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Cargo Review- A Must Watch Sci-fi Netflix Movie

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Cargo is set in the near future 2027 this movie is a unique attempt at making a sci-fi movie. The story encompasses a philosophical outlook as well which makes it even more beautiful. An original idea by Aarti Kadav, awe-inspiring art direction by Mayur Sharma and the uniqueness and freshness of the story makes it a must-watch.

Synopsis

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A peace treaty is signed between Homo-Rakshas and humans. The Rakshas are pretty advanced with futuristic Interplanetary Space Organisation. They provide the transition service for the deceased humans and prepare them for rebirth. Much like the mythical character Yamraj does. This transition and the further procedure is looked after by Rakshas Prashasta, the character beautifully played by Vikrant Massey.

Interestingly Prashasta is the chief commander of Ravana Army and Pushpak the infamous airship of Ravana is the name of this futuristic spaceship where all these procedures take place. Prashasta faced aberrations from his monotonous daily routine as he meets new humans, peculiar humans who are dead and received as “ Cargo” hence the title of the movie. Major changes occur as a newly inducted intern Yuvishka (played by Shweta Tripathi) came into Pushpak”s life. Along with came some turbulence in the quiet mono-tone life of Prashasta.

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From the Sci-fi standpoint, it fails to make some real impact on the audience. But it has manifold themes to which it does justice. The satirical take on the monotony of life either in human or rakshas is one of those. Everyone is stuck in mundane activities. In the process of preparations for reincarnation, the memories are wiped from the human mind. This is where the biggest question popped, Can memories be completely erased? Can we be completely healer? Will there be no traces left? Watch it on Netflix and find it for yourself.

Some drawbacks of the movie

The pace of the movie is one big demerit The movies progress very slowly. The set for the movie lacks the plush awe-awakening futuristic look. I feel the lack of brainstorming for the creation of set is pretty evident. It looks tacky and not so futuristic. The storytelling is an advanced form where viewers are dependent on characters for knowing about their lives in future, as it is not so obvious. Though there are very clever details used in the movie to project ideas and emotions of characters. Photographs, lampshade, doodle on walls play a very important role in the depiction of the story.

Somewhere it also lacks to create a real human connection. It lacks the relatability with character in some places. Something more could be done to evoke more empathy and emotional attachments. The audience may not be able to feel the crisis that deep as it is intended.

Final word

Acting is praiseworthy and it’s one of the most adventurous stories written in India for the film so far. I feel Aarti Kadav has tried to convey some really important and complex messages in a beautiful manner. The limited budget has impacted its quality I feel. Given ample funds, it could have been a wonder! Certainly not denying it to be a gem. Go watch this amazing movie and share it with others.

 

 

 

I have had 3 years of experience in the field of media, as a video production assistant, photographer and as a writer. I am a political science graduate from the University of Mumbai.

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Review of The Gone Game, A Lockdown Themed Thriller

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The popularity of thrillers on OTT platforms can be calculated by the fact that a number of thriller series have been released in just a matter of time. If you are a thriller enthusiast, you can consider watching The Gone Game on Voot Select this weekend. The series is somewhat one of its kind on India. Though many thrillers have been released The Gone Game has a different vibe. It is highly relatable as it is lockdown themed which helps the audience to connect more. The concept has been highly appreciated by the critics. The Gone Game is one of those series which you can watch in one go. Let us have a detailed review of the series.

Overview

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The Gone Girls is a lockdown themed thriller which has been released on OTT platform, Voot Select. It has been directed by Nikhil Bhat and the cast of the Series include Arjun Mathur, Sanjay Kapoor, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilangokar, Lubna Salim, Rukhsar Rehman and many more.

Plot

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A man named Sahil Gujral returns from Bangkok with the symptoms of Covid-19. He tested himself and turns out to be positive. Soon he died of the virus. But the story takes a turn when his sister Amara Gujral began to feel as if Sahil is alive due to some strange occurrence. Soon the whole family began to feel the same and they also felt the wife of Sahil and ex-boyfriend of Amara are behind all this.

Review

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The Gone Game is one of those series which fulfils are the requirements of the audience in terms of presenting a good thriller. The story will make you guess things. It will also bring out the hysteria within you and you feel as if you’re the part of the story. It will end at a cliffhanger and you will pray for the next season to be released as soon as possible. The Gone Game having introduced elements of a recent pandemic is able to connect more effectively to the public. The whole scenario is very familiar. The actors have done a fabulous job.

