As an ardent fan of Pawan Kumar, my expectations were sky-high for Dhoomam, especially after being enamored with his last web series, Kudi Yedamayithe. I eagerly waited two long years for Pawan Kumar to unveil his new work, post Kudi Yedamayithe.
However, to my disappointment, I couldn’t find the signature sophistication and finesse I had anticipated from Pawan Kumar in Dhoomam. It doesn’t show the output of 2 years of homework.
The plot centers around Avinash (Fahadh Faasil), who is the marketing head of a major tobacco company. He and his wife Diya (Aparna Balamurali) find themselves held hostage in a secluded hilly terrain. The kidnapper issue a series of demands via phone calls, prompting Avinash and Diya to complete certain tasks to save their lives.
The film switches between the couple’s present predicament and flashbacks to Avinash’s career rise in the tobacco company run by Sid (Roshan Mathew). In the past, we see Avinash’s cunning methods to promote the company’s products and influence government policies.
The plot leaves some loose ends, with questions around who the ‘faceless’ caller is and why Avinash is being targeted instead of Sid, the actual head of the company.
Expectations and Initial Disappointment
Director Pawan Kumar’s effort to highlight a grave issue like smoking deserves applause. However, the film’s execution leaves much to be desired. The kidnapping scene at the beginning of the film is unconvincing and disrupts the viewing experience. The film’s pacing feels off, with crucial events happening too rapidly and without adequate build-up. These elements, combined with a plethora of continuity errors, contribute to a sense of disconnection from the narrative.
Direction and Continuity Issues
When the movie starts, we can see Aparna Balamurali is waiting for Fahad Fazil and it’s raining, but while getting into the car, you can see that she is not at all wet. I couldn’t find any raindrops on her face, hair, or dress. If this movie was directed by any other directors from Kannada, I wouldn’t have cared, but since it was Pawan Kumar, this was a friction point for me.
With poor editing and scripting, the kidnapping scene in the movie was so artificial and unconvincing for me. There were a lot of loopholes in that scene, and I found so many continuity issues in just 20 minutes of the film. For example, I don’t know why the kidnapper took the watch from Fahad Fassil. While driving, there is a watch on his left hand, but in the morning it is not there.
There is a fight scene between a gunman and Fahad Fassil, and you can see a lot of wounds and bruises over his face and body, but after a face wash, he is clean and left with only a scar.
Characterization and Plot Development
When it comes to the plot development, I would say it is highly predictable and filled with cliched events.
The character development also suffered from amateur first thoughts. Take Fahad Fazil’s character Avinash as an example; he was portrayed as a creative thinker, problem-solver, and ambitious individual. However, the writer failed to provide a compelling trigger for this character’s transformation or introspection. I found it unconvincing that such a calculating character would alter his mindset without a strong reason.
All this means I couldn’t enjoy the movie at all? A Big No!!
Why You Should Try This Movie
There are some dialogues from Fahad Fazil as a marketer that really strike every citizen, I believe. For example, the way Avinash (Fahad) marketed the vapes was so brilliant, and as a marketer, I find it so interesting, and I realized how dangerously our emotions and mirror neurons work.
Similarly, the government’s involvement in promoting tobacco usage was represented neatly.
Fahadh Faasil, playing the ambitious marketer, delivers a solid performance, reflecting his character’s complexity and moral struggle. Aparna Balamurali, despite a somewhat overly dependent character, brings credibility to her role. Roshan Mathew also offers a convincing portrayal in his role as the head of the tobacco company.
The climax is well-drafted, so realistic, and well-executed. I strongly believe that climax can make a huge impact on anyone who smokes; at least they will think twice next time when they hold a cigarette. The last 15 minutes of the film were really worth it, and that’s where I found the signature of Pawan Kumar.
Despite its flaws, “Dhoomam” delivers a potent social message. The impactful final scenes carry a significant enough message to make smokers reconsider their habits, highlighting the dangers of tobacco usage.
It might be best described as a missed opportunity – a film that could have been a powerful social commentary but falls short due to its execution.
Kudimahaan, now streaming on Amazon Prime, is a unique comedy-drama directed by Prakash N, who won the runner- up title for his short film Kutti Dhadha at the Naalaiya Iyakkunar Season -6 reality show. Prakash adapted his Kutty Dhadha into a fulllength feature film, and that is Kudimahaan (2023).
Who is Kudimahaan & What’s his Story?
Kudimahaan is the story of a teetotaller middle-class family man. Whose life gets turned on its head due to an unexpected twist of fate. Mathi, our hero, works with an ATM replenishment agency. With a salary of 15,000 INR, he is leading a family of 4. He leads a simple and responsible life, fulfilling the needs of his family, including his father, who has a history of alcoholism.
But what if I told you that his life goes on a roller coaster ride, not because of any external pressure, but due to an odd medical condition?
This condition is so peculiar that it creates a role reversal, with Mathi, who has never tasted alcohol in his life, turning into a drunk, while his alcoholic father turns sober (because of a love affair 😉). Can you imagine the chaos that ensues in his life due to this?
How will Mathi manage his job while dealing with this strange disorder? How will his family react to this sudden and bizarre change in his behaviour? And importantly, how does this affect his struggle to fulfill his responsibilities towards his family? These questions form the crux of the storyline of Kudimahaan.
What happens next in Mathi’s life is something that will leave you entertained, perplexed, and curious, all at the same time. It’s this compelling thread of curiosity that weaves the story of Kudimahaan.
Why you Should Watch This Movie?
What makes Kudimahaan special is not only the story but also the freshness in casting. This movie is filled with some new faces. Their performances will definitely make you laugh. But remember that this movie is not a laughing riot; rather, it’s mostly filled with dark humour. This is my simple reason why you should give it a try.
