati hai"; Father nostalgically expressing about childhood days and his mother to Diya which is followed by a deep breath (is it his helplessness or guilt?); Diya and Prakhar looking into dictionary to find the meaning of cancer; Diya's response to Prakhar's question whether she knows where Goa is: Kya Vasco De Gama ko pata tha ki Goa kidhar hain?; Diya and Prakhar looking at sky during their journey and wondering: Mumbai me taare kyon nahi dikhte; Prakhar losing one of his priced possession Guitar, but the very next moment, both Diya and Prakhar are enjoying and playing with splash of water on the roadside.
The show-stopper scene is definitely the last scene, it makes one ponder.
What could have been better: The whole movie has projected so much of positivity, so, was it required to project mother shrewd. She is not shown as a pleasant mother. Her sensitivity as mother reflects only during two scenes: when she comes to her children's room to switch off the light or when the kids are found to be missing. Generally, what I have observed is that mothers are very sensitive to their children, but the same mothers are found to be insensitive towards their in-laws. But, here Purva Parag is shown as not-so-caring mother as well. I also felt, the family bonding could have been shown. Was that not biased while trying to show the divide between urban and rural people's attitudes? There is a scene, where people come in a luxurious car, have corn from a wayside vendor, ignore the children sitting there and even drive away without paying the vendor, whereas a truck driver not only stops to notice children but also gives them lift.
Cast: Farrukh as Dadi is extremely good. Her being content with what she has, her loneliness, her positivity all are so beautifully depicted by her. She represents so many forlorn elders of our society. Prakhar's face spoke volumes, he as a caring elder brother is very good, though I felt, he could have been explored more. Sara as Diya steals the show with her innocence as well as strong determination. Rest of the cast are also good and convincing.
Barefoot to Goa is a mourning of the death of values and beliefs without being mournful. In Praveen Morchhale's words, it is a bright film about sadness. A movie of less words, but with lot of depth.
The message through this movie is so strong that it stands beyond any rating, still let me rate it. One must watch it
Entertainment, a slapstick comedy by Sajid - Farhad, turns out to be a light entertainer. I could hear people bursting out into laughter inside the theatre and kept on wondering why the movie didn't excite me enough. In spite of my personal dislike for this genre, let me put across my review without any bias. Can't deny the fact that the movie's tone is very light. The titular character of the movie is Entertainment - a dog which was named so since he was the only source of entertainment for his rich-but-lonely master. The title is even justified by one-liners having mention of the Bollywood Personalities, Bollywood Movies' names and Television Serials / Personalities. Digs at various TV shows viz. Teleshopping, Weight Reduction Capsules, Serials with Family Melodrama are also taken. Emotional connect between human beings and pets, the need to take care of the pets, possessing the virtues of the pets viz. loyalty and courage are also projected. Logic, no room for the same in this movie since this is how, it is meant to be - Mindless Entertainment. This is definitely very much unlike the whole slew of comedy films which we have seen in the recent past. You may enjoy watching this movie, if you like comedy movies.
The movie begins with Riteish Deshmukh as a host of TV show which is into teleshopping of Jagtap Capsules for miraculous weight reduction and showcases one of the beneficiary as Akhil Lokhande (Akshay Kumar). Akhil is working extra hours / odd jobs viz. dancing, modelling, umpire for local cricket competition etc. and leaves no stones unturned for earning more so as to take care of his ailing father (Darshan Jariwala) who is hospitalized since one year. Jugnoo (Krushna Abhishek), Akhil's friend, runs DVD parlour "Mere Paas CineMAA Hai" and he speaks dialogues with inane cross-references to Bollywood movie names, personalities. Jugnoo is completely filmy. Akhil's romantic interest is soap-opera actress Sakshi (Tamannaah Bhatia). Sakshi's stingy and greedy father (Mithun Chakraborty) challenges Akhil and tells him to earn atleast a crore to get Sakshi in his life.
Akhil learns that his biological father is Bangkok Diamond King Pannalal Johri (Dalip Tahil), multi-billionaire. The happiness factor hasn't even sinked in that a TV news flashes in regard to Pannalal's death. Akhil flies to Bangkok for funeral and to claim the property. But his dreams get shattered, when he gets further shock from Pannalal's Urdu-spouting Manager Habibullah (Johny Lever) that the whole property has been inherited by Entertainment (Junior - a pet dog). An envious and agonized Akhil decides to stay back and compete with the dog to inherit 3000 crores. Akhil along with Jugnoo employs all sorts of wiles to keep Entertainment, the dog, at bay. They try various methods to annihilate Entertainment viz. electric shock, seduction, chloroform, poison etc.
Villainous siblings Karan-Arjun (Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood), Dabbang 1 and Dabbang 2 villains, second cousins of Pannalal also enter the scene so as to claim the property of Pannalal. What happens thereafter ? Does Akhil keeps fighting with the dog or he starts fighting for the dog against Karan-Arjun? How does the drama unfold?
