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Bajirao Mastani Review (2015)

Bajirao Mastani is a charred historical saga fossilized under the Indian beds of parochial rules. Bajirao was a mighty warrior pestered by his own internal wars and trampled over as a social pariah.

SLB is all about the big and the rambunctious. So he took the epic project of helming the lost mercenary. The Peshwa who was on his way to rule India, but was deliberately slowed down by his fumed relationships, muck amplified more by societal manacles and religious hindrances, than by his own reckless head.

Ranveer aces the character of Bajirao to perfection. With his natural fluency that never leaves him for a second, a Marathi touch that jackhammers every raised voice with a witty comeback or an intervened split, he wears power with confidence. He is flamboyant in his ways, phlegmatic in his attitude towards a situation, and sheer terror when it comes to threatening his enemies. He dons a natural flair and applies it to everything he does something which is quite rare in Indian cinema.

That being said, SLB isn’t all quilts either. He does focus on crucial bits in the movie, however overlooks the apparent, taking the audience for granted at times. Like all the fight scenes in the flick are quite mediocre and over-exaggerated. If you are not in the rhythm of the movie, they would all seem almost indigestible. But oddly he cashes in on the audience’s emotional frequency and creates a superhuman that was a lost face in history.

The pace of the movie is outrageously fast, that does raise brows at its editing. You almost want to take a pit-stop to breathe, but then comes gorgeous conversations. Crucial, gut-wrenching dialogues that put the saddle back on the horse. The conversation between Mastani and Kashibai and the one between Kashibai and Bajirao before he goes to war (Heads up for that Krishna-Rukmini bit), hammer the nail further down your heart. Extremely stunning talks that reek of human impotency to set broken things right again!

The ending of the movie, which could have been smacked by a George R. R. Martin blow, ends up getting stretched beyond limit so that emotional Indian audiences connect. At times, the right emotions appear missing from every character’s face. There isn’t love and yet love is supposed to be there. So, we have to assume, since they weren’t exactly looking smitten.

If all of the above negative aforementioned vibes get overlooked, Bajirao Mastani ends up being a complete package. You can’t just ignore its soothing screenplay that is filled with brilliant dialogues and intercepting comebacks. They are witty, well thought of, and well researched. Some are quite cheesy as well, but they have been all mastered and well executed by the actors.

Bajirao Ballal ends as a true hero avalanched under the ruins of his own deeds. He lost one of the most crucial wars of his life, the mental one, as steeds race past him and his deadly blade, in his contorted head and he drowns a mortal instead of an immortal unstoppable warrior.

Every penny worth epic!

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.