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Amar Singh Chamkila is such an incredibly made film. Here’s the Amar Singh Chamkila movie review that suggests it could be one of Imtiaz Ali’s finest films.

The film sucks you in right from the first scene (though the staging and editing of the opening scene could have been done a little better, it isn’t a major drawback, but it is a little jarring to see, the film has some minor errors when it comes to continuity in the blocking and staging of characters, but that is only one of the two minor problems of the film). 

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Review: One Of The Finest Films Directed By Imtiaz Ali

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Review: Writing and Technical Aspects

The narrative devices used in the film are extraordinary. It is just so refreshing to see such innovative styles being used in the contemporary Indian space. The screenplay begins with a simple narrative device, i.e. the non-linear structure, it moves forward with interludes from past and present but right after that, Imtiaz and Sajid Ali change the course of this narrative device and what do we get?

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We are being presented with a narrative within a narrative and the story moves forward through a bunch of unreliable narrators who have their own thoughts and opinions on Chamkila, some are sweet while some are incredibly sour, now this is where things become even more fascinating!

Since they’re all unreliable narrators, Imtiaz and Sajid Ali employ a number of narrative devices within these two layers, ranging from the characters breaking the fourth wall, there are frame freezes, there are split screens, the concert sequences transition to actual photographs and footages, the film opens like a street play and moves backward for the song Baaja, transitioning to animated sequences and then to oil painted canvases and if that wasn’t enough, the film is then narrated in comic strips at one point! And all of it has been done with immense precision without being jarring or overwhelming for even one minute! Absolute genius.  

One can also love how the film, right from the onset strikes a critical distance from the character, and also constantly makes you aware that you are watching a spectacle (similar to what you may have seen in classic films like A Woman is a Woman, Persona and Blow Up). The film never portrays him as the “perfect” person but as someone who feels he doesn’t have the moral compass or the right to deem things as “correct” or “wrong” (subtly integrating caste issues and the plight of Dalits) and for him, survival is what matters.  

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Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Review: Gender Politics and Commentary

The film is never disingenuous with it’s treatment of the characters and narrative, objectifying men and women alike. The film captures the male gaze through Chamkila’s objectifying songs but it hits right back with the female gaze, striking the perfect balance of us, as people and as society. The socio-political turmoil surrounding Punjab becomes hauntingly connected with Chamkila’s life, so much so that Punjab starts resembling his tragic life. The film is hauntingly relevant even though it talks of events which have happened some 40 years back? 

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Review: Music

A.R Rahman’s music along with Irshad Kamil’s lyrics cast a spell over you throughout it’s runtime, ranging from being fun, melancholic, raunchy, sad, contemplative, accepting and sometimes pure rage, all encapsulated wonderfully in the film. 

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Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Review: Performances

Diljit Dosanjh has wonderfully played the title role, he is very sincere with the part, you are right with him from the first frame and you do not see him as anything else but Chamkila. 

Parineeti Chopra has done a formidable job with her character bringing in the empathy and sensitivity that her character requires, she delivers exceedingly well. 

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The Batman: Unpopular Opinions From Critics And Audience

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Unpopular Opinions About The Batman

The Batman is getting tremendous applause from critics and audiences alike. The newest rendition based on the YEAR ONE and THE LONG HALLOWEEN comics had a tremendous weekend collection with a staggering $258 million at the global box office and has already passed the milestone of $300 million fifth day, confirming that it is being loved worldwide. 

Although there are certain people, both critics, and audience, that feel otherwise and have presented different opinions. Scroll down to read the unpopular opinions about the Batman movie.

The Batman: Unpopular Opinions From
Critics And Audience

The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 1: Pacing and Run time

The Batman: Pacing and Run time

The film has very slow pacing with a run time of 2h 56m, which is a lot for today’s audience.

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The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 2: Underdeveloped chemistry between The Bat and The Cat

The Batman: Underdeveloped chemistry between The Bat and The Cat

Though both are great characters on their own, Batman and Catwoman’s chemistry falls apart at some crucial points. 

The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 3: Underutilisation of supporting characters

The Batman: Underutilisation of supporting characters

Some integral supporting characters like Alfred (Batman’s most trusted ally) seem very underutilised and do not contribute to the storyline as expected. 

The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 4: Hyper-realistic and Lacks Action

The Batman: Hyper-realistic and Lacks Action

The Batman being very realistic takes the experience and thrill of watching a comic book movie away. The film places action sequences in very few places which takes away the thrill.

