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My Views and Reviews - Drishyam


I am not a film critic, I am a movie lover. Here I am sharing my view about the films which I watch. These are my personal views.

Last week I watched Drishyam, a complete enjoyable thriller after so much time and I liked it.

I liked the story. Sexual abuse and blackmailing is a big problem which parents of girls are facing these  days. Life takes a sudden U turn when such a thing happens unfortunately.

The tight script kept me totally engrossed in the film. I was curious to know that what will happen next. How the father will save his family. The hero manages the whole stormy situation confidently and calmly using his common sense. He tries to save his family and finally succeeds in doing so. Our sympathy  is with the family due to the loving and protective behavior of parents towards an adopted girl child.

Father’s calmness, strength, cleverness was beautifully shown by  Ajay Devgn. His eyes and walk added so much to his role. I was happy to see Tabu after so much time. Tabu looked smart and fitted into the role perfectly. She acted the role of arrogant  police officer efficiently. She was good as ruthless IGP Meera Deshmukh. Rajat Kapoor was good as understanding father and husband.

Everybody acted beautifully, especially the little girl. Shriya Saran looked glamourous and acted beautifully. Ishita Dutta looked and acted beautifully. Sameer was also good as a spoilt brat.

There were no unnecessary drama scenes. What I liked the most was the picturisation of their mutual trust and support . They believe each other and face the turmoil together courageously . The slow pace of the film matches the situations shown in the film.

The beautiful  location was a refreshing change. location, thrilling climax and brilliant acting of Ajay as a strong and protective father, Tabu as a strict police officer,  Baby Mrunal Jadhav as a sweet little girl who loves her family so much that she tolerates all the torture by the ploice. But one actor who supports the entire cast by his powerful and extra-ordinary acting was Kamlesh Sawant  who was superb  in the role of the corrupt unscrupulous sub-inspector, Gaitonde.

As far as music is concerned, all songs were the part of the film but I liked  ‘Dum Ghutta Hai’.

 But the real hero of the film was the unexpected and fantastic climax. 

Here I am presenting some facts about the film: 

Director: Nishikant Kamat
Producer: Kumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare and Abhishek Pathak
Writer: Upendra Sidhaye (Adapted Screenplay & Dialogue)
Story : Jeethu Joseph
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar
Background Score: Sameer Phatarpekar
Cinematography: Avinash Arun
Editing: Aarif Sheikh
Production company: Panorama Studios
Distributer: Viacom 18 Motion PicturesRelease dates: 31 July 2015

Star cast:
Ajay Devgn: Vijay Salgaonkar (Cable, TV operator)
Shriya Saran: Nandini (Vijay’s wife)
Tabu as: IPG Meera Deshmukh
Rajat Kapoor as: Mahesh Deshmukh (Meera’s husband)

Rishabh Chadda as :  Sameer Deshmukh (Meera’s son)
Ishita Dutta as: Anju (Vijay’s elder daughter)
Baby Mrunal Jadhav as:  Anu (Vijay’s younger daughter)
Kamlesh Sawant as: Sub-inspector Gaitonde

  Story Line:

Drishyam is a family oriented film, an imotional thriller. Drishyam is the story of a happy family whose lives turn upside down and the father tries hard to protect his family. Ajay Devgn, who plays a school dropout common man in this film, removes all the clues using  his intelligence and common sense  to save his family from the disaster.

Interesting facts:

*The film is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name, directed by Jeethu Joseph with Mohanlal and Meena in the lead.

*Ajay Devgn, known for his hard-hitting performances in films like Zakhm, Omkara, Gangajal and Singham, returns this year with his solo release – Drishyam

* Tanushree Dutta's  younger sister, Ishita Dutta, is  making  her Bollywood debut with Drishyam.

*Ajay Devgn said,” It took me 30 seconds to decide whether I should do a Zakhm or not, as in 30 seconds, Bhatt sahab narrated me the idea and I could see the emotion on his face and I said, `Done. I am doing it.' I have not heard anything like that. That's what I found in Drishyam after a long time – the script, the sensibilities, and the intelligence and keeping all that in mind, it is completely an edge of-the-seat commercial thriller."

*Nishikant Kamat who has set a benchmark for his direction in films like 'Force' and the award winning Marathi film like 'Lai Bhaari' and Dombivali Fast, is back with a thriller.

*After a long gap of 16 years, Ajay and Tabu are appearing again on silver screens with ‘Drishyam’. They are childhood friends.
*Not just Bollywood celebrities, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has also praised the film.
*The film was entirely shot  in Goa.


My Views and reviews - Bahubali

I am not a film critic. I am a movie lover. I enjoy every movie. I see them, enjoy them and learn from them. I am 63 yrs. old house wife. I have seen many Hindi movies but thanks to TV I got a chance to see movies from all parts of the world. Some I liked,some I loved, some I did’nt like.
Today’s films are technically much better than the old ones, but I personally  feel that old films were far better than today’s films in terms of entertainment, story, music as well as acting. But it is not that I don’t like today’s films. 

I saw some movies which I liked very much. Today I want to share my experience with you.

Last week I saw BAAHUBALI  (hindi) movie. Believe me I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as a viewer. I felt as if I am reading old king stories from Chandamama. It was a beautiful  blend of modern technology and old way of telling a story. It was a visual treat. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me to the beautiful imaginary world of historical stories.
I liked the waterfall scenes very much. I liked the sea scene in the beginning of film the most. The  white sari, flowing long hair of Tamannaah in the song reminded me of Apsara paintings. 

