Films Watched in 2018

This post has been a long time coming, and I should’ve posted it in January but with the Oscars airing this coming Sunday 24th thought now would be an apt timing (on my half) to do my annual list of movies I’ve watched over 2018.

Last year I decided to also include which movies I watched on the big screen, also as most movies are streamed nowadays, thought it might be nice to include the Netflix movies as their own category, as I know some people want recommendations of what to watch on Netflix. As always I’ve also included the posters to the movies I loved watching last year and would recommend giving a watch if you haven’t already.


Hollywood movies watched in 2018

  • The Greatest Showman (2018) (Cinema)

greatest showman

  • Coco (2018)


  • Viceroy’s House (2017)
  • Passengers (2016)
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018) (Cinema)
  • Black Panther (2018) (IMAX Cinema)

black panther

  • Bright (2017) (Netflix)
  • The Foreigner (2017)
  • Wonder (2017)


  • Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
  • Game Night (2018) (Cinema)

game night

  • Ferdinand (2017)


  • Jumanji (2017)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) (IMAX Cinema)

infinity war

  • Sherlock Gnomes (2018) (Cinema)
  • SOLO: A Star Wars Story (2018) (Cinema)
  • Jurassic World (2015)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018) (Cinema)
  • Ready Player One (2018)

ready player one

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) (Cinema)

jurassic world

  • Creed (2015)
  • Love, Simon (2018)
  • Set It Up (2018) (Netflix)
  • The Kissing Booth (2018) (Netflix)
  • Candy Jar (2018) (Netflix)
  • Oceans 8 (2018) (Cinema)
  • Blockers (2018)


  • Incredibles 2 (2018) (Cinema)
  • Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018) (Cinema)
  • Ant-man & The Wasp (2018) (Cinema)
  • Tag (2018)


  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) (Netflix)
  • Life of the Party (2018)
  • Irreplaceable You (2017) (Netflix)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2018)
  • Hotel Artemis (2018)
  • Lady Bird (2018)
  • Venom (2018) (Cinema)
  • The Holiday Calendar (2018) (Netflix)
  • Widows (2018) (Cinema)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  • The Princess Switch (2018) (Netflix)
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
  • Robin Hood (2018) (Cinema)
  • Nappily Ever After (2018) (Netflix)
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) (Cinema)
  • A Christmas Prince (2017) (Netflix)
  • Creed 2 (2018) (Cinema)

Creed 2

  • Mowgli (2018) (Netflix)
  • A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) (Netflix)
  • Mary Poppins: Returns (2018) (Cinema)
  • Dumplin’ (2018) (Netflix)

I hardly watched many Bollywood movies last year, and I don’t know why so my list for 2018 is very short.
I do hope to catch up with a few of last years movies in 2019 and hopefully they have some good ones coming out this year.

Bollywood Movies Watched in 2018

  • Befikre (2016)
  • Kahaani 2 (2016)
  • Fukrey Returns (2017)
  • Behen Hogi Teri (2017)
  • Padmavaat (2018) (cinema)


  • Love Per Square Feet (2018) (Netflix original)
  • Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
  • Sadma (1983)
  • A Death in the Gunj (2017)
  • Hichki (2018)
  • Lust Stories (2018) (Netflix Original)
  • Padman (2018)


  • Bajirao Mastani (2016)
  • Secret Superstar (2017)
  • Veere Di Wedding (2018)
  • Ribbon (2017)
  • Dil Juunglee (2018)
  • Pataakha (2018)


  • Badhaai Ho (2018)

Badhaai Ho

  • Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018)
  • 5 Weddings (2018)

Let me know if you’ve watched any of these movies and what did you think of them. Are there some movies on my list that I haven’t put a poster up but you would recommend?

Tareefan – Female Anthem we need or nah?

To be totally honest I didn’t even understand the trailer let alone what this song is trying to do. If it’s the whole gender role reverse for the men to be backing dancers then yeah ok (my god they have some fine men in this video!) but like where is the dancing? They could’ve got any choreographer from these unlimited dance shows in India, and I’m sure they would’ve done 100% better.

