That’s the nutshell of Anurag Basu’s latest “you may not like the film as a whole but, by the end, I dare you not to look at it with grudging respect” exercise. Bejoy Nambiar’s direction (story written by himself, Kartik R. Iyer, Anjali Nair and Gunjit Chopra) triumphs even the good performances by the show’s leading cast. By Masala.com Reporter Created: 5 … We all have our off days…. With movies like Barfi, Life In A Metro, Ludo and many more Anurag Basu has given Indian cinema many great films which has presented beautiful story, music and direction. Others sound funny when you hear the one-line in your head, but on screen, they don’t land. This article may not be reproduced in its entirety without permission. If one is bereft of religion, of philosophies that have been stamped on our brain, what would we be? Movies Anurag Basu wins Best Director for Ludo at the Masala Readers’ Choice Awards Basu took the medal for Best Director for his hit November release. If you have to fail, then this is how you do it. May not be exact words to this extent). The inter-state romance between Rohit Saraf and Pearle Maaney is less nuanced, but I laughed out loud when the latter let herself loose on the dance floor. Sharan Sharma with the film did not focus more on the chest-thumping and centred it in the struggle Gunjan had to face being the first IAF pilot. By strapping on a pair of wax wings and flying towards the sun just to see how high you can get until the wax melts off. https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/an-jo-on-ludo/, Ohhh… I was waiting for your review of the film and am sad to realise it didn’t work for you. A link to this URL, instead, would be appreciated. It’s about the peculiar magic only Anurag Basu is able to conjure up. Basu directed television serials among which is Tara (1993), which became one of the first soap operas on Indian television. BR — Pretty disappointed with your review this time. He’s a small-time gangster. But hey… grudging respect. Full name : Anurag Basu How old is Anurag Basu: 46 years Male Birthday: May 8, 1974 Sun sign: Taurus Nationality: India How tall is Anurag Basu: 5′ 10″ Anurag Basu Spouse: Tani Basu BR, Director Anurag Basu was not happy with the shots and had re-shot certain portions of the film. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This is a perfect example of “what if Andhadhun was directed Anurag Basu?” The film didn’t work for me, and I say this as one of the biggest champions of Jagga Jasoos. The film is written and directed Anurag Basu. Based on the life of Subedar Tanaji Malusare the film was made a huge scale and starred Ajay Devgn, Kajol and Sharad Kelkar in pivotal parts. Life is Ludo. Meghna Gulzar who definitely spoke to hearts across with Chhapaak, wasn’t out there to tell a rebel story, with the film she rather spoke about the lives of acid survivors and what they go through. "Each night, we look up [social media] to see the responses. In the older films, before Hindi cinema became “Bollywood”, it was practically a given that our myths would be referenced and worked into the plots and the characters. The idea of casting Deepika Padukone and taking away all the features she has been associated with was a big decision anyway. When you have last seen mallu nurses working in the Hindi heartland in a Hindi movie? I think some scenes sounded well-done in isolation, but the plot threads themselves were really generic (esp the one with Kapur and Malhotra– that was really crap imo). Rohit expressed that the thought of being directed by Anurag Basu and working with such a huge cast was indeed tempting. Change ), 17 Responses “Ludo on Netflix: Anurag Basu’s latest “NOT for all tastes” experiment needed better bits” →. He also directed Balaji Telefilms' Koshish Ek Aasha (1997) and ... See full bio » But then, the acting throughout was excellent – from Fatima and Sanya to Pearly and the little girl to Rajkumar Rao and Aditya. It’s a fun, light comic caper — not something profound, and that’s perfectly all right too. He picks O beta ji, the song about kismat/destiny: “Kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam” goes a lyric, implying that life is a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re going to get. This is a film that works better in the head. The Anurag Basu directed movie is jointly produced by Anurag Basu and Bhushan Kumar’s ‘T-Series’. A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. Ranbir Kapoor faced his career's biggest flop and the film even failed torecover its reported Rs 130 crore budget. @Anu Warrier Loved the man’s thigh mounted gun, worn under a black lungi :-). It essentially is Life in a Metro with a comic twist. So, overall, there were some really funny moments and not enough cringe; some clever metaphors to keep one