Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dangal

When I heard about Dangal, the plot sounded similar to Sultan which had release few months earlier. However this movie is said to be inspired from the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat.

The movie stars Amir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat as the wrestler who resigns himself to his desk job as he had to choose between earning money to follow his passion of wrestling. 

However the passion refuses to die. His dreams of fulfilling it through his son could not happen as his wife bears him four daughters. He gives up on his dream until one day his two daughters end up beating up two boys. 

That stirs up his passion as he aims to fulfill it through his daughters. Both of them who had to go through a strict rigorous plan at an early age. Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) excels followed by her sister Babita (Sanya Malhotra).

The relationship between the father and daughter Geeta strains as she goes on the national level and her performance deteriorates. Family intervenes and relationship is back to being a healthy one. 

However no movie can be complete without a villain in the form of the national coach Pramod Kadam. The coach techniques were different from Mahavir. However father won over the coach and daughter ends up winning the competition with the coaching from her father.

I must say that though the movie is projected as some kind of women empowerment and their achievements. It certainly is not given that the daughters were never given choices of their own. It was like the father wish being put on them to fulfill his desire. Quite a contradiction if you think about the movie Three Idiots. 

The movie has been directed well that it keeps engrossed. However the writing was not that scripted well when they decided to introduce the national coach as a villain. It felt like he had a vengeance from the beginning.

Amir as usual was at his best. The new comers Fatima & Sanya too did their job pretty well. One of the underplayed character was perhaps of Sakshi Tanwar the mother of the daughters. Even though it was a small role, but she does leaves her mark.

The wrestling matches sure gets one going.

Its a  one time watch movie.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Inferno

Another movie by Ron Howard on the novel of Dan Brown. I know everyone is wondering if this related to the earlier movies of Da Vince Code and Angels & Demons but its not.

You can watch this movie even if you have not caught up on the earlier movies.

One thing that I like about these movies that it creates a curiosity to know more about the places, names where its shot in or the mystery unravelled upon. For example post watching this movie, I looked upon Dante and his book Inferno which describes the hell.

This movies is no different where Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself in the midst of finding a situation wherein a deadly virus will be unleashed by a maniac billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Frost).

The plot begins with Langdon having no memory and informed that a bullet has been grazed through his skull. He is under short term memory loss but has no time to regain the same as he is being hunted and aided by doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones).

One is completely engrossed in the movie from the word go and the twist in the plot as Langdon and Brooks are being followed is certainly a good one.

Irfan Khan plays the role of Harry Sims, makes his presence felt on the screen. Somehow what I did not like was the way his character had to die. Something felt amiss there.

The movie is similar to the earlier Robert Langdon character movies wherein they are trying to solve the mystery and get to it before the bad guys does. It keeps you hooked till the end. The suspense is well kept.

Tom Hanks and Felicity along with Ben do their job well and one cannot take their eyes off them. Omar Sy also carries that presence.

Ron does know how to keep the audience engrossed. There was not a single moment when I could take my eyes off the screen. I do feel the character of Harry Sims should have been better etched out given the way it ended.

Langdon's hallucinations of hell was beautifully depicted. 

The movies is a must watch for those who love to see mysteries getting solved.