I will say that both Sonam and Bebo looked stunning, and their makeup looked bold and sultry but again this video looks like an end of movie credit song to me. Why didn’t Swara have her own moment in the video? I thought they all had equal roles in this movie, after all the leads are all women. Not like she had to dance because the other two didn’t.

Now for the actual song, it’s a grower on me, I personally don’t like Badshah’s raps, they’re very basic. I would’ve preferred Guru Randhawa as he does good punjabi anthems, or even Diljit Dosanjh but hey beggers can’t be choosers.
Without the rap this song isn’t bad. I like the chorus.

What do you think about this song?

PODCASTS – What You Should Listen To

I know I mentioned podcasts sometime back in 2016, but I kept forgetting to make a post about it, so finally this weekend I found some time to write up a somewhat basic summary, of the podcasts I listen to on a weekly basis (because most podcasts are uploaded weekly).
I’m sure at least 2 or 3 of them will be interesting to listen to either on commute, or have it playing when doing chores around your house, you might even end up laughing along with the hosts as I’ve found myself doing many times.
Some of these podcasts have celebrity guests just to give a different perspective which is what I like the most about listening to these small talk shows, which can be as short as 20 minutes or take as long as a feature length movie (not joking!)

I’ve been listening to podcasts since late 2013, so it’s been just over 4 and half years which is crazy, it’s just part of my weekly routine and I didn’t even realise this change, but I’m not complaining.
These are in no particular order.

The Read – Kid Fury & Crissle

It’s a weekly podcast where they discuss pop culture’s “stars” mostly throwing shade, giving advice with listener letters and ending the week with “a read” on the most ridiculous person or story of the week. I love listening to their take on celebrities who are being stupid in the week, because sometimes you just need someone to say what majority of us are thinking (not just on twitter).
FYI: They’re Blue Ivy and Beyoncé stans so don’t come for either of them. You have been warned.

The Brilliant Idiots – Charlamagne Tha God & Andrew Schulz

Most people will be familiar with the name Charlamagne tha god who is one of the hosts for Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. You may have seen some of their interviews going viral i.e. Birdman “put some respeck on my name”. He’s also a producer, actor and a Hip Hop head. You might have even heard his name in a couple of songs by Drake and recently Safaree – Hunnid.
Andrew Schulz is a stand up comedian and an actor. The duo met by working for MTV2’s Guy Code and is an uncensored weekly podcast where they talk about not only pop culture but politics and sport. Their opinions are sometimes on point or just stupid, and that’s why they’re the brilliant idiots.

2 Dope Queens – Jessica Williams & Phoebe Robinson

The 2 comedians host a live comedy show in New York which is then made into a podcast.
Although sometimes I wish it was one of those video podcasts on YouTube.
Jessica Williams used to be part of Saturday Night Live so you might have seen her on a few sketches on YouTube. They talk about anything and everything which makes it fun to listen to, and is just a great laugh if you’re into your comedy, sometimes they even have celebrity guests. Recently they filmed these live shows as a comedy special for HBO, now that’s major news!

Bodega Boys – Desus Nice & The Kid Mero

They’re comedians and self confessed twitter trolls, repping the Bronx, New York like no ones business. They’re proud New Yorkers who have hot takes on literally anything and everything. You may have seen them appear on late night shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a couple of times.
They started off as Desus VS Mero and later changed their name to Bodega Boys. I only started listening to them from mid last year but they have “been in the game” for many years.
They even have their own late night talk show on Viceland called Desus & Mero where they cover daily news, where they basically roast everyone. They also interview ‘illustrious’ guests from all walks of life.
They were also hailed as 2017 New Yorkers of the year by Time Out New York!

