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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Unpaused: Naya Safar Amazon Prime Mini Webseries Full and Honest Review


Unpaused: Naya Safar Amazon Prime Mini Webseries Full and Honest Review

Quick Glance

Stars: Shreya Dhanwanthary Priyanshu Painyuli Saqib Saleem

IMBD Rating: 8.4/10

Gener: Drama


Storyline & Review

The most moving image in Unpaused: Naya Safar appears in Nagraj Manjule's previous movie, Vaikunth. Vikas Chavan, a laborer at the Vaikunth cremation, is also played by the filmmaker. The second tidal wave has arrived. The area is swarming with people. Vikas is surrounded by death and smoke for the majority of his day. 

He brings the bodies out of the ambulance, puts them on a pyre, and even fires them when relatives are afraid to approach, before handing them the ashes. He offers a guy a pot that contains the remnants of someone the man knew and maybe loved at one point. 

Vikas places it on the floor. After spraying it, the man picks it up. Even the dead require disinfection. Unpaused: Naya Safar is more of a continuation than a sequel to Unpaused, which was released in 2020. In this 'Naya Safar,' there isn't much that is new. 

Once again, we have a collection of five short stories that explore living in the midst of a pandemic and the myriad ways in which the virus has upended people's lives. There is, however, one improvement. Vishaanu, directed by Avinash Arun Dhaware, was the standout film in the inaugural anthology. 

Vaikunth and War Room, directed by Ayappa KM and co-written by Shubham, who previously authored Vishaanu and the outstanding, award-winning Eeb Allay Ooo, are two of the films in this category. Nagraj immerses us in the monotony of mass death in Vaikunth, showing us what occurs when tragedy becomes everyday. 

Vikas does his duties with unflappable efficiency. He doesn't have an option in the matter. So he eats his supper as this woman screams in the background, and after the day is done, he relaxes with a drink. Nagraj and Sudhir Kulkarni's Vaikunth discover the ludicrous comedy in this bleakness. 

A man is told at one point that he is praying and crying in front of the incorrect body. He is at a different location. Vaikunth's frames are empty of color. Almost every sight is filled with smoke from the blazing pyres. 


In one, a little child, Vikas's son, is seen doing his schoolwork as bodies burn. It's little moments like this that drive home the scale of the disaster and the extent to which people have suffered.

Despite this, the film's charm lies in Nagraj's refusal to let us despair. Life continues to pulse and survive despite death and sickness. As it did in War Room, another treasure. This film is set in a Covid war room, where men and women are attempting to firefight over the phone. The roof is dripping wet. 

They're trying to share pens since there's an odd scarcity, so they're quickly writing down addresses. An opportunistic political leader makes the rounds, primarily for the purpose of getting a photo-OP. Crisis management, however, persists. Helping sick individuals locate hospital beds, counseling worried families, and providing a ray of light in a dark time are all things I do. 

Sangeeta, played by Geetanjali Kulkarni, is a widowed schoolteacher who now works in the war room. One of the calls Sangeeta receives is about a guy with whom she has a sad personal connection, and she finds herself in a moral dilemma. 

Geetanjali is one of those performers that brings out the best in every scene she's in. Sangeeta is given strength as well as an overarching melancholy by her. Her dignity and sense of isolation are heartbreaking. War Room, like Vaikunth, immerses us in the details of a disaster in real-time. 

DOP Tassaduq Hussain portrays the hardship and drabness of Sangeeta's surroundings, as you may recall from Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara and Kaminey. Nonetheless, she, like Vikas, perseveres. Given the circumstances, both her own and the world's, this is heroic. 

The other three shorts, Nupur Asthana's The Couple, Ruchir Arun's Teen Tigada, and Shikha Makan's Gond ki Laddu, are unremarkable peeks into people's lives. The Couple is about a middle-class couple whose marriage is strained after the wife loses her job. 

The movie examines how the epidemic has impacted people's lives, including those of rich, educated individuals with prospects. The performances by Shreya Dhanwanthary and Priyanshu Painyuli are good, but the screenplay and directing are generic. 


Teen Tigada and Gond ke Laddu are also unable to overcome the script barrier. Three low-level thugs are trapped in an abandoned factory during a lockdown, with the stolen treasure they can't sell, according to Teen Tigada. 

However, Ruchir and his cast, which includes Saqib Saleem and Ashish Verma, do not go far enough with this. The most appealing aspect of Gond ke Laddu is Darshana Rajendran, a charming Malayalam actress who you may recognize from Mahesh Narayanan's C U Soon. I'm hoping to see her in more Hindi films in the future.

