• Movie Review

    Bell Bottom (2021)

    Bell Bottom (2021) is about an Indian RAW agent and team rescuing a hijacked plane, starring Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor. Though it was an action story with patriotic rhetoric, I liked the way it tries, not succeeding always, to stay far from superhero-like narratives. The film was fast-paced with little historic lessons and repetitive explanations. The screenplay had drawbacks, but it was entertaining and manages to get our ‘Ripe’ rating. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. It is 1984, and an Indian Airlines flight IC 691 gets hijacked and Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, calls her core team (now known as the National Security Council) comprising of senior…

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    Shershaah (2021)

    Shershaah (2021) is about the Kargil war that happened in 1999, which was the last full-fledged conflict between India and Pakistan with high stakes for both sides. Instead of covering the entire war, the movie by Director Vishnuvardhan follows the journey of Captain Vikram Batra, a budding army officer from Himachal who was later awarded India’s highest military decoration of the Param Vir Chakra. The focus on one individual (Vikram) made the story relatable and enjoyable. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and as I am feeling generous today gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’. The first from his family to join the Indian Army, Vikram (Sidharth Malhotra)…

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    The Last Mercenary (2021)

    The Last Mercenary (2021) is a French action-comedy that is available on Netflix. The screenplay feels like an attempt by Bollywood to give an action film with sentiments. A long lost father, who was the top-secret agent (Richard Brumère or The Mist) in the country, gone rogue and now a mercenary, coming back from hiding to protect his only son (Archibald), who has lost his government given cover and protection. The film gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ for some good action sequences by  Jean-Claude Van Damme, whose appearance reminds me of Pradeep Rawat of Ghajini’s fame. Archibald’s secret identity is being misused by a bad guy who plans to put…

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    Sarpatta Parambarai (2021)

    Sarpatta Parambarai (2021) starring Arya and directed by Pa. Ranjith is about a young boxer in the North Madras of the 1970s. The director has succeeded in recreating the scenes, costumes and political undercurrents in the society of the era, a big kudos to him for that. Coming as a traditional boxer Kabilan, Arya has given a phenomenal performance, next to Madrasapattinam (2010) he has bagged a film that will be remembered. The film was released on Amazon Prime Video and gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’. The film traces the struggle of a sportsman from a poor background who succeeds despite the hardships and the treachery of people around…

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    Chernobyl 1986 (2021)

    Next to the horrific Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bombs, when we think of nuclear disasters what comes to mind are the tragic incidents in Fukushima (Japan) and Chernobyl (in erstwhile USSR). Other than reading in the news about these, I knew very little about the human tragedies involved in these world-changing events. A few years ago, when I saw the film “The Seal of the Sun (2016)” it was unbelievable to see that the disciplined Japanese could’ve been so irresponsible in leading to the Fukushima meltdown and did very little to contain the damage. This led me interested in learning about the Chernobyl incident, so when I saw the listing…