Archive for Suspense

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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Mardaani Recommendation

 

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Children kidnapped for the world’s sex trade; the subject matter of ‘Mardaani’ is an important one. India is the hub of child sex trafficking with nearly 40,000 kids abducted every year; 11,000 of who are never found. Meet Rani Mukerji as Shivani Shivaji Roy, Senior Inspector, Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police Department. Shivani is devoted to her doctor husband, her niece Meera, and Pyari, a street girl whom she rescued and now pays for her education. Shivani is a female version of Ajay Devgan’s Singham; a righteous, incorruptible, and tough policeman. Rani Mukerji creates a policewoman that is equally powerful, butMardaani has a deadly serious tone. » Read more..

Drishyam Review

drishyam-movie-review Ajay Devgan is Vijay, a small town businessman caught up in a web of lies and deceit in “Drishyam” (The Sight). Although he is an orphan with only a fourth grade education, through hard work Vijay has built a successful cable business. He is obsessed with watching movie after movie, many times staying at the office late into the night. Vijay references scenes in movies for help with real-life situations; such as, advising a couple on legal matters after he recalls a movie with a similar court scene. Every day, Vijay spends time in a café owned by Martin Uncle. There he often witnesses a corrupt police officer Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant) bully people out of their money. » Read more..

NH10 Recommendation

“NH10” is a gripping thriller, ripped from the headlines of modern day India. Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam), originally from Bangalore in South India, now live in Gurgaon in the North, a modern city bordering New Delhi. They are young professionals with a comfortable lifestyle. At a party with Arjun’s coworkers, Meera receives a call requesting her return to work. Meera leaves Arjun at the party to be driven home by a coworker and she heads out on her own. It is after midnight, and the streets are deserted.
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Baby Recommendation

“Baby” is a fast-paced and entertaining thriller from the director of ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, Neeraj Pandey. It contains loads of action, suspense, foreign locations, humor, but no item numbers or love stories.
An experimental covert operation run by the Indian government to root out terrorism wherever it is found is named Baby because it’s the first of its’ kind.  Initially, twelve members were recruited from police and special forces. If caught, the government will deny any knowledge of them.  The operation will run for five years to see if it proves valuable. The unit is in its’ final year with only a few members left.  Feroz Khan (Danny Denzongpa), head of Baby, is liaison and advocate for the team with senior ministers. » Read more..

Ek Villain Recommendation

Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) is a young thug who was traumatized when his parents were murdered in front of him at the age of eight. Prone to violence, Guru is working as an enforcer for a gangster, when he lands in jail. Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) sees him being beaten by policemen. Being a compassionate person, her heart goes out to him, and when he is released, she tries to help him. Aisha believes that if you are in pain, you will find healing if you help someone else in pain. As Guru gets to know her, he realizes that she is dying of a terminal disease. He decides to help her fulfill the final wishes she has written in her diary. So, as they fall in love and marry, she pulls him from the darkness into the light.

Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh) is a middle-class family man. Stuck in a dead-end job and humiliated at work, he feels like he is being squeezed between the lower class and the upper class in society. Rakesh’s frustration is » Read more..

Special 26


It is January 1987, tens of thousands of Indians line the broad boulevards of New Delhi to watch the Republic Day Parade.  Elsewhere in the city, four officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation and several policemen, carry out a raid on a minister’s house. They are looking for black money, money that has been withheld from the IRS. They tear the minister’s home apart; finding false closets and doors – and lots of money. They efficiently place the money into trunks, have the minister sign an official document, and leave. We soon find out that they are not CBI officers at all, but con men, and they have just conned the minister. But, the minister can’t file a complaint about money he has not declared. The con men are quick, efficient, and professional.  They all meet back at a prearranged location, change out of their uniforms and into street clothes, split the money, and go their separate ways.

The gang is quite diverse. Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar), is the mastermind of the gang of four. He comes up with the jobs and plans them out in detail. He is not married, but he is in love with the girl next door. Priya (Kajal Aggarwal) also loves Ajay, despite knowing that he is a thief, and despite her impending marriage.  Second in command, P.K. Sharma (Anupam Kher),is not quite as cool and intelligent as Ajay, but he is older and comes across as a quiet figure of authority.  He lives in Chandigarh with his wife and eight children. Iqbal (Kishore Kadam) is henpecked at home, so his double life risk-taking serves as an escape. Joginder (Rajesh Sharma) lives with his very large family.

They have been at this game for several years and are starting to feel that they should quit while they are ahead.  Ajay decides to plan one more big job. But now, they have caught the attention of real CBI agent Wasim Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and humiliated policeman Ranveer Singh (Jimmy Shergall), who, it seems, has unknowingly helped Ajay carry out his plot against the minister. Khan and Singh are obsessed with bringing the gang to justice.

Akshay Kumar has been a top Hindi star for two decades, making a name for himself in comedy/action roles.  Playing the role of the master thief, Akshay plays it understated, serious, calm under pressure, thinking on his feet when something goes wrong, and showing the preoccupation of a man who is always thinking of the next big heist.  Anupam Kher, excellent as Sharma, is much more emotional than Ajay.  The viewer is never quite sure if he will mess the job up or not because of his nervousness.  In the end, you realize his ability as an actor, that he can act tense and vulnerable at will, is what makes him a great con man.

Writer, director Neeraj Pandey captures the period of the 1980’s with vehicles, clothing, etc. His story is based on a real gang of thieves who pulled off jobs in the 70’s and 80’s, and were never captured. And, although ‘Special 26’ is strictly a caper movie it does include some good songs: an enjoyable wedding dance number  Gore Mukhde Pe’, and the pretty ‘Mujh Mein tu hi tu Basa’. ‘Special 26’ is fast-paced,  intelligent, and fun.

No One Killed Jessica

New Delhi police were summoned to the Tamarind Court Cafe on the night of April 29, 1999, where a well known Delhi socialite was hosting a party for over 300 guests. Model Jessica Lal, 34, had been hired to work as a celebrity bartender for the night. When the liquor ran out around midnight, the bar closed but the party continued. Jessica and another bartender, Vikram, were cleaning up in the bar area when Manish Bhardwaj and two friends, approached them at around 2 am demanding drinks. When Manish was refused, even after he offered 1000 rupies, he took out a gun and fired once at the ceiling and once into Jessica’s head. » Read more..

Kahaani Recommendation

As seven months pregnant Vidya Bagchi steps out of Kolkata International Airport terminal, she is assaulted by taxi drivers and the oppressive heat. She has traveled from London to find her husband Arnad, who came to the city on an assignment and vanished. At the police station, she meets rookie police officer, Sayoki Sinha (Rana), who becomes both protector and accomplice as she navigates Kolkata’s streets in a desperate search for Arnad. » Read more..

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