Sanju – My thoughts after seeing the movie!


When Sanjay Dutt’s biopic was announced, I was quite clear that I was not keen on seeing the movie as I pretty much knew Sanjay Dutt’s story almost completely. So I was wondering why I would want to watch it. Since my mother was keen on seeing it, I agreed to go plus Ranbir Kapoor’s transformation for the role had impressed me.

The movie starts with Sanju trying to get his biography written and the first writer who attempts it is thrown out of his house by Sanjay Dutt since it seemed more like an attempt at flattery rather an honest account of his life. After that, Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata approaches Winnie Diaz(Anushka Sharma) to present his side of the story. It takes several attempts for Winnie to be convinced about writing the story as she hears different accounts from media, his friends. Slowly, she discovers the truth and finishes Sanjay Dutt’s biography.

The film shows how the media manipulates the truth, gets away with saying almost anything by just putting across the statement as a question and even convinces Sanjay Dutt’s closest friend that he was actually a terrorist. The movie Sanju tries to explain how a young man who was immature, naive, confused, dominated by his father can go on the wrong path and make stupid choices in life. The movie shows Sanjay Dutt as a victim of his stupid choices which were due to the lack of maturity and not a criminal’s mind.

Sanjay Dutt’s dearest friend who stood by him in all difficult times but got influenced by one media report, the transformation of Sanju’s father to a caring and supporting father who was his rock solid support in very difficult phase of his life are the two biggest highlights of the film for me. Sunil Dutt teaches his son very important and touching life lessons on his difficult journey of life.

Ranbir Kapoor has astounded me in the movie with his transformation and awesome acting. Hats off to him. I will not share my views on whether I believe what Sanjay Dutt says or not in the movie about his mistakes because I would prefer it that people see the movie and make up their mind themselves about it. However, whether you believe Sanjay Dutt or not, I would highly recommend watching it because it is a heartwarming feel good story with many beautiful, touching moments.


Bucket List – Don’t put it on your Bucket List


I am a big Madhuri Dixit fan and when I saw the promos of the movie Bucket List in theatres, I was very excited and looked forward to the movie. A woman who has an heart ailment needs a heart donor. She gets the heart of a girl who dies in an accident. She discovers that the heart donor had a bucket list that she wanted to complete in her life span. Sounds like an interesting story, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, it turned out to be exactly the opposite. The movie fell flat on it’s face and was a totally damp squib. Let me tell you why.

The woman with the heart ailment is a 45 year old Maharashtrian housewife with a slightly conservative outlook towards life. The heart donor was a 20 year old girl who was modern and a typical fun loving 20 year old. The to-do items on her list were things like wear a bikini on the beach, get arrested at least once.

Madhura, the housewife gets curious about who her donor was and gets her address. She goes to her house and was greeted cordially by the parents but got a very cold shoulder from the twin brother of the dead girl. She gets to know about the bucket list and sets her mind on fulfilling it.

From here, the movie gets very boring. She completes 2-3 things from the bucket list, one of them was to get arrested. She gets a tough time from her family for that and she stops pursuing the items on the list. From here, I have no idea what happens in the movie. I was so bored that I completely zoned out. In between, I just saw that she just keeps ticking items on her list but she is never actually seen doing the things on the list. She is just sitting in her house and ticking the items on the list. So I am not sure what we were supposed to watch. In the end, I find her dancing to a song and again, I have no idea why. I just realized that this was the end of the movie and wanted to run out of the hall as soon as I could.

Secret Superstar – A Story of Dreams and Courage!

I had seen the trailers of Secret Superstar when I went to see the theatre to see another movie, since then I was eagerly waiting for the movie to release. The storyline just captured my heart and attention. I am a die-hard Aamir Khan fan. The other Khans refuse to grow and will still be running around trees even when they are 70. But this Khan never ceases to delight with every movie he does.

Coming back to the movie…. Insia is a 14 year old girl from Vadodara with a great talent for music but unable to realise her ambitions due to an oppressive and dominant father who considers daughters as a liability and sons as the treasures of the family. Insia’s father berates and insults his wife, even hitting her violently quite frequently. Insia has two dreams – to become a famous singer and to free her mother from the violent marriage. Whether she is able to fulfill these two dreams is what the movie is about.