Undoubtedly the star of the show is Entertainment, the retriever dog. Akshay has done this in the past as well. Krushna is entertaining in a total filmy style, and is noticeable. Mithun da and Tamannah have less screen time. Johny Lever is good. Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood don't generate hatred rather funny. Dalip Tahil is seen mostly in a framed garlanded portrait.
Screenplay is done in a total filmy style. Bollywood directors, actors, producers, TV shows, producers etc. are part of the dialogues which is mostly delivered by Krushna (Jugnoo). Certain examples: "I Rajni Can't (Rajnikant) believe it". Krushna asks Akshay: Kahan Chale Sonakshi Sinha Taan ke? Later, when Akshay escapes death, he says "Prabhu Deva ki Mahima Chaudhary thi jo tu bach gaya". To cheer up gloomy Akshay, Krushana says: Itna Pankaj Udhas mat ban". Soap opera actress Tamanna's one dialogue: "Humari Ekta humein Shobha nahi deti". 60% of the dialogues are in this flavour. Akshay also has this habit of back answering in a unique form. One example of his conversation with Tamannah:
Tamannah: Mujhe line maaroge?
Akshay: Pencil hum, jo line maarunga?
Tamannah: Mujhse chipkoge?
Akshay: Feviko hum, jo chipkunga?
Tamannah: Mujhe kiss karoge?
Akshay: Imran Hashmi hum jo kiss karunga?
There is a scene, where Entertainment and its canine mates, ranging from Bulldogs, Pugs, Alsatians, German Shepherd etc. show up in great numbers and sit together in a luxurious car is hilarious.
Entertainment can be a fun ride for you, if you like this genre. It is a clean movie taking dig at the very 'Entertainment' Industry in a light-hearted manner. Warning for those who don't like comedy genre, this can be absolutely mindless!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a film by Matt Reeves, is extremely high on emotional side. It is great to see the emotional connect between humans and the apes. This movie really explores what happened after 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. If 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' was spectacular, this is super-spectacular. The presentation of the movie is so natural and simple that one gets to relate with almost all the characters. Everyone has the right to live on this earth, be it animals or humans, one cannot afford to become the threat for the other. The evolved apes are trying to live their own lives and humans are in the struggle to survive. Each character, whether humans or apes, has been so well crafted and detailed. We get to feel their loss, fear, insecurity, efforts for survival etc. It is great to see the sentient apes, talking, expressing emotions like humans. Apes are shown to be quite rational and forgiving in comparison to humans. In spite of them having experienced human cruelty and imprisonment, now they want peace and just want to be free in their own world away from humans. This movie tells the story of how the declining humans and the ascendant apes come to be at war.
The movie begins from where the 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' finished. In the first film, humans gave the apes their intelligence with an experimental drug. Ten years later, humans have largely been wiped out by contagious and deadly side effects of the same experiment. A quick montage gives us an idea of all these happenings since Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It narrates the wake of a flu epidemic, followed by violence and chaos. As a result, Dr. Willman (James Franco) and other millions of people are dead. Human civilization has become almost extinct. The survivors have cobbled together a society in the ruins of San Francisco, with Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) as their leader.
On the other side, apes are in the initial stage of their civilization. Initial frames of the movie shows Ceaser (Andy Serkis - what an amazing performance), leader of the apes, with his family and fellow apes in a forest. Outstanding scenes with the apes swinging off the trees, jumping off the walls. Blue eyes (Nick Thurston), teenage son of Caesar and Cornelia (Judy Greer) is shown to be impulsive and short-tempered. Koba (Tony Kebbell), Caesar's adviser feels that Caesar is too affectionate towards humans. Koba has lot of angst towards human beings since he was a test subject for them all his life before he was freed by Caesar. Caesar's second-in-command cum great friend is Rocket (Terry Notary), who is also the honorary uncle of Caesar's children.
Humans and apes are almost oblivious to the existence of each other, but the situation changes when humans come face to face with Blue Eyes and Ash (Doc Shaw), Rocket's teenage son. Humans had come there hoping to tap an energy source, basically to gain access to a hydroelectric dam (in apes' territory) which could provide long-term power to the city. Ash is shot at by one of the human Carver (Kirk Acevedo). While Carver calls for rest of his fellow armed survivors, Blue Eyes calls for the other apes. Caesar orders the humans to leave. Prompted by Koba, Caesar brings the apes to the city where he orders the humans to never enter ape territory again.
Dreyfus believes that humans can survive only when the last ape is killed. According to him, after all, apes are just animals. Whereas, Malcolm (Jason Clarke), Ellie (Keri Russell, Malcolm's second wife) and Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Malcolm's son) feel otherwise. Malcolm convinces Dreyfus to give him three days to reconcile with the apes to gain access to the hydroelectric dam in their territory, which Dreyfus, distrustful of the apes, arms survivors using an abandoned armory. Caesar allows Malcolm to work on the dam's generator, provided they surrender their guns. Humans stand in stark contrast to the mostly peaceful apes, who are willing to accommodate the humans if that's what it takes to avoid a war. As Malcolm, his partner Ellie, and son Alexander work, they bond with the apes.