Final Thoughts

Unpaused: Naya Safar, like other anthologies, suffers from inconsistency. This compilation demonstrates that short filmmaking is a highly specialized art form with its own distinct competence. Unpaused: Naya Safar is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Scream (2022) Hollywood Movie Honest and No spoiler Review

Scream (2022) Hollywood Movie Honest and No spoiler Review

Quick Glance

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin Tyler Gillett

Writers: James Vanderbilt(screenplay) Guy Busick(screenplay) Kevin Williamson(characters created by)

Stars: Neve Campbell Courteney Cox David Arquette

IMBD Rating: 7.3/10

Gener: Horror Mystery Thriller

Movie Outline & Full Review

Let’s begin this new year with a 25-year-old franchise! This new SCREAM is coming out in theaters, it has been exactly 25 years and 25 days since the original was released in December of 1996. It has become an old franchise and doing something fresh and exciting with the trademark meta nature of these movies isn’t that easy. 

After the first trilogy, it took eleven years for a fourth one, which as far as I can remember I still enjoyed quite a bit. And now it took another eleven years for the fifth installment. Initially, it was planned to start a second trilogy with SCREAM 4, but while the movie did okay at the box office, it didn’t do nearly as great as they expected and when director and horror icon Wes Craven died in 2015, it seemed to be the end of it. 

But if we know one thing when it comes to movies, franchises, horror, and nostalgia – it’s that it’s never truly over. So here we are once again. With the original writer Kevin Williamson acting as producer, this new version was written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who made the pretty decent horror-comedy READY OR NOT a few years ago. 

Now without further ado. This is a pretty neat sequel that certainly delivers on the things that make SCREAM so much fun. It features a nice new ensemble cast playing a group of friends in which once again, everybody is a suspect. And the movie is able to keep that tension and mystery alive until the very end. 

I think there’s not a single character, well with the exception of our old ones, who I didn’t think at one point could be Ghostface. And from the get-go, the movie and the characters themselves are playing with this notion, that it could be anyone. 

And the playful, meta-commentary on the horror genre and the particular rules that apply are of course front and center again. This time around it’s not a sequel, not a trilogy, not a pseudo remake, but a so-called re-quell. A kind of remake or reboot, that’s also continuing the story and therefore a sequel. 

With STAR WARS, JURASSIC PARK, or when it comes to horror, the 2018 HALLOWEEN or last year’s CANDYMAN – it was only logical to go this path. That’s also why in this case I can very much excuse or even enjoy the decision to not name this SCREAM 5 but just SCREAM. 

And while it doesn’t neglect the existence of the previous sequels, like HALLOWEEN did, it nevertheless is all about the original and the legacy of that one’s characters. Similar to Wes Craven’s other iconic horror film A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, the SCREAM movies are very much about the past. 

Specifically sins from the past and how they have consequences for the present. How the things that one’s parents did or were involved in are coming back to haunt you. And that’s also what’s happening in this newest one. Our new main protagonist Sam, played by Melissa Barrera, is returning to Woodsboro when this new Ghostface emerges and she, too has to address old secrets and wounds. 

And then we of course also get our so-called legacy characters returning. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette are all back and I can’t lie that the movie certainly had some surprisingly touching moments for me. 


And like I said earlier, the new cast is also doing a fine job and I was specifically entertained by Jack Quaid’s charming performance as the boyfriend Richie. But where the movie really shines and where I think it’s gaining a whole new, wonderful layer, is in its climax. In that final reveal. When we find out what was really going on all the time. 

Those scenes were always among the absolute highlights of these movies and without spoiling anything, I was enjoying the living hell out of the angle they picked for this one. I really wasn’t expecting that they would be able to come up with a fresh take on this whole concept and do something equally pointed and funny with it. 

Bottomline & Score

Overall, this is a pretty good SCREAM film and I only really have some minor issues with it. For once I honestly didn’t find most of the kills and the sequences leading up to them all that exciting, terrifying… or fun. 

It can be very graphical and brutal but I think it’s more about the way the movie is shot. It’s totally fine and functional, but also just a little bit bland. I missed that certain cinematic touch. The atmosphere isn’t all that dense either and the jump scares, Ghostface appearing all of a sudden, are fairly predictable or all too familiar. 