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There are also some minor mistakes in the series. They have not shown the disinfectant policy that is mandated for corona patients. The CCTV cameras in rooms seem a bit exaggeration. Also, a few roles are seen to be cut short and also confusing. The major grievance of the public is the number of episodes. The season features only four episodes while more episodes could be made out of a similar plot to keep the audience engaging.

Overall, The Gone Game is something which you can not resist watching even after all the minor mistakes. You can easily ignore those mistakes and enjoy the intense plot of the series and wait for the next season to release.

The Gone Game is a perfect watch for this weekend. It is just four episodes, so binge-watching is also not a bad idea. The acting of the cast members is appreciable, especially of Shweta Tripathi. If you really want to explore a thriller, go for it.

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Review Of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

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Gunjan Saxena! A name which raises the chest of every Indian with proud and fills the eyes of every Indian woman or a little girl with dreams of achieving greater heights in their life. The recent movie based on the life of our warrior, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl has beautifully portrayed the life of Gunjan from a young girl aspiring to become an IAF Officer to IAF Gunjan Saxena. Gunjan Saxena is the sole inspiration for present 1,625 female IAF Officers in Indian Air Officers. The movie depicts two big wars that Gunjan faced in her life. The Kargil War is known to everyone but the war she had to wage against the mentality of society is not known to most of the people.

Overview

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Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is based on the life of the first woman IAF Officer of India. Everyone knows the role Gunajn Saxena played in Kargil war but only a few know the background story of a life where she struggled very hard to join the Air Force. The Cast of the movie includes Jhanvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Manav Vij, Vineet Kumar Singh and Chandan K Anand. The movie has been directed by Sharan Sharma while the producers are Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar and Apoorva Mehta.

Plot

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The movie takes to bake in 1984 where Gunjan as a young girl sees a dream to become a pilot. But her brother at the same time made her aware of the prevailing social mentality and remarked, “Girls do not become pilots”. Here began the struggle of Gunjan Saxena, a fun-loving girl who aspired to become an IAF Officer but the society criticized her at their best. This was the first war that Gunjan had to fight before Kargil. But her father, Colonel Saxena supported her best and always motivated her whenever she decided to give up. Gunjan being the first woman IAF Officer entered her workplace but it did not assure respect from her colleagues. She was often mocked for being a woman but she never gave up. And obviously, the most iconic part is the Kargil War where Gunjan Saxena proved her worth to the whole nation.

Review

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Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is beautifully directed to reflect the struggle of a young girl who is struggling hard to achieve her dreams and demanding respect in society. The role of Gunjan Saxena as an efficient officer has also been brought out in a quite strong manner. The beautiful and supporting relation between a father and his daughter brought out effectively in the movie. Gunjan Saxena is full of emotions, fun and inspiration for the viewers. The cinematography and direction deserve applauses. The acting of Jhanavi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena was up to mark. The emotions in her eyes were reflecting the demand of the situation. The acting of Pankaj Tripathi was beyond words. He played the role of a motivating father who taught her daughter to never give up. Overall, Gunjan Saxena deserves to be watched.

Final Words

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is the story of a young woman who is today inspiration for every Indian. The movie describes her story from the beginning and forces the viewer to stick to the screen. The acting of the cast members is authentic and the emotion expressed them are genuine. In a nutshell, the movie is must watch.

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Khuda Hafiz Review: A Vidyut Jammwal Starrer

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Khuda hafiz, the latest movie of Vidyut Jammwal, the actor of Commando Series has been released on Disney + Hotstar. The movie focus on shifts between emotions and action. Vidyut, who is quite famous for his martial arts and actions skills has played a role which required a balance between emotions and actions. Khuda Hafiz was released on Independence Day weekend while people were eyeing on big banner movies like Sadak 2, Dil Bechara and Bhuj: The Pride of Indian. Let us have a look at the detailed review of Khuda Hafiz.

Overview

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Khuda Hafiz has been released on Disney + Hotstar. The story revolves around Sameer and Nargis, husband and wife. The Cast of the movie includes Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Annu Kapoor, Shiv Pandit, Aahan Kumra. It has been written and directed by Faruk Kabir.

