Winter Flicks

All Is Well

The dominating arc of interest in Indian cinema at the
moment is “the family unit”, as Hollywood gears up to concentrate on action-packed
superhero flicks. This is a road film that wants to pack up bickering relatives
at the back of the car. Comedic and dramatic the film charts the story of a
moody rockstar, Inder (Abhishek Bachchan), who has to leave his touring behind
and head home instead to dilute family complications. His father (Rishi Kapoor)
is a baker, with great hopes that his son will one day run the bakery but this
turns into an episode of disappointment; Inder would rather be a mediocre
rockstar despite being talented in flipping over chapattis for a living. Inder’s
muzzy mother lives at a home, and he has to help his father pay back loan
sharks by pretending the two share a very affectionate relationship with each
other for twenty-four hours. A love angle is thrown in for Inder and his
childhood sweetheart Nimmi (Asin) as well but the whole film should only be
watched for entertainment purposes, and nothing else, because the plot is
half-baked and far too familiar.

Rating: 5/10.

Bajirao Mastani

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani is an expensive
blockbuster that follows his trademark filming avatar, once more. Following two
star-crossed lovers, in an atmosphere of jewels and rose petals, Bhansali tried
to project filmmaking that reflect the talent of David Lean (Lawrence of
Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Oliver Twist and A Passage to India). Evoked in a tantalizing
spirit, there is marital infidelity thrown into the mix, as a warrior, hungry
for violence in the Maratha empire (circa: 1700s) is busy with his usual
habits, and his wife (Priyanka Chopra) is left at home. When he is enlisted
into freeing the Bundelkhand region, he meets a local warrior princess.

A short love-affair begins between Bajirao and Mastani
(Deepika Padukone) before he wins his battles and returns back to his woman.
The movie does well in portraying heartbreaks in scenes, which you see in a
setting of mirrored-palaces and shiny surfaces, as the protagonists go through
one ravishing costume change after. It’s worth tuning into for that rare, accurate,
refined and localized Indian arthouse experience you want from cinema; the
movie is also entirely original for its risqué storyline about two women’s’
heartwrenching (and intimate) romance, with the wrong man. The surprise element
in the movie is hard to not catch because everything about the glittering
palaces gets more and more shockingly dangerous for both the female leading
ladies, as the reels play themselves out.

Rating: 8/10.

 

Dilwale

This movie is about a young do-gooder, Raj (Shah Rukh Khan),
who previously use to sport an unbreakable exterior because of a lady (Kajol)
he had to rescue from a distressing situation. However, when he opens an auto
repair shop Raj changes his ways and tragedy strikes the characters. There are
clips of drug-dealing crimes, garage-action scenes, lovestruck passion, and
racecar scenes. The movie feels too formulaic but has enough star-power to
propel interest in an eccentric love story.

Rating: 6/10.

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