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Film Review: At 50, Madhuri seduces the camera like never before, fulfills her fans Bucket List

Bucket List, directed by Tejas Vijay Deoskar, is the story of a simple homemaker from Pune ? Madhura Sane ? played by Madhuri Dixit.
Madhuri Dixit Nene in Bucket List

Film Review at Nation Next: Bucket List

Synopsis: Bucket List, directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar, is the story of a simple homemaker from Pune ? Madhura Sane ? played by Madhuri Dixit Nene. After undergoing a heart transplant, Madhura sets out to discover details about her organ donor, only to realise that the donor was a 20-year-old girl named Sai Deshpande. In the process of her discovery, Madhura stumbles upon a list of Sais unfulfilled desires. As a mark of gratitude to Sais heart that is alive in Madhuras body, she strives to complete Sais ?Bucket List. It’s while ticking off items one by one in the bucket list, Madhura finds herself on the path of self-discovery and self-realisation.

Madhura is a traditional yet adventurous, rooted yet free-spirited woman, who when tastes freedom, sheds inhibitions and ditches familial norms to achieve her bucket list. From riding a Harley Davidson and getting sloshed in a pub, to getting arrested by cops and going ?viral, this quintessential ?gruhini? of an upper middle class Maharastrian family starts living life no-holds-barred.

While the director – Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar – has cleverly concealed being in awe of ‘Madhuri – the star,’ his fondness towards ‘Madhuri – the actor’ is palpable in the film. Full marks to 35-year-old Tejas for striking a fine balance in exploring the stardom and acting prowess of Madhuri Dixit, whom he is directing for the first time in ‘Bucket List.’

Ranbir Kapoors cameo appearance in the movie further paces up an already breezy and effortless screenplay. Sumeet Raghavan (Mohan), in a diversion from his charming boyish character ‘Sahil’ of Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, fits the bill perfectly as Madhuras mature and supportive husband. Madhuras mother-in-law played by seasoned actor Vandana Gupte justifies her role of a Punekar to the T, with her hilarious Hindi dialogues decorated with Marathi accent and words. Resham Tipnis, as Lavina Mewara, portrays the character of a fun-loving and carefree girl, who timely convinces Madhura to commit mistakes, unapologetically.

Renuka Shahane, who plays Sais mother, recreates magic with Madhuri as she reunites with her on the silver screen after 23 years of Hum Aapke Hai Koun..! Veteran actor Shubha Khote effortlessly hogs the limelight as the super-cool Panji? (Madhuras grandmother-in-law). Such is Panjis cool quotient that she recommends Madhura to have tequila shots, wine, whiskey and beer (in the same order) at the pub. She even offers Madhura a spoonful of curd as a good omen before the latter makes her drinking debut!

As a smart marketing move, this family-drama accommodates multiple in-film branding of certain brands i.e. Saraswat Bank, Max Fashion, Make My Trip, etc., which are targeted towards family audience. However, on certain occasions, the branding becomes a bit in the face. Cinematographer Arjun Sorte has done a great job by showcasing locations aesthetically, especially Madhuris picturesque house and the portions shots in Malaysia. Music is soothing! Music composers Rohan Pradhan and Rohan Gokhale have also done a fine job with the background score of the film.

Bucket List becomes dull and dragged in certain scenes (like the pub scene where Madhuri gets into drunken tomfoolery) but, immediately bounces back with emotional moments. At some places, the movie is relatable with the Sridevi starrer English Vinglish, as Madhuras daughter Radhika also trivialises her mother’s efforts, only to realise her worth in the end.

Bucket List is a movie not-to-be missed by Madhuri fans. With chaste Marathi and simple sarees, Madhuri, in her debut Marathi film, is every bit of a domestic goddess, who seduces the camera even in her 50s.

NATION NEXT RATINGS

Film : (4/5) 

Produced by: Vivek Rangachari, Arun Rangachari, Aarti Subhedar, Amit Parikh, Jamashp Bapuna, Ashok Subhedar

Direction: (4/5) Tejas Vijay Deoskar

Performances: Madhuri Dixit Nene (5/5); Sumeet Raghavan (4.5/5), Renuka Shahane (5/5), Vandana Gupte (4.5/5), Shubha Khote (4.5/5)

Story: (4/5) Tejas Vijay Deoskar

Screenplay: (3.5/5) Tejas Vijay Deoskar, Devashree Shivadekar

Lyrics: (3.5/5) Mandar Cholkar, Tejas Vijay Deoskar

Music: (4/5) Rohan Pradhan, Rohan Gokhale

Art Direction: (3.5/5) Siddharth Tatooskar

Cinematography: (3.5/5) Arjun Sorte

Editing: (3.5/5) Abhijeet Balaji Deshpande

Takeaway: Madhuri Dixit Nene scores a ton in her Marathi debut!

