Monthly Archives: November 2021

Chhorii Movie Review: Nushrratt Bharuccha’s Amazon Prime film is creepy with a cause

Nushrratt Bharuccha-starrer Chhorii is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The horror thriller is worth a watch, says our review.

Horror has been a ridiculed genre in Hindi cinema for decades. When it comes to horror, the Indian audience has been served a ludicrous cocktail of uninspiring stories, stereotypical jump-scares and irrelevant steamy scenes, film after film. Chhorii, a remake of the Marathi film Lapachhapi (2017), successfully beats these notions to deliver a story that chills and thrills, effectively.

Chhorii opens to a woman helplessly, and violently, losing her unborn child. We know a similar fate will haunt our lead character Sakshi, played by Nushrratt Bharuccha. Why? This is where director Vishal Furia’s brilliance lies. The director, who made the original Marathi film Lapachhapi, takes his time developing and then unraveling the deep-dark mysteries in Chhorii.

We meet eight months pregnant Sakshi and her husband Hemant, essayed by Saurabh Goyal, in a big city. Due to some circumstances, they decide to escape to a remote village for a few days. While this premise might raise questions about the couple’s judgment, we ask you to keep your patience.

Now, even though the wife has her doubts about the new shelter, which is isolated and surrounded by lush sugarcane fields designed like a labyrinth, her husband convinces her that it’s for their safety. In the village, the to-be-mother is cared for by Bhanno Devi, played by Mita Vashisht. She is the wife of the couple’s driver, Kajala, played by Rajesh Jais.

Slowly and subtly, Sakshi understands that the village is not just plagued by a regressive mindset in the name of traditions, but also has menacing evils. Sakshi still tries to ignore the red flags and remains optimistic. Eventually, she becomes suspicious and is troubled by Bhanno Devi’s constant and overbearing presence.

In Chhorii, the sugarcane fields have a life of their own. Their eerie stillness coupled with a haunting background score and impressive cinematography evokes genuine scares. Yes, familiar horror tropes have been used in the film, but they mostly add value to the narrative. At times, the pace suffers due to elongated scenes in the maze-like fields, but the film never gets boring.

Nushrratt Bharuccha gives a solid performance in Chhorii. Her emotions change as the story unfolds. She conveys the initial joy and the subsequent harrowing experience surrounding her pregnancy deftly. Some dialogues she utters about motherhood seem dramatic, but she never resorts to histrionics. Mita Vashisht gives a layered performance. The way she narrates fables in the film will definitely unsettle you. Saurabh Goyal and Rajesh Jais play their limited parts well.

You might predict what’s happening in Chhorii as the film progresses, but plenty of twists and turns make the story engaging. The screenplay gets credit here. You will wonder whether Sakshi can protect her baby, if what she is experiencing are visions or illusions, and ultimately, can she escape the forces that be.

The climax of Chhorii tries to pack in too much information and seems a bit hurried as it ties up the loose ends. This is a tad bit disappointing because the film itself feels longer than required. But surely, the powerful ending will compel you to think about society’s evils. What kind of evil? Let the film surprise, if not shock you, with that.

Chhorii released on Amazon Prime Video on November 25. We recommend you to watch this terrifying tale.

Bob Biswas song Tu Toh Gaya Re out. Abhishek Bachchan tries to remember his murderous ways

The first song from the upcoming film, Bob Biswas, titled Tu Toh Gaya Re has been released. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, the thriller will premiere on Zee5 on December 3.

The first song from Abhishek Bachchan’s upcoming film, Bob Biswas, dropped today, November 25. Titled Tu Toh Gaya Re, it shows Abhishek, who plays notorious contract killer Bob, struggling with memory loss and trying to remember his blood-splattered past. Bob Biswas is all set to premiere on Zee5 on December 3.


