Saturday, March 25, 2017

Phillauri (Movie Review)

Phillauri: Only Love is Real!
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Phillauri is a tale of a woman called Shashi (Anushka Sharma), from a nondescript village Phillaur not too far from Amritsar, who is stranded in time since 98 years waiting for her missing beloved Roop Lal (Diljit Dosanjh) to return to her. This story of Phillauri reminds me about many books Dr. Brian Weiss and his likes have written on souls and the power of love to transcend time and eras to come back again and again to be with their loved ones.

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The film begins with the preparation of a Punjabi family to receive their young Canada returned rapper son Kannan Gill (Suraj Sharma) for his pre-nuptial ceremony with his childhood love Anu ( Mehreen Pirzada) in Amritsar. The young boy is for a shock when he is advised by a family pundit that he being a ‘Manglik’ should marry a tree to ward off bad luck before he actually marries his love. Compelled and cajoled by his lover and both the families the reluctant bridegroom-to-be yields to tie the knot with a tree. Back from this so-called ritual he finds himself haunted by a beautiful spirit who hovers around him puzzled not knowing herself what she has to do with a boy who is all set to marry Anu.

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Debutant Director Anshai Lal’s film deals with a tricky plot which tells us two love stories parallel to each other one in 2017 and one that happened in 1919 in pre-independent era between a village girl unknown to the world about her talent to write soulful poems and a folksinger infamous for his casual affairs with many young girls who fall for his soulful voice. The film has its highs and lows. Kanan’s weed-puffing character initially attracts but slowly it loses its charm because he continues to stay bemused to what is happening in his life. A helpless, pleading and vulnerable bride-to-be Anu slowly fails to hold the empathy of the viewers for long. Anushka Sharma ad Diljit Dosanjh’s charm over shadows the characters of Kannan and Anu.

Having said this kudos to the filmmaker and his team for coming up with a different love story. The Biji (Grandmother) of the family and her love for old folk songs and the one Baisakhi which she never want to remember is touching. The end for sure shall move many.

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Anushka as Shashi and Diljit Dosanjh as a folksinger are endearingly charming and impactful. Suraj Sharma with his debut in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ and then in ‘Million Dollar Arm and Umrika is pretty good at trying his hand in comedy in Phillauri as a bemused would be husband. Mehreen Pirzada is beautiful and hope she finds more opportunity to excel as an actor. Manv Vij as Shashi’s doctor brother is outstanding. He lives the character on screen. The songs are soulful and shall stay with you for long.

Go and watch Phillauri to know that “Love is an inner flowering. One cannot find it outside. It is within. What you find out shall leave and what is inside shall stay with you forever because love is immortal”!

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3.25 /5


Cast: Anushka Sharma  (Shashi), Diljit Doasnjh (Roop Lal), Suraj Sharma (Kannan Gill), Mehreen Pirzada (Anu), Nidhi Bisht, Manav Vij

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Director: Anshai Lal

Producers: Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma

Written by: Anvita Dutt

Screenplay: Anvita Dutt

Cinematography: Vishal Sinha

Music by: (Songs) Shashwat Sachdev, Jasleen Royal; (Background Score) Sameer Uddin

Production Company: Fox Star Studios, Clean Slate Films

Distributors: Fox Star Studios, Clean Slate Films

Date: 24th March, 2017

Duration: 137 Minutes

Language: Hindi

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Anarkali Of Aarah : Movie Review

'Anarkali of Aarah' Too Tells a ‘No’ is a ‘No’!
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Mahatma Gandhi once said – “Of all the evils for which man  has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex”.

The film ‘Anarkali of Aarah’ portrays the life of a street singer and dancer in a small town called Aarah in Bihar. Anarkali (Swara Bhaskar) the main protagonist is part of a local orchestra group which performs in wedding and other local events where she is the lead performer who through her seductive moves, lewd lyrics and singing charms her audience. She, for the locals is not less than a celebrity. There are men of all ages who drool over her and cherish a dream to be with her.  Anarkali knows her stardom and is fun to see her enjoying her fame and the goodies showered on her by her admirers.  

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In one of her public performances a powerful admirer rub her up in the wrong way and when she objects, her life turns topsy-turvy. She being an erotic singer makes everyone feel that she is vulnerable and easily available. But for Anarkali a ‘No’ is a ‘No’. In one of the dialogues she warns her tormentor that whether he considers a woman as a Prostitute, or a bit less than a prostitute or even as his wife, never approach without her consent.  