guessing; some good, engaging performances — I don’t think there’s a strong rationale to dislike the movie. Fatima’s acting holds nicely against Rajkummar. ( Log Out / In this post lockdown content watching period, it feels like you have watched a trilogy on the go even if the movie spanned for 150 minutes. Oh well…. She also two films ‘ Dhaakad ’ and ‘ … One of the most popular movies directed by Anurag Basu is Barfi. (Gangster, Metro, Barfi, Jagga Jasoos & now Ludo). . Sri Prabhuram: I felt the music was trying too hard. Ludo is about the butterfly effect and […] Each of these colour-coded narrative tracks is about love (fulfilled or unrequited): the love for an ex, or the love for a daughter you’ve never seen because you’ve been in jail. There are two more story threads: Bittu’s (Abhishek Bachchan) is in red, and the Alu (Rajkummar Rao)/Pinky (Fatima Sana Shaikh) track in green. Now, Anurag Basu who directed Kangana in her debut film ‘Gangster’ has claimed that he’s a bit confused about the ‘public persona’ of the actress. Koimoi Audience Poll 2020: From Ajay Devgn In Tanhaji To Sushant Singh Rajput In Dil Bechara – Vote For The Best Actor! Ludo is life. Must Read: When Javed Akhtar Reacted To Son Farhan Akhtar & Shibani Dandekar’s Marriage Rumours: “Children Can Be Very Secretive”, Follow Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube, Where Schitt’s Creek made us all shed that happy tear, The Queen’s Gambit brought us to the edge of our seats. Vikram s: “Not one word on the performances of Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi..”. And that’s what I thought would be the premise of the film when it talked of ‘karma’ and ‘Ludo.’ Alas, it turned out to be one of the most pretentious, and pseudo-philosophical film of its times, with political innuendo like salt added to a dish. Gloriously. I know this isn’t about logic. I liked Ludo, and what struck me about Abhishek’s story was that it looked like a potential trajectory that Lallan (from Yuva) would have taken…. Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia. Not one word on the performances of Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi… Why sar why.. ( I think there was a reference somewhere which made me believe the movie was set in Ranchi — I could be wrong, but it doesn’t really matter.) His 2017 release ‘Jagga Jasoos’, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif was in new for the longest. Anurag Basu Meanwhile, enjoying the taste of success for a film that hit the web instead of the big screen was a unique experience. A character (named Alu!) Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi Releasing On Holi, Announcement To Be Made Soon? Haven’t seen this movie yet, but a comment on RR and PT. How would we judge people and their actions? Ludo movie review is here. ANURAG BASU (LUDO) Anurag Basu this time metaphorically and even literally played the god of his film. The movie takes us through the war but with Saxena’s perspective and it was a winner. The hashtag #Hinduphobic_AnuragBasu was trending on Twitter Friday with more than 30,000 tweets. Snakes & Ladders is life! Because Ludo has a design conceit. However another controversy that surrounded the film was the removal of actor Govinda, that had created quite a stir in the industry. I didn’t mind Ludo at all. The quirkiness of the film almost hides the fact that Ludo is a very female-centric film. Along with his signature cinematography & otherworldly music, Anurag Basu adds yet another masterpiece to his filmography. You need to review it (both movie and your review). Anurag Basu talked about the challenges the team faced while making the film which took over four years to complete. The others pretty much did what they’ve been doing for a while, no? Rahul’s (Rohit Suresh Saraf) blazer and Sheeja’s (Pearle Maaney) nurse’s uniform are blue. But the constituent parts are so wild, so original, so amazingly whimsical, so concerned about not falling to cliché, and so not concerned about “will the audience like this?” that I ended the film with… grudging respect. Copyright ©2021 Baradwaj Rangan. Votes: … It’s a game for four players, and each player has their own colour. No, not Shola jo bhadke. All these characters, all these lives, keep crissing and crossing, and so do the colours. All in all, I found it very entertaining (but I am a cerebral kinda guy), and maybe the most-fun any Hindi movie gave me in 2020 (maybe Kaamyaab came close, but that’s it). At one point, the frame splits into four, each one coloured by a Ludo colour. 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Ludo is a dark crime comedy film, which features four different stories. While the team of a […] Ambitiously. New Delhi: Anurag Basu is a popular filmmaker with many hits to his credit. Starring an ensemble including Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Pankaj Tripathi, Rohit Saraf and others was a treat we deserved. At-least-a-few-screws-loose-ly. Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif's 2017 musical Jagga Jasoos had stirred a controversy during the time of its release when director Anurag Basu fired Govinda from the film. In case we didn’t yet get the cosmic-ness of Anurag Basu’s version of the board game, he gives us a song sequence from Albela, featuring Bhagwan (the actor; but then, this C Ramchandra chartbuster may have also been picked because there’s an actor here named after… God). Unlike the older films (which were broader), these newer narratives are after very specific beats from mythology. Directed by: Anurag Basu: Produced by: Bhushan Kumar Divya Khosla Kumar Krishan Kumar Anurag Basu Tani Basu Deepshika Bose: Written by: Anurag Basu (story and screenplay) Samrat Chakraborty (dialogue) Starring: Abhishek Bachchan Aditya Roy Kapur Rajkummar Rao Pankaj Tripathi Fatima Sana Shaikh Sanya Malhotra Rohit Suresh Saraf Pearle Maaney: Music by: Pritam: Cinematography Written to the point! The quirkiness of the film almost hides the fact that Ludo is a very female-centric film. Director Anurag Basu's love for the absurd is on full display in 'Ludo', a movie inspired by the popular indoor game, which the filmmaker says gave him a chance to blend different genres to create a … The cast is half-okay (the biggest disappointment is Abhishek Bachchan, who wears the same dour expression throughout, and also suffers from a series of over-sentimental scenes) – but this is a film that needed better bits rather than a better cast. It’s overly thought out rather than felt through, which is something you could never say about Barfi or Jagga Jasoos. Glad to finally see this review from you! Anurag Basu this time metaphorically and even literally played the god of his film. Hope they break out of this mold. Perhaps one can find a Draupadi inference here! It is worse especially if you end up disappointed. Abhishek will next be seen in Anurag Basu-directed film Ludo "There's a quirky outlook to life which comes out in his films": Abhishek Ludo will release on Netflix on November 12 Anurag had launched Kangana's career back in 2006 with 'Gangster'. is introduced in an episode of the Ramayana being enacted on a nautanki stage. Why Ludo? New Delhi: Social media users have slammed the recently-released dark comedy Ludo for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, labelling director Anurag Basu as “Hindu phobic”. Our mythology may be having something of a moment. And then when she told the DJ “namboloda pattu eddu” — or something to that effect, he promptly picked a Tamil koothu pattu , not a Malayalam one. And each of these “love stories” comes with a complication, mostly in the form of Sattu (Pankaj Tripathi). For a lot of its running time, Ludo feels bloated. “Mile kisi ko sukhi roti / kisi ko puri halwa.”. Top of that, people got to watch this one in the theatres and it enhanced the experience. The film set to premiere on Netflix on 12 November 2020. 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Bollywood through the years has seen a journey of on-screen portrayals and perspective. Yes, it tries to be clever, and the director draws attention to himself (literally) but that’s not enough to overpower the good bits. From Ajay Devgn in Tanhaji to Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara, we’ve compiled a list of all the actors who gave memorable performances last year. The 50-year-old started his career on television, and made his debut as a film director with Saaya (2003), and then went on to helm Life... in a Metro (2007), Kites (2010), Barfi! Basu began his television career as an assistant director on Tara in mid 1994. What happens when life is a literal roll of the dice? With every film, Basu is moving towards the ‘nirvana’ level of filmmaking. "Of the 20-25 girls we auditioned for the part, her face just stuck in my head - there was something unique about her," remembered Anurag Basu. SHARAN SHARMA (GUNJAN SAXENA: THE KARGIL GIRL). They talk about Kauravas and Pandavas and who the good guys really are. New Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) According to his Ludo actors, filmmaker Anurag Basu withholds parts of the script from them only to shout impromptu directions from … Some incidents are howlarious, like that green-door bathroom bather who just won’t die. This was a fresh take and deserves an applause. Ludo was a ride no one expected it to be and a nerve-wracking one. Tanhaji released in January 2019 and was a complete masala entertainer in all the real sense. Master: Ranveer Singh – Ranbir Kapoor To Shahid Kapoor – R Madhavan, Bollywood Pairings That Can Replace Thalapathy