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.

 

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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.

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