Swara Bhaskar has given a commendable performance. Her body language, accent and her ability to live the character of a Bihari erotic singer and dancer is noteworthy. She received rave reviews for her performance in Nil Battey Sannata and her role in Anarkali of Aarah is a bit more tough and challenging which stands out.  Written and directed by Journalist turned filmmaker Avinash Das takes care of the nuances of storytelling very well by treading responsibly the thin line of not being sleazy and vulgar by portraying the life of a nautch girl.

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Swara Bhaskar’s co-star Pankaj Tripathi is an awesome actor. He brings life be it the role of a railway ticketing clerk in the film ‘Masaan’ or the role of a school principal in ‘Nil Battey Sannata’. And now as Rangeela in ‘Anarkali of Aarah’, Pankaj Tripathi has repeatedly proven his acting prowess. Sanjay Mishra is another name in Bollywood who keep surprising the viewers by his amazing performances. Sanjay Mishra as a VC played the role to the hilt.

Music by Rohit Sharma stands apart. Rohit Sharma has been associated with films like ‘Ship of Theseus’ and ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’. His music has started catching the fancy of the public. He adds soul to his music.

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‘Anarkali of Aarah’ is a fight against the misogynist beliefs and perceptions of our society.  Unequal power relations between men and women result in various forms of male dominance in the form of sexual assault and violence against women. But there are women like Anarkali who are made of a different steel who have the guts and determination to fight back for their self-esteem. Go and watch Anarkali fight her own battle valiantly in a nearby theatre and cheer her wholeheartedly.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3.25 /5


Cast: Swara Bhaskar (Anarkali), Pankaj tripathy (Rangeela), Sanjay Mishra (Vice Chancellor), Ishhtiaq Arif Khan

Genre: Drama

Director: Avinash Das

Producers: Priya Kapur, Sandip Kapur

Written by: Avinash Das

Music by: Rohit Sharma

Cinematography: Aravind Kannabiran

Edited by: Jabeen Merchant

Production Company: Promodome Motion Pictures

Distributor: PVR Pictures

Release Date: 24th March, 2017

Duration: 113 Minutes


Language: Hindi

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mantra : Movie Review

‘Mantra’ of Life!
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Nicholas Kharkongor’s debut feature film ‘Mantra’ tells us that how you handle life in adversities decides whether you are ‘for’ life or ‘against’ life. The 1990’s saw the advent of globalization and liberalization. The Indian market saw hope as well as doom. The MNCs challenged the then home grown market leaders in every possible manner through their cutting edge technology, quality product and services clubbed with competitive pricing and innovative business strategies. King Chips is one such company that faces the music and witnesses pathetically it getting replaced on the stores shelves across the country by Kipper chips the new MNC product round the corner.

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Kapil Kapoor aka KK the entrepreneur who owns King Chips understands the new market ‘Mantra’ but then fails miserably to keep the boat sailing. KK’s challenge in life is two pronged – One, a business that is dwindling away and two, a dysfunctional family. KK’s family comprises of Meenakshi, his barrister wife, Viraj his elder son who is a restaurateur who owns ‘Mantra’, Piya, his daughter who also dons the hat of a chef in her brother’s restaurant and who ferociously seeks her independence from the family now and then, and the last but not the least Vir, KK’s youngest son who is in his sweet sixteen and is in a virtual relationship with a married woman.

You don’t need much resources to battle the challenges life poses, except one – your family’s support and belief in you. KK understands this truth but it seems that it’s too late for him to cobble up the required support and trust. KK with his bunch of school and college buddies do have their own me time but the loner in KK seeks answers to many pertinent questions alone. He believes in the old adage strongly –“The family that eats together stays together”! Apart from being film critic, as a corporate trainer I conduct workshops on –“Silos to Synergy”. After watching Nicholas’s ‘Mantra’, I realized that the above mentioned topic is so apt for families too. KK’s family eats together but live in silos. The movie is an eye opener for many of us who are too busy without any business in life. Each character in Mantra is a classic example of many we find families today.

