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A lot of fun facts about this movie. The ones I know are that this very low budget film was shot in 16 days, Nawazuddin Siddiquie charged 1 rupees for this and Shweta Tripathi who plays a school girl of 14 was 30 years old in real life. 

Haraamkhor is a strange and dark movie but at the same time, it is fun because the point of view from it is told is of two young kids of about 13. The movie touches the subjects of the forbidden relationship of teacher and student, spoiling the innocence of a student and that is what happens in this movie. 

Shyam played by Nawaz corrupts Sindhiya who is 14 and his student. He attacks her innocence and then leaves her because he has a wife also to look after. Basically he uses her and she, as a 14 year old, has no option but to cry about it. Luckily, she has a very nice step mother who has been through the same and there is some comfort there. On the other hand, you have Kamal and his friend, who always keep an eye on Shyam and Sindhiya. It’s like the film is being told through their eyes and perception. They also do a lot of childhood shenanigans which reminded me of my childhood, though I wasn’t that naughty. (we did, however, put our trousers down and compare our small manhoods. I’m sorry if that is too much information haha). 

Acting wise, both actors were perfect. Nawaz is just genius and Shweta is a beauty to be looked at. Sound in the film is non existent. What I love about this movie is the camera angles. They are so creative and raw. Also, you need to keep your mind awake throughout the movie because the editor has done a bit ‘too good’ of a job. Some places it felt like parts of the movie were missing. You keep wondering where was the build up to this particular scene. You just need to imagine the build up yourself. The climax was a bit shocking and hurried up. There wasn’t enough explanation but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 

Overall, I would give this movie a 7/10 for being so nature like and raw. I surely loved it. Oh, and haramkhor means someone who does something forbidden constantly.

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We normally watch the superhero movies in the cinema. So I decided to go and watch this as it had been a while. I knew what to expect from this one though. Tons of space battles and stuff which I’m not a big fan of. The only other space film I watched in the cinema was Star Trek: The wrath of Khan and Star Wars: Episode I back in 2001.

As I said I am not very much a fan of space battles yet I seem to like them too somehow. Because this film brought back my childhood memories when we used to watch Star Trek on the TV all the time. I guess I am a confused soul when it comes to space films. Like them or not?

First of all, the film is filled with 80s music which is not everyone’s cup of tea. Star Trek (2013) was filled with classical music which was pretty much OK with me but still sounded a bit out of place. The music is good but probably good for those people who listened to it back in the day. This really explained why there were 40 to 45 olds in the house. So really you had to be a late 70s  baby to get the music. Unless you’re just into the music anyway. Anyway, moving on.

Let me just quickly go through the story because it is not very much impressive. Peter Quill steals an orb which he wants to sell but the orb is special and some forces are behind it, seeking it. Ronan the accuser and Thanos are interested. The whole film revolves around this stone which is very powerful and could destroy the whole galaxy.

The story is a bit lame but what make this movie is the characters. It is the characters who you fall in love with. We have a lot of characters here. Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, Groot, Yondu and even Ronan if you are a fan of him.

Every character gets enough screen time and you simply fall in love with them. The comedy was just near perfect. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments which made me laugh too, I’m surprised. The romance between Peter and Gamora is just perfect. There is a part where Peter gets close to Gamora and they begin to dance. I just loved that. I love Zoe Saldana and the way she portrayed Gamora, she gets 10/10. It is because of her I came to watch the film. In the end I will list my top five characters/moments.

The action was good. The space battles were really good. You know what is going on and who is who. Yondu and his arrow rocked. And I mean really rocked. He had so much less screen time but he was awesome. The least appealing character to me was Peter Quill himself. I know it sounds weird but I didn’t much like him. I think Rocket, Gamora and Groot literally stole the show.

I would rate this movie 8/10 if you can get past the 80s music. It was alright. I don’t mind. Now for my top five characters/moments. Starting from the bottom:

5)Groot: He was awesome. Innocent yet somehow clever too. I loved the end bit especially. Such a nice scene (no spoilers) it made my insides move with emotion.

4) Rocket’s comedy. Really he was the star of the movie. Keeping the movie alive with his talking and yapping. Missed him at the end but he played his role alright.

3) Yondu: This bad ass space pirate got less screen time but he rocked it man. Especially with his arrow and whistle and that bad ass accent, he’s at number 3.

2) Gamora played by Zoe Saldana: I love Zoe. Loved her in Star Trek and she came back. I already tweeted that she is made for superhero movies. She is a superb actress and I’m really a big fan of her. One of the scenes in this movie was a romantic situation between her and Peter. And the way she looked with her purple streaked hair, just perfect. The romance was well shown but a kiss at the end would have been lovely. Or did they kiss? I didn’t catch it.

1: You can guess. Go on. Yes, it is Thanos himself. He gets a little cameo and let me tell you, he fucking rocks it. He is such a motherfucker sitting on that seat. He owned that scene. It is a shame you only get to see him only once. Ronan is a pussy compared to Thanos. We want to see more of Thanos.

This movie was certainly better than the likes of Thor 2(I didn’t like that one). It was just almost perfect. 8/10, yo.

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American Gangster (2007)

A black gangster rose in New York in the 70s becoming a notorious drug lord by smuggling cocaine directly from the supplier in South east Asia. It is the story of Frank Lucas and he is portrayed by Denzel Washington in this film.

What an amazing movie. I’m a big fan of Denzel and he is superb in every character he is given. He is notorious, he is lethal, he is a mastermind. But an honest cop, Ritchie played by Russell Crowe, takes the hard route and vows to crack this drug lord down.