Vijay Sivan, who plays the lead role, does a great job showing us the life of an ordinary guy facing some crazy problems. He switches from a guy who never drinks to someone who can’t help it, and he does it really well. He keeps his acting simple and real, just like Biju Menon, using his eyes more than anything else to show us what he’s feeling.
Chandini Tamilarasan, as the dutiful wife Pavithra, stands out even in the limited scenes she’s in. She keeps her acting honest and matches up well with Vijay.
Suresh Chakravarthy gets to have all the fun playing Mathi’s dad. He’s a guy who doesn’t care what anyone thinks and just lives life his way. He keeps us laughing throughout the movie.
Namo Narayanan comes in later in the movie and adds more comedy. He’s good at making funny situations even funnier.
Last But Not Least
The director, Prakash N, has done a commendable job of keeping us invested in the movie. He told an unusual story from a new angle, using dark humour to address the serious parts. He is truly talented in getting genuine performances from his actors.
The movie is technically sound as well. Meyyandiran’s cinematography captured the subtle emotions and the everyday yet special moments of life. Shibu Neel’s editing kept the film’s pace engaging and prevented it from becoming monotonous. Tanuj Menon’s music could have been a little more impactful, but it does not detract much from the overall film.
All in all, the cast and crew of Kudimahaan have come together to create a memorable cinematic experience.
They turned an ordinary story into an extraordinary one with their combined skills and dedicated performances.
It’s actually a perfect example of collaboration, and I recommend this movie to all film aspirants.
I have two ways to deal with it. One is to travel! Just pack your bag and go! Travel alone, experience a different culture or meet new people, and listen to some Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs while sitting beside the window seat of a train or bus. This way, I keep my brain busy and replace the pain with new memories. It helps me relax.
The second option is to watch a movie like “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” and cry out loud in the washroom. When I cry, I shed tears and pain, which makes me relax.
Don’t think it’s a tragedy movie—it’s not. I rarely watch tragic movies.
Yeah, I know it’s weird because it’s a thriller, right?
But Bud White (Russel Crowe) & Lynn (Kim Basinger) 🙁
Lynn Bracken: Where did this come from?
Bud White: When I was twelve, my old man went after my mother with a bottle. I got in the way.
Lynn Bracken: So you saved her.
Bud White: Not for long.
Lynn Bracken: Some men get the world. Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona.
Why All This Non-Sense?
I’m saying all this because I don’t want to dissect the movie and write a report. I just want to share the feelings I experienced after watching the movie.
I found “Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum” clichéd script, fitting into an overused template frame (or some characters picked from different movies and filled the screen).
“Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” follows the same template: a few people whose lives become interconnected at a certain point. All of their character arcs reach a low point and then start moving upward, and in the end, everyone is happy. I’m tired of this template, but “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” directed by Vishal Venkat made me cry and made a difference.
The story template may be clichéd, but the brilliant casting and heartfelt narration set it apart. Ashok Selvan, Manikandan K, Nassar, K S Ravikumar, Anupama Kumar, Bhanupriya, Rishikanth, Reyya, Riythvika Panneerselvam, Praveen Raja… the list is long. I don’t know the names of the other artists, except for one or two lead characters (I know their names, but I don’t want to mention them).Everyone performed brilliantly, and it felt like I was watching real life unfold.
Why Not Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum but Why “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal”
In “Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum,” except for Anjana Jayaprakash and Vineeth, I felt like all the other characters were picked from some other films. Whether it was Mukesh, Shanthi Krishna, or the unknown artists, Fahad Fazil tried the same character aura in “Njan Prakashan” and “Oru Indian Pranayakatha” with similar reactions and body language. That’s where I felt a freshness in “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal.”
Secondly, the narration in “Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum” felt like the director filled the script with aesthetics and overused events: Ahaana, Shruthi, locations, a few dialogues, an obsessed boyfriend, Goan events around villains. Everything felt like sudden pop-ups on the screen that came and went. Some may click, while others may find it annoying. I belong to the latter group.
In “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal,” don’t expect such pop-up melodrama events (except one around Abi Hassan). It’s a simple story, a simple event that starts in the morning and ends the next day. The brilliant performances from each and everyone I mentioned before are what make it engaging and touching.
Am I saying Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal a Must Watch? No!
Is it predictable? Yes. Is it clichéd? Yes. So why should I watch it? You will witness some brilliant performances that might surprise you. The story is predictable, but the narration will engage you and help you reflect on yourself.
Haven’t you ever had that hard-working colleague who complains about “Promotion” or “Increment”?
Haven’t you ever had that friend who shouts at their parents or doesn’t know how to express love? Or someone who thinks their parents spoiled their life or doesn’t feel proud of them?
Haven’t you ever had that one friend who is so innocent and believes the world is straightforward, everything is black and white?
Haven’t you ever had that annoying uncle who always troubles you with family problems or unwanted tasks?
Have you ever felt the pain of a situation where you are not guilty of a crime, but no one believes you?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these, this movie will help you introspect.
One last line: Manikandan is the most underrated actor in Kollywood right now.
This is not a review; it’s my personal feeling.
Now, you may not like “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” because I’ve set high expectations already. Trust me, it’s an ordinary movie with extraordinary performances, nothing more, nothing less.
If I were to paint a simple picture of what ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ is all about, it would be like this: Imagine a slice of life from a middle-class Indian home from Indore, few drama stuffed with humor and woven around the dreams of a young couple. The director, Laxman Utekar, has tried to create a lively canvas where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, much like his previous work, Mimi.
Story of ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’
Let me introduce you to our main couple, Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan, who play everyday people just like any other middle-class urban couple. Vicky’s character, Kapil, is a yoga teacher with simple dreams and a clever way of finding shortcuts to solve big problems. On the other hand, Sara Ali Khan portrays Saumya, a spirited chemistry professor with dreams that extend far beyond her home and her lovely georgette sarees.
