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Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Jaaved Jaaferi, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba, Arya Babbar, Vindu Dara Singh, Asrani, Sanjay Mishra, Chitrangda Singh, Vrajesh Hirjee, Pitobash Tripathy, Gurpreet Guggi, Farah Khan, Darshan Jariwala, Anjan Srivastava, Avtar Gill, Bikramjeet Kanwarpal, Chitrangada Singh

Writer/Director: Shirish Kunder

Producer/s: Farah Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shirish Kunder

Soundtrack: The music of the film is composed by debut musician, G. V. Prakash Kumar, nephew of music maestro, A. R. Rahman.

Plot: In 1947 when the maps of India and Pakistan were being drawn, an oversight ensured that the village of Paglapur didn’t find a place in either country. The village had the distinction of housing the largest mental asylum in the region and in the melee that ensued during partition, the asylum inmates broke loose, drove away the villagers and established their own republic in Paglapur. And that’s how it stayed for the next 60 years! While the world outside changed, Paglapur remained isolated, with no electricity, television or sanity!

Now, decades after the world forgot this village, a NASA scientist of Indian origin, Agastya and his beautiful wife find themselves on the road to Paglapur. Agastya is working on a top secret project for creating a device to communicate with aliens. So why is he in a village whose colourful inhabitants include a man who speaks in gibberish, another who thinks he is a lamp post and everyone else who think Mahatma Gandhi is still around, fighting for independence? And more importantly, what are they going to do that will soon turn the universe’s spotlight on this forgotten village? Joker – India’s first extra-terrestrial comedy – coming on August 31st, 2012 to a theatre near you


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Joker: Folie à Deux Teaser Trailer is now out. Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie is a sequel to his 2019 blockbuster film, Joker. Based on DC Comics’ character, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker, Lady Gaga as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and Steve Coogan. Todd co-wrote the story with Scott Silver.

Joker: Folie à Deux Teaser Trailer Review: Madness Meets Passion!

The official synopsis of the Joker 2 trailer simply reads, “He’s not alone anymore.”. In the Joker: Folie à Deux Teaser Trailer, Arthur Fleck and Lady Gaga’s Harleen Quinzen first lay eyes on one other at the Arkham Asylum. A dialogue from the trailer goes like this – “We use music to make us whole. To balance the fractures within ourselves.” The Todd Phillips directorial is a musical psychological thriller. So, it makes sense that the art is at the forefront this time.

 

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Once Arthur and Harleen get talking, she tells him how she hasn’t done something like him. But we can sense the desire in her eyes to unleash the wildness inside her. Who better than Arthur Fleck, aka Joker, to bring out that side of her? The duo escape the prison together, and that’s where the chaos begins. Arthur and Harleen’s times together are full of intensity, vigour, and conviction toward each other.

Seeing Joaquin Phoenix don the Joker look again is quite surreal. We have waited 5 years to see him back in action. Joker: Folie à Deux is a story of love, rage and madness. This time Arthur is not alone. He has someone willing to stand with him while he fights for his beliefs. Together, Arthur and Harley paint the city of Gotham with the darkness and burn it down with the fire of their love! They wreak havoc as a team. In every scene they share, Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga’s chemistry captivates you.

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Hildur Guðnadóttir has composed the music for Joker: Folie à Deux. The moment the beat drops in the teaser trailer, the score and the song used intensify the disruption that unfolds further. Hildur worked with Todd Phillips even for the first film. So, we can expect her to once more deliver music that will send shivers down our spines.

Todd Phillips shared the trailer on his Instagram page and captioned it, “What the world needs now…” Earlier, the director had shared that he always had an interest in making a sequel. The teaser trailer offers an exhilarating glimpse of the disorder awaiting us on the silver screen. Phillips, having captivated audiences with his work on Joker, has the big responsibility of elevating the frenzy even further. Yet, our trust in the director assures us that he will deliver a sequel that is undeniably compelling.

