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A Flying Jatt - Movie Review

Verdict - "The long wait for a decent Indian Superhero film continues!"

In this modern neoteric era of movies, producing a Superhero film is the most effective decision that a producer can ever take. They're immensely popular and beneficial and in the past few years, we've been presented with more lacklustre Bollywood Superhero films like Krrish 3, Ra. One and the highly unforgiving Mr. X. So, after watching the trailers and promos of A Flying Jatt, I lowered my expectations down and thought that my hopes of watching a solid Indian Superhero film were still far-flung. But! Am I wrong?

In plans of extending his factory area, Malhotra, (Kay Kay Menon) an immoral businessman encounters Aman (Tiger Shroff) and his mum (Amrita Singh) and proposes to buy their property for a good amount. Familiar with his factory toxic pollution Aman's mum rejects Malhotra's offer and warns him not to return back to her premises. Annoyed with the situation, Malhotra warns Aman to look out for his mum which results in him being concerned about his mum's safety and craving for god's help. So, will god acknowledge his prayers by gifting him with super powers? 

Co-written and directed by Remo D'Souza, this film had a genuine primitive vibe surrounded around it. The story of a small town underdog gifted with superpowers overcoming all the odds can easily be titivated and narrated in a splendid way. Instead, we get a storyline that was clumsy, poorly edited and lazily written. The characters look phony and resemble stupidity, the narrative cuts from an inferior emotional scene to our villain screaming his lungs out. Moreover, the sad part is that it tries to recount too many things at the same time from being an action movie to a love story to a film that explains the proud Sikh heritage and to a film that conveys us with an ecological message combined with an intense quote from our very own director.

But even though the film doesn't deliver on a narrative standpoint, it could still be enjoyable if it distracts us on the aspects of action, comedy and music. Although few scenes in the film were genuinely amusing, the action sequences were flat-out boring, blasting out the streets of a small town, throwing out few ridiculous punches with an abundant amount of slow motion doesn't make the film look interesting. Furthermore, the CGI presentation was substandard for the most part and I completely comprehend that it's a budget issue, but they're few limited aspects that would've been easily controllable.

Nevertheless, A Flying Jatt is overall a disappointing film with a clumsy storyline, sluggish narration and sub-par performances. What would've easily been an earnest heartfelt film turned into a plethoric mess with a philosophical message which is not even conveyed appropriately. We deserve a better Superhero film than this!

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Happy Bhag Jayegi - Movie Review

Verdict - "Fun, Unique and Charming!"

Directed by Mudassar Aziz, Happy Bhag Jayegi recounts the life of Happy (Diana Penty), a perky valiant Punjabi kudiya, as she plans to run away with her boyfriend Guddu on her wedding night. After botching their strategy, Happy ends up in Lahore, Pakistan and confronts Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) who is a cricketer wannabe and the son of a respected Pakistani official. How will Happy get deported back to India and reunites with her boyfriend will interlace the rest of the storyline.

With a perfect runtime of 126 minutes, this film proved to be a laugh riot from the get-go. The witty one-liners and the enjoyable vibe that the filmmaker created with his presentation was astounding as every comical scene didn't feel contrived or forced into the storyline. Consequently, the first half of the film was not tiresome and didn't give me a dreary feeling. 

But, during the second half, the film started to struggle a little when the storyline took few wrong extensions and when the jokes began to feel a bit monotonous. However, the unorthodox climax and the overall conclusion of the film felt refreshing and didn't make the film look typical or conventional like other Bollywood films.

Progressively, the performances from the complete cast all across the board were completely noteworthy. Diana Penty embraced her character superbly and had done a decent job. Abhay Deol's likeable character and his splendid performance along with Jimmy Shergill, Momal Sheik and Ali Fazal helped the movie a lot. Especially, Piyush Mishra's amusing dialect which was hilarious to watch.

Nevertheless, even though the film had a few problems primarily in the second half, the primitive comedy, the delightful vibe, superior performances and the overall premise made this film a lot more enjoyable and unique. Definitely worth watching in a movie theatre.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!) | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Mohenjo Daro - Movie Review

Verdict - "A bummer from the bygone era!"

Set in the ancient years of the Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo Daro is a fictional story about a small town merchant Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who visits the city of Mohenjo Daro with which he contrives a strange magical connection in his dreams. Upon his arrival, he instantly falls in love with Chaani (Pooja Hegde) who belongs to a high-class community and continues to strike her attention every time. Finally, after learning about his emotional past which links to his parents, he decides to rebel against the evil leader Maham (Kabir Bedi) and elects to bring the city back to its previous glory. 

On the positive side, the film had a few things to offer especially the impressive background score by A.R. Rahman which blended into the story line superlatively. Also, the production design and the action and dance choreography felt authentic without being over-the-top. But, if we keep up a little attention to the detail, they're many little illustrative errors throughout the film that didn't qualify to the prehistoric culture. Yes, I'm partly referring about the expertly trimmed beards and the trendy hairstyles.

Moreover, my biggest concern about the film was the sluggish traditional storyline. It doesn't delve into anything new and keeps us jaded for the entire runtime. Two hours and thirty-five minutes of nothingness in addition to few lazily written characters made the film uninteresting to watch.

Hrithik Roshan's performance was one of the major perks of the entire film, his trait, mannerism and the appeal that he brought to the screen was downright amazing which is easily noticeable in every single scene. Pooja Hegde looked beautiful for the most part, but the inexperience in her acting ability was visible mostly during the emotional scenes. Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh were menacing as the bad guys, but the lack of character development affected their presence in the movie.

In the end, Mohenjo Daro didn't have a lot to offer except for Rahman's inspiring score and Hrithik's bona fide performance. The story would've been a lot more unorthodox other than being generic similar to many other historic films.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Dishoom - Instant Movie Review #35

Rohit Dhawan's - "Dishoom"

Positives:
1) Action and Comedic Sequences

Negatives: 
1) Characters
2) Music

Introduction: Established as a comedic action thriller, Dishoom is a fictional story about an Indian cricket player being kidnapped in the Middle East few days before a tournament decider between India and Pakistan. Infuriated with the situation, Indian Government dispatches a high-profile police officer Kabir Shergill (John Abraham) for investigation and is later accompanied by a jovial yet steadfast officer Junaid (Varun Dhawan) who later becomes a seamless ally for Kabir and plays a major role in the inquiry. 

Analysis: Walking into the movie theatre, I completely comprehended what I'm about to get from this film, a mind-numbing entertainer with few bits and pieces of action and comedy. And the movie delighted me on that level of entertainment and amusement. But, examining a little further into the plot and screenplay they're several errors and plot holes that are easily discoverable throughout the film. Then again, as I pointed out earlier, I didn't expect this film to be sharp and astute, I anticipated it to be witty and exciting and that's exactly what I obtained.

Characters and Performances: John Abraham plays the role of a stern no-nonsense cop which didn't need an utter amount of acting skills, he received an adaptable role and delivered a pleasant performance on a whole. Exhibiting his bona fide fun persona, Varun Dhawan's performance was the most enjoyable out of the bunch, his flawless delivery together with his alluring charisma tailored effortlessly with the film and was an absolute delight to watch. 

Jacqueline Fernandez had nothing much to do apart from few crucial moments in the film. Her character was weakly written additionally with few major characters which I don't want to disclose. 

Verdict: Nevertheless, Dishoom is a definite guarantee for some mind-numbing entertainment where you can sit back, relish and appreciate what the movie is trying to offer you. Worth checking out!

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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