Things are smooth when someone does a foul-play and humans and apes clash. Who plays the villain? Who emerges as the planet's dominant species? Does the movie answer as to who is truly at fault for the ultimate destruction of humanity. Watch the movie.
The motion capture technology used here is also so perfect, which translates minutest details into animation. Andy Serkis as Caesar tops the list of performers in this movie. Caesar's emotions, rage, sympathy, concern everything is so beautifully captured.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a Visual Extravaganza and has the right mix of emotions, actions, performances and technology.
Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania, Shashank Khaitan's film, is an attempt to relive the magic of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but definitely in its own way. DDLJ was one of the major blockbusters that Bollywood industry has seen and it gave a new attitude to the youngsters. Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania may not be the DDLJ of this decade, but yes, it is a movie in a true filmi style and it would bring smile to your face for sure. It does not ride high as far as logic is concerned. The movie definitely has some warm and emotional moments. The story is definitely predictable - girl meets the boy, both fall in love in spite of girl's engaged status, and then the pursuit for marriage by taking efforts to get the approval of family. The movie sticks to its core purpose - entertainment in filmy style, romance, comedy ... This movie is for that segment of audience who just wants to watch movie for sheer entertainment and can't tolerate rona-dhona.
Attitudes of the lead protagonists Rakesh 'Humpty' Sharma and Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) are shown initially itself in almost parallel frames, one being a carefree 'cool' Delhi guy, who flirts, always ready with witty one-liners and the later one a feisty Ambala girl. Humpty has friends Shonty (Gaurav Pandey) and Poplu (Sahil Vaid) who are always there for him. Humpty is shown to share great friendly relationship with his father (Kenny Desai). Humpty is a hard-core DDLJ movie fan, who still weeps towards the end of the movie. Kavya wears her attitude through the tattoo 'Pataka' on back side of her neck. According to her - "Main to paida hi hot hui thi". She is part of a rich family who is engaged to a NRI. She negotiates with her father Pratap Singh (Ashutosh Rana) to get her designer Lahanga worth 5 Lakhs. The logic is she did not get a chance to choose the guy, so atleast she should get the right to choose her lehanga. Also, her friend Gurpreet of Delhi has bought a Lehanga of 2.5 Lakhs, so she should go for a lehanga of atleast double the price. Kavya makes all these scenes very very enjoyable with her innocence. When Pratap Singh sweetly says no to her lehanga demand, she informs the family that she is going to Delhi (her uncle stays there), would earn and buy herself designer Lehanga and return after attending her friend Gurpreet's (Guncha Narula) marriage.
Kavya meets Humpty in Delhi in a hilarious situation. Let me not reveal the same. Humpty and Kavya hit off instantly. They do fight, enjoy parties, competes over guzzling beer. Banter between the two is fun, natural, lovable. Both move ahead without any serious ties. They collectively help Gurpreet get out of a messy situation. And then the moment comes, when Kavya has to come back to Ambala. Shashank Khaitan has not redone Raj-Simran here, when Humpty and Kavya bump into bed soon after they feel for each other.
Both of them try to move on lives in their respective cities without each other, but unable to do so. Humpty comes to Ambala along with Shonty and Paplu. Yes, a series of physical assault happens once family learns of Humpty's love for Kavya, but the tone of the violence is mellowed down. Humpty manages to get some time from Pratap Singh to prove him that he is the right choice for Kavya, better than the NRI Angad Bedi (Sidharth Shukla). Humpty's challenges increase when Angad does the entry into the scene as Mr. Perfect.
How is Angad as a guy? We know that Humpty and Kavya would unite at the end, but how? The treatment to the plot is done in a very light-hearted manner. How does Pratap Singh yield? How does Humpty win Kavya's family's hearts?
Cast is just superb. Ashutosh Rana as Kavya's father is very good. What a wonderful actor he is. He pours his intensity as well as sense of humour into the character. Varun Dhawan has done complete justice to his character. Alia is also wonderful. Her face has the right combination of innocence, chirpiness, traditional, bindass attitude. She makes Kavya so much lovable. Sidharth as Angad Bedi has great screen presence. I just wish, Sidharth's role could have been a bit longer and his vanishing from the last frames could have been given different treatment. Both Sahil Vaid and Gaurav Pandey as Humpty's friends and Kenny Desai as Humpty's father are all adorable, excellent performances from them. Rest of the cast are also good.
Music could have been better. The song 'Samjhawan' composed by Toshi-Sharib and sung by Shreya-Arijit is very good.
Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania, though predictable and low on logic/ reality parameters; yet enjoy watching it unfold along with very much likeable lead pair and other cast.