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Chaarfutiya Chhokare Trailer Review: Disturbing, Grim & Hard Hitting Reality On Celluloid

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Soha Ali Khan in a still from movie ‘Chaarfutiya Chhokare'

Only one word sums up Chaarfutiya Chhokare‘s trailer: Disturbing. In every sense of word, the trailer is heart breaking. Watching on screen the fate of young lives, being smashed and shattered might be depressing but these are the bare realities unleashed. Veteran actress Seema Biswas brings to the trailer, a conspicuous rawness as she tells Soha Ali Khan that she had not given birth to ‘gunda’ kids. But as the trailer advances, the harsh realities of Bihar dawns on Soha.

The film tells the story of a young NRI woman who comes back to her native village. Surrounded by miscreants, she witnesses social hierarchies which leads to grotesque exploitation eventually. The lower fragments of the society falls prey easily to sexual exploitation and child trafficking. While Soha decides on putting an end to all of it alone, her job isn’t even remotely easy. In a rough scene towards the end, a bunch of men are seen ripping off her shirt.

Soha Ali Khan in a still from movie ‘Chaarfutiya Chhokare’

But that doesn’t take away that the trailer has its tender moments. One of the kids tell her how he would have married her if she were younger, is sweet! India in the last few years has been faced with persistent violence against women and children and this trailer brings out the chauvinistic thinking in its most ascent form. The trailer might end on a hopeful note of Soha pointing a gun but the picture painted is a rather grim one with no solace!

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Chaarfutiya Chhokare First look Poster

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'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' First look Movie Poster

The brand new poster of Chaarfutiya Chhokare is out! Featuring Soha Ali Khan in the role of the pivotal character in the film. The film will essentially be a social thriller that stars Zakir Hussain and Seema Biswas alongside Soha. Directed by Manish Harishankar, the film is based on child trafficking.

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‘Chaarfutiya Chhokare’ First look Movie Poster

Neha Tandon (Soha) is an NRI girl who is coming back to India to start a school in her parent’s native village. Optimistic and happy about her endeavor, she is unaware of the hardships, obstructions and risks awaiting her in this small serene village.

Her meeting with three boys Awadhesh, Hari and Gorakh is pleasant and happy but it’s the beginning of a nightmare. Hardcore criminals, these three boys become center of her activities. She vows to stops the criminal and sexual exploitation of children in the village. Her meeting with Janaki – mother of one of the boy, Awadhesh – explains the deeply embedded political-criminal nexus in the system. Neha is resolute to free the three of them from the world of crime.

Will she succeed or she will have to accept the terms and conditions set by criminals in the region? Will there be a revolution of change in this small village?

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Movie Review: ‘Manjunath’

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Manjunath
U/ A: Biography/drama
Director: Sandeep A Varma
Cast: Sasho Satyiish Saarthy, Asif Basra, Divya Dutta, Seema Biswas
Rating:

The inspiring but terribly tragic story of Shanmugham Manjunath, who was shot dead in 2005, by the oil mafia in Bihar is now being replayed in theatres near you. Manjunath was eliminated as he had stumbled upon a huge adulterated diesel scam and no amount of bribing could have stopped him from exposing the mafia.

A still from ‘Manjunath’

Manjunath, the film, fortunately doesn’t gloss over facts. Even at risk of sacrificing on the aesthetic front, director Sandeep A Varma tries to bring out the harsh reality of the story that led to the killing of this 27-year-old IIM graduate.

Sasho Satyiish Saarthy, who plays the role of Manjunath, is utterly believable as just a normal happy person who happens to have more guts and a better sense of righteousness and honesty than most of his peers. But Manjunath is interestingly as fallible and vulnerable as he seeks support of his close friends Sujata (Anjorie Alagh) and Gautam (Faisal Rashid) when the fear of the mafia and a sign of a mental disease take over once in a while.

The film begins with Manjunath going missing for two days only to be found by Sujata and brought back home. His parents (Seema Biswas and Kishor Kadam) are worried sick for his wellbeing and want him back in Karnataka with them. But Manjunath wants to go back to Bihar where he works as a sales officer to find out more truths about the mafia.

The first half moves pretty well and so does part of the second half. Till Manjunath is killed by his “friend”, a petrol pump owner Gullu Goel (Yashpal Sharma) as he manages to ruffle too many feathers. This scene, clearly the highlight of the film, is handled rather deftly by the director as he portrays the brutal murder in an absolutely believable, realistic manner.

But soon after the movie starts losing steam and it is stretched way too long, thus diluting the whole effect. By the time Divya Dutta, who plays an IIM graduate as well, enters the scene to help fight the case, the story is already stretched too far. The film boasts of a good ensemble cast, but a special mention has to be made of Seema Biswas as she gives a brilliant performance of a doting mother caught in a helpless situation.

Manjunath Review

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Manjunath Movie Poster

Manjunath Movie Poster

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two And Half stars)

Star cast: Seema Biswas, Yashpal Sharma,Divya Dutta, Kishor Kadam, Rajesh Khattar, Anjori Alagh

Director: Sandeep A. Varma

What’s Good: The plot of the film is filled with a powerful story at its core.

What’s Bad: Too many hitches in the film’s screenplay that eventually loses the viewer’s interest by losing the connect that was expected of it.

Loo break: Quite many.

Watch or Not?: I am still in two minds about the film. Though Manjunath is a concept that is hailed for all the right reasons, the film’s execution is badly done. If a powerful film like this doesn’t break your heart or choke you up, there are far too many faults in the film’s tapestry than that can apparently be spotted. I won’t say don’t watch the film. The potential matter at hand is enough to try watching it but don’t expect too much.

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Manjunath is an employee of Indian Oil who single handedly stood up against the Oil Mafia in Uttar Pradesh. While paying higher prices for petrol has been a pressing issue in recent times, the smuggling affair is something that has best kept in the closet. While the police is well aware of the existence of the powerful oil nexus, the film deals with a plethora of issues mostly corruption that is hollowing the moral mettle of the country. We all know how this story ends but does the film provide adequate reason for it to be watched is what one has to see in Manjunath.

Seema Biswas in a still from movie 'Manjunath'

Divya Dutta in a still from movie ‘Manjunath’

Manjunath Review: Script Analysis

Probably it was expectation too hefty to assume that a semi biopic will turn out smooth without hitches. To lucidly focus on the story’s theme is sometimes a challenge and in this case the filmmaker deviates and diverts more than required. The story’s power resides in its resilience but the film loses it before half way through its run time. For the entire first hour, the connect to it was dim. To be able to feel the protagonist’s pain, vulnerability or determination is primary in this film but the lack of soul cannot be argued against.

One can easily make excuses that a film of this magnitude is difficult to fold in tautly in a two hour film. But in that case Hansal Mehta’s Shahid would have been a disaster. A lot depends on how the script is written and in this case it wouldn’t be incorrect to say the writing isn’t the film’s forte. The prowess of the script could have helped churning out a better product but the lazy unimpressive writing shows sheer sloppy work.

There is so much confusion in the vein it is written. Though the story is one that must be heard, it isn’t exactly a cakewalk to sit through the exhausting trials of the man as portrayed in the film. The Shakespearean method of creating suspense is used in the film which will keep you on the edge trying to figure out whether Manjunath is really an idiot, a schizophrenic or a victim.

Manjunath can’t really sync well the reality and the drama. It is infuriating when stories with mettle are wasted. With a lack of a good back story, the film begins on a loose footing. Till the interval it drags enough to bore you to death but for the dramatically done second half and a rewarding climax, it’s almost worth bearing the film.

Manjunath Review: Star Performances

​Sasho Satish Sarthy does quite a brilliant job in the titular role. Despite being a new comer, he doesn’t give you a reason to complain about the film. The actor puts up a determined portray and plays it all with consistent conviction.

Divya Dutta needs to play a more diverse character. While she is perfect in her role, she refuses to experiment much with her acting skills.

Seema Biswas is remarkable . The versatile actress plays every emotion brilliantly ensuring audiences are glued to the screens every time she is on screen. Even the film’s supporting cast does a great job. For all the odds the script, the fabulous cast cements the loopholes of the screenplay.

Manjunath Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay

The filmmaker Sandeep Varma​ has attempted every possible ​tip in​ the rule book​ but still doesn’t quite manage to make a great film. I was specifically impressed with his take on the futility of ‘dharnas’ and candle light vigils which burn only for a day and fizz out soon and yet a man’s frantic pleas go unanswered in this country.

But when the source of Manjunath‘s inspiration is primarily verses from the Bhagwad Gita, the film seems more convoluted than believable. The character’s unrelenting honesty is fascinating but the filmmaker chose not to elucidate on it much. Somehow the director could not blend Manju’s lifestory and his honesty in the same frame and the concoction he presents isn’t exactly flattering. I am quite a fan of films based on real lives and when it is story based on a case I have read closely and been enraged about, the tackling did not quite make me happy. The grainy editing and needless slashing probably added on to making it a simply modest attempt at creating good cinema.

Manjunath Review: The Last Word

Manjunath could have been a reinvigorating film. An unknown face in the titular role helped in building the needed mystery for the film but the way it rolled out was way more contrived than what was expected of it. An honest story at heart, Manjunath disappointed me for the lack of soul and spirit. I am going with a 2.5/5 for this average movie. It is disheartening when good material is so crudely wasted.

Manjunath Trailer

Manjunath releases on 9th May, 2014.

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Movie
Manjunath

Reviewed by Mohar Basu
on
2014-05-09

and Rated

2.5/5

When Bollywood heroines picked up their weapons

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Bollywood may have witnessed the growth of new age cinema, but where women-oriented characters are concerned, the industry is still left wanting. More so with regards to women characters toting guns and other weapons; they continue to be a not-so-common phenomenon. No wonder then, such characters are known to pique the interest of movie-goers.

With Kangna Ranaut going full throttle in her Revolver Rani avatar, we take a look at some of the recent films where Bollywood actresses wielded a weapon and left a mark…

Deepika Padukone
Film: Ram-Leela (2013)
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Wow factor: Playing a Gujarati girl in a town where blood flows freely, Dippy brandishes a gun with such élan that it becomes clear that she won’t shy away from pulling the trigger either.

Parineeti Chopra
Film: Ishaqzaade (2012)
Director: Habib Faisal

Wow factor: Her character is introduced as someone who is not only politically driven but is also fearless. That is before she falls in love and hurts her ego in the process.

Priyanka Chopra
Film: Kaminey (2009)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Wow factor: Even though her gun-toting character in Don (2011) deserves a mention, Piggy Chops made her presence felt with Kaminey, where her character, named Sweety, carries a machine gun and leaves a lasting impression.

Huma Qureshi
Film: D-Day (2013)
Director: Nikhil Advani

Wow factor: Playing a government agent in this spy thriller, Huma has all things under control here. Her deft handling of weapons in the film only consolidated her character.

Vidya Balan
Film: Ishqiya (2010)
Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Wow factor: Be it a knife, scalpel or a loaded gun, Vidya’s Krishna Verma can handle everything and that too while wearing bright coloured sarees. To top it all, her character delivers some bold dialogues.

Neha Dhupia
Film: Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)
Director: Subhash Kapoor

Wow factor: It’d be an understatement to say that Neha’s performance in this film was good. Her character — undoubtedly inspired by Shabana Azmi in Godmother (1999) — evoked both fear and respect.

Blast from the past

Fearless Nadia made a career out of performing her own stunts in adventure-filled films.

Seema Biswas’s portrayal of dacoit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi was indeed remarkable for touching upon victimisation, vengeance and vindication.

In Godmother, Shabana Azmi impressed one and all with her National Award-winning performance. She played an insecure mafia queen in the film.

Peoplespeak

Tanmay Barhale, 25, software engineer
Bandit Queen is my favourite film in this particular genre. Such loud characters speak for the issues women face in their day-to-day life — they deal with ire by holding a gun and mouthing dialogues.

Anu Varghese, 27, filmmaker
It’s a welcome change. People are anyway bored of watching guys have all the fun. To me, Seema Biswas gave everyone a run for their money with her role in The Bandit Queen. That’s the ultimate benchmark.

