Trailer Tales: Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Bhumi Pednekar is back to shine, Akshay Kumar shines as always…

Bhumi Pednekar make a startling debut in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Her talent was praised by everyone, and I think the same would happen after the release of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. She looks very convincing. And Akshay Kumar seems, as always, promising enough! 

The story goes like Akshay Kumar (Keshav) has one aim in life – to get married. He falls in love with a more modern woman, played by Pednekar (Jaya), and they eventually get married. But all hell breaks loose when after marriage, Jaya finds out that Keshav’s house doesn’t have a toilet and she leaves the house and goes off, maybe to her parents home only to return if a toilet is made. 

The film, apart from being a love story deals with the subject of so many Indian’s having to use natural areas, like farms, rivers, forests, etc instead of a toilet. It’s high time someone spoke about it! 

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Trailer Tales: Raabta

The Raabta trailer sure makes an impact…

Just when you think everything is going right, something wrong happens. That’s basically what Raabta is about, from the looks of the trailer. 

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Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon are having a great time falling in love with each other, but life isn’t a bed of roses and here comes Jim Sarbh (wooaaahhh) who claims that he is an old lover of Sanon and that “woh sirf uski hai”. Then fights, arguments, kisses, love making, dialogues and seemingly good performances follow. 

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Now about the film, I kind of like the trailer and the performances do seem promising enough. Sushant and Sarbh, both have established themselves as fine actors with their films like Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, MS Dhoni and Neerja and A Death in the Gunj. Sanon hasn’t really established herself as an actor yet, but she’s just two films old. And honestly speaking, I’ve always thought that she has the potential to be the next big thing. 

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Phillauri: Flawed, yet so Beautiful!

What Phillauri boasts about the most, is the cast…

Phillauri has many points that are unneeded, many that could have been edited, but you still walk out of it with a smile.

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Hindi movies are generally said to have the curse of the second half. Phillauri has the curse of the first half which is very slow and leads no where. There is too much set up for the second half in the first half and that doesnt really work, because people might just walk out. The second half is also not flawless. It is stretched, specially the climax.

The entire story revolves around Kanan, who is a 26 year old return from Canada, and Anu getting married in 2017. Now because Kanan is a manglik, he has to marry a tree before getting married to Anu. Ab kyuki shaadi ped se nahi ladki se hoti hai, he ends up marrying the ghost of Shashi and of course, wants liberation from her. Throughout the film, Shashi keeps going back to her life, when she was alive and in love with Phillauri and her life as a poet in 1919.

The movie celebrates costume, culture and traditions and the change in all of these by beautifully depicting each one of them. But what it celebrates even more is love. Love that does not change. Love, that remains pious over generations.

Director Anshai Lal has tried to include too many things in the movie, making it almost a mess, but it is not a mess. The performances by Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, and Mehrene Kaur Pirzada do not let the film become a mess.

Anushka Sharma is a natural. She plays Shashi who is a ghost in half of the film and a human poet in the other. As an actor, she knows no boundaries. Diljit Dosanjh doesnt have a very huge part but is so convincing as Phillauri. And one thing I really love about Diljit is the innocence in his eyes. There lies so much beauty and depth in them. Suraj Sharma who plays Kanan is good, really good but his brilliance from Life Of Pi is missing. Mehrene Pirzada as Anu doesnt contribute much to the narrative, except asking one question that really helped, but she plays her part well. Kya roya hai poori film mei…

 

You walk out of Phillauri with Sahiba. Kya bol hai, kya kavita hai…

All in all, because I love romantic films, I loved Phillauri, but not everyone will.

If  I had to rate the film, 7th ya 8th grade mei I had studied about the British Raj. And if you cannot connect the dots before the great suspense is revealed, I’ll think youre uneducated.

Trailer Tales: Sonata

A film with three women is not always a feminist film…

When a film boasts of the director being Aparna Sen while the cast includes Aparna herself, Lillete Dubey and Shabana Azmi, you sure have to watch it, don’t you?

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Sen’s Sonata deals with the mid life crisis of these three (unmarried) women, as they go about life in one apartment, sipping wine, lusting over men in briefs and all this while, making sure that no one hears their conversations.

 
Based on Mahesh Elkunchwar’s play, Sonata talks about the complexities and isolation that these three women – a journalist, a professor and a banker – have to deal with while going about their so called modern life. All of them have different backgrounds, despite which, in fact because of which, they manage to cherish each other. And if you’re thinking that three women on screen means a feminist film, you’re wrong. Dubey has clearly mentioned in the trailer, “we are not even feminists.”

 
If nothing, you have to watch Sonata for the performances by the three ladies, specially Shabana Azmi. We hope the movie delivers as much as the trailer does, but of course it will! It’s Aparna Sen for Gods sake! Also, the trailer has Emily Dickinson’s celebrated poem, ‘Because I could not wait for Death’ in it, so double yay! 

 
Watch the trailer here:

Trailer Tales: Begum Jaan

Vidya Balan will leave you speechless, again…

After delivering an amazing performance in Kahaani 2, Vidya Balan is now back with Begum Jaan, and believe us, with this, she will leave you spellbound.
The film is set against the backdrop of the partition of India where Balan plays a brothel owner. The trailer begins with a powerful monologue by Amitabh Bachchan and eventually, Balan and the other women are asked to vacate the house since it lies half in Pakistan and half in India after the partition. What follows is a series of compelling events that makes you want to see more of this film. ‘Begum Jaan’ also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun, Chunky Pandey among others. While the other actresses too look promising, Vidya steals the show with her fiery act.

Directed by Srijit Mukherjee, the film releases on 14th April. Watch the trailer here: