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Music Review: Force 2


Music Review: Force 2

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EXPECTATIONS

Music for an action film is traditionally situational. There have been a handful of such films where music has been all around entertaining and is remembered till date. Otherwise, the idea for most such soundtracks is to have the kind of score that fits in well into the narrative, doesn’t let the pace down, get integrated well into the ambience and stay on well while the film plays on screen. This is what one expects from Force 2 as well which has music by Gourov Roshin and lyrics by Kumaar with Amaal Mallik and Rashmi Virag too chipping in with a song.

MUSIC

John Abraham’s voiceover kick-starts the proceedings for Force 2 as he comes to the forefront for ‘Rang Laal’. While he does make an impact right away with good baritone (and then reappears later in the song as well during the middle and end), it is the coming together of Dev Negi and Aditi Singh Sharma that aims at igniting passion when it comes to patriotism and fighting it out for what truly belongs to us all. Going by the current headlines when it comes to fighting the negative elements of the society, ‘Rang Laal’ gains well from good timing.

Laxmikant Pyarelal and Javed Akhtar’s ‘Kaate Nahi Katate Yeh Din Yeh Raat – I Love You’ [Mr. India] is recreated as ‘O Janiya’ and the lady who is brought in to do the job is Neha Kakkar. The young woman is just the right follow up to Alisha Chinai as her voice comes with the right mix of naughtiness and seduction that had made the Sridevi number a huge chartbuster back in the 80s. Of course the ‘remix’ feel that one gets in this heavily orchestrated version would make quite a few purists cry aloud. However, when the intent is to have a song make an instant impact in quick time, ‘O Janiya’ does its job.

The song which comes next is ‘Ishaara’ which is an Amaal Mallik and Rashmi Virag show with Armaan Malik as the singer. The song does sound good on ears, though one does wonder about its fitment in the film, considering its action theme. The song has a melodic feel about it and while it could have been a much better bet (with promise of added popularity) in a romantic affair, one just hopes that it does get a good follow through after the theatrical run of Force 2 is through.

Gourov Roshin and Kumaar come back with their third song from the album, ‘Catch Me If U Can’. This one has that sound right at the beginning which currently plays with the theatrical promo of the film. A situational track that should be a part of the background score and is expected to elevate the action appeal of the film, this one has Amaal Mallik heard in an altogether different avtar as he takes a full throated route. This one has a good pace around it and is used effectively in the film’s narrative should end up enhancing it well.

OVERALL

As expected, the music of Force 2 is primarily as a ‘fit-into-the-narrative’ affair. Though one doesn’t expect it to have a really long shelf life, it is quick and snappy that should keep the proceedings crisp.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Rang Laal’, ‘Ishaara’



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Congress leader sacked for anti-Rahul comment reinstated


Senior Congress leader T H Mustafa, suspended from the party for making derogatory remarks against AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, has been reinstated after he apologized to the central leadership for his misdemeanour.

PTI | Nov 25, 2014, 11.53 AM IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior Congress leader T H Mustafa, suspended from the party for making derogatory remarks against AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, has been reinstated after he apologized to the central leadership for his misdemeanour.

According to Kerala Pradesh Congress committee president VM Sudheeran, AICC had given its approval to take Mustafa back to the party by revoking his suspension from the primary membership.

“Mustafa had given a letter to the AICC profusely apologizing for his remarks against Rahul Gandhi. Accepting his regret the leadership has directed the state unit to revoke his suspension,” Sudheeran said in a statement today.

A former state minister, action against Mustafa was taken in June after he called Rahul Gandhi a “joker” saying the party Vice-President should be removed if he did not resign in the backdrop of the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls.

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Movie Review: Transformers: The Last Knight


Movie Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

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Back in 2007, we saw the release of the film TRANSFORMERS which was an adaptation of yet another comic book that told the story of mechanized sentient life forms. Now almost a decade later, the films have developed into a franchise with the fifth instalment hitting screens this Friday. But will the fifth edition titled TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT transform into a success story at the box office is what we analyse.

