Every Friday, when the Bollywood releases its films, I, a great movie buff, await with great curiosity and eagerness to watch the same. Although, I watch all kinds of films, I love films which has romance, humour, songs, dance, message and of course a good story. As a film blogger, when I started my journey 2.5 years back, I remember somebody asking me that how do I decide, which film is good? My instant response was : the movies, which bring tears to my eyes. Ironical, isn’t it? The tears can be of joy as well as sadness. My tears are the test of how much a film touched my heart. The year 2016 has seen many such films, which brought tears into my eyes. Here is the Bollywood’s Sixers in Six Months, to be precise from January – June, 2016.
- Aligarh : Aligarh tops my list of ‘Bollywood’s Sixers in Six Months’ which released on 26th February, 2016. It is a biographical film by Hansal Mehta, which is based on the life of a professor of Aligarh Muslim University – Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. Aligarh is a rare take on homophobia, a true story about Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who kept his sexual preference confidential for years, but became a victim to an undercover sting operation just before a few months short of his retirement and was suspended from his post. It no way asks you to support LGBT, but definitely asks one to have compassion towards them, and to respect their constitutional rights as human beings. Aligarh is a masterpiece, which has the perfect synchronization of brilliant performances, direction, writing, editing, cinematography and music. (My detailed review of this film can be read at http://lenzscope.com/review-of-aligarh)
- Airlift: A film by Raja Krishna Menon, which released on 22nd January, 2016, is based on the largest civilian evacuation operation carried out in the history of mankind during Iraq-Kuwait War. This evacuation has found a space in Guinness Book of World Records. Iraq invaded Kuwait on 2nd August, 1990. Evacuation was carried out during 13th August, 1990 – 11th October, 1990 i.e. for 59 days, with 488 flights (Air India, Indian Airlines and Air Force flights). Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift is a tribute to the human spirits which finds path even amidst turbulence, gathers courage in spite of losing everything. (My detailed review of this film can be read at http://lenzscope.com/review-of-airlif/)
- Neerja: A film by Ram Madhvani, which released on 19th February, 2016, is based on the real hijacking incident of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan in 1986. The film is based on incredible presence of mind and bravery shown by a 23 year old air hostess Neerja Bhanot, who became instrumental in saving almost 359 lives out of 379 lives on board. Neerja made Rajesh Khanna starrer Anand film’s dialogue her own life’s philosophy: जिन्दगी बड़ी होनी चाहिए, लम्बी नहीं I (My detailed review of this film can be read at http://lenzscope.com/review-of-neerja/)
- Sarabjit : A film by Omung Kumar, which released on 20th May, 2016, a biopic on an Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh, who crossed the border by mistake, could not return to his motherland when he was alive and also had
untimely death at the age of 49 after he was beaten by his fellow jail inmates. Let Omung’s Sarabjit become a source for many more such stories to be unfolded and let all innocent prisoners be able to go back to their respective motherland. Sarabjit is not a film which is meant for entertainment, but it is a film which makes one experience the pain, ethos, pathos of many Sarabjit (s) and his families on either sides of the border. Let this Indo-Pak conflict get over for ever. Insha Allah ! (My detailed review of this film can be read at http://lenzscope.com/review-of-sarabji/)
- Waiting: A film by Anu Menon, which released on 27th May, 2016, showcases the journey of two individuals who are in midst of turbulence and going through most difficult phases of their lives. A beautiful relationship develops between them, who are from two different backgrounds, two different schools of thoughts, two different age groups, one social-media-savvy and the other doesn’t even know what twitter is. The griefs, uncertainties, turbulence, and frustrations of the protagonists are handled so sensibly that in spite of the negative situations in the film, the flavour is very much positive. The film highlights and makes us ponder over a very vital point: What does it really mean to love someone – is it to let go of your beloved in spite of your emotional need for them or is it to unconditionally accept them in whichever shape or form they are. (My detailed review of this film can be read at http://lenzscope.com/review-of-waiting/)
- Udta Punjab: A film by Abhishek Chaubey, which released on 17th June, 2016, deals with a very critical issue i.e. drug abuse. The film is brutally honest about what happens when a person becomes an addict, his / her inner struggle to overcome it, failure to detox self, losing what is good within one’s self, getting away from all near and dear ones, going to any extreme to satisfy one’s urge for drugs, even attempting to kill dear ones if they are found resisting drug usage. The film also talks about the sick corrupt system, narco-politics. (My detailed review of this film can be read at http://lenzscope.com/review-of-udta-punjab/)
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