Bollywood by “Peneflix” has been shamefully neglected since the commencement of the pandemic; if you suffer to the conclusion of this most recent selection, there are more than worthy, India productions, to sink one’s temporal lobes into.
The sport of cricket has been featured in a myriad of Bollywood films, my favorites include: “Lagaan” (2001), “Iqual” (2005), “Patiala House” (2011), “M.S. Dhoni: The untold Story” (2016); “Torbazz” starring Bollywood staple, Sanjay Dutt, could have been resounding but for its slippage into the solipsistic message of the producers and director: Dutt is “Dr. Nasser Khan” who returns to Kabul, Afghanistan, years after his wife and son were killed by a child suicide bomber (phenomenal premise, lusterless within minutes) forming a team of refugees from varied backgrounds; cultural disparities between Pashtuns and Hazares, Hindus and Muslims, etc. The subplot, which should have been explored extensively, is the training of these potential, ingenue murderers; their evil, toxic pedagogues plead the deeds demanded of Allah: slaughtering of the infidel, is the path to fulfillment, a paradise reeking of unlived lives. The child actors are a compelling reason to cling to the scenario. The interminable cricket trainings and matches barely stave off ennui.
TWO & ½ STARS!!
“MADE IN HEAVEN” Amazon Prime. Previously reviewed. FOUR & ½ STARS!!!
“DELHI CRIME” Netflix FOUR STARS!!!!
“SACRED GAMES” Netflix THREE & ½ STARS!!!
“Te3N” Netflix THREE STARS!!!