Starting off from where the previous film TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION ended, the latest in the series TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT follows the journey of Optimus Prime who eventually finds his dead home planet, Cybertron, in which he comes to find who was responsible for its destruction. Convinced by a higher power to bring Cybertron back to life, Optimus sets out on a mission to find an artefact that is on Earth. From here the film switches to the past, it is 484 AD, King Arthur’s wizard Merlin forges an alliance with the Knights of Iacon, a group of twelve Transformers who have been hidden on Earth. The knights give Merlin an alien staff, and combine into a dragon to help Arthur triumph over the Saxons. The years pass and the staff is lost to history. In the present day, the governments on Earth have declared Transformers illegal, and the multinational Transformer Reaction Force (TRF) has been formed to eliminate the alien robots. Despite the absence of Optimus Prime (who left the planet to search for his creator), new Transformers continue to arrive regularly; the newest ship to arrive crash-lands in Chicago, where it is found by a group of children. When a TRF mecha confronts the kids, they are saved by Izabella, a survivor of the Battle of Chicago, and her Transformer companions Sqweeks and Canopy. Bumblebee and Cade Yeager arrive and help them escape, but Yeager is unable to save the Transformer, Steelbane, in the ship. Before he dies, Steelbane attaches a metallic talisman to Yeager’s body—an act observed by Decepticon Barricade, who reports to his leader Megatron. From here on starts a struggle between the remaining Autobot transformers along with Yeager and the Decipticons to acquire the staff that will save Cybertron.

Much like the previous films in the series TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT boasts of high octane action sequences that are not just shot on a large scale but also executed to create awe and wonder in the viewer’s mind. Director Michael Bay who has consistently been outdoing himself with each new transformer flick has done it yet again. The enormity of the canvas and the imminent doomsday knell that rings is portrayed on epic global proportions. However, despite the slickness of the film and the visuals that keep you gripped, the film does have its flaws. Though one does not expect an enthralling story line from a film like this, the rather weak plot and the by now monotonous idea that the world is going to end and the only hope of survival is Optimus Prime and his Autobots, does become a downer. If that wasn’t all, the film is pretty lengthy with a run time of nearly two and a half hours. This unexpectedly long run time, which could easily have been solved on the edit table, makes the film a bit of a drag and drawn out.

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The background score of the film by Steve Jablonsky, who incidentally has composed the music for all of the films in the TRANSFORMERS series, goes a long way in building up the onscreen happenings for a final crescendo during the climax. Jonathan Sela, who has earlier displayed his capabilities with films like MAX PAYNE, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and JOHN WICK to name a few, does it yet again, as the DOP Sela excels in showing sweeping visuals that capture the grandness of scale that is heightened with the VFX. Mark Sanger, John Refoua, Adam Gerstel, Roger Barton, Debra Neil-Fisher and Calvin Wimmer who lend their abilities on the editing table do an equally good job. However, despite the rapid progression on screen there are instances that could well have been trimmed, reducing the total run time of the film. Anthony Caron-Delion heads the art department and does well with the on screen visuals, assisted by Todd Cherniawsky who developed the sets of the film, the duo manage to add a much needed scale to proceedings.

Coming to the performances, though most of the characters are CGI developed, the live action actors viz. Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Josh Duhamel as Colonel William Lennox, Laura Haddock as Vivian Wembley and Isabela Moner as Izabella are decent. However, the inclusion of Anthony Hopkins as Sir Edmund Burton though only in a cameo is pretty entertaining. Given the fact that Hopkins’ character acts as a link between the past and the present, the actor who has in the past held up films on his more than capable shoulders does yet another magnificent job with his limited role.

On the whole, despite its weak story line, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is a visual treat for the fans of the franchise. Also, given that there is no prominent release at the Indian box office this week; this is a good big screen experience for action movie lovers.



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Music Review – Dear Zindagi


Music Review – Dear Zindagi

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EXPECTATIONS

Though a couple of songs from Dear Zindagi have been on air for a while, surprisingly the entire soundtrack has been unveiled just a couple of days back. Considering the fact that the film is a biggie, one would have expected a much sooner arrival for the music which has composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Kausar Munir at the helm of affairs.

MUSIC

Jasleen Royal has been making her presence felt of late and she does well yet again with the opening number of the album, ‘Love You Zindagi’. A beautifully written and composed track, this one is sung quite well too, hence making it a complete package affair. While the start is fantastic, it is also the chorus portion that makes the song all the more special. Hear this one on a ride down the highway and you would fall in love with it. There is a ‘club mix’ version of the song too that has Alia Bhatt coming behind the mike. She does well too and gives a good account of herself as a singer. This is one double whammy that you like.

