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Atrangi Re Movie Review: Dhanush steals the show in Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan film

Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar play the lead role in Aanand L Rai’s Atrangi Re. The film is currently streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

Movie Name: Atrangi Re
Director: Aanand L Rai

Aanand L Rai is the master of weaving simple emotions into larger-than-life-aspirational storylines. Be it the journey of the free-spirited Tanu in Tanu Weds Manu or Kundan and Zoya’s odd love story in Raanjhana, Rai has always given emotion precedence over any other element in his films. So, it comes as no surprise when he decided to experiment with a new subject and give it his unique layered treatment in his latest offering, Atrangi Re, currently streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

In Atrangi Re, Rai stays true to the title and creates characters and situations that are extremely atrangi – odd. Rinku (Sara Ali Khan) has a habit of running away from her home in search of her lover Sajjad (Akshay Kumar). She believes that he’s waiting for her and the only way to manifest his love is to elope and marry him. Nothing wrong with the idea right? But hold on, Rinky’s family has other plans. They decide to forcefully marry her off to a Tamil Brahmin Vishnu (Dhanush) to basically get rid of her and ensure she never returns.

What follows is a love triangle between Rinky-Sajjad-Vishnu, unlike anything you could imagine. And yes, imagination has a very big place in Atrangi Re’s very tricky premise. There is a massive twist that Rai brings to the table, which turns out to be a pivotal turning point in the narrative.

Atrangi Re is a risk on many accounts. For one, it pairs two veteran actors, Dhanush and Akshay, known for their acting chops, opposite Sara Ali Khan, seemingly still struggling to carve her own niche. It is not so much of a risk for Sara as it is for Akshay. He takes on a character that many A-list actors in his age group would have simply refused (and we’ve heard that a few actually did politely pass on the role.

Akshay’s Sajjad is a quirky, comical, jester, a mad man who conjures up tricks from his circus hat and changes weather with a click of his fingers. Polar opposite to him is the modest Vishnu who is unknowingly caught in a drama he never signed up for. Dhanush is perfectly cast for this part and his performance is easily the strongest point of the film. Sara Ali Khan’s Rinku seems like a part written for the actress. Very similar to her ‘namaskar darshakon’ Instagram series, Rinku too has verbal diarrhoea, a lot of spunk and seems like a time bomb waiting to explode.

Sara walks a very tight rope in trying to balance the garish over-the-top Rinku with her almost childlike vulnerability. It definitely is one of the toughest characters to crack and Sara shines in many scenes where she lets go of the pressures of being in the frame with her seniors or wanting to play to the gallery with the colourful dialogues. The only trick she needs to master as an actor is – a lot of times – less is actually more.

Rai’s screenplay has always been his biggest strength. His characters bring life to even the dullest dialogue. However, in Atrangi Re, the entire film oscillates between the three pillars – Sara, Akshay and Dhanush. It would have been interesting to see supporting characters add more flavour to the storyline. Also, scenes involving Sara’s character and how Dhanush’s Vishnu reacts to her big revelation can feel a bit misconstrued. Watch the film to know why we say so.

Love is the common thread that binds these three characters, but there are several moments where logic and reason are tossed out of the premise for the benefit of adding some melodrama. Also, the pace of the film, especially in the second half, does test your patience immensely.

Atrangi Re is a story of love, loss, grief, trauma and how a person navigates through all this and copes with what life has to offer. The film doesn’t present a linear or singular point of view but lets the audience decide what to make of the choices these characters make in the last 20 minutes of the film. Atrangi Re is Aanand L Rai’s bravest attempt in storytelling, even braver than Zero, given the subject it deals with. It is heartening to see a director show passion about breaking new ground and experimenting with format and style, yet stick to his core belief in filmmaking. Atrangi Re deserves a watch for attempting something new. It is risky but also a welcome step in the right direction. Don’t hesitate to embrace the new.