The trailer of Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob Biswas dropped on November 19. Today, November 25, its first song titled Tu Toh Gaya Re released. Bob Biswas is based on the intriguing assassin essayed by Saswata Chatterjee in Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 thriller, Kahaani.


Abhishek Bachchan can be seen trying to recall his notorious days of being a contract killer after suffering a memory loss in the trailer. However, many suspect that he is faking it. Nonetheless, it has many chilling moments.

Antim Movie Review: Aayush Sharma delivers knockout performance in Salman Khan film

Antim The Final Truth Review: Aayush Sharma’s remarkable transformation stands out in the Salman Khan film. The film has been directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.

Movie Name: Antim: The Final Truth
Cast: Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar

Let’s start with a disclaimer. Bhaigiri takes a back seat in Salman Khan’s Antim. Yes, you heard it right. Except for the Bhai ka Birthday track, Antim, which is an adaptation of the Marathi film Mulshi Pattern, has very little to do with the trademark Salman jingoism, cryptic monologues, slow-mo fight scenes, and choreographed scenes with sunglasses and scarves. Antim revolves around an honest police officer Rajveer Singh (Salman Khan) and a farmer’s son Rahuliya’s (Aayush Sharma) conflict. Mind you the conflict here isn’t the typical cop chasing the bad guy narrative and that’s what makes Antim interesting.

Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, Antim has a lot going for it. The treatment of the film feels very different from any recent Salman Khan offering. Yes, there is that ever-looming cloud of needing to pander to his massive fan base, yet Manjrekar puts more belief and faith in his writers than Bhai’s bulging biceps. Something that directors haven’t managed to do in a very long time. It could be because Manjrekar has also made Marathi films in the past (Lalbaug Parel, Kaksparsh, Natsamrat) and has used the same formula to showcase the world of Rahuliya and his strife. The backbone of the film and the seed of its conflict lies in the idea of a poor farmer losing his land to forces beyond his control and reach – a reality that has been well documented in several places of Maharashtra. Despite the larger-than-life canvas and loud drums thumping in the garish background score, Manjrekar manages to create characters that are believable.

What stands out in Antim is the remarkable transformation of Aayush Sharma. The actor, who made a shaky debut with LoveYatri, has delivered a performance that stays with you even after the end credits roll out. That is a lot to say for anyone struggling to hold his own ground in a Salman Khan cinematic universe. Aayush’s Rahuliya has a stark resemblance to Sanjay Dutt’s Raghunath Shivalkar from Manjrekar’s very own Vaastav. They both evoke empathy, have an existential crisis as their sinister desires get bigger, and are in the pursuit of happiness. Aayush’s biggest win in Antim is to neither succumb to the pressures of taking on Salman’s larger-than-life screen appeal nor be a bystander and lurk in the superstar’s massive shadow. In fact, Aayush manages to hold his own ground and impress in scenes where Rahuliya has to challenge Rajveer and make him look small. Not an easy task, but somehow the actor manages to pull it off with ease. Salman delivers what can be easily called one of his most subtle and underplayed performances in recent times. Rajveer is no Chulbul Pandey or Raadhey (small mercies!) and that in itself is a step in the right direction for the actor.

Antim’s biggest drawback is its flawed narrative and inability in being consistent in making its characters feel real. The second half could have easily been trimmed and made shorter, songs don’t find an appeal (especially Varun Dhawan’s sketchy cameo in the Ganesha song) and the background score and sound mixing plays havoc on your eardrums. There are too many slaps and punches that after a while feel almost robotic and banal attempts to fill in gaping holes in a weak subplot. Salman’s Rajveer is made to look like he’s unpredictable, doesn’t take sides and is mostly a bystander to events unfolding in front of him, yet 20 minutes into the second half he starts going against his own principles and belief and seems to lose track of what he established so effortlessly in the first half of the film. A character that’s flawed because the makers didn’t know what to do with him.

