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Union Leader (film)

Union Leader paints a different picture of Vibrant Gujarat

Union Leaderis the first film venture of chemical engineer turned director Sanjay Patel. The movie is about the plight of factory workers that are forced to inhale poisonous fumes while discharging their responsibilities in chemical factories in India.

Kamdar Union changed to Union Leader

It is the story of an average factory worker Jay Vohil (Rahul Bhat) becoming a leader of the workers.It is vibrant Gujarat where the factory is located and where the workers spit blood due to exposure to a deadly chemical chromium sulphate.Jay is himself living in poverty but wants to give his family that includes wife and son a better life.

Jay searches for better work opportunities and finds that all the roads to success are closed by the corrupt system. A determined Jay decides to fight for the society instead for his family and in this way becomes a leader of his factor. But there are many obstacles to overcome before he can bring any positive change to the working conditions and lives of factory workers.

Chemical Engineer Sanjay Patel

Before becoming a director, Sanjay Patel worked for a factory in Gujarat. He was on the side of management but he felt the pain and suffering of the workers that work in inhuman conditions and compromise with their safety to earn a living for their families. Soon Sanjay Patel developed a soft corner for the poor laborers and decided to give them voice.

Bollywood is the best medium to highlight the plight of the workers as movies attract attention of the world audience. So he decided to make a movie on his work experience. The movie has his impression as it is the story of a chemical factory where deadly chemicals are used without providing any safety gears to the workers.

Awards & Recognitions

The award of Best Film in The Best Of Fest Category in 10th Colombia George International (Angaelica) Film Festival, USA goes to Union Leader. It was also nominated for the Best Filk award in 48th International Film Festival of India.

Union Leader First Look & Poster

It is a dark poster as it represents a dark movie but alsothere is light that gives hope. The poster wears a black look and it’s only Bhat’s face that gives light to the otherwise dark poster. The movie name is written in bright light to give hope to the factory workers the picture represents.

Why watch Union Leader?

It is a good start by Sanjay Patel who’s a chemical engineer by profession. It is his first movie as a writer/producer/director and he’s done a commendable job in first attempt. It isn’t a regular story as the subject is related to the pathetic working condition of factories.

Directed – Sanjay Patel
Produced – Sanjay Patel
Written – Sanjay Patel, John Winston Rainey
Starring – Rahul Bhat, Tillotama Shome
Production company – Dimlight Pictures
Running time – 105 Mins
Country – India, Canada
Language – Hindi

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Humor Me Movie

Humor Me: A young father goes to retirement home to live with his aging father

Humor Me has a message that is humor can help relieve the setbacks life has to offer. But it isn’t a comedy movie. There are two stories that run parallel. First is a young couple and second is of old people in a retirement home. And a senior writer-director Sam Hoffman needs no lessons to learn how to connect both the stories.

Story of Nate Kroll

Nate Kroll is the main cast of the story. He’s an award winning playwright but seen struggling with his plays. His wife Nirit Gerb-Kroll is quite unhappy with his career and one day decides to leave his home for a better future. She takes their son Gabe Kroll along to France to live with a billionaire.The wifeless and jobless Nate has no option to choose other than to join his aging father Bob in a retirement condo.

Story of Bob Kroll

Bob could be better described as a joking dad. He’s always joking or it would be better to say he’s a joke to tell to everyone. Life’s a joke for Bob and that’s why he landed in the retirement condo. Many years ago, the father-son duo separated due to a joke. Father Bob is happy to find his son in the community and tries his best to find some work for his son Nate. Finally he’s able to get his son back to work and this time the job is to direct a play for community members.

The story isn’t a joke

Bob communicates in jokes that sometimes become vulgar but having so many jokes on sex and personal life that the jokes become unacceptable. Father Bob is worried about career of his son, who’s broken by the way his family kicked him out of home. There’re moments where the entire community become sympathetic about Nate but usually the community shows little emotions towards anyone. Life and its vagaries is a joke for the community.

Is it any good?

Nate Kroll lives two lives first as a father and second as a son. He’s failed as father but he doesn’t want to fail as a son. The film has humor but it looks serious from inside. There’s a father who’s lost his son and also there’s a father worried about his son.

Humor Me First Look & Poster

The poster has the father son duo sitting and sharing jokes. The father is looking in a good mood but the son is little bit tensed due to uncertainties of his life. The plain yellow background and light green dresses of the characters give the poster a comic look.

Why watch the movie?

It is a good movie for grown up kids and also for retired folks. It gives the secret of happy and healthy life that is laughter is the best medicine.

Trivia:

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