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Some films occupy a substantially comfortable place in your heart as soon as the end credits start rolling and you start questioning your outlooks and perceptions towards it. However, Aranyak is rock bottom, and it bravely manages to exhibit itself as a work riddled with pretense and confusion parameters of intellectuality and perception. Running through 8 episodes, it manages to construct zilch. Though Vinay Waikul, through this single piece of ambitious work, tries to say a lot, there are a lot of things that went salaciously downhill.

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The main plot of Aranyak

The main plot of Aranyak

The plot of Aranyak is designed to unfold a canvas of lies and deceits building up to the rape and murder of a young girl, Aimee, who came to Sironah accompanied by her French mother, Julie, and her boyfriend, Sundar. The whodunnit technique is adapted deftly by the director as puncturing with the icy tones of Himachal, Aranyak introduces one subplot after the other.

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Like all the female protagonists who have a stable job, Raveena Tandon, playing Kasturi in the series, suffers from the dire stress of assigning time to her family, taking leave from her career for a year. However, the rape of Aimee portrayed by hanging her body from a tree triggers the sequence of events. Kasturi cancels her leave and takes on the investigation under the leadership of Angad malik, played by Parambrata Chattopadhyay, a renowned Bengali actor. The epiphany of channeling their attention to the rape occurs after many clashes in the ideologies of the two.

A plot twist occurs when Mahadev Dogra, a retired police officer and father-in-law of Kasturi, suspects that it might have been the half-animal leopard man and the half-man who feasted on being hungry for blood on Aimee’s body. A similar case had happened in Mahadev’s jurisdiction, which made him suspect the leopard man. This doubt germ changes into a belief when scratch marks are found on Aimee’s body.

However, Angad dismisses the leopard man as the fragment of imagination of the delusional village men and suspects that the apparent mythical creature might be the actual culprit. The subplot revolves around a personal vendetta, some characters working for political gain while others are power-hungry. The story is further complicated when a politician’s son Kanti is released on parole after being guilty of a rape charge. Each character brings in the sense of mystery and is equally under suspect.

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The word means “of the forest.” The main course of rising action that triggers the sequence of events in the series happens inside the forest, thereby justifying the title assigned. Man’s doom is different from the doom of animals: although we continue to live in nature, most aspects of our daily experience persuade us to stand apart from it.

That is exactly what Vinay Waikul tried to showcase in the series, where the man vs. wild conflict is meant to be highlighted with a man playing the villainous figure of disrupting the wildlife for their convenient purposes. 

What could have worked?

What could have worked?

If the director stuck to this one premise, then this story created by Rohan Sippy and written by Charudutt Acharya and Rohan would have a poignant success in constructing the frames of the landscape that is stark in the center of the wild, oozing a sense of the tension and conflict recurring in the film like was done in the Amazon released movie, ‘Sherni’.

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However, unfortunately, he does not stick to a certain segment, leading to a hotchpotch where no single purpose stands out. To enhance the dramatic effect, there is a myth of a demon who is half human and half leopard punctuated with a corrupt system, game power, and family drama that is progressing at its pace. The series had a lot of elements to construct the screenplay around which the directors try to touch. Still, with the industry languishing, they try to encapsulate a lot on a limited canvas, thereby saturating it and paralyzing the series.  

What does not work?

What does not work?

There is hardly any connection between the audience and the traumatic past of the character, a narrative device that is used to open every episode. The show’s central conflict gets lost as the creators try to doctor too many motifs onto the first six episodes, thereby not being able to frame a resolution by the end of it all.

The attempt to pretentiously deliver the accent is also one of the biggest problems, the façade of which gets shattered every time the actors have to speak an English word. The dialogues also try to be ironic, but they are blatantly flat and ridiculous.

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The character of Ashutosh Rana was introduced as a retired police officer with “bhulne ki bimari.” Still, that characteristic is hardly shown or developed upon in the course of the series and is assigned to solve the toughest case with the police. 

Performance of the actors

Performance of the actors

The cinematography is as bleak as the direction. Raveena Tandon is showcased as a mother who wanted to be a living example for her children and has a high profile case to her name; thereby, there is a lot of depth in her character, but the character never focuses or takes a closeup of her eyes to let the audience be the fly on the wall and experience her struggles to the fullest.

