Monthly Archives: December 2015

Bajirao Mastani (H)


Before you read, if you are interested in grand movies see BM in a theater. This is no ordinary film you can watch on your TV or even home theatre. Two and a half hour of visual treat.

Maturity of anything is a gradual process. It takes years to move through good, better,best and achieve greatness. Occasionally the process takes a leap and covers lots of ground. BM is the big step.  Indian cinema is fast maturing in many aspect, specially in production of  grand historical. The cinematography and the scenes are memorable.

Sheer opulence, grandeur and majestic rendition of a piece of history perhaps with  cinematic licence. But who cares. Point is to get entertained.

So, who is entertaining you? In my mind Priyanka Chopra. Every time she comes on the frame you see  a very graceful ‘Kashi Bhai’. Maratha regal ladies must have looked like this. Her eyes ooze out love, affection and devotion for her hero. She brings out a streak of a normal person with normal failings. Beautiful in spectacular costumes, turns in  another wonderful performance. Yet, the role is underplayed and with no sentimental over dos. There is a scene (with brilliant Tanvi Azmi) when wryly laughing about Bajirao’s passion, she comments “We might as well be sewing green flags from now on’. This is the maturity of recent crop of Indian cinema, at least some of them. Watchout for the scene where she is sitting on the bank of a river with all the foliage and colours making a spectacular painting. I can’t place my finger but feel something was missing out on Ranvir’s performance. Blame it on me.

Dialogues by Prakash Kapadia, judge for yourself.

Heere mein heera ho toh usse kehte hai Kohinoor … Rao ka naam lete hi Kashi ke chehre par aata hai noor (The best of the diamonds is called as the Kohinoor … and Kashi’s face lights up when Rao’s name is called)

Aap humse hamari zindagi maang lete hum aapko khushi khushi de dete … par aapne toh humse hamara guroor cheen liya (If you would have asked even for my life, I would have given that happily … but you snatched my pride from me)

“Duniya ka har dharm mohabbat sikhata hai, Mohabbat ka koi dharm nahi hota. Mohabbat khud hi dharm hai” (All religions teach love, love has no religion and it is a religion in itself)

Then, Deepika’s mom tries to convince her not to go to Ranveer, reminding her that he already has a wife.
Deepika: “Patni to Radha bhi nahi thi, lekin Krishna ke saath log yaad use hi karte hain.”
Mom: “Wo bhagwan the!”
Deepika: “Aur ishq ibadat. Ibadat ke liye ijazat nahi li jaati.

Priyanaka, In the last scene asks Tanvir about his opponent, he says: “Bhagwan … kismet”. Just about summarises the movie.

BM’s music is good (unfortunately even here they play the songs very loud drowning any finesse you may hear), the costumes are splendid, the setting and scenes match any grand production.You are taken back in time to a different world and have a window seat watching the drama unfolding with all the glitz, colours, pomp and grandeur  for the price of a ticket.

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Mr & Mrs Sailaja Krishnamurthy–Telugu

Mr Mrs shilaja

This is a 2004 release but joins the category of movies with evergreen appeal. This is an excellent family movie with no violence.

An atheist Krishna Murthy (Sivaji) travels to Annavaram on the  insistence of his aunt (Rama Prabha). An extremely religious girl  Sailaja (Laila) is also traveling to Annavaram to visit the temple of Lord Satyanarayana. They happen to be in the same train compartment. At Annavaram, to get a room they are forced to register as husband and wife (Mr. & Mrs Sailaja Krishna Murthy).

Due to circumstance they are separated without proper good bye and without any contact details. Back to their normal life Sailaja and Krishna Murthy realize that they had fallen in love. They start searching for each other in Hyderabad city.

Good performance by Laila and Sivaji brings the characters to life. Host of comedians put up a lively performance.  The outdoor shooting at Annavaram adds to the interest. Good family movie, humorous and romance with a twist.

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Saivam (T)

Saivam.jpgSome movies have eternal appeal and for the whole family. If you ever want to watch a clean, good movie, this 2014 movie will impress you. Story is set in a village and around a big family. Sara Arjun gives a stellar performance and steals your heart. The cast is large and everyone adds to the drama. Nassar leads the big cast and steers it to a memorable movie.

Singer Unnikrishnan’s eight-year-old daughter Uthara Unnikrishnan recorded the song “Azhagu” which won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer,making her the youngest winner of the prestigious award. This is family   viewing at best. You will be impressed by the ending.  Rating a big G.


Thoonga Vanam (T)



Thoongaa Vanam is a 2015 Tamil crime thriller starring Kamala Hasan in the lead role and supported by Prakash Raj, Not sure about the role by Trisha. The film is an adaptation of the 2011 French film Sleepless Night (French: Nuit Blanche).

Normally Tamil crime thrillers tends to be sloppy and sentimental. I found this is different. It involves drug, drug barons, kidnapping and rescue. Gripping movie keeping you interested. Kamala Hasan has underplayed the role and makes it realistic and close to the original.

Rating: PG (Drug, Adult themes and scenes)