Connect with us

Movie Reviews

Kabir Singh Movie Review: Arjun Reddy Remake

Published

on

Kabir Singh

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Arjan Bajwa, Nikita Dutta, Suresh Oberoi

Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga

Image result for kabir singh

Why are we still making movies which normalize toxic masculinity in 2019?

Kabir Singh directed by Sandeep Reddy is one such movie. It is a remake of a Telugu movie Arjun Reddy (2017) in which a short-tempered house surgeon becomes a drug addict when his girlfriend is forced to marry someone else.

This short plot of the movie must have portrayed a character like Kabir as someone who is madly in love and could not tolerate a heartbreak and gets transformed into a heavy drinker and a drug addict but wait, there is more to the story.

Kabir Singh is a character who is a combination of male ego and toxic masculinity with anger management issues. A character like Kabir Singh who refuses to consider anyone’s opinion and thinks he has the authority to downplay a woman needs to be shown as someone who needs help and needs to go to therapy.

“Woh meri bandi hai,” Kabir threatens his juniors, in one of the scenes. Additionally, there is a track in the movie, “the hi to Mera Haq hai (I have the right on you)”. Here the woman is deprived of any agency at all. She is like a property, marked and owned by the man. She will quietly follow him wherever he takes her, allowing herself to bear with his violent ways.

There is one scene when he picks up a fight and punches his opponent. The Dean suspends him but only after acknowledging him as the topper of their University. The entire base of the film is to somehow make his toxicity striking, explain it away as “unusual” and give him zillion more chances without him facing any consequences. Well, he is a genius at everything after all which is why his behavior is justifiable at all times.

He is shown molesting a woman, threatening her to take her clothes off.  In one of the subsequent scenes, his maid breaks a glass and he runs after her. These instances reflect on his angry uncontrollable behavior and the saddest part about it is the fact that audiences are laughing on it in a theatre completely normalizing such behavior.

Shiva suggesting Kabir marry Shiva’s sister to get some steadiness in life portrays that women are meant to be sacrificial goats for male wrongdoing. It speaks a lot about the way women are seen in our society. This shows that they are a victim of patriarchy and the fact that it’s been so internalized in us that we don’t find it wrong.

There is another scene where Kabir asks his lover to sit next to a healthy girl in the classroom because ‘healthy chicks are like teddy bears: warm and cuddly.’ If this is not body shaming and objectifying a woman then I don’t know what else is.

This movie is a blend of issues that currently prevails in our society. Instead of making Kabir the hero of this movie, ignoring all his wrongdoing, he should have come across as someone who either realizes that he has got issues and gradually seeks help or as someone who faces the consequences for his behavior.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

Review for Breathe Season 2: An Abhishek Bachchan Debut Web Series

Published

on

Recently, Amazon Prime Video launched Breathe Season 2 for which the audience was waiting for almost 2 years. It is the second season of  Amazon Prime Original Series and the audience appreciated the first season very much, the acting of R. Madhvan and Amit Sadh was able to take viewer’s breathe away. There were very high expectations from Season 2. Season 2 came up with a change in cast and Breathe 2 came up as debut web series of Abhishek Bachhan. Let us see if Season 2 was able to take the viewer’s breathe away or not.

Cast: – Abhishek Bachhan, Nithya Menan, Amit Sadh, Hrishikesh Joshi, Plabita Borthakur, Srikant Verma, Saiyami Kher.

Director: – Mayank Sharma

Review of the Series

 

Breathe Season 2 introduced Abhishek Bachchan and Nithya Menan (South Indian actress who began her career with Mission Mangal) into the lead role. The series also Amit Sadh is also back in his role but this time with a difference. The acting of Amit Sadh is liked very much. His temper is similar in this season but the difference is that now he has been shifted to the crime branch of Delhi. The acting skills of the actors are no doubt very good but the only concern is the emotional sense of the acting. The audience is disheartened at the lack of emotions shown in the series though it was required most of the time. When Siya was kidnapped from a birthday party, viewers wanted to have emotional scenes of parents which were the demand of the story, but that is missing.

The basic plot of the story without any spoiler is that the 6-year-old daughter, Siya of a couple (Abhishek Bachchan and Nithya Menan) is kidnapped. Siya is a little girl with diabetes who requires 4 injections every day. The couple is very tensed and disheartened at the sudden disappearance of their daughter. But soon the kidnapper called them. The story took a turn when the kidnapper did not ask for any ransom but asked them to take some lives. This weird demand for kidnapper shocked the couple and from here, the story begins.

breathe season 2(amit sadh)

The plot of the story portrays it as an engrossing Physiological Thriller which forces the audience to watch more but as the series proceeds, the turns and twists become predictable. These days, there are dozens of Thrillers in the market which has raised the level of expectations of the audience to a higher level. That is what this series seemed to lack partially, not completely.

