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Toofaan (2021) movie review
The much awaited or shall we say much anticipated movie this time of the year after a dud called Radhe. The trailer of Toofaan seemed fabulous and hard-hitting but the actual movie was a disappointment. This movie now streaming on Amazon is about national integration. Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Parsi only a Sikh and a Buddhist missing from the main religious diversity that India is. Jokes apart, one would have expected it to be a sports film ala Bhaag Milkha Bhaag what with the same team of director, producer and actor teaming up again. Namely Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra with the directorial baton (who even regales us with his two bit August presence as some national boxing official), Excel Studios as the producer and Farhan Akhtar as the hard working actor. There is no doubt that Farhan has but in his sweat and blood to look every inch a boxer at his age. Though Toofaan is a feel good ....
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The Tomorrow War - movie review
So every now and again Hollywood brings about a new concept about future of mankind how it would finally turn out to be. Will The Tomorrow War be like in Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey 2001, or a beautiful and progressive one as in Startrek, or total annihilation due to a meteor as in Deep Impact, or some strange disease turning people into zombies as in I Legend, or a future as shown in the Terminator series and so on and so forth. We actually lapped it all up as we somewhere accepted such possibilities and because of the innate romanticism of doomsday which is ingrained in every individual. This may actually be attributed to the fact that many religions who prophesied this, like the Kayamat ka din in Islam and Apocalypse mentioned in the Bible. However what they have come up with now boggles the mind. It is about fighting a war for the future generation. Well the various activis ....
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Torbaaz movie review
Torbaaz is the latest offering streaming on the Netflix platform that is written and directed by Girish Malik. It is a story of orphaned refugee children staying in camps on the borders of Afghanistan adjacent to Pakistan, whose parents have either died in Fidayeen attacks (suicide bombings) or whose parents have been Fidayeen themselves. Fidayeens are the self sacrificing human bombs who for their own religious cause perpetrate suicide bombings. What could have been a story of victory over the evil forces of self-proclaimed groups who in the garb of changing the system or ethnic cleansing are but perpetrating terrorism, and thus Torbaaz turns out a damp squib. The Talibani terrorists target the refugee children of fidayeen attacks and shamelessly train them to be suicide bombers. Here was an excellent story premise but was ruined due to directorial weakness. Good star cast, gre ....
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Khuda Haafiz
Khuda Hafiz is said to be based on or inspired by true events, also has shades of Liam Neeson's Taken. What were the true events - we were not able to verify. The story of a newly married Indian techie who loses his job in the aftermath of 2008 great Wall Street crash. As both husband wife are without job, though living with their family, Sameer (Vidhut Jamwwal- stone man expressions but great action) doesn't want to loiter around and after a three month of search lands at a seedy agent Nadeem's (Vipin Sharma) doorstep who promises the couple a first class job but the wife Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi- looks quite like a middle eastern beauty--period) needs to go first to some nondescript middle eastern country named Noman (rather a no man's land), with Sameer to join later. It so happens that the sex starved country recruits unassuming people for flesh trade, Nargis is caugh ....
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Thugs of Hindostan movie review
This epic action-adventure film has Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. The story Written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya who earlier directed the blockbuster hit Dhoom 3. Thugs of Hindostan movie review... Produced by Yash Raj Films Thugs of Hindostan is set in 1795 and is a fictional story about the initial revolt by the Hindustanis during the early British Raj days when they set foot in India under the guise of East India Company. In the film, the Britishers refer to this gang of fighters who fight the East India Company to get back their kingdom as 'Thugs' (Bandits). They aren't bandits or criminals from the Indian perspective as they are fighting for what was snatched away by the 'whites'. Khudabaksh Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan) leads the band of Thugs aspiring to free Hindostan (the Indian subcontinent) from the cluthes of the expanding British East India Comp ....
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Agneepath - movie review
Agneepath is a remake in its true sense. Much awaited and talked about endeavor of The Dharma Productions. Agneepath being of the action genre and full of violence is a very unlikely Dharma movie at the same time the screenplay, cinematography and other technicalities are very much its style. The story begins in a Maharashtrian village - Mandwaa with the school teacher (master Dinanath Chauhan ) whose growing popularity becomes a matter of concern for the village head. He plans on calling his son Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) to take care of this.Kancha tries to talk the villagers into leasing their properties to him so that he can set up a salt factory but his actual intension is revealed of trying to set up a drug mafia there. Masterji tries to stop the injustice he foresees if the villagers give into Kancha’s scheme. Then Kancha stages a miss happening and it seems like that the mas ....
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Players - movie review
Abbas-Mustan the director duo who have given us thrilling hits like ‘Humraaz’, ‘Ajnabee’ and ‘Race’ have come up with ‘Players’ which is an official remake of the 2003 Hollywood action film, The Italian Job. Players is a notch below the high ‘thrilling’ standards created by them. The film Players, shot in locations in the Goa, United Kingdom, Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand and Siberia, St Petersburg in the Russian Federation has some never-before-seen action sequences directed by Allan Amin. What is missing in the film is proper characterization of its players. Half baked characters, average songs and mediocre acting are the drawbacks. About its plus points, it has good cinematography and editing, fine action sequences and it is a stylish film. This time around, it's not just going to be the men (Abhisheik Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh) who ....
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Don 2 - movie review
The Baadshah is back. And indeed he is! Being the second film of the franchise or “BRAND”, Don 2 creates buzz without much promotion in India. Shot at stunning locations in Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia and India. Speaking of the Don himself, Shah Rukh Khan. His acting is very natural and spontaneous and does not seem scripted. Every thing that he does on screen as Don -from his dialogue delivery, body language, look or style is truly DON. His performances in the stunt and action scenes are done very well. It is said to be the perfect crime and in fact it is! The first half of the film is comparatively slow with all the preparations taking place to commit “THE CRIME” while on the other hand the Interpol officers of Malaysia trying to catch Don in Berlin. The second half of Don 2 moves at a rapid pace and is more engaging, power packed with well executed action and stunt ....
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Azaan - movie review
The exotic locales of South Africa, Thailand, Germany, Morocco, France, India, Poland and China are beautifully showcased in Azaan, which is an action thriller dealing with global threats of terrorism stemming from cross religious misconceptions engulfing the world at a fast pace today. Azaan movie review... India is a country with a tenuous hold over its people, power and future; and also one of the top 5 economies of the world. A nuclear power with staggering levels of poverty. It has a population of 1.2 billion; while some think this is its biggest curse, others believe it to be its possible strength. What if this very population was used as a weapon against India itself? As science and technology breaks new grounds, the face of global terrorism gets ugly. One person who personifies this in his ambitions, intelligence and absolute amorality is Doctor (Sajid Hassan), an ex-CIA ....
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Force - movie review
Very rarely the viewer is treated with good action in a bollywood film. Force is such a film which has logical action and each of the stunts can be reasoned out. Unlike other bollywood flicks where the hero jumps in the air, travels a long distance and then kicks multiple bad guys and then he safely lands on both his feet. Thankfully, this film is devoid of such action. Force movie review... A stylized thriller among the new wave of Indian films paying homage to the seminal Indian action genre, ‘FORCE’ combines state-of-the-art fight sequences and thrills with an original romantic narrative, delivering an abundance of on-screen energy and vigor that will have audiences gripped from the opening sequence to the end credits. Directed by the critically acclaimed, Filmfare and National Award winning Nishikant Kamat ‘FORCE’ is a contemporary action romance and a Hindi reinterpret ....
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