The same goes for the music, which is mostly just fine and functional as well. And this might be a nitpick, but it bothered me nonetheless. It happens very early on, so it’s really not a spoiler at all. But there’s one CGI or de-aged character, that to me looked just very fake and off-putting. 

The idea behind it is alright but also a bit too on the nose and I just don’t think it was necessary. I also think it doesn’t make that much sense that that character would see that person that way. But none of my criticism really hurt my overall enjoyment too much and while I honestly wasn’t really that much looking forward to a new SCREAM, in the end, it was a surprisingly nice revisit of the franchise. 

So in general I’d say: I give SCREAM 7 out of 10. It’s more like 7.4 but I don’t do that. Alright, that’s it. Like always, comment below and let me know what you think about the new SCREAM.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Humble Politiciann Nograj Voot Web series Full & Honest Review

Humble Politiciann Nograj Voot Web series Full & Honest Review

Quick Glance

Director: Saad Khan

Writers: Saad Khan(screenplay) Danish Sait(story) Vamsidhar Bhogaraju(dialogue)

Stars: Danish Sait Sumukhi Suresh Sruthi Hariharan

IMBD Rating: 7.1/10

Gener: Comedy Drama

Story Line & Review

Humble Politician Nograj by Voot Select is a fantastic idea for a streaming series. Based on Danish Sait's hilarious character Nograj, which he originally developed for radio, then made into the award-winning 2018 Kannada comedy film of the same name, and is now a 10-episode online series, it's simply one of the funniest things to come out of the Indian streaming arena. 

The series continues the hilariously irritating actions of the morally bankrupt goofy crooked cartoon Nograj, just like the movie. Also, don't worry if you haven't watched the movie; this is a stand-alone series. 

The same award-winning writer-director team that brought us the 2018 film returns for the new show, with Danish acting as a writer with his co-writer Saad Khan, who also returns as director. Many of the same major cast members return, including my particular favorite, Manjunath, Nograj's adorably devoted sidekick, and personal punching bag, portrayed by a hilarious Vijay Chendur. 

I also enjoy how, similar to the 2018 film, they kept the show bouncing between languages, but mostly in Kannada, rather than succumbing to the constraints of "Hindi-fying" it for a wider audience. It gives the humor a lot of depth while still making it approachable. After a time, you don't even notice the subtitles in the thick of the laugh-a-minute humor. 

Nograj breaks the fourth wall and tells us that he should definitely shoot a dog since that's how Sacred Games started and because he wants to follow the "Indian web series model" and offer people the random violence they need. The series chronicles all of the drama surrounding the elections for Chief Minister of Karnataka over the course of 10 episodes. 

Nograj is a member of the OBP, or One Big Party, and is attempting to build a coalition with the FRP, or Family Run Party, to take on the MSP, or Most Secular Party, led by KGB, or Krishna Gundu Bala. Guys, I had a blast putting this performance together! Humble Politician Nograj is a delightful, comic accomplishment that wears its wackiness on its sleeve, as you'd expect. 


This is self-aware, unapologetically ridiculous comedy at its best. However, it's amusing without being mindless. Even at its most absurd, the exaggerated animation packaging makes it real as we see Nograj and his colleagues greedy, idiotic, buffoonish guys in positions of power cheat, plan, plot, backstab and double-cross their way to the top. 

All the while, Paid News TV, the main media news network, is covering their political battles. And, of course, there's a cutting satire on the vast Indian political circus behind the numerous chuckles. "We're no longer simply politicians; we're now part-time YouTubers," Nograj remarks at one point. I'll leave the rest up to you to figure out and enjoy for yourself. 

Aside from the smart writing, Danish Sait's captivating lunacy propels Humble Politician Nograj forward. He understands this character well and out and completely owns the ridiculousness with his particular style and mannerisms, perfectly balancing the act of all the comedy turmoil while never letting us forget that none of this is any wilder than real life. 

Many of the jokes are undoubtedly low-hanging fruit, such as picking on some characters' terrible English, but Danish and the actors deliver them with such sincere conviction that you can't help but chuckle. KGB is played by the legendary Prakash Belawadi, who plays Nogaraj's bumbling tantrum-throwing opposing leader with utmost conviction. 

Great comedy is achieved when a tragic foolish character is played for laughs rather than with pure dramatic conviction, which is precisely what he does. 


