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Blog posts June 2017

Tubelight - Movie Review

Verdict - "Plotless!"

After the immense success of the runaway hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan and Kabir Khan are back together for the third time with their new film Tubelight, which also transacts with a sensitive subject (similar to Bajrangi Bhaijaan) and stars Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Om Puri in supporting roles. 

Established in a small town near North India, the story introduces us to Laxman (Salman Khan), who is innocent and childish and he happens to love his brother Bharath (Sohail Khan) very much. When Bharath leaves his hometown to join the Indian Army, Laxman weeps and wishes his brother good luck hoping that he would return someday. In the norm of his brother's absence, the storyline advances into the journey of Laxman and explains about how he hoisted himself into a much more matured human being.

When you look at Kabir Khan's last film Phantom, you can tell that the intent to make a good story-oriented film was always there. But, the wafer-thin plot didn't support the film and hence it ended up as a disappointment. Now, walking into this film I thought that Kabir Khan would never make the same mistake again and I was proven wrong. Tubelight had everything going in its favor the emotion, morality, music, cinematography, hell! even Salman Khan was doing his level best for the audience to emotionally connect to his character. But then again, the plot was predictable and thin enough for me to not be interested in the movie or in the characters. 

Regarding the performances, Salman Khan has been pretty impressive lately with his recent performances in Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan and he continues to impress in Tubelight with his performance as a juvenile-childish-man. Also, I give major props to him for keeping his Bhai persona aside and exploring a completely new genre that he never explored before in his previous films. The supporting actors including Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub were all decent in their respective roles.

On the whole, it's the stale tedious plot of the film that bothered me the most, it had its moments and few inspiring bits to appreciate, but I would not recommend you to go rush see this film unless you're a Salman Khan fan who is expecting something different, unlike his traditional 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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The Mummy - Movie Review

Verdict - "Dark Universe off to a terrible start! "

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe in the lead roles is the first chapter in the Dark Universe (orchestrated by Universal Studios) and is used as a launching pad to acquaint with more classic monster films in the upcoming years. Primarily, the established plot circles around an Ancient Egyptian Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who's been mummified alive for her sinful practices in the past. Cut back to the present day, when Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) unknowingly unlocks her (Ahmanet's) mercury filled grave, she resurrects herself back from the dead, congregates a large legion of zombies and creates havoc in the city seeking for supremacy.

As a big fan of the 1999 Brendan Fraser's Mummy film, I was really looking forward to this new incarnation of the Mummy franchise and plus Tom Cruise has consistently been acting in few great films in the recent years. So, I've went into the film with an open mind, wanting to like it and get entertained by it for two hours. Indeed, within the first half hour or so, I thought that the film was decently set up. We get a good back story of Ahmanet's past in Ancient Egypt, the introductions of the new characters (although generic) was handled properly and I anticipated the film to be on the exact pace till it's conclusion.

But, the film took an improper path by explaining things that are not entertaining, interesting or complex and as a result, the (limited) action sequences were not compelling enough to be remembered. Even the lifeless characters of Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis were not appealing enough to care about their love relationship throughout the film.

Nevertheless, The Mummy is an over exemplified action-adventure-romantic-comedy film that takes a straightforward plot and embarrasses itself by making it complicated. The seeds for an upcoming Monster Universe were planted all throughout the film, but the first part itself in the Dark Universe was underwhelming and forgettable on the whole.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)  

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Raabta - Movie Review

Verdict - "Garbage!"

The tagline of the film says it all. From the past life to the present and from Bollywood to Tollywood, "Everything is Connected" in the film Raabta as it's a soft reboot of the hit 2009 Telugu film "Magadheera" directed by Baahubali fame SS Rajamouli. What's more frustrating about the film is that it didn't even take advantage of the adapted storyline and recreated a tedious narrative muddled up with mundane scenes, mediocre music, and bad comedy.

Set in the beautiful continent of Europe, Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) randomly meets Saira (Kriti Sanon) and they both discover that they have something special (in terms of feelings) between them. After spending a night together, Saira breaks up with her boyfriend and advances her (love) relationship with Shiv. Subsequently, when Shiv was out-of-town for a week, Saira joins on a dinner date with Zakir (Jim Sarbh) whom she previously met and after a round of drinks, Saira obviously goes unconscious and Zakir carts her to his private mansion as he firmly believes that they're both connected in their earlier life.

Although SSR and Kriti Sanon looked endearing together as a couple, their dreary characters were too hard to root for the entirety of the film. Certain aspects like a compelling storyline, notable scenes, relatable characters will play a significant part in a film's success and writers Siddharth-Garima failed to deliver in these preceding aspects as I failed to recollect the film instantly after its conclusion.

Overall, I'm not entirely sure about how the studio spent nearly 60 crores to produce such a garbage film and how exactly did Dinesh Vijan convince every actor (especially Rajkummar Rao) in the film to clear their schedule and work on his film. Honestly, Bollywood should stop creating this trend of remaking/recycling popular films and have to focus more on making good original films.

My Rating - 1/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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