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Ginny Weds Sunny review
There seems to be a marriage season going on Netflix amidst this Covid-19 enforced slowdown what with the web series 'A Suitable Boy' and now - Ginny Weds Sunny, that is directed by debutante Puneet Khanna and produced by Vinod Bachchan and released on Netflix. People seem to be missing the marriage festivities with so many limitations and restrictions in place, it's only fair that atleast we can enjoy it on the net. Being released as a Netflix original movie and a decent star cast we had high hopes from this one. It started off well. The matchmaking game in the beginning though far-fetched, one could still digest but somewhere wanting to be different from Tanu weds Manu and other marriage runathons and to be too raw and very real it petered out in the end. The punch, the usual pull at the heartstrings was missing in Ginny weds Sunny and it all looked very forced, well no one can f ....
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Ganga Jumna 1961
Hindi cinema had a love affair with dacoit stories beginning from Mother India, Ganga Jumna and through ‘60s thru to Sholay. Many great movies were made on the life and times of dacoits, roaming the Chambal ravines and other places in the Hindi heartland of India, even to the extent of glorifying them. Movies like ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ and ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ also stand out in the crowd. Ganga Jumna was also of the same genre but the difference was that no cinematic liberties were taken while narrating the tale on screen and a village pastoral style and substance was adhered to. It had genuine dialogues in chaste Awadhi/Bhojpuri dialect which the star of the era Dilip Kumar delivered with absolute ease, thus putting him into a different league of actors and is not called a thespian for nothing. This movie belongs to Yusuf Khan aka Dilip Kumar, he gave a spirited perfo ....
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Garm Hava 1974
One of the most authentic movie on partition and immediate fallout in post partition India, Garm Hava delves into the lives of the minorities who chose to stay back or one’s who migrated overnight without even informing their nearest ones. The struggle and the atmosphere of suspicion and communal strife prevalent at the time is beautifully captured in the film through the eyes and story of a patriarch of a minority family doing business in the North Indian city of Agra. North India and Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas in particular were the hub of this dilemma the families faced, to migrate or not. Though depressing in parts the movie ends with a hope for all as the focus changes from the problems of the partition to the problems of survival and earning in the young nation, which has just woken up to the realities of what freedom brings with it, it is time to think ahead and buil ....
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Golmaal 1979
Every once in a while a delightful comedy is served by the Hindi film Industry, this 1979 movie was one such movie Golmaal ... a once in a decade comedy of that time. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Golmaal is the story of an average well educated Indian common man who would like to pursue good things in life, but is looking out for that elusive job which will not only give him a decent life but will also solve most of his monetary issues. Our young man of the story is Ramprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar-Superb) or Ram for short, he follows the Indian virtues but has taste for finer things of life like music, sports and as every Indian loves a taste for acting and films. He wants to live a full life, he has the responsibility of his unmarried sister Ratna (Manju Singh-very subtle character unlike many over-distraught sisters of Bollywood) who is herself pursuing post-graduation. They ....
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Guide - 1965
Guide was a path breaking film released on 6th December 1965 almost 55 years ago but whenever it is shown on TV one can still be found glued to the Television to see this movie. The film is based on the novel by R.K. Narayan the novelist brother of the famous common man cartoonist R.K. Laxman. People say that the movie was much better than the novel itself, and importantly, also much ahead of its time in terms of the storyline and the treatment given to it. The screenplay did not have a single dull moment. Direction and screenplay of Guide are credited to Vijay Anand or Goldie the younger brother of Dev Anand (the hero of the movie) for their in-house banner Nav Ketan Films. Though he had done earlier movies but this movie discovered his craft and he went on to give us many super dupe hits like Teesri Manzil, Jewel Thief, Johnny Mera Naam, Tere Mere Sapne etc. A 120 minute English ver ....
