SHAMITABH (2015)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         12+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          5.8/10.0

 

Directed by:    R. Balki

Starring:          Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan

Written By:     R. Balki

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Illaiyaraaja

Produced by:   R. Balki, Sunil Lulla

Running time: 153 mins.

Genre(s):         Drama

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BollySitter says

SHAMITABH is director R.Balki’s follow-up to “CHEENI KUM” and “PAA” that continues to highlight his fondness and appreciation for Amitabh Bachchan. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids 12 years and older due to language and sexual situations. SHAMITABH narrates the story of three individuals – an aspiring actor from a small-town village, a failed actor who has taken to drinking in his old age and a budding young female director – all three of whom join hands for a purpose that will eventually serve their selfish interests.

Content

SHAMITABH starts off as a simple, clean family film in the first half but degenerates into something suitable for more mature kids as it progresses. A character is shown drinking alcohol throughout the film. A love-making scene is depicted in a song (No nudity is shown but the expressions and actions of the actors make the act fairly obvious). There is a scene when a character is shown repeatedly hitting another character. In another scene, one character blurts a series of curse words, some of which are fairly gross and inappropriate for kids.  A female uses phrases like “Kiss My A**”, “Fat Bloody A##es”, “Brainless Pigs” etc. during her fits of anger. A male professes his love for a girl using inappropriate language.

In short, SHAMITABH is an amateurish attempt with a storyline that continuously oscillates between being manipulative, needlessly melodramatic, ludicrous and preposterous. The only positive message the film delivers is about how to never let your ego take precedence over what is right and what is wrong in life. Parents may wish to save a trip to the theatres and watch the film at home, when it is releases on home video.

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

PK (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         10+ (For adult language and sexuality)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           4.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          7.9/10.0

 

Directed by:     Rajkumar Hirani

Produced by:   Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Screenplay by: Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani

Starring:           Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt

Music by:         Ajay Atul, Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari

Lyrics by:        Swanand Kirkire

Language:       Hindi

Running time: 153 minutes

Genre(s):         Comedy, Social Drama

 

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BollySitter says

Aamir Khan’s PK is a no waste of time. It’s a complete entertainer and can be enjoyed with the whole family. Apart from a mild reference to implied sex (which are already shown in the trailers) there isn’t anything to be worried about. The film’s director Rajukumar Hirani has already proved himself to be a master storyteller who portrays society’s problems in a light- hearted manner. PK also deals with complex stereotypes, philosophies, and orthodox beliefs in a very humane way without getting heavy-handed.

Content

PK is a story about a stranger named PK in the city, who asks questions that no one has asked before. They are innocent, childlike questions, but they bring about catastrophic answers. People who are set in their ways for generations, are forced to reappraise their world when they see it from PK’s innocent eyes. In the process PK makes loyal friends and powerful foes, mends broken lives and angers the establishment. PK’s childlike curiosity transforms into a spiritual odyssey for him and millions of others. The film is an ambitious and explores the complex philosophies and beliefs. It is also a simple and humane tale of love, laughter and letting-go.

Violence 

Apart from some slapstick violence and chases there is no physical violence shown. There is a scene of bomb blast in which few dead bodies are shown.

Sexuality

There are a few scenes where moving cars are shown implying couples having sex in them, no nudity is shown, faded moaning can be heard. In the opening scene PK is shown to be naked but nothing explicit is shown. Those scenes are also shown in the trailers. In one scene a character visits a prostitute. Age appropriate romance and one lip kiss is shown.

Language 

Language is mild with only minor cuss words like “tharki”, “harami” and “kamina” are used. In one sequence where two characters talk about a condom and its purpose, the discussion is humorous.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Discussion points

*SPOILER ALERT* (Only because the main plot of the film is not revealed in the trailers)

PK is an important film because it provides a lot of talking points for parents and other moviegoers. The main character, who is shown to be ignorant of the societies’ beliefs and other stereotypes, asks a lot of innocent questions which leave people tongue tied. The film questions fundamentalism and organizations of all the religions and how Godmen and priests are taking advantage of innocent people’s fear of God. PK asks some very smart questions which can be a good discussion points for the parents, and what kids think about the place of religion in life.

Apart from religion, the movie also questions how politics of the two neighboring countries has created a pre-conceived bias in the minds of their citizens who form views of other country’s citizens without fully knowing or understanding them. PK also brings up the taboo Indian topic of sex as a topic of discussion.

PK touches upon the current model of 24/7 news channels who feed news not to educate people about important current affairs and worthy stories, but to simply raise viewership to increase revenues. PK the film itself, however, doesn’t feel shy about product placements which are thrown in throughout the film.

Bechdel Test = 0/3

PK has only one main female character.

 

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

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/

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/

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/

 

 

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/

 

 

 

 

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/mardaani/