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Udta Punjab Review

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‘Udta Punjab’ is a story of how drugs are quietly destroying the future of many Indian young people. Director and co-writer Abhishek Chaubey uses his film as a wakeup call for those that are unaware of the problem within their own country. He uses four people living in Punjab and touched by the drug lifestyle to tell his story.

Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), is a popular rock icon in his state. His songs glorify drug use and partying. His fans love him. Friends make sure he has a limitless supply of cocaine to keep his creative juices running. Everyone, including his father, want the cash to keep pouring in. But,Tommy is so addicted that he starts to unravel. Bizarre behavior lands him in jail where he suffers withdrawal alone.
His cell mates include two brothers who are fans. They became addicted, stole money from their mother, and killed her when she tried to stop them. Horrified, Tommy realizes the influence of his own music. He wants to stop. At his next concert, he tries to talk with his young audience about drug use. He finds out that its all about the drug lifestyle. His fans don’t care about him, they like his music to get high to.

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Tamasha Review

tamasha-1448607669-583-640x480Imtaz Ali’s (writer and director) “Tamasha” is all about finding your true purpose in life. Am I here just to fulfill my duty to my family or to society? Or do I have a duty to myself?  Ali follows Ved Vardhan Sahni (Ranbir Kapoor) through three important stages of his life.

Not really interested in school, 9-year old Ved  is obsessed with stories. All his free time and money is spent on an old storyteller who dispenses stories a half-and-hour at a time.  The stories, a mix of the Mahabharata and Ramayana‎, Greek mythology, and the Bible, set Ved’s imagination on fire. When he returns home, he secretly re-enacts each character.

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Neerja Recommendation

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The date was September 4, 1986; the location somewhere in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Four terrorists, part of the Abu Nidal Organization, are busy assembling a bomb, checking their weapons, and changing into the uniforms of airport security officers. They join hands and pray for the success of their mission. If Allah answers their prayers, they will successfully hijack Pan Am flight #73, currently in flight from Mumbai. They plan to hold 361 passengers and 19 crew members hostage, and then force the pilot to fly to Cyprus demanding the release of imprisoned Abu Nidal members.

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Kapoor & Sons Recommendation

 

kapoor-sons-heres-the-jolly-motion-poster-0001Kapoor and Sons is a family drama that leaves you feeling you have been an observer of a real family.  It is the story of accepting that family members have weaknesses, but on the other side of disappointment, our family’s love helps us cope and rise above them.   This film is not a typical Bollywood film, in that it is more of a realistic character study of a modern family. The drama is understated and the story unfolds as daily life does. In the second half of the movie old wounds and secrets appear and the groundwork laid in the first half will leave you touched emotionally by the movie.

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Airlift Review

Airlift‘Airlift’ is a fictionalized account of an actual event, the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in 1990. The film focuses on the evacuation of 110,000 Indians who worked there and are stranded when Hussein’s army invade. Caught in the middle of a desperate situation, the Indians were not targeted by the Iraqis who only want to kill Kuwaitis. Adding to the problem, Kuwait’s royal family flees as soon as the fighting starts, leaving behind chaos and no one in charge of the government.

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Baahubali: The Beginning Recommendation

Director/Screenwriter S.S. Rajamouli‘s epic tale begins as a villager rescues a tiny baby from the raging waters of a spectacular waterfall. The boy is raised by a surrogate mother and is given the name Shiva. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Shiva (Telugu actor Prabhas) yearns to know what lies atop the waterfall but all his attempts to climb it fail. One day, a devoted Shiva, desiring to make his mother happy, lifts a two-ton Shiva Linga (a stone idol) from its foundation and places it in the showers of the fall, a feat which brings proud blessings to his amazed mother and the villagers. Soon afterward, a wooden mask tumbles down from the top of the falls and lands at Shiva’s feet. Pulled by the call of destiny, Shiva tries the climb again. This time Shiva discovers a beautiful spirit who playfully encourages him all the way to the top of the mountain. » Read more..

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Recommendation

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Milkha Singh is one of India’s few legendary track and field athletes. “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, brings his fascinating story to life. Based on Milkha’s autobiography, “The Race of My Life”, writer Prasoon Joshi artfully weaves flashbacks of Milkha’s tragic childhood into the story of his adult triumphs and failures.

