The Big Hearted Returns

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Dilwale
Direction: Rohit Shetty
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan & Kriti Sanon

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Plot premise:
Raj is a humble car mechanic who helps the needy. He also keeps away from unnecessary fights and quarrels. His ambition is to bring up his brother, Veer. A flashback shows that Raj was actually once a Don named Kaali in Bulgaria. (Inspiration : Baasha – 1995 &  Old Telugu Movies)

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It’s a long date with SRK that occasionally stumble on the edge of boredom, but it certainly isn’t all wrong. Parts of Dilwale, propelled by a spirit of inspired lunacy holds this no-holds-barred action comedy in good town.

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If only it had enough substance to sustain its momentum all the way to the very end, it would probably have been far more fun to watch.

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If you hang in there and do not allow the many distractions and diversions along the way throw you off road, you might find yourself getting into the swing of things, especially in the first half.

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Some of the scenes might seem rather unnecessary and overstretched. Dilwale delivers exactly what you would expect from a Rohit Shetty film: runaway entertainment; that has a crowd-pleaser illuminated all over it.

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The director comes up with a movie that has all the tried-and-tested ingredients of the romance genre that runs somewhat low on velocity at times in his brand of filmmaking.

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SALT MANGO TREE: 3/5
SALT (chemistry): SRK and Kajol.
MANGO (what’s fresh?): Breathtaking locales (Iceland and Bulgaria) & Kriti Sanon.
TREE (strength): Shah Rukh’s mega-stardom & Varun’s enthusiasm.

Best Picture 2013 : Hindi

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The film starts in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where a coach says “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!”, and the story is taken back to the memories of the childhood days of a young boy which haunted him, resulted in him dropping to fourth.

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Naina is a shy and nerdy medical student. An encounter with an old classmate, Aditi , makes her realise that she wants more from life than high marks. Naina renews her friendship with another former classmates, Kabir “Bunny” Thapar and Avi. Bunny is a handsome charmer whose dream is to wander and discover the world.

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The film opens by showing a large crowd waiting for Rahul Jaykar – a successful musician whose career is waning because of his alcohol addiction – to perform at a stage show in Goa. He meets Aarohi, a bar singer who idolizes Rahul. Impressed by her simplicity and voice, Rahul promises to transform her into a singing sensation, and asks her to never perform again in bars.

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Ajay Singh calls a local police station to obtain more manpower for a CBI raid. He speaks to SI Ranveer Singh who agrees to send the required number of support officers. Ajay, along with accomplices P.K Sharma, Joginder, and Iqbal, meet the support officers and conduct the raid.

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Ishaan ‘Ish’ Bhatt is an ex district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, Omkar ‘Omi’ Shastri is the nephew of a Hindu politician who funds their business and Govind ‘Govi’ Patel is a geek who is the mastermind behind starting a sports shop which also doubles as a sports academy.

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Jagdish ‘Jolly’ Tyagi a Defence lawyer comes to know of the Land Cruiser Hit-and-run case involving Rahul Dewan, son of Billionaire Yograj Dewan, whose defense lawyer is the much respected ‘star’ litigator Tejinder Rajpal. In the aftermath of the court judgment, Jolly, after being inspired by the media backlash, takes a leaf out of Advocate Mahesh Gupta’s book and files a PIL in the court regarding the case.

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Kundan Shankar is the son of an Hindu Tamil priest. Since his childhood days, Kundan has had a strong and obsessive one-sided love for Zoya Haider, a Muslim girl residing in Varanasi whose father is a professor. He always attempts to be around her and hold her hand but gets slapped several times in the process.

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In The Lunchbox the protagonists are a man who has been grieving since his wife died and a woman who wants to seek her husband’s attention to rekindle their love and hopes to cook her way through her husband’s heart. But by a rare mistake of the very famous ‘dabbawalas’ of Mumbai city, the dabba with the delicious food she had prepared for her husband instead gets delivered to Mr. Fernandez.

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The film, set in India and Sri Lanka, is a political spy thriller with the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war. Major Vikram Singh is an Indian Army special officer who is appointed by the intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing to head covert operations in Jaffna shortly after Indian peace-keeping force was forced to withdraw.

Blockbuster Movies – 2012

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With a script that never forgets its heroes’ humanity and no shortage of super powered set pieces, Lives up to its hype—and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.

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A superhero film without a superhero. More than an exceptional superhero movie, it is masterful filmmaking by any standard.