Their everyday life takes an interesting turn when the pressures of living with their extended family become overwhelming. They yearn for a ‘place’ they can call their ‘own’, a home where they can create their own space and cherish their dreams. And that’s when our story, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’, begins to unfold.
What follows is a delightful rollercoaster of events, ranging from comical to dramatic, all revolving around this relatable and universal desire for a home.
In a nutshell, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ take us to witness the dreams, challenges, and hilarious complications faced by this young Indian couple. Especially, while they navigate through societal expectations, personal ambitions, and the quest for a place to call their own.
Why You Should Give A Try?
Firstly, let’s talk about the performances. Vicky Kaushal, known for his versatile acting skills, brings his A-game to the table as Kapil, the yoga teacher with a penchant for finding clever solutions. His portrayal is relatable and engaging, showcasing his ability to bring charm and authenticity to the character. Sara Ali Khan, on the other hand, captivates with her vibrant presence as Saumya, a chemistry professor who yearns for more from life. Her energy and commitment to the role shine through, adding depth to the narrative.
One of the film’s strengths lies in its ability to tackle real-life issues in a light-hearted manner. The storyline revolves around the dreams and challenges faced by a young middle-class couple, resonating with audiences who have similar aspirations and struggles. Laxman Utekar’s direction, as seen in his previous work like Mimi, ensures that the film strikes a balance between entertainment and thought-provoking storytelling.
Moreover, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ offers a glimpse into the world of Indore, a city that adds its own flavor to the narrative. The film beautifully captures the essence of small-town life, providing a unique backdrop for the characters and their journey.
What Could Have Been Better?
In my opinion, one thing that really felt odd to me was that the chemistry between Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal. It didn’t seem to have much chemistry on-screen.
Even though they are both talented actors with their own strengths, their pairing in the movie didn’t create the desired spark.
Sara Ali Khan
I was expecting a Sara Ali Khan from Atrangi Re, unfortunately, I only got that energy from her, not the natural demeanour. If Sara – Vicky chemistry had been stronger, it would have made Kapil’s & Soumya’s journey more interesting. Here audience may feel some disconnect with the story.
Plot of ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’
Another important point to consider is that the plot of the movie. I felt it was stretched out. The pacing, especially in the second half, was not well done.
If the script had been tighter and repetitive elements had been eliminated, it would have created a more focused and engaging narrative.
Originality & Freshness
The story was highly relatable, but it lacked originality and seemed similar to other films like old Dinesh Vijan films or “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” style. If the filmmakers had strived for a more unique storytelling approach, it would have made the movie stand out from its predecessors.
Chemistry between Vicky Kaushal & Sara Ali Khan
As I said before, Vicky Kaushal’ portrayal of Kapil is excellent, but I felt that Sara Ali Khan’s efforts fell short compared to Vicky. It’s important for Khan to refine her acting approach, finding a balance between being authentic and avoiding being too theatrical.
Laxman Utekar’s approach
From an audience perspective, Laxman Utekar’s approach to ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ should be criticized for lacking energy and excitement. If he had incorporated more dynamic and innovative storytelling techniques, especially during crucial moments of the film, it would have injected more vitality into the overall viewing experience
In conclusion, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ remains an opportunity to immerse oneself in a light-hearted tale that resonates with the dreams and challenges faced by many. So, if you’re willing to overlook its flaws and embrace its relatable themes, this film has the potential to provide an entertaining and thought-provoking experience.
Bookmyshow offers a Buy one Get one offer for this movie (Only for June 2 Bookings I guess) considering that, it’s worth to give a try.
Asur season 1 presents a fascinating blend of mythological lore and modern-day crime. In this blog post, I will explain the reasons why Asur season 1 stands out, highlight the cast and performances, and provide a recap of the episode-wise plot points.This will serve as a refresher for those who are eagerly anticipating the release of Asur season 2.
The series has made a significant impact on the Indian web series scenario due to its unique concept and storytelling, which blends two very contrasting themes – ancient Indian mythology and modern forensic science – into a compelling narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
What sets Asur apart is its innovative use of mythology in a crime thriller. The show introduces us to a serial killer who commits horrifying murders while drawing inspiration from ancient Hindu mythological texts.
The philosophical underpinnings in each episode, particularly the dichotomy of good and evil, add a deeper layer to the narrative. It’s not just about catching a criminal; it’s about understanding human nature and the inherent capacity for both good and evil within us all.
Asur season 1 Cast: Worth Applauding
The performances in Asur are top-notch. A notable digital debut is made by Arshad Warsi, known for his comedic roles, as a no-nonsense forensic expert. His portrayal of Dhananjay Rajpoot (DJ), an intense and egoistic senior forensic expert, is refreshing and showcases the versatility of the actor.
Barun Sobti impresses as Nikhil Nair, a forensic expert-turned-teacher, grappling with personal and professional conflicts. His performance successfully conveys the internal struggle and dedication of the character to his craft. The engaging narrative of the series is further elevated by the commendable performances of the ensemble cast, including Ridhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka, Amey Wagh, and Sharib Hashmi.
Story of Asur Season 1
Asur Episode 1 – The Dead Can Talk
It’s 11 years ago in the holy city of Varanasi. A young boy, son of a priest, is being readied to take on his father’s role. But things take a strange turn. After a ritual by the river, the father asks his son for water. The next thing you know, the father’s lifeless body is sinking into the river. We see the son again, his face smeared with ashes by a group of Aghori saints, and in his hand, he holds a cut finger. Could this be his father’s finger? Did he…kill his father?