The Friend Zone – HeyFranHey, Assanté and Dustin

The name for me was misleading because I thought it was a podcast about couple where one of them got “friend zoned” but alas it isn’t. It’s a “weekly look at mental health, mental wellness and mental hygiene because who in the hell wants a musty brain” – as Dustin will say.
They each have their own segments which I love. Fran is the queen of wellbeing, she’s always looking for ways where one can always better themselves in whatever they want, whether it’s relationships, wealth, health and just overall wellbeing. Assanté is the king of music, he has his own monthly playlist on Spotify so do give them a follow. And Dustin is hilarious and unapologetic which I love.
If you want to know how to constantly be bettering yourself, definitely give this a listen.

Reply All – PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman

It’s basically a podcast about the internet so who wouldn’t love listening to this?! The hosts break down internet news that have gone viral on twitter, and even investigate bigger stories that really make you think about how secure is the internet. Covering topics from cyber security, to identity frauds to even telemarketing calls and travelling all the way to India to catch these cold callers. You have to listen to this insightful and informational podcast.

Serial – Sarah Koeing

Undiscovered – Rabia Chaudry, Collin Miller & Susan Simpson

 S-Town – Brian Reed

They all fall under the true crime genre of podcasts, so if you like your true crime documentaries you will like each of them.
Like many podcast listeners I too started off by listening to Serial where in the first season Sarah Koeing covered the story of Adnan Syed, an American Pakistani who was convicted of killing his girlfriend. I followed this story religiously which then led me to follow it further on the Undisclosed Podcast, where his family friend Rabia Chaudry, professor Collin Miller and investigator Susan Simpson went in depth into this case.
It was fascinating to learn legal jargon and also the juridical system of different states of America.
This lead me to finding out about S-Town, which was a short 7 part podcast/ mini-series from the makers of Serial, which started off as a murder mystery but turned into an in-depth interview/storytelling of a quirky, lonely, single man who probably knew too many secrets about the town.
This was one of these podcasts that actually had me trying to google more about this story. I don’t want to give the story away but all I can say is definitely put this on your listen list. 

Bollywood News

Yes I’ve had to break this down into 2 sections as well because not only do I want to know about english pop-culture but I also get my Bollywood news from podcasts.

The Bollywood Project – Uzma & Hani

I was searching for a Bollywood related podcast because if anyone knows me they know I love and live Bollywood, so I came across The Bollywood Project and I can honestly say, if you’ve missed what’s going on in Bollywood for a while, this podcast will catch you up.
It’s very informative but also fun. They discuss everything to do with Bollywood whether it’s new music videos, who’s signing up for what projects, who’s put their foot in their mouth, and then ending each episode with what many Bollywood fans read, “Blind items’ where without naming names, journalists and critics often write articles to get the rumour mill started about industry folks lives. You might get lucky to get some 101’s of Bollywood with their bonus episodes.

Bollywood Boys Podcast – Shaan & Saagar

This is still a fairly new podcast for me and only found out about this when the duo were guests on The Bollywood Project. Each week the boys watch a Bollywood movie which is often available on Netflix, they ask the listeners to guess the movie through their instagram and if you get it right you get a shout out! Yay! Even if you guess it wrong you get a shout out! Listeners are asked to send in their questions about the movie where they try their best to answer them after pondering long and hard about what was the real meaning behind each movie we as Bollywood fans enjoy watching (or don’t). The end each episode with a takeaway for example what they have learnt from watching the film of the week. It can be as something simple as “love your parents” to “you ain’t shit” who knows.

Bollywood Weekly – Aditya & guests

This podcast has recently gone on hiatus because I believe the host got married or engaged? But it used to be a weekly podcast mainly reviewing a movie Aditya and his friends have watched in the cinema. They review the movie in depth about what they liked, or didn’t and then a round up of other Bollywood news i.e. latest trailers.
I often decided to watch some of these movie or not depending on this podcast, so I found it helpful.

If you want to follow any of these podcasts or individuals then you know to follow them on twitter, or even email into the show.

I know most of the pop culture podcasts I listen to are American based, but that’s because of what I’m into, whether it’s music or tv shows.
I am looking for British based ones as well, so if you have any recommendations of who to listen to, then do let me know!

