Nikhil Wad

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August 24, 2014 at 9:40pm

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Mardaani Movie Review: Watch it for Rani Mukerji’s performance

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“Mardaani” is a 2014 Hindi crime drama & thriller which tells a story about a female cop whose interest in the case of a kidnapped teenage girl, Pyari (played by Priyanka Sharma) leads her to uncover secrets of human trafficking by the India mafia. 

Rani Mukherji plays the role of a senior inspector of crime branch, Shivani Shivaji Roy. Its a delight to watch Rani in this role in which she has given total justice to her character. The dialogue delivery is full of fluency & emotions. Her previous movie was in 2013, Bombay Talkies which was a compilation of short stories & hence this movie will bring joy on the faces of Rani Mukerji’s fans.

It reminds of the Liam Neeson fame, Hollywood movie “Taken” in which human trafficking was showcased. Mardaani sticks to the plot along with crisp editing & the supporting cast which includes Jisshu Sengupta and Tahir Bhasin (who plays a role of Karan, an English-speaking College dropout who trades in kidnapped girls) have played their roles well.

Minus the songs, decent screenplay & crisp editing along with the twist, makes the movie watchable.

Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Rani MukerjiJisshu SenguptaTahir Bhasin
Rating: 3.5/5

July 13, 2014 at 9:38am

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#OnceUponATree initiative: The trip to Amle village was worth it

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It was July 5th 2014, the day when I, went off the mobile network coverage & the buzzing traffic to experience & to be a part of the #OnceUponATree initiative bySiemens India. Along with few colleagues from Siemens India, we went to Amle village (An hamlet which is approx 120 kms away from Mumbai). I was been told that the experience will be worth it and will bring out a whole new person in me. I was curious and eager to visit this village which was transforming to betterment.

We reached around 10.30AM where we got assembled in a small house & soon we were welcomed with tea, flavored with lemon grass. Later on we headed towards our first task which was the “Tree plantation”, where in 5-6 trees were planted by the contest winners. Yes I also got a chance to plant a tree. Felt happy & blessed about it. Immediately after tree plantation, we saw few locals diving into the nearby river for fishing.

It was around 1.45PM we headed for the lunch which was cooked by the locals. A simple wholesome meal it was. It included bhakri, vegetable, rice, dal, pickle, sliced onion & papad. Soon after our lunch (Yes the post lunch effect had already kicked in), we headed to the village tour where in I came to know how Siemens India installed water purification system so as the whole village could enjoy the basic necessity of getting pure water. The local supervisor said that after the installation of the water purification system, the reports of diseases had decreased. They also had installed Solar Panels to provide basic electricity. The Amle village before, used to consume the water direct from the river & used to live on lantern lights. But once after Siemens India provided them with the necessities, the life in Amle village got uplifted & brought smiles on the faces of the local villagers.

Oh & since it was Football World Cup going on, our last task was to indulge local kids to play football. It was indeed fun to watch these local kids playing sportingly which ultimately generated smiles on their faces as well as ours. Overall it was an absolute worth it experience to be a part of this #OnceUponATree initiative by Siemens India which ultimately changed my lookout as a person and I took home some great memories of this trip.

July 12, 2014 at 9:36am

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The Fault In Our Stars Movie Review: The novel & the movie has its own charm but the novel wins

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I admit, I am not an avid reader but I am very choosy when it comes to reading. Few days back, I watched the trailer of this movie “The Fault In Our Stars” on YouTube and somehow kinda felt for it. Also read that its the movie adapted from the novel by John Green with the same name. According to me, when it comes to the books, I feel they always win over the movies, most of the times. Hence I got my hands on this novel & within a week’s time, I was done reading.

It is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. And its adaptation to the movie with the same name is directed by Josh Boone starring Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort in the lead roles.

When it comes to the book, I feel its well written in a simplistic manner which actually takes you to the journey of visualizing every scene narrated by the author. Indeed it narrates the story about terminal cancer patients/ survivors & their parents. When it comes to medical related topic, obviously its bound to receive emotional lookout. Its simple narration & easy to understand vocabulary is what makes the book readable. But somehow the characters in the book feels unrealistic only because being teenagers, they aren’t speaking like teenagers. But it makes the reader engrossed till the end. Over all, I loved the reading experience & yes the book takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

Author: John Green
Rating: 4/5

Of-course, movie is a different medium of expression all together which brings life to the novel. The movie is the adaptation of the book which uplifts the story and makes it feel real. After reading the book, when I watched this movie, I found out that many portions narrated  in the book have been skipped by the makers. Maybe the makers wanted to make it crisp. The characters of Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters played by Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort seems like a perfect casting given pure justice to the characters. Simple screenplay & the overall treatment given to the movie is to lookout for. Overall the movie has its own charm but according to me the novel wins over the movie.

Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe
Rating: 3/5

June 29, 2014 at 9:32am

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Ek Villain Movie Review: Watch it for Riteish Deshmukh’s performance

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Ek Villain is a 2014 romantic-thriller film directed by Mohit Suri, and starring Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles. The expectation always rises when a Director’s previous movie is a blockbuster. Seeing Mohit Suri’s previous movie “Aashiqui 2″, my expectation was a bit higher. The promo also looked promising. 

Well, in a way movie is fine when it comes to plot. I wont spill the spoilers as why I should only be the one to tolerate overacting of Shraddha Kapoor, Kamaal R. Khan (Am curious to know what review he will be posting on his YouTube channel) & Remo Fernandes (yes the pop/rock/Indian fusion artist and film playback singer has tried hard to give justice to his role but somehow looks overacted). Good news for women is that they can drool over Sidharth Malhotra throughout the movie. Well, enjoy the spice ladies but control your feelings. He gave justice to his role so ladies, be happy. Unnecessary songs addition (well that’s a mastered talent some Bollywood movie makers have polished) makes the script ill.

Another task for the audience this movie gives is to figure out what rare disease does Aisha has in the movie, which is never revealed through out the movie. But on positive side, Riteish Deshmukh we have seen his performance in comedy movies and have appreciated it. This time he reveals his cards and proves that he can do negative roles too. He has given pure justice to his negative role. By the end of the movie, the two dialogues “Joke bolu?” & “Fikar matt kijiye Madam, aajke baad aapko shikayat ka mauka nahi milega” will always be remembered among the viewers.

Overall movie is a one time watch & watch it for Riteish Deshmukh’s negative performance.

Director: Mohit Suri
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, and Shraddha Kapoor
Rating: 3/5

June 28, 2014 at 9:30am

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Blended Movie Review: A typical Adam Sandler movie but not his best

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Blended is a 2014 American romantic comedy film. Its about two single parents who after a blind date, happened to meet again in a resort in Africa along with their kids & how the attraction grows between them & both the families start blending.

Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore completely steals the show. But Adam Sandler overpowers it. Its a typical Adam Sandler flick. Comedy, family, kids & blending romance in resort in Africa makes this movie watchable. An heart warming, feel food factor the movie has. But I wont say its one of the best of Adam Sandler. Bang on comedy, well scripted screenplay but predictable & the chemistry between Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore is to watch-out for. Both of them overpower their roles so much in a good way that other cast felt shadowed. How their relationship eventually develops and trust each other, relate to each other’s kids and solve their kids’ personal issues is shown brilliantly.

The African holiday resort in this film is simply fantastic. It adds up to the movie. If you like slapstick romantic family comedy, then this movie wont disappoint you.

Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne
Rating: 3.5/5