Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rangoon - Movie Review

Desi Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Directed by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by: Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishal Bhardwaj, Viacom
Written by: Matthew Robbins, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sabrina Dhawan
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut
Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj

Rangoon is an ambitious film and now after watching the film it seems like my expectations with the film were even more ambitious. Somehow missing out on an award winning Vishal Bhardwaj’s "Haider" made me even had more expectations from this one. Script is full of clich├ęd moments and dialogues. For the first time I felt lucky to have watched a censored shorter version of a film thanks to UAE censor policies.  So for this reason I did not feel any drag as other critics have pointed out (Yes, I do check out reviews done by other people, I am still learning and an infant when it comes to film Journalism). First half is entertaining but in second half writer trio loses grip. There are so many unnecessary subplots, for example character of Haseena , I thought all that jealousy with Julia would built up to something but we get nothing. Rangoon could have lived with less songs as well, I mean we get entertainment value of Julia with “bloody hell” song, there is absolutely no need for another stage performance with in next 5 minutes. Now don’t take me wrong the Script/Screenplay is not a complete wreck there are some seriously good moments in the film especially in the first half.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lion-Movie Review

Desi Rating: 4/5 Stars
Directed by: Garth Davis
Produced by: Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
Screenplay by: Luke Davies
Based on A long way home by Saroo Brierley
Starring: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
Garth Davis’ Lion is based on true story of Saroo Brierley and his Journey from a lost Indian boy to finding home in Australia and then back to finding his lost Indian home as an adult. Screenplay is very well written and helps tell this tale of an ordinary man at an extra ordinary level. First half of the film revolves around a 5 year old Saroo who gets lost by taking a wrong train and ends up 1600 KMs away from his home.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Balu Mahi-Movie Review

Desi Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by: Haissam Hussain

Produced by: Sadia Jabbar, Mohammad Arshad

Written by: Saad Azhar

Starring: Osman Khalid Butt, Ainy Jaafri, Sadaf Kanwal

Music by: Sahir Ali Bagga

I have started to lose faith in Pakistani Cinema. What is coming out of Pakistani cinema industry these days is beyond my understanding. Pakistani cinema revival started at such a high note with movies like Khuda kay lyay, Bol, Waar , Ho Mann Jahan etc and now instead of going further up we have reached to the level where Balu Mahi lies. Balu Mahi feels like a teen you tubers halfhearted attempt to create a parody of Jab we met and Dil bole hadippa.  

Saad Azher's story line was very illogical and at time appeared as a deliberate attempt to test viewer's patience and intellect. It felt like writer had bunch of individual scenes in mind and without much of a thought process forced a plot around them.