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@Roy J I see what you mean. It is disturbing indeed.
@Absar thank you.
@Pomita True, another one I could think of after I wrote the review was ZNMD. But still, not enough, right?
Many congratulations to your daughter, Samir!
Thank you gourav. And four days ago, it turned 13!
aaawww thank you, @Pomita!
Oh and didn't know Ravish Kumar might have coined the term. Good one!
@Pomita yes, perspectives indeed. :)
I am happy that readers go down right till the last line. :D
How is the political party relevant? Why should there be any statues at all, let alone expensive ones? From whatever little I know of them, many of these personalities, if not all, might have preferred no statue at all. Or, at least, I hope so. I am sure we can think of better ways to remind ourselves and our children of these personalities. That is my ideology, which also includes not insulting/attacking anyone. So, my apologies that it came across that way.
Point is, 7 Mission Mangals could have happened in the budget of one of these statues. Or maybe, the scientists who worked on them could have had better resources. I mean the mission, not the movie. ;P
@Anshul Was the clipping at the end of the film necesary?
@Roy yeah it is quite a distraction to keep thinking, "did this really happen?"
@Pomita Thank you. Yes, it is difficult to shake the film out, 10 days later. Disturbing of the wrong kind, to put it mildly. Thankfully at least, I wasn't trolled.
@Raj @Roy Thank you!
@Roy Thankfully there are enough reviewers calling it out too-Raja Sen, Rajeev Masand, and the reviwers at Film Companion, The Wire
@Sonal, yeah I am hoping against hope that it won't be that bad. But, am glad that it looks like good performances are on the card.
@Nisha Thank you. Yes, Arun mentioned he found it "time pass" :D
@TimELiebe That is possible too! :D
@TimELiebe I believe the Spanish original, "The Invisible Guest" is available on Netflix
@TimELiebe I am glad you enjoyed it more than I did, even if just a tad bit more.
Actually, I didn't find the kissing and sex more than the norm for this genre. Then again, I am not too easily taken aback by show of affection on screen either. So, might not be the best person to ask.
@Fan About Sanju: I agree with you. And say so too. "Rajkumar Hirani=Jai; Sanjay Dutt=Veeru; audience=mausiji" means it is pushing an agenda. I don't use the P-word, so what? I still didn't mind the film and think it is worth a watch to see how messed up a life can be, a real life, a life with lots of privileges. So, I don't see how you can say I keep the person separate from the film. In fact, I failed on that count. In fact, Anyway, it is a tall ask in films based on true-life stories.
So, even though it was pushing an agenda, I liked the film. Just like I don't like horror films, but might like a well-made one because it is well made or I don't like sex comedies but might like one odd one.
I liked Uri for the action sequences. I didn't like its emotional drama. I didn't like that it calls for war and think its timing of being just a few months before elections is as much a call for votes (by supporters of the political party) as it is a call for footfalls in the theatres.
It is my opinion. And I expressed it. I am not delusional; I don't want my readers to follow me blindly. I believe they have their own mind and opinion and that they know very well how different or similar it is from mine. And even when it is almost always similar, I feel the reader should know that they might have a different opinion based on what they read. I do my best to point out the bias I might carry without sounding like I am not sure of my opinion.
@Fan The timing of the film itself is propaganda for me.
I am not a journalist. Not trained to be one, never aimed to be one, never claimed to be one. This site was and will always be just my/the writer's opinion on a film, and they will always reflect the writer's view of the world.
I do not like war and films on war that glamourise it or make it out to be the right thing to do. At the same time, I also realise that I don't 'get' that war is necessary at times. Given this background, I did try to keep my bias against war aside; else there is no way or reason to watch the film, which is why I didn't dislike the film despite polar opposite views about the subject matter. The action scenes were done well.
I didn't understand what you are saying about my opinion on Sanju. I did not strip the movie of Sanjay Dutt; I just said that if it were not about him, the film would have been about a loser I did not care about and because it is about him, my opinion of him as a person has gone from neutral to dislike. Yet, I thought it was a reasonably made film because it engaged me while I was in the theatre.
@Fan yeah, I think so. I just don't find it challenging to complain about a film I didn't like for obvious reasons. :)
@Fan exactly! **fingers crossed**
@Lost in Confusion ha ha ha ha. No, all of us are a part of the audience. Just different parts at different times for different movies :)
@TimeELiebe Nope, haven't seen it and from the looks of it, doesn't look like I am missing much. And no, I don't think you are being too hard on Boman Irani :P
Thank you, @Mandar! Interestingly, despite being so predictable, I didn't find it slow even the second time I watched it. It was like one good scene after another. However, given that nothing really is happening story-wise I can completely get why some parts of the audience are finding it slow.
