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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Heropanti (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Bablu helps Rakesh elope with Choudhary Suraj Singh’s daughter Renu. What happens when Bablu meets Suraj Singh - and his other daughter, Dimpy?

So, Heropanti is like DDLJ - wearing knuckle-dusters. The action is in ‘Jat-land’ where rural lord Choudhary Suraj Singh (Raj) is celebrating the arranged marriage of his daughter Renu (Dhar). The wedding’s high Haryanvi style, all celebratory bullets and booze, chowmein eaten with dhai-kilo hands and relatives including an encounter specialist cop, a land shark badmaash and king of Delhi’s bouncers. But the ‘Kala Kutta’ dries up when Renu elopes with Rakesh. In pursuit, her enraged relations capture Rakesh’s buddies - including Bablu (Shroff) who pummels the Haryanvis hard. Bablu’s fists stop flying when Dimpy - Suraj Singh’s younger daughter - arrives. Will his heroics win?

Heropanti captures the colourful tension of Haryanvi life, switching between the freedoms of big-city living to the cloistered comfort of a haveli, where one step out of tradition can lead an adored daughter to death. Raj portrays a father’s hammy but dramatic agony while various mamas, taus and Dimpy’s fiance Rajjo (Singh) mix muscular menace and rustic comedy well. They’re matched at every mukka by Tiger Shroff, whose fighting and dancing feature commendable grace. Tiger has a pleasant, dignified presence but is clearly more comfortable letting his kicks, not his acting, talk. Playing Dimpy, who dreams of being ‘Miss Haryana’, Kriti has statuesque beauty but set expressions, the lead pair’s emoting more cheesy than sharp.

Similarly, the story carries some corny 1990s flab, including a song-in- the-snow where the lovers wear colour co-ordinated clothing and Tiger sports a truly awful pair of blue goggles. More snags detract from otherwise tight direction - the Renu-Rakesh dilemma is left under-explained while overdone comedians (including an eloping driver and a chubby NRI) induce more yawns than chuckles.

Still, Heropanti is enjoyable. The climax pumps up the action, featuring shirtless Tiger, crouching Rajjo. The tale has a twist as graceful as Tiger’s flips and you do agree when Tiger suggests, ‘Mere naal tu whistle baja.’ Courtesy toi…


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