HAPPY NEW YEAR (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         10+ (For language and violence)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           3.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          5.2/10.0

 

Directed by:    Farah Khan

Starring:         Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Jackie Shroff

Written By:     Farah Khan, Althea Kaushal, Mayur Puri (dialogues)

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Vishal-Shekhar

Produced by:   Gauri Khan

Lyrics by:        Irshaad Kamil

Running time: 179 mins

Genre(s):         Comedy, Drama, Action

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BollySitter says

HAPPY NEW YEAR is a revenge cum heist cum dance competition drama that is larger than life, illogical at times, over the top and yet provides wholesome entertainment for the family just like any other signature Shahrukh Khan movie.

Director Farah Khan is an astute believer of show business and she follows the Manmohan Desai school of filmmaking where characters lead a life of grandeur with opulence, misery, coincidence, luck and fate – all at the same time – and yet her movies always have happy endings (a la “Om Shanti Om”).

Content

Happy New Year is story of a Boston university topper turned street fighter who brings together a team of 5 losers from varying professions to commit a big diamond heist in the garb of participating as a dance troupe at the World Dance Competition in Dubai. The primary motive behind his actions is to avenge the injustice meted out to his father by movie’s antagonist.

Violence 

The opening scene of the movie is a pre-fixed fight scene between two characters. Fist fighting, blows on face and blood oozing out of the mouth of the protagonist is shown. In another fight scene on top of a building, a scuffle, fistfights and bloodshed is shown. The violence scenes are not gory and have an exaggerated feel to them. In a suicide scene, a slit wrist and blood oozing out of wrist is shown. There is an elaborate group fight scene outside a bar that has a comical feel to it.

Intense & Frightening scenes

During a fight scene, a character hangs over the edge of a skyscraper roof and swings back. In a dance sequence, a small boy falls from the top of a human pyramid but is later saved. Both scenes may scare small children.

Sexuality

A bar dancer is shown wearing skimpy dresses in some scenes and songs but there are no scenes with overt sexuality or physical intimacy in the movie. In two brief sequences, a presumably gay association between two characters is suggested and they are shown dancing suggestively in a video recording. There is brief mock kissing scene where a character surrounded by women is shown with lipstick marks smothered on his face.

Language 

Some derogatory cuss words referring to one’s mother are liberally used in a few sequences. The opening line of the movie which is repeated throughout the movie has two cuss words in it (“Kutti”, “Saali”). One of the characters uses demeaning words against another character throughout the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are quite a few drinking scenes in the movie. One character is shown as a chronic drunkard. During one of the drunken stupors amongst lead characters, an emotional outburst is shown but no violence or aggression is depicted.

Attitude/Behavior

The movie is about 6 losers and each one of them has individual quirks and eccentricities that give an edge to their characters.  Their personality traits, social background, upbringing and other characteristics define their actions and attitude throughout the movie.

Discussion points

The movie primarily has only entertainment quotient and no depth to the story. Parents, however, can still teach children the value of team work as shown in the movie. They can tell children to believe in themselves and not let past disappointments define their future. They can also bring the kids attention to a statement made by a character in the film that respect is the ultimate destination of any man and that one should always protect his/her integrity.There is also emphasis on patriotism in the movie that can be talked about.

Bechdel Test 0/3

The female lead is the only primary female character in the movie. One character’s mother is shown as a domineering woman but she has no interaction with the lead female.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/happy-new-year/

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SONALI CABLE (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         13+ (For Language, Violence, Sexuality)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          3.6/10.0

 

Directed by:    Charudutt Acharya

Starring:          Rhea Chakraborty, Ali Fazal, Anupam Kher, Smita Jaykar, Raghav Juyal, Swanand Kirkire

Written By:     Charudutt Acharya

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Daniel B. George, Mikey McLeary, Amjad Nadeem, Raghav Sachar

Produced by:   Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy, Kamia Mulhotra

Lyrics by:        Sameer, Kausar Munir, Charudutt Acharya, Swanand Kirkire, Kumaar

Running time: 122 mins.

Genre(s):         Drama

 

BollySitter says

SONALI CABLE is a David vs Goliath story set in Mumbai, against the backdrop of India’s cable operating industry. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 13+ age group due to violence, sexuality, language and sexual innuendos. A strong message for everyone, including kids, which lies at the heart of the film, is eventually lost amidst a hotchpotch of needless drama, unnecessary violence, wasted romantic scenes and sexual innuendos galore, resulting in an overall lost opportunity.

Content

SONALI CABLE depicts the story of a strong-headed young girl who provides cable service to over 3000 homes in Mumbai. When her small business is threatened by a large multinational cable company which plans to buy out all local operators, she joins hands with her friends to fight and resist the takeover attempt. During their struggle, people die, old friends part ways, new ones join, politicians and lawmakers forge alliances, criminals wreak havoc and other standard Bollywood “calamities” occur. The film tries to bite off more than it can chew, resulting in an outcome that sounds great on paper but is immensely amateurish in execution.

