Menu

Honest Movie Reviews & Editorials | Just for Movie Freaks

Blog posts August 2018

Kolamavu Kokila - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Enjoyable!

“Lady Superstar”, as she is known by her ardent fans, Nayanthara has been acting in many solo movies that are high in content and also commercially successful. Last years ‘Aramm’ with Nayanthara in the lead won several awards and accolades including a Filmfare for the ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Actress’.

Directed by Nelson, the movie is about Kokila (Nayanthara) who hails from a lower middle-class family comprising her father, who works as an ATM security guard, her mother, and her younger sister. Unfortunately, her mother is diagnosed with lung cancer and requires immediate medical attention which would cost lakhs. Kokila frantically tries every possible source for the money and eventually lands in the smuggling business. When things go out of hand and when she's on the police radar, she tries to escape from the smuggling ring.

So the movie draws inspiration from the Hollywood movie ‘We’re the Millers’, yet, the most intriguing aspect of the film is its screenplay and the characters. The writing of the movie is a complete package of emotions, sentiment, a little bit of thrill and humor. Nelson made sure that no character is insignificant and the smallest of the character played a vital part in this film with many twists.

Nayanthara is the show stealer; she is absolutely stunning and impressive with her innocent looks. She blends very well with her character and carries the movie on her shoulder being the main protagonist, making sure the movie is entertaining. Yogi Babu is hilarious with his wittiness. All the other support casts had contributed equally to the movie.

Anirudh’s songs and background score were another positive for the movie. There weren’t any unnecessary songs coming as a breaker for the film and Nirmal’s edit was crisp as the film didn’t have runtime as an issue. 

I didn’t find anything negative or maybe there was a letdown but it didn’t bother me much while watching the movie. I was glued to the screen and the movie kept me entertained the whole time. Even to those who watched ‘We’re the Millers’ might find Kolamavu Kokila refreshing as the director has spent good time on the script. 

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade – B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
Instagram Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

GOLD - Honest Movie Review

[This review was first posted on Anurag's 'The Filmy Basti' Blog]

At the beginning of director Reema Kagti’s sports biopic, Gold, a young assistant manager of the national Hockey team of British India (in 1936), Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar), meekly interrupts the team’s discussion about their strategy in the Olympics final. During the game against the mighty Germans, in the midst of a serious discussion about the game and the technique, Tapan stands on a chair in the dressing room, takes out a flag of the Indian Freedom movement and gives the winning advice, ’British Nahi, Ab Apna Khel Khelein?’. No technique or a game plan. Just some big, lofty and borderline jingoistic words. This pretty much explains the direction this Akshay Kumar starrer is about to take in the next 150 minutes.

Tapan Das, after helping the National team win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, aims to make newly independent India proud by grooming its young talent to win the 1948 Olympics. A majority of the large team of actors forming the ensemble play Hockey players of the newly formed Indian and Pakistani teams. Predictably, Tapan plays the force that single-handedly fights against all odds. He faces all sorts of challenges (not sure whether these were fiction or facts) – a bickering wife who wants him to work, politics within the Hockey Federation, archaic bureaucratic laws and his own chronic drinking problems. When things outside seem to fall into place, infighting begins within the team and again, not the coach or the captain, but the manager becomes the savior.

I was constantly reminded of another movie made about hockey, Chak De! India! While both the movies, in a nutshell, have a similar template – region-based divide in the team, an arrogant player, a star player and a coach/manager trying his best to bring home some laurels. In addition to these, Gold has a self-indulgent and overbearing manager at the center of the game – Tapan Das, played by Akshay Kumar. The movie revolves around Akshay’s character, thereby reducing the depth and intensity of the other characters. Be it Shah Rukh Khan in Chak De or Aamir Khan in Dangal, in spite of being the central character, they never let the sportspersons in their respective movies be overshadowed. There is a nuanced restraint that both their characters show, to prevent becoming over-prominent. This is where Akshay Kumar, with his inconsistent Bengali accent, grabs more limelight than his character should have. The character, undeniably, is well intended. But making him the lone man fighting every crisis – from logistics to game strategy – puts him on a pedestal, reducing the importance of others. In Chak De, Shah Rukh Khan shines in his speeches like ‘Sattar minute…’, while here we have Akshay Kumar getting drunk and dancing mindlessly in not one, but three songs! Well, commercial reasons I suppose!