Now, let’s zoom out of this mystery and travel across continents to the present-day FBI Training Centre in the USA. Here, we meet Nikhil Nair, who left his CBI job to teach forensic science. “The dead can talk,” he tells his students, alluding to how the deceased provide enough evidence to catch their killer. He’s good at his job, his knack for deductions proved when his friend asks his opinion on a murder case. But his past still calls him back to the CBI, particularly through an incessant Shashank Awasthi.
The Horror begins
Meanwhile, a gruesome scene unfolds in Delhi. A woman’s body, assaulted and burnt, is discarded in a jungle, reduced to a gruesome spectacle. This news reaches Nikhil, causing distress at home. His wife, Naina, isn’t happy about him considering going back to CBI, a place he left for their family. This disagreement spirals into a full-blown argument, revealing the cracks in their relationship.
The next morning, a new crime scene is discovered in Delhi, a body left in a terrifying state. Dr. Dhananjay Rajpoot, also known as DJ, arrives at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. An old photo of him and his wife, Sandhya, hints at some history. A surprising twist comes in the form of a mysterious audio file from the killer, taunting DJ.
As the episode concludes, we see Nikhil taking a painful decision, leaving his family in the USA to return to Delhi. At the same time, a terrifying discovery is made – the woman who was brutally killed was none other than DJ’s wife, Sandhya, a devastating revelation that leaves us gasping for more.
Asur Episode 2 – Rabbit Hole
In the second episode of Asur, we go back 18 years, to the ancient city of Varanasi. We meet Shubh, a curious child who has a unique approach to studying the Gita, leading his stern father to label him as ‘Asur ka avatar’. Shubh’s peculiarity is on full display, especially after a disturbing incident with a puppy.
In today’s time, the CBI team, still reeling from the gruesome murder of Sandhya, who was a renowned painter and DJ’s spouse, takes on the challenging task of uncovering the mystery.
This mystery leads them far away to Nagaland, where another person is found dead in the same creepy way. This is where Nikhil enter the scene.
Enter Nikhil, a seasoned investigator brought in to replace DJ in this complex case. Past friction between Nikhil and DJ add an undercurrent of tension to the proceedings. Nikhil, in collaboration with Nusrat, a forensic expert, starts to put together the chilling puzzle pieces, all seemingly leading back to DJ.
Hidden GPS systems, late-night autopsies, peculiar tattoos, and Sandhya’s secret abortion start to shape a troubling narrative, pointing towards DJ as the orchestrator of the grim deeds. As DJ is led away in cuffs, the audience is left pondering – is he truly guilty, or just a pawn in a more sinister game? The suspense thickens as the real killer watches the spectacle unfold.
Asur Episode 3 – Peek – a – boo
In the third episode of Asur, a flashback reveals Shubh’s childhood intelligence and anger issues.
In the present day, Nikhil receives coordinates and assembles his team to investigate. DJ is imprisoned while the killer strikes in Kolkata, causing a death by poisoning.
The Delhi coordinates lead to a coffin factory, but no suspicious activity is found. Nikhil suspects a buried victim and discovers DJ’s fingerprints on the money from a previous case. George, a shop owner, goes missing, and Nikhil finds him unconscious in a car near a graveyard.
DJ warns Nikhil of imminent danger and reveals a personal connection. At the graveyard, the team discovers a coffin rigged with knives and gas, rendering them unconscious. A man in protective gear takes Nikhil to an unknown location, leaving the audience in suspense for the next episode.
Asur Episode 4 – Ashes from the Past
In the fourth episode of Asur, a flashback shows DJ’s presence during a havan(yagnam) ceremony where Shubh’s father is mysteriously poisoned.
In the present day, Nikhil goes missing, and his family arrives in India. Nikhil wakes up in a secluded place and communicates with the kidnapper through a landline phone.
Meanwhile, DJ receives old case files and analyzes them in jail. The kidnapper sends food to Nikhil but demands his cooperation to ensure his family’s safety. Nikhil observes the kidnapper’s characteristics and sees footage of his wife and daughter on television.
The kidnapper assigns Nikhil a task to suggest a method to murder Abhilasha Chandran, a woman involved in brain-mapping experiments. Nikhil proposes a plan involving a dental appointment and an MRI machine.
The kidnapper carries out the murder as instructed. CBI discovers another murder near a lake, prompting DJ to recall the suspicious incident in Varanasi. DJ joins the team at the underwater crime scene and suspects Nikhil’s involvement based on similarities to a past case. The episode leaves viewers questioning how Nikhil will communicate with DJ to escape the kidnapper’s clutches.
Asur Episode 5 – The Devil has a Face
In the sixth episode of Asur, a flashback reveals Shubh’s arrest for his father’s murder, with DJ working on the case.
In the present day, Naina learns about another victim and refuses to believe the theory that Nikhil might be the killer. Nikhil, disturbed by his actions, demands cigarettes from the kidnapper. Lolark seeks permission for DJ to work on the case from jail but is denied by Shashank Awasthi.
Nikhil watches the news about the neuroscientist’s body being found and becomes overwhelmed with guilt. Lolark visits Varanasi to gather information about Shubh and meets an ex-police officer. DJ attends a counseling session in jail led by Kesar Bhardwaj, where they discuss religion and karma. Awasthi finally permits DJ to work on the case, and a new team member, Samarth, joins. Lolark learns about Shubh’s peculiar behavior in jail before his alleged death in a fire.
The CBI team begins their investigation, and DJ realizes that the killer is using Nikhil’s family as leverage. Nikhil attempts to communicate by manipulating the television’s wiring. Samarth suggests studying the victims’ horoscopes, and Nikhil receives his second target, Aditya Jalan. Naina confronts DJ about the officers outside her home, and Lolark discovers Shubh’s records.
The episode ends with DJ recalling his interaction with Shubh during his arrest, hinting at a possible connection between Shubh and the killer.
