DAAWAT-E-ISHQ (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:                7+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:       3.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:   5.1/10.0

Directed by:    Habib Faisal

Starring:          Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Anupam Kher, KaranWahi

Written By:     Habib Faisal, Jyoti Kapoor

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Sajid-Wajid

Produced by:   Aditya Chopra

Lyrics by:        Kausar Munir

Running time: 123 mins

Genre(s):         Social Drama, Romantic Comedy

BollySitter says

An overall clean film that is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 7+ age group. The name (and the previews) of the film are a misnomer as the film is more about the evils of the dowry system prevalent in India than it is about food. Due to the complex underlying social theme of dowry, younger kids may find the film boring.

Content

This is a film with a social message, depicted in a light-hearted fashion and garnished with a half-baked love story. It revolves around a girl who joins forces with her father and decides to con a rich boy and his greedy dowry-demanding parents. Little does she realize that, on the way, she will actually fall in love with the boy himself – a large-hearted, lovable owner and chief chef of a small-town Indian restaurant.

Violence 

There is a sequence of mild violence in the climax of the film. A character threatens to shoot a girl with a gun. There are no menacing undertones in the threat and the overall impact of the scene is rather amusing in nature.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are no intense or scary scenes except a mild one in the climax where a character threatens a girl with a gun.

Sexuality 

There is no sexuality in the film, except for the end credits song where the lead pair is shown dancing amidst various couples hugging or kissing each other. There is nothing objectionable in the song overall and no close-ups are shown either.

Language 

The language remains mild throughout the film and nothing that would be objectionable for the kids, except in one sequence where a male character refers to a female character as “Chudail” (witch) There are a few sequences where people are insulted and unceremoniously thrown out of the house.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No drinking, drugs or smoking is depicted in the film.

Attitude/Behavior

The female lead is depicted as a strong character, who shares an extremely warm relationship with her lovable father. She stands up to injustice and never shies away from fighting for a cause. The male lead, although equally respectful towards his parents, is also shown as someone who understands the plight of the poor. He is shown as someone who believes that the foundation of marriage should be laid on trust and love and not on dowry money. Everyone in the film believes that one of the guaranteed ways to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach.

Discussion points

Families can discuss the evils of the dowry system in India. They can tell kids how they need to stand up against people who believe in this ill-tradition. Parents can also talk to kids how defrauding people out of their hard-earned money by lying is not a good thing. At the end of the day, life is always about being honest, caring and understanding towards the people around you and especially towards the ones you love.

Bechdel Test 1/3

There is only primary female character in the film and all conversations she has with other female characters revolve around men and dowry demands. Her character, though, is shown to have an independent and progressive thinking. She has an understanding of complexities of the old traditions and is not afraid to strive towards making a positive change.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/daawat-e-ishq/

 

 

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KHOOBSURAT (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age: 10+ (For Family theme, Low Sexuality and No Violence)

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score: 5.4/10.0

Directed by:     Shashanka Ghosh

Starring:           Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan , Kirron Kher as Manju Chakravarty, Ratna Pathak, Aamir Raza Hussain. Aditi Rao Hydari , Cyrus Sahukar

Written By:     Indira Bisht

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Sneha Khanwalkar

Produced by:   Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Lyrics by:        Badshah, Ikram Rajasthani, Sunil Choudhary, Amitabh Verma and Sneha Khanwalkar

Running time: 127 mins

Genre(s):          Romantic comedy, Family Drama

BollySitter says

The film is appropriate for 10+ age group – it has a typical Disney feel to it with usual updating of certain archetype characters. However, there are a few scenes involving mild sexuality and flirting and a couple of the songs are out of line with their risqué lyrics and dance moves.