@Mandar Thanks for your comment. Like movies, we have our opinions on real-life issues too. And of course, they can differ too :)
@TimELiebe oh well, I am glad you were all entertained ;)
@Fan interesting. I hadn't thought about it that way. But then again, wouldn't that be like saying we should thank gangsters for gangster films, corruption for anti-corruption films and so on? Just wondering, not thought it completely through.
@TimELiebe yeah, I have always thought how much you enjoy a film is indirectly proportional to the number of films in the genre you have seen. :)
@Andy Hi! The idea is to give the readers an "action point". The question the ratings answer is beyond just whether or not one should watch the film, "Is it worth spending - time (traffic + movie), - money (ticket, most times more than one + fuel/cab/parking + popcorn ;)), and- energy (a fine evening or valuable weekend siesta) over the film?"
@Fan Yeah! I like this trend of smaller films will non-star actors doing well too! Fingers crossed for the coming years!
@Gaurav to each his own, as they say.
@Raj Thank you!
@Suman Yay! we agree on a film!
@Fan I know exactly what you mean on both counts. Watching a highly appreciated film a few weeks too late and the over-drawn exposure. Fortunately for me though, even while I was thinking that more than half the movie is done and yet people are just reacting to the 'big news', I was enjoying the reactions. They were same-same but subtly different. Also, took the kids to the film within the first couple of weeks--and boy did they have a blast!
@Fan oh well, some things you learn the hard way, like listening to wogma rating. ✌
@Fan how come you watched it, in the first place?
Well, for starters, the income and wealth inequality is so high that it is not my place to say whether some people would be better off in UK/USA despite the xenophobia. Then you have a social structure here too which I can imagine people wanting to get out of. A discussion for another forum, I guess.
@Raj ha ha ha ha ha and thank you much for your kind words
@TimELiebe yeah, more or less.
@TimELiebe on Big B, I couldn't agree more. About being a bad influence, happy to make a difference one Hindi-movie-watcher at-a-time! :P
@Fan Thank you and wish you the very same!
@Fan good call. And in case something unexpected happens, the review will let you know if you need to book for the weekend. ;)
@Anuj of course, I like some actors better than others and usually the actors whose movies I look forward to are of those who are more realistic than star-ry. However, for all actors, including those whose movies I look forward to - I am sure I haven't liked ALL their films, even though I might have liked their performance. Which is what you seem to be saying about yourself too. So, I don't see the problem here.
@Raaj Sorry, didn't get you. You have given it a thumbs up too, right?
I haven't seen the film, but I know a few people who loved the film and have been on my case to watch it. Where did you watch it?
@Fan that is true! I would suggest, give this one a shot. You just might be surprised.
@Fan I liked Pokhran and haven't seen Poorna. But, I wouldn't call a film about nuclear tests innocent :)
@Anuj I am only human, full of biases and contradictions. I would love to be 100% unbiased and never ever contradict myself. Till then, I do the next best thing, be aware of my biases and not let them affect my opinion on issues, films, etc. And am grateful to the people who point out contradictions.
In this case, I remembered that I had liked Akshay Kumar in a couple of films recently, but couldn't recall at the top of my head. Tried to look them up, couldn't find them because I was in a rush while replying to your comment. Thank you for looking them up for me. I would say those examples of when I liked his performance are me being able to set my bias aside and not impact my opinion. In fact, I love it when I enjoy the work of actors/artistes whose work I am not very fond of otherwise. (I have never found Akshay Kumar a good actor, right from his Khiladi and Mohra days. But, I still strive to not let that impact my opinion of his next film. Have to make similar efforts for Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and even Aamir Khan some times.)
In that case, I am not contradicting myself. :)
@Fan I didn't say it was derogatory. I am saying it is interesting because it stuck enough to be mentioned when other religious verses were playing too but we don't mention them.
@Fan very interesting that you point out the Muslim guy or girl and not the other religion(s). Similarly, there were other prayers running in the background too. :)
@Fan oh come on! You are really equating Mulk with Cash?
@Anuj The films might or might not be good, the performance is largely jarring.
@Fan Unfortunately, she does her usual. Fortunately, it isn't overwhelming because the focus is not on her as much.
@Fan I still feel the comic timing will overcome the over-acting.
@Fan yeah, a friend sent the meme to me which he had received. Pretty neat. Now, if only I could think of creating memes like this. I am sure, I can do one for every other film, if not all.
@Anuj I did not see the heart of gold. In fact, I just realised that I came out disliking Sanjay Dutt as a person from an otherwise neutral opinion of him.