Parambrata Chattopadhyay got a better version of the script and played his part with absolute poise and diligence. The others do not have many dimensions and do exactly what they are asked to. 

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Aranyak: In a nutshell

A lot was expected of the series because of the stellar cast and the location but it gives us a hare-brained substance on a platter.

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Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya Movie Review: Sci-Fi Rom-Com Which Can Be Skipped

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The movie Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya follows the life of Aryan Agnihotri, played by Shahid Kapoor, a robotics’ engineer who falls in love with his aunt’s assistant, Sifra, only to find out later that she is a robot. What happens later forms the premise of Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, where Aryan and Sifra navigate their way to make the relationship work. While the idea of a human-robot relationship in an Indian film may seem new, the film is nothing but an attempt to test your patience and sell you what has already been sold to you before, but in a different package.

The pitch of the film is incredibly bland and loud; it tries to present itself as a “no-brainer,” but what the duo of Amit Joshi and Aradhana forgot to add to the memo was the fact that no-brainer films are, at the very least, entertaining. This film comes nowhere close to that. Keep reading the Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya movie review. 

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya Movie Review: The flaws in the flow

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The writing of the film is all over the place, the screenplay of the film is incredibly confused, the dialogues include the likes of “Dhumrapan nahi isse sutta maarna kehte hain,” the characters are mostly like caricatures, and the first half of the film is incredibly dull and boring; it’s almost like an extended T-Series music video.

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The idea had a lot of potential on paper and has been captured very effectively in films like Her, but the themes of this film are incredibly half-baked. As an audience, you cannot care enough about Aryan and Sifra; it fails to engage you in any way. The shifts in the screenplay are too abrupt and frequent, which throws you off, starting from a breezy beach romance to the pair accepting their situation to random incidents happening along the way that have no significance to the plot or the screenplay to a comedy of errors in the family. The film is incredibly confused about what it wants to portray itself as.

The climax had a lot of potential and could have been the saving grace as far as the writing is concerned. The ideas and troupes could have been interesting, and they would have elevated the screenplay, but the disjointed writing of the film sticks out like a sore thumb and restrains it from thriving.

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya Movie Review: Performances

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya film review: Simplistic sci-fi with some winning humour

Perhaps the only aspect that can engage you as a viewer is the performance of the film. The chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon works well for the film.

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Shahid Kapoor has done a commendable job with the role; he is whacky and tries to do his best with the half-baked character and the cringey dialogues. Kriti Sanon is the standout from the cast, as she beautifully balances the complexities of their dynamic. She had a lot of potential in this role and could have done even better if the writing of the character had more potential, which sadly isn’t the case.

Ashish Verma as Shahid Kapoor’s best friend Monty, has also played his role incredibly well and steals every scene he features in. He has a limited screen presence, which also takes away from the film’s overall impact.

The other characters can best be summarised with the fake laugh of Sifra, as they add nothing more than annoyance to the film-watching experience.

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Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya Movie Review: Technical Aspects

The frames of this film can make you go blind (yes, they are that bright). There is nothing new in terms of camerawork; it follows the typical Hindi cinema camera work without any newer element or innovation, which is a wasted opportunity considering the subject of the film. There could have been some form of redemption.

The remake of the title track is terrible. Right from the costumes to the choreography, it just doesn’t work. The steps are awkward, the pairs look uncomfortable while performing, the song has too many cuts, and the costumes are horrendous.

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In contradiction to the title track, Laal Peeli Akhiyaan, and Akhiyaan Gulaab is phenomenal. The pair put their best foot forward and do a commendable job in the former, while Shahid Kapoor moves like a dream in the latter and kills it. The choreography in both the songs are both fun and fantastic and has been executed really well.

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya Movie Review: Conclusion

To conclude, Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya could have been a fun and entertaining comedy of errors, consisting of whacky gags and with the presence of a recurring emotional arc, but the film falters terribly in the writing and execution and wastes the talent of brilliant actors, which includes the likes of Shahid Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, and Dimple Kapadia. 

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Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: A Hilarious & Heartfelt Take On Pursuing Passion

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The Hindi movie Tumse Na Ho Payega on Disney+Hotstar is an inspirational and motivational film with a mix of humor, emotions, greed, and jealousy.