To only be critical of the movie is unfair since the movie also has certain aspects going well for it. Reema Kagti, who has in the past worked with big stars (Aamir in Talaash) and big ensembles (Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd), uses her skills of projecting every character beautifully within the character’s space. She is supported by the cinematography by Álvaro Gutiérrez, who gives some well shot and breath-taking scenes during the matches. It is interesting to note that the final match in the movie has been altered, to add more twists and melodrama. While the actual match in 1948 was won by India quite easily, the movie chooses to make it a dramatic turn of event. But I am not complaining, the adrenalin rush in the climax was fun! The music and background score by Sachin-Jigar help maintain the momentum of a sports movie, especially during the nail-biting matches in the climax. I must admit, some of the songs, even though catchy, were completely unnecessary.

Amit Sadh, as the arrogant hockey player from a royal family, gets the best-written role among the supporting cast, since the rest are pretty one dimensional. Sunny Kaushal as Punjabi player Himmat Singh gets lesser screen space but has a captivating presence and much like his elder brother delivers a powerful performance. Kunal Kapoor as former captain Samrat and Vineet Kumar Singh as Imtiaz Shah is just about decent. TV actresses Nikita Dutta and Mouni Roy make their big screen debut but get only small parts to play. Mouni Roy gets over-the-top in emotional or melodramatic scenes. I had to cover my ears, unable to bear her annoying screeching during emotional scenes.

But, the movie rests on the mighty shoulders of Akshay Kumar, the star. The star versus the actor debate has been raging for years now, where the stars (the likes of Khans and Kumars) claim that the audiences cannot accept them in roles which are not larger than life. I beg to differ. Audiences can accept a movie if it requires the actor to take precedence over the star. Aamir Khan in Dangal and Shah Rukh Khan in Chak De! India are fine examples of a star losing his vanity and self-indulgence, to give the movie prominence over himself. Wish Akshay Kumar had done the same.

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

Go Back

Geetha Govindam - Honest Movie Review

[This review was first posted on Anurag's 'The Filmy Basti' Blog]

Firstly, let’s welcome Vijay Devarakonda to mainstream Telugu Cinema! After playing the lead in two offbeat movies which became massive hits, he finally moves into the quintessential Telugu hero zone. Well, he almost does. Directed by Parasuram, ‘Geetha Govindam’ has all the major elements of a Telugu masala potboiler – stunning leads, lip-syncing songs, a slight dose of family drama, unrequited twists and an unnecessary female-bashing song! But, Parasuram, who has also written the dialogues and screenplay, alternates between an offbeat rom-com and a masala potboiler, making it an irregular movie to watch.

Vijay Govind (played by Vijay Devarakonda) is a young college professor, who believes in old-school romance and love stories. Even though he has his students swooning over him, he idolizes Kamal Hassan-Sukanya’s equation from Bharateeyudu (quite an odd couple for inspiration) and daydreams of stealing similar small pleasures of life – cuddling after a shower or while sharing a cup of coffee. The girl of his dreams takes the form of Geetha (played by Rashmika Mandanna), whose brother is set to marry Govind’s sister. To make this review spoiler-free, let’s just say that Geetha’s equation with Govind starts on a bad note, but while preparing for the wedding, it begins to change (predictably). If you look at my summary of the plot, Geetha Govindam, gives the vibes of a breezy, feel-good entertainer. I wish it was just that, without being burdened by the demands of commercial cinema. The movie would have worked better had it been treated the way Tharun Bhaskar handled 2016’s sleeper hit, Pelli Choopulu – which worked without having any needless subplots or pointless twists. Even the screenplay is problematic in the first 20 minutes when there seems to be an issue in the continuity. Having said that, Parasuram deserves credit for the witty dialogues, especially for Vijay Devarakonda and Rahul Ramakrishna.

