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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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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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Shakuntala Devi movie review
In my childhood and one generation before me and the one after who is worth their salt must definitely have heard of the Human computer, the number wizard, the mathematical genius SHAKUNTALA DEVI who goes by so many sobriquets. She was one of the most famous daughter of India who got name and fame not only to herself but also did the country proud. I remember when she came to our school in the late seventies, we all marvelled at her instant genius, our numbers kept increasing and her answers were as effortless as kids play, you gave her numbers which she instantly crunched and spooled out the answers roaming on the stage from one end to another with Mike in hand in her typical sareed attire and with a twinkle in her eye. Thankfully the makers of the film on Shakuntala Devi have stuck to the job and and to the biopic in the right earnest not taking too many cinematic liberties, mayb ....
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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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Seeta aur Geeta 1972
Before she did Sholay and put life into Basanti's character in that film, Hema Malini did title role of Seeta aur Geeta, which is also a G.P. Sippy Production's film which was like a precursor to her Basanti. This was a female version of Dilip Kumar’s Ram aur Shyam but had better entertainment value. Seeta Aur Geeta was tale of identical twin sisters separated at birth bought up in different ways which has a bearing on their personality and traits. It also has a later day version with Sridevi named ‘Chaalbaaz’. This was probably one of the movies’ where Hema Malini really let down her hair and played both demure and inconfident Sita and an abuse spitting boisterous Geeta with aplomb so much so that the heroes in the movie are relegated to being the necessary evil for the sake of casting. This movie laid the basis of casting for Sholay as G.P. Sippy wanted to do an action movie ....
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Satyam Shivam Sundaram - 1978
SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM- ABOUT LOVE AND THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING Based on the Hindu spiritual philosophy of Satyam Shivam Sundaram which means Satya or truth itself is the absolute divine Shiv which is the most beautiful in itself. This film is a story of rediscovering of truth, love and passion and difference between physical and spiritual love. It was Raj Kapoor’s opus which is remembered not so much for its content and message but more for Zeenat Aman’s sensuous portrayal in a blouse-less wet sari and under the waterfall. This movie did make a furor, even housewives discussing Zeenat’s bold look. This social themed film was released on 24th March 1978. What is hard to believe is that this role was developed keeping Lata Mangeshkar in mind. A heavenly voice which does not match with physical beauty, as written in the book 'Raj Kapoor Speaks' by Ritu Nanda. It is also believed ....
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Sangam 1964
The first thing that strikes you about the movie SANGAM is its run length. It is the fourth longest Hindi movie ever produced in India, just shy of 4 hours. Sangam was Raj Kapoor's labour of love and friendship adorned with excellent music. It ran to packed houses and won many awards including the best director award for Raj Kapoor and also the best actress award for Vyjayanthimala besides other technical awards for that year's Filmfare awards. Initially, Sangam the movie was planned much before it was actually made. It was planned in the 1940s and it was planned with Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Dilip Kumar triangle in mind but as the things did not work out Raj Kapoor approached Dev Anand there too it was a no go. Thus the film fell in the lap of Rajendra Kumar and was made much later and released on 18th June 1964. It was not just a story it was a saga of love and friendship thus the ....
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Sholay (1975)
Sholay (1975) was not just a movie, but a full scale audio and visual experience which was absolutely new to the Indian audience in the seventies and it was not just about achieving perfection in all departments. Be it casting, acting, direction, a balanced story, fantastic screen-play and out of the world dialogues, but it had something absolutely novel to offer the Indian audience for the first time, a wide screen experience. Indian cinema was hitherto been confined to a 35MM screen almost squarish and no one had experimented with the 70mm visual delight it just created magic. The year was 1975 and Sholay was released on 15th August, the Independence Day. It’s first week was dull as in those times the dacoit films was an oft repeated formula. It is also rumored that it was a sort of remake of a 1971 dacoit drama Raaj Khosla’s ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ with even the name of th ....
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Staying Alive - movie review
Sujit Sen, the talented script writer has come up with a fine black comedy Staying Alive, which borrows from real life. Staying Alive is based on a true story of a journalist Aditya (Anant Mahadevan) whose third heart attack sends him to the intensive cardiac care at a hospital. On the neighboring bed is an underworld kingpin, Shaukat Ali (Saurabh Shukla) whose love of kebabs has led him to his first heart attack. Aditya is a newspaper sub-editor while Shaukat Ali is a hardened gangster and ironically it is Shaukat who is petrified of dying, while Aditya scoffs at death. The “seasoned” Aditya scoffs at death whereas newcomer to-heart-ailments Shaukat is petrified. The two unlikely hospital inmates strike a love-hate relationship with Aditya relaying a few truths about life to Shaukat. Shaukat appreciates the joy of staying alive even in a life deprived of kebabs. Slowly a ....
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