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City of Dreams - Season 2 - review
The second season of this well made family political drama City of Dreams - is here upon us now trending on Disney Hotstar. All you wanted to know how politics works and what people do to remain in power is a lesson beyond that one learnt from Mahabharat as there the fight for power was between cousins but here it is within the family, between the brother-sister in the first season with the brother ending in a watery death at the hands of the sister and now in this season the tussle for power is between daughter and father. The series is structured well as far as the story-screenplay combo goes however it is not entirely seamless as it regresses in flashbacks without warning. The acting department is well managed with veterans Atul Kulkarni and Sachin Pilgaonkar enacting important characters around whom the series usually revolves. There are two surprises though in the form of Ejaz ....
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Mimi - Movie review
The kind of movies (most of them) that have been releasing on the OTT platform due to the pandemic situation was making one lose faith in the movie making abilities of Bollywood hoi-poloi with no-brainers like Radhe and co. unleashed on us. Mimi film review... Had practically given up on these films, which led to disillusionment building up, it made me wonder are we making films for over a hundred years and here's where we have reached dishing out illogical movies viewing which even the frontbenchers would cringe. However amid all this gloom there is a silver lining in the form of Mimi. It is like a breath of fresh air in the out laying stench. Not only are we exploring a new topic on which some grim/overtly emotional movies have been made but this one is different. Not only is the story good but also well made (could have easily gone down the dumps). Great screenplay. Tight clo ....
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The Debt (2010) movie review
While we at FilmyTown celebrate our own Bollywood retro gems, thought it would be great to check some Hollywood ones who will pass the muster, though did not dig too far back unlike their Bollywood counterparts cause what we were looking for fell straight into the lap, not too old, this Israeli drama film was released in 2010, but every bit what we were searching for. The Debt movie review... Such movies do get talked about however it appears to have had a quite existence in our press as despite being movie buffs never came across this one. Like many this movie too must have given India a miss for a theatrical release. The Debt has great content, super star-cast of some Hollywood regulars and veterans and of course good acting and screenplay. For once Hollywood does not talk about America or the bravado of their heroes-superheroes rather it deals with a sensitive subject of the Hol ....
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Sardar Ka Grandson 2021 movie review
The latest hindi movie trending on Netflix is Sardar ka Grandson. Don't be fooled by the title of this movie as the Sardar in this movie played by John Abraham is long dead, it is his Sardarni first played by Aditi Rao Hydari and later by an old hag and hamming Neena Gupta who is the real Sardar - Sardar Kaur. Nostalgia can be dangerous as it can be our death wish. That is exactly what the film is about. A dying woman's wish to see her house in 'where the eagles dare' Pakistan. A Grandson who wants to fulfill this death wish by all means fair or foul. This movie seems to be a tribute to the Home movers of the world. I mean literally, well that's the grandson's great grand plan, because if dadi can't go to Pak, because she once pulled the dadhi and broke a bottle on the head of a Pakistani official in a cricket match, but the house can come to her. The same Paki guy now with a short ....
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Pagglait (2021) movie review
How does a young girl, who is on the threshold of being a woman feel when her young husband passes away? How do you react, what do you do, what do you speak?... Then you become stoic when the whole world is watching you and wonder why you are not crying, have you gone crazy? Like the song playing in the background throughout the movie. Pagglait movie review... Welcome to this Pagglait who asks for Pepsi and chips when asked for tea. The movie is a roller coaster ride of feelings and perceptions post a young death in a family. How things playout around a young widow set in a town somewhere in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a film about old values in a middle class family and how things change with circumstances. Sandhya (Sania Malhotra) the protagonist is the young widow barely a few months into her marriage, when she looses her husband Astik, though the young man is thankfully n ....
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Coolie No 2 (2020) movie review
What is a sure shot formula for a movie's success? A good script, direction, acting or is it screenplay or none of the above. It is but rehash- and that's right, as this seems to be the current flavour for success. Refurbish one's own movies and serving it afresh with new production values, a new star cast and new settings. This is what David Dhavan has done with his own Coolie No 1  (this is his second one after Judwaa). Is it a dearth of new scripts, or did the director find some flaws in his original which he wanted to rectify (if that is the case, then he fails miserably) or was it a tribute to the original that was released in 1995 and now celebrating its Silver Jubilee year? The original Coolie No 1 with Govinda and Karishma was an entertainer and delight to watch. This time around he has taken his son Varun Dhavan to reprise the role of Raju coolie and Sara Ali Khan appears ....
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Dosti 1964 Rajshri Productions
Dosti the film was a surprise packet of the year 1964. It was a small budget movie without any great star cast, just two total new comers, yet it was the theme that drew the crowds. The movie describes the bond of deep friendship between two destitute physically challenged souls who turn out to be each others' brothers in arms. The 2nd movie produced by Tarachand Barjatya under his banner Rajshri productions - Dosti, while the first being Aarti. Rajshri productions has been known for socially relevant themes in their movies. They are the same people who have provided us with neat and clean entertainment, social dramas and box-office blockbusters like - Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and also introduced us to the elaborate festivities of a North Indian wedding. This movie was directed by Satyen Bose and also had Sanjay Khan (one of his early movies) in a supporting role which was appreciated f ....
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Sadak 2 movie review
Vishesh Films of the Bhatt camp has tried hard to recreate the original Sadak magic after almost three decades but they get lost on the way and hit a major road block with Sadak 2. What is it that we are being told by the story that unfolds with many turns and hairpin bands. To make a potbolier it has to have many ingredients, which it definitely has. Sadak 2 has the suicidal taxi driver of Sadak (Sanjay Dutt- who looks rugged and apt for his under baked role) - and that is the only connection with the original Sadak. This taxi driver is now in a hurry to join his wife in heaven or wherever in a hurry and is even able to dislodge the bracket that holds the fan to stop him from committing suicide as his time has not come. Atleast not yet as one last hurrah remains, he also senses and sometimes sees his dead wife who guides him (remember the dialogue 'I see dead people' from ....
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Dil Bechara - Movie review
The supposed swan song of Sushant Singh Rajput was a much awaited film. Dil Bechara was finally released on 24th July on Disney Hotstar OTT platform as there was no end in sight of theatres reopening due to Covid-19. Surely the makers would not have liked to have kept a finished product of a much loved star, who was no more, from his fans who would have wanted more of him and also would like to pay their homage and tributes. It was a great decision to release the film on OTT instead of waiting for theatrical release and keep it away from his fans and lose relevance. Apart from the sympathy and love in the hearts of Sushant's fans and followers who will always want him to be there amongst them and are still dealing with the loss unable to accept it, this film is also an official remake and adaptation of the hugely successful Hollywood film 'The Fault in Our Stars'. Dil Bechara, t ....
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Aan - 1952
A critically acclaimed movie in India as well as abroad, and Aan had many firsts to its credit. The first Hindi movie to be shot in Technicolor, the first Indian movie to be released world over in more than 25 countries not just the Soviet Union but in US, UK as well and first ever to release in Japan with subtitles in over 15 languages by the name of ‘The Savage Princess’. Aan also launched the career of Nadira. It was praised by the foreign press as well as personalities, in fact the Hollywood great Cecil B. DeMille personally wrote to Mehboob Khan the producer and director of the movie; praising it. It was the most expensive movie made at that time in true Mehboob Khan Tradition, no expenses were spared but collected 10 times over on the Indian and worldwide Box Office. It was the first movie to be dubbed and released under the same name in the south. This costume drama abou ....
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