A reel life disappointment.
Hansal Mehta's Simran is inspired by the real life story of Sandeep Kaur who was referred to as Bombshell Bandit in the United States because of the way she robbed banks. The difference between Sandeep Kaur and Simran is that Kaur was a lot more eccentric while the fictional Simran seems to stop halfway through with her eccentricity.
Ranveer Singh is undoubtedly a brilliant actor and a superstar. He never fails to surprise the world with his superb acting skills. He's extremely talented, witty, charming and of course, good looking!
Most of us love and adore him but there are some who aren't really fond of him. If you're a Ranveer Singh fan as much as I am, I'm sure you must have had to hear certain annoying remarks from people who aren't big on his Ranveer-ness. (Duh! How can you not be a Ranveer Singh fan?) Here are a few things that a Ranveer Singh fan is tired of hearing!
I now know exactly what I deserve.
I won't lie. I wouldn't want to relive the first half of 2016. It was the worst blow my heart's taken in a long time, but to be honest if I was given a choice to erase that year out of my existence, I wouldn't. Because no matter how messed up the first half of it had been, it was one of my favorite years in the almost-30 stint I am heading towards.
I am assuming we've all been through a breakup that's opened a gap within the center of our chests with constant pain spilling out. And mine was no different. It took me a month to let it soak in, to let it register. And from thereon, it felt like a constant battle to not give up on joy and happiness. But the worst breakup of my life has also been the most beautiful thing to have happened to me and these 14 reasons spell out why.
From girl next door to the woman of substance, Hindi cinema gets its dose of reality check.
Hindi film industry has stood divided into two starkly opposite definitions of cinema and art since generations. While a crowd embraces films with hoots and whistles that have a stereotypical fixed underdeveloped plot and structure but a decorated idea of entertainment in the form of item songs and illogical violence and is oblique to films which are made with a purpose, to make a difference.
It lacks the glue that holds it all together.
The minute Daddy's trailer was out, I was ecstatic. I for one, love a film that has murky locations and a cold blooded gangster and to top it all, it is a real story about Arun Gawli who was feared and worshipped by the people of Dagdi Chawl. First and foremost, this film deserves a round of applause for its technical prowess. The camera work is so stunning that it takes you deep in the shady bars, murky streets and dilapidated buildings that you're breathless of all the claustrophobia that is being thrown at you. Ah!
Well, director Ashim Ahluwalia is a brave man for this attempt where he experimented with an unconventional narrative structure. He doesn't shy away to establish how cold blooded this murderer was with all the brutal killings and the ambition that is cold as ice. There is a scene in the film around a lift shaft of a building that captures the essence and the establishment of the B.R.A Gang ( B- Babu Reshim, R- Rama Naik, A- Arun Gawli) which is absolutely amazing. The film takes you through the bloody killing in 2011 and then flashes back to 1976 and keeps going back and forth which sometimes is tough to keep track of all the characters that keep coming at you.
From cops to colleagues, everyone shares their version of the story about Arun Gawli who they remember as Daddy and how he gets entrenched in the underbelly of the city we called Bombay. While these are the high points in the film, the point of the matter lies in the fact that even after watching the film, do we know more about the feared gangster? Honestly, barring a few things here and there, not much insight has been given to us than what we already know which gets in the way of me appreciating the film too much. I like it, but then I wanted to know more especially about the genesis of the new crime collective that was formed in 1970.We see raids on Matka dens, smuggling and how Gawli aligns himself with the local don Maqsood which is played by Farhan Akhtar in the very 70's shades.
This is a story of a man who is as repellent as he is feared. It is intriguing how a son of a jobless mill worker became the larger than life phenomenon everyone called Daddy. How everyone worshipped a cold blooded murderer?
Speaking of the man who gives structure to the protagonist, Arjun Rampal's intense depiction of the man is quite interesting to watch. He tries to convey the threshold of crime convincingly but sadly doesn't elevate the part with magic. His physical transformation is commendable but as a thirsty cine goer, I am parched. It is a wonderful film in shots, but lacks the glue that holds the entire film together.
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Bad jokes catering to the Deol family fan-club.
The love I have for Sunny Deol is diametrically opposite to the kind of films he has recently been putting himself through. Frankly speaking Poster Boys is no different. It is a Hindi remake of Sameer Patil's 2014 Marathi film Poshter Boyz which was Shreyas Talpade's home production. The film is set in a North Indian Village that goes by the name Jangheti Village and we have our three poster boys with their solo introductory scenes set the pitch of the film. While Shreyas is a local goon who goes by the name Arjun, Sr. Deol is a retired army officer and the Jr. one is a school teacher. Sunny Deol is a retired army officer in the film because they tried too hard to work the, 'JP Dutta Ka Khud Ka Border Hai' line into the narrative! *Slow Clap*
Our Poster Boys are shocked to find themselves on the posters of vasectomy which is a big deal for the village people. The village feels that this is a foolish attempt to do away with their masculinity and no one wants a relationship with them, until they clear their names from this whole debacle of a situation. This sets the premise of this dramedy as Talpade wants these boys to be butt of all the jokes to follow.
Poster Boys is full of silly jokes but the best one is where the Deol brothers pay odd tributes to each other's hit films. Soldier Soldier is Bobby Deol's ring tone and I was in splits. While this is the best part about the film, this remains the problem too as the film never rises above the Deol Family Fan Club. A blind man touches Sunny's face and says, " Arre Dharmendra?" and He replies, " Nahi, Unka Beta."
While Talpade and the Deol brothers are stuck in an uncommon situation and are trying everything to get their name cleared from the vasectomy scare that is ruining their lives, I liked the fact that someone tried to focus on the population explosion problem in our country where everyone wants a son and won't stop till they get one. But it could have been better as when the film tries to make sense, I lost interest as it was too late. I was stuck in the over blown caricature of everything there was from needless butchery of English to just not moving on. These 131 minutes could have been better if there was more in the film than silly humour in the name of slapstick comedy. But then coulda...woulda..shoulda..!