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Preview: Vodka Diaries, My Birthday Song, Nirdosh and The Darkest Hour to release this week.
Preview: Vodka Diaries, My Birthday Song, Nirdosh and The Darkest Hour to release this week. A thrilling week well only if genre the movies from Bollywood are considered but will they turn out to be the treats is wishing too much but then one thing which still we are in control is wishing good things and cinema is one on top of the list.
Another debutant on the block to showcase his creative juices is KUSHAL SRIVASTAVA. Will his diaries be intoxicating or bland?.We wish him all the best.
What’s noteworthy is that he has proven credentials in the short films especially winning an award for his 2007 release KAAFIR still only getting to assist for next few years that too in short films only but getting his first full feature break after more than a decade tell you a story of how tough is it to make it in the bad mad film world.
It’s a thriller and hopefully has the chills and spills to enthrall the audience but we can be only hopeful.
When your CAST has KK MENON, RAIMA SEN, MANDIRA BEDI then though the acting department is safe, then success least depends on acting these days it’s all about either who is in your film or how is the film made.
The 2nd condition is apter in films which are small on budget and not much on marketing so it’s all about the word of mouth, but that too is relevant if any mouth enters the hall.
If the trailer is anything to go by and also the feedback (if such can be trusted as the norm is you feed me I please you) from reputed directors like VISHAL BHARDWAJ and IMTIAZ ALI then if you have the time and the money you give it a try.
Critics take: Spend on a bottle of vodka instead.
MY BIRTHDAY SONG
A psychological thriller DIRECTED by another debutant, actor SAMIR SONI and produced by SANJAY SURI whose choices are unique and out of the box and most importantly rarely disappoint though for a niche audience.
Critics take: If the trailer is the sole criteria then it seems to be a winner but if whatever reviews are out there it’s nowhere near being even decent.
When two people come together to work on a project and that too a whodunit mystery or India’s 1st suspect thriller as it is being projected as, then expect fireworks on the screen, that’s what all want to see. Will 1st timers PRADEEP RANGWANI and SUBROTO PAUL make it a memorable affair is anyone’s guess but what people have to understand getting their first opportunity to be the captain of the ship is all about destiny and hopefully they don’t waste what’s on their plate because not many with such opportunities are blessed?
When you have a CAST of ARBAAZ KHAN, ASHMIT PATEL, MANJARI FADNIS, MAHECK CHAHAL then the real hero has to be the script, Screenplay, and direction but then many will argue even the biggest hero will give you a start rest all depends on those two things, and yes it’s true but getting a start is 90 percent battle won as a major chunk of the collections come in the 1st weekend.
So let’s be realistic will the movie do justice and earn a little bit which is at the maximum expected will be known in next few hours till then no one is the culprit and all are NIRDOSH.
Critics take: You don’t have to commit a crime by being a part of it so stay away and remain Nirdosh.
THE DARKEST HOUR
DIRECTED by JOE WRIGHT whose cv is so impressive PRIDE and PREJUDICE (2005), ATONMENT (2007), ANNA KARENINA (2012) that you should except house full boards but then we are in INDIA and are going to mention what happens here and to be very frank except superheroes rest from Hollywood are having their darkest hours if box office is concerned and it’s not as if it’s now it’s been always there.
Critics take: A thrilling take on one of the darkest and defining periods during world war 2.