Antim is a small step in the right direction for Salman Khan and a big step for Aayush Sharma whose path of self-discovery as an actor seems to have begun with this film. Overall Antim has enough ammunition to deliver what it set out to promise – an action blockbuster with a massive emotional connect.

Satyameva Jayate 2 Movie Review: It’s all about John Abraham’s physique, forget patriotism

John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate 2 released today, November 25, in theatres. Instead of hard-hitting anti-corruption dialogues, all we get to see is John flaunting his well-toned physique. Read our review.

John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate 2, which was released today, November 25, is centred on the corruption in Indian society. You might expect the actor to actively punish the bad men and deliver some meaningful dialogues. Lucky for you, we have watched it, and we can vouch that the film is all about John Abraham’s well-toned physique and is an ode to the masala flicks of the 90s. Some action scenes do click, however, it goes over the top mostly. Without giving away much, here’s our review of Satyameva Jayate 2.

Satyameva Jayate 2 follows up the story of Satyameva Jayate, where we saw Dada Sa, played by John Abraham, die during a fight. Dada Sa’s twin sons (both played by John) are all grown up now and are a spitting image of their father. While one is Home Minister, the other is an honest police officer. They have rather unconventional methods of exacting justice. For those waiting for Dada Sa’s backstory, John appears in a triple role in the film to tell it. This triple dose of John Abraham isn’t the worst thing about Satyameva Jayate, the writing is also insufferable.

To director Milap Zaveri’s credit, he has brilliantly managed to string together the recent tumultuous incidents that shook India. Satyameva Jayate 2 addresses issues like doctors’ strikes, kids dying due to food poisoning, shortage of oxygen cylinders, collapsing flyovers, questions about the patriotism of Muslims, and rape cases. The twist at the interval is also something you don’t see coming. However, by the end of the movie, you remember nothing of it. What you do remember is John Abraham being shirtless and flaunting his abs. We can get why Abraham is in this film – he does action well and, Satyameva Jayate 2 gives him a chance to show off his bulging biceps, flaring nostrils, and lets him beat enemies to a pulp using just his hands and legs as weapons. You will believe it when you see him splitting the table in two with those arms.

There are many things that went wrong with Satyameva Jayate 2. It is extremely loud – so much so that it will split your eardrums. Also, we wonder why Milap Zaveri thought it would be a good idea to chuck writing full-fledged dialogues and fill it with poetry. To make matters worse, Divya Khosla Kumar’s character is meaningless in the film. It feels as if she recited her dialogues on a battery mode. Some of the lines are in poor taste too. The characters do not speak, they shout.

But, Satyameva Jayate 2 is a masala movie and perhaps has an audience who will crowd the theatres to watch it. We can say that there was no need for the second part, but you may differ. Watch it only if you are a big John Abraham fan.

Jersey trailer out. Shahid Kapoor chases his lost dream for his son

The trailer of Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey dropped on November 23. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film stars Mrunal Thakur as the female lead.

Shahid Kapoor-starrer Jersey is all set to release in theatres on December 31, 2021. The sports drama also stars Mrunal Thakur. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film’s trailer was released on November 23.


Jersey is the Hindi remake of a Telugu film of the same title. Its trailer shows Shahid Kapoor’s character struggling to make ends meet after leaving his cricket career behind. He tries to get back on the filed for his son. He tries to earn his child’s respect and not be considered a failure by him like everyone else.

Sharing the excitement about Jersey, Shahid wrote on Instagram, “ITS TIME ! We have waited to share this emotion with you for 2 years. This story is special. This team is special. This character is special. And the fact that we get to share it on the big screen with you all is special. I don’t have words to express my gratitude. I hope you all feel what I felt when I played him.


The official description of Jersey reads, “An ex-cricketer struggling to make ends meet, wants to fulfill his child’s wish of getting a Jersey but in the process comes face to face with his heroic past and is forced to decide if he will rise to the occasion and become a symbol of hope or continue to live a life as a loser? A heartwarming story starring Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapoor that will make you embrace your dreams, hopes and family.

Nora Fatehi says she is braver than Satyameva Jayate 2 star John Abraham. Here’s why

Nora Fatehi shared a behind-the-scene video from Satyameva Jayate 2 song Kusu Kusu’s shoot. The actress can be seen calling herself braver than John Abraham as she continued working even after getting hurt by a piece of glass in the video.

Nora Fatehi’s Kusu Kusu song has managed to impress one and all. On November 18, the actress posted a behind-the-scene video from its shoot on her vlog. The actress can be seen perfecting her moves and continuing to dance even after getting hurt by a piece of glass in it. Nora didn’t get upset about her injury, but joked that she was braver than Satyameva Jayate 2 star John Abraham.


The internet is going gaga over Satyameva Jayate 2 song Kusu Kusu featuring Nora Fatehi. However, it wasn’t easy to shoot the song. Nora injured her foot by a piece of glass and her costumed also seemed to choke her. But, she continued. All of this is documented in the BTS video of Kusu Kusu Nora posted on her vlog. She also said that she felt like Basanti from Sholay after she got hurt.

Nora’s fabulous belly dancing moves in Kusu Kusu is being loved by one and all. The song has more than 59 million views on YouTube. Nora had thanked fans when the song reached 50 million views. She wrote,


After the success of Satyameva Jayate in 2018, the makers of the film took the franchise ahead with Divya Khosla Kumar opposite John Abraham in the sequel. The film is written and directed by Milap Zaveri. Satyameva Jayate 2’s story revolves around fighting against injustice and misuse of power. It will hit the theatres on November 25. Satyameva Jayate 2’s cast also includes Rajeev Pillai, Anup Soni and Sahil Vaid.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 Movie Review: Rani-Saif shine, but you will miss Abhishek Bachchan

Bunty Aur Babli 2 is enjoyable when the camera is on Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan. And yes, you will miss Abhishek Bachchan.

Movie Name: Bunty Aur Babli 2
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Varun V Sharma

Bollywood’s original heist duo is back. However, this time, with a makeover and a new team. The original Bunty and Babli – Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji entertained the audiences in 2005. Abhishek and Rani’s instant charm and impeccable chemistry contributed big time to the film’s success. Flash forward 16 years, and we have a Bunty aur Babli redux, jazzed up with a makeover and two new entrants. Directed by Varun V Sharma, the film has Saif Ali Khan replacing Abhishek Bachchan as Bunty, Rani reprising her Babli act, and two new faces – Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh giving the franchise a younger fresh appeal.

The plot is pretty simple. The original Bunty and Babli face their biggest fear of being redundant and their brand being tarnished by two youngsters using their names to con people in the city. Now-retired Saif and Rani are happy in their family life until Inspector Jatayu Singh (Pankaj Tripathi) lands at their doorstep to arrest them for a robbery they didn’t commit. Now, the original B and B not only have to defend their brand but also hunt down the impostors and protect their legacy.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 has a lot that works in its favour. The writing is crisp, the dialogues laced with dollops of witty humour and Pankaj Tripathi is at his best. Also, the pace and length of the film work in its favour. It’s tight and doesn’t drag its feet in important scenes. Rani Mukerji as Babli is a major highlight. Her comic timing and humour are quite a revelation, and showcases a side we haven’t seen before. The over-the-top outfits and garish makeup only add to the caricature that is Babli – and what we love about her.

Amongst the youngsters, Sharvari exudes confidence and has immense potential. Even beneath the prosthetics and makeup, she has a spark and looks like this is what she was born to do. Siddhant uses his charisma to his advantage and goes full throttle when it comes to playing up his Casanova image.

