#Fireflies #IndianEnglishHindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * * 1/2

#Fireflies #IndianEnglishHindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * * 1/2 
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#SuperNani(Hindi) Rating: * * Oh No! Not #KhoonBhariMaang again? The twist is that she’s a Nani now who gets into the same get-up,Kyun Ki..I won’t go there. Needless to say she is all right and her family are all wrong. Old fashioned, antiquated plotting, strong on melodrama , banshee theatrics, hyperventilating hysterics and low on artistry. Rekha looks gorgeous and Sharman sounds strange. Moral Sermonising has little connect. #Rekha #IndraKumar #ParagDesai #UniversalPR #MarutiInternational #SharmanJoshi

#RoarTigersOfTheSundarbans(Hindi) Rating: * * Faking it! What a b(o)ore! Seeking vengeance but not getting close. No ‘real’ tigers to see just a lot of shadow dancing around in the wilds of the Sunderbans (which is stunning no doubt). The digital anime though competent,doesn’t feel alright! #KamalSadanah #AbisRizvi #ABFilms #AbhinavShukla #NoraFatehi #HimarshaV #AliQuli #AchintKaur #PranayDixit #SubratDutta #VarinderSinghGhuman

 
#Fireflies(English/Hindi) Rating: * * ½  Presumptive E-stranged entanglement.  Strong on Performances but low on impact. Plot not exploited or purposeful. Skirting through relationship twists without achieving any depth. Premeditatedly  Pretentious and too low on fuel to create a fire #RahulKhanna #ArjunMathur #SabalSinghShekhawat #MonicaDogra #WildGeesepictures


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Indian Film review
Johnson Thomas

Pretentious and Superflous
Film: Fireflies
Cast: Rahul Khanna, Arjun Mathur, Monica Dogra, Shivani Ghai, Aadya Bedi
Director: Sabal Singh Shekhawat

Rating: *  * ½
 
Fireflies come out in the night, just to light up the darkness. But the connection to this film’s story is at best tenuous. FIREFLIES is the story of two estranged brothers, orphans Shiv(Rahul Khanna) and Rana(Arjun Mathur), who along with their little sister Manda, were brought up in the soothing environment of Ooty. The churning begins with an accident and leads right up to the point when they come back full-circle, back to the ruins of their home for some much needed sense of belonging. But before that can happen, romantic tragedies hightail their lives.  Shiv strays from his wife Maya(Aadya Bedi) into the arms of ex-flame Sharmila(Shivani Ghai)while Rana ends up getting involved with (Monica Dogra) who hides her marital commitments for some brief moments of bliss in his ever willing arms. Each  Living disparate lives, the brothers still remain shackled to the darkness of their past. Haunting memories of a tragic incident involving Manda, must be resolved before they can be brothers again.
Well, the attempt was sincere even though it doesn’t in effect, amount to much. The story telling is a little too flimsy, there’s not much depth in the evocation of strife between siblings and there’s even little attachment to be had. What saves the experience though are some ensemble underplaying. Rahul Khanna, Arjun Mathur, Monica Dogra, Aadya Bedi, Shivani Ghai and the rest make a sincere attempt to make it realistic and partially stinging.  Scattered plotting and the lack of a cohesive enticement allows for a lot of ambiguity in the telling.  Shot in Mumbai, Bangkok and Sri Lanka, the cinematography lends color and flavor to the spaces on display. The soundtrack put together by Monica Dogra, Karsh Kale, Nikhil D'Souza and Indus Creed with some haunting songs plying in the background, suggests much more than the film can live up to. And the film has it’s all-too-brief sublime moments because of it. Unfortunately it doesn’t touch your heart and that is a failing that cannot be ignored.  Since the milieu and characters appear modern, the largely English dialogues don’t sound too alien. The cinematography is quite effective too. It’s unfortunate that the slim treatment  and pretentiously predicative plotting makes the engagement less than fulfilling!

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