New Delhi: In the absence of any major Hollywood offerings, it is up to two mid-sized Bollywood films to vie for audiences’ attention this week.
Romantic comedy Luka Chuppi directed by Laxman Utekar starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon will not blow your mind, but is a good watch if you are looking for something fun this weekend, says India Today. Despite top-notch performances and hilarious moments, the film leaves much to be desired as it only manages to scratch the surface of the concept of live-in relationships in small-towns.
Luka Chuppi isn’t quite radical, let alone consistently funny, but the long walk to the altar is far less conservative than it could have been, says Scroll. Rohan Shankar’s screenplay stretches a thin premise until it snaps, but he at least gets the messaging right.
Action film Sonchiriya directed by Abhishek Chaubey starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana is a disturbing, unvarnished cinematic portrait of violence and its repercussions, an immersive dacoit drama set in the harsh, dusty ravines of Chambal in the 1970s, says NDTV. The film completely upends the conventions of the genre. It draws the themes of crime and retribution, caste and gender, despair and redemption into the near-mythic, overarching sweep of the narrative.
Despite violence, of all kinds, being at the helm, Sonchiriya successfully manages to be a film about the bigger picture and larger good, says news18. Chaubey has got a real firm grip on the Westerns and easily is the best exponent of this genre in Bollywood right now. At 143-minutes, a unidirectional Sonchiriya wouldn’t let you crave for a spicier set-up.
Tamil comedy drama 90 ML starring Oviya and Anson Paul directed by Anita Udeep lacks a proper emotional connect, but it entertains to a certain extent, says The Times Of India. The movie has nothing new to offer in terms of story but the difference is that the situations are narrated from women’s point of view.
Tamil romantic drama Thirumanam directed by Cheran starring him along with Umapathy Ramaiah and Kavya Suresh fails to offer anything beyond lackluster performances, says news18. The lead pair just cannot get their chemistry right, and a few jokes come as big relief in a work that largely resembles a dull college lecture on a sweltering hot afternoon.
Tamil action romantic drama Dha Dha 87 directed by Vijay Sri G starring Charuhasan and Saroja has a laidback narration with unwanted songs and ineffective emotion scenes but Pallavi’s characterisation and performance make it watchable, says The Times Of India. Though there are a few comedy scenes featuring transgenders, the director has ensured that they aren’t looked down upon.
Tamil action thriller Thadam directed by Magizh Thirumeni starring Arun Vijay, Tanya Hope, Smruthi Venkat and Vidya Pradeep doesn’t disappoint, says The New Indian Express. At first glance, the film, inspired by real events, comes across as a pretty straightforward urban thriller. But as the layers peel, you discover it is cleverly written—in parts.
Telugu action thriller 118 directed by K. V. Guhan starring Kalyan Ram, Shalini Pandey and Nivetha Thomas is an intriguing , different , crime investigation concept, says telugu360.com. For this genre, unpredictability and engaging narration are the required elements, in which the debutante director has succeeded partially.
Kannada action drama Yajamana starring Darshan Thoogudeep and Rashmika Mandanna directed by V.Harikrishna is definitely a must-watch for fans of commercial cinema, says The Times Of India. It has all the necessary masala and also manages to slip in a message towards the end.
Marathi romantic comedy Dokayla Shot starring Suvrat Joshi and Prajakta Mali directed by Shivkumar Parthasarathy is a tale of love and friendship that will leave you entertained, says Times Now. The director and actors have done their job efficiently, which will make you overlook some errors.
Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include animation comedy Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya, Telugu romantic film Crazy Crazy Feeling, Marathi films Perfume and Ashi Hi Ashiqui and Bengali movies WMT 9615 and Thai Curry.