Movie review Chef – does the dish turn out fine!

During one of the scenes in the movie,a shocked Roshan Kalra on hearing his son Arman feign ignorance about the existence of a dish called chole batura mildly rebukes him saying that being the only son of Kalra from Chandni Chowk, he just can’t afford to ask such questions. That’s the underlying essence of this movie Chef. Based on a Hollywood movie by the same name by Jon Favreau, the hindi movie sticks to the original script with mild tweaks in between to suit the sensibility of Indian audience.

Cast –

  • Saif Ali Khan (Roshan Kalra)
  • Padmapriya Janakiraman (Radha Menon)
  • Svar Kamble (Arman)
  • Biju (Milind Soman)
  • Nuzroon (Chandan Roy Sanyal)
  • Vinnie (Sobhita Dhulipala)

Director – Raja Menon

Duration – 2hrs 11minutes

Genre – Family drama

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Book review – Jacob Hills

Book – Jacob Hills

Author – Ismita Tandon Dhankher

Publication – HarperCollins India

Pages – 263

Price -Rs. 299

Genre – Fiction/Suspense

Plot –

“But he will not kill me. He’s a coward and a coward always stabs in the back.”

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Restaurant review -Why do we still like Sabir’s Hotel!

Chandni Chowk is that part of Kolkata which I would frequent during my Presidency College days. There’s nothing in electronics that one can’t get hold of in Chandni market. Looking at the crowd this Friday afternoon, I easily concluded that despite a booming e-commerce sector, the market had neither lost its charm nor appeal. Situated in one such lane is the age old Sabir’s Hotel. Way back in the seventies, when my father was a post graduate student in Calcutta University, this was a favorite eating out joint for them as well. No fine dining restaurant could get my husband so excited as going to this restaurant. That’s what Sabir’s stands for – a walk down memory lane.

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First floor of Sabir’s

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Restaurant review – Calcutta Retro, New Town, Kolkata 

Last Saturday, we took our – month toddler to the gaming zone at Axis Mall, New Town. Since this mall is just five minutes from my place and is generally never very crowded, I seem to have developed a liking for the place. We were famished after half an hour of rigorous driving, galloping and hammering sessions. Not being too keen on the buffet option, we decided to opt for Calcutta Retro. a quiet restaurant on the fifth floor of the mall. It is accessible only by lift. The place was empty saving another table of three and we tucked in to have a quiet meal.

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The walls inspired by Sukumar Ray’s work

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Movie review – What makes ‘Newton’ exceptional 

There’s a conversation in the beginning of the movie between a senior election instructor (Sanjay Misra) and a government officer kept in reserve for conducting elections (Rao) where in the later asks the former about the way in which he can bring a difference to the world. The former, though amused, tells him that he is too arrogant about his honestly and should instead just do his job right. You take care of your work and the rest of the things will fall in place. Yes that’s how simple it is. In the last quarter of this year, here comes a movie that makes one sit up and be aware of our surroundings in a way that most of the urban population don’t even know about.

Cast –

  • Rajkummar Rao (Nutan Kumar aka Newton Kumar)
  • Pankaj Tripathi (Aatma Singh)
  • Rajpal Yadav (Loknath) 
  • Anjali Patil (Malko)
  • Mukesh Prajapati (Shambu) 

Director – Amit Masurkar

Duration – 1hr 44 minutes

Genre – Black comedy

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Movie review – Tumhari Sulu (Hindi)

Been quite a while that I stepped out of the house to catch a new Bollywood release.  The rain in Kolkata has been acting childish with torrential downpours on and off. Being an ardent fan of Vidya Balan, it was a impulsive decision to venture out of the house to catch the second show of her latest release Tumhari Sulu at Bioscope, Axis Mall,Kolkata. Here goes my detailed analysis of the movie.

Cast –

  • Vidya Balan (Sulochona aka Sulu)
  • Manav Kaul (Ashok)
  • Neha Dhupia (Maria)
  • RJ Mallishka (Albeli Anjali)
  • Vijay Maurya (Pankaj)
  • Abhishek Sharma (Pranav)

Direction – Suresh Triveni

Duration – 123 minutes

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Restaurant review – Santa’s Fantasea, Salt Lake, Kolkata 

Ever since I moved back to Kolkata,I have been hearing about the popularity of this place. A visit in the month of February this year clearly justified their popularity. Till date, we have visited this restaurant quite a few times and they have never let us down in making it a delightful experience always. Located quite near to the Salt Lake swimming pool, this place stands out in terms of the uniqueness of their decor and food. While it is recommended to reserve a table before visiting, specially on weekends, I must also mention that we managed to get tables without prior booking as well.

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