Movie Review – PadMan : The journey of normalizing menstrual woes

You think I’m mad.

Only mad become famous’

-Says the reel life PadMan during his speech at the United Nations in the movie. This weekend Mrs. Funnybones brought alive the roller coaster life journey of India’s menstrual man Arunachalam Muruganantham on-screen through a courageous and sincere venture called PadMan.

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Movie review – ‘A death in the Gunj’ that highlights the plight of soft and sensitive men

Once in a while we come across movies that leave such a profound effect on the audience that one cannot help but keep thinking about the story and its characters even days after finishing watching it. A death in the Gunj is one such movie that took me a whole week to come out of its magical spell to focus on writing the review instead.

Cast – 

  • Vikrant Massey (Shutu)
  • Gulshan Devaiah (Nandu)
  • Tillotama Shome (Bonnie)
  • Tanuja (Anu/Nandu’s mother)
  • Om Puri (Nandu’s father)
  • Kalki Koechlin (Mimi)
  • Ranvir Shorey (Vikram)
  • Jim Sarbh (Brian)
  • Aparna Sen (the voice of Shutu’s mother)

Director – Konkona Sen Sharma

Duration – 2 hrs 46 mins

Genre – Drama

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Movie review – Tiger Zinda Hai – does the tiger growl or couch?

Second last week of the year – the makers of Tiger Zinda Hai (TZH) have decided to give a grand and larger than life farewell to 2017 with a movie that begins with a bang and ends with a boom. First day second show of TZH saw me apprehensive about my decision but what an experience did it turn out to be!

Cast – 

  • Salman Khan (Tiger/Avinash Singh Rathod)
  • Katrina Kaif (Zoya)
  • Sajjad Delafrooz (Abu Usman)
  • Angad Bedi (Namit)
  • Girish Karnad (Shenoy)
  • Paresh Rawal (Firdaus)
  • Kumud Mishra (Rakesh)
  • Paresh Pahuja (Azan)
  • Poorna (Anupriya Goenka)

DirectorAli Abbas Zafar

Duration – 2 hrs 40 mins

Genre – Action Thriller


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Top 10 reasons to binge watch the web series ‘Pushpavalli’ this weekend

I stayed up till 3am today morning to finish all the eight episodes of “Pushpavalli – based on a true-ish story” streaming on Amazon Prime video. Created by Sumukhi Suresh who is also the protagonist in it, this is one of the most intriguing web series available right now. Starring Manish Anand and Naveen Richard in pivotal roles, this is the story of Pushpavalli switching cities from Bhopal to Bangalore to be with the man she is in love with but ends up stalking eventually.

Cast –

  • Sumukhi Suresh – Pushpavalli
  • Manish Anand – Nikhil Rao
  • Naveen Richard – Pankaj

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After finishing the episodes, I figured out the top 10 reasons that make this series a must watch –

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Movie review – What makes Lipstick Under My Burkha a compelling watch!

“Naam bataiyye”

“Buaji”

“Kiski Buaji? Meri to nahi. Naam kya hai?”

“Usha. Usha Parmar.”

A mid aged Ratna Pathak Shah, who’s referred to as Buaji by almost everyone including people elder than her mumbles as she realizes that in quite a long time this was the first  that someone had asked for her name instead of addressing her as just Buaji.

Cast –

  • Ratna Pathak Shah – Buaji /Usha Parmar
  • Konkona Sen Sharma – Shireen Aslam
  • Aahana Kumra – Leela
  • Plabita Borthakur – Rehana Abidi
  • Vikrant Massey – Arshad
  • Sushant Singh – Rahim Aslam
  • Shashank Arora – Dhruv Bose
  • Vaibhav Tatwawaadi – Manoj
  • Jagat Singh Solanki – Jaspal

Direction – Alankrita Shrivastava

Duration – 1hr 59 mins

Genre  – Drama /Black comedy

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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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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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