The past stories of characters, suspense, an unsuccessful marriage and efforts of a man to solve all his problems along with saving his daughter from a dangerous unknown man comes up as a good plot. But some scenes might seem annoying and not useful.

Was Season 2 of Breathe able to catch viewer’s breathe away?

To be specific, the beginning of the series and revelation of the plot and characters was able to engross the viewers and make them stick to the upcoming episodes. Also, the acting of Amit Sadh was able to convince the audience at a great extent but with more and more episodes, the plot turned out to be predictable. The audience of the Thriller genre will be able to predict the plot very easily. Overall, the series was not able to catch the viewer’s breathe away completely.

 

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Aarya: The miss universe delivers another charming performance in her style

Published

on

aarya

Disney + Hotstar’s new release Aarya has had us captivated and we cannot stop talking about it. The story revolves around Aarya Sareen who takes it as her responsibility to find the man who shot her husband Tej Sareen and get the culprit to justice. While she begins this journey there are several secrets that are revealed on her way.

Watch Aarya on Disney + Hotstar

 Aarya cast: Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Vikas Kumar, Ankur Bhatia, Sikander Kher, Namit Das, Manish Chaudhary, Jayant Kriplani, Sohaila Kapur, Maya Sarao, Priyasha Bhardwaj, Sugandha Garg, Alexx O’Neil, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Jagdish Purohit, Flora Saini, Virti Vaghani, Viren Vazirani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Joy Sengupta

Aarya directors: Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi, Vinod Rawat

Aarya – A comprehensive review

image for aarya- a comprehensive review

Originally, this show on Disney+Hotstar has taken inspiration from the Dutch series Penoza that was released in 2010 and went on for 5 seasons. It portrayed the themes of loyalty, love, betrayal, and family. Well, Aarya too is about a powerful woman who looks out for her children and family more than anything.

Almost set in the same light as its origin, Aarya begins and ends with the main character Aarya (Sushmita Sen) hanging upside-down on TRX straps. The story in the between of this, reveals three business partners, a robbed drug consignment, a mysterious murder, and a woman pulling all straws to support her two families and eventually being torn between it.

While Aarya takes it on her to find the masked man who shot her husband, Te (jChandrachur Singh), the story takes its own twists and turns. This is a story about a cop who is behind some business secrets, a mafia who is behind the drugs and other business partners in the ring who have started to discover things and have their own deep secrets. Aarya’s task is no easy as her family is put on the doorstep of danger and threats, and the mother in her vouches to protect her blood no matter what.

Aarya is a tale of a mother and her children who pay the brunt of the mistakes and misdeeds committed by the husband. The series is centred around Aarya and her three children i.e. the two teenagers Veer (Viren Vazirani), Arundhati (Virti Vaghani), and the eight-year-old Adi (Pratyaksh Panwar). All these three youngsters are brutally shaken to the core of the death of their father, especially the youngest Adi who was a live witness to the trauma of his father getting shot. It is also a tale about the other two siblings who battle their journey of growing up and teenage issues amidst the danger that dawns upon their family.

image for aarya- a comprehensive review

Aarya is a strong powerful woman of principles. Her ardent love for her family is always shown wherein the brutal turn of events she emphasizes how the future of her children is more crucial than her gruesome past. She also believes that sometimes you have to make a choice between what is less of evil amongst the two situations.

The cast performance in this series is compelling and impressive. Chandrachur Singh as Tej does an incredible job. To add to the Rajasthani style, Jayant Kripalani as Aarya’s father Zorawar, with Sikandar Kher as his point man Daulat perfectly fulfils their roles. Jawahar, the coke-snorting maniac played by Namit Das, ACP Khan played by Vikas Kumar, Shekhawat, the Russian peddler-distributor played by Manish Choudhary, and Sampat played by Vishwajeet Pradhan, all deliver outstanding performances and do complete justice to the character.

Of course, apart from all these people, the main show stealer is none other than Sushmita Sen. Graceful, powerful and committed to her character like any of her past roles, Sushmita Sen is a true treat to watch. She reveals the powerful journey of a woman who breaks out of her comfort zone to assert her dominance and turns every stone to protect her family. She brings to you her classic screen presence and captivating dialogue delivery to keep you hooked.