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This 90 minutes film Mantra though a bit slow paced is a onetime watch. It could have been better but cannot be ignored. It doesn’t end necessarily with a conclusion, may be the filmmaker want the viewers to come to their own conclusions and derive their takeaways from KK’s life. Rajat Kapoor as always infuse life into KK’s character and Kalki is a natural actor. Adil Hussain in his cameo stnds apart as a migrant from Jharkhand in Delhi. Shiv Pandit as Viraj and Lushin Dubey as Meenakshi has done a good job.

 Does KK manage to deal with the emergence of Kipper chips and give a tough competition? What does he do to keep his family by falling apart? What happens to the young lad Vir and his virtual relationship? Does Piya strike a deal for her freedom in her family! Can Viraj be of any help to his father’s sinking business? What happens to KK and Meenakshi’s married life? Will they drift apart? To find answers to these questions please visit your nearby theatre and find your own ‘Mantra’ for life.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3 /5


Cast:Rajat Kapoor (Kapil Kapoor), Shiv Pandit (Viraj), Kalki Koechlin (Piya), Lushin Dubey (Meenakshi), Rohan Joshi (Vir), Adil Hussain (Cameo), Yuri Suri (Mohan Kaul), Maya Krishna Rao (Shazia Siddiqui)

Genre: Family Drama

Director: Nicholas Kharkongor

Crowd funded

Creative Producer: Rajat Kapoor


Senior Executive Producer: Nikhil Chaudhury, Prashant Sehgal

Writer: Nicholas Kharkongor

Music by: Sagar Desai

Cinematography: Harmeet Basur

Presented By: Filmart Productions, north East Films, Shri Productions, Zenyth Media House

Release Date: 17th March, 2017

Duration: 90 Minutes


Language: Bilingual (Hindi & English)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya : Movie Review

Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya is ‘Aaila’ a Feminist!
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Feminism marinated with the masala’s of Karan Johar’s, ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya’s leftover ingredients and Govinda’s ‘lost recipe’ found are served on screen. How many times you have seen an ambitious and rebellious small town girl running away on her wedding day? I know, many times but its ok because these Bollywood bigwigs feel that the audience has a short term memory loss like our own hero of ‘Gajini’. So if you can handle once more to sit through the ordeal of slapstick comedy which will take you through the Govinda, Sallu and Karisma types of performances then go ahead. Sahil Vaid as ‘Somdev’ the sidekick of Badri is unbearable. Thank God there was no ‘Jolly LLB 2’ type of a ‘Holi’ song which literally killed our penchant for ‘Holi’ songs.

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Varun Dhawan as Badrinath and Alia as Vaidehi are good but fails miserably to touch your heart’s strings by their performances. They act well but fails to live their character they play. The end result is forced comic situations, untimely song sequences and melodrama. To mask the weak storyline and screenplay the filmmaker use women empowerment, gender equality and anti-dowry stand as refuge and piggy ride the slogan making the round these days - ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’. Such topics which needs to be conveyed in a more sensible and responsible way has been trivialized by Writer and Director Shashank Khiatan.

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The story of Badrinath Ki Dulhanya hovers around two cities Jhansi and Kota and being a Dharma production film ‘Aadath se majboor’ the unit travels to Singapore too. Arey foreign location tho banta hai!!! It seems the dead resurrects - Laila Mai Laila in Raees, Haseeno Ka Deewana in Kaabil and now Tamma Tamma in BKD. All the characters are jut cutouts and nothing else. If you have no other option this ‘Holi’ season then go and watch BKD. God Bless and save Bollywood!!!  

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 2 /5

Cast: Varun Dhawan (Badrinath Bansal), Alia Bhatt (Vaidehi Trivedi), Aakanksha Singh (Kiran), Gauhar Khan (Laxmi Shankar), Aparshakti Khurana (Bhushan), Shweta Basu Prasad (Urmila), Rituraj Singh (Badri’s Father), Sahil Vaid (Somdev)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Director: Shashank Khaitan

Producers: Hiroo Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta

Writer: Shashank Khaitan

Music by: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Akhil Sachdeva, John Steward Eduri (Background Score)

Cinematography: Neha Parti Matiyani

Edited by: Manan Sagar

Production Company: Dharma Productions

Distributor: Fox Star Studios

Release Date: 10th March, 2017

Duration: 135 Minutes


Language: Hindi

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gutrun Gutargun : Movie News

Gutrun Gutargun: A Love Story With a National Cause!