Content

This film, a loose remake of classic Hrishikesh Mukherjee film of the same name starring Rekha in one of her most memorable roles, is about Dr. Mrinalini Chakravarty aka Mili (Sonam) who is a physiotherapist, hired to help Rajasthan royal Shekhar Rathore (Aamir Raza).  Made by Disney, it carries its stamp in terms of production values, theme and character archetypes and their expected graph, however, the acting and writing ultimately betrays the film especially in comparison to the original classic it attempts to pay tribute to.  The story is about how Mili transforms the royal and strict family and frees them of their strict and narrow existence.

Violence 

There is no violence is this film. Only one past incident of a death in the royal family by accident is merely mentioned in a scene.

Intense & Frightening scenes

The film is clean of any scary scenes except a mild one when a character is shown kidnapped by a bunch of comical characters.

Sexuality 

There is one scene of kissing on the lips, however, not shown explicitly. There are plenty of scenes discussing the aforementioned kissing scene and flirting is shown at many places. Once, the lead couple is shown in a lengthy bedroom scene brimming with sexual tension.

A couple of musical scenes/songs have risqué lyrics and suggestive dance movies. Words like “Bum dole” “Bhak bhak engine bol raha hai” among others

 

Language 

The language is mild though some words make a fleeting appearance such as Chudial & Rakhail.

The lead characters refer to each other by mostly harmless Khadoos and Aafat respectively.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a number of drinking scenes in the film. The lead female character is shown to enjoy drinking with his patient, the lead couple get drunk while visiting another royal family. The lead male character is shown drinking in a restaurant with his friend in Mumbai. The kidnappers mix something in a drink in order to kidnap their target.

Attitude/Behavior

Dr. Mili is a positive influence while Royal Rani Sa is very strict and lives by rules. There is talk about poor girl “trapping” a rich prince as well as lots of talk about breakups/boyfriends/girlfriends. The interaction between Dr. Mili and Royal family’s daughter are shown in a very positive light where the young girl trapped in a strict regimen is encouraged to have her independence. It strikes as odd though that in a Punjabi family a girl would refer to her mother by name. There is also a scene of a girl running away from home.

Discussion points

Families can discuss how strictly the parents govern the lives of their kids. Why a kid might decide to run away from home to gain independence or merely to show revolt?

Bechdel test 3/3

The lad female character interacts often with two older female characters with most of their talk is about men barring a couple of conversations regarding how the treatment of Royal Raja Sahib is  progressing. However, the royal daughter’s character has many deeper interactions with Dr. Mili about how to stand up for herself and being independent and taking charge of her life.

 

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/khoobsurat/

 

 

FINDING FANNY (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+ (For Mature theme, Mild Sexuality and Mild Violence)

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score: 6.9/10.0

Directed by:     Homi Adajania

Starring:           Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia

Written By:      Homi Adajania, Kersi Khambatta

Language:        English, Konkani

Music by:         Mathias Duplessy, Sachin-Jigar

Produced by:   Dinesh Vijan

Lyrics by:        Alan Mercer, Dinoo, Jigar Saraiya, Sachin Gupta

Running time:  93 minutes

Content

The opening line of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book “Love in the time of Cholera” states – “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love”.

Finding Fanny is an idyllic & whimsical road movie set in Goa that’s short and breezy at 93 minutes long. The film is centered around five oddball & dysfunctional characters that live in a Goan village. Ferdie (played by Naseeruddin Shah), the melancholic and moping old postman of the village, receives back an undelivered letter, 46 years after he had written it to a girl named Fanny, professing his love to her. All that he wants now  is to find Fanny and proclaim her love.The movie is much more about the journey than the destination it is set out for.

Violence 

The film has a only a few mild violent scenes. There is an accidental death by a gunshot and blood is shown. Additionally, there is accidental murder of a cat which gets thrown out of a car. The film begins with a scene of chicken slaughter and finally there is another accidental death shown of a groom on his wedding day. In one scene, a man is hit by a car door leaving him down on the road in slithering pain and in another, a small fist fight is shown.

Intense & Frightening scenes

The pace of the movie is slow and relaxed. There is a scene where the Car with failed brakes and comes to a stop after a rather a long and scary ride. There is a dream sequence of an attempted suicide.