The writers have managed to write an engaging piece, somewhere where the plot loses itself but finds a way to regain itself back in the pace.

Aarya: A concluding verdict

image for aarya- a comprehensive review

Aarya, this new venture on Disney + Hotstar is a recommended watch. It will captivate you with its thriller tales, and get you hooked with the impressive writing at different points. Of course, all in all, Sushmita Sen truly makes it what it is with her charm, poise, and elegance. It is a recommended watch on how love and loss intertwine each other in the course of time.

Also Read | Netflix’s Bulbbul- a powerful tale of womanhood, a fable that asks relevant questions

 

Continue Reading

Bollywood

Netflix’s Bulbbul- a powerful tale of womanhood, a fable that asks relevant questions

Published

on

Netflix’s new release Bulbbul takes you back to the late 19th century, in the city of Bengal, and reveals the journey of a tiny girl to womanhood, her journey of innocence to strength. This supernatural thriller captures the haunting growth of a naive young bride who transforms into a powerful woman with a gruesome past when several men are murdered in her village.

Cast: Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Rahul Bose, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Paoli Dam, Ruchi Mahajan, Varun Paras Buddhadev

Directed and written by Anvita Dutt

Produced by: Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma

Music by: Amit Trivedi

Cinematography by: Siddharth Diwan

Also, read| Gulabo Sitabo Review: Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana deliver compelling performances in this satire

Bulbbul: A comprehensive review

Bulbul review

The thing that captivates us towards Bulbbul is the visual ensemble it carries with it. The frames scream the colour red to the shades of mysterious purple. It moves us back to the year 1881 in the Bengal Presidency. We see the child bride Bulbbul, travelling to her husband’s house and her encounter with the story about a chuddail (witch) who is all set to eat up a young princess. We tend to sense the eerie shadows, and the apprehensive ambience through the beautiful cinematography.

 

Bulbbul is a creatively woven tale about patriarchy that exists since time immemorial and the ways society still upholds it. The idea of a marriage where a much older husband dominates the bride, it highlights the idea of the power equation between Bulbbul (Tripti Dimri) and her husband Indranil (Rahul Bose). It portrays how married women are still identified by their bichhiyas (toe rings) and sindoor, even till date. It talks about the gender roles that are so rigid, that what a man can do is completely unacceptable when a woman does it.

 

The most delightful thing to watch is Tripti Damri as Bulbbul and Avinash Tiwari as Satya, the brother-in-law of Bulbul reunite on stage. They were last seen in the painfully romantic story Laila Maju and it is a pleasure to watch them on screen again. They have a fresh reversal of roles and are seen in the wife-brother-in law (Bhabhi- Devar equation). The intimacy they share, the efforts of Satya to make her comfortable as a child bride in the new home is refreshing to watch. There is an underlying hint of the love and comfort they share. There is a timeless scene where Satya and Bubbul bid each other goodbyes because society is a standing power against their bond and constantly calls it to be forbidden. It denotes separation through Bulbbul’s face and a secret declaration of love.

image for- Bulbbul A comprehensive review

Bulbbul as a story depicts how relationships are shaped back in those times. A child bride and Devar grow up in the same walls and have an emotional effect on each other, while the husband who is much older finds ways and waits for his child-wife to grow into a woman and delve deep into the ideas of marriage and love. We also see fascinating instances of friendship between Bulbbul and her sister-in-law (Paoli Dam), and the delicate bond she shares with Doctor Sudip (Parambrata Chatterjee). We also witness how Thakur’s brother is specially-abled, and Thakur and Binodini find a sense of solace in each other’s company.

Anushka Sharma’s third venture as a producer has been a compelling watch and it delivers a story in a dual timeline. When Bulbbul grows up, we witness there is no man to be the head of the house. It is her and Binodini who make their house a home. We are also a spectator to the insights of Bulbul’s childhood days when she is a newly wedded bride. The trauma Bulbbul goes through leaves an unfading mark on her and the tragic scenes depict a tale of its own.

One thing that goes a bit haywire is the premise of the Chudail, an idea that lacks some implementation in certain parts, trailing off a sense of doubt. One will have to completely watch the film to comprehend all the bits.

To talk about the cast performances, it is an impressive one. Both Tripti Dimri and Avinash Tiwary give promising performances, along with the brilliant acting of Rahul Bose who serves complete justice to the silent, strong, and mature self of Thakur.