Geetanjali Kulkarni as the party leader attempting to work with a bunch of idiotic men, Varun Thakur as the FRP's reluctant man-child leader uninterested in a life of politics, and Tiku Talsania as the hilarious Prime Minister who, at one point, goes on an Into the Wild-style nature survival show with someone named Turtle John because all he wants to do is watch gorillas mate, are among the show's many hilarious supporting characters. 

There's also a bunch of Russian mafia in the mix somewhere else, because why not? Dimitri, or D Murthy as he's known around here, is in charge. Even if the program doesn't make you laugh every episode, the continual energy, snappy pacing, and series of pop-culture allusions on anything from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things to the Coronavirus and beyond keep it going. 

As a result, even if it's not laugh-out-loud humorous, it's always entertaining. Humble Politician Nograj is also one of the few Indian streaming series that has so far lived up to its ten-episode duration. It maintains a fairly steady intensity throughout, unlike many comedies, which have peaks and valleys. 

Moreover, aside from the chuckles, I loved that there is an actual narrative to invest in, in terms of the upcoming elections, twists, and turns, and cheeky cliffhangers along the way, rather than a collection of haphazardly sewn together gags.


Finally, I can say that Humble Politician Nograj is a scathing satire and an exceptionally bold production. I could tell you that there's an art to well-crafted dazzling hilarity, which this series masters without ever being irritating or loud. 

I could tell you that Nograj is a bloody captivating comedy character who I'd gladly watch for as many seasons as they decide to make. But, more than anything else, in a time when uncertainty, worry, and anxiety are on the rise, Humble Politician Nograj made me laugh...a lot. 

At a time when I'm more aware than ever of the worth of genuine, unfiltered, unashamed, shameless laughter. I genuinely hope it has the same effect on you. On Voot Select, you may and should watch Humble Politician Nograj.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Don't Look Up (2021) Netflix Movie Honest and Full Review: Spoiler

Don't Look Up (2021) Netflix Movie Honest and Full Review

Quick Glance

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay(screenplay by)  David Sirota(story by)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio  Jennifer Lawrence  Meryl Streep

IMBD Rating: 7.3/10

Gener: Comedy  Drama  Sci-Fi

Don't look up is the new movie that just dropped on Netflix and in theaters, it's an unusual, almost a weird movie, but it's incredibly timely and it focuses on what I think is one of the most important issues of our time. 

It involves science and communication with the public so it's right up our alley. I'm gonna try not to drop too many spoilers but we're gonna be talking about the movie, about several of the scenes, so if you haven't seen it and you want to go in completely naive maybe pause this, go watch it first and then come back. 

StoryLine & Movie Review

The story revolves around an impending disaster: a huge comet hurtling towards earth that will basically destroy all life "this comet is what we call a planet killer".The movie follows the two scientists who discovered the comet and figured out its trajectory. 

A professor in astronomy played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his graduate student played by Jennifer Lawrence. A lot of the tension and the comedy comes from this cultural clash, these two academics, these two nerds, basically trying to communicate the terrible news to the public and really struggling to get anybody to take them seriously. 

In one of the scenes, they're about to go on tv to finally break the news to the public and this government official is giving the astronomer some advice, saying 'look, you want to state things very clearly and remember, no math!'.And the scientist, very exasperated as the train doors shut, says 'but it's all math!'. 

So that's one of the running themes, the scientists are terrible communicators and the public isn't really listening. the two academics face three main barriers when it comes to conveying their message. The first one is politics. 

They actually get called to the white house to brief the president and in the movie, they made the president a woman which is really cool, unfortunately, they also made her a complete fool. Merryl Streep plays a ditzy politician who only cares about her political image, the midterms, and the optics. 

Merryl Streep plays a ditzy politician

Much of the comic relief also comes from jonah hill who plays a spoiled, out-of-touch advisor who just happens to be the president's son. 

I thought the movie was really funny although, in my opinion, the comedy loses a little bit of punch because the story is so close to reality the second barrier to communication of scientific information in economics and corporate interests, represented by a steve jobs-like tech visionary that only cares about his company and his profits and the third barrier is competing for the public's short attention span the scientists manage to go on a popular tv show but the social media reactions focus on how dreamy the astronomer is and how crazy and unhinged the graduate student seemed. 

Memes and remix videos go viral but they almost never focus on the substance of the message the scientists are trying to deliver to humanity. Throughout the movie, the public keeps getting pulled in every direction except the one that matters. 

Celebrity gossip, pseudoscientific denial of the facts, and constant politicizing of the science.Every distraction under the sun. Eventually, the comet becomes visible to the naked eye and by this point, the scientists are becoming a bit more communication savvy so they start a campaign called 'just look up'. 