Alia Bhatt to Karan Johar, Bollywood lauds Ranveer Singh’s 83

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-starrer 83 has released in theaters today, December 24. Celebs including Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar have shared their review of the film.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s 83 is the talk of the town. The film, which was earlier scheduled to release in 2020, has been released in the theaters today, December 24. While fans have been busy booking tickets to watch the film, celebrities have already given their review. From Alia Bhatt to Karan Johar, celebs have shared their reviews for Ranveer’s 83.

ALIA, KARAN AND MORE CELEBS LOVE 83

Alia Bhatt loved Ranveer’s performance in 83 and took to Instagram to appreciate it. She wrote, “Phew! 83! Kabir Sir, I have so much to say and still, I have no words. It’s not a movie that can be boxed into a post along with a few adjectives! It’s an experience- a part of history that’s nothing short of magic! There were so many moments when I wanted to clap scream cry and dance at the same time! Pride, joy, unity, friendship, inspiration, I mean the list can go on. You walk out a different person after watching this beautiful beautiful film.

Talking about Ranveer’s performance, she said, “What to say I mean? What are you? Some sort of genius mixture wrapped in with some loaded feeling peppered with magic every few seconds. I’ve said this to you before- your eyes changes!!!!! You don’t act, you live the character! Can’t do can’t do- please go to sleep for years so we can all catch up with your brilliance! Actor to Actor- Thank you for you. To the entire team, Producers, technicians, coaches. Congratulations!!!!! You’ll have created and contributed to what will be a milestone in Hindi cinema.

Suniel Shetty appreciated Ranveer’s transformation and wrote, “Went to watch RanveerOfficial in #83. Couldn’t spot him. There was only #KapilDev on screen. Incredible transformation. I am stunned beyond. A team cast that could’ve walked off Lords. Got gooseflesh like I was reliving ‘83. Still shaken & teary-eyed at the artistry & emotions.

83 stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Pankaj Tripathi, Ammy Virk, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Saqib Saleem Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa and R Badree. The film is directed by Kabir Khan.

Hum Do Hamare Do Movie Review: Rajkummar, Kriti, Ratna Pathak, Paresh Rawal film is an acting masterclass

Hum Do Hamare Do released on Disney+Hotstar today, October 29. Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Ratna Pathak Shah and Paresh Rawal have delivered an incredible performance in the film.

Are blood relations so important in the institution of marriage? Or are you allowed to create your own family in this society? Hum Do Hamare Do, which was released on Disney+Hotstar today, October 29, is the perfect family drama to answer that question. The Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon-starrer has loads of funny moments, however, the ending seems very unoriginal. The best thing about the film is the acting, and not the script. Without giving away the story, here’s our review of Hum Do Hamare Do.

Dhruv, played by Rajkummar, is a successful entrepreneur, who falls madly in love with freelance vlogger Anya, played by Kriti Sanon. In keeping with the true tradition of Bollywood rom coms, love blossoms and the couple start dating. However, there is a catch. Anya wants to marry a guy who comes from a good family and will adopt a dog. Lovestruck Dhruv, also an orphan, will go to any extent to make that work, even getting a fake family for himself. Here, the story really starts. How to get this non-existent family?

After meeting an amusing matchmaker Shaadiram and perusing through multiple middle-aged candidates, Dhruv remembers his caretaker from childhood. Paresh Rawal’s character Purushottam Mishra ran a dhaba where little Dhruv worked as a waiter. Purushottam is madly in love with Ratna Pathak Shah’s character Dipti Kashyap and the elderly couple’s backstory makes for an interesting plot in itself. Hence, a kinship is declared with the spry middle-aged couple and all is good till secrets come spilling out.

Hum Do Humare Do, however, has a very patchy script. Since the genre of the film was not something we haven’t seen earlier, the perfect script could have made it a blockbuster. Unfortunately, it was very patchy and unimaginative. The ending is quite predictable. Things even get a little monotonous towards the end. There is not a single dialogue that would stick. Even the comedy is bland, with Paresh Rawal and his impeccable comic timing, you can’t help but laugh.