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

JIGARIYAA (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         13+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          4.6/10.0

 

Directed by:    Raj Purohit

Starring:          Harshvardhan Deo, Cherry Mardia, Navni Parihar, K.K.Raina, Virendra Saxena

Written By:     Vinod Bachchan, Raj Purohit

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Agnel Roman, Faizan Hussain, Raj-Prakash

Produced by:   Raju Chadha, Vinod Bachchan

Lyrics by:        Arun Kumar, Faraaz Ahmed, Agnel Roman

Running time: 141 mins

Genre(s):         Romance

BollySitter says

JIGARIYAA is an old-fashioned poor-boy-loves-rich-girl-despite-parental-opposition love story set in Agra and inspired yet again by Romeo and Juliet. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 13+ age group due to certain mature themes involving the prevalent caste system in India and offers nothing new in terms of content or entertainment.

Content

Jigariyaa tells the tragic love story of the poor son of a sweets maker (“halwaai”) who falls in love with a girl from an affluent family, and the opposition that they both face from society as well as their parents. The film is well shot and captures the essence of Agra, in the backdrop of the beautiful Taj Mahal. However, despite good photography and some decent music, the movie remains a rehash of old Bollywood films from yesteryears, with not much of a repeat entertainment value.

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

EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         10+ (For mild language)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.5/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          5.7/10.0

 

Directed by:    Ravindra Gautam

Starring:          Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia , Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Uttara Baokar

Written By:     Rahil Qaazi

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Ram Sampath

Produced by:   Nautanki Films

Lyrics by:        Sandeep Nath

Running time: 140 mins

Genre(s):         Satire

 

BollySitter says

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a social satire. Although the film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 10+ years age, the subject and treatment may appeal to kids over 13 as the film does get heavy handed at times.

Content

Two sons set out to get their father what he dreamt of all through his life – the ultimate sign of respect. The film takes the audience through the attempt of the sons to provide their father “Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami” (21 gun salute – as a State honor for one’s exemplary life in public service).

Violence 

Few slapping scenes.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There is a prolonged death scene and the dead body is used as a prop in the second half of the movie.

Sexuality 

There is no overt sexuality in the film, except some age appropriate romance. Like any other Hindi movie these days there is a song with some risqué moves.

Language 

Some double-meaning dialogues are used in the film which have sexual innuendos. Although no hard curse words are used, a character speaks about a female character in a derogatory manner and uses words like kutiya(bitch), chudail(witch), haraami(bastard) and rakhail(mistress). The main characters talk to their father in a disrespectful manner and insult his good old values in the first half of the film.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a couple of scenes where characters are shown drinking alcohol.

Attitude/Behavior

The film has an underlining theme of good old values of honesty, which also comes with the corruption in the society. There are sequences of people duping and using others for their own good. The lead characters’ behavior towards their father is inappropriate in the first half.

Discussion points

Parents can talk to kids about how old values are useful in today’s society, and whether the father’s character was shown to be an irrational idealist or an objective rationalist. Parents can also discuss how corruption affects the everyday life of a common citizen.

Bechdel test 2/3

There are three to four female characters in the film, but besides the main lead the other characters don’t have a significant role. The characters interact but most of the conversations are about men in the story.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/ekkees-toppon-ki-salaami/

 

 

BANG BANG (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         13+ (For sensuality and violence)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          4.4/10.0

Directed by:    Siddharth Anand

Starring:          Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey

Written By:     Patrick O’Neill, Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Vishal-Shekhar

Produced by:   FOX Star Studios

Lyrics by:        Anvita Dutt, Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani

Running time: 153 mins

Genre(s):         Action Thriller

BollySitter says

BANG BANG is a mindless action thriller with standard Bollywood doses of romance, exotic locations, songs, dances, emotions and no plot thrown into the mix. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 13+ age group due to scenes of loud violence and some sensuality.

Content

The official remake of Knight and Day, Bang Bang revolves around the escapades of a guy searching for a notorious criminal and a girl who inadvertently ends up becoming his accomplice as he shoots, fights and kills bad people around the world.

Violence 

There are liberal doses of action sequences throughout the film, some of which are intense while others are superhero type and larger-than-life in nature. The beginning and end of the film feature two scenes where people are thrown alive into a raging fire. These may be disturbing for younger kids. The film shows gun fires, bomb blasts, fistfights and acrobatic jumps – most of which are more hurtful to the ears than to the eyes. There are a few scenes of shooting people from a close range and a few dead bodies are shown.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are two scenes where people are set on fire alive. In one scene, a character cuts the finger of a dead body with a cigar cutter and uses its fingerprints to unlock a finger-scanning lock.

Sexuality 

Apart from a mildly erotic kissing scene, there is no overt sexuality in the film. The film, however, does have a few scenes of sensuality where a scantily-dressed female lead is either dreaming of singing/dancing with the male lead or mouthing dialogues that insinuate that she would like the male lead to have sex with her. Tanned, half-naked bodies of both the leads are on display throughout the film.

