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/

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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/

 

 

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/

KICK (2014)

Directed by:     Sajid Nadiadwala

Starring:           Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Music by:         Himesh Reshammiya

Running time:  146 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 10+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.5/5.0

Content

Action comedy targeted towards Salman Khan fans. Mostly meant to entertain, where the main lead lives for an adrenalin rush (“Kick”) in life, with a strong undertone of Robinhood-type personality. Movie does have a positive message of philanthropy and helping others in need, although the character’s means of getting the money to help the needy are atypical.

Violence
Most of the violence is either slapstick or on a large scale, like superhero-based movies, where destruction and blowing up of cars and buildings is the name of the game. In some animated fight sequence breaking of bones is shown.

In one sequence, a couple commits suicide; blood is shown and might be disturbing for young kids. In another sequence, a fight erupts following the harassment of a girl by few shady characters in a restaurant.

Sexuality 

Flirtation & romance shown between main characters. No nudity is shown.

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Language 

No hard curse words are used. The word “Kaminey” is used few times.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking is shown in a few sequences in the movie. In two different long sequences, two characters get drunk.

Morality/Attitude/Behavior

The main character’s lifestyle is larger than life and is shown to be living only for an adrenaline rush. He is also shown to be living an unstable life, and is confused and non-committal towards love for a long term.  Although shown to be philanthropic, his means to fund his efforts and taking the law in his own hands, in order to be cool, are often irrational.

Bechdel test 0.5/3

Movie has more than two female characters, but only the main female lead has a significant role. Women do talk to one another, but most of the discussions are about marriage and boys.   The movie is not very strong on the Bechdel scale.

Bottom line

Kick is made to order for die-hard Salman Khan fans who would not mind him repeating the same antics in different movies. Overall the movie is clean; except a few over the top violence sequences, and a few lengthy drinking scenes, it is safe for 10+ year-olds who have an understanding of superhero movies and some mature content.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/kick/

 

 

 

HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA (2014)

Directed by:     Shashank Khaitan

Starring:           Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana, Siddharth Shukla

Music by:         Sachin – Jigar, Toshi Sabri, Jawad Ahmed

Running time:  132 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.5/5.0

Content

Romantic Comedy targeted towards youngsters. Meant to entertain, not educate. The movie is modern day take on 90s hit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge. Although, it borrows heavily from the original but doesn’t reproduce the milieu or the story exactly.

Violence

Some of it is slapstick. There is a sequence where a character and his friends are beaten by a girl’s parents. No blood is shown but the guys are shown getting medical treatment. In another sequence, fight erupts followed by harassment of a girl by few shady characters in a restaurant.

Sexuality 

Flirtation & kissing (on lips and cheeks) is shown throughout the film between main characters. In one sequence it is implied that a couple have had sex. They are shown afterwards in a bed covered with sheets and talking for a long time. A different couple is implied to be having sex in a hotel room, no nudity shown. Two other characters make their video and later blackmail them. It is shown that they are watching the video, although viewers don’t see anything. Some moaning can be heard. Some gay flirting is shown, and two characters talk about homosexuality’s openness and acceptance in India. Several female characters are shown in skimpy outfits, dancing suggestively in a club sequences in two different songs.

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Language 

No hard curse words are used. In the ending credits song sequence the male singer sings derogatory lines about female character.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking and drinking is shown throughout the movie. Various characters smoke in many scenes. Both the male and female leads are shown to be fond of drinking beer and vodka, and other characters are also shown drinking and smoking.

Morality/Attitude/Behavior

Both the characters are shown to be fond of designer stuff and material. The female character wants to buy designer lehnga for her wedding which she can’t afford; she sells her jewelry and unsuccessfully tries to con/blackmail people, although later has change in heart. A male character in a slapstick sequence kidnaps his teacher to improve his grades. In few scenes the characters have socially unacceptable or deviant behavior towards elders.

Bechdel test 2/3

Movie has more than two female characters. They do talk to each other, but most of the discussion is around the men in their life. The women characters are mostly shown submissive and weak, even though the main female lead is shown to be modern and progressive, she wants the men in her life to take care of her. Movie does have a patriarchal tone throughout.

Bottom line

Overall, film target audience is youngsters above 15 who have certain level of understanding of characters behavior and type of content. For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/humpty-sharma-ki-dulhania/