Strolling through the magical land of Indian Cinema, we pick up the one Best Movie you must not miss from various major film industries like Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood, Sandalwood, Bengali Cinema, and of course, Marathi Cinema to round off the truly Pan-India nature of the article.
Tarika is the daughter of a small-town businessman who leads a simple life. Theirs is a costly comfortable family, sans a mother. Though she’s not exactly a brilliant student, she dreams of studying in a prestigious foreign university. Her father Champak promises himself that he will send her to the University no matter what. But to join the prestigious institute, Tarika needs Rs. 1 Cr. The situation goes out of hand when the actual process starts.
Director: Homi Adajania
Cast: Irfan Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Radhika Madan, and Pankaj Tripathi.
Shakthi is a techie tech thief who as you know steals money with his abilities. On one side the cops are after him whom he one way or the other evades. On the other side is a notorious criminal who hires a private detective to find the master brain behind the huge amount of money he lost courtesy a robbery. You know what happens next.
Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Mahima Nambiar, Subbaraju, and Nagineedu.
Dharalaprabhu is the official Tamil remake of the avant-garde Bollywood classic Vicky Donor. You know the story. But this film…
Director: Krishna Marimuthu
Cast: Harish Kalyan, Atlanta Hope, and Vivekh
Nisha is a proofreader in an agency in the city. An orphan, she falls in love with Vikram and is generally leading a happy life. Suddenly Vikram leaves her (though with an apparently good reason) and her troubles start. The weird happenings around her makes her freak out so much so that she is put in an asylum. All these things happening to Nisha the product of her mind’s work or is there a mastermind behind all her troubles. A stunning psychological thriller.
Director: Srividya Basawa
Cast: Trishna Mukherjee, Rahul Venkat, Anish Kuruvilla, and Bikramjeet Kanwarpal.
Eureka is the college festival planned by one of the popular students of the college. But as all college dramas go, he has a rival. In one of the gang wars, the other guy, Yuva is kept at bay and to get back at Revanth, he wants to spoil the college feat at any cost. But in a sudden quirk of fate, Revanth is found dead on the day of the fest. Knowing that he will be seen as the killer, Yuva wants to investigate the death before the festival starts. A time-bound college drama with thriller elements.
Director: Karteek Anand
Cast: Munna, Karteek Anand, Shalini Vadnilatti, and Dimple Hayati.
Ramadurga and Rayadurga are two villages with an age-old feud between them. And you know what happens when one of the village heads plans a revenge mission on the other.
Director: Shiva Tejass
Cast: Chiranjeevi Sarja, Amrutha Iyengar, and Akshayba Srinivas.
Maharashtra’s Athletics teams fail to compete well in the National Games which hurts the pride of the state. The head of the Sports association of the state badly wants to keep the team at the top. He appoints Soumitra Deshmukh, who has a hidden past and is away from the scene for the last few years, as the mind coach to develop the mental strength of the athletes. We know what’s that past duly in the second half. How Soumitra Deshmukh brings the teams together and makes the athletes bring glory to the state form the story of the film.
Director: Amol Shethe
Cast: Subodh Bhave, Dipti Dhotre, and Pooja Sawant.
AB Aani CD
A 70+ old man - Chandrakanth Deshpande is avoided by his family and his life is going through isolation and struggle due to the neglect of his people. Suddenly one day, he received a letter from none other than Bollywood Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan who reminisces about the time they had spent together in school long long ago. This makes Deshpande’s kin to take interest in him and Deshpande tries to use this to bring unity among his people. A charming tale of an old man and his travails, AB Aane CD (AB - Amitabh Bachchan and CD - Chandrakanth Deshpande) examines human behavior in a light-hearted manner.
Director: Milind Lele
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Vikram Gokhale, and Neena Kulkarni
India's Best Movie of the Week
These are the 7 films that graced the screens this week across Indian in 5 languages. Bengali Cinema and Malayalam Cinema (corona threat and government orders to shut down all theatres) have no releases.
On the surface, all these stories we have read above look intriguing. But it is when it comes to execution, things go deviating from what’s on the paper. Of all the 7 films, only three films - Madha (for its audacious filmmaking), AB Aane CD (for its charming narration), and Vijeta created any interest. Unfortunately, Angrezi Medium which has been in the collective imagination of the fans for a long long time for various reasons flattered to deceive. Corona scare and shut down of theatres played spoilsport in its box office game.
Srividya Basawa’s (who’s termed one of the kind talents by our own reviewer) Madha has a lot going for it and it offers a fantabulous film-watching experience for the movie buffs. Trishna Mukherjee’s performance in the lead role, Abhiraj Nair’s cinematography, Naresh Kumaran’s music, and Indira Basawa’s spirited production all makes
Madha Pycker India’s Best Movie of the Week. Not for nothing, this film won several awards in national and international film festivals. 8 of them are conferred upon director Sri Vidya.
Give a big hand to Srividya Basawa and her team.