There are so many things I loved about the movie. Meher Vij as the battered wife who wants to give her kids the best of everything steals the limelight in the movie. Zaira Wasim as Insia is a delight to watch. Her acting and emotions are expressed so well. However, for me the surprise package in the movie is Chintan Parekh played by Tirth Sharma. Chintan is Insia’s school friend who secretly as a crush on her. He is very very cute and a very natural and gifted actor. Their friendship slowly develops into a sweet love story as he always stands by her, supports her and encourages her dreams. The sweetest scene between them is the password scene in the movie.

Aamir Khan as Shakti Kumaar, a talented music director who gives into the popular crass music demands of producers is exceptional as always. But all through the movie, he doesn’t try to steal the limelight from Zaira Wasim and it is very clear that she is the main protagonist in the movie.

This movie is a must must watch for everyone.

Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai – A Trip Down Memory Lane!

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I am one person who absolutely hates all Hindi TV serials and quite a few English ones too. But the promos of one TV serial caught my attention and made me want to see it. It brought back an era that is long gone and was full of sweetness and simplicity. I feel like Scarlett ‘O’ Hara many times and say – I will not look back on the old days and remember what has gone. But this serial has brought back all the memories and makes me happily nostalgic. Here is the first promo that had this effect on me.

I started watching the serial from the first epiosde and I simply love it. It shows the technology free era before Internet, Whatsapp, Facebook and the wide choice of entertainment available today. It brings back the memories of Wednesday Chitrahaar, Sunday Mahabharat and all those programmes on Doordarshan for which we waited the entire week. It is the days of VCR and video cassettes, music cassettes and walkmans, the favourite drink of our childhood and teens – Gold Spot which we used to drink with a pleasure that the Pepsi and Coke of today can never give us.

The serial is narrated in a flashback by Naina, the main protagonist of the serial who has become a famous writer now. She is recounting the story of her love story with Sameer who joins her school when she was 16. They start by becoming friends as he asks her to help him with his studies till circumstances prevent her from doing so and she is forced to stop talking to him and he is also humiliated in school because of her. He starts to woo her in order to take revenge from her. Will he actually fall in love with her? That’s a mystery that’s not yet revealed.

The story is set in the time that Maine Pyar Kiya was released and perfectly shows the increase in heartbeat that the movie caused in every teenager of that time. Salman Khan and Bhagyashree became the heartthrobs of every teenager and the songs became the love anthems of the entire country.

It is awesome how the era of 90’s has been perfectly recreated in the serial – the drinks we loved, the TV shows that were popular, the clothes we wore that we thought were so hep and the kind we or the teenagers of today wouldn’t be caught dead wearing now. The kind of research and efforts put in to recreate that era in the serial is simply amazing. The serial is a must must watch.

Now grown up me returns to the 90’s and sits with her fingers crossed with stars in her eyes hoping that Sameer actually falls in love with Naina and they end up together ❤ ❤


Tubelight – An honest Review


I went to see Tubelight very reluctantly. I was not keen on seeing it and mom was. Despite the frame of mind I was in, the movie was just about okay.

There are two themes of the movie, both good ones – one is believing in something with all your heart and it will happen and the second is that you don’t need to be a born an Indian to be an Indian from heart.

The performances by Sohail Khan, the small boy Matin Rey Tangu and Zhu Zhu are the highlights of the film. They do full justice to the role. Another person who is silently a strong character in the movie is Maya(Isha Talwar). Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is an excellent actor who is a complete natural and gives power packed yet subtle performances. His expressions convey everything. I see him as the next Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Though the theme of the movie is good, it is supported by a very weak storyline and too much importance being given to Salman Khan and everyone else being sidelined. In Bajrangi Bhaijaan, every character including Salman Khan had their important spot in the movie. I can’t say the same for Tubelight. It would still be alright if he had acted well in the movie. But he is completely not suited for the role he has performed in the movie, hence looks very unconvincing which makes the movie dull and uninteresting.

Zhu Zhu, who plays the role of the Chinese Woman, is simply awesome in the movie and is very talented. She is the saving grace of the movie. Even Sohail Khan has given a very good and restrained performance. The movie would have been a good one if the role played by Salman Khan had been done by someone else.

Overall, I would give the movie one and a half stars.

A Late Review of Befikre


I had missed watching Befikre in the movie hall and I had been very keen to watch it. I missed it when it came on T.V. Recently, I subscribed to Amazon Prime Video. It is amazing with a good movie collection, excellent quality and very convenient.

I found Befikre in the movie collection and settled down to watch it on Gudi Padwa since it was a holiday. The movie is set completely in Paris, it is my most loved city amongst all I have visited. I have a forever romance with Paris. The movie explores love and relationships as they are today. The confusion, desire to experience love with more than one person before settling down with that one person who one feels is perfect for them.

Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are both refreshing and very talented. They are fun, carefree and the movie is quite nice and I enjoyed it until we came to the end. Let me start with the synopsis first.

Shyra is an Indian but she has grown up as a French girl in Paris. The movie starts with a big fight and a breakup with Dharam(Ranveer Singh). After the breakup, Shyra grows up from someone who jumps from one relationship to other to a sensible and grounded woman who acquires a more mature outlook towards life while Dharam still stays the same. After their breakup, they don’t really stay in touch until one day Dharam calls her when he is in trouble with police. She bails him out and on the way home, they start talking to each other. Dharam apologizes to her for the things he says. They start becoming friends again and the story continues.

One day, her friend sets up a date for Shyra with an Investment banker.  Shyra is grumbling to Dharam about he will be a boring person and she wants to cancel the date. Dharam is going towards her house, speaking to her on the phone not realising that the same Investment banker is walking along with him towards her house. He hears the conversation about himself and introduces himself at Shyra’s door as the boring Investment banker. Dharam ends up accompanying them on the date. They go to a Karaoke bar and have a wonderful time. This was a refreshing change for me as the banker isn’t shown as the serious boring type, rather someone who is mature and responsible yet someone who lives life to the fullest and enjoys it too.

Shyra and Aney(the Investment banker) continue their relationship and are really happy together. Eventually, Aney asks her to marry him. She goes to Dharam and asks him for advice(as they are really close friends now). She asks him if he thinks she is the right person to get married too since their relationship doesn’t work out. He tells her that she is perfect and there is no way that she is responsible for the relationship not working out. She says Yes to Aney.

Now this is where my problem starts with the movie. In our youth and immaturity, we always get into relationships with the wrong people and come out of them as sensible people who have grown up, realised their good and bad points and what they want in the person whom they spend their life with. According to me, Dharam was the mistake of Shyra’s life and Aney was the guy who was absolutely right for her. But Dharam and Shyra start realising they still love each other while the wedding preparations are going on. This would still have been ok if we realised that Dharam had grown up and become more mature and responsible like Shyra had. But he was still the same which she knows too. When he tells her that he wants to change things, she tells him to act like  grownup man and rectify things, not like a typical immature man.

Yet at the end of the movie, they show Dharam coming to the altar and telling Aney how Shyra is a woman with a bad character, a slut who has slept with many men so that Aney will leave her and Shyra will be his. Shyra walks up to him and tells him – I told you to handle things like a grownup and not indulge in cheap tactics. He tells her that he loves her and she decides to marry Dharam, which is quite stupid. To justify that the turn the movie had taken now was the right one, they show Aney completely losing his cool and acting like a wild mad man losing his temper and getting violent towards Dharam. So they show a calm, sensible and mature man in a bad light to justify the cad getting the girl. This is my problem with the movie.

It is time our movies stopped justifying MCPs just because they are in love with the girl and were the girl’s first love, because that is what Dharam is – MCP.


Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Simple Life made Mushkil!

I am a big movie buff and a movie I was really looking forward to was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil! The amazing starcast itself had me drooling. Aishwarya Rai, Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Fawad Khan – I couldn’t wait for it to release. Eventually, the movie released and I went to see it.

The movie starts off well with the awesome bonding between Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. You are in splits of laughter at their antics and the carefree way they live. Their bond is sweet and endearing. Ranbir falls in love with her but she is badly scarred in love(understandably). She has this one man whom she trusts completely, is her best friend and family but she doesn’t love him like a lover. He is her best friend, that’s all.

After this, the movie just goes downhill. There is no story. Just a bunch of characters roaming about aimlessly in the movie, getting back together, then separating, moving in and out of relationships. Ayan(Ranbir Kapoor) acts like a 3 year old who is denied his favourite object. He whines, throws tantrums and forgets Alizeh(Anushka) is a human being who can have her own likes and dislikes. He ignores all the love she has for him as a friend and wants her to love him as a lover, no matter how. A typical spoilt and overindulged man who doesn’t understand the meaning of consent.

The movie gets so tragic and depressing in the second half that Karan Johar should have handed out free psychiatric treatments for all those who were watching the movie. They could use it immediately after leaving the hall, I know I could. And the worst part is the tragedy is aimless, just to drive people crazy – a plot-less movie with tragedy up to your nose without a reason.

Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma shine in their performances and are the saving grace of the movie. Fawad Khan is simply wasted in the movie. Blink and miss – Shahrukh Khan. For Ranbir Kapoor – I have no opinion. It is simply a repeat of the Rockstar performance. Ranbir Kapoor should just take a hiatus, realise the crap he is acting in nowadays and figure out where he wants to go.

Half Ticket – A Journey of Life and Coming of Age!

In the clutter of movies releasing one after the other and overlapping each other, it gets very difficult to follow which movies are releasing and when. The TV Channels will normally only show you the trailers of the movies of the very popular stars. Because of this, I have missed out a lot of movies that I would have loved. So I have taken to browsing through all the movies releasing on Friday to see what catches my interest.

One such movie that grabbed my attention and tugged at me somehow is Half Ticket. It is a Marathi film about two slum kids who forage for coal to earn a living and their ultimate ambition in life is to taste a pizza. They have a loving mother and a grandmother who dotes on them. But the kids have loftier ambitions and want a taste of the good things in life.


The movie is a beautiful journey of coming to an understanding of the things in life that truly matter. As people have rightly said after watching the movie, you will see a Mumbai that has rarely been seen earlier. Each and every character will have an impact on you.

My favourite character in the movie is a Tutti-Frutti, a railway employee who develops a soft corner for the kids, never ridicules them and wants to help them achieve their lofty ambitions and teaches them many important life lessons. For myself, the highlight of the movie is the scene where the three of them are looking out at Bandra Worli Sea Link and Tutti Frutti talks to them about how they will be judged for their appearance and not for who they are as a person.

The movie has many sweet and funny moments – like the kids trying to sell a street dog to a taxi driver for Rs. 25000, two friends trying to outwit each other and ending up losing the money they were going to easily get. The movie has many touching moments too.

I highly recommend this movie, it is definitely a must watch!

Kapoor & Sons


Kapoor & Sons was one movie that I was really looking forward to. Even the people who totally disliked Hindi movies from my friends circle were raving about it. So I was really keen to see the movie. I didn’t find the movie so great when I went to see it.

It is the story of a typical middle class family with fights, love, tears, misunderstandings and family bonding. A husband and wife who have grown apart as the wife suspects him of having an affair, two sons who were very close to each other and while they still have a strong bond, they are strangely estranged. One is struggling to achieve success while the other is a successful author. The entire family reunites in their hometown Coonoor to fulfill the last wishes of Dadu of clicking a family photograph titled ‘Kapoor & Sons’. Both the brothers become friends with Tia a lively and cheerful girl with a sad past. How Daadu’s last wish is fulfilled, how the brothers’ clear their misunderstandings and how a family resolves their issues to click that perfect photograph is what the story is about.

There are some high points in the movie with sweet and touching moments. All the actors have enacted their roles very well. It was nice watching all the talented actors like Rajat Kapoor. Reena Pathak, Siddharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

Apart from that, the movie was just okay. I felt like I was watching a Nicholas Sparks novel in which tragedy is normally forced in without any reason.

Bajirao Mastani – A Total Dud


I know a lot of people will disagree with me here and I have complete respect for your opinion but I totally hated the movie. Let me tell you why.

Grand sets, a promising start, the best director, the best actors and a strong character on whom the story was based – yet the movie disappointed me.

Bajirao was a great warrior who led many successful military campaigns and extended the Maratha rule over a large part of India. He was an able leader and a tactical and intelligent warrior.

The movie started off well with Bajirao’s character being established with the above mentioned qualities. However, in the second part of the first half itself(before the interval), the movie’s focus turned only to the love story of Bajirao Mastani which is shown in the most dull, vague and uninspiring manner. By this time, I was already regretting coming for the movie.

I had expected a historical movie of which the love story would be a part. I didn’t expect the love story to be forgotten and only the military leader in Bajirao to be spoken about. But neither did I expect only the love story to be highlighted and everything else to be forgotten.

Now, let’s come to the second half after the interval. You’ll forget that you are watching Bajirao Mastani and think you have accidentally come to see Devdas with different faces. Kashibai(Bajirao’s first wife) and Mastani are suddenly shown dancing with each other. There was no interaction between them before or after this song sequence – the Devdas hangover. In the end, Bajirao dies pining for his love and his love dies pining for him. So, a brilliant warrior becomes a loser who gives up everything for love.

I was completely disappointed in the movie. This is not Bajirao’s story. Now, compare this to another historical movie – Jodha Akbar. The love story is beautifully interwoven with the historical saga. I wish Sanjay Leela Bhansali had taken some pointers on how a historical movie is made.