Nautanki Saala – Movie Review

Nautanki Saala poster

Written by: Charudutt Acharya, Nipun Dharmadhikari & Rohan Sippy, based on the original story by Benoit Graffin & Pierre Salvadori
Directed by: Rohan Sippy
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Pooja Salvi, Gaelyn Mendonca

Nautanki Saala has generated a lot of publicity thanks to it being the follow-up to Ayushmann Khurrana’s highly successful and acclaimed Vicky Donor. Also it marks the return of Rohan Sippy to the director’s chair after the blow-hot/blow-cool Dum Maaro Dum in 2011. Saala is an official remake of Après vous… (After You…), a French movie. I have not seen the original, so do not have any reference to pit it against. As a stand-alone product, the movie works well up to a certain extent…and then the length kills it!

The story revolves around RP (Khurrana) who is a theatre actor/director in a famous mythological Ramayana play. One day, on his way back home, he saves a jobless, depressed and lovelorn Mandar Lele (Kunaal Roy Kapur) from committing suicide. Soon after that he starts feeling responsible for Lele. He starts helping Lele develop a positive attitude towards life, gets him a job and tries to get Mander’s love life back on track. However, RP’s involvement results in complications aplenty in his work, his relationship with his girlfriend Chitra (Gaelyn Mendonca) and his relation with Mander’s ex-girlfriend Nandini (Pooja Salvi). Whether RP succeed in achieving what he set out to do or destiny has other plans for him–this question forms the main plot.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:50+00:00 May 10th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Tomb Raider (2013) – Game Review

Tomb Raider (2013) for Xbox

Since I was old enough to watch them, the Indiana Jones films have been some of my all-time favorites. I even love Temple of Doom, with all of its goofy B-movie charm. And yes, I was in that small minority that even found most of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to be pretty enjoyable, even if they did jump the shark with the absurd “nuke-proof fridge.” And the monkeys. And flesh-eating ants. … Okay, so it was pretty ridiculous, but I have no shame in admitting that I am a Crystal Skull apologist.

Maybe that’s why I love the Tomb Raider reboot so much. It could be that, no matter how cheesy or unlikely, the sense of discovering a lost artifact deep within a booby-trapped dungeon speaks to my inner child-adventurer. The younger version of me who thought that maybe, just maybe, there was buried treasure somewhere in my backyard. Or, it could be that the game is just rock solid in nearly every aspect, from the gorgeous graphics to the gameplay mechanics. It doesn’t matter if you’re stealthily choking out cultists, scaling rock walls, or waging all-out war against the crazies living on the mysterious island of Yamatai where you’ve been stranded. Without giving away too many plot details, something nasty has been going down on this island, where the weather can change on a dime and the people there have taken an unusual interest in you and your party. Pretty much everything in this game just works. It’s well-acted, packed with harrowing action setpieces, and features one of the most darkly compelling settings this side of Bioshock‘s Rapture. Having hit in March, Tomb Raider is already one of 2013’s best games.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:54+00:00 April 26th, 2013|Reviews|3 Comments

Jolly LLB (2013) – Movie Review

Jolly LLB

Written & Directed by: Subhash Kapoor
Starring: Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla

After the hugely entertaining and popular movie Phas Gaye re Obama in 2010, writer-director Subhash Kapoor is back with Jolly LLB. The trailers try portraying the movie as a light-hearted take on the Indian judicial system starring Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Amrita Rao and Saurabh Shukla in the key roles. The movie pans out in an exactly opposite way: the movie deals with the ineffectiveness and the loopholes of the system with some good courtroom drama and situation comedy peppered in.

The movie is about a hit-and-run case in which a scion of a very rich influential family is the accused case. (The case resembles the the superstar/actor-Salman Khan’s hit-and-run trail). He is initially acquitted thanks to the advocating skills of a Senior Advocate Rajpal (Boman Irani). However a junior lawyer Jolly (Arshard Warsi) files a Public interest litigation and reopens the case with the sole motivation of shooting into limelight given the high media frenzy the case has generated. How he undergoes a change of heart and goes on to actually fight the case so that he can get justice for the family of the people killed in the accident forms the crux of the story.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:55+00:00 April 22nd, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #146: Olympus Has Fallen

Gerard Butler from Olympus Has Fallen

Episode #146 for Olympus Has Fallen, in which our protagonist hopes that the Secret Service is better trained than they are in this movie–because if not, we’re screwed. He also struggles with problematic spoilers. He starts writing this, then thinks maybe he was too harsh–then realizes that eighteen months is more than sufficient time to change some passwords. And thinks he probably got it right the first time.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:58+00:00 April 13th, 2013|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments