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Pink Movie Review (2016) | Shattering Indian Societal Stereotypes

Pink Movie is exactly what India needs today. A clean wipe off to re-enter rules on our societal slate. To bend the rules that traditions have been shoving down our throats. You need to comprehend there are no rules to define stereotypes; it’s all in your head! Force-fed into your brain so you follow paths that were laid out by a dumb society. It is time to take a stand, and say no to them once and for all.

PINK MOVIE DELIVERS MAGNIFICENCE

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s outstanding courthouse drama makes us dilate our eyebrows at Indian Cinema’s weird contrariety, when you let it stand against the likes of last month’s mediocrity Rustom.

Shoojit Sircar’s knack for making the awesome continues as he picks another pearl right off its mollusk. A topic so ballsy that people need to watch this movie with eyes wide open, with ears perceptive as hell and with muzzled heartbeats to feel its true touching rhythm.

MIND BOGGLING DIRECTION

Aniruddha’s direction is off the charts. When he chooses to begin the movie with the perception of what common man sees, you know the director is keen on gradual revelations. Plot unfurls within seconds though, but its pace is forever carrying that crucial element of doubt to leave you guessing invariably.

Aniruddha is careful enough to capture remarks of the conservative. He stays on the streets with the camera to depict what the average Indian mentality reeks of. It is disgusting, but is in its truest form. You can’t help but think how judgments are carried out outside the court too. Little heads with gavels they are, writing off people with their trivial acts.

THE SATIRICAL PLOT

still of tapsee pannu as Minal Arora in Pink movie

Minal Arora brilliantly played by Tapsee Pannu, is under the radar for assaulting Rajveer Singh with a bottle, convincingly played by Angad Bedi. Since the lad is the son of a minister, cards are completely against her. The prosecution tries to blemish her, demeans her in profusion in order to save Rajveer Singh from his own muck.

The chaotic jaws of allegations try to swallow Minal’s two friends too, who were at the crime scene. Stands in the vanguard of the prosecution, an extraordinary actor Piyush Mishra playing the role of a prudish typical Indian lawyer Prashant Mehra. He is willing to leave no stones unturned to see to it his client ends up a victor. Mehra comes with an ink of decadence and spills it on all three of them in his brazen sense of disregard.

still of amitabh bachchan interacting with a police inspector in pink movie

On the good side fortunately, there is a guardian Godfather, a retired brooding ace lawyer Deepak Sehgal who watches upon the fallen, silently. Played by none other than Amitabh Bachchan, hands down one of the best Indian actors to have ever existed. He mocks the extant narrow mindedness through sarcastic assertions, the Rule Book of Indian Women Safety as he calls it, and shows exactly what majority of the Indian multitude thinks today.

He openly mocks our parochial heads with his brilliant subtle one-liners that will compel you to contemplate. Magnificent screenplay paints the courthouse with his thunderous resounding voice, as he tries to show everyone the point of his prodding.

EPIC BATTLE OF PINK

What follows is an engaging questionnaire from both ends that make for an epic display of riveting melodrama. It spares nobody. The seated and the standing, the risen and the fallen, the privileged and the indigent; everyone is forced to stand stark naked against the law. It decapitates them all.

The final judgment will have your faith restored in the Indian Judicial System again. But you get to see the ugly side of a dodgy Indian Police Service system. Watching abominable acts of Police will make you shake your head in disgust. It is still the way of the living here, and you wonder out loud, “Where is the education?” No wonder everyone is afraid to get entangled with Indian Police Force even when there’s a minor delinquency.

STUNNING CAST

We can’t overlook Pink’s well carved actors at all. If it were not for a haughty ill-mannered Angad Bedi, we wouldn’t have looked into a proper impeccable reflection of grown up Indian brats. His presumptuous nature is a result of an incessant hammering that he has garnered over the years from a system of wrongs, and a wrongful upbringing.

still of Angad Bedi as Rajveer Singh in Pink movie

Then there is that natural flair of Tapsee Pannu that calls for an instant admiration. Kirti Kulhari’s gradual developing comportment that remains slave to any minor incitation is worth applause too. Words can’t weigh Amitabh Bachchan’s colossal experience. Well supplemented at all times stays Prashant Mehra’s effortless acting.

THE WRITING

The movie features extraordinary songs that go in the backcloth of enchanting images of Delhi, and feeds on the plight of the trodden. Very brilliantly written and performed. Screenplay of the Pink movie written by Ritesh Shah, drops you careful one-liners those that are superbly penned too. But with that, at times Pink movie becomes susceptible to its apparent contrivance.

ONE DOWNSIDE

In a chaotic ruckus a subplot from Pink movie gets immensely lost. Not just the subplot, but an actor too. An astonishing fleeting performance by Vijay Verma who plays Ankit Malhotra, who we find performing incredibly well in the first few scenes of the movie. Unfortunately courthouse ends up becoming the culminating need of the hour, and he gets overshadowed beyond limit. I wished to see more of him, and the sub-plot that never actually made it out in the open, to prove another crucial felony.

