Rasika Dugal and Talha Reshi’s Hamid shows us the intense and scary state of Kashmir through the vision of a seven-year-old, whose father disappears one night just like many others, never to come back.
What’s it about: The story is told through the eyes of Hamid, and the film talks about the struggle that the locals are going through, alongside the problems and growing dangers in Kashmir. The film has a scene where the young Hamid asks his father about why people bury the dead. His father replies, so that they can be forgotten. This scene leads the story further to where Hamid is unable to forget his missing father, only because he hasn’t buried him. The innocent boy who learns that 786 is God’s contact number, decides to ask for God’s help to bring his missing father back home. He creates a 10 digit number out of 786, and the call gets connected to a stubborn Army officer Abhay, which leads to a growing camaraderie between them. However, the highlight of the film is how the boy’s innocence changes the army officer. But does he manage to find his father? Well, you need to watch the film to find out.
Yay: Rasika Dugal is quite impressive as the shattered wife Ishrat and Hamid’s mother. The depth and pain in her eyes is evident. Vikas Kumar plays the daunting Indian Army officer, Abhay, who takes out his anger by being mean to others. However, Talha Reshi as the innocent Hamid is the film’s highlight .
Till date, all films about Kashmir have brought to us either the side of the locals or the army. But in Hamid, director Aijaz Khan shows both sides at the same time, along with the struggles they are going through. The film is painted on a larger canvas than just a telephonic relation between Hamid and Abhay. Aijaz is bold in showcasing the political, defense, and mental scenario of people. From exploring the act of stone- pelting to how kids are brainwashed, and how there are still a few rays of hope in this brutal night. The film is not dramatic, in fact, it is kept simple and it hits the right note, just leaving you shattered.
Nay: Though the director takes a lot of time to set the base and come to the point, he makes up for it in the second half.
CineBlitz Verdict: You must watch Hamid purely for its simplicity. Not many filmmakers can do justice to a topic related to Kashmir, showing both the sides of the invisible wall that has been built between the Kashmiri locals and the Indian Army. It isn’t an example of brilliance but rather a beautifully treated human story, of a race that is slowly running out of humanity.
The Family of Thakurganj Review: 5 reasons why you should watch this Jimmy Sheirgill-Mahie Gill gangster drama
The Family of Thakurganj Review: Jimmy Sheirgill and Mahie Gill play an extension of their roles from the previous gangster films
What The Family of Thakurganj is all about:
The gangster drama set in a small UP town Thakurganj, revolves around two brothers – Nannu and Munnu – who grow distant because of their life choices and ideologies. While the younger Munnu (Nandish Sandhu) is an honest, law-abiding teacher running his own private classes, the older brother Nannu (Jimmy Sheirgill) is a local goon who does all the dirty work for Baba Bhandari (Saurabh Shukla). Nannu holds much sway in the town as does his dominating wife Sharbati (Mahie Gill) and mother (Supriya Pilgaonkar). Baba Bhandari’s other goon Badri Pathak (Mukesh Tiwary) shares cold vibes with Nannu and the two are at loggerheads. In cahoots with Bhandari is the local cop Sajjan Singh (Yashpal Sharma). All is fine, until Nannu has a change of heart and decides to give up his life of crime. Life takes a turn for all involved post this.
Yay: Five reasons why you would want to watch it:
- If you have been involved in the making of the film.
- If any of your family members or loved ones are associated with the film (although if they really cared about you, they’d warn you ahead).
- If you have a Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster hangover and still fan over Mahie Gill.
- If you are a true-blue Jimmy Sheirgill fan!
- If you have been kidnapped by the family of Thakurganj!
