Posted in horror, Movies

A horrifying and thrilling journey: ‘TUMBBAD REVIEW’

The Sohum Shah starrer ‘Tumbbad’ released today at the box office. The movie has an unique storyline which we never saw in Bollywood.

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Parted with three chapters the film revolves around a man’s journey in finding his family treasure. Set during pre independence era in western village of Maharashtra.

Debutant director Rahi Anil Barve impresses us with his amazing direction talent and a worth watching performance by actor Sohum Shah.

Also stellar performances by the supporting actors which also included the child actors.

A fear is created among the audiences with amazing direction and a dark theme. The myths and secrets of family keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Finally a Bollywood film which can give tough competition to Hollywood films. With amazing STORYLINE, ACTING PERFORMANCES and DIRECTION ‘Tumbbad’ will really win your hearts.

So do support such great content from Bollywood and don’t miss this movie in theatres.

Ratings: (4/5)

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Posted in Movies, suspense thrillers

Then ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ (2004) and now ‘Andhadhun’ (2018): Impressive thrillers

Sriram Raghavan whose directorial ‘Andhadhun’ released yesterday is already winning hearts of the audiences by the suspense created by the director and by impressive performances of Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika.

The film is set in Pune where Ayushmann aka Akash a blind pianist who dreams to be a great musician somehow cross paths with Tabu’s character and the story begins. Radhika plays the role of an innocent girlfriend, but Tabu steals the show with her character’s cruelness.

Some black comedy with lots of twists will keep you on the edge of your seat till the film ends.

Raghavan is master of directing thrillers which we saw in ‘Badlapur’ and ‘Ek Hasina Thi’. Andhadhun is a treat to watch.

So, don’t miss this thriller. It’s worth your money and a thrill ride in theatres.

Posted in Short stories

3 Short stories of ‘MANTO’ you need to read now.

The ‘Nandita Das’ directed ‘Manto’ released last Friday in India. The movie is not only worth watching but it’s also worth remembering.

The movie is based on the life of Pakistani writer ‘Saadat Hasan Manto’ who was always in controversies due to his stories during the period 1946-50.

So coming back to the stories, here are the 3 best short stories of ‘Manto’ you need to read now:

3: ‘THANDA GOSHT’ :

A short story which exposes, how people go mad during the riots. The story revolves around a Sikh man who was a participant in the Hindu-Muslim riots. Read the story to find out more.

2: ‘TOBA TEK SINGH’ :

An interesting story to read, it is set during the India-Pakistan partition and it is decided that the lunatics in the mental asylums present in both India & Pakistan are also to be exchanged same as the civilians were.

3: ‘KHOL DO’ :

And at the end, my personal favorite and really a dark themed story ‘Khol Do’. The story opens up during the Hindu-Muslim riots and how a father struggles to find out his missing daughter. Really the best short story I’ve ever read.

These 3 stories were originally written in Urdu but you will find it’s translated version over the Web. So read these great stories by MANTO.

Posted in biopics, Movies

A Realistic Biopic: Bandit Queen (1994)

The recent trend in Bollywood is the ‘Biopics’. Every director is engaged in making biopics. But not every biopic showcases reality, most of them are with added fiction and more of drama.

But it’s not the same with Shekhar Kapur’s directed 1994 Bandit Queen” which is based on the life of ‘Phoolan Devi’ .

The movie showcases her journey on how she faces discrimination, sexual abuse in the society and becomes the first lady Bandit.

SEEMA BISWAS AS PHOOLAN DEVI

The portrayal of ‘Phoolan Devi’ by Seema Biswas is really worth watching.

The movie is one of the controversial biopics ever made in Bollywood. The movie keeps you thrilled and at the same time showcases the problems that prevail in the society and how people were treated based on their castes.

Manoj Bajpayee and other actors.

While Seema Biswas impresses as Phoolan Devi, other actors including Manoj Bajpayee, Nirmal Pandey and others also do justice to their characters.

This movie should be witnessed by everyone. A must watch!!

Also as per recent updates:

The sequel of this movie is to be made which is to be named “End of Bandit Queen” which will also include ‘Nawazuddin Siddiqui’.

So, watch this 1994’s realistic biopic.

Posted in Bollywood

BLACK FRIDAY: “BACK TO THE PAST”

The 2004 Bollywood crime thriller ‘Black Friday’ directed by one of my favourite directors Anurag Kashyap. The movie is based on 1993 Bombay Bombings and is based on S.Hussain Zaidi’s book “Dongri to Dubai” which showcases six decades of Bombay underworld.

The movie received lot of appreciation around the globe but the Indian Censor Board did not allowed the movie to be released in India for three years and the movie was later released in the year 2007.

According to me this movie is the best Bollywood movie based on true events which showcases all the facts about the blasts.

However,the important aspect of this movie is the direction of ‘Anurag Kashyap’ and also the actors who played their roles brillaintly.

1: ‘Vijay Maurya’ as Dawood Ibrahm:

There are many Bollywood movies which were based on Mumbai underworld and many actors have also played Dawood Ibrahim whether it be Akshay Kumar in “Once upon a time in Mumbai dobara” but no one can still match the intensity of Vijay Maurya as Dawood.

2: ‘Imtiaz Ali’ as Yakub Memon:

Well we have seen Imtiaz Ali as a talented director of Bollywood but in ‘Black Friday’ he plays the role of Yakub Memon. Though not a big role but it’s worth watching.

3: ‘Aditya Srivastava’ as Badshah Khan:

Aditya Srivastava is popularly known for playing Abhijeet in the TV crime show CID but we don’t know about his great performances in many movies including Paanch(2003),Gulaal(2009) and many more Bollywood movies.

He also impresses us as Badshah Khan in this movie. He is definitely an underrated talent of Bollywood.

