Global Baba (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Global Baba is the story of a criminal who turns into a spiritual leader. The social satire takes on Aamir Khan starrer PK and comments on how religion has become one of the biggest businesses in the country.

In India, faith trade is the most lucrative of the lot. Global Baba has the smarts but never shows us anything we haven’t seen before. The promising Abhimanyu Singh (of Gulaal fame) is a politico’s top henchman who survives a police encounter. The safest bet for him is to turn into a Godman. He wipes out his past and hides his misdeeds behind the garb of his saintly cloak.

This is such a dependable plot that never loses context. Religion in India has always been a sensitive subject. Despite being a religiously diverse country, we never want to seek logic in our faith. In a wonderful scene, director Manoj Tewari explains how the masses are conditioned to buy into blind faith over logic. When Sanjay Mishra, who pays a local hero in the film, suggests yoga to an obese man, he doesn’t take it kindly. Global Baba manages to ‘cure’ him by suggesting that he walks to a hill-top while chanting some magical words. The humour in that scene pinches you back to reality.

But the director’s sharp thinking is limited to the film’s plotting. It eventually becomes an overwrought tale that hardly has anything novel to offer. The characters are all uni-dimensional and cliched - The Godman is sheer evil, the politicians are all scheming and corrupt, the cop is just rendered helpless, the journalist ends up being a victim and the masses, gullible.

The issues addressed are equally run-of-the-mill. Global Baba’s ashram is on a land he has snatched away illegally from the adivasis. Every character is predictable and so is the film’s story. Only in parts, the movie manages to hold your attention.

Global Baba is subversive but doesn’t have an inventive streak. It points out problems without delving deeper or providing a solution. This one is just old wine in an old bottle! Courtesy toi…

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Fukrey (Movie-review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Four Dilli college boys find themselves in a bizarre situation while trying to make quick bucks to pursue their dreams.

This one’s no campus-rumpus or high-school pump-ups - with designer gals, prom nights, tight jeans and fancy dreams. In fact, the four young protagonists stay pretty much out-of-class, out-of-money and out of ladki-luck too. Introducing the faltu foursome. Hunny (Pulkit) is the one blessed with some grey matter (never mind that he failed the first grade, and twice after). Choocha (Varun), is blessed with sona and sapna (these aren’t his women). He sees weird dreams that only buddy Hunny can decode, so they crack a lottery number and win a jackpot (sone pe suhaga!). Lali (Manjot) comes with a big-heart `and a riotous sardar-sense-of-humour. The boys have a simple dream - to get a backdoor entry into one of the coolest colleges (with the hottest chicks) in Delhi. The fourth, Zafar (Ali) is an aspiring musician, with nothing but a G-string (read: guitar) and three loser boys for hope. Enter, the boisterous Bholi Punjaban (Richa) with nothing holy or bholi about her, really. She pimps, sells drugs and spews gaalis (maa, behen et al) galore. Bholi invests in the ‘smart sapna scheme’, but all goes kaput and the boys wake up to insanity and reality.

Manjot’s knack for poker-faced comedy is commendable. Debutant Varun is a surprise package; he steals the show with his spontaneity and uproarious antics. Pulkit pulls off the smart-ass act with confidence, Ali stays sober throughout. Richa is feisty and fires gallons of gaalis with aplomb. Priya and Vishaka breeze through their bits.

Mrighdeep infuses comedy throughout, subtle and fresh. The humour is finely spun in the writing and dialogues (Mrighdeep, Vipul Vig). There’s levity in the language and some hilarious moments. The first-half is slow-paced, but it rips riot soon. The story has newness, but at times it lacks the chaotic craziness that such a comic premise can unfold.courtesy toi…


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