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No words can truly capture the sheer brilliance of Joaquin Phoenix’s talent. The Oscar-winning actor effortlessly commands every scene he graces. Seeing him embody the Joker persona alongside a partner in crime promises to unveil new layers of his mastery and fulfilling movie-watching experience. Speaking of his partner, Lady Gaga’s descent from subtle oddity to full-blown madness as they set Gotham in ruins together is nothing short of remarkable. The actress-singer will definitely deliver an unforgettable performance.

Watch the Joker: Folie à Deux Teaser Trailer Below –

Meanwhile, Lawrence Sher has worked as the film’s cinematographer and Jeff Groth has done the editing. The movie is produced by Warnes Bros Pictures, DC Studios & Joint Effort. Joker: Folie à Deux will release in theatres on October 4, 2024.

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Star Cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vijay Varma, Saurabh Sachdeva, Karma Takapa, Naisha Khanna

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

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What’s Good: We’re getting the best out of the best in Jaideep Ahlawat’s Naren & Kareena Kapoor Khan; signing this film is a sign that she’s ready to surprise everyone in her second innings

What’s Bad: It’ll be compared to Drishyam, but the truth is its source material (the original novel from which this is adapted) was written way before Jeethu Joseph conceptualised Drishyam 2

Loo Break: Despite being an OTT release, I’d suggest you not leave your couch/bed/seat even for a minute; you’ll enjoy this more if you watch it in one go

Watch or Not?: Watch it even if you’re not a fan of mystery thrillers; this could be your gateway drug!

Available On: Netflix

Runtime: 2 Hours 19 Minutes

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A genius mathematician-cum-teacher, Naren Vyas (Jaideep Ahlawat), in West Bengal’s bewitching-but-underrated town Kalimpong, is leading an isolated life, taking a decade to solve an unsolvable problem. Having hots for his single-mother neighbour in Maya D’Souza (Kareena Kapoor Khan), he lends a helping hand to her to cover a murder she has executed with her daughter Tara (Naisha Khanna). Who is killed? Well, I’ll try to be as spoiler-free as I can, still keeping my points.

An Inspector from Mumbai, Karan Anand (Vijay Verma), handles this murder investigation and keeps Maya as his prime suspect for having all the reasons to kill the deceased. She keeps getting saved due to the mastermind Math teacher’s ability to step ahead of the police’s legwork. The story revolves around how Karan tries to unravel the shrewd web of confusion designed by Naren and what he finds (or not) to solve this complicated murder mystery (or not).

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Jaane Jaan Movie Review: Script Analysis

The film never shies away from claiming that it is based on the Japanese worldwide-celebrated Mystery Novel The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino; from displaying under the main title to mentioning ‘Suspect X’ in the conversations, it proudly accepts the fact that it’s an adaptation. Before this one, in India, a Tamil film titled Kolaigaran (starring Vijay Antony) also adapted a similar story. Sujoy Ghosh very smartly mixes some elements from both the book and the movie, adding his slick touches to give it the distinctive look it desires.

Yes, it’ll remind you very much of Drishyam, but being adapted from a novel released in 2005, it has the classic ‘Ghosh Stamp’ imprinted all over it and it kind of changes how I used to look at Jeethu Joseph’s masterpiece. Ghosh’s non-linear treatment gifts you with an impeccable scene like Naren & Karan conversing about the case with the clips of them performing Jujutsu playing as a flashback in between their chess-like-moves dialogues.

The master cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay (Pink, October, Sardar Udham) brings the gloomy, dreary Kalimpong to life with its fog being reminiscent of the blurriness the film’s narrative portrays. Jaideep’s make-up artist deserves a raise for nailing Naren’s immaculate demeanour in the perfect way. Ghosh turns this Japanese epic into a ‘Raja, Rani, Chor, Sipahi’ game, with Raja & Chor being so contrastingly similar that you’ll start questioning your belief in the second half.

