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Must Watch Alert! Netflix' Enola Holmes Makes You Desperate For A Sequel!

After a horrendous Holmes and Watson (2018), fans would be pleased to know that Netflix' latest production is a respectable addition to the Sherlock franchise. This is probably the only film in the Holmes universe which isn't about Sherlock, but about his equally witty and skilled sister - Elona Holmes. 
Film – Enola Holmes (2020)Duration – 2h 03m
Directors Harry Bradbeer
Main Cast - Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Louis Partridge and Helena Bonham Carter
Rating – 3.5 / 5
(No spoilers follow below)
Netflix' Enola Holmes hits all the right spots when it comes to storytelling and character interpretations and succeeds in paying a praiseworthy homage to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Dyle. Never once does the movie feel boring or uninvolving, thanks to a cleverly written script and amazing performances throughout. The film does not feature iconic Sherlock characters like Dr. Watson or Professor Moriarty but frankly I was so sold by Enola Holmes, that this film could…

Must Watch Alert! "Chintu Ka Birthday" Should Have Been Celebrated on the Big Screen!

From the directors of Udaan (2010) and The Puppet (2013), comes a film which was finally released yesterday after being pushed ever since 2018. Unfortunately, it didn't get a theatrical release in the light of Covid 19 but we thank First Draft and Zee5, for bringing such a beautiful film directly to our homes, via OTT platforms.

Film – Chintu Ka Birthday (2020)

Duration – 1h 20m

Director – Devanshu Kumar, Satyanshu Singh

Main Cast - Vinay Pathak, Tillotama Shome, Biswa Chaturvedi, Vedant Chibber and Seema Pahwa

Rating – 4 / 5

Chintu ka Birthday is a reminder, that a film doesn't have to be overly long or high on budget to be amazing. In its 80 minutes runtime and a space confined to a families' rented house, Chintu ka Birthday succeeds in delivering certain heartfelt messages and making itself worth your time. The film follows the story of an Indian family, trapped in Iraq during America's invasion of 2004, trying to celebrate the 6th birthday of their son Chintu. 

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The film successfully showcases the daily struggles of civilians in Iraq, which unfortunately continue till this day, and it resonates more among the Indian audiences since it follows the story of an Indian family. We, the privileged people of today, come to realise how difficult it can be to get something as simple as a cake in such situations. How do people still try to be happy in a situation where you don't even know, who the next bullet might hit or where the next bomb might explode? How difficult it is to lead a life, in which your children's schools get destroyed and you can't leave your house without a constant fear of losing your loved ones!

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Coming back to the film, the USP of Chintu Ka Birthday, is its simplistic and endearing appeal which at times also reminded me of 2019's Jojo Rabbit. The film is sweet and simple during the first 30 minutes of its runtime but highly intense and heart wrenching during the next 30 minutes. The final few minutes generate multiple emotions within the viewers and just like a Disney movie, it breaks your heart but mends it by the time it ends. Another USP of this film is its cast ensemble led by Vinay Pathak (Bheja Fry) and Tillotama Shome (A Death In The Gunj), both of whom delivered solid performances, worth remembering. We could practically feel what Pathak's Madan Tiwary felt during each moment of the film - the disappointment and guilt of bringing his family to a place like this and the constant effort to keep them happy, while always keeping a big smile on his own face. 

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One thing that made the film even more intense and relatable was the fact that it doesn't travel much and we spend the entirety of the film in Madan's house (which is the scenario of almost 70% of the world's population at the moment). But even in such a confined space, we saw a range of characters from Tiwary family and Chintu's friends to their landlord and two American soldiers who are trapped with them. That brings me to the American soldiers namely, Jackson (the cool one) and Reed (the hot headed one), who face a lot of dilemmas while performing their duties. The film doesn't try to to take any sides and approaches everything with an open perspective but definitely, an anti-war one. 

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Another good thing about the film was its tight script packed with excellent and meaningful dialogues. One of my favorite lines comes from their landlord Madhi, "House head, always woman. We give the world to men and see what they do?!" Aah, I forgot to mention Chintu, played by Vedant Chibber who is so adorable, that every time he weeps in the film, you feel like someone is slowly and steadily piercing your heart!

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Overall, there is nothing that I particularly disliked about this film except that is was a bit predictable. But then again, its a non commercial drama film and not some David Fincher psychological thriller, so we can ignore that. To conclude, I would say that Chintu Ka Birthday is a must watch film, full of powerful dialogues, solid performances, meaningful messages and important life lessons; all of which are showcased in an innocent yet intense manner. 

Final verdict - A very satisfying and fulfilling film!