R.I.P. Sri Devi – An Indian Cinema Icon and Legend

Sri Devi

I wouldn’t normally do a post about Bollywood celebrity deaths but this news has been such a shock and I still can’t believe it.
Over the past couple of years Bollywood legends such as Om Puri  (January 2017), Vinod Khanna (April 2017), Reema Lagoo (May 2017)  and most recently Shashi Kapoor (December 2017) last year alone have passed away. I never thought I would be posting about the passing of Sri Devi so early on. Even while writing this I still can’t believe she’s gone.
I only saw pictures of her a couple of days ago on Instagram enjoying a wedding.
Sri Devi passed away on Saturday 24th after a cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding, along with many other Bollywood celebrities.

She had been acting since the age of 4, you could say she was just born to act.
She had done several films before I was even born, but I still grew up watching her movies. We were just getting to see more of Sri Devi since her comeback to Bollywood in English Vinglish in 2012, and most recently Mom in 2017, where she took on these key roles as representing older women, and now she’s gone.
She had acted in over 150 movies including regional Indian cinema in Tamil, Telugu, Malaylam, Kannada and Hindi languages. That’s how versatile she was and we have lost her too soon.

Sri Devi is and will always be a legend. She had given us so many iconic roles. Her big eyes, her facial expressions, her style, her dancing and just everything about her was the epitome of grace. She was and will always be an inspiration for girls everywhere.

Chandni, Mr India, Chaalbaaz (favourite), Himmatwala, Khuda Gawah, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Laadla, Army, Judaai (favourite), English Vinglish and Mom to name a few of the hundreds of movies she did in Indian cinema.
Gone but never forgotten.

My condolences to her family and friends. We have lost a true star.

“Balma” “Understand, You better Understand”

Zack Knight & Jasmin Walia – Bom Diggy Diggy in a Bollywood movie!!

Go Zack Knight and Jasmin Walia for getting their song in a Bollywood movie and I’m so happy for them!

The video was released by T-Series yesterday and features in the movie Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety starring half of the Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 cast, Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh Nijjar and Nushrat Bharucha.

I’ve been hearing this song since last year summer and now it’s being featured in a movie.

This looks like the boys’ intro song in the movie to me.

I just don’t understand this video though, are they in a “foreign location” because there’s so many white girls twerking. Why are they lip syncing to Jasmin’s words rather than the south asian girls? Why couldn’t they be the leads in this video, it is in a Bollywood movie isn’t it? But the asian guys can get their air time and highlight their dancing skills.
Anyways here’s the original video as well if you don’t know what the singers look like…

Films watched in 2017

Happy New Year!

I know I’m saying it a couple of days late, but it’s still the beginning of 2018.

I hope this new year brings luck and is a prosperous year for everyone.
I admit I had said I was going  to get back to posting regularly, but life always gets in the way. I don’t know how some of you keep it consistent, it’s hard!

This post is basically what I do at the beginning of the new year, listing all the movies I’ve watched over the past year, and yes still categorised into Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
I admit last year I hardly watched many movies, and I honestly don’t know why.
It was either a) because the trailers didn’t entice me enough or b) I wasn’t too interested in the actors/actresses in these movies, or c) both of the above.

As always the movies I have highlighted are the ones I would recommend a watch.

So here’s my list:

Hollywood Movies watched in 2017

  • Storks (2016)
  • La La Land (2017)
  • Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • Sing (2017)


  • 50 Shades Darker (2017)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them (2016)
  • Kong Skull Island (2017)


  • Logan (2017)
  • Beauty & The Beast (2017)
  • Power Rangers (2017)
  • Fences (2016)
  • Hidden Figures (2017)


  • Fast & Furious 8 (2017)
  • Fist Fight (2017)
  • The Boss Baby (2017)
  • Despicable Me 3 (2017)
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Girls Trip (2017)


  • Patti Cake$ (2017)
  • The Big Sick (2017)

Big Sick

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Thor: Ragnorok (2017)
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
  • Cars 3 (2017)