Jaane Jaan Movie Review: Star Performance

If Jaideep Ahlawat doesn’t get significant acting accolades in the upcoming awards season, the tad bit of remaining faith in these shows will die a silent death. WHAT A PERFORMANCE! FLAWLESS. Yes, I know how he always manages to surprise, but this is something else. This is special. Can Sriram Raghavan make a film loosely based on Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, casting Ahlawat in the lead? I’ll empty all the 954 bucks remaining in my hollow bank account. Jaideep: You’re a gem & it’s time you get your due. *bowing down in respect for you*.

Kareena Kapoor Khan’s choice of this project is in itself an indication of how she has her vision crystal clear in choosing some meaningful subjects in her second innings. The subtlety she brings to Maya is precisely how a seasoned actor like her would perform. She keeps the oomph around her character alive and still be dead, shocked at what’s going on.

In such a short span of his career, Vijay Varma has already heard all the positive things a performer craves, and the way he still keeps surprising with each of his performances screams the greatness of the performer in him. To stand tall to two solid performances in Jaideep & Kareena, Vijay does everything right, making him stand out of all the stalwarts. Saurabh Sachdeva is WOW! A few minutes after his performance, he exhales menace like a villain who can creep you out like anything.

Joker Movie Review Rating: 5/5 Stars (Five stars!)

Star Cast: All Hail Joaquin Phoenix! Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz

Director: Todd Phillips

Joker Movie Review: We Were Destined To Have Joaquin Phoenix As Joker Since Forever
Joker Movie Review: We Were Destined To Have Joaquin Phoenix As Joker Since Forever

What’s Good: Exploring the unexplored areas of how high a movie can touch when it comes to emotional connect, a character-defining performance by Joaquin Phoenix & a BGM that will haunt you for life

What’s Bad: It’s only a few times I’ll be able to witness this in a cinema hall

Loo Break: Only if you can even blink your eye from what’s happening on the screen

Watch or Not?: This is not a ‘superhero’ movie, this depicts the reality in the realist way possible. So keep your expectations accordingly!

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Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) lives in a stinking 80s of Gotham when the streets are full of garbage due to the strike by the workers. A statewide emergency gets declared and people strive for the jobs. Arthur is fondly called as ‘Happy’ by his mother who is waiting for Thomas Wayne, a candidate running for the Mayor of Gotham, to make it a better place to live in. Arthur wants to become a comedian but eventually becomes Joker instead.

He wants to be a standup comedian but gets neglected by society for certain reasons. He works as a ‘party clown’ and gets fired for keeping the gun as a prop. Amidst the unjust society, Arthur aka Happy lives with his mother Penny Fleck (Frances Conroy) and they both love to watch the comedy show ‘Live With Murray Franklin’ (Robert De Niro). The movie shows an aching transformation of an ordinary person to the ‘Clown Prince Of Gotham’.

Joker Movie Review: We Were Destined To Have Joaquin Phoenix As Joker Since Forever
Joker Movie Review: We Were Destined To Have Joaquin Phoenix As Joker Since Forever

Joker Movie Review: Script Analysis

It’s 3 am while I file this review and I can still hear that hysterical laughter of Joaquin Phoenix. I was shocked by the Indian censor board not cutting anything until I saw the film. It’s disturbing at a mental level and not a physical one. There’s no scope of editing anything out because of the flawless writing and screenplay by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver. To those, who will compare this to Heath Ledger – please understand, both the Jokers are poles apart. Phoenix’s Joker starts off with the ordinary issues such as getting fired from the job, cutting off money from his paycheck, not being able to get to this father, but it’s the society that turns him into a Joker.