The big elephant in the room is Saif Ali Khan replacing Abhishek Bachchan as Bunty. Those are big shoes to fill. Though the comparisons are unfair, there is an issue is with the casting. As the bumbling Bunty from Fursatganj, he feels out of place and a bit lost. Oddly enough he looks the most comfortable in his designer suits in the second half. You can’t help but think of Abbas-Mustan’s Race when you see a good-looking Saif Ali Khan donning stylish shades.

The songs and music in Bunty Aur Babli 2 are forgettable. That was one of the biggest reasons why the first one worked, with foot-tapping tracks like Kajra Re, Chup Chup Ke and the catchy title song. In fact, this one has a scene with the original Kajra Re playing in the background, which serves as a bleak reminder of how bad the music in the second part is.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 is enjoyable when the camera is on Saif and Rani. There is a chase sequence between the original Bunty-Babli and the newbies, which is a major highlight and is well shot. Overall, the film is entertaining and worth a watch. Yes, you will miss Abhishek and Rani’s chemistry, but don’t let that not be a reason for you to skip the film.

Dhamaka Movie Review: Kartik Aaryan delivers a dhamakedaar performance in Netflix film

Netflix’s new film, Dhamaka, starring Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur and Amruta Subhash, starts off with a blast but ends in a dud, says our Dhamaka Movie Review.

Movie Name: Dhamaka
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur

Every now and then, we come across a film where an unassuming actor is entrusted with the task of pulling off a role that’s seemingly larger than their cinematic persona. More often than not, director Ram Madhvani is known to throw such googlies at us. Cue: Sonam Kapoor in Neerja. In Kartik Aaryan’s Dhamaka, Ram does it again. He picks a man infamous for his monologues, known for his unruly mane and a toothy smile endearing to many, and places him as his prime-time news anchor – Arjun Pathak – with terrifying bombs exploding on the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai in the backdrop – both figuratively and literally. And he manages to squeeze a dhamakedaar performance out of this Kartik Aaryan.

Kartik’s Arjun, at the start of this Netflix offering, is a radio anchor, demoted from his prime-time television anchor role despite a five-year successful run. He’s also sitting at his corner radio studio, in a whirl of smoke from his cigarette, going through a divorce draft, reminiscing the life that was. Eventually, we learn about the conflict and how his personal and professional life came to what it is today. He goes on air, starts off with some traffic update – the Sea Link will be shut between 9-10 am due to some construction work, so avoid it – and then he gets his first caller. A man, who identifies himself as Raghubeer Mhate, declares, “Main Sea Link udane wala hoon.

At this point, you know that Dhamaka is taking an A Wednesday (2008) turn, also available on Netflix, if you want to give it a watch. The events that follow are predictable, yet adrenaline-pumping. A common man, a labourer who actually helped build that bridge is now hellbent on destroying it, to get attention. To get an apology. Three workers were killed one rainy day in Mumbai while patch-repairing that bridge. The compensations promised never reached the families. The news never made it to prime time. Everything was forgotten. But not forgiven. Sarkar ko maafi mangni padegi, he says.

The angst of this common man is not hard to identify. You empathise with him, while you ask yourself if a blast, that puts the lives of other innocent people in danger, the way to do it. Ram Madhvani keeps the conflict very basic here, almost not challenging the viewers enough. In all this, there’s the negotiation of an “exclusive”. Arjun bargains his prime-time news anchor position claiming this as his big exclusive and promising the channel higher TRPs. But the game he plays is dirty, and even though he might want to wash his hands off, there’s blood there, the blood of those three labourers, that connects him intrinsically to the main plot.

Neerja was a true story, and despite creative liberties, we knew how it would have ended. Dhamaka ends on a dud and that’s a flaw we cannot overlook. In a hurry to wrap things up, Ram Madhvani takes the righteous path out, that’s not only easy, it is also borderline ridiculous.