The film Gutrun Gutargun’s promotional campaign in different cities of Rajasthan is catching the eyes of many in the country and has taken the media by storm because of its strong social message with a dash of love story. The film’s lead actress Asmita Sharma has stirred up a hornets nest by saying that we need to stop treating women as a second-class citizen and take concrete steps to stop gender discrimination in all spheres of life.   She says that open defecation and related health issues are century old vices of the society. Though, over the years successive governments have tried to address many social and health issues successfully but it seems to provide basic sanitation facilities to all in the country is still a herculean tasks and a distant dream. Pratik Sharma the Director of the film pitches his movie as a love story between a husband (Shambu) and wife (Uganti). He feels that a social message on open defecation and the right to have designated toilets with an ample amount of entertainment have never been made as feature film till date in our country. His efforts are being appreciated at all platforms by people where the movie has been screened. He is very happy to ad that the state governments of Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have made Gutrun Gutargun Tax free and this move shall make his movie more accessible to people. The music of Gutrun Gutargun is melodious and gels well with the theme. Rohith Sharma is the music composer of this out of the box film.


According to Pratik Sharma the concept of his movie evolved because of a chance meeting with Mumbai based senior writer and columnist Satyadev Tripathi way back in 2012. Satyadev had narrated an incident to him about a bride who wanted to go to the washroom in the midst of wedding ceremony and in the absence of one she was left with no option but to go out in the open. Praatik felt the need of making his first feature film on this issue of lack of sanitation facilty in rural aras especially those faced by women. He also felt the need to highlight the duality in the society in regard to this issue.
The film and its impressive making made me interact with many across the country on the issue of sanitation, hygiene, women safety and gender discrimination.


Bindu Cherungath, Co-Founder and Director of Insignia Solutions Private Limited who is also a Corporate Trainer, Organization Development Consultant and a known film Critic (www.lenzscope.com) based in New Delhi pitches in to say that the lack of basic right for sanitation facilities is also seen in Metropolitan Cities as well. For instance, she says that when she travel across the country to conduct corporate training programmes she has seen companies having lavatory for men only attached to training halls and no facilities for women. On asking the HR the answer that she receives in response is that women are only a few in number and therefore the lavatory here in this training block is not there but then they have one in another block. It means that a lady need to walk from one block to another block to relieve her.  Bindu says she had a similar experience in a fortune 500 PSU where she found no designated toilet for women and she had to ask a male colleague to stand guard in front of gent’s toilet so that she could use it. On asking the women employees of that company told her that the requisition  to construct a toilet for women is pending since many years.


Kshema a development practitioner, research scholar, speech therapist and film enthusiast from Bangalore says that experiences from our land shows us that it’s not only just an issue of hygiene. It draws in tangents from caste issue (notion of purity), water scarcity; open defecation even has become a part and parcel of socializing for women who never have a leisure time otherwise. It’s all right here. It’s just that we need to look to see it, see to observe, and observe to bring out the empathetic you. It’s the start. It’s not women versus men rather this is a human issue which need to be dealt on a war footing level. Kshema quickly adds that Guntrun Gutargun has become a trail blazer for many filmmakers to come up with such stories of social inequalities and human rights violations so that the nation and the people at the highest echelons of power act immediately.


R Vinay an M Phil student and a student activist from Ravi Shankar university shares his view on Gutrun Gutargun as a welcome change in storytelling. He feels that such movies shall draw the attention of youngsters like him to take up social issues on social media and engage the student community in more meaningful dialogues for ensuring and implementing social justice. He feels that the initiative taken by the filmmaker and Director Praatik Sharma by asking people to join in to tweet and share stories of their challenges in regard to similar experience of denial of basic right for sanitation is commendable. According to Vinay, #GGWTN (Gutrun Gutargun With The Nation) has caught the fancy of social media enthusiast to make it a full-fledged movement till the issue of open defecation and women safety, health and gender equality is not fulfilled.


