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#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

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 Hindi film Review
Johnson Thomas

Convoluted Thrills


Film: Sharafat Gayee Tel Lene
Cast: Zayed Khan, Ranvijay Singh, Tina Desai, Talia Benson, Anupam Kher
Director: Gurmmeet Singh


Rating: * * ½

An attempted thriller-comedy that doesn’t really end up as either. “sharafat gayee tel Lene’ as the title suggests is about a naïve geek Prithvi(Zayed Khan) who believes in living by the book but once he finds himself in a fish out of water situation he incorporates some cunning to wean himself out of a sticky wicket.
The writing is not nearly as clear or clever as the run of play suggests. In fact it’s a bit silly and forced and kind of a fait accompli given the revealing in-your-face moniker. Getting down to it- honesty is supposedly the best policy for Prithvi who rooms with a don’t-care-types friend Sam(Ranvijay) who is always behind on all his payments and bums Prithvi to make them good. Prithvi has a steady girl-friend(Tina Desai), a TV journalist, whom he doesn’t want to disappoint. So when Prithvi finds his four digit savings, turn to a Rs100 Crore plus, out-of-the-blue, he is shocked.  He obviously turns to Sam who is the player in the team and Sam advices him from thereon, while keeping his girl-friend out-of-the-loop. It turns out that Dawood is using Prithvi’s account for money-laundering purposes and Prithvi , egged on by Sam and too afraid to do anything else, plays along with the Don’s instructions. Where this takes him and his friends thereafter, is what the climax is all about. 

Though the attempt is to make it into a Hera-Pheri kind of return earner, there’s not much fun to be had here. What it ends up doing is getting a little too detailed and explanatory while missing out on all the possible fun moments. though, short and reasonably engaging, the narrative works better as a coming-of-age movie or to be more specific naïve geek to cunning smarts transformation of the lead hero. the financial hara-kiri doesn’t stand close scrutiny especially with a bank manager getting involved and the climactic revelation in it’s belated attempt to debunk what came before, appears forced and unpalatable to be precise. Nothing exciting about this , especially with the casual performances and low-key narrative. The music is in fact the pnly thing that attempts to give you a rise!

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