Showing posts with label drama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drama. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan's Filmography - SANJOG

Released: 1971
Director: S.S. Balan
Cast: Mala Sinha, Amitabh Bachchan, Aruna Irani, Madan Puri, Nasir Hussain, Johnny Walker, Keshto Mukherjee, Ramesh Deo, and others

Plot: Mohan (Amitabh Bachchan) and Asha (Mala Sinha) are in love with each other, and eventually marry each other in a private temple. Circumstances separate the couple, and Mohan marries Seema (Aruna Irani) and has two children. Mohan is employed with the local municipality. After 10 years, there is a new Collector coming to town, and that person is Asha, who will take over this position, and will be Mohan's boss.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Patiala House

Genre: Drama
Director: Nikhil Advani
Language: Hindi
Story: Nikhil Advani
Dialogues: Ancita Dutt Guptan
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Hard Kaur, Tinnu Anand, Prem Chopra and others
If any movie could fit in the genre of Drama, it’s got to be “Patiala House”. Akshay Kumar played Gattu in this movie. He is a man who has watched his dreams die and restrained himself from going for his dreams. The movie revolves around the conflict Gattu and his father played by Rishi Kapoor, who lives in London’s Southall area but could never absorb into his adopted country. And prime reason for this was various racial attacks on him and his family. He stood against these racial attacks which results him being jailed for violence against ‘goras’. So he now hates them with such a passion that it is now only motto in his life. So when his son got an opportunity to play for England cricket team, he does not allow him. And his son Gattu gave up his dreams for his father’s sake and live dejected life for years. But his silence affects the other members in his big joint family. They have to kill their dreams as well. Till the character played by Anushka Sharma came into Gattu’s life. She makes Gattu go for his dreams once more. But how will his father react to that?
Frankly apart from Anushka Sharma I could say anything good about this movie. Logic evades me throughout the movie. I can understand a comedy movie being illogical but movie in the genre of Drama needs some logic. Anyway this movie was lot better than Nikhil Advani’s recent movies.
If I have to rate this movie I will give it 5 out of 10.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Movie Review “Natrang”

Genre: Drama

Director: Ravi Jadhav

Producer: Zee Talkies

Language: Marathi

Star Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Sonali Kulkarni, Kishor Kadam, Vibhavari Deshpande, Sunil Deo, Priya Berde, Kishor Choughule and others

Music: Ajay - Atul

Lyrics: Guru Thakur

Release Date:- 01/01/2010.

“Natrang” is a movies based on book written by Anand Yadav. It is a story of farm worker and wrestler Guna played by Atul Kulkarni. He is fond of ‘Tamasha’, not just fond of but passionate about it. He thinks it is not just a medium of entertainment but an art. So when there are some troubles getting farm works, he and his friends decides to start their own Tamasha group. But then he has defied by family and community for doing so. But movie is about how he resist everyone’s opposition and build up the group. But real trouble comes when they need a ‘Nacha’ in there troupe. When no one was ready he decides to be one himself. He loses his well built body and learns behaving like woman. And troubles come after that and how he overcomes them is what ‘Natrang’ is.

“Natrang” is sure shot Must Watch Movie for everyone. There are many reasons for that. First and foremost is stupendous performance by Atul Kulkarni. He made tremendous efforts for this character Guna and made him unbelievably real person. He first builds up amazing body to look like wrestler and then shed down all of it to look like ‘Nacha’. That’s really commendable. Performances by Sonali Kulkarni and Kishor Kadam were excellent. Sonali look ravishingly beautiful all the time. But pinnacle of the movie is its music. Hats off to Ajay-Atul, once again they proved they are A.R. Rahman of Marathi film industry. Great job by director Ravi Jadhav.

There are hardly any loose ends in the movie, everything is perfectly bound. Only thing I feel should have been different is ending. As I would have like to see more elaborate success story in the end rather than just giving it last 10-15 minutes.

If I have to rate this movie I will give it 9 out of 10. In case you still to watch this movie, don’t miss it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Must Watch Movies Before You Die...........Part5

41. Saving Private Ryan – English (1998)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Rodat

Genre: Action | Drama | War

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon

Amazing work of Steven Spielberg, showcasing insights of World War 2….

