BABY (2015)

Directed by:     Neeraj Pandey

Starring:           Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, Taapsee Pannu, Danny Denzongpa, Kay Kay Menon, Sushant Singh, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Rasheed Naz

Written By:      Neeraj Pandey

Music by:         M. M. Kreem, Meet Bros Anjjan, Sanjoy Chowdhury

Produced by:   Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shital Bhatia

Running time:  159 minutes

Genre : Action, Thriller, Drama

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.5/5.0

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BollySitter Says

Baby” is a fairly good, albeit long and drawn out, thriller that is appropriate for kids in the 15+ age bracket.  As expected in a film that has a backdrop of terrorism, it offers an overabundance of realistic action and violent sequences. However, the writing is a bit lazy and the actors seem to be just going through the motions, at times with no interesting arc that one would expect in such a thriller.  Even so, Neeraj Pandey does establish himself as one of the better Indian directors in this genre, and he displays expertise at mixing traditional Bollywood masala elements with witty humor and other essential elements of films in this genre.

Content

Baby is about a newly established group of professionals out on a mission to fight terrorists. They are required to protect Indian borders as it faces threats from immediate neighbors. The group learn of a new plot, and slowly start to eliminate the masterminds behind it. They track the international cells of the terrorists and eventually prevent them from striking terror in India.

Violence 

The film is full of violent scenes including endless killings & shootings with guns. There are real life-like fight sequences shown with knives and bloody faces that are depicted being hit repeatedly. There is plenty of blood shown as well as an attempted murder by gagging the victim. The film shows a couple of bomb blasts shown including one involving a suicide bomber. A scene involving a gruesome accident on a highway is followed by more bloody violence.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are numerous frightening scenes involving chases and loud background music. There are incidents involving car blasts & fires. Most of the violent and action scenes are fairly intense to watch, especially as the violence shown is not stylized but realistic and graphic. There is an extended fight scene between a man and a woman.

Sexuality 

None.

Language 

Language is mild except the word ch**iya is used a couple of times.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None.

Discussion Points

Violence in the name of religion is a very relevant topic in current age. The film can be misunderstood to present a very black and white picture (not with a deliberate intention to do so, but just consistent with the scope of the film); however,  parents should discuss with their children that even though some terrorists kill in name of the religion doesn’t make that religion or its followers evil. Secularism, national pride and protection of country against ill-meaning forces is another topic of discussion that film touches upon. It’s especially relevant in this era where people tend to take pride only in their personal gains and/or follow a faith blindly to extremes.  There are a few scenes showing propaganda and training camps which might invite questions from younger kids.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie has only one female character in a minor role.

 

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

 

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THE SHAUKEENS (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           1.5/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          4.9/10.0

Directed by:    Abhishek Sharma

Starring:          Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Lisa Haydon, Akshay Kumar, Rati Agnihotri

Written By:     Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sai Kabir

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hard Kaur, Vikram Nagi, Arko Mukherjee

Produced by:   Akshay Kumar, Ashvin Varde

Running time: 124 mins.

Genre(s):         Comedy

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BollySitter says

THE SHAUKEENS is a loose adaptation of the 1982 Bollywood film, “Shaukeen” and is not recommended for children under 15 years of age due to sexuality, adult language and sexual innuendos. The film tells the story of three elderly men who take a vacation to Mauritius in an effort to fulfill their sexual fantasies.

Content

THE SHAUKEENS depicts the story of three lecherous old friends who go to Mauritius in search of a sexual rendezvous. How the lustful three come to terms with reality, with the help of their beautiful host and the female lead of the film, forms the crux of the story. The film is filled with double-meaning dialogues, sexual situations and embarrassing incidents about elder guys trying to make out with younger girls, in the name of entertainment. The only entertaining parts of the film, however, are provided by a character who plays a superstar himself in the film and whose plot is not directly related to the one of the three main protagonists anyway.

 

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

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/

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/

 

 

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/

 

 

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/singham-returns/

ZOKKOMON (2011)

Directed by:     Satyajit Bhatkal

Starring:           Darsheel Safary,  Manjari Phadnis, Anupam Kher , Tinnu Anand

Story & Screenplay By:           Satyajit Bhatkal, Lancy Fernandes, Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal

Language:        Hindi  

Music by:         Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Produced by:   Disney World Cinema

Running time:  109 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 7+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 4.5/5.0

Content

Bollywood, which has an abysmal track record in producing films for kids, Zokkomon happens to a rare exception. Produced by Disney, it has the elements you come to expect from the brand that includes high production values, a certain sweetness and innocence and a relevant message for all ages. However, some characters and their actions are shown as old-fashioned /dated, but the screenplay is written in quirky fashion to make the on screen happenings believable ably supported by some great acting.   It’s a film which shows win of good over evil and creates a kids version of a superhero that captures kids imagination very well.  Ultimately, the movie promotes science and education over superstition & black magic.

Violence
In a village school, the teacher exercises discipline using physical means; some slapping is shown.  There is a scene showing attempted strangling of a kid character by an adult.  There is scene showing a house set on fire.  There is additional stylized mild violence that is staple of superhero films.

Intense & Frightening scenes

Background music is often scary. A child falls from top of a building and almost dies. There are some crying and emotional scenes. There is a lengthy car chase sequence which is frightening. There is ample anger on display along with unusual voice used by zokkomon which can scare some kids. There is an alleged haunted house with ghosts and there are many scenes where some characters apparently see a ghost and react with horror. There is also a scene showing kids chased by Bats. Some costumes and makeup look eerie in appearance. There is a fake death and a funeral.

Sexuality 

None

Language 

No hard curse words are used.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Attitude/Behavior

The theme of greed is prevalent in the film. The main villain of the film is shown to be a corrupt and immoral person that favors his son over his nephew (Cinderella like reference). He also abandons his nephew in remote place with the intention of getting rid of him and ultimately he plans to kill is nephew.  A friendly character in the film is shown living the life of an outlaw with minor criminal behavior shown in a good life (reference Robinhood). There is Black magic & superstition scenes spread through the film.

Bechdel test 1/3

Movie has two significant female characters, but they never interact with each other.

Bottom line

Overall, the target film audience is 7+ year-olds that can handle some stylized action sequences & some emotional drama.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/zokkomon/