Kartik Aaryan does his best as Arjun Pathak. Though he gets ample scope to deliver those monologues that have become synonymous with him, simply by virtue of being a news anchor, they are not grating. Amruta Subhash as Ankita, the boss, is flawless. She owns the screen while she’s on it. Mrunal Thakur as Soumya Mehra Pathak, Arjun’s estranged wife, gets one romantic montage at the start and an emotional tugging-at-your-heartstrings scene on the bomb-affected bridge. Just not enough to decide her impact. We needed more of her.

Salman Khan says Aayush Sharma’s LoveYatri to Antim transformation shocked him

Salman Khan praised Aayush Sharma for his performance in Antim: The Final Truth. The actioner will release in theatres on November 26.

Salman Khan will be seen sharing screen space with his brother-in-law, Aayush Sharma, for the first time in Antim: The Final Truth. Aayush, who made his Bollywood debut as the guy-next-door in Loveyatri, has undergone a huge transformation to get into his Antim character of gangster Rahuliya. Salman has now praised his dedication and hard work.


Antim is all set to hit the theatres on November 26. In the film, Aayush Sharma plays the role of a menacing gangster Rahuliya. To do justice to his character, the actor achieved the right physique and adapted mannerisms of a criminal. Now, in a behind-the-scenes video, Salman Khan and the cast and crew of Antim can be seen praising Aayush for his transformation.

Salman Khan, who essays the role of police officer Rajveer and goes up against Aayush’s Rahuliya in Antim, said, “I was shocked. There’s been a huge transformation from Loveyatri to Antim. He has worked so hard in the film. His work will be appreciated.

Director Mahesh Manjrekar added, “Aayush worked really hard with the physical transformation. We needed a very tough looking guy. I realised this boy has a lot of passion and he is extremely focused. He knows what he wants to do and I think he has done a brilliant job.”

Mahima Makwana also talked about Aayush’s performance in Antim, not just in terms of his gangster avatar, but emotional scenes also.

Aayush Sharma also talked about his character and thanked Antim team. He said, “First of all was the physical transformation, I needed to look like somebody who can be a strong character on the screen. I wanted to keep him very believable. A gangster in real life might just be looking like a common man, it is just that he has to have the power to pull the trigger. Antim is a film that has taught me a lot, it helped me grow as an actor, it helped me grow as a human being. Thanks to Mahesh sir, Salman Bhai, it’s a very special feeling. When the film started, I never thought I’ll be able to execute Rahuliya. When the film ended, I didn’t know how to not be Rahuliya.

Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma’s Antim is an adaptation of the Zee5 Marathi crime drama named Mulshi Pattern. The film is presented by Salman Khan Films and produced by Salma Khan.

Chhorii trailer out. Pregnant Nushratt Bharuccha is stuck in a village of horrors

The trailer of Chhorii has been released. Nushratt Bharuccha’s horror film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on November 26.

The trailer of Chhorii dropped today, November 16. Starring Nushratt Bharuccha in the lead role, the film is directed by Vishal Furia. Chhorii is all set to release on Amazon Prime Video on November 26.


Nushrratt Bharuccha’s Chhorii teaser dropped on November 9. Now, the makers have shared the film’s trailer on social media. In the trailer, we see Nushratt running away from her past life and moving to a secluded village to protect the baby that is growing inside her. But, the village is haunted by evil spirits and they seem to be targetting soon-to-be mothers. The trailer looks promising and is quite chilling.

Talking about Chhori, Nushrratt Bharuchha said, “Stepping into a new genre and unique genre like horror is a daunting-yet-exciting experience. While the narrative of the film is anchored in horror it also carries a perspective that I hope the audiences will relate to. The trailer is just a sneak peek of a bigger horror that is set to unravel.”


Chhorii is the Hindi remake of the critically-acclaimed Marathi film, Lapachhapi. Besides Nushratt Bharuccha, the film’s cast includes Mita Vashisht, Rajesh Jais, Saurabh Goyal and Yaanea Bharadwaj. Chhorii is backed by Bhushan Kumar, Krishnan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra, Jack Davis and Shikhaa Sharma.