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IRADA - A strictly average but shocking real life inspired film, bravely revealing another brutal truth of Punjab, also reminding you of Julia Robert's classic ERIN BROCKOVICH. (Review By Bobby Sing).

THE GHAZI ATTACK - Ignoring the filmy touches, it largely remains a rare and delightful focused war movie featuring a talented cast ensemble that deserves to be given a chance for sure. (Review by Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews from BTC for your weekend plans - By Bobby Sing.

JOLLY LLB 2 - The second half turns it into a fairly entertaining above average film taking too many creative liberties, crossing the limits of respect and logic in its court room sequences. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KUNG FU YOGA (English/Hindi) - Just fast paced action, eye-catching visuals, stunning girls, a little fun and no yoga results in a hugely disappointing film. (Review by Bobby Sing).

KHAIDI NO. 150 (Telugu) - A power-packed comeback film from the BOSS, bringing forward three socially relevant issues along with the typical entertaining format of a double role. (Review by Bobby Sing).

QATL (1986) took it all from IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (TV Film/1971), but the two still have their own distinctive culminations deserving an equal applause. - A revealing overview by Bobby Sing..

KAABIL - Watch it just for the impressive blind acts and an emotionally likeable first hour, as you already know about the rest, unexpectedly conceived in a twist-less filmy manner. (Review by Bobby Sing).

RAEES - Shockingly strictly routine with the only enjoyable merit being the Shah Rukh-Nawaz clash. (Review By Bobby Sing).

XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (English) - Fultoo-action oriented our kind of paisa-vasool filmy entertainment. (Review by Bobby Sing).

 
 
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February 24, 2017 Friday     

There is much to know about Punjab beyond politics, crime and drugs and the makers of IRADA at least gather some courage to make a film on the same revolving around a key city of the state featuring an interesting cast.

However I seriously wish the project was written, executed and publicized in a much stronger and fearless manner, since the present one unfortunately presents a lesser known, eye opener issue with quite a lame and unimpressive vision which fails to make any kind of solid impact on the viewer as required.

Revolving around a terribly disturbing truth of a known region in Punjab becoming the victim of water contamination because of a politically shielded industry and its reverse boring process (mixing chemicals with the groundwater), IRADA reveals a scary untold truth spreading the deadly cancer in people. And then introduces the harsh reality of a ‘CANCER TRAIN’ taking the patients from Bathinda to Bikaner (for treatment), also becoming a potential source of clients for the new Insurance agents.

No doubt the debutant director Aparnaa Singh surely deserves praises for selecting such an off-beat, dark subject talking about eco-terrorism (as the film calls it) in her very first attempt. But sadly the choice of subject doesn’t get any great support from its writers and the execution too remains far less than anything impactful lessening the alarming, social importance of its crucial subject.

Probably it was both the inexperience of the team and fear of the censor or involved parties that the makers didn’t even try to present it as any bold, in-depth film showcasing the lesser known reality. The subject matter surely had a lot to shock the uninformed or unaware viewers, but the film seldom intends to do the same and therefore keeps walking on the surface without getting into any ugly deeper pits intentionally.

Beginning with the emotional story of a father and his young athlete daughter (in the first 20 minutes), the film suddenly changes path moving on to the other related subplots involving a journalist, a corrupt politician, a cunning industrialist and an honest investigating officer appointed for the case. Taking too much time in the build-up, the relationships only gets established after almost an hour when the key plot is revealed and its only post the intermission that the viewer feels like watching something better talking about a shocking social issue to be honest. However an amateurish climax further ruins the entire excitement felt in its concluding hour.

Proving as the biggest savior apart from its appreciable plot, IRADA has an interesting cast featuring Naseeruddin Shah as the distressed father, Arshad Warsi as the smart, honest officer, Divya Dutta as a corrupt abusive politician (mostly speaking in Punjabi) and Sharad Kelkar as the mean, exploitive industrialist or the villain. Where both Naseer and Arshad keep trying to do their best in their half-baked roles, Divya and Sharad remain loud and unreal throughout due to the weak characterizations and Sagarika Ghatge fails to deliver anything worth noticing playing the revenge seeking journalist. Surprisingly the youngest of them all, Ruman Molla scores the maximum as the innocent, victim girl in her few scenes.

Besides the real life sources, the director also draws her inspiration from Julia Robert’s classic ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000) based on a similar subject, but remains unable to make any taut, exciting thriller following the identical format.