But, it is Vijay Devarakonda, who makes this movie a delight to watch. In comparison to his previous cult, Arjun Reddy, Govind is a complete non-hero. He is awkward with female attention, listens to Chaganti’s pravachanam to help him find an ‘ideal wife’ and has no false pretense! Vijay Devarakonda channels his raw energy to play a submissive and naïve, Govind, who is a victim always caught on the wrong foot by Geetha. He has immense screen presence and does not seem to miss a note anywhere. His dialogues and demeanor are so contrasting to Arjun Reddy, that he appears like an adorable misnomer. (He plays a Kakinada boy with a Telangana accent though) Rashmika Mandanna manages to be effective and strong even in the presence of a spectacular Vijay Devarakonda. As the perennially suspecting and angry Geetha, she gets some of the best moments in the movie. The ones where she catches Govind in uncomfortable situations, followed by confrontations are hilarious! Another happy change was to see her gushing and crushing over Vijay – a rarity in Telugu cinema. (Thankfully, this was not shown negatively as in RX100) And yes, both the leads are extremely pleasant on the eyes! The supporting cast comprising of Subbaraju, Nagababu, Rahul Ramakrishna and Annapoorna Amma play their parts well. Vennela Kishore, whose entry was welcomed with a huge applause in the theatre, gets a small role but he manages to evoke quite a few laughs.

It would be a sin not to praise the melodious music by Gopi Sundar, especially, my current favorite – Inkem Inkem Inkem Kavale, in the mellifluous voice of Sid Sriram. Even the background score complements the narrative well. I wish the narrative had continued to remain easy-breezy in the second half as well, instead of going the routine Telugu film route. But, nonetheless, the leads make up for it.

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

Go Back

Pyaar Prema Kaadhal - Instant Movie Review #41

Elan’s – "Pyaar Prema Kadhal"

Positives:
1) Songs
2) Background Score
3) Cinematography
4) Performances

Negatives:
1) Unvarying plot

Introduction – Directed by the newcomer Elan, Pyaar Prema Kadhal revolves around the urban I.T employees Sree (Harish Kalyan) and Sinduja (Raiza Wilson). Sree hails from a conservative middle-class family while Sinduja is broad-minded and has an uber-cool Dad (Anand Babu), who is a ballet teacher. Sree falls in love with Sinduja and wants to start a family with her whilst Sinduja wants to pursue her dream of opening a restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Despite the difference in their opinions and belief, they decide to move in together. How did they compromise their dream and desire, and marry each other forms the rest of the plot?

Analysis – Pyaar Prema Kadhal is a new age urban love story, which addresses the concept of casual sex, living together and the idea of not having a child unless a couple could afford their future. Though the concept of live-in relationships was conceptualized before in Mani Ratnam’s recent movie OK Kanmani, what makes Pyaar Prema Kadhal unique is the profound screenplay. Though it has the cheesy romance and repetitive scenes, Director Elan and Yuvan Shankar Raja made the movie look fresh and pleasing. Technically, the film scores well in cinematography and post-production work with a wide range of colors captured beautifully.  Yuvan Shankar Raja’s euphonious songs and background score were the biggest positives for the film, making it musically rich, sweet-sounding and kindle the emotions in us.

Performances – Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson were perfect as the urban couple. Interestingly, both the actors were contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil S1 and received huge fan following ever since, which was another reason for the movies pre-release hype. I personally liked Anand Babu’s act as Sinduja’s father and also he showed his talent as a ballet teacher.

Verdict – Overall, Pyaar Prema Kadhal is fairly tolerable, not tedious yet nothing significant. The film works well with teenagers and corner seat audience.

My Rating – 2.5/5 | Grade – C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
An Instant Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
Instagram Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

Top 5 Patriotic Movies (Multilingual)

August 15, 2018, will mark as the 72nd Independence Day of our Great Nation of India and the entire team of Just for Movie Freaks planned something special for you guys as we co-ordinated and addressed our thoughts on the Top 5 Patriotic Movies. Now, this is by no means the definitive Top 5 list as we're all well aware that they're many great films like Rang De Basanti, Lagaan, LOC Kargil and much more. We just chose to cover movies across all major languages and we can only select five. Hope you understand!

