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Padmaavat Review

Padmaavat(i) - is a lavish visual spectacle from the master of Indian magnum opus, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It has all the ingredients you expect from a film like his, but compared to his previous movies there were some slight misses. 

The movie starts off strong, obviously because of the visuals, but slowly meanders into sequence of three lines of 'Rajput praising' just for the sake of it, songs that don't fit but were there because those worked in his 'BajiRao', Deepika and Shahid becoming side caricatures in a 'heroic' saga and so on. But the film is entertaining, and Ranveer is Ranveer. Ranveer's screen time and performance eclipse the other title characters, and so when they come on screen all they have is some punch dialogs, which was irritating. Aditi is always a pleasant sight for sore eyes.

As a director, I feel SLB failed because I thought he had a great story in hand, but instead of making it into a proper political emotional saga, he went for th…

Oscar Predictions and Opinions

Today morning, the Oscar nominees for 2017 were announced. Let's take a look at what could possibly win and what should have won.

The Best Film

Prediction : Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Opinion : Dunkirk

Best Actor
Prediction: Gary Oldman for 'Darkest Hour'
Opinion : Timothee Chalamet for 'Call me by your name'

Best Actress:
Prediction : Frances McDormand for ' Three Billboards'
Opinion : Sally Hawkins for 'Shape of Water'

Best Supporting Actor

Prediction : Sam Rockwell for 'Three Billboards'
Opinion : Sam Rockwell for 'Three'/ Richard Jenkis for 'Shape of Water'

Best Supporting Actress
Prediction: Alison Janney for 'I, Tonya'
Opinion : Alison Janney for 'I, Tonya'/Laurie Metcalf for 'LadyBird'

Animated Feature
Prediction/Opinion : Coco

Prediction : ROger Deakins for 'Blade Runner 2049'
Opinion : Roger Deakins/ Van Hoytema for 'Dunkirk'


Call Me By Your Name - review

A heart breaking coming of age love story by Luca Guadagnino is a story about two guys trying to figure out the matters of heart. It is simple in its story telling and why I am not focussing on its 'gay' part is because 2 secs into the movie you just see two characters falling in love. 

It is the protagonists first love and anyone who has ever fallen in love will be touched by all its moments. The infatuation, the confusion of how to approach, the initial denying, playing the hard to get, crying sour grapes, and then not being able to hold it in anymore, the hinting, the aggressive many things. The movie takes its own sweet pace to tell this love story because that is all it wants to do - show the love. Kudos to the director.

Timothy Chalamet, plays the central character of a 17 year old guy falling in love with the foreign student who comes to spend the summer under his father's mentorship. Chalamet has shown range this year with his performance as the self-in…