First Review Padmaavat by Umair Sandhu

Sanjay Leela Bhansali was determined to make a film on the lives of Padmavati and Khaliji for quite some time now. The supremely talented raconteur kept vacillating between numerous actors, before he chose on the present star cast of PADMAAVAT. Although historicals were well-liked — and commercially feasible, if I may add — at a point of time, the swelling budgets and comprehensive study and research that went into making a historical compelled quite a few present-day film-makers to abandon their dream projects and opt for contemporary themes. Bhansali stood his ground and waited for the opportune time to commence the project in question.

Padmaavat is Bhansali’s most ambitious project to date. The love story, the conflict, the dramatic altercations, the battle sequences and of course, the ostentatious setting… It is an enthralling period film that transports you to an era you had only read about in the history books. At the same time, Bhansali introduces the on-screen characters and the sequence of events with utmost simplicity so that the enthusiastic spectator is able to get the grip of the goings-on effortlessly.

Clearly, Bhansali seems to be motivated by the classics helmed by the Hollywood counterparts. He has a splendid sense of narrating an epic tale, which is evident when you think of the gigantic scale of the film. The battle sequences are awe-inspiring and have been executed with magnificence. The production design is eye-filling and makes you acknowledge the effort that must’ve gone into recreating the long-gone era. The apparel as well as the styling of the characters is truly majestic.

Bhansali seamlessly weaves music in the historical. Filmed with care, the songs [also composed by Bhansali] are mesmeric and have been choreographed with precision. The ones that stand out is Ghoomer. The background score is wonderful. Padmaavat is gorgeously lensed, with the DoP capturing the colors, setting and emotions meticulously. Editing is crisp.

Bhansali makes sure the actors get major acting opportunities this time. Ranveer Singh is stupendous and clearly in top form. He holds you attentive right from the first frame till the penultimate moments. The effortlessness with which he gets into the skin of the character is noteworthy. It must be said that this is his finest work to date. Deepika is enchanting as Padmavati and displays the strength as an actor in several pertinent episodes. She gave Career Best Performance ever. Shahid Kapoor Steals the Show all the way. He Nailed it !!! Loved his Romance with deepika. Aditi Rao Hyderi will surprise u. Supporting Cast is Top Notch.

On the whole, Padmaavat is a cinematic gem that you just cannot miss. Tremendous performances, deft direction, power-packed screenwriting and dialogue, melodious soundtrack and of course, the lavish mounting — this film has it all. Strongly recommended!

Umair Sandhu Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐


First Review of Agnyaathavaasi by Umair Sandhu

Ratings by Umair Sandhu :  ☆☆☆☆
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh, Anu Emmanuel, Boman Irani.
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Producer:  S. Radha Krishna
Director: Trivikram Srinivas

Pawan Kalyan as usual a powerful crowd puller appeared with right grace and glory. He performed jovially with his trade mark dialogue delivery. The dances were not so complicated but just pleasant. He Steals the Show all the way. He is ONE MAN SHOW. Keerthy & Anu also gave Top Notch Performances. Decent Performances by all supporting actors. 

The title “Agnyaathavaasi ” has the power to pull the family crowds. At the same time the content in it is appealing equally good for mass audience. Thus it stood as a product with right blend of elements those entertain both families and masses.  

Trivikram’s pen that has huge expectations met the requirement but gone overboard in some parts.  It being Pawan Kalyan’s film audiences do expect more and more from his pen. Though there are some just normal sparks here and there with respect to his dialogues in 1st half, he has shown his true mettle all over. Overall it has Massy & Racy First & 2nd Half. 

And coming to the music part, all the songs are impressive. Fantastic Dialogues, Bone Breaking Action Stunts & First Rate Direction & Cinematography. 

 Om the whole, Agnyaathavaasi comes across as a paisa vasool, seeti-maar unadulterated entertainer which will be loved by classes and masses alike. At the box office, the lack of a credible opposition, perfect release timing [festival period] combined with an extended 5-day weekend will ensure that the film will break records and emerge as the biggest hit of the year so far. The film has got ‘B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R’ written all over it. Go for it!

First Review Tiger Zinda Hai by Umair Sandhu

Salman Khan and Yash Raj, the premier production house, unleash their third collaboration together. The Pied Piper of the Hindi film industry, who is on a dream run, delivering one Blockbuster after another, is expected to shatter previous records and set new ones at the box-office. 

