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Sachin: A Billion Dreams - Movie Review

May 26, 2017

Verdict - "A flawless illustration of the Little Master"

Known as The God of Cricket and The Master Blaster, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has a special place in all our hearts not only for his tremendous contribution to the Indian Cricket Team but also because of his generosity and the compassion that he always portrays. So, while watching his biographical drama on the big screen, not only me but the hundreds of people sitting with me inside the movie theatre went through a range of emotions from sorrow to joy and celebrated the icon known as Tendulkar.

 

Unlike every other Indian Cricketer film we saw last year, A Billion Dreams had a different vibe associated with it, the feeling of watching a superlative drama which is not Bollywoodized for entertainment purposes. Director, James Erskine did a tremendous job in displaying the significant stages in his cricketing career, personal life, childhood and the dark era of Indian Cricket history between the years of 1997 to 99 which gave us an edifying outlook on Sachin's life.

Overall, watching Sachin on the big-screen narrating his life, sharing his experiences, achievements, failures and the difficulties that he had to go through personally was extremely gratifying to watch. As a modest fan, while watching the film, I instantly reacted emotionally, recalled my childhood watching Sachin play and felt connected with the film from the get-go. A perfectly executed film and a must watch for all cricket fans.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Half Girlfriend - Movie Review

May 20, 2017

Verdict - "A Chaotic Mess!"

Half Girlfriend had everything going in its favor - two most admired actors, a distinguished director, and a widespread story from which the film is adapted from. What can at least go wrong? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I can say, everything. From the narrative to the direction, Half Girlfriend is not even a half-baked film, it's just a chaotic mess.

With positive intentions in his mind to develop his inchoate village with his education, Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) gets an admission in St. Steven's college in Delhi and meets a wealthy uptown girl Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) on his first day. They instantly become hangout buddies and then the usual jazz continues, they kiss, try to make out, break up and then meet again. Well, it's safe to say that nothing really interesting happens.

First off, I always keep mentioning that you can't make a good film without a solid base. Now, I've never read the Chetan Bhagat's book "Half Girlfriend", but judging by few main plot points of the film, they made me wonder, how did this film get greenlit in the first place? How did the creative from ALT Entertainment looked at the source material and said "Yup! Let's make this into a movie." Well, I understand the fact that it's a popular novel and you can mint money based on the recognition. But you at least need to have a decent story line right?

Moreover, barring the story line of the film, are the lead characters any interesting or entertaining in some ways? No! Shraddha Kapoor's character struggles with a plethora of uncertainty and so is the character of Arjun Kapoor. Because of the fragility that the writers developed in their characters, we steadily lose interest in the film and eventually abstain from the tragedy. Director Mohit Suri who is an expert in making heartwarming certainly didn't live up to his expectations as his directorial job was altogether substandard.

Overall, Half Girlfriend is a disappointing film filled with distress, monotony, and ridiculousness. Stay away from this movie for the rest of your life!

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

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Alien: Covenant - Movie Review

May 17, 2017

Verdict - "A decent addition to the Alien franchise!"

Presented as the follow-up to the 2012 film Prometheus, Alien: Covenant directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride in the lead roles is a story about a group of astronauts and engineers who were on a mission to colonize a remote planet in space called Origae-6. During their extended expedition, they come across and drift to another anonymous planet nearby which is well equipped with natural resources quite similar to Earth. Upon arrival, they quickly learn that they're few other vicious life forms strolling around the region.

With immense responsibility on his shoulders to deliver a superior Alien film, Ridley Scott did a decent job in few aspects of the film, one of them being the visuals. This film was eye-catching and at the same time fascinating to watch, the set design, CGI and the panorama in most parts of the film was quite remarkable. Also, Prometheus did face a lot of criticism about the lack of Xenomorphs in the overall screen time of the film. This time in Covenant, Scott made sure that the Xenomorphs and the other alien creatures procure a considerable amount of screen presence which was always enthralling to watch.

Moreover, the performances from the complete cast were amazing. Especially, Michael Fassbender's role as the synthetic android David and Walter was significant and at the same time exceptional. Katherine Waterston's performance as Danny was noteworthy and Danny McBride's appearance as Tennessee was surprisingly good throughout the film. But, the pacing and the tone of the film was a bit inconsistent at times which spoiled the experience for me at times.

Nevertheless, Ridley Scott explores nothing new or astonishing in Covenant but makes sure that he delivers decent enough Alien movie which is impressive in few aspects that are vital for a film's success.

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

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Sarkar 3 - Movie Review

May 15, 2017

Verdict - "A Lifeless Sequel!"

Nearly eight years after the release of Sarkar Raj (the second film in the Sarkar franchise) and despite few hold-ups in the pre-production stage, Sarkar 3 helmed by the controversial director Ram Gopal Varma was released in the second week of May 2017 and stars the returning Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff and Ronit Roy as supporting characters. 

After the passing of his son Shankar Nagare (Abhishek Bachchan), Subhash Nagare (Amitabh Bachchan) continues to advance his political career by doing what is rightfully correct. But in his path to success, he encounters few new adversaries who plot to assassinate Nagare and eradicate his empire entirely. With the stalwart support of his grandson, Shivaji (Amit Sadh) will Nagare overcome these complications victoriously? 

As a long time admirer of RGV and few of his good films, the one thing that impresses me the most about his work is how he picturizes every single scene. He lets the vibe, ambiance and the set designs narrate the film for him alongside with the characters which was quite remarkable. Also, when compared to his previous films, I should say that RGV at least had the intent to make an intriguing film but failed in doing so. That tells a lot about his previous debacles!

On the other side, when it comes to the storyline of the film, it didn't feel important or entertaining enough to watch. It just felt like the writers (Ram Gopal Varma and Nilesh Girkar) were trying to extract something out of an expended toothpaste tube. The characters and their individual storylines were altogether boring, the performances were decent but few supporting actors like Jackie Shroff were utterly wasted which was a major letdown of the film.

Overall, before I thank RGV for hopefully ending this franchise for good, I should say this was one of the most boring theatre going experience I've had this year. You'll not acquire anything from a worn-out franchise and Sarkar 3 is a proper example of why you shouldn't be making a sequel without a proper or a solid base.

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

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