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Gali Gali Chor Hai - movie review
Gali Gali Chor Hai is the story of a common man residing in the city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh in India. Bharat works as a cashier in a Bank, has a beautiful and homely wife Nisha and they reside in their ancestral house with their father. Bharat (Akshaye Khanna) also acts in the local Ram Lila in the character of ‘Hanuman’. He has a loving father Shivnarayan (Satish Kaushik) who values freedom and hopes to see a corruption free administration in the country. Gali Gali Chor Hai - movie review... Bharat’s wife Nisha (Shriya Sharan) isn’t comfortable of having a modern lady Amita (Mugdha Godse) as a paying guest in their house. To make the matters worse, she witnesses some instances which further raise the doubts in her mind about something cooking up between her husband and the modern minded girl Amita. But she is wrong as Bharat doesn’t have anything in his mind about the ....
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Ghost - movie review
Ghost, the bollywood movie stars Shiney Ahuja as a detective and Sayali Bhagat as a doctor in stellar roles. Debutante director Puja Jatinder Bedi has come up with this first-ever truly gory film produced in Bollywood and shot in Mumbai and the picturesque Lavasa in Maharashtra. Ghost - movie review... The film is an original love story that is brutal as hell, a gift for horror lovers. Another first will be that the film intelligently incorporates and adapts some chapters from the Bible. City Hospital witnesses a chain of blood curdling spine chilling murders. A beautiful young recruit Dr. Suhani (Sayali Bhagat) is faced with uncanny happenings at the hospital. She is stunned by the monstrous force that sweeps out of the night to cause a trail of gruesome killings. What or who is responsible for this strange murderous destruction? The murderer uses a unique methodology, leavi ....
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That Girl in Yellow Boots - movie review
The film That Girl in Yellow Boots was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, followed by Venice Film Festival after it played in several festivals worldwide including South Asian International Film Festival. That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth's (Kalki Koechlin), a British woman who comes to search for her father – who abandoned her family in England while she was very young. All she knew was his name and doesn’t even know how he looks. A British citizen Ruth has to patiently wait for her turn at the foreigners’ registration office in Mumbai. The girl wants an extension of her tourist visa but what she comes across is greed and corruption. To stay afloat, Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) makes a living in Bombay by giving hand jobs to wrinkled, old customers who come to the shady massage parlour. She attends to various character ....
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Gandhi to Hitler - movie review
'Gandhi to Hitler' the film brings in a sharp contrast between the two leaders by the letters they exchange. It is about the last days of Adolf Hitler, when he is hiding in a bunker in Berlin as the Allied Forces close in. Hitler is one of the most hated men in history, a ruthless leader and this is when he is hunted down and killed. The contrast is highlighted when Hitler mutters in rage –"An eye for an eye!'" and Gandhi the peace loving leader's preaching to the world is – "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind..." The film Gandhi to Hitler was originally titled as Dear Friend Hitler. 1939 - A world plagued with unrest and upheaval. Adolf Hitler’s ruthless ambition for German expansion in Eastern Europe is becoming increasingly violent and inhuman. Whereas another nation, India, struggles in its fight for freedom against the British as the idealistic Mahatama ....
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The Green Chic - movie review
The Green Chic is a Bollywood cartoon film which brings a whole new meaning to fun, family and friendship. "The Green Chic... finding dad" is a film which depicts the pain faced by mute animals when they are separated from their families by man. This 90 minutes animation film revolves around a Chiclet by the name Green Chic who is living happily with his family in the jungle. One day fate suddenly takes a turn and Chiclet's mother is killed by a hunter. The Chiclet's father in an attempt to save her, gets captivated by the hunder and is taken to Mumbai. Heartbroken Chiclet gathers strength and with the blessings of his Guruji the Swan, he takes a vow to rescue his dad from the powerful clutches of the humans. His best friends - Ginger the monkey and Quacky the Duck join him in this journey from the jungle to the unknown city of Mumbai to complete this mission of finding his dadd ....
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