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The Trial of the Chicago 7
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Majority of Indian audiences are a bunch of impractical fools prone to emotional manipulation based on caste, creed, culture, jingoism, emotions and what not! Politicians perform this manipulation on the election field and rallies, film makers like Raju Hirani & Yash Chopra in the past scam the audiences via overt melodrama and fake emotions on celluloid.
Another aspect worth mentioning is Hirani's repeated offence of making a JOKE of anything & everything that's not really worthy of joking about. Rapes & molestation is not funny & yet he got away with an entire "balatkar" sequence in 3 Idiots offering adequate guilty pleasure to viewers. That of course was not enough. Mr Hirani goes on to make light work of communal violence and religious intolerance in PK as if its a laughing matter worthy of giggles. On this occasion he's gone on to make a complete joke of serious psychological and womanizing habits like sleeping with 350 women, sleeping with your friend's gf to test her loyalty, doping, alcoholism etc. Such lowbrow humor is apt for slapstick Rohit Shetty or David Dhawan comedies which are watched for the sole purpose of cheap humor and guilty pleasure, not when a film maker pretends to take an intellectual and moral high ground by making films on socio political themes.
@Fan : Right from the time we had a rift on this very forum about PK up until now, Hirani's standards have dropped a long way despite his continuing box office prowess :P
@meeta : "They could have very easily shown how he had/has a heart of gold despite his flaws. But they didn't. Found that choice very interesting." ~ they indeed have implied his heart of gold, trust Raju Hirani to keep this aspect a little subtle instead of hammering the point home.
Completely agree with Fan. This is a shameless, shallow and desperate attempt to wash Sanjay of his sins and portray him as an "unfortunate" victim of circumstances and the media. As a biopic, this misses out on some key aspects of Sanjay's life like his first 2 wives, daughter Trishala and their relationship etc. Even if watched as a neutral film, this is a half baked execution. I'm actually quite surprised that such a substandard product is scoring well at the box office with some positive word of mouth. For me, this is easily Raju Hirani's most substandard film.
Grand visuals, spectacular action, Salman Khan in Bond mode, Katrina Kaif in catwoman mode & a menacing antagonist make up for the illogical plot loopholes & lack of novelty in Tiger Zinda Hai. This one delivers what it promises. A surefire winter BLOCKBUSTER. The word of mouth in mass centers and B/C centers would be unanimously positive while the urban centers and metropolitan multiplexes would carry a mixed word of mouth that would prevent TZH from scaling the heights of Dangal or Bajrangi Bhaijaan. On the whole, the word of mouth should be 70-75% and the lifetime collections should be 300-325 cr range. My personal rating for the film would be a 7/10. A popcorn entertainer which despite its loopholes, makes a lot more sense than other action popcorn entertainers like the Dhoom films and the Race films.