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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Masaan (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Masaan, a desolate place, follows two heart-breaking tales; that of Devi whose life is condemned after she is caught in the act. And that of a lower-caste boy Deepak, who falls in love with an upper-caste girl. Will Devi and Deepak respectively find the rainbow at the end of the tunnel?

It is in Banaras where Sanskrit Pandit(Sanjay Mishra) and his student-daughter, Devi(Richa) lead an innocuous existence. Richa’s curiosity to know more about the bees and the birds has her checking into a seedy lodge for a rendezvous with college friend Piyush Agarwal (Saurabh Chaudhary). However, their sexapade ends abruptly because a badass cop (Bhagwan Tiwari) raids the place and blackmails them.

Fear of notoriety forces Piyush to seek an easy way out. However, Devi and her father are hapless victims. The parallel track shows Deepak (Vicky Kaushal), a youngster from the untouchable Dom caste. Though he’s a super-bright student, he can’t help feeling marginalised because like his father and elder brother, he too is forced to work on the Ghats of the Ganges,burning funeral pyres. Deepak’s world lights up when he falls for Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi). This couple steal passionate kisses below the Peepal tree and though they fear that the caste-system could divide them; they nurse starry-eyed dreams.

Masaan, an Indo-French collaboration that won accolades at Cannes earlier on in May, has adept story-telling by Neeraj Ghaywan, a Anurag Kashyap alumni. The film unspools in an unhurried manner, occasionally tugging hard at your heartstrings. The urgency with which youngsters from India’s heartland feel the need to discover Facebook, forbidden fruit and freedom has been captured well.

The performances of the entire cast including that of the child actor Nikhil Sahni are praiseworthy. Masaan has pure desi magic woven in. Courtesy toi…

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Thoda Lutf Thoda Ishq (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-Friends Jhumru (Hiten Tejwani) and Ghumru (Rajpal Yadav) are goofballs, who wander around aimlessly. They have nothing better to do except for ogling and fantasising about random girls. Their female counterparts are Mini (Neha Pawar) and Chuski (Bhavita Anand), who work in a shady unisex beauty parlour. The four meet and indulge in Thoda Lutf Thoda Ishq (read flirt like total creeps, sing songs, dance in slowmo for no rhyme or reason). Basically they do unfunny things that don’t make sense.

Chuski falls in love with Jhumru and proposes to him but he rejects her. He comes around eventually and that forms the ‘story’. Ghumru hits on Mini but she is too busy with her ‘pruhjects and cuntrasting’ (read projects and contrasting) nail polish combination.

What do you call a movie that looks like a collage of pointless scenes that deserve to be deleted from the final print! Irrelevant characters make meaningless conversation, lead actors act and look like extras, jokes are obnoxiously lame and the thing they call a ‘plot’ is missing.

There is no continuity in the story or even an attempt to have one. Scenes don’t seem like they are correlated. Characters look 40 but act 20. They walk in and out of the film, cry, sing, fall in love, stare at each other like perverts and you don’t give two hoots. The only thing you probably understand is that the guys (heroes) stay in Delhi and girls (heroines) hail from Etawah, UP. People from these places are certainly not going to be pleased by their portrayal.

Also, did we mention that an elaborate scene shows these four losers giving a fashion makeover or grooming session to overweight people, when they themselves desperately need one?

We don’t know what the intention behind making this ‘comedy’ film was. The outcome is tragic for sure.Courtesy toi…

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Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainemnt Desk-The film is set in a fictional village called Tanakpur in Haryana. Arjun (Rahul Bagga), a local electrician falls in love with Maya (Hrishita Bhatt), wife of the village pradhan (Annu Kapoor). Influential member of the Khap Panchayat, pradhan, in order to maintain his prestige, falsely accuses Arjun of raping his buffalo. Instead of rubbishing this silly claim, the cops too get involved adding to the chaos.

Said to be based on ‘true events’, the film attempts to mock the superstitious, irrational and orthodox thinking of village folk and khap panchayats. The underlying message being - logic and reasoning take a backseat when it comes to meting out justice.

Though well-intentioned, intriguing and effective in places, this satirical tragicomedy is as sluggish as the proceedings of the very judiciary it takes a dig at. The first half is wasted showing Pradhan and his sidekick (Ravi Kishan) falling for the buffoonery of a self-proclaimed godman (Sanjay Mishra). He even claims to have a cure for Pradhan’s impotency. Arjun’s clandestine affair with Maya and their not-so-secret rendezvous too eat up a lot of time. The film gets to the point only in the second half.

As far as comedy is concerned, lines that are genuinely funny get repeated to the point that they cease to amuse you. What is hard-hitting is the tragedy of the situation (what Arjun’s family goes through) and gives some meaning to an otherwise absurd script. If that aspect was given more prominence, Tanakpur would have been a much better film.

For a satire, subtlety is what you miss. You can’t possibly harp on potty jokes, describe women’s breast sizes and crack jokes on rape to sound smart and socially responsible. Sadly, this social satire, which could have been an eye-opener on false cases and fraud witnesses, literally has more shit (pun intended) than substance. Courtesy toi…

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