Tushar Shetty, 28, graphic designer
Karisma Kapoor’s final scene in Fiza, where she fatally shoots Hrithik Roshan’s character, is among my all-time favourites. Having said that, nobody plays evil in style the way Bindu did.

Shybu Khan, 28, graphic designer
I think we need more Bandit Queens and Khoon Bhari Maangs but we aren’t doing fine. After all, there is a reason why Hollywood still hasn’t released a Wonder Woman film. Superheroes seem predominantly male.

Jaykrishnan Pillai, 28, consultant
I couldn’t recover from the mind-numbing image of Rekha playing Madam X, but in recent times, I was blown away by Surpriya Phatak’s powerhouse performance in Ram-Leela. Such characters are great.

When Bollywood heroines picked up weapons

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Bollywood may have witnessed the growth of new age cinema, but where women-oriented characters are concerned, the industry is still left wanting. More so with regards to women characters toting guns and other weapons; they continue to be a not-so-common phenomenon. No wonder then, such characters are known to pique the interest of movie-goers.

With Kangna Ranaut going full throttle in her Revolver Rani avatar, we take a look at some of the recent films where Bollywood actresses wielded a weapon and left a mark…

Deepika Padukone
Film: Ram-Leela (2013)
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Wow factor: Playing a Gujarati girl in a town where blood flows freely, Dippy brandishes a gun with such élan that it becomes clear that she won’t shy away from pulling the trigger either.

Parineeti Chopra
Film: Ishaqzaade (2012)
Director: Habib Faisal

Wow factor: Her character is introduced as someone who is not only politically driven but is also fearless. That is before she falls in love and hurts her ego in the process.

Priyanka Chopra
Film: Kaminey (2009)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Wow factor: Even though her gun-toting character in Don (2011) deserves a mention, Piggy Chops made her presence felt with Kaminey, where her character, named Sweety, carries a machine gun and leaves a lasting impression.

Huma Qureshi
Film: D-Day (2013)
Director: Nikhil Advani

Wow factor: Playing a government agent in this spy thriller, Huma has all things under control here. Her deft handling of weapons in the film only consolidated her character.

Vidya Balan
Film: Ishqiya (2010)
Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Wow factor: Be it a knife, scalpel or a loaded gun, Vidya’s Krishna Verma can handle everything and that too while wearing bright coloured sarees. To top it all, her character delivers some bold dialogues.

Neha Dhupia
Film: Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)
Director: Subhash Kapoor

Wow factor: It’d be an understatement to say that Neha’s performance in this film was good. Her character — undoubtedly inspired by Shabana Azmi in Godmother (1999) — evoked both fear and respect.

Blast from the past

Fearless Nadia made a career out of performing her own stunts in adventure-filled films.

Seema Biswas’s portrayal of dacoit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi was indeed remarkable for touching upon victimisation, vengeance and vindication.

In Godmother, Shabana Azmi impressed one and all with her National Award-winning performance. She played an insecure mafia queen in the film.

Peoplespeak

Tanmay Barhale, 25, software engineer
Bandit Queen is my favourite film in this particular genre. Such loud characters speak for the issues women face in their day-to-day life — they deal with ire by holding a gun and mouthing dialogues.

Anu Varghese, 27, filmmaker
It’s a welcome change. People are anyway bored of watching guys have all the fun. To me, Seema Biswas gave everyone a run for their money with her role in The Bandit Queen. That’s the ultimate benchmark.

Tushar Shetty, 28, graphic designer
Karisma Kapoor’s final scene in Fiza, where she fatally shoots Hrithik Roshan’s character, is among my all-time favourites. Having said that, nobody plays evil in style the way Bindu did.

Shybu Khan, 28, graphic designer
I think we need more Bandit Queens and Khoon Bhari Maangs but we aren’t doing fine. After all, there is a reason why Hollywood still hasn’t released a Wonder Woman film. Superheroes seem predominantly male.

Jaykrishnan Pillai, 28, consultant
I couldn’t recover from the mind-numbing image of Rekha playing Madam X, but in recent times, I was blown away by Surpriya Phatak’s powerhouse performance in Ram-Leela. Such characters are great.