Language 

The female lead in the film is shown speaking suggestive dialogues in a drugged state that depict her desire to have a lover. The bad guys make threats using menacing words but no curse words are used. The word “bullshit” is used once. Certain dialogues may have a double-meaning. The usage of the film’s title “Bang Bang” is also used suggestively towards the end of the film.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are scenes where various characters are shown drinking wine and other forms of alcohol. There are multiple situations where people are drugged and then kidnapped using the medicines or drinks served to them. One character is shown smoking a cigar in most of the scenes.

Attitude/Behavior

Parts of the film revolves heavily around the theft of Kohinoor diamond which was forcibly taken from India during British Raj. A number of characters are shown taking patriotic pride in stealing the diamond back from Britain. The female lead is shown to be a bimbo whose goal in life is to find “Trueluvv”. She is shown to have a poor judgment about people and takes everything on the face value, “good looking” face value that is.

Discussion points

The film has certain patriotic undertones which families can discuss with the children. The parent-children bond is highlighted in the film. Sibling love is at the center of the film and can be part of discussions with younger kids. Part of the film is an example of the “Stockholm Syndrome” where a victim falls in love with his/her kidnapper. Parents can talk to kids about the danger of accepting drinks or food from strangers or giving in to emotions when dealing with people they do not know.

Bechdel Test 0/3

There are three female characters in the film, but besides the main lead, the other characters don’t have a much role. The main lead shares a warm relation with her grandmother but her grandmother is shown to be constantly pushing her to find true love like yesteryears romantic heroes. Most of the conversations are between the two of them and involve men. The film has a strong patriarchal tone where the objectified female character simply wants to be swept off her feet by a prince charming in her life.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/bang-bang/

HAIDER (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:   17+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:       3.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:   7.2/10.0

Directed by:    Vishal Bhardwaj

Starring:          Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Narendra Jha

Based On :        William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet

Written By:   Vishal Bhardwaj, Basharat Peer

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Vishal Bhardwaj

Produced by:   Vishal Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Lyrics by:        Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Gulzar

Running time: 162 Minutes

Genre(s):        Political , Social Drama

BollySitter says

An intense socio political drama suitable for viewing of kids in 17+ age group. Set in Kashmir of 1995 when Militant Insurgency was at its peak and many innocent Kashmiri men were detained by Army under AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) and some disappeared, never to return again.

It is a complex story of human conflicts and a quest of a son (Haider) who has set out to find his disappeared father.

Content

Haider is the third and final movie in the Shakespearean trilogy by Vishal Bhardwaj that began with Maqbool followed by Omkara. Based on tragic socio political drama Hamlet, Haider is an intensely dark tale of complex human relationships, human conflicts and betrayal.

It is story of a Young Kashmiri man who discovers deceits in the family and wants to avenge his father’s death from his uncle who betrayed his own brother to woo Haider’s mother and his own brother’s wife.

The movie also showcases an intense love and hate relationship between Haider and his mother Ghazala, who in her innocence, becomes the reason for destruction of her family.

There is also a passionate love affair between childhood sweethearts, Haider and Arshia. In order to protect Haider, Arshia inadvertently becomes his nemesis and betrays his trust.

Violence

Blood, gore and extreme violence is prevalent all throughout the movie. Extreme physical torture inflicted upon people holed up at secret army camps is explicitly shown. Men with guns and hand grenades, houses blown off with hand held missiles, dead bodies followed by a shootout is shown in more than one  sequence. A human skull in the hands of protagonist is shown in one song.

Intense & Frightening scenes

A human bomb being blown off, leading to bloodshed is shown .Two men are chased and brutally murdered with boulders in one sequence.

Sexuality

There are a few lip to lip kiss scenes. An elaborate sequence in a song showcases lead pair making love. Semi nudity is shown during the love making sequence.

There is one sequence showcasing out of marriage cohabitation and intimacy between a man and a woman but no nudity or love making is shown.

The film gives out subtle hints of Oedipus Complex in few sequences of the movie. Intense chemistry is suggested between mother and son but no explicit intimate physical gestures are shown.

Language

Since the movie is based in Kashmir, the language is mainly Hindi with Urdu and Kashmiri words used sparingly. The dialogues are taut and intense, some with dark connotation to the complex plot of the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Attitude/Behavior

The theme of the movie is deceit and betrayal within the family. The attitude of the lead protagonist undergoes a complete metamorphosis from being an innocent poet in love with his childhood sweetheart who is also his muse, with an extreme fondness for his father and intense love for his mother to a disillusioned psychotic man with a mission to leave no stone unturned to avenge his father’s death.

There are shades of psychological degeneration in the lead protagonist’s behavior in the latter part of the movie. Haider’s mother is shown torn between her desire to live a comfortable life to intense love for her son.

Discussion points

Families can discuss the importance of mutual trust and faith within the family members. Parents can also tell children about the Kashmir conflict with Pakistan and the internal conflict with mass exodus of Kashmiri Pundits from the valley. They can also explain the genesis of AFSPA and its effect on lives of people in Kashmir and North East States.

Bechdel Test 1/3

There are two primary female characters in the film but they have no conversations or scenes together in the movie except for one monologue wherein Haider’s mother tries to convince a passive Arshiya in mourning, of innocence of Haider.

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