Milkha was born sometime in the 1930’s when India was still under British rule. In his early childhood, he was a member of a large Sikh family and had a special relationship with his older sister, Ishvar. Life, as he knew it, ended when he was orphaned during the brutal Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.
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Piku Recommendation

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It is a typical morning in the Banerjee household. Piku is running late for work, man servant Budhan is preparing breakfast and seventy year old hypochondriac Bhashkor is checking his meds and complaining of constipation. Piku tries to convince her father to “go and try”, but Bhashkor doesn’t feel “the pressure”. Piku rushes out the door and promptly takes out her frustration on the taxi driver, accusing him of being late when he has actually been waiting for 20 minutes. And so, we are introduced to the daily routine at the Banerjees in this simple slice-of-life story that deals with our motions and emotions in a most amusing way. Shoojit Sircar has touched a universal nerve as every human being is familiar with the annoyance of constipation. His slightly dysfunctional Bengali family will in some way remind you of your own.

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Swades Recommendation

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Swades is not a typical “Bollywood” movie.  It is a thought- provoking and touching look at rural India and is relevant for anyone desiring a have a positive influence on those around them.  It was written, directed and produced by Ashutosh Gowariker, with music by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.

Have you ever been in a place where you had everything you thought to wanted, but deep in your soul something is lacking?  As Project Manager for Global Precipitation Measurement, a mission of NASA, NRI Mohan Bhargava’s (Shah Rukh Khan) future is set.  He has a penthouse overlooking the Potomac, drives an expensive car, and his request for US citizenship has just been accepted.  But success has left Mohan feeling empty. Lately, he has been thinking of an older woman who helped raise him back in India, Kaveriamma (Kishori Ballal). Feeling selfish and self absorbed, he determines to return to Delhi and bring her back to live with him in America.

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Devdas Recommendation

DEVDAS (2002) RECOMMENDATION

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“Devdas” has been made into a Hindi movie three times: in 1936, in 1955, and in 2002 by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The original story was taken from a popular Bengali romance novel written by seventeen-year- old Sarat Chandra Chatterjee in 1917. The setting was West Bengal sometime in the early 1900’s. Over time, Chatterjee’s character Devdas has become an iconic tragic hero in the imagination of the Indian people.
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Queen

When Vijayis was introduced to Rani, it is love at first sight. He set out to win her heart by any means possible. Rani finally gave in, and fell madly in love. Rani (Kangna Ranaut) and her family are happily preparing for the big day, the henna has been applied, the family is dancing and celebrating – until the phone rings. Vijay (Rajkumar Rao) has something important to say, he wants to meet for coffee. Vijay has had second thoughts about Rani. He has been moving up the ladder of success at work lately, and Rani is beginning to seem a little too simple and middle class to him now. He calls the wedding off.
Totally humiliated and in shock, Rani hides in her bedroom. Running through a gamut of emotions, she decides to take the much looked forward to honeymoon alone. Rani’s adventure begins in Paris » Read more..

Highway

In the midst of wedding preparations, Veera Tripathi feels suffocated and trapped by the predetermined life she is about to enter.  She wants to escape, to be free.  She prevails upon her fiancé to take her on a midnight ride to get away from the stress, when they are caught in the crossfire of a gang committing a robbery.  Veera is kidnapped by the leader, Mahabir. But Mahabir has abducted the wrong girl.  Veera is the daughter of a rich industrialist who will surely stop at nothing to get his daughter back. Fearing the father’s vengeance, Mahabir’s gang dwindles down to two men.

Mahabir attempts to evade capture by hiding Veera in the back of a truck and traveling through the northern states of India and into » Read more..

Kai Po Che Recommendation

‘Kai Po Che’ is told from the prospective of three childhood friends of different backgrounds and temperaments. The early 2000’s were tumultuous in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. In January of 2001, Ahmedabad was hit by a 7.7 earthquake. In 2002, a train carrying many Hindus returning from a pilgrimage was attacked and 58 Hindus lost their lives. Community violence broke out in the Muslim quarter of the city, leaving many more dead. These events personally affected the lives of Govind, Ishaan and Omi and their dream to leave the city for a brighter future.

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Lootera

For the Zamindars of West Bengal, time is running out.  India has won its’ independence from Britain, and in 1953, the position and treasure of the Zamindars now belongs to the Indian people.  Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) is the strong-willed,  sheltered, and asthmatic daughter of one such Zamindar, and her world is about it be devastated by a young archeologist named Varun (Ranveer Singh). Varun arrives at the palace seeking the Zamindar’s permission to dig at the site of an ancient temple on the grounds. Varun is a quiet, serious young man, cultured beyond his years and it doesn’t take long for the Zamindar to be taken by him. » Read more..

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