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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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Haseen Dillruba movie review
'Jawani janeman haseen dillruba, mile do Dil Jawan nisar Ho Gaya, Shikari khud yahan shikar Ho Gaya' thus sang Parveen Babi in Namak Halaal at that time we never visualised or even thought in our wildest dreams that we will be viewing and reviewing two vastly different movies which are titled with the first two letters and then the subsequent two letters of the song. So we had a dud in Jawani Janeman of Saif not too long ago, my sympathies with Aliyah Furniturewala, now it's the turn of Haseen Dilruba which is aptly described in the follow up line of the song i.e. Shikari Khud yahan shikaar ho gaya, any which way you see it. Now streaming on Netflix fresh out of Bollywood oven - which has this as it's catch line 'A damsel in distress or a devil's mistress' presenting the effervescent 'Haseen Dillruba'. It is a frothy mix of many stories like Taming the Shrew, Unfaithful, Fatal Attr ....
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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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The Little Things movie review
Streaming on Amazon is The Little Things - one of the better made psychological murder mysteries, starring some formidable actors from the the current stock in Hollywood namely Denzel Washington, who needs no introduction and Rami Malek, the guy who shot to fame playing our own Freddie Mercury's character in the 2018 Queen's biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Even the antagonist is played by another well known Hollywood face, Jared Leto. The movie explores art of deduction as Deacon, known as Deke to one and all, played by Washington literally takes the newbie precocious detective Baxter under his wings, though Baxter is good but has a stiff nose, who has joined in Deke's place in the LAPD precinct he was famous in. Deke explains the small nuances of crime and murder detection which if overlooked will leave the cases unsolved and will literally be shelved in cold case files. The camarader ....
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Grahan web series reviw
The latest OTT offering on Disney+Hotstar, GRAHAN is a police - politics drama about re-investigation of cases of anti Sikh riots of 1984 in the aftermath of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's killing by her own Sikh bodyguards. Set in Ranchi in 2016 Grahan revisits in intervening flashbacks to 1984 to Bokaro which was home to a small Sikh trading community who like elsewhere in India were a target of public frenzy whipped up by zealous politians for their own political interests. Grahan is loosely based on the novel 'Chaurasi' by Satya Vyas. It is a romantic story of the past in turbulent times and it's effect on current political scene. It is an eight part series with each episode approximately 40-50 minute duration. The series moves effortlessly back and forth in time without breaking the rhythm of the story and as each layer opens up with the progress of the epis ....
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Sherni movie review
A movie without any hype, however it is a refreshing tiger tale, providing succor from the mundane commercial cinema. The Sherni here does not allude to the heroine or her character in the movie, Vidya, but is about an actual tigress T-12 who has now turned a man- eater. The wild cat is on her trail that everybody is on and so is the film. The Forest Department's officer Vidya Balan wants to contain the damage that the tigress is causing while jumping from jungle to jungle along with her two cubs to find a final resting place. She wants to save the animal and human life both, from men who find hunting down wild animals as their passion and gives them a machismomatic kick. Sherni is about forest conservation and how human civilization co-exists along with the wild and how both are dependent and also take care of each other. However some elements, specially the political kind, have t ....
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The Family Man Season 2
The much awaited and delayed series - The Family Man Season 2 from Raj and DK which set the OTT agog last year with its Season 1 with its superior storytelling and screenplay is here on Amazon Prime in its Second Season. Though it was shot as a web series, one always felt that The Family Man was cinema. After its stupendous success people were clamoring for the sequel series and though delayed it did not disappoint. In the words of the lead man Manoj Bajpayee, 'The new season is definitely bigger and better', that about sums up what to expect from the Season 2. Season 1 dealt with Pak backed insurgency in Kashmir, what with one rogue ISI mastermind Sameer perpetrating a near annihilation of our country's capital with a gas leak. The same guy rears his head again, this time in collaboration with the Tamil rebels of Sri Lanka. Though this theme will look a bit dated because Sri Lanka ....
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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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Saina movie review
For many years after the era of family dramas and emotional stuff and then during the Khanna-Bachchan era there were hardly any movies made on the lives of real life heroes. As our young nation at that time clamoured for either a romantic lover or later for the angry young man tales and action as if they were searching for a quick fix hero who could do anything and everything. Saina movie review... The audiences went to cinema for entertainment where logic hardly played any role, however in the last few years things have changed as the nation has matured, we needed real heroes whose life would inspire the desires of a billion people. We have seen a spate of biographical movies mostly on the lives of famous athletes or sports persons, some on famous freedom fighters and some surprisingly even on the lives of gangsters. Movies like Dangal, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Sardar, MS Dhoni An unto ....
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