Bollywood Movies watched in 2017

  • OK Jaanu (2017)
  • Gulaab Gang (2014)
  • Raees (2017)
  • Jolly LLB 2 (2017)
  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)
  • Tamasha (2017)
  • Phillauri (2017)
  • Hindi Medium (2017)
  • Noor (2017)
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra (2016)
  • Tubelight (2017)
  • Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)
  • Toilet Ek Prem Katha (2017)


  • Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)
  • Lipstick Under my Burkha (2017)


  • Lucknow Central (2017)
  • Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)
  • Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017)
  • Tumhari Sulu (2017)
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)

I haven’t watched as many Bollywood movies as I would have liked or I had over the past couple of years. Personally I feel Bollywood went through a slump in 2017. The movies that did particularly well with the audience mostly fell in the comedy genre like Mubarakan, Judwaa 2 and Golmaal Again, and obviously I can’t forget the super-hit of the year Bahubaali 2, which technically is Telegu and been dubbed in Hindi to reach a more global audience, so it’s still Indian cinema just not Bollywood.
It was a great year for the “Indie” movies, which I would say have now become mainstream.
I’m glad to see, we as an audience are demanding more content in the movies we watch, and I hope it continues this coming year.

What movies from last year would you recommend I watch?

Bareilly Ki Barfi Review (Spoilers)

I haven’t written a review in a year so I may be a bit rusty, I apologise.
Now that the year is coming to an end i’ve decided to make a conscious effort to catch up on the Bollywood movies released this year which I haven’t watched and been telling myself, I want to watch that.
As you know I upload a list of movies I’ve watched throughout the whole year of both Hollywood, Bollywood and regional movies, and saw that by Bollywood list for this year was very short.
So just the other day I watched a few movies (which were short, hence why I could watch 2 movies consecutively) and thought I should be reviewing this. So here’s to the start of many to come out which some of you may find old and useless, but maybe a few who haven’t watched these movies might give it a go.

Now onto the review which may be why you’re reading this, bare with me it is long.

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Directed by: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (some people may know from directing the South asian film ‘Amma Kanakku’ then remaking it to Bollywood film ‘Nil Battey Sannata’).