Vijay & Vijay Sethupathi In The... Abhishek Bachchan Film Festival To Be Held On Israeli TV, Deets Inside. BR, thanks for this, it arrives finally. But then, we wouldn’t get a Ludo. Your review is illogical and incorrect. Today at Koimoi, we give you our nominations for the best director of 2020. Cinema, a word that fascinates masses and intrigues a few. Even the gangster falls in love…and I certainly didn’t see that one coming. Ludo is a film that works better in the head. Basu… Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Aur Jawaab mein chaahiye Kalaakand?” ( I am typing this from memory. BTW, any thoughts on Pritam’s collaborations with Basu? Meanwhile, up next for the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ actress is the biopic ‘Thalaivi’ in which she will be seen in the titular role of J. Jayalalithaa. The ones that are intrigued, set out to explore it. I think they’re the combo to beat in Hindi cinema right now. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Didn’t you think Pearle Maaney was wonderful — her interaction with the DJ, her yelling at her BF — in Malayalam. There is a metro-centric plot involving ARK and Sanya Malhotra; Rajkumar Rao and Fatima represent the small town lovers; Abhishek Bachchan’s plot, believe it or not, is a continuation of his character from Yuva. Talking to Mid-Day, Basu said he had to … Ludo is death. All the female characters have agency — they are the ones who goad their male counterparts into action. Hmmm… I mentioned the cast overall. Why? The Netflix original dark comedy crime saga is directed by Anurag Basu. I would like this director to have a little more discipline. Trust me your explanations don’t go with your review. The movie got more boring as it went along, apart from its “moments”. A Life in a Metro redux, if you will. Director Anurag Basu is no stranger to chaotic productions, but none has been as well documented as his 2017 box office flop, Jagga Jasoos, which took roughly four years to … The director-Anurag Basu has explored several genres such as murder, mystery, adultery, comedy, and more in his various movies so far such as Murder, Gangster, Kites, Life in a … But now, in the post Dil Chahta Hai-era, we are finding the dog that followed Yudhisthira to heaven becoming the emotional and narrative anchor of the superb Paatal Lok. This is a film with sutradhar-s. One’s dressed in white, the other in black. Check out the nominees for the Best Actress of 2020 below, © Contests2win.com India Pvt. No, not Shaam dhale khidki tale. All the female characters have agency — they are the ones who goad their male counterparts into action. Director Anurag Basu has opened up about his 2017-movie Jagga Jasoos and revealed why he had to cut Govinda's role. Press CTRL+C to copy Select a City And Pearl was brilliant, I thought.. Re: Rajkumar Rao’s performance- while the reciting of menu was from Stree, I felt he was able to show the hopeless love situation he was in. While talking about the collaboration, Anurag said, “Ludo with Bhushan Ji was an easy and smooth collaboration. He’s also the “dice”, whose every move affects red and yellow and green and blue alike. Didn’t you feel that characterization was good? Rajkumar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi were both standouts, which was not surprising at all. Of late, though, they seem to be getting typecast and are playing minor variations of the same characters again and again. Om Raut’s talent was applauded by all and the filmmaker is now one of the most sought after actor. If you’re going to criticise, you should give evidence to back your criticism up. His second film Murder became instant hit at the box office which was Directed and Written by Anurag Basu. 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Mohit Suri keeping his standard romance intact took a u-turn and made a thriller that was a complete entertainment. While the team of a film deserve the credit, it all narrows down to a man sitting on the top chair and running this circus, the director. LUDO is such a deceiving and a bad movie at the same time that it is improbable to believe that it’s an Anurag Basu film: A person/artiste who has gone through the physical and emotional pain of enduring cancer would have greater sensitivity and insights into the human emotional-core. Sirf magic hota hai.” My problem is that I didn’t feel this magic, either. Why not the ups and downs-filled Snakes & Ladders, of which, you could similarly say: Life is Snakes & Ladders. Mostly though, I was left with the feeling of a vibe that I just wasn’t able to catch. None of this was worth commenting on? Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu ( Thappad ) to Kangana Ranaut ( Panga ), Vote for longest! 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