Monday, 4 September 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Immortal India by Amish Tripathi (Book Review- 4*/5) !!!

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Taking just the name “Amish Tripathi” is itself self-explanatory and makes you appreciate the revolution and surprise that he brought in the Indian publishing market with his Shiva Trilogy which is still talked as if it got released last week. After publishing 5 fictional mythology books, Amish Tripathi has come out with his first non-fiction work named “Immortal India” which is a short read of less than 200 pages that can be read in a single sitting of less than 6 hours itself. I have been reading Amish Tripathi’s articles as published since his arrival in Indian book industry hence I know his non-fiction writing capabilities and the book wasn’t much a surprise to me. But for the folks who have read only his fiction books will enjoy reading this book by him and appreciate it as much as his fiction books.

Amish Tripathi has shared his newspaper articles, magazine pieces and several speeches that he delivered at best conclaves, debates and public appearances. The best part about all these articles is his straight-forwardness about the issues. Amish Tripathi does not shy away from speaking his mind irrespective of what religion he follows, which political party he endorses and whatever ideologies he believes in.

The book starts with the section- Religion & Mythology in which my favorite articles are about why the author adores Lord Shiva among all the Gods, The Purpose of God, Recasting mythology and the alternate ending of the Shiva trilogy. The next section is about the social issues our country is facing as of now where author has very rightly narrated about how LGBT issue is never said to be criminal in any of our scriptures. Another impactful chapter is about how religious conversion is negative and never churns anything productive out of it. Almost every chapter in this section is unbeatable and the choice of putting them in the book is commendable. The data shared regarding the difference between our country and others tell us about how great we really are and how wrongly we are projected in newspapers.

The section about history is something for which I would like to personally thank Amish Tripathi. He discusses those topics that people aren’t aware about even a bit. The best information for me has been the chapter State vs Centre where author discusses how the decentralized powers are better than a centralized arrangement. And the last section- Musings is the best closure to this non-fictional attempt which brings the readers closer to their favorite author. Overall, this is a wonderful attempt and I would wish to read many more non-fictional works from the author. Amish have stamped his mark even in this genre too. I give this book 4* out of 5. I am not giving it more because the articles are already on the public forum and hence something distinct was also expected from the book. Recommended!



Review: Behen Hogi Teri: A Superb Plot Wasted! **

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“Behen Hogi Teri” is one movie that talked volume through its trailer itself. It had a very promising plot which raised much expectation from the audience in me. The movie starts off well but gets dwindled in the middle itself after the director has finished using all the dialogues and scenes based on the theme where all the girls of your society are termed as your sister from childhood itself. It is funny how the hero of the movie, Rajkummar Rao, is referred as brother of the heroine of the movie throughout and the face that he makes just after it makes you giggle each time. But the plot is stretched too far later on which starts irritating you after some time.

The first half is still delighting to watch whereas second half is about the goof-ups that happens as Gattu, the protagonist of the movie, spreads lies to save him from disaster of letting his and girl’s parents know about their love affair. The dialogues of the movies are brilliant for most of the times and make you relate with it as that is how almost every Indian society act. The movie could have been a laugh-riot but it is just a timepass movie which you can watch after finishing off your whole collection.

The songs are okay. Talking about the performances, Rajkummar Rao is the only player here whom you will remember after the movie rest everyone is forgettable. Shruti Hassan is such a miscast that even though I like her looks I didn’t want her to speak a single sentence as it ruined the essence of the movie each time. Rest all the performances are okay. I give this movie just 2 star out of 5 for being average and not playing to its fullest irrespective of touching a great plot which could have made this movie one of the most popular comedy movie of contemporary times.



Review: Baadshaho: Unimpressive & Disappointing! **½

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When you see a trailer of a movie like Baadshaho having so many names attached to it like Ajay Devgann, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra and Vidyut, you do not wait for reviews but want to experience it in theater. Above it, after you see the song promo of Rashq-e-Qamar, there is nothing for which you seek validation to watch this movie. You just go.  Watching Baadshaho on the big screen is the only ways to enjoy it if in any case you end up enjoying it otherwise never ever try watching it on television. Baadshaho is one of the movies which must have looked great on script but when it is converted into visuals, it ends up losing its sheen. Not every movie gets transformed as Baahubali or Dangal.

The initial parts of the movie are interesting where the characters are being introduced and story is revealed. But the moment all of them get introduced and their introductory dialogues get over; they are unable to produce the same magic in the plot again. Even Ajay Devgann couldn’t display his best and ends up being effective only in some scenes. Emraan Hashmi tries to deliver and he is satisfactory up to some level. Ileana D’Cruz is perfect and looks stunning on screen. You just want to keep watching her without even a blink. Vidyut is powerful in his role and does whatever he could have in his screen time. Sanjay Mishra has some of the best comedy dialogues and he is also okay in the movie. Esha Gupta is just there to fill up another female spot to maintain some equilibrium. Sunny Leone’s item song is forgettable.

The movie becomes boring once the truck comes in the hand of Ajay Devgann and Emraan Hashmi and you can predict each and every twist and turns right after the current scene itself and hence movie is not able to surprise you as it should have. The thriller didn’t shock the audience even for a single second which is why Baadshaho fails to achieve what it targeted. Some of the dialogues are great which is Milan Lutharia’s movies’ specialty. The songs aren’t catchy except the Rashq-e-Qamar. The climax is very badly executed which takes away whatever momentum the movie had. A movie with such high promises cannot afford such a climax execution. I give this movie just 2.5 stars out of 5.