4: ‘Pavan Malhotra’ as Tiger Memon:

Tiger Memon who is considered as the mastermind of the blasts is one of the darkest character in the movie and is very well played by Pavan Malhotra.

5: ‘Kay Kay Memon and the team’

On the other hand Kay Kay Memon and other actors who play the investigating officers also impresses us with their stellar performances.

‘BLACK FRIDAY’ is one of the very few Bollywood movies which has all the material that is required for a great movie and I consider it as one of the best movies based on true events.

Best Direction by ‘Anurag Kashyap’ and impressive performance by all the actors.

Posted in Movies

“404: Error Not Found” Horror or Psychological thriller?

When we come around Bollywood horrors or thrillers there are only few movies which can be termed as a ‘good movie’ and there are few which deserves a great response but still they remain unknown.

One of them is 2011’s “404:Error not found” which stars Rajvir Arora, Imaad Shah, Nishikant Kamat and Tisca Chopra in the lead roles.

Best acting performances by everyone especially Imaad Shah, Rajvir Arora and Nishikant Kamat. Very well written and directed by Prawaal Raman.

I recommend you watching this movie. An underrated gem in Bollywood.

A movie which will blow your mind and also teach you some terms of psychology. A horrifying thriller which will keep you connected till the end. Also decide whether it’s a horror or a psychological thriller?

Posted in Bollywood, Movies, Murder Mysteries

“BEST 3 BOLLYWOOD MOVIES BASED ON REAL MURDERS”

In Bollywood, most of the movies are fictional movies and focuses mainly on Romance and Drama, but there are few great movies which remain unknown.

So here are best 3 Bollywood movies based on real life murders:

3: Paanch (2003)

Many of us must not have heard about this movie as it was banned by the Censor Board. But it received fame in international film festivals.

Paanch is an Indian crime film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap’. It stars Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Vijay Maurya in the lead roles.

The movie is based on 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune. An outstanding performance by ‘Kay Kay Menon’ needs to be witnessed by everyone who loves murder mysteries.

2: No One Killed Jessica (2011)

The 2011 ‘No One Killed Jessica’ is directed by Rajkumar Gupta and it stars Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan in the lead roles.

It is based on the ‘Jessica Lal Murder Case’ of 1999 and how her family gets justice after a long time. Impressive performance by the whole cast and the movie is a must watch.

1: The Stoneman Murders (2009)

The Stoneman Murders is a 2009 Suspense thriller film based on the real life Stoneman serial killings that made headline in the early 1980’s in Bombay.

It stars Kay Kay Menon and Arbaaz Khan. Where there is Menon, you don’t need to talk about his impressive acting. The movie keeps you thrilled and at the same time guessing the end. So it’s a great movie which needs to be seen by everyone.

So here was the list, watch these movies and enjoy your holidays.

Posted in Movies, Psychological thrillers

A thrill ride with “LAST TRAIN TO MAHAKALI” (1999)

“Last train to Mahakali” is a short psychological thriller film directed by ‘Anurag Kashyap’ and it was made for the ‘Star Plus’ television series and was first telecasted in 1999.

The film tells the story of a doctor on death row who claims to have discovered a permanent cure for any virus-based disease and stars Kay Kay Menon and Nivedita Bhattacharya.

With not many characters in this short thriller, it keeps you guessing till the end. It has been shooted on real locations and keeps you well connected throughout the film.

So watch this short psychological thriller, it is available on ‘YouTube’.

Click the below link to watch this short thriller :

Posted in Movies

Before CGI and VFX: “The Wizard of Oz (1939)”

‘THE TIMELESS CLASSIC’

The 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” is a musical fiction film and is considered one of the greatest films in cinema history. It starsJudy Garland’ she was just 17 when she did the movie.

The movie is based on 1900’s childrens novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by ‘L.Frank Baum’.

‘A MUSICAL MASTERPIECE’

Most of the songs were sung by ‘Judy Garland’ herself.

1: “Somewhere over the rainbow”

2: “Follow the yellow brick road”

3: “A Munchkin welcome”

A BEAUTUFUL MESSAGE AT THE END

The movie has a lovely but strong message at the end and this movie will never get old it’s a ‘TIMELESS CLASSIC’

If you have not seen this movie yet you need to watch it it’s one of the greatest movies ever made in the history of Cinema.

Posted in Movies, Psychological thrillers

NO SMOKING (2007): A metaphor to Indian Censor Board.

The year was 2007, that’s when Anurag Kashyap released ‘No Smoking’, a surrealistic neo-noir psychological thriller based on Stephen King’s short story named ‘Quitters Inc.’
While it received appreciation overseas, neither critics nor audiences in India liked the movie as many of them didn’t understood it.

This movie is related to Anurag Kashyap’s life as his previous movies like ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Paanch’ got banned by Indian Censor Board. This movie is not about anti smoking but it’s mainly about the freedom.

REASONS TO WATCH THIS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER :

1: DISTRACTIONS :

This movie is quite confusing and requires good observation skills to understand it properly.

Differentiate between what is real and what is not, a very well made and directed by Anurag Kashyap.

2: JOHN ABRAHAM & PARESH RAWAL

John Abraham who plays ‘K’ is a chain-smoker visits rehabilitation center runned by Paresh Rawal and then the story begins.

Great acting performances by both Paresh Rawal and John Abraham.

3: THE CLIMAX :

The climax of the movie is non understandable, you don’t have any idea what does it actually means.

This movie can be considered as Best Indian psychological thriller till the date and it was ahead of it’s release time.

The movie was released in 2007 and Christopher Nolan’s Inception was released in 2010. So watch the movie and find out the difference between ‘No Smoking’ and ‘Inception’.

Here’s the trailer to get started :