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Blog posts January 2017

Kaabil - Movie Review

[The part highlighted in red might contain spoilers. Please skip the paragraph who haven't yet watched the movie.]

Verdict - "A dreary revenge drama."

After Mohenjo Daro failed to impress the Bollywood market critically and commercially. Hrithik Roshan had a tough road to surmount, as his new film Kaabil had to share its release date with SRK's Raees which is one of the most anticipated Bollywood films of the year 2017. Grossing over 50 crores domestically in its opening weekend, will Kaabil succeed and give Hrithik the much-anticipated hit?

Soon after their first date, Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and Supriya (Yami Gautam) get married to each other to explore their journey in life, love, and happiness. Subsequently, the neighborhood troublemakers Amit (Rohit Roy) and Wasim start to torment Supriya which later results in an assault and forced sex. Devastated by the negligence and lack of support from the police department and general deplore with the situation, Supriya hangs herself to death leaving Rohan stunned, upset and all alone. Will Rohan start a revenge tour and go on a killing spree? Or will his disability to see discontinues him to take retribution?

With the exception of an adorable and a delightful couple played Hrithik and Yami who you can easily get behind, this film had nothing new to offer in terms of contemporary storyline, clever dialogue, and superior direction. The narrative, for the most part, was predictable and didn't explore new directions, especially in the second half where the film suffered from plot holes and unpractical things that are quite ridiculous to appreciate and watch. 

As I mentioned earlier, Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam were the only bright spots in the entire film. Their chemistry, demeanor, and performances elevated the film to a certain level where it's decent enough to watch. As a visually impaired couple, they did a remarkable job throughout the entirety of the film and were endearing to watch. But, the creators of the film failed to create a hostile intimidating villain, both characters of Ronit and Rohit Roy were misused and tedious as they didn't feel like a threat to anyone at any point.

Although Sanjay Gupta added few tweaks and twists to the overall storyline, Kaabil was still forwarded as a dreary revenge drama which explored no new boundaries. Worth a single watch for Hrithik and Yami and their easily compassionate storyline.

My Rating - 2.75/5
Grade - C + (Decent Flick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Raees - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Quality Throwback To The 80's."

Nearly 15 months after that first teaser dropped online, Raees tardily made its way to the movie theaters this week and it surely is the most awaited Shah Rukh Khan movies in recent times. Also starring Mahirah Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in significant roles, controversy implied to be a beloved companion of the film as it was trapped with disputes from the get-go with rumors referencing the role 'Raees' was actually comparable to 80's Gujarat-based gangster and bootlegger Abdul Latif. Nevertheless, with Kaabil accompanying and taking a huge amount of share in the box office after sharing the same release date. Will Raees stand out and prove to be a victor in terms of ratings and box office?

Set in the 1980's and in the state of Gujarat, where selling local alcohol was considered to be a rampant business, Raees (SRK) quickly rises to prominence and power after setting up his own business which was his childhood dream. Eventually, Raees's approach and tactics will instantly attract the eye of the district's Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who deliberately focuses on arresting Raees and hopefully put an end to the corruption in the state. Will he succeed or will Raees prove to be an unstoppable force?

With the combination of a versed overstuffed storyline, the screenplay of this film was fast paced and was overall very well written. The lead characters were given ample time to progress with profound interactive scenes and as a result, during the climax, we were able to fend for their outlook and notion. Also, this film had few great dialogues throughout its two-hour runtime and it appeared that SRK and Nawaz had a great time delivering the one-liners.

Advancing to the performances in the film, Shah Rukh Khan was indeed magnificent with his portrayal as an anti-hero. His appealing charisma, bravura and the splendor that he brought to the screen were absolutely captivating to watch for the duration of the film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was totally on a league of his own and stood out as a great counterpart to SRK, as their interactive scenes were few of the best moments in the entire film.

Overall, lumped together with an obsolete recycled storyline and a supremely written screenplay and dialogue. Raees is an attractively shot, remarkably acted, decently written and directed throwback to the 80's which should be an enjoyable watch for a normal audience member in the movie theater.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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Bairavaa – Movie Review

Verdict - “Commercial Lackluster”

It’s not new to see Vijay in such commercial films with nothing new to offer and Bairavaa is one of them. Being the first big release of 2017, expectations were quite high for it. But the film failed to impress even few Vijay fans upon release.

Bairavaa (Vijay) works in a bank and is responsible for collecting interest and loan amount from those who are unable or unwilling to pay the amount. Soon he gets involved in the life of Malarvizhi (Keerthy Suresh), whose life is distressed by PK (Jagapathi Babu), a wicked Educationalist. 

The rest of the plot deals show how Bairavaa single-handedly defeats the hefty villains and save Malarvizhi and her friends from PK’s educational institution. 

Coming up with a film after quite a long gap, Bharathan could have worked more on the screenplay. Though his intention to come up with a social message is appreciable, but the way he presented it failed to create an impact.  

Vijay, being the darling of Mass does his part well. But repeatedly seeing him in this kind of commercial films offering only punch dialogues, unwanted or over crafted fight sequences makes the general audience and neutral fans tiresome. 

Regardless of his attempt to sport a new look, it was completely awful to watch him sporting that hilarious wig and makeup.

Keerthy Suresh and all other supporting characters have meaty roles to do and nothing to create an impression.

Santhosh Narayanan was another one to miss the mark. Everyone expected some scintillating background score and good-to-listen songs which turned out to be bad. 

To conclude, Bairavaa is yet another commercial pot-boiler which Vijay acts in every now and then. I didn’t even find one good substance in the film to praise off. Watch it if you really want to.

My Rating: 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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