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Top 5 Underrated Bollywood Actresses

When it comes to Bollywood, there are always beautiful talents that go underappreciated and unrecognized. But because of websites like ours, some of them could get the attention and the recognition they deserve. Here are some rather skillful actresses who are underrated for some biased reasons

5. Sonakshi Sinha

Bagging the Filmfare for the best female debut for 'Dabangg', Sonakshi Sinha is one such actress who started gloriously. If it wasn't for the biased illustration of an ideal Bollywood actress and a few bad scripts, Sonakshi would've been one of the favourite artists in the industry today. She hasn't been very wise by making blunders like 'R Rajkumar', 'Son of Sardaar' and 'Action Jackson' but has never lacked skill in any of her performances. If you have watched 'Lootera', 'Noor' and 'Ittefaq' then you know that she is a versatile actress too. Given a few good opportunities, Sonakshi is the one that can definitely make it big in Bollywood. 

4. Aditi Rao Hydari

It's not every day that a professional Bharatnatyam dancer makes her way into the show business but being one of the most well-received supporting actresses, Aditi has come a long way since 'Sringaram'. The central reason that she's in this list is that of the under-appreciation she gets for bringing grace, innocence and elegance to every character she plays. Her noteworthy roles include 'Yeh Saali Zindagi', 'Kaatru Veliyidai', 'Bhoomi' and 'Padmaavat'. But maybe because of her disinterest in being a part of special songs or plotless commercial movies, she remains underrated. The balance that she maintains in both Bollywood and the South Indian Film industries are admirable and it's only a matter of time that she acquires the remarkable fame she deserves.

3. Konkana Sen Sharma

This name made me wonder how an actress, director and a writer with two national film awards and four Filmfare awards can stay incognito for so long but then again, Konkana is an actress who prefers privacy and no paparazzi means no popularity these days right? She is by far the most wondrous yet underrated actress of them all even though the awards and critics depict otherwise. Her nearly perfect portrayals in movies like 'Talwar', 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', 'Mr.and Mrs Iyer' and 'Dosar' are rudely ignored and she is still the boring heroine from 'Wake Up Sid!' to many people. Due to these reasons, Konkana Sen remains a beautiful pearl hidden in the unnoticed shell even today. 

2. Parineeti Chopra

Now, I know that a lot of people may not agree with me, but it's my personal opinion that Parineeti Chopra is quite underrated for her talent in Bollywood. People say that she plays the loud Punjabi foodie in her every movie but her acting in 'Hasee Toh Phasee', 'Meri Pyaari Bindu' and 'Kill Dil' stands against this speculation. She also won the Filmfare for the Best Female Debut for 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' which points out that she's not another tactless star kid, much similar to Sonakshi Sinha. She has had comparatively a low number of bad movies in her list and its visible that she's growing considering her on hand weight loss and the start of her singing career. All I would want to say is that its evident that we can expect some laudable movies and versatility from Parineeti in the near future.

1. Kalki Koechlin

Being one of the most eligible artists we've ever known, Kalki Koechlin tops this list of Top 5 Underrated Bollywood Actresses for obvious reasons. She studied drama in Goldsmiths University of London, has won various awards for the plays that she has written and staged, is an activist who talks about woman empowerment, health and education. She also hosted a travel show and has a National film award which is just like a cherry on top. But clearly, most people fail to acknowledge her skill and I'll give you some probable reasons for that. 

Reason #1: She is French and its obvious that any actress with a foreign background will remain as a secondary consideration.

Reason #2: She is not a suitable choice for playing as an eye candy or a dancer and we all know where the actresses like Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone and Katrina Kaif get their share of attention and fame from, unlike Kalki. 

Reason #3: She has made YouTube videos, films and plays on some highly independent, in other words, hush-hush subjects like 'Margarita with a Straw', 'It's Your Fault (AIB)' and 'Man's World'.  Not everyone is okay with expressing their opinions on such touchy topics and therefore avoid watching anything about them. Truth is, Kalki is an amazing actress also being a very unpredictable one nevertheless worth looking out for.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka Wonder Woman
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Top 5 Malayalam Movies Since 2015

Malayalam Cinema a.k.a Mollywood is always known for it's experimental and unorthodox choice of films, and since it's inception in the late 1920's we've seen numerous popular and remarkable movies which are memorable till date. Since we're in the new era, I've selected the "Top 5 Malayalam Movies Since 2015", cause they're quite a few remarkable one's in the past five years and it is indeed super hard to select only five.

