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/

 

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/

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/