Why Jimmy Sheirgill accepts roles like this – the mystery deepens further with this one. The Manoj K Jha directorial is a collective waste of talent. Inspite of boasting some of the best names among character actors – right from Pavan Malhotra to Saurabh Shukla, Raj Zutshi, Salil Acharya, Manoj Pahwa, Supriya Pilgaonkar – the film’s dull story (Dilip Shukla) fails to do justice to them as actors. The characters are reduced to mere caricatures. The editing is botched. The forced songs are nightmarish. Super 30 actor Nandish Sandhu should thank casting director Mukesh Chhabra for having cast him in the Hrithik Roshan-starrer before this film released. The overtly-hyper actress (Pranati Rai Prakash) playing his screen love interest Suman, should consider a career in styling if her career as an actress fails to take off. Mahie Gill needs to get over her gangster fixation.
Watch it at your own risk!
Jhootha Kahin Ka review: The Sunny Singh-Omkar Kapoor starrer has nothing new, but Rishi Kapoor saves the day
Directed by Smeep Kang, Jhootha Kahin Ka is a film that belongs to its supporting cast and not the leads
Creating confusion after confusion and finally introducing comedy while solving the inherent mess is a concept we have enjoyed and had fun laughing at, but a long, long time ago. The Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Singh starrer Jhootha Kahin Ka follows the age old formula with a Luv Ranjan hangover. But as they say, experience matters. Rishi Kapoor, and, playing his man Friday – Rajesh Sharma, are hilarious and save the day to an extent. All the credit the film deserves is because of the supporting cast, including Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Joshi and Lillette Dubey
What Jhootha Kahin Ka is about: Let’s try this. Two young men Varun (Omkar Kapoor) and Karan (Sunny Singh), after completing their studies, don’t want to return to India from Mauritius. Varun even gets married there without informing his family, telling his wife that he is an orphan. No points for guessing, father (Rishi Kapoor) reaches Mauritius from Punjab, and Varun and Karan lay a master plan to keep their secrets and lie in abundance. Trouble begins when Karan’s imprisoned brother (Jimmy Shergill) comes out on parole, and another streak of lies is being churned out now to impress the brother. What follows is the whole fight to solve the mess, and what it leads to. Fresh!
Yay: As we said before, this film belongs to the supporting cast and only them. Seems like the 5 of them, namely Rishi, Rajesh, Manoj, Jimmy and Lillette are in a different film altogether, and the leads – Omkar and Sunny – in another. It is the supporting characters that have held the film on their talented shoulders, and not the leads. Rishi Kapoor playing the father, and Rajesh Sharma playing his man Friday exchange the best banter the film has to offer. Credit where it’s due, after whatever happens through the film, the big reveal climax deserves a mention. Well written, hilariously executed, and lands just right.
Nay: Well, too many. Firstly, Sunny as a naive lover and Omkar as the dapper dude is overdone now and beginning to pall as an idea. Also, both of their continuous OTT reactions to everything was a big turn-off. Shreya Shrivastava and Santosh Suman’s writing has nothing new to offer apart from a few meagre punch-lines that actually land. One question to the writers though, a husband abusing his wife and accusing her of having relationships with other men is comic? Just asking. Smeep Kang’s direction looks highly inspired by Luv Ranjan minus the comic timing and edit technique Luv has. Production design by Guneeth Bumra and Ragini Jerath is low on research. Houses in Mauritius do not look like elite Delhi duplexes. The songs just begin abruptly, and never take the story forward even an inch. Plus, we thought ending the film with a Sunny Leone dance number was forgotten.
CineBlitz Verdict: Jhootha Kahin Ka has a Luv Ranjan hangover and an age plot old set-up that only offers laughs in small EMI’s. If you do, watch it to see how Rishi Kapoor can shine bright even in a screenplay that is dull. You won’t regret missing this one.
The Lion King review Hindi version: Shah Rukh Khan – Aryan Khan’s majestic Disney treat is an absolute delight for all generations
The Lion King review: Pride Lands get their new King in Simba and Bollywood gets its new Prince in Aryan Khan!