The Plot

  • Narrated by Javed Akhtar this film is set in a small town of Bareilly. Bitti (Kriti Sanon) is a carefree and strong minded young girl who’s being pressured to get married. Her parents, her dad who’s a mithai shop owner Narottam Mishra (Pankjaj Tripathi) and her mum a school teacher, Sushila Mishra (Seema Bhargava) are stressed because she’s become ‘of age’ to get married, and has been rejected a couple of times by suitors. Bitti refuses into being forced to marry any random guy, when she is asked an inappropriate question and declines the proposal. Her mum being a typical asian mum who feels the society’s pressure, says some hurtful comments which Bitti hears and decides to run away.
  • At the train station not sure where she wants to go, she picks up a book from a small book stand, where the title of the book is ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’. She reads through the story and thinks the author has written about her, because she resembles all the traits in the female character of the book.
    After reading the book she cancels her plans to run away and decides to go back home.
  • Obsessed with this book she tells her best friend Rama (Swati Semwal), so they both decide to find the author for Bitti, as she feels this writer is her soul mate, and he seems to understand her so well.
    She takes the book back to the book stand at the station, and asks the seller Munna (Rohit Choudhary) if he knows the author Pritam Vridrohi (Rajkummar Rao). Munna says he’s not sure but he can try to get in touch with him.
  • Here we’re introduced to Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana), who’s actually the real writer of the book and Munna’s friend. They both discuss how to deal with Bitti, then Munna suggests mentioning Chirag’s dad’s printing business which he runs, as the book was pressed there so they can both meet and interact.
  • Bitti visits the small business and enquires about Pritam’s address because she wants to write to him. Chirag agrees to pass on her letters, so they both write back and forth and Chirag slowly starts falling for her.
  • Throughout this back and forth Bitti has asked to meet Pritam face to face. Unsure what to do Chirag and Munna decide to finally contact Pritam Vridohi. They both had bullied him into being the face of this book. Ashamed at what he had done he ran away from home, leaving his family behind and no one knew where he went.
  • Chirag and Munna visit his mum who is living pretty well off because Pritam sends money from his new job. They get the address and set off to find him.
  • Pritam is a shy and timid guy who they bully again, into returning back to Bareilly but as a ‘gangster’, because Bitti hates guys who act like a thugs. This will break her illusion of being in love with him. Then Chirag will swoop in and Bitti will fall in love with him instead.
  • They change everything about Pritam to make him stand out, and they all go back to Bareilly to break Bitti’s heart. Bitti finally meets Pritam with Chirag and making her best friend Rama tag along as well. It’s an awkward meeting where Pritam acts rudely towards the waiter, Bitti is confused and put off Pritam Vridohi.
  • The next day Pritam turns up at her house to meet her parents. Sushila likes him instantly when he gifts her a saree, he fixes Bitti’s dad’s neck which has been hurting for days and now both parents like him, and Chirag’s plan is failing.
  • Chirag and Munna belittle Pritam and tell him to fix this mess. Hurt by the comments he heads to a street food stand where he meets Bitti and has an emotional breakdown. The next day Pritam visits Bitti who’s is waiting with Chirag, Pritam goes off script again. Frustrated with his behavior Munna and Chirag forcefully dunk his head in a bucket of water to try and get him back on track, he then blurts out he doesn’t like Bitti but her best friend Rama. Relieved Chirag hatches another plan.
  • They all go for a boat ride with four of them in the boat, and instead of proposing to Bitti, he tells her he doesn’t like her but likes Rama instead. Rama declines the proposal because she heard he’s a divorcee, which Chirag had made up and told Bitti’s parents and not Pritam.
  • Hurt by the decline and betrayal Pritam finally confronts Chirag, and tells him to get revenge he’s going to take Bitti away from him, from right under his nose. Chirag goes to comfort Bitti thinking she will be hurt by the rejection but instead she say’s she doesn’t mind a divorcee.
  • Bitti and Pritam get to know each other better and start hanging out more, where Chirag ends up being the third wheel.
  • The engagement date is set. Pritam visits Chirag with sweets and the invitation. Chirag is angry and threatens him Bitti will find out the truth, and if he can’t have her then no one can. Pritam calls him selfish for everything he’s done to him and for only thinking about himself in this situation and walks away.
  • Chirag reminisces his moments with Bitti and tries to be there for her as a friend but is heartbroken. He finally realises his mistakes and apologises to Pritam and has written a letter for Pritam to read out declaring his love for Bitti at the engagement.
  • On the day Pritam’s voice is broken so he asks Chirag to read it out on behalf of him.
    PLOT TWIST – While heartbroken Chirag is reading the letter without even looking at the paper, an emotional Bitti tells him to stop pretending and how long he can keep up this facede, and  just say he was the writer all this time. Bitti tells him Pritam had told her the truth a long time ago. Chirag asks why she didn’t say anything before, where she admits she was seeing if he liked her for her, or because she resembled his first love Babli, who he wrote about in his book.
  • Chirag and Bitti get engaged. Pritam and Rama get together. Chirag, Pritam and Munna become stronger friends. The end.

What really made me watch this movie other than my fave Rajkummar Rao being in this movie and of course the trailer, were actually the songs. I have to admit recently I’ve been more interested in watching these films because I love the soundtracks.
‘Sweety Tera Drama’ is so catchy and is definitely on the wedding party playlist, as well as ‘Twist Kamariya’ which was basically Bitti’s introduction song.
‘Badass Babuaa’ was fun to watch, but personally I won’t be listening to it in my own time.
It was the first time I heard the song ‘Bairaagi’ and it was nice but emotional, it was used in the correct place and it got you right in the feels, I think I’ll have to listen to it a few more times to see if it’s on my playlist. But my favourite song in this movie was/is ‘Nazm Nazm’ and it’s been on repeat for me since the video released. I love it.