Politicians immediately hit back with a counter-campaign called 'don't look up'. Very transparent satire of denial of facts as if not looking just makes bad things magically go away but so common in our society from covid to climate change denial. 


My favorite part of the whole movie is that they made the scientists very human, very flawed. The movie did not make the mistake of portraying the scientists as all-wise sages sitting atop a mountain dishing out pearls of knowledge. 

The two academics have very poor social skills and the professor has a crippling level of anxiety. He ends up getting distracted just like the public. Over the course of the movie, he continuously gets seduced, both figuratively and literally, by all the shining lights around him. 

He has an affair with a tv anchor, he struggles to control himself during a critical launch operation and he even ends up selling out and featuring in corporate propaganda. 

Now, I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, I'll just say it's not the typical Hollywood ending that came as a pleasant surprise. To me this movie hits very close to home because everything we do here is about science communication, trying to bring science directly to the public. 

How do you make a world of bar graphs and p-values and confidence intervals and communicate that in an engaging way to a general audience? The information can be completely life-changing but if we can't package the story in a digestible way nobody cares. 

We see that very clearly in my field of medicine, with an epidemic of largely preventable chronic disease just ravaging western society. We have the solutions but we can't communicate them effectively. And we see it of course with this pandemic, that has now killed millions of people all over the world. 

Many of those deaths, probably most of those deaths, are preventable. Scientists have come up with a number of vaccines in record time and we can't get a large chunk of the population immunized. First scientists warned us that letting the virus circulate through an unvaccinated population would beget more aggressive variants, and sure enough, we got delta. 

Then scientists told us you've got to vaccinate everybody, not just the rich countries because variants will arise in Africa, in other parts of the world and then they'll make their way over here and sure enough we've got omicron, that started in Africa and now it's here wreaking havoc. 

Currently, 73 percent of covid cases in the US are omicron. So the crazy comet movie with DiCaprio, not that far from reality. If we can't figure out how to get politics and greed and ideology out of the way, we don't stand a chance against viruses or climate change, or the obesity epidemic. 


And scientists bear a massive responsibility to improve their communication skills. Tell people the truth without patronizing, without sugar-coating, treat the public as adults.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Kadaseela Biriyani (2021) Netflix Movie Review: A fantastic cinematic experience

Kadaseela Biriyani (2021) Netflix Movie Review

Quick Glance

Director: Nishanth Kalidindi

Writers: Vivekanand Kalaivanan Nishanth Kalidindi(story)

Stars: Vasanth Selvam Vijay Ram Hakkim Shah

IMBD Rating: 7.8/10

Gener: Comedy Crime Drama

Storyline & Review

This film appears to be stunning. KADASEELA BIRIYANI is a new black comedy thriller in Tamil. It is director Nishanth Kalidindi's first feature film, and despite the fact that it was reportedly completed in 2018, it was only released in November and is now available on Netflix

You can tell this is going to be unusual from the opening credits. The font they used and the pictures that surrounded the titles were the only things that stood out. There's also a voice-over narration by Vijay Sethupathi, who subsequently appears in the film in a short cameo. 

The film's visual appeal, aesthetic, and general style are truly stunning, and this is easily my main takeaway from it. Hestin Jose Joseph and Azeem Mohammad did the cinematography, and it's no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most beautiful films I've watched this year. 

There are some stunning shots, particularly in the first half. It's a Tamil film set in Kerala, and I'm once again taken aback by the lovely natural environment. The way the woodlands are caught in this film almost gives it a dreamlike air, and it reminded me a little bit of Tarkovsky's STALKER, as did CHURULI

How these three brothers navigate their way through this strange landscape on their quest to avenge their father's death. The film KADASEELA BIRIYANI is a revenge story with a few twists. For the first time, our main character, Chikku Pandi, the youngest brother, refuses to participate in any violence. 

He and his father were able to break escape from their abusive household. Everyone else in the room, including the mother, is a bloodhound. However, Chikku, who is played by Vijay Ram, is deceived by his two older brothers, Periya and Ila Pandi, who are played by Vasanth Selvam and Dinesh Mani, respectively. 


The first part of the film is a touch slow, and they take a while to get to their objective, but I didn't mind because it was so brilliantly filmed, and the tone and darkly humorous atmosphere of the film was perfect. 