Sexuality 

There are a few scenes of kissing on lips. One of the characters (Pankaj Kapur) has a fetish for big women and Dimple Kapadia’s character is shown to have a big posterior (prosthetics are used). Pankaj Kapur’s character uses sexual innuendos and advances many times in the film. The young main leads are shown making out and sex is implied but not shown. There are few conversations referring to intimacy and sexual relationship between a man and a woman. Woman is shown climbing on top of the male character in order to seduce him. There is no frontal nudity but one scene shows bare back of a woman .

Language 

Language is mostly clean but there are mild cuss words used rarely such as :Idiot, balls, pussy, bloody, shit, bullshit, hell, screw, smack your  face, bastard etc. The movie is released in both English and Hindi. It is set in a small village in Goa and language is simple.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking is shown in a few scenes and one of the scene features prominently in a long drawn out fashion and characters talking in an inebriated condition. No drugs or smoking is shown.

Attitude/Behavior

Each of the five lead characters have their own quirks and they showcase fluctuating behavior. The painter Don Pedro has a fetish for big bottomed women and has an ulterior motive to be on the road trip with the other four. There is plenty of contempt for each other apparent among a main characters amidst the camaraderie.

Discussion points

The movie is satirical and depicts many internal struggles that each grown up goes through during various stages of life. The young children will not be able to comprehend the theme and storyline of the movie but parents can talk to teenage children about the concept of love as a relationship of trust and companionship between two consenting adults. They can also tell children the importance of helping out friends unconditionally in their moment of need while not losing their own perspective and outlook to life.

Since teenage is also the time when children experiment with love and relationships, parents can consul children about not losing heart if one relationship fails but to move ahead as life can throw up many surprises if they keep a positive outlook towards life. Parents can also discuss topics regarding finding love in old age and widows seeking companionship.

Bechdel test 3/3

Roselina is portrayed as a sharp and domineering woman who likes to have her say in the society, yet, she bestows unconditional love and affection on her daughter-in-law Angie who was raised in an orphanage. Despite of short lived marriage between Angie and Roselina’s late son Gabo, they both live in the same house while giving space and respect to each other. The bonding between Roselina and Angie has shades of love, warmth, affection and co-dependence which is depicted throughout the movie.

Bottom line

Finding Fanny belongs to the offbeat stream and does not have any of the masala of a Mainstream Bollywood movie. Treatment of the movie is humorous, tone satirical and pace, easy. Even though the movie is not meant for family viewing or younger children, teenagers can watch this movie and learn about some of the sweet and not-to-sweet surprises that await them in a not too idealistic world. BollySitter recommend’s the film for 15+ years-old who can handle some mature theme.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/finding-fanny/

 

MARY KOM (2014)

Directed by : ​Omang Kumar
Produced by :   Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Starring : Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumaar, Sunil Thapa, Zachary Coffin
Written By : Saiwyn Qadras , Ramendra Vasishth
Music By : Shashi – Shivamm
Running time :​ 122 Minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age : 10+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.5/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score: 6.2/10

Content

A transient account of events in the life of boxing legend Mary Kom who fought adversities in life to relentlessly pursue her love for boxing and become the World renowned boxing champion that she is known as today. Priyanka Chopra has put her heart and soul in the role as the lead protagonist in this biopic.

Violence

The opening scene has a curfew situation where disruption is shown on the streets at the night time. There is a fighting scene between the protagonist and a street fighter where blood is shown on former’s face. Since the movie is based on a boxer’s life, the sequences showcasing boxing matches exhibit extreme aggression by the boxers but no excessive blood and gore is shown in the movie.

Frightening Scene

There are couple of hospital scenes depicting child birth and an intense surgery which may perturb children’s sensitivity. Parental guidance is advised during these scenes.

Sexuality

There is no kissing scenes or any kind of nudity shown except for one brief wedding kiss between the protagonist and her husband.