 

Read more| Madhuri Dixit and Renuka Shahane take people down the memory lane by recreating Lo chali main?

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Web Series Review: ‘Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa’ tells you, don’t guard your kids, guide them about sex!

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Arvind Shandilya | Mumbai
 

Web Series: ‘Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa’ by Y Films


Education is an integral part of parenting, and parents want the best of the education for their kids. But when it comes to sex education, their focus takes a beating. They tend to hesitate. Most of the schools have started providing sex education but they have a clinical approach to it. The major sources of sex education for kids still remain those cheap magazines/ videos or the cousins or the friends, who themselves are greenhorns, and not sex experts. Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa, a web series  by Y Films, a division of Yash Raj Films, has tried to deal with this sensitive issue with a sensible yet lighter approach.

It is one of a kind series, which explores sex education in the simplest possible manner. Parents and kids can sit and watch this video series together, without a feeling of awkwardness. It’s entertains while it educates.

In this series Pappu, the kid, asks his Papa certain genuine questions pertaining to sex. Papa is sandwitched between a mashup of his modern and orthodox approach while taking on such honest questions by Pappu. Finally, Papa, unlike his own father, doesn’t shy away and faces the questions related to sex by Pappu with élan. Papa educates Pappu and us all in a funny but graceful manner.

Writers Gopa Datt and Devang Kakkad have successfully depicted otherwise tabooed issues like sex, masturbation, menstrual periods, condoms, pregnancy and homosexuality with a nonchalant grace. The web series stars Anand Tiwari, Kabir Sajid, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Alka Amin and veteran actor Sachin Pilgaonkar. Every actor in the frame justifies his/her character.

Nation Next Takeaway: 

Don’t shy away from sex education, which is an intrinsic part of parenting! Unguided self exploration by kids is dangerous. Let’s guard our kids not from information on sex, but from misinformation and disinformation on sex!

 
 
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Force 2 trailer: John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha give a glimpse of the raw action the movie has!

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Mumbai

The trailer of the upcoming movie Force 2 was released on September 29, 2016 on Viacom 18 Motion Pictures official YouTube account and in just a day the trailer has garnered around three million views! Force 2 is the sequel to the movie Force? which was released in 2011.

While Force was directed by Nishikanth Kamath, Force 2 has been directed by Abhinay Deo. The movie has been produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, John Abraham and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. John Abraham who played the role of ACP Yashvardhan in Force has reprised his role in the sequel. New additions to the franchise are actress Sonakshi Sinha (who is playing the role of K K – a RAW agent) and actor Tahir Raj Bhasin (who’s playing the role of Shiv ? the antagonist in the movie).

John looks absolutely fantastic as a Mumbai cop with his chiseled physique and Sonakshi too shines as the RAW agent. Both of them are seen involving in some raw action sequences in the trailer and taking on the bad guys. Tahir, who made his official debut in the movie Mardaani in 2014, looks very convincing as the villain. The movie is an ode to those who fight for the country selflessly! Right in the start of the trailer one can see the lines, Dedicated to the Heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country yet remained unnamed and unrecognised.

Takeaway: Don’t navigate from YouTube unless you have seen the complete trailer, for in the last few seconds you will get to see John showing off his perfect body as he picks up a Mercedes!

Force 2 is scheduled for a worldwide release on November 18, 2016.

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Film review – Parched: Oh womania, break free from the shackles of tradition and society! You are born free!

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Arvind Shandilya | Mumbai
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Parched movie – starring Radhika Apte, Survey Chawla and Tannishtha Chatterjee

Check out Parched movie review by Nation Next

Synopsis: Parched’s story is set against the backdrop of parched rural hinterland of Rajasthan. It explores different hues of the parched lives of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. While they face male chauvinism of the highest order, they are unapologetic about discussing men and sex. They entangle with their respective share of devilries in the wake of smoothening their parched lives. Finally, they wage their own personal wars to emancipate themselves.

NATION NEXT RATINGS

Film: (4/5) Produced by Ajay Devgn Films, Aseem Bajaj, Rohan Jagdale and Gulab Singh Tanwar

Direction: (4.5/5) Leena Yadav

Performances: Radhika Apte (3.5/5); Surveen Chawla (4/5); Tanishta Chatterjee (3/5)

Story and Screenplay: (4/5) Leena Yadav

Dialogues: (4/5) Supratik Sen

Direction of Photography: (4/5) Russell Carpenter

Music: (2.5/5) Hitesh Sonik

Art Direction: (3/5) Pradip Redij

Editing: (3/5) Kevin Tent

Takeaway: Oh womania, break free from the shackles of tradition and society! You are born free!

Shows in Nagpur: PVR Empress City Mall – 2:40 pm (088009 00009).  Cinemax Eternity Mall- 4:30 pm (0712-2551734).

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