Naanum Rowdy Thaan
Director: Vignesh Shivan
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara
The film takes a satirical look at the underworld and a common man’s fascination with it. A cute love story between a wannabe rowdy and a hearing impaired girl is blended in. Shivan has packed his screenplay with colourful characters, and outrageously funny moments. The technical crew and cast pitch in their bit. Both Sethupathi and Nayanthara are splendid in their characters. The glitches are
minor and don’t mar the film’s entertainment value.
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor
The story is about Isha, the plump bride to-be and her stepsister Alia, an insomniac, struggling to get rid of her sleeplessness. During the wedding preparations, she meets Jagjinder Joginder (Kapoor), another insomniac. The rest of the movie tries to address the issue of body-shaming, insomnia and other things, but does so unsuccessfully. From the writer and director of Queen (Vikas Bahl), one would have expected the same brilliance, but unfortunately the movie with its cliches, becomes dull and unentertaining.
Rock the Kasbah
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis
When Richie Lanz (Murray), a music manager, is stranded in Kabul, predictably without money or his passport, he discovers Salima Khan (Lubany). The rest of the movie is about getting her up on stage and making her famous. It is based on the real story of Setara Hussainzada, an Afghani who was threatened for participating in a reality show. The movie could have been better considering the star cast and the subject, but because of muted performances and a weak screenplay, it fails to deliver.