Alia & Varun excel in Badrinath ki Dulhania!

Badrinath ki Dulhania‘s trailer might seem frivolous but the movie is surprisingly substantial as well as entertaining. A dose of feminism provided to us in a very light-hearted and entertaining way!

Alia Bhatt is amazing as usual. I believe that after her previous mind blowing performances, people expect great acting from her. But what amazes me how is she able to get into the skin of her character so effortlessly? She pretty much becomes the person that she is playing on screen and makes us root for her character. The surprise, however comes from Varun Dhawan. This is probably his best acting job so far! He is believable and endearing. As much as Alia is the hero of this film, you fall in love with Varun’s character. Well done!

Music is great especially the Tamma Tamma song and the title song. Other songs are melodious and visually appealing. Story has a wide appeal in terms of connectivity with the audience and dialogues are smartly written. There is ample humor in the first half and endearing emotions in the second half. Although the ending resolution seems a bit too easy, the movie overall is tightly edited and beautifully told.

Overall a great entertaining watch with a meaningful message.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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SRK shines in and as Raees!

Ever since Raees‘s trailer came out, it looked promising and the movie sure does deliver! Well directed and researched, it has a realistic flavor and boatload of acting talent! Very different from a typical Shah Rukh Khan movie.

I went with the assumption that Nawazuddin Siddiqui being such a fine actor will surely perform better than Shah Rukh Khan but I was pleasantly surprised. While Nawazuddin performs graciously, Shah Rukh Khan definitely shines in this acting oriented role. His demeanor and facial expressions were spot on and he looked the part. It kind of reminds you of his much talked about acting in Baazigar movie. Mahira Khan fitted her character and performed realistically.

Music is awesome, especially the Laila mein Laila song, the visuals and the striking music is too good to ignore! Other songs are fairly good as well.

Based on the realities of Gujarat state, this movie is gripping and story line is pretty strong. One could argue that the ending could have been a bit stronger but it doesn’t take away from the extremely well woven plot.

I’d say definitely a watch for Shah Rukh Khan‘s fans and those who like realistic cinema and good acting…


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review: The Founder!

The likes of successful corporations such as Starbucks and McDonalds have always fascinated me. There is always a big-thinking entrepreneur behind such phenomenal corporations. Therefore I had to watch the movie The Founder to learn more about how McDonalds came into existence and became a sensation.

The Founder starring Michael Keaton is a well directed and a very telling story told from the perspective of Ray Kroc, the man with an ambitious mind. I really liked learning how the corporation was started and how the various events led to what McDonalds is today.

The Founder is a very well acted and directed movie! A must watch for those interested in business and inspiring stories!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review – XXX: Return of Xander Cage!

Got a chance to watch XXX: Return of Xander Cage today! I haven’t watched any of the previous movies of this franchise but I wanted to watch this one for Deepika Padukone.

I am not a fan of action movies…I hate to admit that at times they are difficult to follow such as the Avengers (I may have slept through one..) Having said that, XXX: Return of Xander Cage was easy to follow and had a clear cut storyline. Vin Diesel was majestic and all the other characters were perfectly casted and performed well. I was quite impressed with Donnie Yen.  Deepika held her own and looked gorgeous!

Overall a nice watch if you like action movies. Some of the stunts were really fun to watch especially the chase in the ocean and the airplane climax scenes.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review: Dear Zindagi!

Gauri Shinde has done it again! She proved that her direction has merit with English Vinglish and she proves that she has a lot of depth with Dear Zindagi! I am so glad that I watched this profound movie, it warms your heart and makes you proud to see good Indian cinema!

Casting of the movie is perfect! Editing and direction are marvelous and the music doesn’t interfere with story telling, just like it should be!

Shahrukh Khan justifies his character and plays it endearingly, while Alia Bhatt is effortlessly phenomenal! Not even once I felt like I am watching fiction, Alia essays this role so believably that she pulls you along and takes you on a beautiful ride!

Youth will connect a lot with this film but adults will take home a lot more! Experience the magic for yourself…


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review: Shivaay!

Ever since Shivaay‘s trailer has hit YouTube, I have been wanting to see it. It’s the first of its kind in Bollywood and kudos to Ajay Devgan for pulling something like this of. The scale of the movie is beyond imagination and stunts are unbelievable. One thing is for sure, this movie deserves to be seen in the big screen, without which you will never experience it fully. Music is fresh and simply awesome. I am in love with the Darkhaast song! But the Bol har har & Ja Ja Kailash chanting in the theater was hair-raising! Everytime I heard it in the movie, its was a treat!

Craft wise, I would say the movie should have been edited better and could have been shorter. Some scenes are a bit too long. The story itself is dark (almost felt like I am watching an episode of Criminal Minds show) but the movie’s scale and emotion and music is mind blowing. A great effort by Ajay Devgan’s team! Kudos and Congratulations!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

It is going to be hard to review Ae Dil Hai Mushkil without revealing its story…All I can say is that it is a relationship story or rather a story about modern relationships. I absolutely loved the first two hours of the movie, performance were outstanding and sceneries were beautiful, costumes were stylish but here’s the downer…Whoever wrote the story probably ran out of ideas…the last 20 minutes or so did not work for me at all. I love Bollywood movies so I am generally very tolerant of storylines but I couldn’t digest that last bit of the movie.

Having said that, Karan Johar‘s direction was superb. Ranbir Kapoor proves yet again what a fine actor he is. Anushka Sharma was effortless, she is such a talented actress! Aishwarya was good in her supporting role, in couple of scenes she looked breathtaking. Lisa Haydon was a surprise package, I loved her bit. Music is great but a bit saddening.

All in all, ADHM is a nice watch but not great…


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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