We also have an unfunny caper in Aparshakti Khurana who is always at the beck and call of his best friend Dhruv. It would have been interesting to give him some more lines. The sloppy script doesn’t do justice to the performances of our lead actors. They have been largely wasted in their roles. It almost seems like director Abhishek Jain was in a hurry to wrap up the film and jam in a happy ending.

But, the performances take the film to another level. Our male lead Rajkummar Rao is a poorly written protagonist with inexplicable impulses and poor decision-making skills. Even so, he manages to win hearts with his performance as a love-struck man in parts and as a super boss at work in others. Once again, he has proved why he is beyond the box office. Kriti Sanon’s acting is also noteworthy. She is charming and confident in her role. She even injects some life into the film. The duo’s chemistry is simply amazing.

Paresh Rawal is simply the best here and you would agree. His comic timing is impressive and the way he delivers dialogues makes the film an interesting watch. When Paresh is on the screen, he steals the show. His character is an old man who regrets not getting to marry his childhood sweetheart, Ratna’s Dipti. The scene where he desperately proposes to Dipti after getting drunk in public is simply hilarious. Ditto for Ratna Pathak Shah, who perfectly fits in her role as a mother to a stranger. The way she shrugs off Purushottam is truly savage. These two are the reason why we should have more veteran actors in movies these days.

Allu Arjun reviews Shershaah, calls it Sidharth Malhotra’s career-best performance

On Wednesday, September 1, Allu Arjun took to Twitter to praise director Vishnuvardhan, actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani and the entire team of Shershaah for the blockbuster hit. He also said that the film is a must-watch for every Indian.

After watching Shershaah, Allu Arjun took to Twitter on Wednesday, September 1, to praise the cast and crew of Shershaah for narrating the life of the Kargil hero, Captain Vikram Batra, so beautifully. The Arya actor believes that Sidharth Malhotra, who plays Vikram Batra in the film, delivered his career-best performance. Directed by Vishnuvardhan, Shershaah stars Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani in lead roles.

ALLU ARJUN REVIEWS SHERSHAAH

After Kamal Haasan, Allu Arjun watched Shershaah and was all praise for director Vishnuvardhan for narrating the life of the Kargil war hero Vikram Batra with such conviction. He also called Sidharth Malhotra’s performance as Vikram Batra his career-best. Taking to Twitter, Allu Arjun congratulated Karan Johar, who co-produced the film under Dharma Productions.

Allu Arjun wrote, “Congratulations to the entire team of #Shershaah. A very heart touching film. Career best performance by Mr. @SidMalhotra. Man who stole the show. Subtle & impactful performance by Ms @advani_kiara and all the other actors. My respect to all the technicians of the film (sic).”

In another tweet, he congratulated the directors and producers of Shershaah. He wrote, “Wonderful Conviction by the director @vishnu_dir garu. Sir, you made us all proud. Congratulations to @karanjohar ji and producers. Bigggg Congratulations @PrimeVideoIN for this blockbuster hit. A must watch for every Indian.

KARAN JOHAR THANKS ALLU ARJUN FOR SHOWERING LOVE ON SHERSHAAH

Karan Johar, who co-produced Shershaah under Dharma Productions, took to Twitter to thank Allu Arjun for the love and praise for Shershaah. He wrote, “Thank you so much for all your love…Means a lot to us.

ALL ABOUT SHERSHAAH

The story of Shershaah is written by Sandeep Shrivastava and directed by Vishnuvardhan. Shershaah is a biopic on the life of Captain Vikram Batra and chronicles the events from his first posting in Jammu and Kashmir as an Army Officer to his death in the Kargil War. Apart from Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, Shershaah features Shiv Panditt, Nikitin Dheer, Anil Charanjeett, Shataf Figar and Raj Arjun, among several others. The film is jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Kaash Entertainment.