New Delhi: Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 director Luv Ranjan’s sequel to his 2011 hit comedy stars Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh and Omkar Kapoor. Firstpost calls the movie “a cocktail of idiocy and offensive chauvinism passing off as a film". The three male leads do show some acting potential, but they also have all the punchlines, while the women are portrayed as either bimbos or gold-diggers.
Bollywood Life mentions that the film seems like a rehash of the first part, though it works as a breezy, fast-paced entertainer if you haven’t watched the prequel. The men are good performers but the women characters haven’t been fleshed out at all.
Binod Pradhan’s romantic comedy Wedding Pullav, starring Anushka Ranjan and Diganth Manchale has been described as a never-ending wedding video by The Times of India. A rehash of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and My Best Friend’s Wedding, the film is weighed down by the acting skills of its leads and the lack of chemistry between them.
Another comedy Bumper Draw, starring Rajpal Yadav, Omkar Das Manikpuri and Zakir Hussain and directed by Irshad Khan, is a decent moral science lesson you wouldn’t mind. The Times of India says the low-key comedy works in the first half, sends out a noble message and is effective because of the performances.
Faisal Khan and Inayat Sharma-starrer Chinar Daastaan-E-Ishq directed by Sharique Minhaj is poorly made and very disappointing. The Times Of India calls Khan’s comeback vehicle an ordeal and an unintentional comedy.
For Hollywood fans, Steven Spielberg’s Cold War espionage drama Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda comes to India this week. Yahoo Movies says the film will echo in your mind long after the credit titles roll and Spielberg will defy many skeptical movie expectations with unexpected details and points of view. Rylance remains the “heart, soul and standout" of the film.
The Verge calls it a stylish thriller marked by a unique sense of wit and the kind of effortless filmmaking Spielberg is known for. The film may not entirely possess the gravitas of some of his previous work, but the craft and finish are impeccable and the performances, particularly Rylance’s, are wonderful.
Telugu action film Bruce Lee-The Fighter, starring Ram Charan and Rakul Preet Singh and directed by Srinu Vaitla, just about works as a family entertainer. Apherald.com says the film’s plotline is thin and the most exciting part of the movie probably is a cameo by superstar Chiranjeevi.
Some other releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include director Fauzia Arshi’s Hindi comedy Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi, starring Kader Khan, Om Puri and Sanjay Mishra; Amol Shetge’s Marathi film Citizen, starring Rajshree Landge, Rakesh Vashishtha and Yatin Karyekar; Tamil film Sivappu directed by Sathyashiva; and Malayalam comedy Amar Akbar Anthony directed by Nadirshah starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jayasurya and Indrajith Sukumaran.