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Angrezi Medium directed by Homi Adajania starring Irrfan.
Angrezi Medium directed by Homi Adajania starring Irrfan.

Friday Film Wrap: ‘Angrezi Medium’ hits screens in the midst of corona scare

  • Angrezi Medium in its attempt to wring-your-heart emotion, keeps swaying one way and another, resulting in sudden tonal shifts
  • Tamil romantic comedy Dharala Prabhu starring Harish Kalyan and Tanya Hope directed by Krishna Marimuthu takes up a noble subject at its core

NEW DELHI : The corona virus scare may be far from subsiding but there still are some new film offerings in theatres this week.

Angrezi Medium directed by Homi Adajania starring Irrfan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madan, and Deepak Dobriyal, in its attempt to strike a balance between making us laugh and cry, broad comedy and wring-your-heart emotion, keeps swaying one way and another, resulting in sudden tonal shifts, says The Indian Express. Angrezi Medium could just as well have been called Irrfan Returns. Watching this terrific actor lighting up the screen, of knowing about his medical struggles, and the fact that he did this film while still in treatment, gives it a special bittersweet flavour.

There is great drama in the plotline, but it is not over-dramatised in its presentation, says Firstpost. The result is an even-toned narrative and a consistently funny, consistently reflective story on the balance that must be struck between holding on yet letting go in any loving relationship that does not suffocate either party.

For the Hollywood fans, American superhero film Bloodshot directed by David S. F. Wilson starring Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce comes to India this week. Variety magazine calls it a trash compactor of a comic-book film, but it’s smart trash, an action matrix that’s fun to plug into. Bloodshot is based on the Valiant Comics character who first appeared in 1992, and this is one case of a sci-fi comic-book amalgam that’s built like a droid. The movie recycles so many old familiar tropes that ticking off the references that are stitched into its DNA is actually part of what’s entertaining about it.

The Guardian says the ambitious franchise-starter offers only the smallest of pleasures, mainly thanks to the star himself, while mostly descending into cliché. Franchises must be earned, by putting forth something that audiences could conceivably see themselves spending hours on over a course of years. Aside from the singular brawn of its leading man, this would-be springboard has nothing much worth launching. It’s a stack of wormed-over action tropes, and to make matters worse, the movie knows it – and yet does not know enough to spare us its missteps in the first place.

Tamil romantic comedy Dharala Prabhu starring Harish Kalyan and Tanya Hope directed by Krishna Marimuthu takes up a noble subject at its core and despite being a remake that comes after eight years, the fresh treatment and good performances keep us invested in the movie, says behindwoods.com.

Kannada action drama Naragunda Bandaya starring Shubha Punja and Raksh directed by Nagendra Magadi Pandu is a regular commercial outing with a hint of history, says The Times Of India. It ends up showing glimpses of the insightful narrative that it could have been only towards the end.

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Tamil films Walter, Kayiru,Thanjamada Nee Enakku and Asura Guru, Telugu movies Baggidi Gopal, Madha, Arjuna, Shivan and Prema Pipasi, Kannada films Shivarjuna, 5 Adi 7 Angula and Nam Kathe Nim Jothe, Marathi films AB Aani CD, Ibhrat and Vijeta, Punjabi romantic drama Ikko Mikke, Punjabi comedy drama Chal Mera Putt 2 and Bengali mystery thriller The Parcel.

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