 

 Bulbbul: A concluding verdict

image for Bulbbul- a concluding verdict

Bulbbul is a modern story that derives its connections to womanhood and has highlights of Indian folklore. With a beautiful cast, powerful writing, and soothing music by Amit Trivedi, Bulbbul is a revolving idea of how a woman’s love and her rights are so different from that of a man. It throws light on several important issues and invokes a powerful feminist. It is a watchful tale of a woman’s trauma and how she has been wronged by society.

 

 

Also read| Choked Review: Paisa Bolta Hai- A tale of a clogged sink and a clogged life

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Choked Review: Paisa Bolta Hai- A tale of a clogged sink and a clogged life

Published

on

Choked Review

Netflix’s new release Choked is a commentary on the middle-class struggles of a couple in Mumbai set in the backdrop of the demonetization period.

Cast: Saiyami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amruta Subhash, Upendra Limaye

Directed by: Anurag Kashyap.

Written by: Nihit Bhav

Choked: Paisa Boltsa Hai- A Review

choked review- image below para 5.png

Set in a typical middle-class housing society in Mumbai with narrow staircases, old peeling off yellow walls, we discover the Pillai family and their neighbours. Sarita Pillai (Saiyami Kher) and her husband Sushant Pillai (Roshan Mathew) experience a disintegrating married life, where every morning begins with quarrels over the clogged sink and leads towards other issues. Their son, Sameer often proves to be the mediator in these fights.

All of the fights originate because Sarita is the single bread earner in the family and has to manage between her job at the bank, Sameer’s education, and the household chores. Meanwhile, Sushant has failed to even keep up a single job and spends his time either playing carrom with the building folks or skipping chores. He also has to pay several people their dues and who have now, started to haunt Sarita.

One night Sarita finds several bundles of notes originating from their clogged drain and feels this to be a ray of hope in her life. She hides them secretly in places in her houses without telling anyone about it, even Sushant. While she continues to spend the newfound money for several activities, her fortune goes in shambles when the government announces demonetization.

The title quite explains the plight of Sarita in the storyline. She lives a life throttled by her unfulfilled desires of becoming a singer and is choked by the strained relationship with her husband. She is burdened with all the financial and social pressures of the family and has to single-handedly deal with it.

Choked begins as a story of shattered dreams and unfulfilled ambitions. It is about a couple living a mundane life and trying to make ends meet in this vast city of Mumbai. Thus, the first hour of the movie is well-paced and keeps you hooked with the background set up that will carve an image in our hearts.

choked- a concluding verdict

Anurag Kashyap portrays the clear idea that how money proves to be a turning point in the life of any middle-class person and establishes an emotional connection. Sarita and her note bank, straight from the drain is her secret pathway to the joy that lasts for a short time, until the new subplot is induced i.e. demonetization.

We witness that while Sushant, like any other government supporter, applauds the demonetization move, Sarita has to face a new level of difficulty, both personally and professionally. She knew her woes as a bank cashier aren’t going to diminish anytime soon, but her problems have multiplied due to the secret pile of notes which is now, nothing more than mere paper.

The issue with the movie is that we tend to lose the grip in the second half as it struggles to maintain the tempo it started with and eventually slows down. It keeps us wondering and ends on an uncoordinated note. The role of demonetization as a subplot is also questionable.

But one thing that Anurag effectively portrays is the strong political view and the vision of how the common man suffers the most with the demonetization act that barely achieved its purpose. This is creatively explained in the scene where an elderly woman pleads to Sarita for more money. Sarita replies, “Bank mein paisa milta hain, sympathy nahi. Unke haath jodiye jinko vote diya tha”, clearly implying to plead to the people who imposed this act.

The one thing worth watching is the actors on screen and their commitment to character. Saiyami Kher wins the lead here with the quality portrayal of a middle-class wife burdened by family issues and unfulfilled dreams. With the strong-headed woman she is, she pulls off the anxious times of the character well.

Her husband, Sushant played by Roshan Mathew delivers the perfect picture of an insecure husband to give their relationship a realistic face. Their sync as a couple who is dealing through issues is on point. Amruta Shubhash and Rajshree Deshpande who play the neighbours have driven a powerful performance.

Choked Paisa Bolta Hai- A concluding verdict

 Choked is a classic representation by Anurag Kashyap of a middle-class setup, where people leave behind their dreams and aspirations to get choked amidst the battles of daily life. The film in several parts captures the metaphor between clogged drainage and a clogged life. It speaks volumes about the political system that shields the corrupt and only troubles the common man. Currently, streaming on Netflix, this is worth a watch.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Gulabo Sitabo Review: Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana deliver compelling performances in this satire

Published

on

Gulabo Sitabo

In the times of lockdown, if you crave for a good time at the movie theatres, Amazon Prime Video brings to you a thriller Gulabo Sitabo that will enthral you till the end with the timeless performances and classic settings.

