Rapper Badshah and actors Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma interact with media personnel during the promotions of their film
Rapper Badshah and actors Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma interact with media personnel during the promotions of their film "Khandaani Shafakhana", in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS)

Friday Film Wrap: ‘Khandaani Shafakhana,’ ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ compete in theatres

  • Tamil action comedy Jackpot has nothing new to offer in terms of story but manages to entertain
  • Latest installment in the mighty series feels like an empty list of action movie ingredients, says Vox on Hobbs & Shaw

New Delhi: It’s an eventful week at the movies with both Bollywood and Hollywood ready with offerings.

Comedy drama Khandaani Shafakhana starring Sonakshi Sinha, Badshah and Varun Sharma is an admirably sure-footed, if not dizzyingly scintillating, film, says NDTV, that resists the lure of cheap thrills. It is neither a comic romp that rests on sexual innuendoes nor a strait-laced, self-conscious treatise on the need to talk openly about male libido misconceptions. 'Baat toh karo' becomes the protagonist's key slogan. But the film doesn't give in to preachy bluster. It does not even have much of a plot save a minor turn here or a mild twist there and yet it never sinks into priggish dullness.

Scroll is not as impressed, calling the film a limp comedy. Khandaani Shafakhana contains all the elements for a comedy with a gender twist about the Indian tendency to pretend that sex happens to people from other countries but not to us. And yet, like the patients who frequent the sex clinic to boost their sagging spirits, the film never quite manages to get going.

For the Hollywood fans, American action film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw directed by David Leitch starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham comes to India this week. The latest installment in the mighty series feels like an empty list of action movie ingredients, says Vox. Despite treading familiar ground, the film’s parts don’t quite make up a whole. It indulges in plenty of meta-parody at Johnson’s character’s expense but none of it works to make the film feel particularly deep or compelling in the end.

Forbes is more impressed. The film reeks of rewrites or tinkering during or after production, with major threads or consequential subplots dropped or ignored on a dime. The action is far less “believe your eyes" than it should be for this series, but it works thanks to the sheer movie star charisma on display, both from its lead actors and periodic cameos.

Tamil comedy thriller Kazhugu 2 starring Bindu Madhavi and Krishna Kulasekaran directed by Sathyasiva is an uncouth masala film cluttered with too many plot lines, says The Hindu. Reading between the lines, however, it is clear that the concepts of friendship, love, greed, passion, hate and revenge are all handled in this single subject. The question is, was it necessary to package so many human emotions into one bundle?

Tamil action comedy Jackpot starring Jyothika and Revathy directed by Kalyan Krishna has nothing new to offer in terms of story but manages to entertain, thanks to some of the comic scenes which are devoid of double-entendre, says The Times Of India. An unapologetically made fun film, this may appeal to those who love watching movies in this genre.

Tamil romantic drama Thorati starring Sathya Kala and Shaman Mithru directed by P Marimuthu takes ample time to get to the core story - a little care in dealing with it would have made it a better watch, says The Times Of India. The cinematography, which captures the village in all its beauty and the effortless performance from the heroine are positives of the film. The emotions, especially towards the end, connect with the audience, thanks to the convincingly presented sequences.

Telugu crime thriller Rakshusudu starring Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas and Anupama Parameswaran directed by Ramesh Varma is a thriller where the family drama and love episodes are blended into the narrative, says mirchi9.com. The screenplay neatly amalgamates all those elements, but still, there are a few blocks which drag the story.

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Hindi action thriller Chase: No Mercy to Crime, Telugu horror film Shivaranjani, Telugu action drama Guna 369, Kannada horror thriller Vajramukhi, Marathi romantic drama Once More and Gujarati action drama Vijay Path.

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