Badla (2019) – Movie Review

Revenge

Badla (In English: Revenge) is a crime mystery thriller film written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. The film is an official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film The Invisible Guest.

The story of the film follows Naina Sethi (Tapsee Pannu), a young successful businesswoman, with a perfect family of a husband and a daughter. Naina’s world gets shattered when she finds herself locked in a hotel room with her dead secret lover Arjun (Tony Luke), and gets arrested for his murder. To get her out of this mess, her lawyer Jimmy (Manav Kaul) hires a prestigious defense attorney, Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) to defend her. What follows next is an interview between Badal and Naina to get each and every detail about and around the incident on the table, to prove her not-guilty.

Sujoy Ghosh is a brilliant storyteller who came in light with his surprising mystery thriller film Kahaani (2012), which has one of the biggest plot-twists among the Indian films. From that point, the audience expects a similar kind of films from him. Badla may not have that awesome plot-twist moment, but it surely has an engaging story to tell.

As the discussion between Badal and Naina goes on, we get to see the whole picture slowly. The story of the film is mostly straight-forward and slightly predictable. That’s where the director plays the game of deception, shows one side of the story and hides the other one. Which works to some extent, and even it gives some reveals towards the end, but unfortunately, those just don’t work as expected, and the film ends in silence.

The performances by the leads are really appreciating, those are the only ones who make the film believable, other supporting characters are there just for the sake of filling the gaps. Cinematography and the background score of the film are complementary to the story.

Verdict : It is a one-time watch film. Not so perfect film, but a decent mystery thriller with a gripping story.

Rating : 3.7/5

Check here for the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSlgu8AQAd4

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Thugs of Hindostan (2018) – Movie Review

An epic fail

Thugs of Hindostan is an action-adventure film, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, and produced by Yash Raj Films. According to the sources, Thugs of Hindostan is the most expensive Bollywood film. It was one of the highly anticipated films of the year, and had created a pretty much hype around it since it was announced. Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan are being starred together for the first time as leads, which was the most awaited thing of the film. Additionally, it is the second time, when director Vijay Krishna Acharya, Aamir Khan, and Katrina Kaif has teamed up together after Dhoom 3 (2013).

The film sets in the 18th century when the British East India Company has started expanding their rule across India. The film follows a group of rebel Thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan), who is trying to free Hindostan (India) from the British rule. A British commander John Clive (Lloyd Owen), who is desperate to tackle the rising threat of thugs, hires a talented small-time thug, Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan).

The film is larger than life representation of a weaker script, trying to be incredible, that too on an epic scale, but in reality, it is the sheer waste of time, waste of talent, and a waste of money. Most of the characters and scenes seemed to be inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, which is obvious. It seemed that the music department had no idea about what they were doing, they had 3-4 music samples, which they were playing repetitively. They were just bombarding the music samples abruptly in between even if something great was not happening on screen. The film has really lazy dialogues and screenplay, because of which it just gets more and more difficult to connect with characters and their emotions. The songs in the film are a total crap, and Katrina’s dance is worst than ever (she has no other significance in the film). The only bearable thing in this film is Aamir Khan and his character, that’s it. Even Amitabh Bachchan had not much to do to explore his character.

Verdict : So overall it’s a below average film, not even worth a single watch, rather be at home, and have a nice sleep. 😜

Rating : 1.5/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI-Pux4uaqM

102 Not Out (2018) – Movie Review

Once a Father.. Always a Father..

102 Not Out is a comedy-drama film directed by Umesh Shukla who is well known for his unique storytelling approach in OMG: Oh My God! (2012). The film stars the epic and classic duo Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles.

The film starts with Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan), a lively 102-year-old who lives his life to the fullest. Babu Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor), Dattatraya’s sad and grumpy son (75-year-old), is exactly opposite, who believes that he is now too old to enjoy life and lives a routine life by accepting his old age. One day, Dattatraya comes home and announces his wish to break the oldest-man-alive record. Now to make this happen he needs to be in a healthy environment by keeping a distance from negative minded people. And therefore he decides to send his son Babu to an old age home, which makes Babu sadder as he has been habituated to stay in his home since these many years. Dattatraya agrees not to depart his son Babu to old age home on a condition that Babu has to fulfill certain conditions. The movie revolves around these conditions given to Babu which eventually changes his way of looking at life.

The film is a really good mixture of comedy and drama. In its first half, the film goes in a happy-go-lucky way, and in the second half, it makes the audience feel the emotional gravity of the situations. The film gives away some really impactful messages about life. The chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor is a sheer fun to watch, undoubtedly, apart from the story, their performances also make the film special. One more funny character played by Jimit Trivedi as Dhiru adds a cherry on the cake. The film is clear on where it wants to go but the way it chooses to go there sometimes becomes the overdose of emotions. In some situations, emotional stuff is just thrown at the audience, which feels abrupt, but the compact running time makes the film ‘short and sweet’.

Verdict : It’s a Short and Sweet and Unique Father-Son family film to watch.

Rating : 3.6/5