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Ardh Satya 1983
A hard hitting cop drama directed by Govind Nihalani which catapulted the careers of Om Puri and to some extent Shafi Inamdaar and of course Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Ardh Satya was Nihalani’s second outing with Puri after the dark Aakrosh of 1980. It released on 19th August 1983. Initially Amitabh was roped in to play the role of the cop but could not and it fell in the laps of Puri. The movie’s title - Ardh Satya is derived from the Marathi poem by Dilip Chitre which is also referenced in the movie and changes psych of the main character and the flow of the movie. After the socials of ‘60s and the soft romantic and experimental movies of the ‘70s the Rajesh Khanna variety it was the era of Amitabh Bachchan in the ‘80s with his angry young man and compelling movies. Ardh Satya was one such movie which catered to the art movie sensibilities and well as mainstream cinema dramat ....
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Taanashah movie review
Chitrakoot and the surrounding dense forests have been realistically captured in TAANASHAH - the Dacoit film which is inspired by true events. It has also been critically acclaimed at several International Film Festivals. If you are the types who likes realistic cinema, then Taanashah is worth once a watch. It creatively captures the earth and soul of rural areas which still witness the oppression of the lower caste people. Dilip Arya plays the protagonist Shiva whose father and sister are killed by the village Thakur, hence to avenge their death, Shiva kills the Thakur's clan which leads to the police gunning for him. In his journey hiding from the cops, he comes in touch with a gang of dacoits. Taanashah is loosely based on the life events of famous bandit Shiv Kumar Patel or Dadua. Shiv ruled the jungles of Bundelkhand uninterrupted for 28 and more years and by the time he was k ....
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Raghu CNG movie review
A simple auto-richshaw driver turns into a psychopath killer and a kidnapper. Raghu CNG is the thriller Gujarati film that begins with this ordinary looking auto rickshaw driver turn into a maniac with cold bloodily crushing another individual to death with a stone. Full credit is to be given to the writers Jay Parmar and Sanjay Marvaniya to have penned a gripping thriller. More so to the director Vishal Vada Vala for giving the right treatment to this gradually picking up suspense thriller. And more so because it is one of the rare Gujarati films to have explored this genre. Dhawal is a young businessman who is kidnapped and tortured by the rickshaw driver Raghu (Ethan). While the Police is investigating into the kidnapping case, they are ridden with another kidnapping of a US-return lady who is also reported missing from the station of a small town near Rajkot. While the vi ....
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One Day- Justice Delivered movie review
Indian Civil and Criminal Laws need to be revisited. This is what is the undertone of the crime-suspense thriller ONE DAY - Justice Delivered that is directed by Ashok Nanda. The films begins with the retirement farewell event of Justice Omprakash Tyagi (Anupam Kher). The judge has an impeccable record of being upright and delivering honest judgements. Yet the age-old Indian Criminal laws are exposed to several loopholes which are manipulated by the criminals who are advised by their 'smart' lawyers. One slap by an elderly lady awakens the inner spirits of this retired judge who now revisits his earlier cases where the judgement is delivered, yet the actual criminals and the perpetrators of the crime still move around freely in the society. Some of them holding respectable positions in their profession. The retired judge has realized that he couldn’t deliver fair judgement in ....
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End Counter Hindi movie review
End Counter is story of a cop in the backdrop of murky land dealings involving crores of Rupees and shrewd manipulators acting under the front of god-men form the crux of the crime-thriller written and directed by Alok Shrivastava. End Counter is a crime thriller about an author Renu Sahay (Mrinmay Kolwalkar) in love with her live-in partner who is a cop Sameer Deshmukh (Prashant Narayanan). Sameer is an encounter specialist who initially is an upright policeman. Sameer Deshmukh's childhood friend Datta Salvi (Abhimanyu Singh) lures this cop to venture into corrupt activities and then the policeman misuses his power and position to arm twist people who fall into his trap. Other characters in the film are that of the Guruji (Anupam Shyam) who wears the guise of a god-man. But beneath him is a shrewd manipulator who fixes big contracts and land dealings. Rahul Jain's music is n ....