When they arrive at the landlord they want to kill, he's not alone; his son, the most crazed of them all, is with him, and he becomes the main antagonist for the rest of the movie. Hakkim Shahjahan plays him, and he does a fantastic job portraying this absolute monster, who, of course, also controls the crooked cops. But I have to tell it how it is. 

He started to irritate me a little bit towards the end. KADASEELA BIRIYANI is just under two hours long, which isn't particularly long for an Indian film, but I still believe it might have been cut down. At the midway point, there's a terrific and grotesquely amusing surprise, but it runs out of material near the conclusion and becomes a little repetitive. 


And, because the second half takes place primarily at night, it loses some of its captivating visual appeals. I also found Chikku Pandi, the protagonist, to be uninteresting. I loved the difference between his brothers, but it wasn't emotionally or engaging enough to draw me into the story and characters.

Final Thoughts & Score

I liked it as a dark and sophisticated thriller comedy, a small story about murder, power, and retribution set in a gorgeous, raw natural location with shots of various animals, but there was something lacking. The camerawork, the acting, and the music were all excellent and original. 

Nishanth Kalidindi's voice and style were clearly heard, but they didn't entirely win me over. Despite having one of the year's funniest sequences. Let me simply say one thing... lemon soda! In general, I'd give KADASEELA BIRIYANI a 7 out of 10 ratings. It's closer to 6.8, but I don't do it.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

5 of Bollywood worst-rated New Hindi movies in 2021

This year, I realized that viewing mediocre movies is more soul-sucking than seeing absolutely awful ones. Because you get a peek of what may have happened. The train crashes have a purity to them that makes them nearly bearable. Here are my 5 of Bollywood's worst-rated New Hindi movies in 2021.

Number 5. The Interview Night of 26/11

The Interview Night of 26/11
pic credit IMBD

One of the unintended consequences of the development of streaming is that even bad movies have found a place. The Interview Night of 26/11 is one such example. According to rumors, the same film, titled Cover Story, will be released in 2012. What's in a name, though? This film would be just as bad. 

The concept isn't bad at all. A renowned war correspondent is seeking to interview a popular Bollywood actor on the night of November 26th, as awful violence erupts in Mumbai. However, the execution is akin to a Kindergarten play. 

The film, which is a remake of the Dutch classic The Interview, is possibly Jackie Shroff's weakest work to date. His character Rohan refers to Tara as Miss Silicon throughout the film. 'Agar main aatankwadiyon ko sambhaal saktaa hoon, toh aap kya cheez hain,' he says in one scene. After all, I'm a war correspondent, so what else do I need to say?

Number 4. Hello Charlie

Hello Charlie
pic credit: India today

Jackie Shroff spends the majority of his screen time as a gorilla in this one. He portrays Mr. Makwana, a billionaire in the mold of Nirav Modi who is attempting to flee India after arranging a scam worth Rs. 4000 crore. 

Most of the time, the performer is dressed as a gorilla and grunts or rolls his eyes. Charlie is played by Aadar Jain, an earnest young man who is paid to drive Makwana in disguise to Diu, from whence he will board a ferry to Dubai. 

Makwana is referred to as 'bandaron ka Hrithik Roshan' by one character. This movie was so bad that I could feel myself becoming more foolish as it progressed.


Number 3. Radhe

pic credit: News 18

Bhai, you're on the run. Radhe is a follow-up to the box office smash Wanted from 2009. Prabhudeva sings a loud, numbing, pointless ode to Salman Khan's cult, in which he plays superhero and savior once more. Scenes, dialogue, and slow-motion images in the film support his identity. 

Close-ups of his signature blue bracelet, a scene in front of Galaxy apartments, his actual Mumbai residence, the obligatory shirtless moment, and him breaking the fourth wall to greet his audience Eid Mubarak are all included. 

Randeep Hooda, dressed in leather jackets and sporting a ponytail, plays the evil Rana, who swagger around and butchers people with an axe. Radhe's boss and Radhe's girlfriend's brother are both played by Jackie Shroff in this film. 

He's close dancing with Radhe in one scene, wearing this strappy silk dress. This is not a fabrication. The fact that it's one of Salman's shortest films (at one hour and 49 minutes) is a saving grace.


Number 2. Bhuj: The Pride of India

Bhuj: The Pride of India
pic credit: The Indian Express

The disclaimer finishes with the statement, "We salute the Indian Armed Forces and, in even larger print, Jai Hind!" This is a film so intent on desh bhakti that even the disclaimer is patriotic. 