5.  Mahesh Narayanan's - "Take Off" (2017) | Starring - Parvathy

Take Off is a 2017 Indian Drama/ Thriller that narrates the ordeal of 49 nurses from Kerala who were kept hostage by the members of the Iraqi insurgency. The story is similar to Tiger Zinda Hai and the lead character Sameera is almost identical to Poorna from the Hindi version of the movie. Bits of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent movement is shown during the film. The cinematography is quite acceptable but the music is very appealing. Parvathy, Fahadh, and Kunchacki Boban set a new level of excellence through their performances which explains the innumerable awards it won.  As the movie ends, we come to know that the documents revealing the secret dealt between the Indian Military and the ISIS are destroyed. Overall, Take Off gives the more traumatic, realistic and detailed version of the incident, unlike Tiger Zinda Hai and from the goosebumps I got during the climax scene, I would say that this is the most patriotic movie after Chak De! India and Swades.

4.  Krishna Vamsi's - "Khadgam" (2002) | Starring - Ravi Teja, Meka Srikanth and Prakash Raj.

Quoted as one of the "Best Patriotic Movies of Tollywood", The film Khadgam deals with a fictional storyline exploring a wide range of significant topics including the affable relationships between Hindus and Muslims and arbitrates itself with everyone coming together to stop a terrorist attack. However, the powerful dialogues, splendid direction by Krishna Vamsi, exceptional performances by the three main leads, and the mellifluous music by Devi Sri Prasad makes Khadgam a worthy and a superlative watch that you should not miss on any given day.

3. Shimit Amin's - "Chak De! India" (2007) | Starring - Shah Rukh Khan

Released on August 10, 2007, one month before the Indian Cricket Team won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup (where the movie's title song was played over and over again during the final). Chak De! India holds a special place in all our hearts for numerous reasons. The remarkable performances from the complete cast, the emotional storyline, delightful music and most importantly, the climax scene made us Indians very proud as Chak De! India is and will always be one of the best Patriotic movies of all time.

2. Priyadarshan's - "Kaalapani" (1996) | Starring - Mohanlal, Tabu and Prabhu.

Kaalapani is an epic historical drama, directed by the ace filmmaker Priyadharshan, the movie shows the pain and suffering of Indian Freedom fighters, who are sent to prison in the Andaman Islands during the British rule. The prison is nothing but hell, where the prisoners are tortured, made to bleed and endure extreme misery for the nation. Priyadharshan’s authentic deception of the British rule and soul-stirring acting of Mohanlal leaves the audience teary-eyed.

1. S Shankar's - "Indian" (1996) | Starring - Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar.

One of the finest movies of Shankar which ostentate a 70-year-old freedom fighter's love and respect for the nation, annoyance against bribery, and anguish that the freedom brought by shedding blood is in the hands of corrupt officials. His intense passion for the wellbeing of the country makes him go to an extent of killing his own son, whose dishonesties is the reason behind the death of innocent school children. Backed by some phenomenal acting performances by Kamal Haasan, where his role as Senapathy became very popular as Indian Thatha, razor-sharp dialogues by Sujatha and ingenious screenplay and direction by Shankar, Indian is a perfect movie which etches patriotism in our heart.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap, Nirmal Raj aka AK and Surya Komal aka KM
Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Instagram's Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

Vishwaroopam 2 / Vishwaroop 2 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “A Let Down by Kamal Haasan!

‘Don’t force or test my patriotism at random places’ said an exasperated Kamal Haasan on the microblogging site Twitter on the mandatory playing of National Anthem in theatres. On contrary to his views, a brief video about his political party “Makkal Needhi Maiam” and the various public meetings which the actor turned politician took part in, was played at the beginning of the film.

Kamal Haasan’s surprising entry into politics made him quit cinema as the actor says he wants to focus more on becoming a leader. He had vowed to complete all his pending projects, one of which was Vishwaroopam 2.  The 2013 prequel faced numerous controversies and problems before it's release, while the sequel or circumquel (as Wikipedia says) was a smooth release without any complications. But, did writer-director Kamal Haasan conclude what he started effectively?

