MARDAANI (2014)

Directed by:     Pradeep Sarkar

Written by        Gopi Puthran

Starring:           Rani Mukherji, Jissu Sengupta, Tahir Raj Bhasin

Music by:         Shantanu Moitra

Running time:  112 Minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 18+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.0/5.0

Content

A high paced crime drama packed with action and thrill sequences. In order to save an orphaned girl she considered as her own daughter, a lady Senior Police officer gets embroiled in a cat and mouse chase with an organized sex trafficking operator. Taut editing and restrained acting by lead protagonist Rani Mukherji and antagonist Tahir Raj Bhasin makes the movie a good watch for adults.

Violence 

Minor scuffle is shown at the beginning of the movie where a police team captures back an escaped criminal. There are murders of three people in two different sequences through gunshots. There are two sequences showcasing destructive rampage by hooligans on public properties. Extreme physical violence is shown in the climax of the movie where the villain is roughed up by the lead actress. Perceived threat with undercurrent of physical abuse is shown throughout the movie where the trafficked girls are manhandled by the operators.

Sexuality 

In the opening sequence, through verbal moaning, an adult couple is referred having sex behind closed doors and the act is mentioned by the lead actress thereafter. A scantily clad woman is shown during the sequence.

There are no kissing scenes but there are some scenes of semi frontal and full back nudity of trafficked girls. Physical sexual assault of a teenage girl is shown in one sequence. Scantily clad young girls are shown in various sequences during the movie.

There is reference to prostitution and bidding of virginity of young girls in few sequences of the movie.

Language 

Hindi cuss words are used liberally throughout the movie by all actors and are part of the main dialogue delivery.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is one Smoking sequence .Drinking and drug intake is shown in some sequences of the movie. There are two sequences showing drug dealing.

Morality/Attitude/Behavior

The main theme of the movie is drug dealing and girl child trafficking for prostitution. The behavior of the handler of trafficked girls is barbaric and disrespectful. The lead protagonist is shown of high morale and integrity. She has a positive attitude and analytical mind with grit and strong determination.

Bechdel test 2/3

Movie has only two adult female characters who meet for the first time towards the end of the movie. There are two main teenage female characters who share great camaraderie between them and with the female lead of the movie. The lead protagonist is a female police officer who is empowered and bold. She can handle adversities and tough situations very well. Movie shows a strong feminist influence on storyline in form of the lead protagonist while at the same time showcasing atrocities inflicted upon trafficked young girls who are forced into prostitution.

Bottom line

Overall, film is targeted at adult audience of 18 years and above who understand issues related to sex trafficking and drugs.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

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BOBBY JASOOS (2014)

Directed by:       Samar Shaikh

Starring:               Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Arjan Bajwa, Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, Rajendra Gupta, Zarina Wahab, Kiran Kumar

Music by:            Shantanu Moitra

Running time:   122 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.0/5.0

Content

Bobby Jasoos is yet another star vehicle to showcase the acting talent of Vidya Balan and meant to entertain both kids and adults. Vidya Balan plays a wannabe detective in the film who solves a somewhat complex (and eventually loopholes-laden and mildly amusing) case with the help of her friends. Due to somewhat mature themes within the film, Bollysitter recommends this film for kids aged 12+.

Violence 

There is no violence in the film. However, the film has a few scenes where certain characters hold or exchanges guns, with the intent of threatening other characters in the film. This may create a sense of peril for younger kids. A character talks about how he lost members of his family during communal riots and how he stabbed and killed a person who had killed his wife.

Intense and Frightening Scenes

A girl attempts to kill herself by drinking poison. There are no other intense or frightening scenes in the film that would disturb the younger kids.

Sexuality 

There is no sexuality or nudity.

The very first scene of the film has a few seconds of mild intimacy between a boy and a girl. There is regular flirtation shown between the lead characters at various points of the film. In another scene, a character blurts a saying that has the words “Porn Star” in it. Younger kids may pick those words up and attempt to get more information around its meaning and usage.

Language 

No curse words are used.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are no objectionable scenes of drinking, drugs or smoking in the film.

Attitude/Behavior

The film has a positive outlook throughout its duration. There are scenes where the lead character does not get the necessary support from her family, especially her father, to pursue a career in detective work. But she perseveres and ultimately succeeds in winning their faith and trust.

Kids may question the rationale under which the father remains estranged from the lead character throughout a major duration of the film.

The theme of the primary detective case within the film is also positive in nature, with family values and social obligations at its core. Kids can see how parents go to extremes to protect their loved ones and to ensure that their sons/daughters get a better life than theirs.

Bechdel Test 2.5/3

This is a film that targets women as its prime audience. The movie has quite a few female characters, a lot of whom talk about men during their conversations. However, there is also a certain level of interaction between the females (friends, sisters, mother-daughter and aunts) that relate to topics other than men (e.g. women making it big in the world of detectives).