Asur Episode 6 – The Firewall
Taking a different turn, the sixth episode of Asur begins with a flashback in Kolhapur, where a renowned painter narrates a story to his grandson about the defeat of the Asur Kali. However, the painter is brutally murdered by a masked man who claims to be sending a message to God.
In the present day, Nikhil plans to murder philanthropist Aditya Jalan, but struggles to breach his tight security. DJ contacts a Balinese mask instructor for information but learns that the instructor is blind. Nikhil battles with his past decisions and has an imaginary conversation with DJ for guidance.
Nusrat creates an age-progression photo of Shubh to see his current appearance. Lolark visits Shubh’s grandfather in Varanasi and discovers Shubh’s sketchbook filled with drawings of demons. DJ and Samarth consult a fake priest for horoscope analysis and later seek Kesar’s help. They learn that all the victims were born in the Delphinus constellation.
Another Hint & Hope
DJ realizes that the SIC database holds the required information and asks Rasul to breach its security. In a vision, Nikhil sees a way to murder Aditya using medicine. Rasul eventually hacks the SIC database with Naina’s assistance. Nikhil connects the television to a police walkie-talkie signal and continues studying forensic science books. DJ discusses Shubh’s story and sketchbook with Lolark.
The team suspects Aditya Jalan as the killer’s next target due to his charitable nature. The kidnapper calls DJ, confirming their suspicion and revealing the date of the planned murder. DJ wonders how the kidnapper obtained internal information. DJ and the team prepare for Aditya’s engagement with heightened security, but Aditya dismisses the threat. Rasul and Sajid attend the engagement, and DJ identifies a toy truck as a potential bomb.
The bomb detonates harmlessly in a freezer. However, the lights go out momentarily, and when they come back, Aditya is found dead, poisoned, with the killer’s Balinese mask nearby.
The episode leaves viewers intrigued about the aftermath of this incident.
Asur Episode 7 – Let There be Darkness
Straying from its usual path, the seventh episode of Asur, takes us back 10 years to Varanasi, where Nikhil visits Shubh in jail. Shubh refuses to admit his crime and blames DJ, leaving a cryptic message that they will meet soon.
The CBI struggles to recover from the failure to save Aditya Jalan. During Aditya’s autopsy, DJ and Nusrat discover that Nikhil used Aditya’s ulcer problem to poison him. Two additional non-toxic elements in Aditya’s bloodstream puzzle DJ, as they appear to be a message from Nikhil.
The kidnapper rewards Nikhil with cigarettes and hints at his omnipresence. DJ delves into Hindu mythology and consults Kesar for assistance. The team realizes that the killer targets achievers and believes himself to be the mythological devil Kali.
Nikhil has an imaginary conversation with Nusrat and recalls his past with Naina. DJ faces obstacles in the investigation, including a slow SIC server and the revelation that the podcast voice is not Kesar’s. Dhananjay(DJ) and Naina decipher Nikhil’s message, leading them to suspect Shubh’s involvement and an accomplice.
DJ decodes the meaning of two elements and sends teams to search corresponding coordinates in Delhi. Lolark suspects Kesar and provides DJ with a linguistic report. Naina tracks the killer’s search activity, and DJ requests Naina to add his name to the SIC database as bait.
The episode ends as the killer discovers DJ’s name in the database. The penultimate episode leaves viewers on the edge, anticipating the answers in the final installment.
Asur Episode 8 – End is The Beginning
The final episode of Asur takes us back 10 years to Varanasi, where DJ and Nikhil discuss Shubh’s case. DJ fabricates evidence against Shubh, leading to Nikhil’s resignation from the CBI.
In the present day, the search for Nikhil continues, and DJ anticipates the killer’s arrival at Central Jail to target him. The CBI discovers that Neeraj Jadhav, Radhika Venkatesh, and Umar Sayyed are missing, potentially the next targets. The kidnapper grows impatient, suspecting a trap set by DJ.
DJ becomes suspicious of Kesar and sends a team to his home. The three hostages are trapped in a chamber with limited oxygen, forced to fight for survival. DJ uncovers Kesar’s fake identity and his potential connection to Shubh. Rasul’s behavior raises doubt, especially when he attacks Lolark.
Nikhil escapes his confinement and collects crucial evidence from the kidnapper’s location.
A Big Revelation & A Twist
DJ manages to overpower the kidnapper in his room. However, during Shashank’s interrogation of Kesar, it is revealed that the kidnapper is part of Shubh’s cult.
The live broadcast shows the hostages’ desperate struggle for oxygen. DJ confesses his past fabrication to Shubh and takes pills in exchange for information.
Nikhil, Naina, and the backup team arrive at the chemical factory. Rasul challenges Nikhil to choose between his daughter and the hostages, resulting in a devastating choice. DJ’s condition worsens, and he is rushed to the hospital. Riya, Nikhil’s daughter, is poisoned by a member of the cult.
Lolark is killed by Rasul, and Radhika shoots Umar in a shocking turn of events. Naina and Nikhil find Riya dead, leading to an emotional outburst directed at DJ. Rasul, still hiding his true identity, takes Nikhil away.
The episode concludes with DJ’s suspension and the revelation that Rasul is the real Shubh.
Finally, the camera pans out as Shubh shares a chilling final gaze with DJ, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats and eagerly anticipating the next season.
Asur’s final episode delivers thrilling revelations and sets the stage for a potential second season, leaving viewers eagerly awaiting the future of the Shubh vs DJ and Nikhil conflict.
Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai Review: This is a powerful courtroom drama that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary lawyer, P.C. Solanki, played by the talented Manoj Bajpayee.
Plot: Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Ha
The story unfolds in the heart of Delhi, where a brave young girl (Adrija Sinha) steps forward to accuse a highly influential godman, referred to as ‘Baba’, of sexual abuse.
