In many ways, SMJ2 is actually a masterclass. As the end credits rolled, believe you me, I actually watched it till the end, I was buzzing with multitudes of ideas… maybe a listicle since that’s the cool thing to do, on what not to do while making a movie
There is something incredibly likable about Sanya Malhotra. She does possess the power to pull off a scene on her own, if not the whole film. Where Meenakshi Sundareshwar goes completely wrong is the conflict build-up and the way it is addressed
There is an unremarkable song ‘Dhikchik Dhikchik’ early in the film where Rani Mukerjis’s Vimmi and Saif Ali Khan’s Rakesh are seen putting up an unremarkable performance at a regular neighbourhood event. That acts as a clue to whatever is about to follow.
Most of Rishu’s character is believable. We all know the type of guy who falls in love with every girl he meets. Throwback to Saif Ali Khan from Dil Chahta Hai, and Aamir Khan’s dialogue “Tera koi bharosa nahi. Aaj Pooja, kal koi dooja”!
Roughly two and half years ago, around November 2018, forest officials in Maharashtra with help from a private hunter had managed to kill a tigress named Avni after mounting a massive hunt. Amit Masurkar must have certainly had this incident playing in his mind when he decided to make Sherni. So Avni or T1 becomes T12, the hunter Asghar Ali Khan becomes Pintu bhaiya.
Director Bratya Basu may have sought inspiration from Savita Bhabhi too when he thought of his protagonist Smita Sanyal in Dictionary. Will it manage to create as much discussion as Savita Bhabhi did? Probably not. It most certainly is not aiming to do so.
Exactly a year back we lost Sushant Singh Rajput. Was it a case of suicide, or was there something more? Well, only time will tell. Irrespective, one of the things I will probably never be okay with was the way the depression story was ridiculed. “He did not look depressed,” is exactly the kind of argument that we should have probably never entertained. Nevertheless, that is a discussion for another day. Today, we discuss business. Business of films and how it could impact an actor’s career.