• 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 Big Bull (2021)

    If the early 1990s were about India’s economic liberalization and the dormant animal spirits being unleashed by (then) Prime Minister Mr Narasimha Rao and Mr Manmohan Singh, the period also came to symbolize the stock market scam led by Late Mr Harshad Mehta. A third-party biopic based on this story is The Big Bull (2021), starring Abhishek Bachchan. The film didn’t capture the nuances of the scam, but it was mostly fast-paced and entertaining. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ for being a story that had to be told and for some fine acting by Abhishek. Available on Disney+Hotstar. From being nearly penny less to becoming India’s most powerful…

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    Hello Charlie (2021)

    Hello Charlie (2021) is a Hindi comedy film directed by Pankaj Saraswat. The byline of the movie which is available on Amazon Prime Video summaries the story and it proceeds predictably. It is of a fugitive billionaire who plans to escape the country, hides inside a Gorilla costume and gets his girlfriend to hire a trucker to transport the cage with the “Gorilla” from Mumbai to Diu. The film is a mindless comedy, manages to tickle you few times, kids will like it, for adults becomes tiring after some time. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. The protagonist is the trucker, played by Aadar Jain, he is clumsy, naive…

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    Pagglait (2021)

    From her debut in Dangal, Sanya Malhotra has been doing fine films like Badhaai Ho, Shakuntala Devi and now Pagglait. She is the protagonist in Pagglait (2021), a Hindi comedy-drama about how a young widow processes the death of her husband just after five-months of their marriage.  How different members in the extended family process the death of the 27-year old young man is explored with a thread of humour and selfishness. The film that gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ is a must-watch film and is available on Netflix. The story happens in a joint family in Lucknow. The interiors of the joined family house were not rich, but…