It is the sound of guitar that kick-starts the proceedings for ‘Tu Hi Hai’. Just the kind of song that you would like to pick up when the name Arijit Singh appears on the credits, this one revels in simplicity and you wonder if it could well have made a straight entry into an Imtiaz Ali-Ranbir Kapoor film! With the kind of flow to it that makes you croon along as it plays, this one is for an evening with friends around a bonfire.

Guitar and Arijit Singh go hand in hand for ‘Taarefon Se’ as well, though this time around there is saxophone playing a vital role as well. With an old world feel to it, this one has a trademark Amit Trivedi stamp to it. One is almost transported to a stage where a live performance is on the way in a nice and cosy lounge with a candle light dinner in the offering. Though this one isn’t the kind that emerges as a chartbuster, it should play on well with the film’s narrative.

Remember ‘O Pardesi’ [Dev D]? Well, there is a similar vibe here too, at least in the beginning portions. Vishal Dadlani is the one behind the mike for ‘Let’s Break Up’ which, as the title suggests, is about moving on in life when things aren’t really working out in the lives of a couple. There was a ‘Break Up song’ heard very recently in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil too which was more on the peppy side with a ‘desi’ touch to it. This one is more Western in its theme and has its play restricted to the film’s run.

Given the film’s theme and treatment, it seems imperative that the central protagonist Alia Bhatt seems to be finding her way into finding out (or moving away from) love. This is evident in the next track too which has been titled ‘Just Go To Hell Dil’. The song sees the arrival of Sunidhi Chauhan on the musical scene after some time and this time around it is the conversation with a ‘dil’ which is in the motions.

Last to arrive is the legendary track ‘Ae Zindagi Gala Laga Le’ from Sadma [Composer: Ilaiyaraaja, Lyricist: Gulzar] which has been recreated by Amit Trivedi. What seemed to be an exception till a year ago has now almost become a trend where practically every second film has a song from the past being recreated. While one waits to see whether this trend would continue in time to come as well, one wonders if originality would take a back seat eventually. That said, the original song in this case is thankfully not tampered with much in the Arijit Singh version and later the Alia Bhatt version doesn’t sound odd either!

OVERALL

Dear Zindagi primarily has a series of situational songs that should sound good in the film’s narrative. With half a dozen songs in there, one waits to see if they all feature in the film.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Love You Zindagi’, ‘Tu Hi Hai’, ‘Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le’



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Black money: Trinamool MPs protest with black umbrellas in Parliament


Armed with the umbrella painted with the slogan “Kaala dhan wapas lao, wapas lao”, the MPs stormed into the well and shouted slogans against the government until Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was forced to adjourn the House till noon.

| TNN | Nov 25, 2014, 01.11 PM IST

Black money: Trinamool MPs protest with black umbrellas in Parliament

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NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress on Tuesday came up with a unique prop to register its protest in the Lok Sabha on black money issue: the humble black umbrella.

At least four Trinamool MPs – Sultan Ahmad, Idris Ali, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Ratna Dey Nag — smuggled folded umbrellas into the House and opened them up as soon as the proceedings began on Tuesday. Armed with the umbrella painted with the slogan “Kaala dhan wapas lao, wapas lao”, the four stormed into the well and shouted slogans against the government until Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was forced to adjourn the House till noon.

Joining the Trinamool Congress MPs in the protests and sloganeering inside the well were other Opposition parties including the Congress, SP and RJD. Other opposition MPs also shouted slogans from their seats.

Though the Speaker warned the Trinamool MPs that umbrellas were not allowed in the House and asked them to fold and put them away, this had no effect on the Trinamool MPs. The Speaker, on her part, continued with the Question Hour amid the noisy sloganeering.

As protests got louder, an exasperated Mahajan commented: “You have got umbrellas….these are not allowed…you keep devising new ways of protest….pls fold them”.

“This is not the correct way to protest,” she said before adjourning the House until noon.

