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REVIEW: SOORMA Two biopics in a fortnight. SANJU and SOORMA. As different from each other as chalk is from cheese. SANJU (reviewed earlier on; the first movie in 2018 for which I gave 4.5 stars), is about a glamorous personality who became just as well known for his unglamorous actions. And thanks to the brilliant Raju Hirani, who managed to cloak a few episodes in the chief character’s life in hues that were so magical and yet not very far from the truth, audiences were moved. And they thronged the theatres. And SANJU began breaking box-office records. SOORMA is about the hockey player Sandeep Singh. Not known to many except close followers of Indian Hockey. He still holds the world record for the fastest “drag flick”, which earned him the nickname of Flicker Singh and caused him to have the highest bid amount in the first season of Hockey India League. But he is better known as a warrior (SOORMA), who battled against odds after an accidental gunshot in 2006 paralyzed him waist downwards and got back to representing India and perform drag flicking miracles. A true tale of willpower doing the extraordinary. Very inspirational too. But pretty “unglamorous” from a cinematic viewpoint. Writer and director Shaad Ali presents the story in a straight forward linear fashion without any added dramatics. Thus, even with Diljeet Dosanjh’s excellent portrayal, SOORMA is fairly flat. It would have required a genius like Raju Hirani or Nitesh Tewari, who created the hugely successful DANGAL to take a few cinematic liberties and fill it with excitement and repeat visit producing scenes. The music by Shankar Ehsan Loy is quite energetic, but music alone cannot support a biopic which scores poorly on the “dramatic quotient”. But because it is a tale of an Indian rising up against odds, it stirs the patriotic elements within you as you watch it. SANJU leaves you with a feel good aura; SOORMA will make you feel proud. And one last difference between SANJU and SOORMA: Sanjay Dutt (SANJU) will never ever get employed by the Indian Police; Sandeep Singh Saini (SOORMA) is a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana! RATING: 3.5 out of 5 July 16, 2018


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REVIEW: SANJU


REVIEW : SANJU This is the first movie that I saw after stepping down from my executive position and if what I felt when watching this is any indicator of what life holds for me in the future, I feel … Continue reading

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REVIEW: RAAZI


REVIEW: RAAZI I do not recall any movie in recent times in which two sets of parents and their respective children are helping in its making. RAAZI, co-produced by The Times of India Group and Karan Johar has Gulzar writing … Continue reading

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REVIEW: BLACMAIL (2018)


REVIEW: BLACKMAIL (2018) The word Blackmail connotes anything but a quirky act, but the movie BLACKMAIL, released last week has a lot of quirkiness about it (at least the first half). I was wondering whether I should do a quirky … Continue reading

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REVIEW: OCTOBER


REVIEW: OCTOBER I went to see OCTOBER yesterday for just two reasons. One was that my schedule for the next three weeks would not be permitting me the luxury of watching a Bollywood movie; and the second was that it … Continue reading

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REVIEW: A QUIET PLACE


A QUIET PLACE Released world wide a few days back, A QUIET PLACE, tells a tale of a place in which quietness is the only key for survival. And making a noise is a sure way of inviting disaster! Sounds … Continue reading

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REVIEW: CAKE


REVIEW: CAKE It is very likely that most of you will perhaps think that having been deprived of watching good movies of late, I have diversified into writing reviews about culinary items. And given my weakness (or my fondness, as … Continue reading

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