Plot

Khuda Hafiz is the tale of a couple during the Global economic crisis in 2008 when people suffering from the loss of jobs were turning to other countries. Sameer and Nargis, the protagonists are a married couple in Lucknow who sifted to a fictitious Middle-East country called Norman in search of work. They got work there with the help of a man. But something is fishy. Soon Nargis was kidnapped and Sameer tried to find her. This is where Vidyut’s acting skills come into the picture. The plot of the story is somewhat a fusion of an emotional tale full of action.

Acting

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Every movie is based on the acting skills of the actors. Khuda Hafiz presents an average storyline. The acting of the cast is also good. Vidyut Jammwal has for the first time, tried to bring a change in his acting style by showing emotions in the scenes wherever required. His acting skills are no doubt better. The acting of Shivaleeka Oberoi is also good. She has played the role of Nargis gracefully but the supporting actors especially Anu Kapoor have stolen the show. Though no one knew he would be having such a long role in the movie his presence made the movie better. Other supporting actors also showed their acting skills.

Review

Khuda Hafiz is the story of a husband who is looking for his kidnapped wife. The audience was demanding an emotional tale more focussed on the victim but the tale is totally focussed on the hero. This is for the first time that the focus of the movie is not on the victim but on the hero. This is how the movie turns from an emotional tale to an action movie. The movie has been rated average on most of the scales as the fusion between action and emotions could not work excellently. The acting of the actors is good. But the audience was demanding more from the storyline.

Final Words

Khuda Hafiz is a good movie to watch this weekend if you are looking for something different. This movie is a must-watch if you want to see and appreciate Vidyut Jammwal’s performance as he tried to turn into a wholesome actor. The acting of supporter actors deserves appreciation as they saved the plot many times. Overall, you can watch this movie this weekend.

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Shakuntala Devi Review: A Transgenerational Tale

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Writer and Director Anu Menon recently came up with a project named Shakuntala Devi on OTT platform, Amazon Prime. The movie is based on the life of Shakuntala Devi, Indian mathematician. Shakuntala Devi is the tale of a lady who rises from a patriarchal and low-economic background. The movie is based on the narrative of Anupama Banerjee. The daughter of Shakuntala Devi. The story though begins as a tale of achievements of a young independent woman but soon constricts the plot to the family drama and her relationship with her daughter. Shakuntala Devi is a transgenerational tale and it reflects the generational gap between three generations.

Cast

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The Cast of the movie includes Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Jisshu Sengupta, Ty Hurley, Amit Sadh, Jake Francis, Prakash Belawadi, Stephen Samson, Colin Blyth, Neil Bhoopalam, Sheeba Chaddha and Luca Calvani.

The movie has been directed by Anu Menon. It is narrated by Shah Rukh Khan and the credits for screenplay goes to Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani.

Plot

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Shakuntala Devi is the story of an independent, feminist, talented and super intelligent mathematician Shakuntala Devi. But the story is neither a biopic nor a documentary on her life. It even comes with a disclaimer that it is the story of Shakuntala Devi as a mother from her daughter. The story begins with the childhood of Shakuntala Devi. She was born and brought up in a patriarchal setup which did not consider women as the bread earners of the society but objectified them. This is quite evident from the exploitation of her mother faced at the hand of her father. The fact that her mother never raises her voice against injustice led to clashes between Shakuntala Devi and her mother and she decided to become an independent woman. She went to Europe, met a man, married him, had a daughter with him and separated with him. In the second half, the movie portrays the relationship between Shakuntala Devi and her daughter. They did not share the warmth of the mother-daughter relationship.

Transgenerational Tale

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Shakuntala Devi is a transgenerational tale which portrays the relationship between mother and daughter in three-generation. The bitterness and clashes Shakuntala Devi had with her mother were also shared by Her daughter Anupama for her. All the three women have a different outlook and different societal background which shaped their opinions about each other.