The movie touches on the common middle-class belief that starting a business isn’t meant for them due to parental pressure. It emphasizes taking risks to pursue one’s dreams and not letting others define one’s success. Keep reading for the review of Tumse Na Ho Payega movie.

Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: A Hilarious & Heartfelt Take On Pursuing Passion

Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: Story

Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: Story

The movie Tumse Na Ho Payega revolves around Gaurav, played by Ishwak Singh who decides to start his own business, by quitting the conventional 9-to-7 job. He redefines success and growth while facing the challenges of entrepreneurship and maintaining relationships.

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The story of Tumse Na Ho Payega movie also involves his friends who join him in the venture of selling homely food prepared by mothers, leading to a roller coaster ride of experiences.

Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: Cast

Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: Cast

The performances by Ishwak Singh, Mahima Makwana, Aamala Annikeni, and Gaurav Pandey are commendable. Abhishek Sinha, the director, has done an excellent job.

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Tumse Na Ho Payega Movie Review: Dialogues

The dialogues by Nitesh Tiwari are noteworthy, with some being humorous. The screenplay and dialogues use simple Hindi words that are relatable, making the film engaging.

Overall, “Tumse Na Ho Payega” is a heartwarming and enjoyable movie that leaves a lasting impression and a smile. It’s a simple yet worthwhile film that should not be missed, and it’s available for streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Even as our society still struggles to openly say the three-letter word starting with S and ending in X, Thank You for Coming movie pre review seems to take a bold leap forward in discussing an even more hushed topic – lack of pleasure in sexual relationships. “Aadmiyon ki hoti na ye problem toh bawaal mach gaya hota.

With the tagline – fairytales jhoot hai, love jhoot hai, orgasms bhi jhoot hai – the trailer of Thank You for Coming gives us a sneak peek into an unconventional fairytale, that in fact resonates with the reality of women across all generations.

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Thank You For Coming Movie Pre Review: The cast

This adult comedy has done a brilliant job with casting, as we cannot imagine a more perfect group of friends than Bhumi Pednekar, Khusha Kapila , Shehnaaz Gill, Dolly Singh, and Shibani Bedi in the lead who support each other and try to navigate through the adult life.

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Also, in the Thank You for Coming movie trailer, Khusha Kapila sneakily gives us mean girls’ vibes that we just love. 

Thank You For Coming Movie: Production

Set to release on 6th October this year, the movie has been produced by the father-daughter duo – Anil and Rhea Kapoor. Looking at the successful record of movies – like Aisha, Khoobsurat, and Veere Di Wedding – produced by Rhea Kapoor, Thank You for Coming looks quite promising.

Additionally, guess which movie has been officially selected to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2023?! Yes, the one we are talking about.

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Thank You For Coming Movie: The Story and Inspiration

Women-centric movies of today are finally shifting the focus to some of the girl problems as well, which are otherwise largely brushed off and never to be spoken about again. The topic of lack of pleasure faced by women in sexual relationships first started gaining momentum in India with the #OrgasmInequality campaign by the condom brand, Durex.

It stated that almost 70% of women in India never orgasm – which went viral with netizens speaking up on the topic in large numbers. 

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Thank You For Coming Movie: What’s New? 

This is the first movie that is bringing discussions around this hush-hush topic on the big screen, humorously of course, setting the stage for a lot of girl talk. Did you know women can freeze eggs to easily have kids after 40? Thank You for Coming talks about that too.

Thank You For Coming Movie: Music

The upbeat and lively music used in the trailer of the movie has us grooving in our seats. It has a touch of wedding vibes and greatly compliments the overall humorous take of the movie. Since the movie is also about finding the perfect life partner (in all senses), so, from the pre review of Thank you for coming we can say that the movie track gets a 10.

Thank You For Coming Movie: End Note

If you are tired of watching Bollywood movies that have the same fairytale romance for ages, in the words of Bhumi Pednekar – is rajkumari ki fairytale hai sab se hat ke. Moreover, did we mention the Greek God appearance of Karan Kundra in the Thank You for Coming trailer?

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He is sure to turn the heat up in the movie! As we can guess from the trailer, the dialogues, the on-point humor, the cinematography, and of course the acting of the stars in this movie are going to be top-notch. Thank You for Coming is all set to shed some light on the problems of women that have been shut down for way too long now. Are you excited for this movie? We sure are!

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