5. Anjali Menon's - "Koode" (2018) | Starring - Nazriya Nazim, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy.

Koode is a psychological drama film directed by the talented and artistic Anjali Menon. It is a remake of the 2014 Marathi movie Happy Journey. The story is about a beautiful relationship between a brother and his sister, who is a ghost. Prithviraj and Nazriya play the dysfunctional siblings and Parvathy plays his love interest. The actors have done justice to their roles and I should say that they are very much expressive that you start feeling every emotion that the character feels throughout the movie. The songs are melodious and I fell in love with Prithvi all over again. Anjali has been successful in making a somewhat ordinary film into an exceptional one. If you liked The Notebook and The Lake House there's a 99% chance that you will love this one too.

4. Bejoy Nambiar's - "Solo" (2017) | Starring - Dulquer Salmaan, Sai Dhanshika and Neha Sharma. 

I must say that this is the most interesting yet confusing film to write about. 2017 was the year of experimental movies, and Solo is an anthology art film narrating the story of four different people based on four different elements: Water, Air, Fire, and Earth. World of Shekhar (Water) is a poetic love story between a stammering Shekhar and a blind Radhika. The gentleness and innocent beauty of water are depicted through his character. World of Trilok is based on the air element. After a hit and run case of Trilok's then-pregnant wife Ayesha, he tracks down the guilty ones, Justin and his father in law and skillfully murders them making it look like natural deaths. The unforgiving, smooth yet stormy and unpredictable nature of air is described through the character of Trilok.

Whereas, the world of Shiva explains fire and the characteristics linked with it including rage, pain, and vengeance. But through Shiva, the writer also connects fire with fierce love, protective and chaotic natures of man. Finally, the world of Rudra explains the embracing, kind yet spirited nature of Mother Earth through an aggressive and passionate army officer Rudra. The movie has a very philosophical approach to the relationship between man and nature and only a brilliant director could've framed it so accurately. Dulquer is such a treat to watch and therefore Solo definitely gives something for all of us to wonder about. 

3. AK Sajan's - "Puthiya Niyamam" (2016) | Starring - Nayantara and Mammootty.

Moving on from a feel-good movie to the best crime drama of 2016, Puthiya Niyamam is by far my favorite Malayalam movie. It defines feminism and justice, but, I really want you to remember another such movie which apparently also defined feminism and girl power, Veere Di Wedding. You can make out the vast difference. Nayanthara is at her best and Mammootty is charming as always.

The plot is about Vasuki (Nayan) who takes revenge on her drug addict rapists with the help of a DCP, and I'd say, it's not every day that a mainstream film chooses drug-fueled crimes and substance consumption as the subject. But, I don't think this film resembles the Bollywood movie Pink. Instead, a new law is formed by Vasuki who takes justice instead of seeking it. From making the rapists' deaths appear like a suicide, to emotionally crushing them to commit suicide, Puthiya Niyamam displays the fury and agony of a victim who stands up to become a punisher.

2. Alphonse Puthren's - "Premam" (2015) | Starring - Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, and Madonna Sebastian.

If Premam isn't the king of feel-good movies, then I don't know which one is. George who is in high school is infatuated with Mary a pre-university girl only to be friend zoned by her later. Being a kid, he cries for days. A few years later, George falls in love with a Tamilian lecturer Malar at college. But, a few days after he contemplates marriage, Malar meets with an accident and loses her memory of George. Dealing with the second major heartbreak, he steps into adulthood five years later where now, he owns a cafe with his childhood friend.

There he develops an affinity for Celine who is the same little girl who used to walk with Mary from the school every day. After dealing with her drug addict fiance, George and Celine get married. Malar attends the wedding with her husband and George gets closure. With Nivin Pauly's cute expressions and the supporting performances by Anupama Parameswaran, Madonna Sebastian and Sai Pallavi, Premam restore hope in the "happily ever after" theory.