Bottom Line

Overall, the film is suitable for 12+ year-old kids who can understand mature topics like communal riots, kidnapping and estrangement from parents.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/bobby-jasoos/

HOLIDAY – A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY (2014)

Directed by:     A.R. Murugadoss

Starring:           Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda, Sumeet Raghavan

Written By:      A.R. Murugadoss

Language:        Hindi

Music by:         Pritam,  Kaushik Dutta

Produced by:   Aruna Bhatia, Twinkle Khanna, Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Running time:  170 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.5/5.0

Content

Holiday is an action packed film mainly a star vehicle for Akshay Kumar who plays an Army officer. The main subject is that of terrorism; the film is quite graphic with plenty of violence and gore on display. The film doesn’t make for a great family viewing though it does mix it up by offering some typical Bollywood masala with entertaining song sequences and good production values.

Violence 

The film is full of violent scenes including numerous Bomb blasts, shooting, kidnapping and fire with plenty of blood shown. There is very long sequence of physical fight with bloody faces. Possibly, the most violent & graphic scene was of a character’s finger being cut and blood with removed body part is shown explicitly.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are scenes of chase thru traffic with loud background music. There are many other scenes of commotion, fire & kidnapping which don’t make for easy viewing for small children. Threats of killing and hurting show up at regular intervals throughout the film. There are a couple of intense encounters via self-killing/suicide shown that are very frightening to watch.

Sexuality 

None

Language 

None

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Attitude/Behavior

Stealing is shown early on in the film. The theme of corruption and direct violence against other human beings without any reasonable setup or a context could be very disturbing to young kids. The concept of “sleeper terrorist cells” is brought up numerous times that would leave curious kids wondering and asking for explanations.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie doesn’t have any female character of note *including* the leading lady.

Bottom line

Overall, the film can be watched by 15+ year-olds but is full of violence and gore. You have been warned.

 

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

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SINGHAM RETURNS (2014)

Directed by:     Rohit Shetty

Starring            : Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amole Gupte,  Anupam Kher

Music by:         Jeet Ganguli, Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros Anjjan

BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.0/5.0

Content

Singham Returns deals with the corruption in the system and black money used during the election period. It is designed as one cop’s (Ajay Devgan) fight, almost by himself, to bring the baddies to justice.

Violence
All of the action sequences are highly stylized and over the top. They are filmed on a large scale and include destruction of property, blowing up of cars, shooting from all directions, usage of rocket launchers, people blowing up in the mid-air and other stunts that defy the laws of gravity.

In one sequence, a cold blooded murder by strangulation is shown. Blood is shown in a few other sequences and in another one, the kidnapping of a child is implied. People are shown being threatened by goons and taking law in their hands.

Sexuality 

Flirting, Romance.

 

Language 

Although no hard curse words are used, the characters are shown shouting in general and at each other throughout the film.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are shown drinking in a few sequences.

Attitude/Behavior

Although the film is mostly pro-police and appreciative of their effort to cleanse the political system and reduce crime, it flirts heavily with the idea of vigilante justice by the cops. The film attempts to justify the Judiciary role played by the police, who punish the criminals and eliminate them whenever justice is denied due to a weak court system. There are scenes of a corrupt/fake religious guru doping people and indulging in illegal and immoral activities.

Bechdel Test 0.5/3

The movie does have more than two female characters. Of these, two roles are more prominent than the others, but not as much as the male characters, and they do not communicate with each other.

Bottom line

Overall, the target film audience is ones who would enjoy over the top action movies. The story, as such, has nothing new to offer and the overall treatment is highly formulaic. To avoid “aata majhi satakli” Carry ear plugs.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

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EK VILLIAN (2014)

Directed by:     Mohit Suri

Starring:           Siddharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Shaad Randhawa, Aamna Sharif, Remo Fernandes

Music by:         Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari

Running time:  129 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 17+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.0/5.0

Content

Gory and violent thriller from the director of Murder 2 and Aashiqui 2. This is, however, a much tamer remake of the far more violent Korean film “I Saw the Devil”. The film is a parallel narration of a reformed criminal’s search for his wife’s killer and a look into the frustrated life of the same killer. There is no resounding message in the film and it is merely meant to provide thrills to moviegoers. This movie is recommended only for adults over 17 years of age.

Violence
The film is replete with violence and contains prolonged fight sequences, extended serial-killing episodes and verbal as well as physical arguments between a man and his wife. Plenty of blood and gore is shown on screen. Much of the violence in the film is directed towards women.