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There’s everything and more that you’d want to see in a film, the director, has a firm grip on the story and the screen play, without compromising on the entertainment value of the film at all.

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A comic-book fantasy rendered in the form of a live-action film. Go for it if you must, but don’t expect the earth from it.

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Aashique Abu presents a refreshing theme with superb execution.

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Lal Jose puts his might behind the change sweeping Malayalam Cinema of late and has come out with a Diamond that is not to be missed.

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An action thriller that depends on mind games and smart plans rather than bloody fights.

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Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots staged and presented by Shankar in a different language with grandeur.

Behind the Veil

ThattathinMarayathuUmmachikuttiye Premicha Nayarude Katha (the story of a Nair boy who loved a Muslim girl).

Cast: Nivin Pauly, Isha Talwar, Aju Varghese, Bhagath Manuel, Manoj K. Jayan and Sreenivasan.
Direction: Vineeth Sreenivasan

The film released on July 6, 2012,and gained mixed reviews from critics. However, it got an extra-ordinary reception at the box-office, attaining blockbuster status. The film, within a few weeks from its release, developed a cult following, especially among the youths of Kerala.

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In 2010 September, when I was reading a short story written by M.J.Akbar, the second page of the short story hooked me on a thought which started following me ever since then. I wanted to do a love story for my second film and the characters Vinod and Aisha caught their places in my mind. When I went to Prague [I think in November 2010], I carried them along with me. Before even finishing the scene order of the screenplay, I wrote the first scene there. It is scene no: 19 of my final draft where Vinod is proposing to Aisha. When I wrote it, I felt his state of mind, I felt his breath, I visualized Aisha trembling with fear. 16 months later, I actually saw whatever I felt back then. Nivin was Vinod, Isha was Aisha and I was making the film I had carried for a long time
– Thattathin Marayathu.

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Mind blowing trip is what I had when I was making this film. I had a cinematographer who stood by me like my right hand, Jomon T John, who gave me his infinite support to do everything possible to spread romance in every frame. I had the best crew ever working with me. We had our back ground scores ready before shooting certain pivotal scenes. We shot a handful of songs without a dance master, we shot struggles and fights without a stunt director. We shot through the length and breadth of Thalassery trying to capture the essence of this beautiful small town. We all really had a blast.”
—Vineeth Sreenivasan about the film.

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Thattathin Marayathu is Vineeth Sreenivasan’s second directorial venture after his successful debut Malarvaadi Arts Club. Thattathin Marayathu was produced by Lumiere Film Company, a production house owned by Vineeth’s father Sreenivasan and actor Mukesh. Distribution of the film is done by LJ Films. Costumes were designed by Sameera Saneesh, art direction was by Ajay Mangad, social media promotion by Mohammed Abdul Kalam (Kalam Kalamz) and makeup by Hassan Vandoor.

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DVDs and VCDs released on 14 November 2012 while the Blu-ray discs are expected to be in markets in December.

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Album by Sajid-Wajid
Released November 15, 2012
Track listing

1. “Dagabaaz Re” Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal 4:47
The best part of the album I will say! The very reason, video of the same was chosen to release first. Melodious!

2. “PandeyJee Seeti” Mamta Sharma, Wajid, Shreya Ghoshal 4:17
If this one picks up, it will be simply on its video rating. Rumored as a sequel to “Munni Badnaam Hui” featuring Malaika Arora Khan again. Bonus Track – “PandeyJee Seeti Remix”.

3. “Fevicol Se” Mamta Sharma, Wajid, Keerthi Sagathia 4:49
The Kareena song! Nothing like “Halkat Jawani” from Heroine (2012). A typical Bihari song that may turn a winner at single screens. Bonus Track – “Fevicol Se Remix”.

4. “Saanson Ne” Sonu Nigam, Tulsi Kumar 4:49
A take off from the noisy and masala line up. The song sounds aged & certainly should have released years before. A nostalgic counter to “Tere Mast Mast Do Nain” from Dabangg (2010).

5. “Dabangg Reloaded” Sukhwinder Singh 4.05
The tones changed, while in due course beginning an even more energetic “Hud Hud dabangg dbangg”. Similarities are inevitable with “Lagan Lagi” from Salman’s very own Tere Naam (2003). Bonus Track – “Dabangg Reloaded Remix”.

SALT MANGO TREE: 2/5