#CrazyKukkadFamily #HindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * * 1/2

#CrazyKukkadFamily #HindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * * 1/2

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#I(Hindi) Rating: * * An outrageous mish-mash of several fantasy classics with some punctuating ballads, a weird love story, dysfunctional agendas and impossible fight choreography. Flamboyant but imminently resistable.The film regurgitates all of Shankar’s tropes and spits out an experience that is far more outlandish than connected. Not a very happy experience this!
#ParagDesai #UniversalCommunications #Vikram #AmyJackson #Shankar #AascarFilmPvtLtd
#Alone(Hindi) Rating: * * #BhushanPatel tries hard to get his horror act together but fails to impress with this choppy, resuscitation of an original Thai chiller from the makers of ‘Shutter.’ #BhushanPatel #VikramBhatt #BipashaBasu #ParagDesai #UniversalCommunications #PanoramaStudios #KumarMangat
#CrazyKukkadFamily(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ a few laughs don’t add up to the tag of a comedy. This one is far more exasperating than enjoyable. More idiosyncratic than funny with a loads of nonsense and little else.  It’s also very much predictable – so a not so very  happening experience. #ImagesmithsPR #SanchitaTrivedi #SwanandKirkire #ShilpaShukla #NinadKamath #KushalPunjabi #RiteshMenon #PrakashJhaProductions
 
#SharafatGayiTelLene(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ A convoluted scam story about a straightforward naive geek finding his account credited with an unheard of sum of money. Then comes the call from #Dawood and he can do little but comply. The treatment doesn’t allow for either thrills or comedy so we have to make do with drama which starts getting shaky when the great reveal begins.  #RaindropMedia #ZayedKhan #SonyPictures #RanvijaySingh #TrinityGroup
#TheTheoryOfEverything(English) Rating: * * * *  As biopic’s this one is based on the Stephen Hawking’s initial breakthrough years of discovery while battling illness and trying to keep his love and family afloat. The point of view is that of his first wife whose memoirs are the basis for the script. The astonishing part is #EddieRedmayne’s stunning performance that gets the details of the horrible progress of illness astonishingly right. #FelicityJones as Jane, his first wife, makes a brilliant counterpoint in this highly evocative drama #MoesArt #SarjitaJain
#TheImitationGame(English) Rating:* * * * this biopic of eccentric British master code breaker Alan Turing is multi-layered and deeper than first imagined. It’s both thought-provoking and entertaining with moments of thrills, triumph, and sadness. Turing was credited with the feat much later in life. So One wrong gets righted while his rights get wronged(Chemically castrated for his homosexuality) #BenedictCumberbatch makes Turing come alive in all his complexities. It’s a potentially award winning turn.#PVRPictures #PriyankaVaswani #HardlyAnonymousPR

#AmericanSniper(English) Rating: * * * It’s a wonder that #ClintEastwood directed this propaganda film based on a true story about #ChrisKyle the most celebrated sniper in American history. Interesting,a little ponderous and very much blindingly patriotically American in it’s outlook. Not as exacting or involving as ‘The Hurt locker’ or ‘Enemy At The Gates’. #BradleyCooper gets buffed-up and does a decent enough take on Kyle. #ClintEastwood #BradleyCooper #WarnerBros #AnkitAgarwal


·         #Paddington(English/LiveActionAnimation) Rating: * * *  Children's favorite Paddington Bear gets the big-screen treatment in this fun family film adapted from Michael Bond's book series. Irresistibly charming  #WarnerBros #HughBonneville #SallyHawkins #NicoleKidman #PaulKing

 Hindi Film review
Johnson Thomas

More Idiosyncratic than funny


Film: Crazy Kukkad family
Cast: Swanand Kirkire, Shilpa Shukla, Ninad Kamath, Kushal Punjabi
Director: Ritesh Menon     

        
Rating: * * ½

I went into the theatre looking for some much needed laughs and came out quite shell-shocked and flabbergasted. A few stray laughs does not a comedy make..but who is to tell that to Bollywood’s newbie directors? The story line though done to death was promising in the sense that there was room for some crazy fun. But the narrative fails to cash-in with mistimed gaffes and plenty of idiotic goings-on.

The opening sequence familiarizes us with the  Beri family’s riches. A sprawling home, and a huge tract of land that covers almost a whole mountain. But tight-fisted Mr Beri has sent his progeny away to fend for themselves in the hope they will have learnt the value of hard-earned money. But obvious, that did not happen. All the four children are badly in need of money and are only too willing to get back home when the lawyer, Guptaji,gives them a call inviting them to be there for the presentation of the will. 

The eldest son (Swanand Kirkire) gets mixed up with a Politico-Don-financier who is now baying for the Rs.50 crore he had lent him. The manglish spewing virago of a daughter has no care for her cross-dressing husband(Ninad Kamath) and more time for her squashed ambitions that get skewered because of a dominating father. Since she was unable to participate in the Miss India contest she has now settled her hopes on the Mrs India one.  The third sibling(Kushal Punjabi) is a wannabe photographer in the USA who goes the Green card fake marriage route to stay on in the land of opportunity while the fourth , the youngest, a son(Sidharth Sharma), lives in New Zealand and needs money for a reason which the filmmaker expects us to be surprised with.   Imagine a mother whose husband is lying in coma allowing her children and their spouses to run beserk trying to grab at all the expected riches.  I can understand that the mother wants and needs her children around just when she is faced with the possible loss of her husband. But why would she want to be surrounded by avaricious, unkind, self-centered sickos who have zero compassion or caring for the parent who gave them a great start in life- which they all frittered away anyway with their personal dysfunctions and irrational quests. This is a crazy family alright but it’s not one that gives you much reason to laugh.


This one comes from the Prakash Jha films stable and it’s a first comedy attempt for them- but not a distinguished one at that. The writing by Suhas Shetty and Kushal Punjabi lacks both originality and smarts. The shrill dramatics are far more offending than engaging or interesting while what amounts to verbal slapstick comedy, doesn’t really crack you up the way it was expected to. Ritesh Menon’s directorial skills are not much of a primer for great things to come. The writing is mundane and clueless. The plotting is  uninteresting and the purposefully hurtful dramatics doesn’t really generate any interest as such. Swanand Kirkire is the only one who does a decent job at acting. The rest are  merely passengers who cry foul every time they are instructed to do so. So chickening out from this outing would make the most sense!



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