Monu posted a review for Dream Girl in Movies
Karamvir Singh aka Karam (Ayushmann), is established at the very outset, as a boy blessed with the talent of impersonating the female voice with great accuracy. This unique talent is put to good use by his friend (Manjot Singh) who often gets Karam to pretend to be his mother (over the phone) or a pretend girlfriend to get him out of hot water. Nothing succeeds like success and his flawless imitation of the female voice ensures that he only lands the role of Sita in the local Ramleela, a source of income for the jobless Karam. The hero finds himself typecast into performing female roles despite his manly protestation and the only way out is to land himself a job. It does not help that his father Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor), a widower has mortgaged their home and the family business –a shop that sells accouterments used for last rites.
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Gautam posted a review for Section 375 in Movies
The screenplay is in the form of proper commercial format and not documentary. Fortunately, there are no songs or item numbers because the script didn’t demand any. Setup is mostly indoors with maximum time spent in the courtroom. Compliments to the casting director who got right people in the film. Akshay Khanna essays such roles effortlessly and impressively. Richa Chaddha, though apt for the role, is somehow not impressive. She lacked the required firepower. The nemesis of the film is its script. It is predictable and weak. Although I am not well versed with law but both Akshay Khanna as well as Richa Chadha seemed to have things very easy for them. Cross examinations, evidences, testimonies etc. worked conveniently well for both, blatantly ignoring certain aspects of the case which could have made investigation more conclusive.
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The film is set in the backdrop of Waaji city which is ruled by Roy(Jackie Shroff). This does not go well with other members of the mafia and they try to eliminate Roy. During the same time, huge money is robbed from Devaraj(Chunkey Pandey) who runs the opposite gang. The cops employ an undercover cop Ashok(Prabhas) to crack this case. Who is this thief who is robbing Devaraj and his gang? What role does Ashok play in this setup?.To conclude, it is worth watching for action packed scenes and extraordinary cinematography visuals.
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Anish posted a review for Section 375 in Movies
Anjali (Meera Chopra) goes to director Rohan Khurana’s (Rahul Bhat) home to show him costume options for a shoot. The same evening Khurana is arrested for raping her. What transpired while she was at the director’s home forms the main plot of ‘Section 375’. Based on the evidence, the filmmaker is sentenced to ten years of rigorous imprisonment by the Sessions Court, but the case is soon reopened in the High Court. Going against public sentiment, high-profile lawyer Tarun Saluja (Akshaye Khanna) takes up the case to defend Rohan Khurana. The prosecution lawyer representing Anjali is Hiral Gandhi (Richa Chadha), an earlier associate of Saluja. “We are not in the business of justice, we are in the business of law,” is Saluja’s pet adage to Gandhi. One that she does not buy into at all. ‘Section 375’ presents versions of the same story from two different perspectives. And along the way, it also examines the routine procedures (disturbing in the way in which it is shown to be handled), corruption and investigation lapses with a gritty, realistic feel. As the courtroom drama proceeds, layers keep peeling off – some facts and some conjectures come to the fore, keeping the audience hooked, guessing and joining the dots right till the end. While packing in various standpoints to showcase a balanced view and two sides to the story, the screenplay also highlights how media and social media trials take over a criminal case of this nature. Through its intriguing narrative, director Ajay Bahl tackles the sensitive issue of rape, while throwing light on abuse of power, dynamics of privilege and the absolute need for consent, will and permission when it comes to sex. For those not in the know, it also spells out points of Section 375 of the IPC. The film makes for a gripping watch with a crisp runtime and top-notch performances. Akshaye Khanna is intense, brooding and riveting all at once. He is simply brilliant as he owns every minute that you see him on screen. Richa Chadha follows up with an equally earnest and nuanced act. The supporting cast (Rahul Bhat, Meera Chopra, Krutika Desai) also hold their own. A special mention for Kishore Kadam who is effortless as one of the judges. Add to that, the screenplay is taut with dialogues that stand out. Overall, ‘Section 375’ is an audacious effort. It is a relevant film that tackles a complex issue and one that will engage, inform and open up debates.
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While the whole cast is amazing, this is Jennifer Lopez's chef d'oeuvre. Her performance is the best we've seen her since Selena and Out Of Sight, possibly even better than those two movies. A strong contender for this awards season. Definitely deserves at least an Oscar nomination, or a Golden Globe win. Without a doubt, one of the best movies of the year.
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