The film takes its time building up. You see a mixture of Ritchie and Frank as they progress through the movie. Denzel is awesome as always. Russell is average. You get that 70s feeling for sure because you see a lot of news and political references throughout the movie.

It is a long movie and a bit slow at that but my mind is take your time but keep us feeding throughout. There is a steadiness you can see in the film. Keeps us entertained, yup.

Ritchie could not make a breakthrough because never in his mind he knew that a black guy would rise up to be a gangster. I mean those years it was the Italians who ruled the drug business. But eventually he got a clue and let’s just say it was a woman (I’m talking indirectly).

Brilliant film, nice music and setting. Nice acting and overall a superb execution. 8/10.

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Trishna

Trishna is a wise village girl who is the provider of her poor family since her dad had an accident. A strange man meets her and offers her a job which she takes. Then things go right and wrong at the same time and both plunge into a relationship from which they cannot come out.

This is a very hard film to review. Maybe because I didn’t really get it but it is based on a 1891 novel called Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The director just changed the setting to India.

The problem with Trishna is she is quite innocent (I think submissive is the right word here) and she doesn’t really think on her own. So this stranger, Jay, takes her to work in his hotel, then they move to Mumbai even though Trishna has good work. Her sense of decision making is completely zero.

But things turn really ugly. Jay starts to use her wrongly and she is forced to take a step which takes you unexpectedly.

The film is very hard to understand. Mainly because it didn’t develop very well like it should be. Half way through the film and you have no idea where the film is going. At the end, it turns very sexual and disturbing and it all happens very sudden. And then the ending. It is intense.

After watching it, there is an emptiness inside you and you feel sad. Your brain tries to figure out what happened and you just don’t get it. Maybe it’s a cue that you have to watch it again and watch I will.

6/10 for the nice camera work and story. The acting was average from Riz Ahmed as Jay and Freida Pinto as Trishna.

I wasn’t going to write this review until I read Tess of the D’Urbervilles but the novel is one of its kind. It’s brilliant and I’m half way through.

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Thor: The Dark World

I went to see this in cinema and I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing it as I’m not a big fan of Thor. Even though I liked the first film and not because of Loki. It was because it had some kind of story to it.

The Dark World lacked that. And it also lacked character development. Things once again start with Loki and finish with Loki leaving us with an unsatisfied ending (I’m talking about the twist. It was so stupid).

When the trailer came out, I was like oh no Loki again. But his acting was good out of all of them. Thor and the rest was just average. The part where Thor’s mother defends herself was probably the best part out of the whole film.

All that Lokiness and then throw a bit of crap alien invasion for the story and you have a very unsatisfied film. Should have stick to one thing.

5/10.

And the post credits scene. Didn’t really make sense. What the hell is going on?

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Nasha

Okay, finally I have watched it after a long time starting. I left the ending and came back in three weeks to finish it. It is a B grade film. Low budget and for the adult audience so expect some rude words.

It is about a school boy, Sahil, who falls in love with a summer teacher. Falling in love is a wrong term here although it is implied in the film. He falls in lust with her and confuses lust with love. The teacher, Anita, is a smart one and she is quite sensible and tells him this is wrong. In the end, they end up in good and bad terms. I won’t spoil much.

Anita is of course played by Poonam Pandey, a sex goddess in the industry. Her acting was average in this film. She looks good until she opens her mouth. I do not find her voice sexy at all. That’s my opinion. I wouldn’t mind a silent sexy film.

There are so many flaws in this film. Story wise and shooting wise. Hell, even at one point you could see the shadow of the cameras and the production team. Very poor editing.

Sahil spends half of his team running like a maniac. He is a confused kid. More confused after watching his new sexy teacher jogging around the area in small shorts. Sahil is a regular masturbator and he has a girlfriend. Yet he still falls in love with Anita. Correction, he lusts her. This is not a love story. It is misleading and wrong.

There are good bits in the film too. Things take a complicated turn when Anita’s boyfriend shows up and he teases Sahil for loving his girlfriend. His acting is good and eventually he exits the story making a way for Sahil to get to Anita.

Another good bit is the candle one and the slipping of the white sheet. Here I have to say the music in this film is superb. I love how it makes a scene very dramatic especially the candle one where Poonam Pandey (thanking the director) never speaks. I love that.

Overall I like the film once you ignore the obvious editing flaws and the fact that it is a lust story wrapped in a concept of love story. Actually the very last message of Anita is this in simpler words: ‘It was a nice fuck. See you again’. Finally Sahil goes back to his friends and his girlfriend who accepts him and he goes back to his usual trying-unsuccessfully-to-rip-a-condom-packet. Was it all a lovely dream? I rate it 4/10.

The promotion and the trailer of this film put the impression that Poonam Pandey is going to play a role of a seductress but oh how wrong it is.

There are films then there are super films and this beats any expectations. I loved it that much. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, it tells a story of three best friends and their ambitions and goals and the goals are doable but the problem is the things or events that happen around them which makes them make decisions. Three of them friends are different. One is a politician’s son and one is a book worm. The third is good for nothing but they save up money to open a sports shop and they also gave cricket coaching which is one theme of the movie. The other theme is obviously politics and that builds up too simultaneously.

The movie highlights some of the violence of Gujrat between Hindu and Muslims in 2002 and that has been pictured really well. The build up to it is actually terrifying. Although it is not violent at all, it is scary. And the tragedy at the end left me with watery eyes.

Why did it make me so sad? Because the characters were well thought out and written. All the actors did a superb job of portraying them. I really liked Amrita Puri and how she plays like a seductive doll. She’s just so cute and her acting is brilliant.

This movie is so good and a must watch and you don’t have to be a cricket fan to enjoy it. There’s more on offer here. Rating. I would rate this 8.5.


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