As a standalone film, TIGER ZINDA HAI is enthralling and most significantly, an entertaining motion picture. On the exterior, it is a compelling love story/thriller. But beneath the entertainment that it offers, it carries a message as well. Loud and clear. If the spectators can see through the coating, great. Even if they don’t, they will yet go back in high spirits. 

  • Ali Abbas Zafar direction is thoughtful, focused and never goes off-track. In fact, TIGER ZINDA HAI takes the detective genre in Hindi movies to a fresh altitude. TIGER ZINDA HAI travels across the globe to capture some of the most exotic locales in the world and the DoP captures them with flourish. It has has a pleasant score  ‘Dil Diyaan Gallan ‘  is the pick of the lot, followed by Swag Se Swagat. The stunts are truly crackling. In fact, the action sequences are of the heart-in-the-mouth variety and if one may add, such stunts and chases have never ever been witnessed on the Hindi screen before. The dialogue is intelligent and sharp. 

When you have Salman in a movie titled TIGER ZINDA HAI , the director doesn’t need to convince the audience that he is a tiger. Salman looks the part! Clutching the thriller with his dynamic presence and performance, Salman is, without doubt, the lifeline of this film. He pulls off the part with flamboyance. Also, he brings in so much visceral rousing energy to the film, every time he appears on the screen. Salman and Katrina pair up after a hiatus in TIGER ZINDA HAI and their chemistry is electrifying. Though an out-and-out Salman starrer, Katrina is not relegated to the backseat. Neither is she Salman’s arm candy here. She has a meaty part and to her credit, she handles it with aplomb. Also, watch out for her stunts… This is a new Katrina here! 

Good acting by all supporting actors & specially Villain ! He Nailed it.

On the whole, TIGER ZINDA HAI is a high-octane thriller that works big time. This one has style and substance, both, besides dazzling action, stunning international locales and stylish execution. Most importantly, it has Salman Khan, the trump card of this enterprise. There’s no denying that Salman’s charisma has resulted in a mind-blowing, astounding, never-seen-before start at the ticket window, but the film’s content will sustain it thereafter. The film has long legs to prolong its splendid run. This is, without doubt, Salman’s best. Sure shot Blockbuster. !

Umair Sandhu Ratings : ☆☆☆☆1/2 

                  4.5*/5* 👏👏👏

First Review MERSAL by Umair Sandhu

Atlee after a fabulous THERI comes back to join hands with Tamil Cinema’s celebrated commercial King Vijay for MERSAL which hits the theatres all over the world this Diwali. Vijay’s enormous screen presence meets Atlee’s & K.V Vijayendra Prasad crafty screenplay work in this masala & Thrillimg which has its dose of action, comedy, romance and sentiment. With a whale of a cast, including Samantha, Kajal & Nithya Menon.  Atlee has managed to craft a commercial movie that rides high on commercial aspect through the first half and Racy 2nd Half. 

As per Production Values, Mersal is a Well Made film. Cinematography by G.K Vishnu is Eye Catching & Amazing. Music by A.R Rahman is Soulful. Songs are very good. Background Score is simply ROCKING. Editing is Sharp & Crispy. 

Story & Screenplay by K.V Vijayendra Prasad is simply FANTASTIC. After Blockbuster Baahubali2, He is in Terrific Form. Different & Unique Concept ! Simply LOVED it. Dialogues are CLAP WORTHY. Fans will love the Dialogues. 

As per Performances, Vijay gave Career BEST PERFORMANCE ever. He Steals the Show all the way. Award Worthy Performance by him. He Nailed it ! 

( Standing Ovation Performance by Vijay ) 👏👏👏👏

Samantha, Kajal & Nithya also gave Good Performances. Terrific acting by all supporting actors. 

Overall ! MERSAL comes across as a paisa vasool, seeti-maar unadulterated entertainer which will be loved by classes and masses alike. At the box office, the lack of a credible opposition, perfect release timing [festival period] combined with an extended 5-day weekend will ensure that the film will break records and emerge as the biggest Tamil hit of the year so far. The film has got ‘B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R’ written all over it. Go for it!