Language

The language is bereft of any kind of profanity. The dialogues are simple and suitable for children.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is no smoking scene. Supporting cast drinking alcohol and some empty alcohol bottles are shown in couple of brief sequences.

Attitude/Behavior

The strength, grit, determination and focus displayed by the sporting legend are depicted in the movie. The movie also shows her extremely angry nature and fighting streak against any kind of injustice meted out to those around her. Some sequences showcased Government authorities’ apathy towards the welfare of the players.

Bechdel test 2.5/3

Mary Kom shared a relationship of trust with her mother who, since her childhood, stoically stood behind her and supported her in her pursue of boxing as a career. Solidarity is shown amongst the women players of Manipur female boxing team who whole heartedly supported Mary Kom during the matches. There is a brief sequence where her rapport with a female journalist is shown.

Talking Points

Parents can talk to children about how to be focused and realize your dream by overcoming any adverse situation. They can also talk about the hardship faced by people living in North East India and how they live through tough social and political conditions through resilience and hard work. Why many young women still don’t have a voice in the patriarchal society and how married women aren’t expected to take their profession/career seriously. Parents can talk to kids about how corruption in Indian public offices affects success of deserving sportspersons.

Bottom line

The movie is a biopic on the life of a living sports legend. Though some of the sequences seem fictionalised and dramatized to suit the frame of a Bollywood movie, yet the movie has been able to capture the essence of the life of Mary Kom. Movie showcased how she fought all the obstacles to overcame many adversities in personal and professional sphere of her life to achieve her goals and in the end note, it is mentioned how she still continues to pursue the sport wholeheartedly despite of having a family and three children to look after.

The film makes a good watch for the entire family and can be inspirational for children in many ways.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/mary-kom/

 

 

 

 

RAJA NATWARLAL (2014)

Directed by:    Kunal Deshmukh

Starring:         Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malik, Kay Kay Menon, Paresh Rawal, Deepak Tijori

Written by      Parveez Sheikh

Music by:        Yuvan Shankar Raja

Running time:           141 Minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.5/5.0

Content

A small-time con man and a street smart hustler seeks assistance from his mentor with an intention of setting scores with a gangster.  It’s a decent massy movie that isn’t one of those loud masala blockbusters but doesn’t offer much for kids or as a family watch.

Violence 

Death via shooting at point blank range is depicted (blood shown). There is a scene of killing someone with hitting rapidly and repeatedly on head with a bat (blood shown). Various incidents of Gun pointing, shooting, and physical fighting are interspersed throughout the film. There is a scene of throwing a body in the river.

Sexuality 

Several scantily clad women are shown dancing in a few nightclub scenes and songs, and characters throwing money at them. The couple kisses and embraces several times but is never shown having sex. There is one scene followed by a song where it is implied that characters have had sex, no nudity is shown.  The couple is shown kissing in bed (he’s shirtless, she wears a nightdress).

Language 

No curse words are used, but threatening language is shown throughout the film. Couple of corrupt cops constantly harass the one female character and use threatening language.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a few smoking sequences. Drinking is shown in a few sequences in a bar, nightclub, house etc., including characters getting drunk and losing balance. A child is shown selling cigarettes.

Attitude/Behavior

The theme of greed is prevalent in the film, and is the basic premise of the film, a conman/hustler is shown as protagonist of the film, and is constantly duping or conning people for money.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie has only one significant female character, she is playing role of a bar dancer (Indian version of strip girl, who just dances in the bar in suggestive moves in skimpy clothes but no nudity shown).

Talking Points

Parents can talk to kids about: greed, street gambling, and how the protagonist was shown in the film, whether the female character role was objectifying women in shady bar or was adding to the story. The street kids’ situation and hardship in society, and their ways of making ends meet.

Bottom line

Overall, film is targeted at mature audience of 15 years and above who understand theme based on con and greed. Although the movie has a few interesting parts, story is weak and predictable, screenplay is far-fetched and half baked, relies mostly on mistake and silliness of antagonist rather than smarts of the protagonist.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/raja-natwarlal/