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The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 5: Forced inclusion

The Batman: Forced inclusion

Joker’s inclusion doesn’t seem like a genuine story demand and is more of a forced inclusion.

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The World Of Thrillers, Gunfires & Cold-Blooded Mobsters

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A SonyLiv crime drama presenting the powerful Atwals owning a huge resort in the heart of Manali enjoying the marriage of the family’s son. The plot takes its villainous twists and turns after a patriarch shoots a tribal dancing girl under the influence of gaiety and alcohol. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The world of thrillers, gunfires & cold-blooded mobsters

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: Dramatis personae

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: Dramatis personae

The script is full of a multitude of eccentric characters who are completely ruthless and thoroughly corrupt. The only innocent person with a conscience is killed in cold blood. Surya Sharma as Rinku with his sharp gangster image obviously created a lasting impact. Also, Papaji played by Harsh Chhaya as the filthy-mouthed alcoholic impresses the audience beyond measure. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: Good or Evil?

Perhaps, this crime thriller is not the one that would give you an easy choice between who is just or who is a criminal. This is undoubtedly an innovative way to portray how reality unfolds itself when lawlessness is the law of the land, where there is no thin line between good men and bad men. From the cops to the media persons, everyone is corrupt in the drama.

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The post-truth era

No single person in the story is a man of integrity, everyone is fallible to the delicacies of money and power. If you are someone who seeks at least some morals, sorry to tell you, this one will disappoint you. Truth is just a matter of perspective here, untrustworthiness rules. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: A little exhausting at times

The first season would definitely be a wild ride where you would be constantly thrilled to know what lies ahead but certainly, the experience gets saturated after a while. It is maybe because of the constant bombardment of twists after twists that the characters make or rather it is the same chor-police narrative that is to blame. The second season feels a little stretched till the end of time. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The Naxals

The show certainly did a great job in mainstreaming the Naxal ideology. As the difference between good & bad blurs, the audience is slightly invited to shift to the tribal perspective. The character played by Koyal, a tribal girl is extraordinary in depicting the rules of the jungle where the less powerful have no means but to be on a killing spree to get whatever little justice they can for the damages done to them. 

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The language 

The show depicts an influx of Bengali & Punjabi cultures. If looked at carefully, the differences between the lifestyle of these two states are clearly visible that making the show vibrant in its own way. Especially the cuss words of Punjabi are so crude that they will betray your ears. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The message

Well, life is of little value when politics, money, and power proves to be larger than the humans who have created them in the very first place. People are ready to do almost anything for petty freebies. In such a world even the influence of insensitive sex & drugs appears pretty normal.

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The ending

Season 2 ended with lots of melodrama and gunshots. The bombs interspersed with lots of action sometimes appeared to be just too much but definitely not enough to deter the echo of the coming seasons if there are any in the cue. Although, that would be like asking a lot from the direction team if they have to cater to its loyal audience with the same thrill. 

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The stellar performances with some really good situational shenanigans make it worth giving it a try. 

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A Thursday: A Gripping Yet Predictable Thriller

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The story is about a playschool Teacher Naina, who keeps 16 small students as hostages and keeps a series of demands in return for every kid. Consequently, it becomes an emergency in the country.

A Thursday Review: Cinematography

The Cinematography is relevant to the gripping thriller with a certain subtlety. It is successful in creating a background to the plot with a little darkness and constant rain to keep the viewer engaged and let the audience wonder what might happen next. 

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A Thursday Review: Pace

A Thursday has a runtime of 129 minutes that feels a little exaggerated, particularly when the film delves into searching Naina’s past. Also, the film feels predictable in the end and seems a bit long. 

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A Thursday Review: Theme

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The film raises an important issue of capital punishment for rapists by highlighting the lifelong impact on victims of sexual violence and the inability of the system to deliver justice. 

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A Thursday Review: Performances

There can be contrasting views, but the performances have been noteworthy. Yami Gautam proves her matte as an actor again with a fine performance that holds the film.

Neha Dhupia has again done a commendable job while playing a pregnant cop and understands her character well. Atul Kulkarni makes hard efforts to make us believe in his character but seems overdramatic at some points 

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Overall, the movie tries to keep the audience engaged with the viewer but feels predictable after a point. However, it successfully conveys an important theme.

Watch the film for its theme and performances particularly if you are a thriller fan. 

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