The film is set during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and is based on the inspiring true story of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport, rebuilding the runway after it was destroyed by Pakistani airstrikes with the help of 300 local women. 

Director Abhishek Dudhaiya twists this magnificent story into a high-pitched, sloppy epic in which people have the depth of stick figures and continuously express their devotion to the homeland. Pakistanis are, without a doubt, filthy morons. 

They use the word janab in every phrase, and their fighting skills are so bad that in the film's climax, Sanjay Dutt, who plays a villager named Pagi, uses an axe to demolish half the Pakistani army. No one has the foresight to simply shoot him. 

Bhuj is primarily a collection of disconnected tales about males who are either killing or proudly professing their love for Bharat Ma by banging their chests. All of these actors are deserving of greater performance.

Number 1. Satyameva Jayate 2

Satyameva Jayate 2
pic credit: IMBD

Satyameva Jayate 2 is the worst film of the year. This was more of an expensive showreel for John Abraham's body than a film. He portrays a father and his twin sons in three roles. All three had granite abs and muscles that appear to have been carved out of stone. 

The camera swirls around John's impressive torso in scenes where he removes his shirt. His biceps are shown in close-ups. All three John personas have interchangeable bodies and personalities. Milap Milan Zaveri, a writer-director, takes us on a tour of India's various difficulties. 

Corruption, crimes against women and children, and corrupt politicians and cops are all on the rise. However, one of the Johns is always around to correct the situation by inflicting injury with his fists. This film serves as a lesson in how not to make a film. 

The climax, in which all three Johns hold down a helicopter with their bare hands to prevent the bad guy from fleeing, was my personal favorite. That image said it all.


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Maanaadu (2021) Tamil Movie Honest Review: Smartly-Written Film

Maanaadu (2021) Tamil Movie Honest  Review

Quick Glance

Director: Venkat Prabhu

Writers: Venkat Prabhu K. Chandru (additional dialogue) Ezhilarasu Gunasekaran(additional dialogue)

Stars: T.R. Silambarasan S.J. Suryah Kalyani Priyadarshan

IMBD Ratings: 9/10

Gener: Action Sci-Fi Adventure

Storyline & Review

 Hands down… one of the most entertaining movies of the year! Venkat Prabhu's MAANAADU is a Tamil language science fiction action thriller that he wrote and directed. It's a time loop thriller in the vein of GROUNDHOG DAY, EDGE OF TOMORROW, or PALM SPRINGS, in which our protagonist Abdul Khaaliq (Silambarasan) is forced to repeat the same day again and over. 

As far as I know, this was considered to be the very first Indian time loop movie and it probably would’ve been that but because of delays in the post-production and the ongoing pandemic, it was postponed, and then just six days earlier another Tamil movie was released and became the very first-time loop movie. 

But please let me know in the comments if there are really no other older examples. If you are familiar with this kind of high-concept story, living through the same day on repeat, you know about the many aspects that can be a lot of fun, but also about the elements that could be a problem. 

If such an idea isn’t handled cleverly enough, it can quickly become a drag to sit through constant repetitions of the same stuff or watch people too slowly come to terms with what’s really going on. 

But all things considered, MAANAADU is one of the best time loop movies I have seen and writer and director Venkat Prabhu have done a really good job playing to the strengths of that concept, while also doing something fresh and surprisingly meaningful – or at least something with an important message. 

The story is quite simple. Silambarasan plays Abdul Khaaliq, someone who just arrived at the airport, gets picked up by his friends, to attend a wedding. The wedding itself is not important at all though. Important is that he gets mixed up in an assassination plot to kill the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who is talking at a conference, which is also what the title MAANAADU refers to. 

The murder should look like it was done by a Muslim terrorist, to then start communal riots, which should benefit the corrupt politicians and police. And whenever our protagonist Khaaliq dies, he wakes up at the airport again, and the day repeats. 

Fortunately, it doesn’t take too long until we get this whole time loop running, but I have to say, that you have to get through – or accept a few commercial elements on the way. Some of them I really didn’t mind that much. I even enjoyed them quite a bit. 

For example, these epic, slow-motion entrances of our hero, but also of our main villain. It doesn’t really make any sense in the world of the story itself, that our hero is treated as this big VIP at the beginning of the movie because then it turns out that he’s actually just a common man, which is great because that actually works much better for this story. 


