Judwaa 2 (2017)

Is the same old silliness and leave your brains at home flick, with the same wedgie and moves, Varun Dhawan is endearing & entertaining 👬

2/5

Tubelight (2017)

Director Kabir Khan was trying for a follow up to the ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ act but doesn’t achieve it for many reasons.

While the emotional quotient was high in BB, the proceedings were kept to a luke warm intensity this time round, neither investing your attention nor wavering it.

Salman Khan does a decent job, crying the most in any of his roles to date, without making you question his sincerety. He has worked hard to step outside his comfort zone and deliver an act. The effort is present but the final result may leave a lot to desire. A cameo by Shah Rukh Khan makes for an interesting twist.

Child actor Matin Rey Tangu and his mom Zhu Zhu deliver lines with conviction, while Sohail Khan ably supports Salman. Om Puri is the wisdom in the film that uses parallels from history and non-violent events to show NOTHING is a co-incidence.

It was a decent attempt but not cohesive or with lasting impact.

2/5

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Sultan (2016)

Director Ali Abbas Zafar had a tough task to take the helm of a Salman Khan Eid offering. The audience is expecting a big feast… And the film delivers a tasty one! It has broken the fast of empty cinemas with an onslaught of advance bookings, and is full all weekend!

The story is simple yet powerful. Thankfully, there is no gender bias present. Salman re-invents himself, though age isn’t always on his side in many shots. But he is relentless. Producer Aditya Chopra has tapped his winning formula; Make him humble, kind and goofy. He is all that, with a Haryanvi accent which doesn’t get annoying. His journeys of transformations carries the film to its climax.

Anushka Sharma is the perfect match for Salman in the film. She matches his intensity, is independent and her own person. Her character is very well written, a strong woman with a mission.

Amit Sadh starts of as a corporate dude and ends up a man with a heart. Randeep Hooda propels the film forward, giving Salman a new lease of life in his second round against life. His third and final round, becomes a challenge for all of us, where the climax connects directly to each individual.

Fight scenes leave an impact, but would have been stronger with a shorter film length. Songs were varied, one or two not required, but the title song was memorable. The film maintained an individual route, never becoming melodramatic or patriotic, which was its biggest strength.

A perfect family film for Eid, an important message for boys/girls, men/women, parents/children in our country and a life lesson for all of us to fight our arrogance, pride, failings and fears.

3.5/5

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)

So let’s acknowledge one thing first, the Barjatyas and Fox Star have spent money on the production, and it looks good, mostly.

Besides that there is little to talk about. But as its customary, it shall be discussed, in the hope again, to save your time and money.

Rajshri productions usually focus on family dramas and this is no exception. The tension though, lacks depth and meaning, looking lacklustre with caricature like characters. Random scenes, a weak plot, a supporting cast that wasn’t utilised well, and some misfits were cast too.

Salman Khan has more chemistry with Anupam Kher than with Sonam Kapoor. She does what she does best, look good and mouth some dialogues. The cinema erupted into laughs when she was crying, so that’s the verdict on her acting ability.

Deepak Dobriyal provides some comic relief. Swara Bhaskar is regressive, Armaan Koli laughable. Neil Nitin Mukesh looks princely in a role which suited him well, but lacked dimension.

The songs are abysmal baring the title track. Songs used to be Sooraj Barjatya’s strength, but over the years, that too has dwindled.

Was it as bad as ‘Mein Prem ki Deewani hoon’? Let’s just say they are tied, and leave it at that.

1/5

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Move over Dabbang fans, here we have a Salman Khan we have never seen before. In his most sincere, pure and unassuming role, we see a male lead nurturing a child.

Pavan is a big Bajrangbali believer. He gives you doses of the Salman you have to come to love. But he shows us a side of him we didn’t know existed. Humble, kind, a good human being and a fierce protector, his mission is clear and his approach is simple.

The female lead is even more impactful than him, without words! Little Harshaali Malhotra is an epitome of innocence and made sure the flood gates remained open. She wins hearts with a mere smile and has a twinkle in her eye we rarely witness on screen.

Kareena Kapoor Khan makes a special appearance with some good lines in a respectable role. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a loveable character who has a graph that you cannot fathom. As always, he delivers the goods only he can deliver.

The film exposes many stereo types and prejudices, within our country and in Pakistan. But there are believers in humanity in both, which see us through a situation which could have become very dire.

The end result? A smashing good film. It surfaces feelings of love for a fellow human being, patriotism, doing the right thing and of course sticking to your principles and not wavering from your path. For that, and for capturing the beauty of human emotions and breathtaking locales, I give Kabir Khan full points.

There are films and there are experiences. Yes it’s a little clichĂ©d and predictable, but it’s heart is in the right place and parts of it touch your soul, with expressions only.

3.5/5