So, the film takes off right where the prequel concluded. It’s been five years since the release of Vishwaroopam and you don't have to worry about recollecting the plot, as this movie recaps the prequel frequently. Wikipedia states this movie as a circumquel rather than a sequel, and if you've ever wondered what that means, the film elaborates its definition. A circumquel takes place partly before and partly after a particular storyline.

To give a reason why Wisam Ahamed Kashmiri (Kamal Haasan) joined Al-Qaeda, befriended Omar, trained the Jihadi’s, and finally betrayed them, Kamal Haasan chose to intervene in the entire first film in regular intervals along with the post-New York City incident. But, the film doesn’t get complex, yet my concern was that it was evident that Wisam is a RAW agent and he was on a mission, the repetition of scenes from the prequel felt like watching the latter again and the focus shifted from the main agenda of arresting Omar to a logical interpretation of part one. 

Also, was the detention of Omar (Rahul Bose) and his trusty side-kick Salim (Jaideep Ahlawat) told in a distinct way? No! The entire post-New York City incident was structured incoherently, and the addition of unwanted scenes made it even worse. The latter part of the film was more of a personal fight between Wisam and Omar rather than the involvement of the government officials. The film also suffered from logical issues and the pace on which the second half moved added fuel to the fire resulting in audience yawning. 

Advancing to the performances, Kamal Haasan was born-to-act and anyone who criticizes the skill of this man, who has been the definition of acting for decades, is definitely a halfwit. Every other supporting character did their part well especially Rahul Bose as Omar Bhai. Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman was a forced inclusion, absolutely unnecessary and a waste of talent. Andrea Jeremiah and Pooja Kumar were decent with their performances.

The action sequences were choreographed well and were a delight to watch. Cinematography deserves a noteworthy mention but the CGI in certain scenes remains substandard. Mohammad Ghibran made sure that the film had the proper background score to elevate the aura accordingly. The movie had three songs, one was an intro song with the scenes from the first film, and the second song was a flashback one of the training days of Wisam in the Indian Army and the third was a forced inclusion in the second half. 

On the whole, unlike its prequel, Vishwaroopam 2 lacked a gripping storyline and suffered from a weak screenplay. Kamal Haasan failed to conclude what he started in an intriguing manner as the movie ended up as another mainstream cat-and-mouse brawl. Unless you’re highly anxious, an ardent fan of Kamal or excited to know if Wisam kills Omar, you can skip this and wait for it to release on any streaming platform.

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade – C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
Instagram Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

Veere Di Wedding & Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran - Double Header Review

It's always awkward to open one of these Double Header Reviews with a generic greeting like I admit doing it previously, but I'm not gonna do that this time cause I'm bored, fed up and will not act like I'm always positive like Nushrat Bharucha in the first half of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Anyway, thanks to streaming platforms like ZEE5 and Netflix, I had the opportunity to check out the comedy-drama 'Veere Di Wedding' and the John Abraham starrer 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' based on real events. In that case, let's wrap-up these opening traditions and advance to the main event.

Veere Di Wedding made 138.80 crores worldwide with a production budget of 42 crores which is still surprising considering how many people watched this dumb movie. Parmanu made 91.36 crores worldwide from its 44 crore production budget, and that's impressive for a patriotic film that hasn't starred Akshay Kumar.

"Veere Di Wedding" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 1.5/5

Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, Veere Di Wedding starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in the lead roles is the story about four childhood friends having a little reunion, as they have fun, share memories, emotions and celebrate their lives to the fullest due to the fact that one of them is getting married.

Now, they're a few bromance movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which are great and I feel pity for all the girls, cause VDW is not the appropriate film to represent their sisterhood and moreover it just a lousy two-hour bore-fest. Right from the get-go, I felt like I'm watching one of those Star Plus soap-operas (which is understandable considering Ekta Kapoor is one of the producers) as the quality of the film kept declining time after time into obscurity. The storyline is non-existent, the screenplay is a mess, the jokes are unfunny, characters were left unexplored, and the cusswords are basically a bait to lure the audience into the movie theater.

Overall, flooded with chock-full of product placements, Veere Di Wedding is a bad film and is a colossal failure in regards to many aspects like directing or storytelling. Watch it if you're interested, I guess!

"Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.25/5

Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Parmanu starring John Abraham in the lead role is loosely based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998 and tells the story of how the historic plan came into flourishment.