P.C. Solanki, despite being a small-time lawyer, accepts the daunting task of representing the girl in court, fully aware of the serious dangers and challenges he will face. The girl’s parents hire him after their previous lawyer is exposed trying to take a bribe from Baba’s allies. Solanki faces bribery, witness intimidation, and even murder. But he never gives up. He fights for the girl and eventually wins her case.
How he wins the case against the odds, is what makes it interesting.
Outside the courtroom, Solanki, a devout Shiva worshipper, provides emotional and moral support to the victim, reinforcing her faith in justice. His firm belief in righteousness and his dedication to his profession helps him combat the threats that come his way.
P.C Solanki is a well-written character, you will understand that from the beginning itself.
The film “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” showcases the tenacity of the common man and salutes the resilience of survivors of sexual abuse.
“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” is inspired by the infamous 2013 case involving Asaram Bapu, a self-proclaimed godman in India. Asaram Bapu was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor girl studying in one of his educational institutions. The character P.C. Solanki, played by Manoj Bajpayee in the film, is based on the real-life lawyer who took on the formidable task of legally challenging the influential godman.
Indeed, a significant and tragic element of the real-life case that parallels the movie is the intimidation and violence faced by witnesses, including multiple murder attempts and successful assassinations.
The Asaram Bapu case saw key witnesses facing extreme threats and violence for their willingness to testify against the godman. At least three key witnesses met their untimely death, with others surviving attacks or receiving death threats. These incidents appeared as clear attempts to intimidate other potential witnesses and obstruct the course of justice.
Similarly, in “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai,” there are scenes showing the escalating violence against those associated with the case, including attacks on the lawyer P.C. Solanki, played by Manoj Bajpayee.
While the movie does not explicitly name Asaram, the narrative follows a similar trajectory, building towards a climactic courtroom judgement.
Cast & Performances
“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” showcases truly extraordinary performances, with standout acts by Manoj Bajpayee and Adrija Sinha significantly enhancing the film’s impact.
Manoj Bajpayee, playing the role of P.C. Solanki, personifies the heart and soul of the film. He is well-known for his intense roles, but in this film, he steps up his performance even more. His depiction of a small-town lawyer who dares to challenge the powerful godman is an eye-pleasing performance.
Manoj Bajpayee infuses authenticity and a quiet dignity into P.C. Solanki’s character, anchoring the film with his nuanced and heartfelt act. His exceptional talent illuminates every scene, further strengthening his status as one of India’s finest actors.
Playing the role of the young victim, Nu, Adrija Sinha delivers a potent performance. Even as a newcomer in the industry, Adrija Sinha’s portrayal of Nu is touching and invites empathy. She convincingly depicts the character’s initial vulnerability and her subsequent evolution as she courageously confronts her trauma. Adrija Sinha’s sensitive performance leaves a deep impression on viewers and earmarks her as a promising talent for the future.
Furthermore, the entire cast of “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” excel in their roles, enriching the film with depth and complexity. Each character comes to life through dedicated portrayal, creating a believable world where the story unravels.
Writer Deepak Kingrani & Director Apoorv Singh Karki
Deepak Kingrani’s writing in “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” combines simplicity with depth and substance. He brilliantly exposes the complexities of a legal battle and the mental fortitude required for a victim to withstand such a dreadful experience.
His characters, from the firm lawyer, P.C. Solanki, to the brave young victim, exhibit a balance between strength and vulnerability.
These characters appear as highly respected legal minds in the film, their expertise and the respect they command depicted with striking authenticity.
Apoorv Singh Karki’s direction matches Kingrani’s writing perfectly. Karki treats the subject with great care, guaranteeing the film’s respectfulness and authenticity.
He doesn’t sensationalize the courtroom scenes; he paints them as crucial and intense, yet avoids excessive drama. Karki subtly enhances the atmosphere of danger and fear surrounding the main character. The scene where two men on a motorcycle follow P.C. Solanki illustrates this – it creates suspense and fear without relying on over-the-top action or dialogue.
Is It Worth Watching?
Powerful Performances from our very own Family Man & Adrija Sinha
Intriguing Storyline: How a common man ace against the odds, How a 16 year old set the mindset for fighting against the evil minds in the society, how a lawyer setting victim’s mindset.
Trust me, it’s worth watching this.
Social Relevance: The film tackles important social issues, focusing on the real struggles faced by victims of sexual assault, their fight for justice, and societal prejudices.
Especially, there is a conversation between Manoj Bajpayee & Victim’s father during their first meeting at his office. It’s an eye-opening narration for every parent.
Some small disappointments are: Though the storytelling is quite compelling, the film could benefit from more dynamic cinematography.
Using more varied camera angles and innovative lighting techniques could add visual layers to the narrative, making certain scenes more impactful.
Similalrly, more investment in the set design and understanding the nuances of court proceedings could have helped build a stronger environment.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,”is a must watch movie, directed by Ang Lee and released in 2000. It is a cinematic masterpiece that beautifully fuses martial arts action with a deeply emotional narrative.
This movie won four Oscar Awards, for score, cinematography, art direction, and also Best Foreign Language Film.
What is this chinese movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” about? Why it’s a must watch Movie?
Where can I watch this “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” with subtitles ?
What its climax is so special?
In this post, we will cover all this.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon plot
During the Qing Dynasty period (1644-1912), in China, there was a young woman named Jen who was a kung fu master. She was so good at kung fu that she could beat any man in a fight.
But Jen was not happy. She was restless and searching for something more in her life. Jen felt trapped by her gender and her family’s expectations. She wanted to be free to live her own life.
We then meet Li Mu Bai, a famous swordsman who is retiring from the martial arts world. Li Mu Bai is entrusted with the Green Destiny, a powerful sword that is said to be cursed.