Meenakshi Pathak theatre artist and a film enthusiast from Mumbai shares that she is a traveler who loves to visit different parts of the country and while she does that she has gone through the ground reality of lack of designated toilets for women. She has also found that being a patriarchal society it is ok for men to relieve themselves anywhere and at any time of the day but what about women? Meenakshi says if we go through the newspaper headlines every day we come to know that women put themselves in danger by going for open defecation in villages and not so developed parts of the country. She puts her health at risk and also becomes victims of sexual abuse, molestation and rape. Meenakshi Pathak share that she happy to be part of #GGWTN and is keen to see many more joining the ‘Gutrun Gutargun With The Nation’ initiative taken by the film and its makers.


Usha Vallaiyya a high School teacher and a women rights activist from Chhattisgarh says that it’s high time that the ‘Ugantis’ (The onscreen character of Asmita Sharma in the film Gutrun Gutargun) should stop waging their war for the right to have designated toilets at a personal level and should come out in open to unite against this social injustice just like any other movement for human rights in our country and in the world. Usha Vallaiyya vents her anger by saying that ‘Beti Bachao and Beti Padao’, “Khulle Mai Shoch Band Karo’ “Mahilla Paar athyachar Band Karo”  sloganeering should go beyond advertisement gimmicks and should translate into real work, which she feels is yet to happen. Being an Educationist she adds that such awareness of rights should be part of curriculum in schools so that men and women stand united for ensuring basic human rights.


Omana Mathew a theologian, Social activist, Kerala Council of Churches Chairperson of Women Commission and the wife of a church priest says that she as a women activist and an educationist has always stood for equal rights for both men and women in churches as well as in society. Omana after hearing the story of the film Gutrun Gutargun is quite elated to know that the film has sparked off a debate in the country. Her everyday interaction with women of different social strata reveals that the lack of designated toilets in the country is a major concern. She tells that there should be Key Responsible Areas  KRAs) defined for all government officers and politicians and welfare bodies at all levels to fulfill certain targets every year to build and ensure basic sanitation facilities. And stern actions should be taken against those who doesn’t perform and fulfill the set targets. According to her its hightime that we stop allowing anyone any further to take the nation for granted. Building toilets and other basic sanitation facilities is equally important as building over bridges, roads, envisioning bullet trains and so on and so forth. She adds that unfortunately many girls drop out of studies in villages when they reach puberty because of lack of sanitation facilities in schools. Uganti and her story in Gutrun Gutargun narrates a lot about millions of people in our country.


Professor John Mathews from Kuwait who runs his own chain of Educational Institution, a film enthusiast and the Producer of an upcoming Malayalam film ‘Piplanthari” (a women centric movie that speaks about girl child and the right to be born and live as a girls in our country) strongly vouches for the film ‘Gutrun Gutargun’. He emphatically tells that content driven movies with strong social messages with ample dash of entertainment shall change the country. He believes that cinema is a strong medium for ensuring and creating social justice and creative people should come forward to be part of such movements. He applauds the effort and initiative taken by Praatik Sharma and Asmita Sharma in this regard. He tells he is happy to hear that Gutrun Gutargun is the first film in the country to ever talk about the issue of ‘Open defecation’ and the right to sanitation facilities.  He adds that many documentaries have been made on these issues but they lack the quality and the required content to catch hold of the interest of audience. Gutrun Gutargun shall definitely bridge this gap.


David James a Delhi University student and a budding musician happily joins the Gutrun Gutargun With The Nation campaign by saying that as music is for everybody so is human rights. It is not fair for some to hold the privileges to live a better life and a majority to be denied the basic necessities to live a happy and safe life.  He adds that the lyrics, music and the story of Gutrun Gutargun is meaningful and relevant. David feels that such movies should be further made and encouraged because it tells and shares the pain of a nation as well as the aspiration of creating a better world to live an excel in all aspects of life.


Gutrun Gutargun after its success in Patna has set its foot in Rajasthan.  The film shall release in a number of theater in major cities of Rajasthan on 3rd February, 2017. Asmita Sharma and Praatik Sharma along with their team is holding a series of promotional campaign across the state. Talk shows in colleges, schools, universities, social institutions, government welfare bodies are part of the campaign. The social, print and electronic media has jumped in enthusiastically in response to the campaign. It seems that the wave is going to soon sweep across the nation soon. One can log on to www.facebook.com/gutrungutargun or tweet @gutargun to share their views and stories in regard to the theme of the film and interact with the films crew. Insignia Imprints Inc. Cinema to Masses an organization which believes in content driven cinemas has extended its support to #GGWTN campaign and the film.  Bulb Jalega.com an event management firm is actively involved in the campaign and promotion of Gutrun Gutargun. 