The Lion King
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan (Mufasa), Aryan Khan (Simba), Neha Gargava (Nala), Ashish Vidyarthi (Scar), Shernaz Patel (Sarabi), Asrani (Zazu), Shreyas Talpade (Timon), Sanjay Mishra (Pumba), Achint Kaur (Shenzi)
Director: Jon Favreau
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment
Run time: 118 minutes
Most of us were kids when the animated classic The Lion King first released in 1994. However, it was a movie that was lapped up and loved across all ages and generations. The film, its beautiful message and the story, all struck a chord. Ever since, the movie holds a special place for most of us no matter what generation we belong to. It is easily one of the most-loved Disney tales of all times. Inspite of the animals in their animated versions, each character felt humane. There was also always a niggling thought, perhaps a childish hope, of how it would be to see real animals in a film like that.
Well, now 25 years later, Disney has done just that. They are set to present the same old story in a completely new and technically-enhanced package, where the simple 2D animation has given way to a CGI photo-realistic remake. That means simply put: A dream come true of seeing, real characters as good as live animals, in the film.
Directed by Jon Favreau (best-remembered for 2016’s Jungle Book), this retelling uses 3D animation, motion-capture, and virtual reality tools (VRT) and is aimed to appeal to the Gen Next and become a part of their childhood, just the way the original had become a part of our fondest memories. With that in mind, Disney has re-served us with the most delightful treat from their menu.
What’s more, the Hindi version boasts of voices by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who commands his own loyal following, and teaming up here with him is his son Aryan Khan. While the comparisons with the classic 1994 version are inevitable, the Hindi version is also that much more exciting to watch out for because of these two names.
Well, technically this is not the first time that the father-son duo has teamed up to lend their voices for an animation (They did it for the Hindi version of The Incredibles, 2004 too). But that was Aryan Khan as a kid. This one comes at a time when all eyes are on him as he is on the brink of stepping in his father King Khan’s shoes as a star in Bollywood. Lion King anyone? So how does the duo fare in this tech-advanced Lion King? And does the film itself live up to the classic? Read on to find out:
What The Lion King is all about:
It is essentially the same story as the original, with a few changes. Mufasa is the kind and just King of the Pride Lands of the African Savannahs, who instills the same sense of responsibility in his young son. Mufasa and Sarabi’s cub Simba is the crown prince and the rightful heir to the throne of Pride Rock and the father-son share a most loving relationship. Mufasa’s trusted minister is the loyal hornbill Zazu.
Mufasa’s greedy, envious and power-hungry brother Scar with the help of Shenzi and the other hyenas plot the king’s death and succeed too. Having killed Mufasa, Scar makes his nephew believe that the King had died while trying to save Simba and so his death was the young cub’s fault. Playing on Simba’s guilt, Scar gets him to run away from Pride Rock. Too lazy to chase, the hyenas lie to Scar that Simba has been killed and devoured.
Simba leaves behind his mother and best friend Nala, who are falsely made to believe that Simba had died in the Wildebeest stampede at the gorge where Mufasa too had lost his life while saving him. Scar soon becomes the King of Pride Rock and lifts all the hunting rules. The luscious Pride Lands become a hunting ground of the hyenas who with their unchecked hunts soon turn the land near-barren and drive the animals away.
Time moves on. Simba having befriended Pumba (warthog) and Timon (meerkat) grows up in another part of a jungle. They believe in the philosophy of ‘Hakuna Matata’ meaning ‘no worries’. One day he meets Nala, who has run away from the pride in search of help. She tells him all about their poor conditions back home at Pride Lands. Also, the wise Rafiki learns that Simba is still alive and seeks him out. Simba soon realises that he needs to own up the responsibility of being Mufasa’s son and claim his place in the ‘circle of life’. How he returns to face Scar and reclaim what’s rightfully his forms the remaining story.