What worked:

I really liked both parents, Seema played the typical asian mother. While she was a school teacher, teaching little kids in her classroom, at home it was the total opposite because her child barely listened to her. I can’t think of how else she could have behaved differently. It’s usually the mother who feels the pressure of getting her child married at ‘a right age’ compared to the father I believe. She has great comical timing and really majority of her acting is done by her facial expressions.

Pankaj was more subtle as the dad. He was shown just fumbling along life, taking each day as it came, and being stuck between his wife and daughter when they were have disagreements. He supported his daughter no matter what, even her bad habits of smoking which some people might find a bit problematic, especially for South asian girls. He had basically given her the freedom to do whatever she wanted, just how any Asian son would do which was refreshing to see. He had some good dialogues. I liked when he ended up talking to himself at night while staring at the fan, you’d think he’s talking to his wife but she’s fast asleep and he’s just talking out loud about Bitti. They portrayed this father-daughter relationship really well.
What I also liked about the parents was that they were forward thinking enough to let Bitti choose a partner for herself, even if it was a random guy who’s book she was obsessed with.

Kriti was actually good. I think she stood out more when it was just her in the scenes, before Ayushmann came in. She showed herself to be outspoken and independent, but also show her softer side when her and Ayushmann were hanging out. She was very likeable.

You can call me bias but I love Rajkummar Rao’s acting in general, and this movie is no different for me when it comes to his acting. He switched easily between the soft spoken Pritam to the rough and deep author Pritam, sometimes even in one scene. Now that’s called acting. While the beginning was frustrating to watch him being pushed around, and just going along with it, I loved when he finally decided to stand up for himself. You could see him being hurt and brewing on the boat trip and knew he was about to blow.

I’ve really had to think about how I felt about Ayushmann’s character in this movie. While some people might find him cute and lovable, which in some moments he was especially when Bitti and Chirag were getting to know each other. What frustrated me was how blasé and ignorant he was towards other people’s feelings, especially Pritam Vridrohi. I really didn’t like how obsessed he became with Bitti that he was being violent towards an innocent man, just because he was never brave enough to confess his love for Babli, and she got married to someone else.
Even his apology at the end wasn’t enough for me, especially after torturing the guy which led him to running away then dragging him back into the mess.
Also his best friend Munna was no better, while we saw glimpse of him trying to be decent, 2 minutes later they both laughed it off and basically worked as a tag team to trap Pritam in their charade.

What didn’t work:

The story itself wasn’t too bad, it had some plot holes and some parts of the relationships needed a little backstory. Although the movie was shown as a narration of Bitti and Chirag’s love story. I wanted to find out how Chirag and Munna actually became friends with Pritam because their personalities are totally opposite. While Chirag and Munna think the same and are mischievous, Pritam is more innocent and basically a mummy’s boy who is shy, timid, mature and quiet. They could’ve just spent 5 minutes developing this relationship. The male characters needed more work on their character arc.

I would’ve liked to see some parts of Pritam and Rama getting to know each other. Other than them both saying out loud to their friends that they liked each other, Rama to Bitti after the first meeting, and Pritam shouting it out so the others would stop dunking his face in water. We didn’t get to see them interact. I would’ve liked to see him making Chirag jealous when hanging out with Bitti, but secretly meeting Rama, but I guess that would’ve given away the plot twist very early on, or the perception of Pritam’s innocent character would be tainted in the audiences’ mind.

While the narration told us that Chirag never got his first love, which is why he decided to write a book about his heartbreak, and use his dad’s business to publish the book. We were never told about his family. Why is he on his own? We’re just left to assume that his parents are dead. Why hasn’t he moved on if he doesn’t have any family left? Why is he still working in this printing business if he hated it?

Overall I didn’t mind watching it but I don’t think I will be re-watching it anytime soon. While the songs are catchy and will make you get up and dance, there was just something lacking for me. Also soon enough it will be airing on TV in the next couple of weeks.