1. Martin Prakkat's - "Charlie" (2015) | Starring - Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy.

Directed by Martin Prakkat, Charlie is a romantic drama and is one of the most popular movies of 2015. The plot revolves around an artist called Tessa (Parvathy) who goes in search of the writer of an abandoned comic. Every character in the film has his/her unique style statement which makes it impressionable among the youth. Few other characters come along the way and build Charlie's character by narrating their personal experiences of him. Advancing to the performances, Aparna Gopinath and Soubin Shahir are my favorite supporting characters, but, Parvathi and Dulquer were extraordinary. Also, the film showcases the perks of being a traveler/ hippie, and every scene is given equal importance. Overall, Charlie is a great movie and deserves the top spot.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap
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Top 5 Bollywood (Hindi) Movies Releasing in September 2018

5. Pradeep Sarkar's – 'Helicopter Eela'

Release Date - September 7, 2018 | Starring - Kajol

Reasons to be Excited About - The last time we've seen Kajol play a titular role in a film was for 'My Name is Khan' back in 2010. Helicopter Eela will display the Darling of Romance as an aspiring singer and a single mother, and judging by the trailers, so far, the movie seems to have a comedic tone and looks very much enjoyable.

4. J. P. Dutta’s – 'Paltan'

Release Date - September 7, 2018 | Starring - Ensemble Cast

Reasons to be Excited About - Based on the military clashes of Nathu La in 1967, Paltan showcases the intense war between India and China. Backed with a gigantic super cast, this is J.P. Dutta's (known for patriotic films like Border and LOC Kargil) comeback film as the director after twelve years. So, it's always interesting to see if he still has the blockbuster magic or not.

3. Shree Narayan Singh’s – 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu'

Release Date - September 21, 2018 | Starring - Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, and Yami Gautam

Reasons to be Excited About - So far, the vibe that I'm getting from the songs and the promos of this film is similar to Shahid's 2013 film 'Phata Poster Nikhla Hero' co-starring Ileana D'Cruz. But, Shree Narayan Singh is an acclaimed director, and is the man behind-the-camera for one of the biggest hits of 2017 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'. Batti Gul Meter Chalu explores the electricity issues in rural India, and if it struck the chord when it comes to the social message part, I'm sure that it will be an incredible hit.

2. Anurag Kashyap’s – 'Manmarziyaan'

Release Date - September 14, 2018 | Starring -  Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu

Reasons to be Excited About - Manmarziyaan looks and feels very different from a typical Kashyap movie, which is IMO, a good thing if he's looking to diversify and explore different genres. Also, the cast includes Taapsee and Abhishek Bachchan, which is again, not normal. Nonetheless, Kashyap's films were always something to look for, and with his previous film in 2018, 'Mukkabaaz', not fairing well at the box office, all the pressure is now on Manmarziyaan and hopefully, it will perform well.

1. Sharat Katariya’s – 'Sui Dhaaga - Made in India'

Release Date - September 25, 2018 | Starring -  Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma

Reasons to be Excited About - With one of the most earnest looks in the promos, both Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma look very much down-to-earth in their characters, and I'm sure that this film will likely earn them multiple award nominations. Directed by Sharat Katariya ('Dum Laga Ke Haisha' fame), I'm also confident that this film will have a heartwarming story and will indeed be one of the decent hits of this year.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal
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Top 5 Kollywood (Tamil) Movies Releasing in September 2018

5. Ponram’s – 'Seemaraja'

Release Date - September 13, 2018 | Starring - Siva Karthikeyan, Samantha Akkineni, and Soori

Reasons to be Excited About - This is Ponram’s third film with Siva Karthikeyan as the lead, Soori as the comedian, D. Imman as the music director and this is his only third directorial film. While his debut and the second film were blockbusters, Ponram is trying to repeat the same formula of making a comedy-drama with Seemaraja also. Will he be successful one more time?

4. Ram’s – 'Peranbu'

Release Date - September 7, 2018 | Starring - Mammootty, Anjali, and Samuthirakanni

Reasons to be Excited About - Peranbu is a Tamil-Malayalam bilingual film with the Mollywood giant returning to Tamil Cinema after eight years. Peranbu had it's world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Asian premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival, China and received huge appreciations for its content, acting and filmmaking style of Ram. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film’s score and met with positive response from the critics and fans. The teaser of the film is very emotional, touching and sure to create a lasting effect on us.

3. Pawan Kumar’s – 'U-Turn'

Release Date: September 13, 2018 | Starring - Samantha Akkineni

Reasons to be Excited About - Pawan Kumar, known for his super-hit Kannada film “Lucia”, which was shortlisted for India’s submission for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is remaking his own blockbuster Kannada film “U-Turn” in Tamil and Telugu with Samantha. The trailer is intriguing and raises a lot of questions and mystery and I’m really thrilled about the film already.

2. Prem Kumar’s – '96'

Release Date: September 7, 2018 | Starring: Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan

Reasons to be Excited About - The trailer and teaser of the movie have already gained millions of views on YouTube creating the right sensation, and the soul-stirring songs are ruling the playlist. Trisha and Vijay Sethupathi are very expressive and sure to create an impact with their acting skills. I’m also excited that yesteryear veteran actor Janakaraj is making a comeback to the silver screen after a very long gap.

1. Mani Ratnam’s – 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam'

Release Date - September 28th | Starring - Ensemble Cast

Reasons to be Excited About - Mani Ratnam is a genius who could bring together talented star casts, bring the best out of them and makes sure no one overshadows the other.  The film has Vijay Sethupathi, Silambarasan (STR), Arvind Sami, Arun Vijay, Prakash Raj, Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Thiyagarajan, Jayasudha and a lot of other actors playing vital roles. The trailer of the films had the vibe of The Godfather and the fans (including myself) are very much excited and waiting for the movie’s release. Also, the film has Mani’s usual associates, A.R.Rahman, Santhosh Sivan, and Sreekar Prasad handling music, cinematography, and editing respectively. Can we ask for more?

-A Top 5 List by Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911
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Top 5: Mission Impossible: Fallout vs Infinity War & Deadpool 2

Top 5 Reasons Why Mission Impossible: Fallout is the Best Movie of the Summer and Avengers: Infinity War or Deadpool 2 Were Not Even Close!

Prelude: Just to clarify, this is just my opinion piece and I don't want to offend anyone with my thoughts. If you like Avengers: Infinity War or even Deadpool 2, it's fine, nothing wrong with that. It's just the magic of cinema. Also, I'm well aware that they're many indie films like Hereditary or Won't You Be My Neighbor? which are certainly much better than these summer blockbusters, and I only want to concentrate on Popular Films. So, I hope everyone is on the same page and with that being said, let's get started!

Reason #1: The Breathtaking Stunts

Advertised and been told as the largest practical action film ever shot, I was astounded to see the amount of hard work, courage and dedication Tom Cruise and the entire crew had put through to entertain the audience and make the big-screen experience memorable. Overwhelmed with CGI, I bet you can't point out any impressive action scene from both Infinity War and Deadpool 2 of the top of your mind. In Fallout, to name a few, the HALO jump, the entire Helicopter scene, felt incredibly special to watch cause it is, in fact, Cruise (not Josh Brolin in a suit) doing most of these deadly stunts without the help from a stunt-double.

Also Read: Mission Impossible - Honest Movie Review: Click Here

Reason #2: Mr Tom Cruise

The second reason why this franchise feels very special is that of The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Tom Cruise, who is crazy enough to up the ante every time we see him in these movies. There is a real reason why he's called the Greatest Action Movie Star of our generation and it's because he trains and skillfully performs these awe-inspiring stunt sequences which are theatric, spectacular and at the same time concerning to watch. The guy is 56 years old and still wants to entertain his audience and make their penny's worth, which is applaudable. I even heard him mention in an interview, that he and his team gave a serious thought to do an action sequence in space. Geeeez! How far can you go?

Also Read: Avengers: Infinity War - Honest Movie Review: Click Here 

Reason #3: An Intriguing Storyline

Now, I'll not even bring Deadpool 2 into this conversation. What's the plot of Infinity War again? Ohh! Thanos snaps his fingers and half of the population vanishes including our favourite Avengers? So, this was his unpopular option to bring law and order to the world? Sounds very familiar! Because that's the same thing every evil-minded supervillain want to accomplish. Destroy half of the society and take control over the world. Even Fallout explores a similar storyline.

But, continuing as the sixth film in the franchise, Fallout still manages to keep the viewer interesting by taking an ordinary storyline and making it intriguing to watch by adding few twists and turns which didn't feel forced.

Reason #4: The Not-So-Cheesy Jokes

Let me start by saying this, few of the previous MCU films were funny, the first Deadpool movie was a riot. However, the comedic scenes in Deadpool 2 stopped being funny after a while and same goes to Infinity War. They got repetitive, oversaturated and the whole thing became unfunny. I remember Rocket Raccoon cracking a stupid silly joke in the midst of serious fight which spoiled the entire scene and that kept happening in both the films.

On the other side, Fallout, for the most part, deals with a serious tone, but the comedic sequences were short, funny and are not overdone, unlike the previous two mentioned films.

Also Read: Deadpool 2 - Honest Movie Review: Click Here 

Reason #5: A Cinematic Experience

Now, I agree, watching the Avengers fight against the CGI giant Thanos and Deadpool dodge bullets from Cable is pretty cool on the big screen. But, there's something really special watching Cruise doing these mesmerizing stunts. It's a heart-stopping experience, and it gave me goosebumps even when watching it for the second time. There is a reason why I go to the movies every week and Fallout enthralled me by making it an absolute cinematic experience which I never really came across in recent times.

-A Top 5 List and An Opinion Piece by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal
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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
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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
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TOP 5 REASONS WHY SACRED GAMES IS EXTREMELY POPULAR!

It was a rainy Thursday night here in the Capital City of India and as I'm browsing through Quora, I came across a question asking "Why has the Netflix show Sacred Games suddenly become so popular? What is so good about it?" And after I completed answering the question, I thought maybe I can brighten the answer a bit and turn into a Top 5 Editorial for all you guys.

If you already had a look at my Review for Sacred Games, you'll very well know that I enjoyed the series incredibly and unsurprisingly it was very well received by the audience and the critics all across India and is also the hot topic all across the interwebs. So, let me explain in a five-point format about how a movie or a TV series (like Sacred Games) will become popular before the release and will maintain it’s popularity even after it’s release.

Reason #1: The Cast | (Before the Release)

Before the release or even before the début of any promotional material, the initial reason why people got excited about Sacred Games is primarily that of popular Movie Actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte acting in a television series. Don't get me wrong, shows like Inside Edge and Breathe (Amazon Prime) had a star-studded cast, but, Sacred Games roped in few of the biggest names in Bollywood and immediately had everyone’s curiosity.

Reason #2: The Directors | (Before the Release)

Directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are popular for their independent content and were highly acclaimed for their work in the past which includes Gangs of Wasseypur, Udaan, and Trapped. Therefore, people certainly had their hopes high expecting something unique, authentic and unorthodox from these filmmakers.

Reason #3: Trailers, Promos, Marketing & Netflix | (Before the Release)

Then the trailers got released and people started spreading love and excitement all over the internet and simultaneously Netflix promoted the series in a very unique and a profound way through their social media and through billboards in urban cities. Additionally, it’s Netflix’s debut in the Indian Television Market, hence fans were automatically pumped.

Reason #4: Story, Screenplay, Direction Characters, and Performances | (After the Release)

Now, after it’s debut on July 6, 2018, the primary reason it sustained its popularity is that of the authentic and intriguing storyline, incredibly written screenplay, masterful direction, compelling characters and remarkable performances from the cast. The whole series felt like a part one of an eight-hour long movie and people started realizing that this series will only elevate the standards of our television industry which are currently drowning in a pathetic state filled with woeful family drama and absurd reality shows.

Reason #5: The Cliffhanger | (The Aftermath)

After everyone completed the series, they’re rammed with questions about the ending or certain characters and their thoughts. So, it immediately sparked a conversation on blogs like Quora and Twitter where people didn’t stop discussing, praising or complaining about the series and its ideals. Here you go, another reason about why it’s popular.

Nevertheless, Sacred Games is a prime example of how creative work should be spread, marketed and delivered to the public eye. It’s popular because of all the reasons I pointed out and is an exceptional series that no one should ever miss.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal
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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RACE 3

1. Supercars Blown Up!

The stunts of Race 3 were choreographed by Hollywood action director Tom Struthers and were shot in Abu Dhabi. At the trailer launch event, Salman Khan had said that they picked up 15-16 brand new cars while shooting in Abu Dhabi thinking they would get them back, but the action director ensured they don’t get even one car back. “The cars were blown up in 200 parts, which made it impossible to bring the cars back,” he added.

2. 5 Days! Just 5 Days!

Can you believe that the climax of Race 3 was shot in just 5 days? As per a report from the film's team, the climax was shot with three units simultaneously. A set of actors were continuously shooting on the three units and wrapped the schedule in just five days that could have taken ten days to shoot.

Director Remo D’Souza stated, “The climax scene is an elaborate action sequence that was to be shot with the entire cast. Salman ensured that the grueling schedule that would otherwise take 10 days to shoot, was completed in just 5 days. We had three separate units that were shooting simultaneously on set. The live explosions also had the military’s presence for security concern. The entire sequence was an event in itself.”

3. Sidharth Keeps Making Bad Choices?

Sidharth Malhotra was approached and opted out of the film, as he was to be cast opposite Daisy Shah, who is the supporting actress in the film. Malhotra has always been paired opposite the leading ladies, so he decided to opt out. Also, Aditya Roy Kapoor was first approached for the second lead after Siddarth Malhotra. But producer Ramesh Taurani didn't agree to his price.

4. The Real Anil

Anil Kapoor who plays the role of a business tycoon Shamsher in the film will be introduced through an action scene which will reportedly see no body double because Anil Kapoor has decided to do the stunts himself, reported mid-day. Anil Kapoor's entry scene will reportedly involve an adrenaline-pumping car chase sequence and rounds of a gunshot.

5. Jacky vs Daisy - The Cat Fight?

Talking about her experience of doing action scenes, Jacqueline says, “ I was part of very big action centric films (Dishoom) in the past but this is the first time I have gone all out and done action with Race 3. Daisy (Shah) and I have a massive cat fight in the film and it’s actually one of the hardest action sequences I have ever done in my life. In the movie, Daisy actually hits me and while shooting she has kicked me hard many times.”

Sources and Writing Credits - Indian Express, IMDB, NDTV and Hindustan Times. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING DEADPOOL 2

1. Son of Cyclops? WHAT!?

Nathan Summers is the nonmutant name of Cable which is very much familiar with the X-Men Universe. Right? According to the comic books, Cable is the son of Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey). Now, we've already a much younger version of Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse and we can be certain that the studio will at least leave a hint or detail about their relationship in the upcoming films.

2. Wolverine x Domino x Cable x Colossus - A Fatal Four-Way?

Domino, who is played by Zazie Beetz in the movies is romantically involved with Cable and Wolverine in the comic books. Domino and Cable are teammates in the X-Force and developed feelings for each other and ended up with a kiss or two over the years.

In regard to Wolverine, they first meet when she gets mixed up with the Assassin’s Guild and Wolverine tries to help her deal with them. Although a true relationship never develops, according to the comic books a sexual intercourse did happen between them. Also, Domino and Colossus got together as well — and with Colossus returning for the Deadpool 2, does this mean we're going to see a potential love angle?

3. The X-Force

In order to fight the evil supervillain Thanos Cable, Deadpool is going to form the X-Force in this film, including Zazie Beetz as Domino, Terry Crews as an unidentified strong man, Bill Skarsgård as Zeitgeist, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Shiori Kutsuna as Psylocke or Surge (yet to be revealed).

Here's a fun fact, Back in the comics, Cable formed the team out of the remaining members of the New Mutants and his earlier mercenary company the Six Pack. One of those mercs is Domino.

4. The Love Machine

We are well aware of the adoring romantic relationship between Wade Wilson and his lovely fiancée Vanessa from the first movie. Continuing the tradition of love, the working title for Deadpool 2 while it was in production was, appropriately, Love Machine.

5. Domino and Cable on Demand

After the humongous success of the first film, acclaimed actress' like Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lizzy Caplan, Kerry Washington, Sienna Miller, Ruby Rose, Mackenzie Davis, Kelly Rohrbach, Eve Hewson, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman, Sylvia Hoeks and Janelle Monáe were being considered and screen tested for the role of Domino. But, eventually, the role went to the German actress Zazie Beetz.

As far as Cable, actors like Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Pierce Brosnan and David Harbour were all considered for the role which later went to Josh Brolin.