Intense / Frightening Scenes

Since this is a movie about a serial-killer, there is always a sense of doom and gloom that is pervasive throughout the film. The murders executed by the serial killer are not shown in detail on-screen but a lot happens off-screen, which makes for uncomfortable viewing.

Sexuality 

There is a brief lovemaking scene between a man and his wife, including a kiss on the lips. Another man takes his friend to a brothel and there is a lewd exchange of words, as well certain crude gestures between the two men that is meant to be demeaning towards women.

Language 

No objectionable curse words are used as such. However, there are implied dialogues throughout the film that may be construed as being demeaning towards women.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One song has a few characters sitting and drinking around a stage while watching girls dance on stage for money.

Attitude/Behavior

While the movie has a low-key message of reforming criminals with love, care and understanding, it gets relegated to the background due to the serial-killer story. A character is shown being constantly nagged by his spouse. A person commits multiple crimes by killing women who are either not polite or understanding towards him or his family. Another person is shown resorting to domestic abuse against his wife, under the excuse of venting out his frustration against the rest of the world.

Bechdel test 0/3

Despite the presence of three female characters in the film, there is no interaction between any two of them.

Bottom line

Overall, the film is targeted towards a mature adult audience that enjoys watching serial-killer or slasher films. This is NOT a family film and is recommended only for anyone 17 years or younger.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/ek-villain/

 

 

BUM BUM BOLE (2010)

Directed by:     Priyadarshan

Starring:           Darsheel Safary, Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta, Ziyah Vastani, Archana Suseelan

Written By:      Manisha Korde, Majid Majidi

Language:        Hindi

Music by:         MG Sreekumar, Tapas Relia, Azaan Sami

Produced by:   Satish Kaushik

Running time:  125 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.5/5.0

Content

The film is an official remake of master auteur Majid Majidi’s “Children of heaven” (1997) whose adaptation to Indian Milieu isn’t great, lacks warmth and poignany of the original but ends up being an adequate film nonetheless. It’s an extremely emotional film about an impoverished family. The child actors deliver their roles perfectly, the terror backdrop often seems jarring and avoidable and the film is a great alternative for parents looking for a meaningful entertainment tailored for kids.

 Violence 

The film opens with a bomb blast. There is a plenty of violence shown in connection with the setting of mild terrorism in the film, including a lengthy shooting crossfire, and other gunshot and killing scenes. There is an ambush shown in a jungle with a kidnapping. A man is slapped by police office before arrest. There is an attempted molestation scene.

Intense & Frightening scenes

Background music is often tense & scary. There is a scary nightmare that is featured.  There is a dead body shown with blood in a couple of scenes. There is a bike crash scene which mildly scary.

Sexuality 

There is an attempted molestation scene.

 Language 

Minor curse words are used like “Rakhail”, “Awara Kutta”, “HaramKhor”, “Suar” .

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None.

Attitude/Behavior

The film shows a kid stealing in a scene only to realize it himself and make amends later.  Extreme poverty is shown leading to kids begging and crying for food from a local grocer.  A father is shown often scolding his kids.

Bottom line

Overall, the target film audience is 10+ year-olds who can handle some mature violent scenes that are interspersed throughout the film.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews.

LEKAR HUM DIWANA DIL (2014)

Directed by:     Arif Ali

Starring:           Armaan Jain, Deeksha Seth, Kumud Mishra, Rohini Hattangadi

Written By:      Arif Ali

Language:        Hindi  

Music by:         AR Rahman

Produced by:   Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan

Running time:  140 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.0/5.0

Content

Debutante director Arif Ali who is the younger brother of celebrated director Imtiaz Ali, adopts a very Imtiaz-esque theme of elopement & displacement of young lovers in Lekar Hum Diwana Dil. However, the screenplay isn’t well thought out & the lead actors (both debutantes themselves) don’t make any impact.  The film is made for and set in Gen X milieu and hence might have a minor appeal to some youngsters.

Violence 

A mother is shown getting into a slapping spree on her son. A Dad is also show hitting his son. A couple is also shown getting into a physical fight and throwing punches on each other. A violent underground separatist group features in some of the key sequences in the background without much violence shown.

Sexuality 

There is a scene showing kissing on lips and a scene that leads to search for a condom. The word “sexy” is used by a character and in one particular scene a girl does a mock sexy behavior towards a male character.

Language 

A few cuss words are used, e.g. Holy shit, bloody, kameena, Bastard, screwed, ass, bloody hell, however, usage shown is not too excessive.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mild Drinking is shown in a couple of scenes.

Attitude/Behavior

There is family discord and loud arguments shown between family members. There are quite a few scenes with a angry word exchanges.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie doesn’t have any female character of note besides the leading lady.

Bottom line

Overall, the target film audience is 15+ year-olds that can handle young romance & some heavy family emotional drama.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/lekar-hum-deewana-dil/