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Raazi lives up to its expectations!

I had the pleasure of watching Alia Bhatt‘s latest release Raazi and really had an amazing experience! Raazi is a spy thriller that is well directed, edited, performed and leaves you with a lot of patriotic emotion!

This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. You want to know what’s going to happen next. Alia Bhatt’s performance is so good that it felt natural through and through as if she actually lived this life.  I am not sure how she pulls off such engrossing performance every time but it is a treat to watch her in this one for sure! Another actor that stood out for me was Jaideep Ahlawat who plays his character to perfection! Rest of the cast including Vicky Kaushal has done a great job as well and supports the protagonist extremely well.

There aren’t many songs since it is a thriller. A couple of songs that exist are sensibly placed and take the narrative forward. ‘Ae Watan‘ gives you goosebumps and ‘Dibaro‘ is quite emotional.

Raazi is a must-see experience for just about everyone. A story filled with patriotic emotion and bravery, to say the least!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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‘Beyond the Clouds’ is poetic!

There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to watch the latest Bollywood movie release, Beyond the Clouds. For one, its directed by an Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi and secondly it is introducing Ishaan Khattar, who is Shahid Kapur‘s brother.

Although I knew it was a serious subject, I went in with no expectations. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the story-line and how it was depicted on screen. It’s amazing to see how hope can be seen in such dire circumstances and kudos to the filmmaker for directing the way he did.

It is certainly a really good movie for Ishaan Khattar to debut in and he did an amazing job.  Malavika Mohanan, who played Ishaan‘s sister in the movie has done an equally awesome job! You can tell the amount of hard work that has gone in essaying their characters. A job well done!

Some of the Mumbai scenes are a treat to watch on screen. I also liked the director’s style, its subtle and poetic! Moreover, I liked the fact that I came out of the theater with a smile on my face. This movie is a lesson to those directors who want to make movies on a serious subject but don’t know how. Most of the time directors make serious subjects depressing and the audience comes out of the theater with no hope. It certainly is not true with this one. Beyond the Clouds is like watching a beautiful poem on screen.


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

Padman, directed by R. Balki is quite an inspiring movie, starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.

I didn’t have a lot of expectations going in but after watching the movie and seeing the real life journey of Padman (Arunachalam Muruganantham), I found it quite emotional as well as inspiring.

If we talk about the movie itself, I found the first half a bit hard to watch because reality was quite unnerving. However, the second half of the movie is quite inspiring and entertaining as well. Akshay Kumar did an amazing job of showing earnestness and passion that the protagonist needed to show to portray the real Padman. Radhika Apte, as always did an awesome job but for me Sonam Kapoor stood out the most. She looked elegant and natural as if she was meant for the role.

Kudos to Twinkle Khanna for bringing Arunachalam‘s story to life on the silver screen and making a movie on a subject that is not talked about much. I hope the movie creates awareness as well as improves the situation for rural India.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Jagga Jasoos – One of a kind Bollywood Musical

How do you give a star rating to a movie that is one of its kind? So, let’s not do that for Jagga Jasoos. It is one of kind Bollywood musical, an experiment, a fresh take on Indian cinema.

The story of Jagga Jasoos is heartfelt, interesting and universally appealing, though set up in a fantasy land. It’s characters are extremely likeable especially Jagga, played by Ranbir Kapoor; he looks innocent & endearing and has done a marvelous job. I am not a fan of Katrina Kaif‘s acting but I have to say, this may be one of the rare times where she was given an adorable character to play and she did a great job. All the supporting actors did extremely well as well. Movie length, editing and direction were fine, however the musical nature was overdone. I get why it was made into a musical but there were portions which could have used dialogues to balance a bit.

Sceneries are simply beautiful, especially that one shot where the giraffe colors the screen when it walks from right to the left side of the screen. The movie is shot in places such as Manipur, that are not particularly shown in Hindi cinema. In fact, there are a lot of creative things that are a first in this movie.

One thing is for sure, you need some patience and an open mind to watch Jagga Jasoos. It definitely has its moments and is not your cliche movie, but it could have been better if some of the musical portions were cut down. I am not sure what kind of box office business it will do, but it definitely gets an A for being experimental and creative!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review: “The Big Sick” is emotional and funny!

I have seen Kumail Nanjiani’s work in HBO sitcom, Silicon Valley, therefore I was very curious to see his movie, The Big Sick. And I wasn’t disappointed. This movie is based on Kumail‘s life story and very beautifully told. The movie is equal part touching and funny! There are some scenes which inherently are very intense and emotional but even in those scenes, the dialogues are written so beautifully that you can’t help laughing. I believe I also heard clapping in the theater for couple of dialogues.

Every actor has done a fabulous job of acting but I was particularly impressed by Holly Hunter. Movie length, direction and editing are quite impressive. If you like comedy and drama, you should definitely check this one out, you won’t be disappointed!


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