Set in the late 90's, the demoded presentation by Abhishek Sharma was one of the most impressive attributes of the entire film. Everything from the shot composition, music and background score, characters, felt like they belong in the 90's as we can effortlessly convince an alien by saying that this movie came out in 1998. Moreover, barring few overly dramatic scenes and convenient solutions, the film was engaging from end to end and kept me on the edge-of-my-seat regularly. 

Overall, Parmanu is reasonably similar to last year's 'The Ghazi Attack' where you can tell that it's not factually correct and heavily dramatized for our viewing pleasure. But, it succeeded in keeping the tension and was an intriguing two-hour watch on a laid-back weekend.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
Twitter Profile - 
@JustMovieFreaks | Instagram's Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

TOP 5 REASONS TO WATCH TAGARU (KANNADA)

Talking about the first Kannada movie to be released in Kenya and Japan, Tagaru is an action thriller which sheds light on the underworld's feud with the police.

Reason #1: The Not-So-Typical Hero

Shiva Rajkumar, also known as the Tom Cruise of Sandalwood is an energetic police officer who is vengeful and just unlike the kind and honorable types. His character defies the stereotype of a kind and peace-loving hero and his dialogues are whistle worthy.

Reason #2: The Insane Villain 

If there is a villain who resembles the Joker from 'The Dark Knight' then it's probably Dolly. It's rare that the villain has a more sound role than the hero but Dhananjay's hard work is reflected highly in his performance. This film also showcases one of the rare instances when the bad guy becomes one for the sake of it and not because of a tragic past or a dead father's debt. It's fun to watch Dolly that way.

Reason #3: The Breezy Plot 

The story is not very complex or twisted because its focus is on the action but nevertheless it gives a glimpse of the bitter reality. Duniya Soori has been very careful in the screenplay and direction. Various unexpected murders happen throughout the movie which is brutal but also necessary to build the abomination between the hero and the villain. Their hate for each other is metaphorically described as a local billy goat duel and hence the title Tagaru.

Reason #4: The Cinematography

Mahendra Simha being one of the most noted Sandalwood cinematographers proves yet again why he's worth it. From capturing the deepest emotions of the actors with the ideal lighting to making the fight scenes as realistic as possible, he is a magician. Every scene is precise and highly necessary and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Reason #5: The Enchanting Music

When it comes to Jayanth Kaikini, there is no doubt that one of his songs will become a trending anthem among the youth. But blend it with Charan Raj's excellent composing and Hindustani background scores, the songs become ecstatic. The songs are so captivating that it will steal you away. Overall, the movie is promising and unique which according to me are enough reasons to watch it.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap
Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Instagram's Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

Ghajinikanth - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Stereotypical Story! Watchable to an Extent!

Santhosh P. Jayakumar, the director of two crap adult-comedy films has finally made a fair to middling remake movie which was decent, funny and enjoyable in a few aspects compared to his earlier films. We have already watched plenty of movies with similar storylines and what made Ghajinikanth unique was the way it was presented and a few comical scenes which provided relief from the clichéd plot. 

The storyline revolves around Rajnikanth (Arya), who suffers from a memory disorder wherein he forgets his pants, shoes, meet or to respond a person who calls him to his mobile if someone diverts him during the conversation. His absent-minded problem eventually gets him a girlfriend, Vandhana (Sayyeshaa Saigal), and the rest of the movie is all about the chaos caused by his inattention. 

I should say that this a good comeback movie for Arya, who hasn't starred in any notable film since Raja Rani. He was hilarious, entertaining and kept the film entertaining. 

Now, let's talk something meta! Remember when I ranted about Sayyeshaa Saigal’s look in my Honest Movie Review of ‘Kadaikutty Singam’, where I said that I didn’t find her attractive? I would like to apologize for that, as the girl was gorgeous and likable with her personality, expressions and acting in this film. She has been doing back to back films with top actors and I wish her to be successful in her blossoming career.

Performances from ‘Aadukalam’ Naren, Sathish, and Sampath Raj were helpful in making the film not boring, as the movie has overly plain, simple, unimaginative and dull scenes to the point of being boring.