Gulabo Sitabo: Cast and crew

 Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vijay Raaz, Brijendra Kala, Srishti Shrivastava, Farrukh Jaffar

Directed by: Shoojit Sircar

Written by: Juhi Chaturvedi

Produced by – Ronnie Lahiri & Sheel Kumar

Gulabo Sitabo: A review on the storyline and writing

Gulabo Sitabo-1

 Gulabo Sitabo is a tale between two people, i.e. Mirza (Amitabh Bacchan), a greedy man who is consumed by the desire to occupy the Fatima Mahal, the century-old place owned by his wife Begum (Farrukh Jafar), and one of his poor tenants Baankey Rastogi (Ayushmann Khurrana), a young man who struggles to make ends meet and pay for the food, rent and education of his family (his mother and three younger sisters).

Fatima Mahal, the heartthrob of Mirza is in ruins and shambles. All Mirza desires to evict all the tenants including the most annoying Baankey who fails to pay the rent and indulges in pointless feuds with him. Things get worse when Baankey breaks the wall of a common toilet and Mirza rushes to the police station. The mansion becomes a centre of tension when Mr Gyanesh Mishra (Vijay Raaz), an officer of Archaeological Survey of India (Lucknow Circle) declares the haveli as a potential natural public property and convinces Baankey that this will be their perfect way to get hold of Mirza. Mirza, however, allies with Christopher Clark (Brijendra Kala) a lawyer who claims to solve the property issues.

Shoojit Sarcar in this film delivers a social and a satirical piece on how the evil force of greed shapes your mind in different ways. Gulabo Sitabo is a story where the greed for a mansion is heavier than the concerns about the people living in it.

The script written by Juhi Chaturvedi is one of the best aspects of the film. The intelligent writing gives you a taste of the Lucknawi dialect. The humour is induced in the language and the delivery, especially during the frequent arguments between Mirza and Rastogi. The story is funnily dark in places and you are bound to chuckle.

The storyline serves justice to the title i.e. the traditional puppet show of Gulabo Sitabo, from which the inspiration of the film has been drawn. Gulabo Sitabo traditionally is the story about young Gulabo’s constant bickering with the old Sitabo. Thus, the film successfully conveys this idea.

However, the filmmaker and writer at some points have taken too long to establish unnecessary scenes and plotlines. This lowers the pace of the film pushing it to a boring edge, at times.

Gulabo Sitabo: A review on the characters and cinematography

Gulabo Sitabo-4

A satire of this kind, Gulabo Sitabo serves an impressive main cast with the veteran star Amitabh Bachchan as Mirza paired with the very versatile Ayushmann Khurrana as Baankey.

Amitabh as Mirza is a treat to watch as he delivers a crafty performance and serves justice to the role of a 78-year-old. Mirza is exactly portrayed as what he is claimed to be, i.e. greedy and obsessed with the materialistic value of the mansion, seldom showing kindness or apathy for his tenants.

Similarly, Ayushmann, as usual, delivers a convincing act of a young man burdened with financial and social pressures. He beautifully brings out his character Baankey’s insecurities and desperation in light.

The special part of this film is that, while it could have chosen to be a two-person narrative, Gulabo Sitabo hosts an exceptional supporting cast. Srishti Shrivastava, who is known to have done great roles in web series, plays a brilliant role as Baankey’s witty sister. We also have Farrukh Jaffar who ends up adding a twist to the tale. The performance of Vijay Raaz as the officer and Bijendra Kala as the undisguised shark is a worthy watch.

Three-time National Award winner Abhik Mukhopadhyay brings true magic through his camera. The promising cinematography transports you to the beautiful city of Lucknow and its natural charm. You feel like you belong there with the decaying mansions, tuk-tuks, cycle rickshaws and the traditional narrow lanes.

Gulabo Sitabo: A concluding verdict

Creatively told and represented, Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo is an appealing tale on the vice of greed. It revolves around two obstinate characters who are constantly in a quarrel with each other.

It is a mixed bag of an eccentric premise along with witty writing and impressive performances with a few trails off that can be ignored. All in all, it is an entertaining watch that gives you experience in the Lucknavi andaaz!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending