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Tuesday Talkies – Baby Movie

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First of all, what the hell was that?

Seriously, what was that?

Was it a movie, or a documentary on 10 years of terrorism, along with how I want to kick these terrorists butt. Seriously, it felt like I was reading a newspaper first…. a long newspaper filled with all the terrorists activities…. and then I went to sleep thinking about how should we tackle it – just kill them all. Right??

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‘Baby’ is an Indian action thriller movie, which stars Akshay Kumar and Danny Denzongpa in the lead role. Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher and Taapsee Pannu are also in the movie, but with hardly a 10 minute of screen space is just enough to put them in supporting actors category.

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This film is directed by Neeraj Pandey, of ‘A Wednesday‘, and ‘Special 26‘, fame. Those movies were among my favorites and they were critically acclaimed and very well written movies. They were in fact so close to reality, as any Indian movie can. They were conceptualized in such a way that you never loose the grip of reality and still you are flowing in that imaginary world of movie.

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‘Baby’, if judged from the standards of action thriller movies that Bollywood produce, is by far a better choice; but when you put it in comparison to Neeraj Pandey’s earlier two movies, it was just not up to the standard.

Let’s first dig into the story of Baby, before I start trashing it, again.

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Baby, as the name suggest, surprisingly, has nothing to do with a baby, not of any age, any size any color or species. Not even any chick/girl is referred as baby, in this movie.

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Baby is the name of mission that our Hero and his team is working on. It’s a covert mission of tracking the activities of terror groups and then terminating them for good. They uncover a plan of terrorists to do serial blasts in India and the chasing game begins with Akshay Kumar traveling through the world to different locations to terminate every radical involved in the plan; and eventually to fail the bomb blast plan.

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Although this is a very hard-hitting film, made as an effort to display reality as possible, but there were many illogical sequences in the film which make you cringe with disappointment. The scene where a terrorist Bilaal (I hope I remember his name right, role is performed by Kay Kay Menon), escapes from police security in a car chase sequence. You just wonder where are these roads in Mumbai, without any traffic or living soul present. Leave Mumbai, and show any highway in India, which is that deserted. Or, just think of it, if police is moving a terrorist from one place to another would they be so foolish as to not laid out a road plan before covered with security personnel in every corner. Leave all the logic to Bollywood.

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Another interesting scene, is that of Taapsee Pannu, where she mercilessly beat up our dear Sushant Singh, in a hotel room. Poor Sushant, your talent is wasted here. You are meant to deliver a power packed performance, not merely take blows. Coming to think of it, it actually felt good, that first time in an Indian action movie, hero was not the savior of heroine, she helped herself.

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On a different note, this movie can be a lot better, in fact the best work of Neeraj, and Akshay, if one person would have done his job right – the Editor.

Editing is the main problem area of this movie. As in the scene described above of Taapsee, you are just waiting and waiting for them to reach their destination.

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Worst editing is done in the climax scenes. You just wonder, if it’s going to move forward, or you can take a nap and come back to watch the hero cross airport corridor.

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What was the most beautiful thing about this movie was – Chacha Maulana something….

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Oh! he is so beautiful, chubby fellow, with eyelids the size of titanic, and eyes having fireballs in them. In one scene one servant is washing his feet softly, in another scene, chacha is kicking Akshay’s butt. Infact n this whole movie, our old chachu jaan is the only person, who has literally hurt Akshay hard.

You the man – Chachu Jaan.

Either “Never tell a Lie” or don’t throw a Yard Sale

Never tell a Lie
Never tell a Lie

(Review of Hallie Ephron‘s book – Never Tell a Lie)

There are thrillers and then there are some thrillers which are disturbingly weird. Yes, it’s the class of weirdness where Hallie Ephron’s novelNever Tell a Lie” falls to.

Story is about Ivy and David, happily married couple who are expecting their first child in few weeks. Being kicked by nesting spirit of pregnancy, Ivy decides to get rid of clutter and arrange for a yard sale. Everything was going on smoothly, until an old, not so friendly friend, Melinda shows up. Everything comes upside down when Melinda goes missing and her last known sight was at Ivy’s home. Story unfolds in such a way that it becomes hard to trust anyone around.

Underlying idea behind this book is, should you share every secret with your partner, every mistake and every truth? A lie told to protect a relationship or a person, can it resurface from the past and shake your present and your future.

While I was reading that book, a pregnant friend of mine ask me to suggest a good book to read. I was just about to say, “Never Tell a Lie”, and then I realized that, it’s so much disturbing story, of a pregnant woman, that no other pregnant woman should have to go through reading it.

On a lighter note, the female lead, Ivy in her last month of pregnancy, seems to have the strength of wonder woman, fighting and rescuing herself, all alone. She is also a detective, who likes to enter into weird people’s abandoned houses and look for hidden evidence. One more peculiar thing, a lab can ring you at four in the morning to get your appointment. 🙂

End was a bit disappointing for the feminist in me. Considering that Ivy, forgive everyone involved. Whatever happened in the past, and whoever did that, was a crime and a punishable one. Leastways, the author should have tried to explain the consequences.

Now, that I have finished the book, I am feeling relieved that I don’t have any weird friend. At least not that I know off. 😦