Tamannaah as Avanthika

The battle scenes were really very good. I enjoyed the language spoken by the leader of dacoits. And of course swamiji  brought smile to our face. 

Performance wise every actor was very good. But personally I liked Ramya’s performance the most, especially the sea scenes.

And which I liked the most about film, was its fantastic  music. The whole film was shot beautifully. I was so engrossed in the movie that in the end I realised and slightly disappointed that we have to wait for the second part till next year.

I was amazed by the whole unit’s dedication, efforts and hard work. I was so impressed with the movie that I searched internet, read magazines to know more about this film. Here I want to share with you all the  information which  I got.

Name: Baahubali: The Beginning (Hindi)             
Production: Prasad Devineni, Shobu Yarlagadda               
Direction: S. S. Rajamouli
Music: M. M. Keeravani
Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir,
Edition:Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Cinematography:K. K. Senthil Kumar
Production Designer: Sabu Cyril
Visual Effects Supervisor: V. Srinivas Mohan
Distributed (Hindi):Dharma Productions
Release dates  :July 10, 2015
Country :India
Language :Hindi
Production company: Arka Media Works
Distribution: Dharma Productions

 Prabhas as Baahubali

*Prabhas: Shivudu/Mahendra Baahubali/Amarendra Baahubali
*Rana Daggubati: Bhallala Deva
*Anushka Shetty: Maharani Devasena
*Tamannaah: Avanthika
*Ramya Krishnan: Sivagami
*Sathyaraj: Karikal Katappa Nadar alias Katappa
*Nassar: Bijjaladeva
*Rohini: Sanga
*Tanikella Bharani: Swamiji
*Adivi Sesh: Bhadra

 Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami
Interesting facts:

*"Baahubali" is a two-part period movie written by V Vijayendra Prasad and SS Rajamouli. The first part titled "Baahubali - the Beginning" was released on 10 July and become the fourth highest grosser Indian movie with its 25-day worldwide collection reaching Rs 500 crore. 

 *The second part titled "Baahubali - the Conclusion"will be released in July,2016.
* "Baahubali: The Beginning" is the most expensive production in the history of Indian cinema to date.

* K. V. Vijayendra Prasad is the screen writer of Baahubali, who is co-incidentally also the writer of another Bollywood super-hit film Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

* Rajamouli's first film using digital camera and the principal photography began at Rock Gardens in Kurnool on 6 July 2013.
* It took a total of 733 days which is two years and three days from the start of the shooting to the film releasing in theatres. Over 2000 junior artists were employed for the shots where the fighters of the army are seen fighting a legendary war. In total, the film took three years from pre-production work staring to making it to the theatres.

* There are 5000 VFX shots (visual effects) used in the entire film to give it the massive appeal and the plushy finish that can be expected from a film releasing in 2015. The film was released in over 4000 theatres when it released on 10th July 2015.

* The Same VFX Team Worked For Baahubali And Jurassic World. The film’s 90% part is VFX work.

* 17 VFX Studios Worked For The Film.

Anushka Shetty as Maharani Devasena

* Baahubali’s visual effects along cost a shockingly heavy amount of Rs. 85 crores!

*The budget of Bahubali was set at around Rs 200 crore but it went on to cost almost Rs 250 crore to make the film. Nearly 10 per cent of the cost was for Prabhas, the main star who roped in Rs 24 crore for the film over a period of two and a half years.

* During the pre-production stages when the sketches were being prepared for the actual sequences a lot of them were put on paper. Over 15,000 sketches were used over a span of 1 year  to be used for the scenes shot for the film.

*The wars scene required all the soldiers to have weapons in their hands and pretend to attack the opposing forces. For the war scenes, over 20,000 weapons were designed and used in Bahubali.

* Over a hundred acres of Ramoji Film City’s land was used to shoot the massive war sequences for the film. For the scenes where farm land was required, 20 acres of land was cultivated with maize crops to get the authentic shot.

* 3 years hard work went into the movie making. Rajamouli and his crew worked for almost 3 years for the completion of the movie which will be released in two parts. 

* The film’s Twitter handle posted a picture of the ‘world record’ movie poster. The poster was unveiled in Kochi. The movie Baahubali has entered Guinness Book of World Records by making the largest poster ever. History had been made through this grand poster of “Bahubali : The Beginning”. The poster has the dimentions of 50,000 sq feet.

* Prabhas didn’t do any movie in this period of 3 years. 

* Prabhas  postponed his marriage.

* The makers of the film had gifted Prabhas some major league Body Building equipment imported from overseas. The equipment had cost them a whopping 1.5 Crore INR.

* Baahubali’s two leading shining stars, Rana Daggubati and Prabhas followed a very strick diet to maintain their shape.

* Rana Daggubati weighed 88 kilograms at the time the film was signed by him. During pre-production while the effects were being worked out, Rana put on an additional 32 kilograms of muscle to weigh a total of 120 kg to get the muscular look required to play a great warrior.

* Karan Johar joined his hands with Rajamouli to promote and release the movie in Hindi. 

* Most importantly the movie is directed by SS Rajamouli who previously applauded for his work in Eega. He didn’t has a single flop in his whole career.

* The Director Of Baahubali Took 109 Days To Get The Waterfall Scene Shot Right.

* Around 800+ Technicians worked on Art, Design and Visual.

* Baahubali Is First Indian Film To Have Its Own Museum to show weapons, costumes and armours used in the film.

* The Film Featured On BBC Long Before Its Release.

* Box-Office Collection: became first Non-Hindi film to enter the 500 crore club in 25 days.