Review

Anu Menon has beautifully directed the tale of mother and daughter. The best decision was to select Vidya Balan for the main role. Vidya Balan has stolen the show with her acting. The way she has associated herself with the character, the next time when someone would take the name of Shakuntala Devi, the face of Vidya Balan will come in front of your eyes. But the movie in some way has compromised with the life and achievements of Shakuntala Devi as a person. The movie is solely based on point of view of the daughter of Shakuntala Devi but every story has more than one point of views. The movie does not inculcate point of view of others. But the movie already informs the viewer about this through a disclaimer as mentioned above. The acting of Amit Sadh and Sanya Malhotra has brought life to the characters. The movie is simple and beautiful. It beautifully portrays mother-daughter relationship and how the life experience of a mother impacts her relationship with her daughter.

Final Words

Shakuntala Devi is a mesmerizing tale of a beautiful relationship between mother and daughter across three generations. But the relationship that they share is impacted by the life experiences they faced and it adds bitterness in their relationship. The whole movie is directed in such a way that it will make the viewer feel the story of mother and daughter. The movie could have been in a way to introduce more about the genius of Shakuntala Devi but it is solely based on her role as a mother. Overall, the movie is a good choice to watch and adore the acting os talented actors like Vidya Balan. Sanya Malhotra and Amit Sadh.

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Raat Akeli Hai Review: A Crime Drama Portraying Patriarchal Society

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Raat Akeli Hai is a crime drama movie released on Netflix. It has been directed by Honey Tehran and has Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte in lead roles. Though the movie is a crime drama this is not the only thing it deals with. Raat akeli Hai is a reflection of social evils and some barriers existing in society. It was released on 31st July 2020 on Netflix. The movie is full of twists and turns what a thriller demands but has also been analyzed as a reflection of misogyny and ill-treatment of women in patriarchal setup. The movie also speaks about the complexes held by men which are generally brushed off and never brought out in public.

Cast

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The cast of the movie includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shivani Raghuwanshi, Ila Arun, Sawanand Kirkire, Nitesh Kumar Tiwari, Nishant Dahiya and Aditya Srivastava. It has been directed by Honey Tehran and produced by Abhishek Chaubey and Ronnie Screwvala.

Plot

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Raat Akeli Hai is a story of a small-town cop named Jatil Yadav who summoned to investigate murder case of a politician. Jatil Yadav suffers from inferiority complex due to his dark complexion. Several girls have also rejected him for his dark complexion. When he began to investigate the case, he came to know about Radha, the mistress and wife-to-be of the dead politician. The storyline dives deeper into the character of Radha and reflects the condition of men in a patriarchal society. Jatil Yadav began to solve the case and unfolded many mysteries hidden in the big mansion.

Ratings and Review

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Overall, Raat Akeli Hai is an interesting crime drama which is unpredictable. It begins at a suspenseful note and it is quite difficult to predict the storyline. Though in the end, Jatil began to find direct evidence one after another which might seem like a compromise with the interest of audience but looking at the point that the movie is more than just a thriller, the storyline is justiciable. The movie hits hard on the social set-up by portraying the position of women in a total patriarchal society. The movie refers to dowry, character assassination of women, her objectification and actual buying and selling of a woman. Radha who was sold by her father was abused mentally and physically for most of her life. The way she was referred to in the family deeply marks her position in society. She is a symbol of all the women who are still treated badly within and outside their household.

Another important dimension that the movie talks about is complexes held by men. This topic is generally ignored by the society but Raat Akeli Hai has strongly portrayed how Jatil Yadav suffers from inferiority complex due to his dark complexion. Several girls have also rejected him due to the same reason and finally, he even tried to lighten his skin tone by applying fairness cream. He is also ashamed of his name Jatil which was originally Jatin. He blames his mother for making mistake during his tenth standard board exams due to which his name became Jatil.

Coming to the acting, Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte are well-known excellent actors. In this movie, the strongest and most loud performance is performed by these two actors. The other actors have also tried to perform their roles effectively. Some scenes of the movie have monotonous tones such as the interaction between Jatil and his subordinate and the later stage of the investigation but overall the movie is a good movie to watch.

Conclusion

Raat Akeli Hai is a crime drama concerning patriarchal social set up. It is the story of a young cop dealing with his complexes within and mysteries outside. It is also the story of a young girl who has been prey to patriarchal society and has been objectified all her adult life. But she is strong and never accepted her as helpless. Overall, there are many reasons to watch the movie. You can watch it for an unpredictable thriller, outstanding acting by lead performers and wonderful direction.

 

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