HITTING THE GAVEL

Pink movie is as grim as it gets. It stays well placed within superlative delineations of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s exceptional direction and ravishing performances by the cast. There is sarcasm engraved in Pink, which is nothing but a slap on the faces of those who are still too conservative to change.

Finally to put the cherry on the cake, Amitabh Bachchan in his grave voice recites his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s beautiful poem:

“Tu chal teri wajood ki samay ko bhi talaash hai”

And the atmosphere erupts with a rare impactful profundity. That’s how I prefer my conclusions too. A must-watch everybody!

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Te3n Movie Review (2016) | Teen is Indian Cinema’s attempt at Montage

Thrives on stark suspense! Te3n movie retains a brilliant narrative style that lets it stay miles away from conventional cinema. It has powerful performances by a stellar cast, with great actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui working wonders for the flick. It manages to swim across successfully despite the movie’s painful editing.

Breaking Down Te3n Movie

Te3n is a reflection of Montage, a South Korean whodunit thriller. The plot was well thought of to keep audiences riveted throughout the flick leaving them with their guessing games. Plenty of time is spent on character build-up in the beginning which Amitabh aces to perfection. Vidya Balan, I am afraid, doesn’t have anything substantial in her baggage to prove her mettle. Her acting prowess ends up getting overshadowed by the two beastly players. Screenplay is kind of okay but good enough for a thriller.

still of nawazuddin siddiqui martin das te3n movie teen

Indian Cinema’s Constant Affair with Songs (Editing)

Music, well, I would like to put it this way:

Indian Cinema is still wrapped under the girdles of songs. To make you listen to an entire track, a director would do anything to make you connect emotionally through its lyrics. Wading through a Bollywood movie is like swimming across a lyrical sojourn. Te3n movie is no different when it comes to packing in music galore to open all your senses. Even though it is a pleasant addition, deliberately done to cater the needs of Indian public, something like that if prolonged too much, messes with the gravity of the situation. Also, the subtlety in cinema making ends up getting withered.

Ribhu Dasgupta tries his best to keep action frames afloat as he painstakingly appends backdrop songs to tingle your emotional quotient. To be really candid, we could have lived without it and the movie could have ultimately become much shorter.

Direction of Teen

Also, if you closely look at the direction of Te3n movie, there is no subtlety to it. Ribhu takes you for an amateur film-viewer showing every teensy bit till you get it. So, there is a frame for every theory. It is like spoon-feeding the audience. You couldn’t help but say:

“I get it, get it. Move on please!”

Overlooking the apparent, if we look at Amitabh’s performance as John Biswas, you have to hand it over to him. He has been giving some of his life’s best performances recently which is good for the future of Indian Cinema. Standing close by is Nawazuddin’s naturalistic blunt yet powerful act that goes on to show that we are finally boldly heading towards progress.

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Spoiler Corner

Unfortunately this movie comes at a time when Amitabh had chosen a similar project just months ago, that entailed his granddaughter being killed, in Wazir. Even though how mediocre Wazir turned out to be, it skimmed on a similar story setup. Maybe the next time he signs a thriller, you would have already guessed who the culprit is. So you can enter a movie theatre with a know-it-all smug smile. 😉

Anywho, Te3n movie is still a great thriller. Go watch!

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Piku Review (2015)

Piku is a well helmed flick.

Shoojit Sircar has a nick for touching the unconventional. Three years ago he had come up with a ballsy tale of sperms mashed up with a rib-tickling comedy Vicky Donor. This year he decided to stay close to the abdominal vicinity by taking up the poo project.

Piku is a comedy that scales human emotions superbly. It sways from dire sentiments to pathetic conventions that are still prevalent in the Indian society. The theme of the movie isn’t constipation alone. It takes the aforementioned in the backdrop merely for humor, and then gorgeously skims on the concept of selfless children taking care of their parents. In an altruistic world of their own, these minds are unknowingly paying back to the people who brought them to this planet. However, the question is at what cost? Juhi Chaturvedi’s story also makes you ponder sometimes how ungrateful people are and how some take the service provided to them by their children for granted.

Amitabh Bachchan bewitches us as Bashkor Banerjee with a power pack performance as a typical selfish oldie tormented by things in his head. Irrfan Khan is absolutely brilliant as a third person observant guy with a tolerant perspective. His unique natural reactions to societal ruckus keep portraying how a normal guy behaves to inadvertent villainy. Lastly let us not forget the protagonist Piku played superbly by Deepika Padukone. She looks perfectly lost in the constipation commotion and plays a neglected soul who simply cannot concentrate on her own life. She is dedicated, yet pissed, victimized and everything a woman of her age and position might actually be.

There are certain bits in the movie that jump to unfocused frames, with a lot of chatter that makes things hard to concentrate in the beginning. However, as the movie progresses things sediment down with perspective. At times, it seems to zero in as a casual road trip movie, however eventually the drama revives the tale. The flick buffs up owing to subtle one-liners, brooding remarks, humor and exceptional gravity.