Saturday, January 12, 2019

Renaissance In Indian Cinema !!

Movies like Tumbbad, Badhaai Ho, Andhadhun indicates an elusive renaissance going on within Indian cinema, URI: The Surgical Strike is no different. It’s hard to believe that this has been Aditya Dhar’s first directional debut. Many will draw contrast with Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty or Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, yet stories based on true events do have very similar take on chronicle.

Rarely do we get chance to see movies on Indian Army, leaving aside few like Vijeta [1982] or Prahaar [1991] most of them are plagued with forced chest thumping, flawed tactics making them not worth the time or dime. Even though the plot is based on true events on URI attack back in 18th September 2016 tailed by tactical retaliation by Indian Para Special Forces, its quite evident some liberty has been taken by the production unit for the sake of making the subject easily accessible to the civil population. 

A bar has been set on how the action movies should be made in India, Mitesh Mirchandani’s cinematography is phenomenal coupled with a powerful title track from Shashwat Sachdev. 

2018 has been a decisive year for Indian cinema, where content has been given rank over no brainer star cast filled films; 2019 might witness a similar trend. The sheer effort tied with intense acting from cast like Vicky Kaushal & Mohit Raina, realistic action & haunting title score makes this a must watch experience on big screen. Finally a true homage to our brothers-in-arms in Indian Para SF.

My Verdict : Highly Recommended - 8/10

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Avengers Infinity War [2018] - Cinematic Opulence !!

When Kevin Feige brought in Russo brothers to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier, no one anticipated them to be handling the holy grail of Marvelverse, the Infinity War.

Synopsis: To balance the universe from desolation, Thanos aims to snuff away half of its lifeform, which he believes can be done if he yields all the six infinity stones viz., reality, time, power, space, soul & mind. However, his imposing plan gets stalled by earth’s mightiest heroes ‘The Avengers’ & ‘Guardians of Galaxy’.

What MCU had been lacking for so long, was a perfect villain. Loki did impose his mischief charisma in his earlier outings like in ‘The Avengers’ or ‘Thor’ but it never was as intimidating & terrifying as Josh Brolin’s exhibition of Thanos. He not only nailed the character but demonstrated what a perfect nemesis can be, which not just dictates audience but admiration. Of course, his minions, the members of Black Order were no less daunting, look out for the character Ebony Maw flawlessly depicted by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Kudos for putting in so many characters & yet making it perfectly balanced with coherent plot. Each member gets his & her share to shine. The action sequences were prodigious, something which we now are acquainted with & expect nothing short of spectacular from such franchise.

Infinity War has ventured into an uncharted path, where very few movies will ever dare to do; stakes were high for Anthony & Joe Russo, as it could have gone either way as it did with last year’s Justice League. It took a decade of meticulous planning of interlaced stories to finally unleash the wrath of mad titan. Did it pay off? Hell yeah, what did you expect! Infinity War is not just a movie but a cinematic phenomenon, ready to awe & shock the reactionary followers of MCU franchise & general audiences alike. Be ready to be blown away. 

Oh, I saw Tyrion Lannister, good lord did I just spoil it #@*!

My Verdict : Highly Recommended - 9/10

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bahubali 2 (2017) - An Epic Grandeur

Those who are yet to see or have already seen will confidently agree, Bahubali 2 is a visual treat. However, among all the gala extravaganza, it’s absolute strength lies beneath its story which makes this colossal feat a striking experience. Director S.S. Rajamouli has crafted an Indian epic which is going to captivate generation for ages.

Plot : Story centers around the feud between two brothers over the throne of Mahishmati Kingdom, coupled with love, sacrifice, treachery & epic scale battle.

Not many movies are there which can boast about a worthy sequel, Bahubali 2: The Conclusion not only has a well-crafted script but a well-balanced story with cinematography of grandeur scale. We see the return of the cast from the original outing, Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami, Prabhas as Amarendra Bahubali & Rana Daggubati as Bhallaladeva gives stellar performance worthy of all the admiration they are being showered with.
I usually don’t prefer songs used within Indian movies as they take away the tone of the story, however its surprising to see how well the soundtrack has been imbued making it not only enjoyable but a necessity, at the end it will make you hum on the tune.

It is the first time where the VFX - Visual Effects have been used extensively, perhaps the first Indian movie, Ra.One does not quite fit the mark, as its effects were quite obnoxious, whereas both the Bahubali movies were successful in putting them to good use, of course there were times where you could easily make out the effects as CGI but they were in no way overdone; I do hope they do some remastering before releasing for home editions just like what George Lucas has done with Star Wars franchise

Bahubali rejuvenates the fantasy genre within Indian pop-culture & opens up the likelihood for the making of India’s greatest epic Ramayana & Mahabharata which have been delayed for several decades.
In short, this movie is a cinematic experience which commands to be enjoyed on big screen. 

My Verdict : Highly Recommended