Kabali (TAMIL)

tumblr_o8s3wqVNpX1uvsrs8o1_400Starring: Rajinikanth, Radhika Apte, John Vijay, Dhanshika, Kishore and many more
Editing : KL Praveen
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: G Murali
Directed by: Pa Ranjith

SUPERSTAR. Dot. What else should be said apart from that one word. That one word creates magic. It creates power. It shows the way and it shows how powerful the person will be who is having the title. Thats what the world is facing for past few weeks. Wherever you go, you cannot miss topics that involves Kabali. Right from the air to the chocolate he is everywhere. Ranjith who has proven to be a promising young director with two critically acclaimed super hit films joining with the superstar took the expectations to huge levels. Lets see how this happening combo has given us the film.

Kabali (Rajinikanth) is a Malaysian Tamil Don who gets released from jail after 25 years. He has lost his wife Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) when she was pregnant and does not know whether she is still alive or not. He has fought for the equal rights for the oppressed Tamils of Malaysia and has emerged as their leader and good don. He also runs a school to refine the Tamil youth’s who roam around as spoilt brats in Malaysia and make them as good citizens. Apart from this he has to eliminate the opposition gang mafia led by Tony Lee (Winston Chao) and his partner Veera (Kishore). Whether Kabali overcome all these forms the rest.

Known for his simple narration and armed with a slow-paced yet emotionally powerful screenplay, the two-film old director has not made many compromises for Rajinikanth. The film does not have a punch dialogue anywhere. The mass scenes are limited but effective. The film is more of emotion than action. The intent of the director to make present the film as realistic as possible is clearly visible throughout. Director needs to be complimented for making a film that has shown us the other less utilized but equally powerful facet of the SUPERSTAR. It is the belief in him and his script that has made Rajini to do a film that is unusual in his commercial route. Emotions seem to play a bigger role in this gangster movie. The spotlight is almost entirely on the love story, and neither the workers nor the gang wars or its leaders are given any additional importance.

Rajinikanth puts up a performance like never before. He looks dapper in well fitted suits and his styling is top class. The actor even at this age carries the film on his shoulder. It is the strong screen presence and sheer aura of the man that keeps us rooting for the film. He has really ‘ACTED’ in this film. Radhika Apte is brilliant and her pairing with Rajinikanth looks fresh and their chemistry has worked out well. When she was casted everyone was questioning her selection but she proved everyone with her acting. Dhansika and John Vijay have got their lifetime opportunity to play SUPERSTAR’s daughter and friend respectively. Winston Chao and Kishore have played well their parts. Dinesh, Rithvika, Kalaiarasan also got their chance to perform well.

Santhosh Narayanan’s already hit songs fit well into the narration and a few of them are aptly used as montages. His BGM’s fits the happenings very well. Murali’s cinematography is top-notch that he has shown Malaysia in a different angle. The stunt sequences and shoot-out scenes choreographed by Anbarivu, with Rajini putting his best foot forward, is sure to give adrenaline-rush to his fans. Though he had SUPERSTAR by his side, Ranjith never took that into his mind and still treated the film as his and made the actor to perform in his film. His choice and taste of portraying Tamils gets a standing ovation. Still some may feel that this is not the usual SUPERSTAR film but, come on, thinking the real age and his guts to show him as his age on screens, Ranjith proves why he is chosen by none other than SUPERSTAR just for his third film. Watch it for ‘Thalaivar Adhiradi at his real age’. Magizhchi..!! 🙂

Sultan (HINDI)

Sultan-Movie-Hd-Posters-3Starring: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, and many more
Editing : Rameshwar S Bhagat
Music : Vishal-Shekhar    Background Score : Julius Packiam
Cinematography: Artur Zurawski
Directed by: Ali Abbas Zaffar

Another Eid..!! And another release from Sallu bhai..!! He promised to give blockbusters on every Eid and this time its Sulta, the action oriented family film. Lets see how this Eid release was to Salman.

Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), falls in love with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma). Aarfa is a wrestler and aims to win Olympic gold for the country. She rejects Sultan’s love as want to focus on her dream. Thus Sultan also learns wrestling. He takes help from Aarfa’s father and promises to win the state championship. After a weak start, Sultan trains himself to become the top by marrying Aarfa and to be the best in wrestling. At this point he loses happiness of his life. After many years Sultan is approached by Aakash (Amit Sadh), who wants him to participate into the martial arts tournament. Sultan gets himself into proper shape with help of a new trainer (Randeep Hooda) and how he decides to win back his lost life and glory forms the rest.

The director’s urge to make his characters break into a jig every now and then slows down the film but his narrative is engaging to the core. Though the film is pretty long, the emotions and humor quotient in the film will succeed in keeping you on the edge of your seat. The movie should have been trimmed down by ten to fifteen minutes, especially in the middle part of the film. Salman Khan carries the whole superstar image but justifies it with his character in the film. Anushka Sharma is the real underdog of this film. Her romantic track with Salman is cute and enjoyable. Amit Sadh and Salman’s friend lends good support. Randeep Hooda in special appearance is exceptionally brilliant.

The film is shot by Artur Zurawski and he captures the glory and grandeur of the sport only in the context of the protagonist’s emotions. Music by Vishal Shekhar is peppy and Julius’s BGM’s are good. Sultan is a Salman Khan film made solely for his fans. It has everything to please its target audience. Go and enjoy it with family and friends..!! 🙂

Udta Punjab (HINDI)

udta-punjab-posterStarring: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhat, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit and many more
Editing : Meghna Sen
Music : Amit Trivedi    Background Score : Benedict Taylor
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi
Directed by: Abhishek Chaubey

Its become a trend that whenever any controversy or negative publicity happens before the release of a film, it surely manages to raise the curiosity and expectation level among the viewers. The curiosity factor keeps increasing as the controversy keeps growing thicker. Unfortunately, I too saw this film purely because of the above said reason. Lets see how the film has worked.

The narrative intertwines the lives of a popular youth icon, rock-star-cum-(c)rap-singer Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), migrant labourer Kumari Pinky (Alia Bhat), who unwittingly gets caught in the clutches of the drug mafia, doctor-cum-activist Preet Sahni (Kareena Kapoor), Inspector Sartaj Singh (Diljit) and his younger brother Bali. All these people come and join for the single main reason of the plot which is drugs. What begins as a satirical retort to Punjab’s social situation slowly turns into a thriller. Three of the film’s four principal characters are utterly imperfect, but they are, pretty much like Punjab itself, not beyond redemption.

The only dull point in the movie is that the narrative part becomes a bit slow at times followed by few dragging scenes in the middle of the film. The movie could have been bit trimmed down in order to keep its pace and intensity intact. Shahid Kapoor, with his tattooed physique and funky hair style, portrays Tommy Singh to the T. He lives the character of an artiste constantly under the influence of drugs and he demonstrates it with his meteoric moods, which he displays with alarming, bone-chilling precision. Alia Bhat, the show stealer, carries no baggage and delivers the performance of a life time. From accent to body language, she has got almost all of it right.

Diljit Dosanjh is nuanced and likeable and carries his ambiguous morality with ease. Kareena Kapoor is well cast as Preet, but not quite given as much to do, save for looking so perfect she eats up the words in the mouths of those around her. The songs are situational. They add flavor to the film, but do not propel the narrative. Witty and humorous, the movie works mostly because of its tone and stand against drugs, though the second half is no match for the first. Can watch for the plot and the top-notch acting performances..!! 🙂