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Sanju is a Rajkumar Hirani’s masterpiece!

The movie, Sanju, is a beautiful portrayal of human emotions by magician Rajukumar Hirani! Although this movie focuses on dark aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life, it never feels dark. Only Rajkumar Hirani can pull that off.

The emotion level is up there and there are plenty scenes that will stay with you for days. My favorite is the scene in which Vicky Kaushal‘s character pleads with Paresh Rawal‘s character. Vicky Kaushal was simply outstanding! An actor to look out for!

Ranbir Kapoor is at his best! He is pretty much living Sanjay Dutt’s life during the movie. I didn’t see Ranbit kapoor at all. In every scene, I saw Sanjay Dutt. What an awesome acting job!

All the supporting actors were well casted and did a remarkable job. However, Anushka Sharma stood out amongst them. She looks so lively and apt for the role and plays a pivotal role in telling Sanjay Dutt’s story.

Pretty much everyone who watches the movie will feel at least one strong emotion. There is a lot to feel and a lot to learn. Yet it is a heart touching entertainer!

A must must watch! Don’t miss it!


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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Judwaa 2 entertains!

To be honest, I was quite skeptical when David Dhawan announced Judwaa 2. My thought was why? But after seeing Judwaa 2, I am thinking why not? In retrospect, it was quite a smart move to cash in on the popularity of iconic Judwaa!

David Dhawan has cracked the formula for comedy movies and his son, Varun Dhawan faces the challenge of walking in Salman Khan‘s shoes and does a very credible job! In fact if there is one actor of current generation who can be as adorably funny as Salman, it is Varun Dhawan for sure. Varun’s dancing is superb in all the songs. Tapsee and Jacqueline did a fine job and overall the movie is entertaining. Editing could have been a bit more crisp especially towards the end of the movie but direction is pretty neat. All the songs are a treat for the eyes and ears.

If you liked Judwaa, you won’t be disappointed with Judwaa 2!


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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