Much like Tim Burton & Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Phoenix’s antagonist tries to put on a happy face until he’s pulled out of himself and exposed to the dark world out there. The idea of giving Joker a medical condition of Pathological Laughter is a masterstroke and works in favour of the story. The symbolism of Joker, the message of being joker as a ‘state of mind’ translates smoothly through the process of chaos in the film. It ‘glorifies’ violence with the aim of ‘stopping’ it. Without nitpicking a thing, this is ‘once in a lifetime movie’ and I’m glad I was able to witness this masterpiece on screen.

“Do you want to know why Todd used Taxi Driver’s theme to build Joker’s aura? Because everything is too quick nowadays. You can’t savor all the… little emotions…”

Joker Movie Review: Star Performance

If Joaquin Phoenix isn’t getting an Oscar for his performance in this film, I’m abandoning to watch Academy Awards for the rest of my life. There are good performances, there are excellent performances, then there comes a performance which makes you live within that character. Phoenix masters the sequence of laughing maniacally, turning it into an eventual sobbing.

That squeak while laughing & maintaining a happy face but sad eyes, Phoenix blows everything away with his act. Losing around 25 kilograms for the role, his rib-cage is visible in scenes he contracts himself & there’s the limit one can get into a character. The sudden eruption to dance, detailed control over the tonality and most importantly nailing the ‘Joker Walk’, Phoenix has gifted us a different and solid perspective of a character we’ve seen multiple times on screen.

Tactfully used Robert De Niro plays a vital part in the narrative unlike a very ‘basic’ Pacino’s outing in the recent Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. De Niro, though have less screen-space, comes in and handles some of the very important moments of the film. Frances Conroy as Arthur’s mother is used beautifully to build a more humane connect to the Joker. Conroy does a wonderful job in playing the role of a bedridden woman holding some secrets under the sleeves.

Zazie Beetz as Arthur’s love interest enjoys her quirks while they last. A perfectly written and brilliantly performed character, and thankfully not stretched more than it should’ve been.

Joker Box Office Review: Star Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Director: Todd Phillips

Producers: Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Joker Box Office Review: Joaquin Phoenix's Film, With A Small Release, Will Enjoy A Long Run
Joker Box Office Review: Joaquin Phoenix’s Film, With A Small Release, Will Enjoy A Long Run

Joker Box Office Review: Expectations

Heath Ledger immortalised the character of Joker in Christopher Nolan’s superhero film The Dark Knight back in 2008. He played the negative character with so much conviction that people consider it one of the best performances ever. Even the film has got a cult status among the audience.

Now Todd Phillips brings back the Joker and gets Joaquin Phoenix to play the role and give it a new dimension. The trailers promised a spectacular film and performance after The Dark Knight and the audience finally expected an act on par with the one of Heath Ledger.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) which was a sequel to 2008 film earned 33 crores at Indian Box Office. This one comes 7 years later and at a time when the Hollywood market in India has improved by leaps and bounds. The expectations were good from the film but it has clashed with two big Indian releases War & Sye Raa.. and hence has got a very small release. So, Joker might have been carrying good potential at Indian Box Office but it has been cut short by the release schedule.

Joker Box Office Review: Impact

Joker is extremely disturbing, depressing & dark something which the audience already expects from it. The film totally rides on the story of a villainous character and the circumstances which changed him to be like that. The screenplay sucks you into the dark and brutal world of Joker in no time and as the movie progresses you have no option but admire the writers for their brutal but honest screenplay.

There are several scenes that will make you anxious or feel a bit unstable and that’s the beauty of the film. Joaquin Phoenix’s sheer hard work and dedication is visible as he plays the psychic character. His whole character arc is worth all the praise and his laughter will stay with you for a long time.

Overall, Joker delivers what it promised and that’s a big plus for the film.

Joker Box Office Review: Prospects

The film has been released on a very less number of screens – 500 approx. The capacity is less so it won’t be able to do very good business at the Box Office. Joker is likely to have an opening in 4-5 crores range and from here it will sustain well at the Box Office and can do lifetime biz of around 50 crores.