Yet he has this big entrance, because of the star appeal of lead actor Silambarasan. It’s fine. It’s a commercial movie. When it comes to the mass entrance of the villain though, I really liked it. I liked it because we get it several times in different little variations. 

Because this is a time loop movie, the corrupt cop Dhanush Kodi, played by S.J. Suryah more than once enters the scenery “for the first time”, and we get this slow motion and over-the-top music theme several times. 

And through that repetition and epic nature of it, there’s certainly a strong comedic touch to it as well. The same goes for the only real song and dance sequence, which is happening very early on and doesn’t really add anything important to the movie. 

But because we have this time loop, we get a little reprise, which was fun. When it comes to some other commercial aspects, I would’ve preferred to not have them. Early on there are quite a lot of noisy sound effects to highlight the comedy and at one point, there’s this little animation of a light bulb, because our female supporting character Seetha Lakshmi, played by Kalyani Priyadarshan, has an idea. 

Something like this in a “normal” movie, let alone a thriller, is just kind of off-putting, especially when it’s only done once in the entire film. Or another example, unnecessarily playing the music from THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY just for this one little moment. 

Thankfully none of that really breaks the film, because it’s just too good for that and it should also be noted, that there’s no tacked-on love story either, so we can really focus on the thriller aspect. Which is really stellar. 

But before I talk about that, I want to get over my last real criticism. The technical aspects of the film somehow really vary. They can be great, especially the editing when the movie really picks up the pace, but oftentimes they are merely functional and every now and then also a bit off. 

I couldn’t find the movie’s budget, but I assume they had to face some restraints. Still, I think sometimes they compromise at the wrong ends, or maybe it’s just the common practice and I’m just not used to it as an outsider. 

But it was really off-putting how all the car scenes were done using a green screen background. It’s really noticeable and reminded me of old Hollywood movies that used rear projection for scenes in which the characters were driving. 

There’s also this emphasis on CGI explosions and bullet holes. Which I know, is just how things are done today, especially if you don’t have the biggest budget, but it’s still a little bit sad. 

Now with all of that being said, when MAANAADU works, it REALLY works and it’s so much fun. The way Venkat Prabhu is laying out this time loop concept is really effective. It’s a great choice to make the protagonist a common man, who’s as clueless as we as the audience are. 

He’s no superhero or mastermind, who understands everything that’s going on. Instead, he has to use the time loop to slowly figure out how he can save the day. It’s a progression. It’s trial and error. Learning from the mistakes and hopefully getting closer to beating the bad guys. 


My favorite scene in the film is a fantastic fight, that actually happens over several loops because Khaaliq is constantly dying and then improving. It’s like a video game, in which you have to learn the moves, know where the enemies are coming from and how to counter them perfectly. 

It’s edited so cleverly and the choreography is also pretty neat. As is Silambarasan, who finds a good balance between an everyday man and a bad-ass. I have to say that I think he would make a pretty nice Wolverine. 

But without question, the most fun performance definitely comes from S.J. Suryah as the villain Dhanush Kodi. He’s excellent and so delightfully over the top. He’s chewing the scenery every time he’s on-screen and he’s just one of those wonderfully comical bad guys. 

There’s also this great twist, or rather reveal at the halfway point that adds another dimension to the movie and turns it into a true cat and mouse game. And it’s also a pretty cool idea that in this story, the villain doesn’t want to kill the good guy, because that would only mean that the loop continues. 

Final Thoughts & Score

MAANAADU has many stretches in which it’s super gripping, exciting but also fun to see how things are unfolding. The pace can be exhilarating. But there are also some passages, that drag just a little bit and it could’ve been trimmed down a notch for sure. 

The last aspect I just briefly want to mention is that I really applaud the filmmaker’s intention to create an entertaining commercial thriller but also make it about Islamophobia and the intention of the powerful to scapegoat minorities. 

Our protagonist Abdul Khaaliq is a Muslim, but he also transcends his religion and is fighting against corruption, hatred and for peace and tranquility. As an NRI, a non-resident-Indian, he could also just leave and let things play out without him, but that would be wrong. 

He stays to do the right thing and that’s great. The movie is advertised as “A Venkat Prabhu Politics” and it’s also using the hashtag #spreadlove. Sure, it’s a bit corny and of course on the nose, but I think it’s important nonetheless, to address these very urgent topics. 

I give MAANAADU 8.5 out of 10. It’s more like 9 but I don’t do that. Alright, that’s it. Like always, comment below and let me know what you think about MAANAADU. And also: What is your favorite time loop movie?