One day, Jen stole this sword from Li Mu Bai. She knew that Li Mu Bai would come after her, and he did. But instead of fighting him, Jen ran away.
Jen is hoping to use the sword to escape her arranged marriage and find her own freedom.
Will Jen be able to escape her arranged marriage? What will happen to the Green Destiny? Will Jen be able to find her own freedom? Will Jen be able to come to terms with her past and her future? What does it mean to be a woman in 19th-century China? How does the movie depict the power of love and redemption? What is the meaning of the title Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?
Find the answers by watching the film.
Where to Watch “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” With Subtitles?
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is readily available for streaming on platforms such asSony Liv andZee5.
Additionally, if you’re interested in owning a digital copy, the movie can be purchased on Apple TV, Google Play Movies, and YouTube.
For those preferring short-term access, or don’t have any subscription, try watching it herewith subtitles, since, it’s free, make sure you have an ad-blocker with your browser.
6 Reasons Why “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a Must Watch Chinese Movie!
1. Super Cool Fight Scenes
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” has some of the most exciting fight scenes you’ve ever seen! People don’t just battle on the ground, they even fly through the air! These aren’t just fights, they’re like beautiful dances that make your heart pound.
2. Symbols & Inner Layers
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is filled with symbols that represent deeper meanings.
For example, the ‘Green Destiny’ sword isn’t just a weapon, it symbolizes power, responsibility, and the weight of tradition.
The characters’ ability to fly represents freedom and the longing for transcendence.
The film delves into the exploration of one’s inner self. Each character, particularly Jen, undergoes a journey of self-discovery and identity formation.
This film invites you to ponder upon your own self, your desires, and your fears.
The movie shows us the importance of personal growth, forgiveness, and redemption. It also portrays the consequences of ego, arrogance, and unchecked ambition.
The film is a strong advocate for female empowerment. It breaks the stereotype of submissive women and presents us with strong, independent female characters who challenge the norms and fight for their beliefs.
“A woman should be able to do whatever she wants, as long as she is not hurting anyone.” – Jen Yu
It’s a bold statement about gender roles and equality.
It beautifully captures the struggles of unrequited love, the tragedy of forbidden love, and the sacrifice of true love through a strong female character.
4. Awesome Cinematography & Amazing Locations
Director, Ang Lee, and cinematographer, Peter Pau, created an enthralling visual experience that captivates the audience.
The film’s cinematography often leans on a rich and vibrant color palette, designed to represent the emotional state of the characters and the atmosphere of the scenes.
The intricate use of light and shadow, as well as different color tones, helps to enhance the mood and the narrative of the story.
The movie was filmed in various locations across China, which significantly contributed to its breathtaking cinematography. The film showcases the rich and diverse landscapes of China, from the dense bamboo forests of Anji County in Zhejiang Province to the majestic deserts of Xinjiang. The locations chosen encapsulate the rural and urban landscapes of China, painting a vivid picture of the country’s natural beauty and architectural grandeur.
One of the most iconic scenes is set in the ancient city of Pingyao, where the stone-paved streets and historic architecture transport you back to a time long gone. The Jade Fox fight scene in this setting is a blend of meticulous choreography and historical authenticity.
The serene and mysterious Wudang Mountains also play a crucial part in the film. Known as the spiritual home of Taoism and considered sacred, the mountains provide a perfect backdrop for Li Mu Bai’s spiritual journey and his quest for enlightenment.
In simple words, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a visual feast.
5. Excellent Casting & Exemplar Performance
Chow Yun-fat, an internationally acclaimed actor. He portrays the role of Li Mu Bai, a master warrior seeking peace. His performance brilliantly blends strength, wisdom, and restraint. Notably, he carries an unspoken love for Shu Lien, which adds a layer of depth to his character.
Secondly, Michelle Yeohcaptivates as Yu Shu Lien, a strong and independent woman who is also a skilled warrior. She skillfully displays the complexities of love, loyalty, and strength, both in her martial arts skills and in her relationships with others. Throughout the film, Yeoh’s performance remains utterly mesmerizing. Her recent Oscar win for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once is a testament to her talent and her ability to connect with audiences on a deep level.
Next, we encounter Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu. This character goes through a significant transformation, from a sheltered aristocratic girl to a rebellious woman yearning for freedom. Zhang’s impassioned acting brings this character journey to life, making her performance a standout in the film.
Lastly, the supporting cast, including Chang Chen’s portrayal of Lo, or “Dark Cloud,” and Cheng Pei-pei as Jade Fox, also delivers strong performances.
6. Layered Themes & Deep Emotional Connections
Firstly, one of the film’s key themes is the struggle for personal freedom against societal expectations.
It shows us the conflict between societal expectations and personal desires. It also explores the theme of redemption, showcasing that it’s never too late to correct one’s mistakes and find the right path.
“Redemption is possible. It is never too late to find forgiveness and start over.” – Li Mu Bai
Secondly, the theme of unrequited love permeates the story. Both Li Mu Bai and Shu Lien share a deep, unspoken love for each other, but their duties and societal positions prevent them from expressing it. This creates a deep emotional connection with the audience, as many can relate to the pain of love left unexpressed.
“When it comes to the affairs of the heart, even the greatest warriors can be consummate idiots.” – Sir Te
Lastly, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” uses the theme of mentorship and the master-student relationship. Li Mu Bai, as a seasoned warrior, tries to guide Jen, a representation of raw, untamed talent. The dynamic between them provides an insightful look into the traditional Eastern philosophy of learning and discipline.
“A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands.” – Sir Te
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Ending Explained
In the final scene, Jen jumps off a mountaintop following a conversation with Lo, her bandit lover, about a legend where a man made a wish and jumped off a cliff, and instead of falling, he flew. She tells Lo to make a wish and jumps off the mountain, leaving the outcome ambiguous.