On the whole, Ghajinikanth offers absolutely nothing new in terms of content, the movie is heavily clichéd and doesn’t have any intriguing aspect to recommend off. It’s just another passable film but a decent one from the director.

My Rating – 2.5/5 | Grade – C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
Instagram Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

Brij Mohan Amar Rahe Review: Atrocious!

Starring – Arjun Mathur
Director – Nikhil Bhat
Genre – Comedy/Crime/Drama
Streaming Platform – Netflix 

Introduction: Starring Arjun Mathur in the lead role, Brij Mohan Amar Rahe is the latest addition to Netflix's young catalog of Indian Originals and is coming off the enormous success of Sacred Games which garnered an immense following in the Indian community. The storyline of the movie explores the character of Brij Mohan (Arjun Mathur), a charlatan, and a hustler who can't stop avoiding complications in his chaotic life. After a while, the problems get so far up his ass he decides to fake his own death which creates much more disputes.

Rationalization: Oh boy! Let me start by saying this, this movie is horrible, and undoubtedly one of the worsts I've seen this year. The reason why I'm confident calling this film a disaster is because I can't recollect anything happened and that's an early sign of a trainwreck. The storyline tried to sketch this silly crime-comedy element, and it didn't work out for even a single scene. The jokes fell flat and were unhumorous, and the satire that the writer tried to infuse quickly floundered in the messy screenplay and there's nothing more to say.

However, I should give props to Arjun Mathur for at least trying and giving his best to justify his character that had a good dynamic but was frittered away in a bad movie. The other characters including Brij's wife, girlfriend, enemies had very little to explore and were nothing significant.

Conclusion: Overall, Brij Mohan Amar Rahe is most definitely one of the worst films I've seen this year, and it breaks my heart to say that cause I wanted to support independent cinema and Netflix Indian Originals, but this is just atrocious. Skip it and move on with your life.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks | Instagram's Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

Karwaan - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Road Trip Worth Hitching a Ride!"

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, Karwaan stars Irrfan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar in the lead roles and is one of the three movies releasing on this (August 3rd) weekend. The film follows the journey of three lost souls (Shaukat, Avinash, and Tanya) joining together for an unexpected road trip across the beautiful state of Kerala with the purpose of solving a confusion involving two dead bodies. 

Let's start with the story, which I should say is surprisingly unpredictable for the most part. It took a few twists and turns and by and large kept me captivated. Story writer Bejoy Nambiar and screenwriter/director Akarsh Khurana infused quite a few undertones throughout the film whether it's about death, life, self-analysis and introduced a refreshing tone filled with good vibes, affection, and celebration.

Similar to Irrfan's previous film Blackmail, Karwaan is also entertaining in regards to Black Comedy or Dark Comedy. The way the characters made fun of such dramatic situations is something I rarely see in Bollywood, and it exposes the vulnerability and complications of these characters in the most blatant way possible.

Advancing to the characters and performances, Irrfan stole the show with his carefree and jovial attitude and is solely responsible for the majority of laughs. Dulquer Salmaan who is known for his solid acting in South Indian Film Industry is a surprise and charming addition to the film, and perfectly fit the role of Avinash. Mithila Palkar also had a significant presence, and her unusual chemistry or dialogue with DQ worked well inside and out.

But, the heart and soul for this film (at least for me) is the exquisite cinematography that showcased the alluring beauty of Kerala which is essential for a road trip movie. The scenic views accompanied by some sweet-sounding music is a treat for the audience member, and it also positions you in a calm and cheerful mood which is vital for social media magnets like us.

However, before I wrap this up, let me discuss the drawbacks. The film certainly had a few problems especially at the beginning of the second half where it stalls for a while and then picks up, and the 120-minute runtime is IMO a bit unnecessary.

Nevertheless, Karwaan is overall a feel-good road trip film wrapped with few significant themes, amusing jokes, euphonious music, and is a sweet love letter to the "God's Own Country" Kerala. Watch it on a cozy weekend with your loved ones or partners it will not disappoint you.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
Instagram Profile - 
@JustMovieFreaks | Twitter Profile - @JustMovieFreaks

Go Back

11 blog posts