First things first: SRK and Aryan Khan! Well, it would be unfair to compare SRK’s Mufasa to James Earl Jones’ Mufasa from the original or the new one. We say this because some of the dialogues have a different impact when spoken in two different languages. SRK’s Mufasa comes across as a gentler and milder King than the thundering, more-in-power Mufasa of James Earl. But nonetheless SRK is impressive. He has tried to modulate his voice and further add a deeper base to lend it that regal touch. Aryan sounds just like his dad in terms of the vocal quality though the dialogue delivery is not the same. He does justice to Simba, sounds charming and emotes well with his voice.
As for the rest, Asrani’s Zazu is far better than the English version! The veteran adds his characteristic touches to the character and not a dull moment with him around. Ashish Vidyarthi as the shrewd and embittered Scar and Achint as the Shenzi are fantastically evil and bring that about through their voice-overs convincingly. Shreyas and Sanjay Mishra together are a hoot. They infuse their characters with energy and fun and lift the narrative brilliantly in the second half. The rest of the voice-cast are strictly okay.
The dubbing is done well and there’s nothing lost in translation here thankfully. The film scores high on music and hits the right notes, not an easy task, considering that the film boasts of one of the best musical scores ever. Sunidhi Chauhan and Armaan Malik get it just right. The song, I just can’t wait to be king (Main Raja Banna Chaahoon) is an absolute delight to watch and thoroughly enjoyable. The kids will love it. Hakuna Matata, of course, is an all-time favourite!
The film is meant to be a visual delight and truly the photo-realistic effects and enhanced computer animation is top-notch. They bring alive the childhood experience making it seem more real. From every strand of the animals’ fur to the dew droplet on the spider’s web, every bit of it looks unbelievably real. It is fantastic on those counts.
The film has the right mix of emotions. From action to drama to romance, there are some highly impactful scenes tapping each of these emotions beautifully. Among the highlights is the stunningly shot fight scene between Scar and Simba in the climax. Mufasa’s death scene with Simba trying to wake him up is again beautifully shot and will get you all emotional. Also the scene where Simba steps into his dad’s pawprint is a moment! The jostle between two hyenas for personal space will leave you in splits. Timon and Pumba have the funniest lines and Pumba taking on the body-shaming bullies is a hilarious scene. It’s a tried and tested story so that clearly works again. It keeps you hooked for the entire 118 minutes.
What didn’t work for us at all was hearing the hyenas talk in a Bihari accent. Like how many times does Bollywood have to resort to the Bihari accent to infuse some fun in the otherwise villainish characters. Quite a turn off really! Also giving Timon and Pumba a tapori twang! Again predictable! Not that Shreyas and Sanjay don’t do a good job, but just the same tried and tested accents being passed off for humour is not done anymore. Every second animated show on TV is using the same two accents heavily. Sorry, but doesn’t click here at all and we’re sure the kids won’t be amused either!
Also, inspite of the amazing 3D animation the film’s characters are not able to convey the larger gamut and the wide range of expressions as they did in the original. We are sure even the best of technology comes with its limitations and we get a glimpse of it here. Also in some very few parts to see real animals speak like actual humans and not mime the animals is a teeny-weeny bit creepy. Like the scene where Mufasa falls off the rocks, you’d expect the lion to roar and not scream ‘Aaaa’ like humans, right?
The film is a beautiful, and heart-warming, emotional story of love, loss, courage and finding one’s own path in the circle of life! The father-son relationship will tug at your heart-strings. SRK and Aryan are an added bonus here for sure adding their lion’s share of entertainment! Bollywood, get ready to welcome Prince Khan. Aryan holds much promise and yes, King Khan has every reason to be proud. We have every reason to watch out for this youngster follow in his dad’s footsteps soon.
A beautiful message at the core, The Lion King is a majestic leonine experience and a wholesome family entertainer that will once again appeal to all ages. It is an absolute delight for kids. While the original holds its forte, the retelling also comes with its own charm, making it a must-watch! So, yes, the lions will rule your hearts yet again with The Lion King.
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