Gully Boy – Make way for Swag, Swank and Slang of the Rap world

Disclaimer: This review is only going to be full of applauses and admiration to the brilliance that Gully Boy is.

India’s first true-blue street musical, Gully Boy chronicles the life of Murad, a boy living in the world famous slums of Dharavi, inspired by the real rappers – Divine and Naezy.

An actor of the explosive energy levels of Ranvir Singh, who was last seen making an almost 10 mins long full-blown Bollywood hero entry in Simba, simply appears as the third (least) important person in soft focus in the opening scene of Gully Boy. In focus stays his friend (played by the supremely talented Vijay Verma) who sets up the scene of Dharavi and the humdrums of its residents for whatever is to follow.

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Thugs of Hindostan – the title is a hint, stay from being thugged!

A rebellious army of so called ‘thugs’ fighting against the East India Company with a mission to take revenge for their destroyed monarchy years ago. The story begins with a dumb to death backstory of this single objective of the ‘Thugs’. These group of interestingly dressed warriors, is led by a  guardian, Khudabaksh (Amitabh Bachchan) and his ally, a former princess Zafira (Sana Shaikh).
What follows thereafter is a tedious narrative  so predictable that not a single drop of water gets you by surprise.
The only person having a ball in this 2 hour 45 mins hour long stretch is Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) himself.  Placed at the center of attention but not entertainment , Khan’s energy is straight out of AAA. His eye rolling can make a non die hard fan almost dizzy. Everyone else is misplaced in this saga, picked up from their own original pieces and put awkwardly together. Katrina for one is in her Chameli and Sheila hangover but punished with some unfitting music and dance moves(let’s call them that). Try as you may to approve of all this in the name of her drop dead gorgeousness but nah! Watching a 76 year old Amitabh fence swords is a quite a sight, sadly even that doesn’t land the punch it is expected to. Fatima’s role is missed in a blink.
The music and choreography is bizzare to say the least. The action sequences, the CGI, dialogues, twists, nothing is worth your buck.  Ambitious big-ticket entertainer but dull as a dishwater, yes we feel truly thugged!

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HAMPI – Where History meets Hippie

No hills or hike trails to wander through, no beaches to tan your day away and no food or shopping ‘must haves’. Yet Hampi has an unfiltered charm that has been attracting backpackers across the world to its discovering.

Why Hampi?

So a bunch of us (friends) argued for almost two months over deciding a place of common interest for an extended weekend. Despite all votes to Goa, some mystical force had us book tickets to Hampi. Thanking that force and breaking down the arguments for Hampi.

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Sacred Games – Finally a compelling & brave web series for the evolved Indian audience

Gripping pace, gritty visuals and graded background score. All this unveiling the stories of two men in parallel timelines, intertwined in the undercurrents of Mumbai’s dark corners.

The opening scene is a disclaimer of the brazen recital that is to follow. The first few minutes set the premise for the best use of a censor free medium. You now know this is for the brave-hearted content hungry audience all set to binge.

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Sanju – Made from the heart, but is this only the first part?

The last time we saw Ranbir Kapoor (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) he was still in his never-ending phase of playing Man-child roles and lip-synching heartbreak songs that top lists. His talent remains unquestionable despite his choices. So when Rajkumar Hirani announced a biopic of his most favourite actor with RK, it was the best of both worlds. The first look of Sanju had the fans, critics, and media going berserk with praises.

The three men of Sanju are outstanding – Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Paresh Rawal. If it was called a father-son drama or a friendship story, it would be fine. But here’s what has led to my disappointment.

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Travel essentials (Part 2) – easy breezy leather wallet

Are you the kinds who indulge in travel shopping with equal or higher enthusiasm than the travel planning itself?  Me too! It does indeed require a lot of ‘make or break ‘kind of decision making on what goes into that backpack/suitcase.

My favourite companion while travelling is a sleek and trendy sling bag with just the right amount of essentials, which include- Passport holder, wallet, sunscreen and sunglasses.

So when Urby offered this sleek as hell, adorable little-personalised wallet, it was an absolute joy to use it!

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