This ending can be interpreted in various ways, reflecting the multifaceted “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” meaning. Some may perceive it as Jen’s wish to start anew, to be free from societal constraints, expressing the theme of freedom that runs throughout the film. Others may see it as a symbolic death, with Jen letting go of her old self to embrace a new identity.
Moreover, Jen’s leap can also represent her ultimate defiance of societal norms and her decision to forge her own path, reflecting the movie’s underlying feminist themes. The cliff could symbolize the insurmountable societal expectations, and Jen’s leap could be seen as a courageous act of breaking free from these restrictions.
Finally, the jump may also symbolize Jen’s leap of faith, the ultimate act of trust and surrender, showing her growth and acceptance of her life’s journey, highlighting the theme of self-discovery and personal transformation.
No matter how you understand the ending, the deep symbolism and meaning of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” still have a big impact on people, leaving them with a lot to think about long after the movie ends.
What is this japanese movie Departures about? Why it’s a must watch Japanese Movie?
Where can I watch this Departures (2008) with subtitles ?
What is the significance of the stone letter in departures or What are the symbolic elements in Departures?
In this post, we will cover all this.
What is the story of “Departures”
Daigo Kobayashi is a young man who has always dreamed of becoming a professional cellist. He works hard and eventually secures a spot in a prestigious orchestra. However, his dream shatters when financial difficulties lead to the disbanding of the orchestra.
Forced to move back to Daigo’s hometown in Yamagata, Daigo and his wife, Mika, struggle to make ends meet. Daigo stumbles upon an ad for a job he mistakes for a travel agency role. However, at the interview, he discovers the job is actually at a mortuary.
Initially hesitant, Daigo eventually accepts the position out of financial necessity.
This decision marks the turning point of the film and the beginning of Act 2.
What challenges await him, and how will he overcome them?
Will this job, so starkly different from his dreams, become a burden or an unexpected blessing?
Will Daigo find his true calling in life? Or will he regret his decision to work at the mortuary?
How does the film challenge traditional views of death and dying?
How does it demonstrate the ways we can support each other through difficult times?
Find the answers by watching the film.
Where to Watch Departures With Subtitles?
If you live in the USA, Tubi allows you to watch this movie freely. If you live outside the USA, consider using a VPN to access it, or alternatively, click here to watch it on m4uhd.
6 Reasons Why Japanese Movie ‘Departures’ is a Must Watch!
1. Balance of Humor and Drama
Despite the serious theme of death, the movie cleverly incorporates humour to prevent it from becoming too dark. It successfully blends whimsy and irony, providing a warm-hearted viewing experience.
All its events encourage viewers to think about their relationships, the significance of family, and societal values, making it an intellectually stimulating watch.
2. Wonderful Acting
The main actors in “Departures” do an excellent job. Masahiro Motoki, who plays Daigo, makes you believe in his character’s inner struggle as he adjusts to his new job.
Tsutomu Yamazaki, as Sasaki, portrays a man who’s seen a lot in life but still has a sense of humour. Their performances make the movie feel real and engaging.
3. Beautiful Music
Joe Hisaishi‘s music in the movie is like a character itself. It’s peaceful and hopeful, and when Daigo plays his cello, it adds another layer of emotion to the story.
4. Amazing Cinematography
The movie shows us beautiful scenes ofYamagata’s countryside. The stunning mountains and rivers make you feel like you’re right there in Japan.
5. Detailing in Rituals & Culture
Departures provide a unique insight into Japanese culture. The detailed depiction of traditional Japanese death rituals, such as the encoffining ceremony, offers a rich cultural experience for the audience.
6. Deep Symbolism
The film employs powerful symbols such as the cherry blossom, representing the transience of life. The strategic use of the colour white, classical music, and ritualised hand gestures further emphasise the sacredness and purity of death ceremonies.
The best one is (might be a spoiler so please skip the next information) the stone letter in this movie plays a significant symbolic role.
What is the significance of the stone letter in Departures
It is a medium through which Daigo communicates with his late father, and it symbolises the unspoken love, forgiveness, and reconciliation between them.
Daigo’s father had left him and his mother when Daigo was a child. For years, Daigo held resentment towards his father. When he finds the stone letter among his father’s possessions, it allows him to understand that his father always cared for him and thought about him, even if he was not present physically.
The stone letter is also a representation of Daigo’s father’s wish to communicate his love and apologies to his son. This stone, given to Daigo when he was a baby and returned to him upon his father’s death, symbolises the cyclical nature of life and death, and the continuity of love and memories.
The stone letter, thus, aids in Daigo’s personal transformation. It helps him come to terms with his father’s absence and fuels his empathy towards the bereaved families he serves as an encoffineer. This understanding of his father’s love, albeit posthumous, helps Daigo find closure and enables him to forgive his father, representing a reconciliation even after death.
6. Emotional Impact
“Departures” is a movie that stays with you after you watch it. It explores big ideas like the meaning of life and death, and it makes you think about your own relationships and the people you care about.
It’s a movie that can make you laugh, cry, and think, all at the same time.
Why Should You Skip This Movie?
This Japanese movie “Departures” is a deeply emotional and thought-provoking film that deals with mature themes such as death, grief, societal prejudice, and personal growth.
Therefore, it may not be suitable for all types of audiences.
Pacing: The film is paced deliberately, taking time to develop its characters and explore its themes. Those who prefer fast-paced action or thriller movies may find it slow.
Mature Themes: The film delves into mature themes such as death, societal prejudice, and personal transformation. It may not be suitable for younger viewers who might not be able to fully understand or process these themes.
Emotional Intensity: Those in search of lighter, more uplifting entertainment might find it overwhelmingly intense.