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Sanjay Dutt shoots a six page courtroom scene in one take for Bhoomi


Sanjay Dutt shoots a six page courtroom scene in one take for Bhoomi

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After a long hiatus Sanjay Dutt is going to be seen scorching screens with his upcoming revenge drama Bhoomi. A large portion of the film has been shot in Agra except for a courtroom sequence which was shot in Mumbai. The sequence entailed a six page long emotional scene with powerful dialogues. The day it was to be shot, Sanjay Dutt was busy making the cast and crew laugh which made the producers Bhushan Kumar and Sandeep Singh weary of shooting this hard-hitting scene. At 7.30 pm as the cameras rolled, Sanjay Dutt stood and shot the entire scene in just one take leaving everyone spellbound!

The cast and crew were left teary-eyed as they waited for director Omung Kumar to say ‘cut’!

Bhoomi is an emotional and sensitive revenge drama that explores the relationship between a father and daughter.

Produced by T-Series & Legend Studios and directed by Omung Kumar, Bhoomi releases worldwide on September 22nd, 2017.



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Music Review: Kahaani 2


Music Review: Kahaani 2

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EXPECTATIONS 

Considering the fact that Kahaani 2 is a thriller with a central plot to it which is suspenseful and intriguing, one doesn’t really carry any set expectations from the film’s music. Sujoy Ghosh’s last production Te3n had theme based music and now with composer Clinton Cerejo and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya coming together for Kahaani 2, you brace up for something similar in this short soundtrack.

MUSIC 

It is the sound of guitar that accompanies Arijit Singh as he goes about rendering ‘Mehram’. Since the film has Vidya Balan as the central protagonist, one would have expected a female singer to croon a track which narrates her life. However, Arijit is roped in instead and one doesn’t mind that since as always, he does a wonderful job in coming up with a sweet and simple rendition that goes with the flow of the film.

The song that comes next, ‘Aur Main Khush Hoon’, is pretty much a continuation of ‘Mehram’ and this time around it is Ash King who takes centre-stage. Boasting of some simple and beautiful lyrics with a poetic feel to them, the song is just the kind which you would like to sing during a bonfire outing with just a guitar in hand. A happy song which could be set between a couple in love or a family with a kid with them, this one is again for the film’s narrative.

The album concludes with an upbeat number ‘Lamhon Ke Rasgulle’ and though it seems like a little offbeat when compared to the couple of tracks heard before it, you still want to check out what it has to offer. The lyrics take a very different tangent in this song which is about living life to the fullest and at the end of the day; the final impact is just about okay. One wonders how this Sunidhi Chauhan and Bianca Gomes number would fit into the storytelling of Kahaani 2.

OVERALL 

The music of Kahaani 2 is strictly situational and one waits to see how they are incorporated in the film for better impact.

OUR PICK(S) 

‘Mehram’, ‘Aur Main Khush Hoon’



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Ramadoss cites cirrhosis figures to demand total prohibition in Tamil Nadu


PMK chief S Ramadoss says there is no proper treatment for cirrhosis and it is primarily caused by continuous drinking of alcohol.

| TNN | Nov 25, 2014, 02.55 PM IST

PMK chief S Ramadoss says there is no proper treatment for cirrhosis and it is primarily caused by continuous drinking of alcohol.PMK chief S Ramadoss says there is no proper treatment for cirrhosis and it is primarily caused by continuous drinking of alcohol.

CHENNAI: The PMK on Tuesday reiterated its demand for total prohibition in Tamil Nadu by citing reports which said the number of cirrhosis cases in the state has gone up over the years.

In a statement, PMK chief S Ramadoss said, “The number of people affected by cirrhosis of the liver in the state has increased three times in the last ten years.”

He said there was no proper treatment for this disease and it is primarily caused by continuous drinking of alcohol.

“There will be no sign of the disease at the starting stage, and it will be known only after 80% of the liver is damaged. Even after spending lakhs of rupees and replacing the liver, there is no guarantee that the disease has been cured fully,” he said.

“The Tamil Nadu government earns more than Rs 22,000 crore every year through liquor sales, but the amount families spend to cure the damage caused by liquor is several times more,” he said.

According to statistics, more than two lakh people die due to liquor-related diseases in the state every year, he said and demanded that the government close all Tasmac shops and impose total prohibition in the state.

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