#I, Hindi/Tamil/Telugu Bollywood Film review,#JohnsonThomas Rating: * *

#I, Hindi/Tamil/Telugu Bollywood  Film review,#JohnsonThomas Rating: * *

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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

Flamboyant but disconnected

Film: I
Cast: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel, Santhanam, Ramkumar Ganesan
Director: Shankar

Rating: * *

Shankar has his hands full trying to eke out a logical thriller from a mish-mash of fantasy, legend, myth, and cinema lore. There’s a certain flamboyance to the narrative in all his films and this one too gets that signature treatment. The story idea for this film was among the three he had pitched to superstar Rajnikanth before he got the action super-hero’s nod for ‘Sivaji’ and ‘Robot.’ This one he is said to have declined citing disinterest in the storyline. It took Shankar a long time to get it back on board with another of his favorites, Vikram donning the mantle of the bodybuilder turned beastie( Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast).
The bodybuilder Lingesan a.k.a Lee(Vikram), is a die-hard fan of Diya(Amy Jackson) who falls in love with the beautiful model following her entreaty to get him to ease-up during a modeling assignment in China. At that moment in time she is just pretending but later on after having realized how her revelation has affected him, she relents and reciprocates the feeling. but there are  a number of villains trying to separate the two lovers not least of whom are a stylist, a male model(Upen Patel) a fellow body builder who lost out to Lee in the Mr Tamilnadu contest and an industrialist who got rejected by Lee when requested to appear in an ad for his company’s product. There’s also an allopathic Doctor(Suresh Gopi) and a herbalist in the plot trying to stir up some prolonged, exasperating dramatics that involves hideous prosthetic make-up( teams of Christien Tinsley & Dominie Till, Sean Foot&Davina Lamont )and abhorrent plot turns that are much more off-putting than entertaining.
Yes, Shankar has taken the desi film to new technological heights but to what purpose..? is the question that remains unanswered.  The narrative is indulgent with it’s song and dance ballad routines while trying to employ interest through a parallel storytelling gamble –mixing past and present in such a fashion as to create a mystique around the new character sprung up in the plot. Not that we have any doubt as to who the character really is or what his objectives are. And that’s the problem really. Predictability is a killer and Shankar’s film cannot sustain the mystery for very long. After that it just boils down to some protracted pyrotechnics with some fluid stunts and fiery exchanges. The dubbing from the original south Indian language(Telugu/Tamil) to hindi is a bit of a laugh and so are the lip-sync hindi songs which sound atrocious when sung to Rahman’s predictable south side score. Amy Jackson looks lovely no doubt but her acting skills need a little more work while Vikram and Subha(who co-wrote this monstrosity) does well to fit in to Shankar’s weirdest imaginings- a sort of Rangeela-Bodybuilder-beastie- loverboy all rolled in one. Pc Shreeram’s cinematography is ay best, competent, presenting a riot of candy colors with shocking ferocity. The film could have done better with a lot more edits(editor: Llewellyn Anthony Gonsalves) including lesser indulgence in pointless songs and dance routines and  tasteless comedy. At 3 hours and ten minutes approx. runtime this film is also way too long to be sufferable!


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