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breaking news From the blurry Taapsee to the thriller of Tusshar, here’s how audiences reacted to this week’s big-screen releases

Salaam Venky with Kajol and Vishal Jethwa discusses the issue of euthanasia and organ donation.

The weekend is here. So goes the end of the year. A host of new releases hit the big screen this Friday, including Blur, Maarrich, Salaam Venkyand Vadh. Whereas Blurry is a remake of the Spanish film Julia Eyes, Maarrich shows Tusshar Kapoor in a different role.

Here are the first reactions the films have received.

With Taapsee Pannu and Gulshan Devaiah in the lead roles, Blurry focuses on the story of twin sisters, one of whom investigates the murder of her sister while slowly losing her sight. The film receives good reviews for the acting of its two protagonists as well as for the direction and the cinematography. Some also found the film’s pacing slow and the characters not very strong. The film received average critical reviews while the film has 4.4/10 stars on IMDB. The film is currently streaming on ZEE5.

Blurry “is an effective survival drama, rich in atmospheres and genre tropes, but not a watertight thriller,” said Udita Jhunjhunwala of Mint.

Maarrich is a crime thriller, which stars Tusshar Kapoor in his first dramatic role since Shout out to Wadala (2013) and veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah. Kapoor plays a cop investigating a double murder. Although the film received poor reviews from critics, ranging from dialogue issues to Kapoor’s performance, direction and plot, it still has a 9.8/10 star rating on IMDB.

Archika Khurana of The Times of India said the film “is nothing more than an episode of Crime Patrol, except the show wraps the case up in less than an hour, whereas this film is boring and drags on far too long”.

Salam Venki stars Kajol and Vishal Jethwa. He talks about the issue of euthanasia and organ donation. The film follows the struggle of K Venkatesh, a young chess player who wished to be euthanized after suffering from debilitating muscle degeneration for decades. The film’s dramatic score and strong performances from Kajol and Jethwa wowed the audience. The film is also critically acclaimed for its writing and direction with generally positive reviews. The film currently has 9.9/10 stars on IMDB.

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV said the film is “a story of a bitter personal and legal battle that can keep audiences invested” and that it “addresses the complex issues surrounding euthanasia while keeping discussions about its dynamic and its refreshingly plain and simple offshoots”.

Vadh is another thriller that opened to the public this weekend. Starring Sanjay Mishra and Neena Gupta, the crime thriller is carried on the back of Mishra’s acting and Gupta’s performance. The film was highly praised for the acting of the two leads, while other aspects such as the film’s pacing and plot were criticized for not being as good as they could be. The film received an average critical reception and has 8.2/10 stars on IMDB.

Vadh is a “pulpy murder story, where an unlikely killer disposes of a villain in the most gruesome way possible”, according to Indian Express’ Shubhra Gupta.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)


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