42. Sinhasan – Marathi (1979)

Director: Jabbar Patel

Producer: DV Rao, Jabbar Patel

Genre: Drama

Cast: Nilu Phule, Arun Sarnaik, Shiram Lagoo and others

Sinhasan means "throne". This movie is the story of a political struggle for Chief Minister’s post. And this one is absolute must watch by any movie lover.

43. Gladiator – English (2000)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: David Franzoni

Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama | History

Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou and others

Movie placed in Roman time; watch out for amazing action…

44. Chak De India – Hindi (2007)

Director: Shimit Amin

Writer: Jaideep Sahni

Genre: Drama, Family, Sports

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Tanya Abrol, Chitrashi Rawat, Arya Menon, Seema Azmi, Nisha Nair, Sandia Furtado, Masochon V. Zimik, Kimi Laldwala, Shilpa Shukla, Shubhi Mehta, Anitha Nair, Sagrika Ghatge, Kimberly Miranda and others……….

Very inspiring and patriotic film…..

45. Bluffmaster – Hindi (2005)

Director: Rohan Sippy

Writers: Rajat Arora, Shridhar Raghavan

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Nana Patekar, Tinu Anand, Boman Irani, Supriya Pilgaonkar and others

Watch Conman being conned…..

46. National Treasure: Book of Secrets – English (2008)

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Writers: Marianne Wibberely, Cormac Wibbereley

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel, Bruce Greenwood, and others

Second dose of treasure hunting

47. The Lost World – Jurassic Park – English (1997)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriler

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, Vanessa Lee Chester, and others

Discover the lost word of Dinosaurs with Steven Spielberg

48. Swades – Hindi (2004)

Director - Writer: Ashutosh Gowarikar

Genre: Drama

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Raja Awasthi, Vishwa S. Badola, Kishori Balal, Rajesh Balwani, Makrand Deshpande, Vishnudatt Gaur, and others

Another inspiring and patriotic movie……

49. Kabul Express – Hindi (2006)

Director: Kabir Khan

Writers: Kabir Khan, Sandeep Srivastava

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Cast: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid, Hanif Hum Ghum, Linda Arsenio, and others..

Journey in the heart of troubled Afghanistan…..

50. Khuda Kay Liye – Urdu (2008)

Writer/Director: Shoaib Mansoor

Genre: Crime, Drama, War

Cast: Shaan, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Alex Edwards, Rasheed Naz, Angela Williams, Lary Newman and others

The film is about difficulties Muslims facing since 9/11, makes you think for sure.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New York

Movie Review “New York”

Genre: Action, Thriller

Director: Kabir Khan

Producer: Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra

Banner: Yash Raj Films

Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty, Pankaj Awasthi & Julius Packiam

Lyricist: Sandeep Srivastava & Junaid Wasi

Star Cast: John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irfaan Khan

Release Date: 26th June 2009

“New York” was first big budget / big banner movie to release after the draught at multiplexes due to the disagreements between multiples owners and filmmakers over profit sharing. Kabir Khan who is director of the movie yet again comes up with very sensitive movie after ‘Kabul Express’. Personally I loved ‘Kabul Express’ and this movie is also base on 9/11 attack on world trade centre. So there was no way I was going to miss the movie. Although movie bit longer to release, the producers manage to retain the hype around the movie alive. It was mainly due to John Abraham’s nude posture in the movie.

Movie is a story about three friends Sam (played by John Abrahm), Maya (Katrina Kaif) and Omar (Played by Neil Nitin Mukesh). Omar who is from Delhi, who gets scholarship in New York University, meets Sam and Maya there who are Americans of Indian origin. They become good friends Omar fell for Maya but Maya is in love with Sam; so heartbroken Omar moves away from their life. But at the same time big disaster happen in New York, twin buildings of world trade centre demolished by terrorist attack. And that change the life of these three friends forever. After the terrorist attacks FBI arrest 1200 men on suspect just because of these people was Muslim. One of these 1200 men was Sam. Then we see how FBI humiliates physically and mentally these suspects. Sam has to go through it for 9 months and then FBI release him due to lack of evidence against him. But these 9 months changes Sam upside down. And what he does next, what Maya and Omar do to help him? Is the New York is all about.

