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I saw this film “Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)” in Amazon Prime Video today. Starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt it’s a typical Bollywood Rom-Com. Badri (Varun Dhawan) is a care free son of a rich family in Jhansi, UP who is afraid to speak up to his father, a money lender & businessman. Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) is the young daughter from a middle-class family from Kota, Rajasthan; Vaidehi has big aspirations for her career to become an air hostess. After seeing her in a friend’s wedding Badri falls in love with Vaidehi who brushes him away. Later she agrees to marry…

Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi starring Jolly LLB 2, is a yet another courtroom “drama”. A prequel to this was Jolly LLB which was adapted in Tamil as Manithan (2016) starring Udayanidhi Stalin. Jolly (Akshay Kumar) is a lawyer working as an assistant to a leading criminal advocate, and is struggling for a break; in a desperate moment for money, he cheats a lady resulting in her suicide. With such a negative baggage on the shoulder of a Bollywood hero, the Director Subhash Kapoor succeeds in moving the story and even recovering the hero’s image. That’s the plus in the film. A senior officer in…

Sakhavu (2017) is a recent Malayalam film meaning “Comrade” in English. It’s an all-out story about a Communist Party worker, so go for it expecting a generous dose of worker rights & leftism. Starring Nivin Pauly in dual-role and Aishwarya Rajesh it’s a well-made film that is enjoyable. In the last century, just after independence, communist ideology was the trend in the country. Sensing the mood of the public, Indian filmmakers doled out films showing exploitation of workers by wealthy zamindars and estate owners. In Sakhuvu too, we have the “old” hero, Comrade Krishnan, a communist party leader who fights for the workers’…

Starring Nivin Pauly as a honest tough police officer, Action Hero Biju (2016) is an entertaining watch. Nivin Pauly appears as Biju Poulose the sub-inspector of Ernakulam Town Police station. A post-graduate and a college lecturer, Biju has taken up the police job with a mission to do good to society and he manages to do it throughout the film. Starting with the case of arresting a politically connected bigwig who lets us out his dogs to injure badly a girl child, Biju sees it all. The movie is a string of incidents in a police station, that’s all. Biju does marriage counselling, settles labour disputes, handles a suicide…

Dangal (2016) starring Aamir Khan has been the most talked movie for the last few weeks. Based on a true story of two female wrestlers from Haryana Geetha Phogat and Babita Kumari, encouraged and trained by their father Mahavir Singh Phogat they win gold and silver medals respectively in 2010 Commonwealth Games that happened in New Delhi. The story highlights the cause of the need to encourage and nourish girls in a society where high rates of selective abortion of females exist. The film is brilliantly told by writer and director Nitesh Tiwari.  Initially, I was hesitating to go for the…