Summing up, IRADA has its heart in the right place and the intensions also noble choosing an untouched and relevant subject showcasing the present state of Punjab. But sadly that is not sufficient for making any winning film. As my personal conclusion, it would have been an entirely different outcome if the film was made in Punjabi instead of Hindi with a leading young actor playing the role of a short tempered investigating officer going after the politician and the industrialist together like an angry young man.

Rating : 2 + 1 (with the additional 1 just for the choice of subject and bringing the truth forward in front of the entire nation)

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The Ghazi AttackHindi Cinema has rarely dared to give us a realistic war movie that can be largely praised for its impressive onscreen portrayal. Moreover an underwater war movie has actually never been there before THE GHAZI ATTACK, giving the film its deserving credit of being the first project in this genre coming from the Hindi Cinema.

Fictionally decoding the mystery behind the destruction of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi in the Bay of Bengal during (before) the 1971 Indo-Pak war (as mentioned in its detailed disclaimer), the film made in Telugu and Hindi, begins with an voiceover of Amitabh Bachchan (giving an early insight of the story) and then never loses the grip in the next two exciting hours crafted skillfully.

The biggest merit of the film remains its talented cast ensemble featuring the terrific impactful Kay Kay, the ever-sincere Atul Kulkarni and a notably restrained Rana Daggubati in charge of the Indian submarine, along with Late Om Puri and Naseer (in short cameos) as their commanding Navy officers. Rahul Singh as a bit hamming Pakistani captain successfully plays to the gallery and Tapsee Pannu makes a decent emotional connect with the viewers in her few scenes. Milind Gunaji makes a surprising brief appearance after a long gap and supporting cast does it well despite not getting any detailed attention in the narration.

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Competently directed by the debutant Sankalp Reddy and well-scripted by his writers (including the dialogues), the film scores the maximum before the intermission and has a few minuses coming in the second half, which interestingly get shielded by a strong spirit of nationalism and the viewers mostly involved in the thrilling edge of the seat entertainment in its final hour.

For instance, in a particular scene it’s really strange to see the captain whispering to the operating officers about the danger ahead as if the opponents might hear him, the use of complete National Anthem towards the end looks like highly forced or unnecessary and then the collective singing of Indian soldiers reaching out to the Pakistanis in their better equipped submarine defies all logics of underwater acoustics quite weirdly. Also a few potential scenes strongly demanded a much stronger execution like the one where Rana saves two civilian’s lives in the sea and then returns back to the submarine in the given time.

Having said that, the team still bravely manages to deliver a highly engrossing and worth praising film considering its limited budget, less effective special effects and the fact that it all happens within the restricted areas of a submarine without any added sub-plot or the typical songs. Many brilliantly directed sequences lift up the narration repeatedly such as the heated interactions between the two captains, the senior captain’s emotional final farewell and the decisive ‘up and down’ games being played with the much strong rival in the climax. And for this the film’s writers, background score composer, cinematographer and the editor deserves equal praises too apart from the director, who certainly is capable of making a near perfect film next, if given a better opportunity.

In all, ignoring the forced filmy touches, THE GHAZI ATTACK largely remains a delightfully focused treat led by a talented cast, which is a rarity in the present questionable scenario of Hindi Cinema. So it surely deserves to be given a fair chance as your personal support to such courageous well-made films having no big stars.

Ending on a positive note, it was good to see the film being presented by Karan Johar, since the name has never been associated with such experimental, off beat cinema in the last many years……. raising many new hopes.

Rating : 3.5 / 5

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17 February 2017 / bobbysing /
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IRAADA
- An average but shocking real life inspired film, bravely revealing another brutal truth of Punjab, also reminding you of Julia Robert's classic ERIN BROCKOVICH.

Do watch it if you are interested in knowing a lot more about Punjab in the REAL sense.

THE GHAZI ATTACK - Ignoring the filmy touches it largely remains a rare and delightful focused war movie featuring a talented cast ensemble.

A rarity in Hindi Cinema nowadays. So deserves to be given a chance for sure.

RUNNING SHAADI - Remains a just okay light hearted (Punjab based) film led by Tapsee Pannu, which you might like watching on a TV Channel instead of the costly multiplex.

But in case you love Tapsee then this is just for you as she carries the film throughout giving a very fine performance.

(Detailed Reviews Coming Soon)

Cheers!

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