Today, three amazing movies got released simultaneously. And, all three created a buzz when their trailers hit the internet. Yes, whether we talk about ‘Hotel Mumbai,’ ‘Commando 3,’ or ‘Yeh Saali Aashiqui,’ all three came under the category of awaited movies. Finally today all of them hit the screens. Some made their way to the audience’s hearts and some not.
If we talk about the flick ‘Hotel Mumbai’ first, it picks the chapter from the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai that riveted the world: the siege of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai’s Colaba neighborhood between November 26 and 29, 2008. The movie brings to the fore the extraordinary heroism of ordinary people when death stares them in the face. It is showcased that they are up against armed attackers who have nothing to lose.
The character of Dev Patel overshadows all the others, even the ones played by Anupam Kher and Arnie Hammer. To bear upon the role of a man who walks into the most dangerous situations without the slightest air of bravado, he brings the right mix of stoicism and bewilderment. And, because he does what is right, even if it means putting his life on the line, he is a man of substance. Besides all, people loved the movie as it touches humanity.
And, when it comes to Commando3, Karanvir Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jammwal) adventure in the third edition is not half as much fun in previous installments. As we all know, the most watchable part of the film will be Jammwal’s smooth as panther stunts. But still, the film suffers abundantly from sheer lack of imagination despite his elegant glides and save.
Yes, even its eclectic ensemble of actors - Adah Sharma (Bhavna Reddy), Gulshan Devaiah (Buraq Ansari), and Angira Dhar (Mallika Sood) pulling off some very cool stunts, the film fails to score. And, so the audience didn’t like the movie as much they praised the other two installments.
And then the third movie released today is Yeh Saali Aashiqui. The movie is centered on two primary players, Mittee and Sahil, and their love story and why things turn sour between them. The entire plot of the flick weaved around them and the actors (Vardhan and Shivaleeka) performing well keep you hooked to the very end. Must say that both debutants acted superbly, especially Vardhan, being a star kid and all that jazz, selected such a serious subject.
Cherag Ruparel, Writer-Director, who served as co-writer, also deserves a pat on the back for taking on a tough subject and keeping us interested to the end despite bumps on the way. Their dialogues and screenplay are ripe with promise, and to an extent, they make good on that promise. Unfortunately, it's only Shivaleeka who leaves an impression out of the two newcomers. She's got expressions, the body language, screen presence, and charm to go places in the film industry if she works on her dialogue delivery. The movie may receive fewer stars, but you must watch the film to appreciate the newcomers.
All three movies hit the screens, but let’s see which one will work great on the box office records in the coming days.