The movie has you hooked from the very first scene itself. The movie keeps you on the edge constantly. You want to know what is going to happen in the very next scene. The movie has some excellent scenes. Especially the torture scenes are amazing and surely will send a shiver down your spine. There is hint of humor in the movie. The chemistry between all the lead actors looks fantastic. The climax is as dramatic as any Bollywood Movie.

All the lead actors gave brilliant performances. Katrina Kaif may be first time came out of her glamorous Barbie doll image to give good intense performance. She surely does not disappoint you. John Abrahm came a long way and now certainly knows his art very well. Irfan Khan is as brilliant as ever. But man who walks away with trophy is Neil Nitin Mukesh. He performed exceptionally well. All in all people should watch this movie if not for content then surely for Neil’s performance.

Director Kabir Khan came out with more commercial film after ‘Kabul Express’ and it surely worked for him. I hope he comes up with more sensitive subjects in future. If I have to rate this movie I will give it 8 out of 10. This is a must watch movie .

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2009) - English

Directors: Danny Boyle
Co-director – India: Loveleen Tandan
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) and Vikas Swarup (novel)
Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance

Cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Mahesh Manjarekar and others

Music Director: A. R. Rehman
Awards: Won 8 Oscars. Another 62 wins & 29 nominations

“Slumdog Millionaire” bagged 8 awards at Oscar night, 4 awards for Indians. So it was very proud moment for all Indians. There is big debate on if the movie was Indian or not. So I don’t know if we can say an Indian movie won an Oscar or not. But I still feel elated because a small budget movie which talks about kids in slum one so many awards not only at Oscar but all over the world. We always enjoy it more when underdogs go on to win something and that’s what “Slumdog Millionaire is all about.

Slumdog Millionaire is a story about a Mumbai teen Jamal played by Dev Patel, who born and brought up in Mumbai slums, works as Chiwalla, becomes a contestant in “Kaun Banega Karorpati” which is Indian version of “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” And he eventually wins the game show and become a Millionaire. So how he did that? How an uneducated Chiwalla wins such a big show? Does he cheat? Host of the show played by Anil Kapoor certainly thought so. He sends him to Police. Police Inspector played by Irfan Khan interrogates him. And while interrogation his story gets unwind, how he gets all the answers from the events from his life.

As movie goes into flashback of Jamal’s life, we enter into slums of Mumbai where Jamal grown up with his older brother Salim and love of his life Latika. Now we get to see the darker side of Mumbai, where riots happened in Mumbai. Where police men do nothing while Muslims were slaughtered, where orphan kids are trained to beg by goons, where eyes of these kids take out mercilessly so that they can earn more money, where these kids end up either being beggar, goons themselves or if they are girl kids they end up being prostitutes. This is the reason there was controversy over this movie in India. This is the reason why people like Amitabh Bachchan were critical about it. It isn’t like they wanted to cover up the darker side of India but they do have a problem when non Indians just wants to highlight only darker side of India and want to rate India as third world.

Thankfully movie is not only highlighting the poverty of Mumbai. It shows the optimism of these people living slums, how each and every human trying to improve his life by any available ways. Like Jamal, his brother Salim and Latika all started their journey at same point from but took different paths of life. Latika goes through brothel and end up being a mistress of a goon’s lord. Salim took path of theft, extortion and killing. Thankfully movie does not suggest that all of these kids end up being beggars, criminals or prostitutes. There are some like protagonist Jamal who could grew out of this dark world and in the end destiny give him a hand to win millions. As they say everyone chose their own Destiny.

The movie is adapted from the novel of Vikas Swarup “Q&A”. After the amount of hype movie got the book and author will certainly going to benefit from that. They also change the title of the novel on the Movie title.

This movie wouldn’t have been as good as it is now without the music of the film. A. R. Rahman did excellent job as usual. He deserved all the awards and accolades he is getting now and will be getting in future.

Director Danny did amazingly good job. Casting of movie was spot on, I think co-director Lovaleen Tandan played huge role in casting. The kids were simply outstanding. We must also value the efforts of producers for what they are doing for all these kids. Taking them to Oscar and then to Disneyland is commendable. Some of these kids are really from slum, if this move won’t had happened to them, then Disneyland or going abroad at their age was not possible for them. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto did their job very well. My favorite scene in the movie and which makes big impact is when the kid Jamal jumps in the load of shit just to get autograph from Amitabh Bachchan.

If I have to rate the movie I will give 9 out of 10.