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Pink - Movie Review

Verdict - "A flawless powerful cinema "

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (not Shoojit Sircar), Pink is a courtroom drama where the plot revolves around three girls Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kriti Kulhari), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and a group of influential boys as they get stuck in a web of disconcerting troubles which leads the boys to file a complaint against the girls for 'prostitution' and an 'attempt to murder'. The rest of the film explains us how did these group of normal independent girls got trapped in a plethora of incorrect allegations.

What made this film better than every other movie released this year is the amalgamation of every significant aspect that will help the director to deliver a perfect product. A cleverly written well-constructed storyline, remarkable performances and a powerful message that leaves us with a remorseful feeling. 

Writer, Ritesh Shah did a seamless job utilising the 136-minute runtime perfectly. It did not feel too long, the characters were given enough time to progress and the first half did a great job in constructing the film till its end. But it was the fascinating second half which made the film intact and hit a lot of controversial subjects with reference to the general outlook of independent working girls in India and how they are misjudged in public for working/reaching late at night, wearing tight jeans/short skirts or smoking a cigarette/having a casual drink.

But alongside the perfection of writing and direction, the performances were also imperative for a magnificent film. The whole starting with the three girls Taapsee, Kriti and Andrea did a phenomenal job with their stupendous performances that felt genuine and authentic at the same time. Amitabh Bachchan was also amazing and adapted well to his character demeanour. The supporting cast permeated with Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee were also splendid in their respective roles.

Overall, with a powerful, thought-provoking message, Pink is not only one of the best movies I've seen this year but also an important film that explores the condition and the state of Indian women and how incorrectly they are mistreated in public. 

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Raaz: Reboot - Movie Review

Verdict - "An embarrassment!"

Nearly 15 years after the first film (Raaz) got released, Raaz: Reboot which was mentioned as the last film in the franchise was freed from the production and made public to the audience this Friday. As a silent supporter of Emraan Hashmi and his films for many years, I am pretty curious about watching this movie hoping that Emraan will finally get a box-office hit. But! 
 
Bounded within secrets, the newly married couple Rehaan (Gaurav Arora) and Shaina (Kriti Kharbanda) arrive at Romania to start a new life together in a luxurious apartment. Subsequently, Shaina starts to experience spooky things in the apartment and Rehaan takes no notice to the incidents thinking that his wife is delusional. After days of trying to explain about the spooky happenings in the house, Shaina confronts Aditya (her ex-boyfriend) (Emraan Hashmi) who explains Shaina that he is been having precognitive dreams about her and worries about her safety. Happened to be the only human being to believe in her, Shaina teams up with Aditya and tries to find out a real explanation about the weird things happening in her life.  

Making a horror film requires few imperative traits, like an authentic storyline, well-established characters, remarkable direction and appropriate use of CGI and sound effects. Did this film excel in any one of these attributes? No! With a horrible prolonged 127 minute runtime, this film was boring from the get-go and tested my patience from the start to the finish. 

Written and directed by Vikram Bhatt, this film had a tedious storyline besides some of the lazily written dialogues which are been the case for most horror films in recent years. The three main characters were not established properly except for wasting their time in lengthy forgettable songs. The scenic locations were not used to their full potential and the scary sequences were not even frightening or funny but they were downright embarrassing.

Overall, Raaz: Reboot explores nothing original and sticks to the old, clichéd and overused attributes that never made the film interesting or at least scary. It's time for directors like Vikram Bhatt to step back from the horror genre before it becomes stale and completely uninteresting for the audience to watch.

My Rating - 1/5
Grade - D (Absolutely Awful)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Baar Baar Dekho - Movie Review

Verdict - "Kabhi Matt Dekho"

Baar Baar Dekho directed Nitya Mehra is a story about two childhood friends Jai and Diya (Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif) who love each other and plan to get married in a naïve fashion. Prior to the day before the marriage, Diya explains Jai about their endeavours after getting married and Jai replies that he is not yet ready for the marriage as he is planning to do bigger things in life and accomplish his goals. Disconcerted with Jai's response, Diya concludes the discussion by mentioning that she will never talk to him again and leaves. Some time later, Jai, who is already disgruntled with the situation falls asleep all alone and wakes up ten days later and finds himself spending his time in a honeymoon in Thailand with Diya. How ?

Described as a high-concept modern-day love drama, this film was terribly messy and befuddling at the same time. The screenwriters were pretty much unclear with their narration from the start till the finish and the storyline felt pointless when I took the time to reassess after watching the film. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy time travel films when the idea helps the movie to get better by advancing the storyline. But in this case, it just felt like the director is taking us through a series of shorts, set in different timelines and beautiful locations which don't really make a whole lot of sense or prove a proper point.

Yet more, the most disconcerting aspect of the film apart from the story, screenplay and direction were the horribly written characters. Although the performances were quite decent from the entire cast, with Sidharth looking confused and Katrina being depressed nearly 80% of the film, the characters didn't have much depth, the relationship between the lead couple was not well explained as a result it didn't make me believe in them and culminated in becoming a bad movie experience. 

Overall, Baar Baar Dekho is a colossal failure in terms of writing and direction and winds up as a seamless example of how not to make a time-travel film. The lengthy 147-minute runtime and the horrid storyline will turn you delirious after watching the film. So, consider staying at home and spending time with your family.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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