Saala Khadoos (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Adi Tomar (Madhavan) is bitter because his dream to win the boxing gold for India was thwarted by his devious coach Dev Khatri (Zakir) who spiked his gloves during an all-important match. So when he spots talent in a Chennai fisher-woman Madhi(Ritika Singh) he wants to see his dream fulfilled through his ward.

Like Mary Kom, Saala Khadoos is a heartfelt attempt at putting the spotlight on India’s women boxers. As it follows the life of siblings, Laxmi (Mumtaz Sorcar) and Madhi, (both trained boxers) brought up in poverty, but with their sights set on boxing, the film sheds light on many issues. Namely, the lack of sporting infrastructure and the corrupt selectors who subject the women athletes to sexual humiliation are raw nerves it touches on. A line by a power-drunk coach to a promising pupil, that goes— ‘If you wish to rise in life, you have to go down first (pun intended)’ is discomforting.

The film had great potential but it plays safe by taking the familiar route of the underdog becoming the champion. You know from the time when Adi picks up a wild child off the street and she over dramatically resists, that he will pursue her to follow his dream. Director Sudha Kongara also deftly weaves in an attraction between the amateur boxer and her khadoos coach, a man almost double her age.

Both Adi and Madhi are rebels. But their fights ( especially the ones outside the boxing ring) appear forced and out of sync. But then again, the film keeps you engaged till the proud-India bout in the climax because of the convincing performances. Madhavan is good as the cynical coach who wants nothing more than to earn his stripes. Ritika is raw yet manages a knockout performance. Nasser, Mumtaz and Zakir lend good support. Courtesy toi…

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Bumper Draw (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- A tragicomedy of sorts and along the lines of Hera Pheri and Dhamaal, Bumper Draw traces the lives of a few madcap characters, who hope to get lucky overnight by acquiring a large sum of money in an easy way to pay off their debts and get rid of other problems. They bump into an old man, who looks like he has drifted away from his house. He becomes their bumper draw as returning him to his son could fetch them Rs 50 Lakh. Does their plan work?

The film begins with the same Parsi old man narrating this very story to a young TV reporter. His tale revolves around taxi driver Farooque (Rajpal Yadav), William visa wala (Subrata Datta) and other such troubled characters that get involved with the two for money. Each has a legitimate reason to unintentionally hold the elderly man hostage. Victims of circumstances, their plan keeps going awry until truth about the man surfaces.

A low-key comedy of errors, the film works in the first half owing to the confusion, chase and running around. Rajpal Yadav doesn’t overact for a change and manages to hold the film together. Zakir Hussain as Gali Baba is equally effective.

The film intends to send out a noble message and manages to a certain extent but gets too preachy towards the end. The never-ending moral science lecture in the climax is uncalled for and predictable. A little subtlety would have made a whole lot of difference.

A simple take on surviving in Mumbai and true happiness - you won’t mind watching this one unless moral stories really bug you.Courtesy toi…

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Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- A soldier’s holiday turns into a full-time mission to save Mumbai from terror attacks, while only taking time out for his bride-hunt.

Gagged men tumble out of his closet. Tied up terrorists and ‘sleeper cells’ too. Hell’s bells, they’re far from ‘sleeping beauties’. But then they have to make our brave-heart Virat Bakshi (Akshay) look good. And he sure does. In his camouflage suits and his neon bermudas. Whether he’s on a secret mission (as Defence Intelligence Agent), or romancing his boisterous ‘boxer’ belle Saiba (Sonakshi). All the while coaching his cop buddy on how to ‘crack a case’, or saluting his boss sergeant (Govinda, in a cutesy cameo).

Virat’s on holiday in Mumbai - ‘ladki dekhne’ - where a terror blast kills school kids in a bus. A suspect is caught and it leads to series of more suspects who’re part of a devious demolition plan by - Sleeper Cells (trained terrorists guised as common men in society). His holiday turns into havoc and Virat becomes a one-man army - who has to raze the terror outfit and salvage Mumbai from exploding into flames. Nothing can break this lion-hearted soldier who upholds his valour, wardi and values - like a true jawan.

Murgadoss’ film (remake of the Tamil ‘Thupakki’) offers an intelligent plot, with blows, blasts and raw bone-cracking action (Greg Powell- of ‘Skyfall’ fame). It triggers a fear that anyone from your paanwala to pizza-delivery boy could be a ‘closet’ terrorist (Beware!).

While the core plot is compelling and finely directed, the side-tracks - like bombs needing to be deactivated and the romantic angle, waste screen-time and the songs infiltrate the plot too often. The film is too long and needs a taut edit. It has flaws too, but doesn’t fail to entertain.

Akshay’s stunts are jaw-dropping; he’s in top form and impressively leads the show without much support from his squadron of actors. Farhad (the lead villain) doesn’t leave much impact; and Sonakshi slides in for the song and dance.

This one applauds the jawans who live in the jaws of death, and is a ‘wake up’ call for all the ‘sleepers’ that abound. Bravo! Courtesy toi…


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Revolver Rani (Movie-review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- In a quirky twist of fate, Chambal’s outlandish outlaw falls in love with a wannabe actor. Will she surrender her sensational sins for love?

At the end of ‘Revolver Rani’ you come out shot by two bullets - one in the gut, the other in the heart. Such is the firepower of one crackerjack of a woman who preens like a desi diva (in metallic conical bras), cusses like a true-bred Chambal-ki-Rani, and fires more barood in the bistar than her toy-boy can handle.

Surely, no daaku clan can boast of such a fierce phashionista (dons designer wear from ‘Benice’), quite unattractive and scarred, yet,deliciously deadly. Alka Singh aka Revolver Rani (Kangna) is a dacoit-turned-politician who’s lost her seat to the opposition in Gwalior, resulting in bloody bullet baths. Her toy-boy Rohan (Vir), a struggling Bollywood actor, becomes her full-time obsession. He wants to use her as a step to stardom; instead, he becomes her sex-machine. Hereon, the story tragically turns into an ironic mix of politics, comedy and a love story with bleeding wounds.

Sai Kabir’s skill lies in his satirical story-telling and style, not so much the plot. The crux is simple - power, politics and revenge. It’s a combo of cool and crass - the kind of stuff pulp fiction is made of. Often textured in Quentin Tarantino style, he sets the mood with a notorious mix of quirkiness, violence and an eclectic background score. The second half is stretched, the songs interrupting the pace. Some dark, humorous moments (even the background score) are quite inspired by ‘Kill Bill’.

Kangna is pure dynamite, firing on all barrels. With a tanned tone, kohl eyes and mercurial moods - she uses every weapon to fire a mind-blowing performance. Vir strikes at times but his character is not as fleshed out; Piyush (as Alka’s *mama*) is superb and Zakir adds power to the plot.

‘Revolver Rani’ is loaded with a lot more than just gunpower. You’ll enjoy biting this bullet.Courtesy TOI

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