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Kya Yahi Sach Hai - movie review
Kya Yahi Sach Hai is an International Award Winning reality film, Based on the Best Selling Novel "Carnage by Angels" written by I.P.S. Officer Y.P.Singh. It won the Silver Award in the Narrative Film Category of the California Film Awards in 2010. Most of the scenes in the film were shot at authentic police locations in Mumbai, Pune and Daund. The director Yogesh Pratap Singh was an officer of the Indian Police Service - 1985 batch, Maharashtra Cadre. During his stint in the Police Service, he experienced various stormy positions in the police force. Right from the first posting he developed a reputation for tough policing, conducting raids and clampdowns on a daily basis. Having dealt with high profile scams, his efforts initially were commended by the higher-ups, but soon this honest cop ran into trouble with the politicians since his investigations had exposed some uncomfort ....
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Lanka - movie review
Jaswant Sisodiya (Manoj Bajpayee) is a man in power of the entire Bijnor, a district in Uttar Pradesh in India. Lanka the film beautifully captures the life in this sleepy town. The cinematographer has skillfully depicted the lifestyle, mannerisms of the typical locals in U.P. and one feels literary amidst the people of Bijnor. Lanka - movie review... Also called as Bhai Sahab he is cruel, shrewd, keeps political connections with all parties and works his way out under any circumstances. Being offered a ministerial seat in the ruling party, Bhai Sahab rejects it, stating – its better to rule as a king in a small province, rather than losing his identity if he joins any political party. Bhai Sahab has his cruel side and he forcibly keeps a mistress Anju (Tia Bajpai) who is a intern doctor in a hospital in Bijnor. He has such kind of power that the girl cannot run away from the cit ....
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Be Careful - movie review
Director Chandrakant Singh had come up with his previous comedy dramas in 'Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama' and 'Bin Bulaye Baraati'. This time he is back with Be Careful, an adult comedy drama about cheating husbands and their innocent wives and the film is shot in the locations of Goa, Bangkok and other cities of Thailand. Be Careful - movie review... Childhood friends Sameer / Sam (Rajneesh Duggall) & Anand / Andy (Zaid Shaikh) in their school days and in college were ahead in studies as well as in sports. Not far behind, they were also the masters when it came to girl-chasing. To that extent, they used to bet amongst themselves as to who will bed the best girl, yet there was no in-fighting between them. For them the meaning of love was sex. Anjali (Tanisha Mukherjee) and Kiran (Kiran Rathod) come into their life. Sam & Andy tried to flirt with them but the girls turned out smar ....
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Shabri - movie review
Shabri is the story of how a simple woman from a Mumbai slum ends up threatening the biggest corridors of power in the matka gambling underworld of the city. It is a story of survival, dignity, determination and human triumph in the face of impossible odds. Shabri (Eesha Koppikar) works in a flour mill to support her alcoholic father, a mother and a younger brother Bandya who is mixing with the local good-for-nothings. The neighborhood is teeming with young jobless desperate boys whose heroes are the local matka gambling den operators. Bandya looks up to Murad who runs a matka den. Murad (Raj Arjun) has a soft corner for both Shabri and Bandya. Murad who has himself being sucked into the black hole of survival that the neighborhood breeds, does not want Bandya to meet the same fate. He wishes him to study, get a degree and wriggle out of the cursed place. He helps Bandya with money ....
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Not a Love Story - movie review
Not a Love Story is a crime-thriller film which seems to be inspired by the gruesome murder of Neeraj Grover in 2008 that led to the arrest of Emile Jerome and Maria Susairaj. Not a Love Story movie review... A beautiful, young girl from a middle class family, Anusha Chawla (Mahie Gill) moves into suburban Mumbai from Chandigarh. She is aspiring to make it big in hindi films, in this city of dreams. Very soon, she realizes that it is an uphill task to achieve the goal she has set for herself. She manages to get accommodation in a northern suburb of Mumbai. And she finds out that it is not easy to get a break in bollywood, some film makers tell her that “before making a movie, it's important for a director to get into a 'comfort zone' with his actors." Anusha is all alone in the mega city. Back home in Punjab her impatient boyfriend Robin Fernandes (Deepak Dobriyal) gets worrie ....
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