Umair Sandhu Ratings : ☆☆☆☆ 4*/5*

SPYder First Review by Umair Sandhu

SPYder (Telugu ) 

Genre: Thriller

Director: A.R. Murugadoss

Cast: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh.

Bottomline: Racy entertainer

The hero as the social angst-driven executioner is nothing new to South cinema. A.R. Murugadoss’ Spyder is almost a safe bet after his last experimental Akira. But credit to him and his team for packaging something racy for the blockbuster-starved film audiences in a year that has been a death-knell for hero-worshipping scripts.

Despite having a popular leading man in Mahesh Babu, the hero of Spyder is the script, which is probably as intelligible as it can get in mainstream cinema. As with other such ‘masala’ films (as they are called popularly), logic takes a backseat and at times completely disappears.

First Half has lil bit drag but 2nd half is full on Racy. Top-notch technicians in cinematographer Santhosh Sivan and editor Sreekar Prasad have shouldered their responsibilities well. Music director Harris Jayaraj, though, seems to have had a surprisingly off-time with the songs. The background music is apt though it is significantly reminiscent of several popular scores.

Mahesh Babu has done his best to appear the part of a hero who combines brain with brawn. The song-and-dance and the stunts sequences bring out the best in him. But in this outing, he has toned down his humour, and rightfully too. His Fans will go gaga over him. Rakul Preet looking beautiful & acts well. Good acting by all supporting actors. 

Climax is simply the Best Part of the film. Totally loved it ! 

Overall ! Spyder will be Liked by Masses & Classes. Mahesh Babu gave Top Notch Performance. Go for it ! 

Umair Sandhu Ratings : 3.5*/5* 

First Review Jai Lava Kusa by Umair Sandhu

Much awaited Jai Lava Kusa is coming to rock theaters this thursday. It was surrounded by gargantuan expectations for many reasons. 

● JrNTR ” Triple Role “

●Chartbuster Music by DSP 

Dialogues are good in key scenes. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is one of the highlights of the film. His background score also is a plus. Editing could have been better. The film is drag in some moments. Otherwise it has Racy Screenplay. Cinematography is particularly impressive. Lighting and color patters are in tune with the mood of the film.

Ditection by KS Ravindra is First Rate. Story & Screenplay has alot of Mass Moments. But there are also some loopholes in Story. Overall it’s Paisa Vasool flick. Climax is the USP of the film. Action Stunts are Fantastic.

● Jr. NTR gave Career Best Performance ever as Jai, Lava & Kusa. He Steals the Show all the way. Even Best Performance of the Year in Tollywood by so far. His fans will go gaga over Triple Unique Role. Simply AWARD WORTHY Performance. His dances in a couple songs will be a treat for his fans.

Good Performances by all Leading Actresses & supporting actors but Ronit Roy Rocked it ! Tammannah looking HOT in Item Song.

● Overall It will impress Jr. NTR fans and the audience that likes Comedy action dramas ! As per me ! It will ROCK the Boxoffice ! Sure Shot HIT. A PURE FAMILY  ENTERTAINER  👏

Umair Sandhu Ratings : 3.5*/5*

First Review Vivegam by Umair Sandhu

Vivegam is an action-packed film that will delight Ajith’s fans. The first half of VIVEGAM is dangerously fast, loaded with action and excitement, and keeps you guessing. First & Second Half is full on Racy. No Dull Moment throughout the film. A Full on Seat Edge Thriller all the way. 

Sleek editing by Ruben, stunning & Outstanding action sequences, and the impressive visuals of Europe captured by cinematographer Vetri are some of the highlights of the film. Dialogues are CLAP WORTHY. Watertight Story & Screenplay by Siva. Ptoduction Designing is Classy. Direction by Siva is simply Fantastic.
Ajith gave Career Best Performance ever in Vivegam. He Steals the Show all the way. Award Worthy Performance by him. Kajal Aggarwal looks gorgeous and does full justice to her role. 

Akshara Haasan & Vivek Oberoi also gave Top Notch Performances. Good actings by all supporting actors. Climax is the USP of the film. 

#Vivegam is a crowd pleasing & hugely mass appealing tale with a thrilling plot, rich & imaginative screenplay. Terrific Action Stunts. It’s the BIG DADDY of all entertainers. Miss it at your own Risk. 

Umair Sandhu Ratings : ☆☆☆☆