Author: <span class="vcard">Narendra Kakani</span>

Almost everyone is aware of southern flick Arjun Reddy, directed by first time director Sandeep Vanga Reddy whose lead Vijay Devarakonda made his debut and shot to fame overnight with his terrific potrayal of the written character. Nobody was ready to produce the film so Sandeep and his family themselves produced by starting their own company Bhadrakali Films and surprised everyone by attaining blockbuster status. The same director again remade in Hindi as Kabir Singh and has created history by defying all the myths of holiday release, increased ticket prices, more no. of screens etc. The movie created a rage throughout the country by holding ultra stability during weekdays which is something that left the trade astonished. Even the so called star studded affairs could not hold at such levels during weekdays. After URI, this is the second instance of 2019 that has surprised the industry and that too after…

Released way back in 2012, Student of the year part 1, introduced 3 newbies in the tinsel town and the torch bearer of this college flick Karan Johar has attempted a sequel with batch of new admissions wherein the two girls are making their debut Ananya Pandey daughter of Chunkey Pandey and Tara Sutaria. After the tremendous success of Baaghi 2, Tiger Shroff was roped in by the makers. Considering Tiger’s speciality in dance, action and acrobats the makers have weaved this love triangle with its moment of collegegiri, emotions and the sports especially kabaddi. The setup is somewhat similar to Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar but is packaged in new form to cater to youth audience of current times. The story revolves around who wins the Dignity Cup hosted by St. Teresa and the 29th  Student of the year award. Though the film has been bashed for its make and…

Recently, we all have witnessed spy thrillers ranging from Baby, Naam Hai Shabana, Force 2 and Raazi. How our intelligent agencies operate, what risks they take, how nation comes first for them and everything thereafter, most importantly they even do not get the credit unlike our other forces yet this does not deter them to go ahead with their operations. As rightly told in this film, that a war is either won or lost on the basis of one thing that is Information. The one who has the prior information has an upper hand. Unlike Raazi, John plays a fictional character but the background is based on true incidents, that is the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. John is a banker by profession and lives with his mother, have interest in playing various roles in dramas. His father had worked in RAW previously and been martyred. One fine day,…

After a hiatus of 2 years, ranked no.6 in the top 10 martial artists,  Vidyut Jamwal is back with an actioner but this time directed by a Hollywood director Chuck Russel who is renowned for giving us The Mask, The Scorpion King and many more blockbusters in the western cinema. The director is also famous for giving a debutant actor their much needed sleeper hits with the very first movie. Though Vidyut is not making a debut here but many hollywood biggies are tempted to cast him in their next projects as they feel Vidyut is someone to watch out for. Vidyut is a Veterinary physician (animal’s doctor) who runs his clinic in Mumbai. His father takes care of the Chandrika Sanctuary in Kerala. On the 10th death anniversary of Vidyut’s mother, he comes back to home but not all is well between him and his father due to some…

After juggling with various genres, the khiladi of Bollywood is back with a war drama, a story never told before and a lesson that has never been covered in the history subject, the Battle of Sarrahgarhi that took place in 1897 fought between the 21 soldiers of 36 Sikh Regiment and 10,000 Afghani invaders in the North west frontier of India. This is termed as the 2nd bravest battle ever fought in the world history. The locations captured and the cinematography plus a captivating story telling and direction by Anurag Singh coupled with action choregraphy and performances by the supporting cast stands out in this flick. Parineeti Chopra has a lesser screen presence but she’s good in that role. Akshay Kumar is the soul of the film and he delivers a bravo act. It will add another feather in his cap. Some of the scenes are praiseworthy, watch out when…

 The duo of acclaimed film Pink Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu are back this time with a suspense thriller Badla and mind you unlike the movie, I will not keep you hooked till the end of my read to let you know whether it is a one time affair or a must watch. It has got the most positive reviews from critics and mine too is one of them. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh of Kahaani fame, it is an official adaptation of Spanish film The Invisible Guest, shot in the exotic location of Glasglow Scotland. The movie begins with the murder charges on Tapsee who is a business woman winning the business leader of the year. Amitabh is the best lawyer who has not lost a single case in his 40 years tenure, who is retiring but takes the case of Tapsee to defend her in the court. Both the…

Finally, the Kartik Aryan and Kriti Sanon starrer Luka Chhupi hit the screens this Friday and the trade was very much optimistc that the youngsters will deliver as per the buzz and expectations and as expected it turned to be biggest opener for both the leads. Cinematographer Laxman Utekar turned director with this flick and has been able to make a good film. Though going by the concept live in relationship it seems to be A rated movie but the makers have made it into a heart lighted comedy meant for family audience. Although the film does not go deep into the subject but the story involves around the said topic. There are many funny scenes that will keep you entertained right through and the performances by the lead is really good along with the supporting cast like Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana. The songs have already made a…

  I m not reviewing the movie here as there are some movies which are meant for entertainment purpose only, acting as a stress buster wherein you are not supposed to apply logic but enjoy the same with it’s sheer magic. It has been a while since we came across a clean comedy film which can be best enjoyed with our family and Total Dhamaal fulfils that gap. After delivering some double meaning comedies, director Indra Kumar is back with the 3rd part whose first part gained a cult status over the time. The concept of the movie is similar to the first part but the packaging is done neatly by including Ajay Devgan, Johny Lever, Mahesh Manjrekar and Esha Gupta. The director’s favourite jodi Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit are seen after a gap of 17years. The makers have not only increased some A listers but have combined the…

[star rating=”4″ max=”5″] The movie has been in the news for quite sometime but the craze reached the zenith when the said movie was showcased at the Berlin Film Festival. The international media was astounded by this cinematic experience calling it a gem. When the special screening was held at Mumbai the response from the twitterati and celebs was no different and when the movie finally hit the theatres, it has been garnering rave reviews. After hearing such a fantastic stuff, I too cannot prevent myself from appreciating the fact that Director Zoya Akhtar who has been criticized for showing upper class dramas in her previous outings has outdone herself in this flick by showing a reality of the slum life which the audience can resonate to. You all have already witnessed the story of the underdog making it big after facing many hurdles but what makes this movie different…

Here comes the first horror movie of 2019 directed by Bhushan Patel of 1920 Evil Returns, Alone, Ragini MMS 2 fame. Lets analyse whether he is able to hit the ball out of the park this time. Horror as a genre has attracted many movie makers in Bollywood, of which Mahal is considered to be the first attempt. After this the low budget Ramsay movies ruled for some years. But it was in 2002 when Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz did wonders at the box office, many more were attempted with some differentiation. But only a few are remembered for their brilliant execution in which my favourites are Raat, Raaz1, 13B, Bhoot, Help, Krishna Cottage, 1920 part 1, Ragini MMS2, Haunted. Other than these listed movies, there have been sequels but none of them are upto the mark. Coming to Amavas, I will not say its out of the world movie and…