Friday, January 13, 2017

OK Jaanu : Movie Review

OK Jaanu is Ok Ok!
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Ok Jaanu, I wanted to take you to watch ‘OK Jaanu’ but then I gave an afterthought and decided to watch it first, just to check whether my Jaanu would really like it or not. You no na Jaanu I take care of you and your happiness. Acha listen, you know I was feeling guilty when I bought a ticket for myself without you. You no na Jaanu how much I love you….

Well Jaanu, when I entered the theatre I found there were some three to four pairs of Jaanus who had already secured some cozy corners for them. I was feeling as an odd man out. You know what happened when I saw the standy of OK Jaanu which was strategically placed near the food counter? The tagline of ‘OK Jaanu’ lifted my spirit . The tagline of OK Jaanu  says ‘Figure out Karlenge’ and I felt good all of a sudden, I thought Mai bhi akele figure out karlunge … without you Jaanu..
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Once the movie began, it didn’t take me much time to figure out that OK Jaanu is just Ok Ok. Thank God, I didn’t bring you along with me.  Meanwhile, I was curious and looking around to find the plight of those three to four pairs of Jaanus  in the theatre. I was happy to find out that they were all quite engaged trying to figure out each other in the darkness. You know what Jaanu, you too would have felt like me that ‘OK Kanmani’ was far better than ‘OK Jaanu’. Shaad Ali has given a mediocre film with a lackluster kind of a story telling. The two new Jaanus are nowhere near the two Kanmanis - Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menon in acting and depicting chemistry on screen.  The whole film appeared in bits and pieces. No intensity among the lead pairs. It semed they were not living the characters and were trying hard to be what they were asked to be by the director.

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My God Jaanu, Asli baath tho bolna bhool gaya, the Humma Humma track and the onscreen Jaanus dancing on the beat was supposed to be romantic but it turned out to be hilarious. Acha Jaanu tell me one thing, what happened to AR Rahman Saab…. I think you need to tell him that it’s OK Jaanu we understand that you cannot always give hit numbers. Well, it’s taking you time to churn out something new and unique which you used to do earlier but we are your fans sir we can wait for you. But only for you haan Jaanu.

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Jaanu I hope you remember the kammal ke Jodi of Prakash Raj and Leela Samson, well, here in OK Jaanu too, Nazeeruddin Shah and Leela Samson has tried to live upto that but could have been better yaar. I felt that we still have more expectations from you Jaanu Sir (Nazeeruddin Shah). Somewhere I found a ‘Waiting’ in you in OK Jaanu. Koi nahin we are Waiting’ for your Dhansuu appearance in your next project.

Nevertheless Jaanu, The movie’s concept is good haan. Two parallel love stories – one of a young couple in live-in relationship and the other two elderly couple in love with each other at their autumn of their life. Acha suno Jaanu, I must say, yes there were some moments where my eyes got moist. Especially when Leela Samson asks Nazeerudin Shah ‘ Acha Paplu agar mai tumhe Bhool gayi tho tumhra kya honga  (What if I forget you … what will happen to you) ??? Gulzaar Saab’s dialogue used to be so good but I don’t know this time it was OK OK Jaanu type.

In short Jaanu, I feel we should let our friends know that if they have seen ‘OK Kanmani’ they can give a miss to ‘OK Jaanu’. It’s too hollow and superficial Jaanu except for some beautiful moments of Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson. Save your money… demonetization ka assar abh bhi jaari hai yaar.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 1.5/5


Cast: Aditya Chopra (Adi), Shraddha Kapoor (Tara), Naseeruddin Shah (Retd Judge Gopi Srivastava), Leela Samson (Classical Singer Charulata), Kitu Gidwani

Genre: Romantic Drama

Director: Shaad Ali

Producers: Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar

Story by: Mani Ratnam

Screenplay: Mani Ratnam

Dialogues: Gulzar

Based On: O Kadhal Kanmani by Mani Ratnam

Music by: A.R. Rahman

Cinematography: Ravi K Chandran

Edited by: A Sreekar Prasad

Production Company: Madras Talkies, Dharma Poductions

Distributor: Fox Star Studios

Release Date: 13th January, 2017

Duration: 137 Minutes


Language: Hindi