Naam Shabana Review

A spin off the hugely successful Baby, Naam Shabana narrates the story of a female intelligence officer. Taapsee Pannu only played a small role in Baby, but Naam Shabana focuses on her story and how she became a part of the secret services.

Directed by Shivam Nair and produced by Neeraj Pandey, the film also has Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher playing supporting roles. Just like Baby, Naam Shabana is a thriller and has Taapsee Pannu performing some risky stunts.

Taapsee is riding high on the success of last year’s Pink which was an issue based film. It would be interesting to see whether the actress can take Naam Shabana to similar heights with her performance. Shomini Sen of News18 is inside the theater to live tweet the experience.

9:52 AM: #NaamShabana tweet review in a bit. Stay tuned.

10:05 AM: The film is a spin off of hugely successful #Baby and focuses on a woman intelligence officer. #NaamShabana

10:08 AM: Featuring @taapsee in lead, #NaamShabana also features @BajpayeeManoj, @AnupamPkher and @akshaykumar

10:38 AM: Shot mostly in actual locations, #NaamShabana looks quite authentic.

10:48 AM: The film is taking a long time to establish the plot. #NaamShabana

11:06 AM: Didn’t know secret services put conditions when they recruit. #NaamShabana

11:24 AM: Shabana is not your typical hindi film heroine. She knows how to protect herself and her man. #NaamShabana

11:31 AM: #NaamShabana takes it’s time to establish the plot. The first twenty minutes has a slow narrative. It only picks up closer to the interval.

11:49 AM: The film is gripping only in parts. A lot of time is taken to establish the premise of the scenes. #NaamShabana

12:19 PM: Okay plastic surgery apparently changes peoples height as well. Okay. #NaamShabana

12:37 PM: Too much time is taken in establishing the characters. Not good for a spy thriller. #NaamShabana

12:46 PM: #NaamShabana taking a predictable turn now.

12:48 PM: #NaamShabana gives ample scope to @taapsee to perform and she doesn’t disappoint.

12:53 PM: Despite good actors, #NaamShabana doesn’t really quite pick up. The film appears very slow

12:56 PM: #NaamShabana dwindles a bit. Takes too much time to establish the plot but picks up close to the climax.

12:59 PM: .@taapsee gives a credible performance as the no-nonsense Shabana. She knows how to protect herself and gives a tough fight to the bad guys.

1:01 PM: Despite flaws, #NaamShabana should be watched for its cast which is very good.

1:01 PM: Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher’s cameo brings back memories of #Baby. #NaamShabana

1:05 PM: #NaamShabana hopefully will make way for more thrillers with the woman playing the central character. Always good to see an action heroine

1:05 PM: Thanks for staying with us throughout the tweet review of #NaamShabana. More movie updates to follow.

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Phillauri Review

Cast: Anushka Sharma, Suraj Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh

Director: Anshai Lal

A big fat Punjabi wedding is temporarily interrupted by the arrival of a ghost in Phillauri. It’s a promising film that tosses around some ambitious ideas but it’s also weighed down by pacing issues and occasional script contrivances.

Just days before he’s meant to tie the knot with his childhood sweetheart, Canada-returned Kanan (Suraj Sharma) appears to have developed cold feet. Add to that the fact that as a result of performing a precautionary pre-wedding formality, he’s accidentally married a spirit. Anushka Sharma, playing the ghostly apparition, floats around the place visible only to the young man. Naturally all sorts of mayhem ensues.

The film cuts between this track, and the past, in which the ghost’s back-story is revealed. Turns out she has some unfinished business from nearly a hundred years ago. At the time, she was a young woman named Shashi, living not too far from Amritsar in the rural town of Phillaur under the watchful gaze of her strict older brother who had no idea that she wrote poetry or that she had fallen for a reformed lothario and folk singer (Diljit Dosanjh).

Despite some nice moments between Diljit and Anushka and the distinctly earthy songs, this track unfortunately ends up feeling like a slog because it offers little by way of surprise or intrigue. You’d much rather stay in the present day, where Kanan, still being stalked by Shashi’s ghost, and confused about his feelings on getting married, is causing much stress to Anu (Mehreen Pirzada), his pretty bride-to-be, even as the rest of their extended families – particularly a scene-stealing, whisky-loving beeji – try to calm his nerves.

Director Anshai Lal and writer Anvita Dutt mine laughs from the absurdity of the contemporary track, while giving us two interesting female characters who couldn’t be more dissimilar. Although separated by a century, Shashi is feisty, strong-willed, and possesses a flair for the creative. Anu, meanwhile, so blinded by love, reveals nothing by way of spine or self-respect. The film then is centered on the idea that love – or the pursuit of love – is the only honest, enduring emotion even as everything else is susceptible to change.

However, the film is truly and irreparably crippled by its languid pace. At nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, Phillauri is way too long, and just doesn’t have enough plot to merit that running time. The film’s second half is stronger than the first, but ends in a climax that is sure to polarize viewers. I thought it was bold and original, and it worked for me, although I wish the special effects team – which until this point had done a good job – hadn’t gone beserk trying to show off in the film’s final moments.

All four leads put in strong performances, but Suraj Sharma’s flair for physical comedy is a refreshing revelation, and Diljit Dosanjh is impressive, particularly in the intense bits. Anushka Sharma, who’s also produced the film, brings a nice old-world charm to Shashi. She shines both in the dramatic portions and the comedic ones.

Phillauri isn’t a consistently smooth ride. It’s uneven and bumpy and unforgivably slow in portions. But a lot of it works and some of it flies. In a landscape where original ideas are hard to come by, I’m willing to settle for that.

I’m going with three out of five.

Rating: 3 / 5

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Anaarkali of Aaarah Movie review

After the critically acclaimed Nil Battey Sannata, actors Swara Bhaskar and Pankaj Tripathi team up once again, this time for director Avinash Das’ Anaarkali of Aarah.

The film narrates the story of a Bhojpuri erotic singer who is known for her provocative songs. She gains popularity thanks to her songs. Things begin to go downhill after a powerful man of the area tries to molest her. She now has to fight the powerful to get justice.

Known for playing strong characters, Swara Bhaskar gets to sink her teeth in this character. Will the film be able to create a long lasting impact? Shomini Sen of New18.com is inside the theatre to find out.

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