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Joker Review (Joker Movie Poster)
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Rating: 2 stars (Two stars)

Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba, Vindu Dara Singh, Asrani, Chitrangda Singh (item song), Darshan Jariwala.

What’s Good: The direction; the music; the cinematography; some puns.

What’s Bad: The predictable storyline.

Loo Break: None.

Watch or Not?: It’s a timepass watch but not really engrossing.

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As bland as the title of the film may sound, Joker does not disappoint.

In a bit of an out-of-world way, the small village of Pagalpur is overlooked when India’s map is being charted during independence. After the inmates of the mental asylum in the village break loose, all the other inhabitants flee the place.

Surrounded by his crackling machines, Agastya (Akshay Kumar) is a scientist in the US searching for signs of life beyond the earth. When he has nothing more than static to show his research sponsors, Agastya has a month to hope that ET or his brethren show him proof of their existence. When he finds out that his father is seriously ill, he abandons his work and goes back to Paglapur with this girlfriend Diva (Sonakshi Sinha).

The current inhabitants of Paglapur make one hell of a fruit basket. There’s Agastya’s brother (Shreyas Talpade) who speaks only in a strange tongue, his cross-eyed father (Darshan Jariwala), a loud friend (Vindu Dara Singh), a teacher (Asrani) who thinks that WW2 is still on and many others. Agastya finds out that his father was faking illness but decides to stay back and help the villagers out of their misery. Since Paglapur is not on the map of India, they don’t belong to any state, have no electricity, roads or water supply. Since the tiny crackpot village has nothing to offer, even the ministers Agastya approaches for help pass the buck to the next state.

At last Agastya comes up with a plan: to create crop circles in Paglapur and sell it to the media and the world as alien doing. Soon his plan brings reporters and scientists in hordes to the village and things are starting to look up with lots of song and dance. But Agastya’s competitor Simon Goeback (get it?) (Alexx ONell) puts a spanner in the works when he arrives in Paglapur and calls the whole thing a hoax.

This other-worldly mess plays out in the rest of the movie.

Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Asrani (Joker Movie Stills)
Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Asrani (Joker Movie Stills)

Joker Review: Script Analysis

Shirish Kunder’s premise for Joker is too simplistic. Obviously, logic takes a backseat but it’s the predictability that is the real downer. The dialogues are alright. Some of the puns like Simon Goeback, the tongue-in-cheek timing of the Ayega song etc. are well written. The reason behind the title of the film Joker is well thought of.

Why Agastya decides to stay back is not convincingly done. While scientists from all over the world ascertain the crop circles have an alien hand, how does Simon blow their lid in less than 5 seconds? Why do the armed forces stand at the perimeter of the forest where the aliens appear instead of hiding inside the forest? And why the heck did they open fire on them? Looks like Jadoo took all the logic away in his spaceship.

Joker Review: Star Performances

Akshay Kumar does a good job but nothing extraordinary as Agastya. Sonakshi Sinha mostly clings on to Akki’s arm as his girlfriend Diva. Shreyas Talpade is very good as the brother and manages to convey all his emotions with just a handful of gibberish words that he has to mouth throughout the movie. Vindu Dara Singh’s act is annoying. Thankfully Minissha Lamba gets very little time for hamming as a press reporter. Darshan Jariwala and Asrani are good as Agastya’s father and nut job of a teacher respectively.

Joker Review: Direction, Editing & Music

There’s not much that director Shirish Kunder could do to the script, but he does a good job. His editing is alright. Gaurav Dagaonkar and G. V. Prakash Kumar’s songs are enjoyable. Shirish’s background score goes well with the scenes. Sudeep Chatterjee and Anay Goswami’s cinematography is very nice. The colours keep the movie quite cheerful. Visual effects are well done.

Joker Review: The Last Word

Joker is an amusing but predictable fare. Nothing out-of-this-world.

Joker Trailer

Joker movie releases on 31st August, 2012

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