Sources - Cinemablend, Screenrant, Rotten Tomatoes, Mental Floss and IMDB. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

1. The Infinity Stones: Where Are They Now?

As of the release of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), five of the six Infinity Stones have surfaced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Space Stone (also known as the Tesseract) was first revealed in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and now resides with Loki. The Mind Stone, which was housed in Loki's staff until Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and now is in the possession of Vision. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is under control of the Nova Corps. The Reality Stone (also known as the Aether) was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), and was placed in the care of the Collector. With the destruction of the Collector's Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its whereabouts are unclear. The fifth and final known stone, the Time Stone (also known as the Eye of Agamotto), was revealed in Doctor Strange (2016) and is under his protection in Kamar-Taj. The whereabouts of the sixth stone, the Soul Stone, is unknown and may appear in this movie.

2. A Little Context Before You Watch the Movie 

It has been confirmed by the Russo brothers that what happened in Captain America: Civil War (2016) will still continue in this movie where the teams will still be divided. The film will conclude the Thanos and the Infinity Stones story arc, and the plot will follow the Avengers joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from destroying the universe with the six Infinity Stones.

3. The Dope New Shield: Made in Wakanda

Steve Rogers wields a new shield in this film, made from Wakandan Vibranium, that splits apart into two arm guards. This is based on two different shields Rogers wielded in the comics: one shield was provided by the Black Panther, and the other split apart into two guards. The tech reflects his surroundings, apparently made of vibranium — the same rare naturally occurring meteoric ore that Black Panther’s suit is made of — which derives from the African nation. And according to the recent reveal that Shuri is the tech genius behind her brother’s superhero gadgetry, it’s pretty safe to say that Cap’s new gauntlet shield was invented by the Princess of Wakanda herself.

4. Hey Thor! How About a New Hammer!?

Having lost his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor constructs a new hammer in this film, known as Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is named for the Asgardian hammer given to Thor's comrade Beta Ray Bill. It is a war hammer-ax, based on the Marvel Ultimate Mjolnir.

5. The White Wolf < The Winter Soldier

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Bucky Barnes will go by the code name 'White Wolf' in Avengers: Infinity War, as he was referred to by the children of Wakanda in the after credit scene in Black Panther (2018). White Wolf in the comics was T'Challa's adopted brother Hunter who was the leader of Wakanda's secret police: The Hatut Zeraze.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB and Nerdist. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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TOP 5 BOLLYWOOD MOVIES RELEASING THIS SUMMER

5. Meghna Gulzar's - 'Raazi'

Release Date - May 11 | Starring - Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt

Making a remarkable mark with her début film Talvar, Meghna Gulzar is preparing for the release of her upcoming film Raazi. Starring Vicky Kaushal (Raman Raghav 2.0 fame) and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, the film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat, about a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The film will be a period-thriller and Meghna's is pretty good at directing edgy subjects and the addition of Kaushal and Alia seems to be exciting. Let's hope for the best!

4. Abhishek Sharma's - 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran'

Release Date - TBA | Starring - John Abraham and Diana Penty

Directed by Abhishek Sharma (The Shaukeens fame), the film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998 and will feature John Abraham and Diana Penty as Army Officials. Previously starring in Shoojit Sircar's sleeper-hit film Madras Cafe, John Abraham is no stranger when it comes to real life and army based films and him starring in another film which looks very similar to Madras Cafe is exciting. Also, Abhishek Sharma proved his mettle in the comedic genre and it should be interesting to watch how he handles action and drama. Altogether, sooner than later, this film will get a definite release date and hopefully, it will impress and do well.

3. Shoojit Sircar's - 'October'

Release Date - April 13 | Starring - Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu

Talking about Shoojit Sircar, his upcoming film October is creating a positive buzz all around the internet soon after the trailer dropped. Touted as a romantic-drama, this film looks unorthodox and unlike anything Sircar had done before. Varun Dhawan is another positive for the film cause I believe he's a well-rounded actor and dramatic roles suit him very well as we've seen him excel in Badlapur. Nevertheless, this film has all the potential to be great and exceptional, but, you never know!

2. Rajkumar Hirani's - 'Sanju'

Release Date - June 29 | Starring - Ranbir Kapoor

Directed by the critically acclaimed director Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role is a biopic on the life of the legendary actor, Sanjay Dutt who is an interesting personality in the film industry. Also starring Anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapoor as the supporting cast, this film should be very compelling to watch, not only because of Hirani directing but also because of the controversial life of Sanju Baba who spent his time in jail a few years back.

1. Remo D'Souza's - 'Race 3'

Release Date - June 15 | Starring - Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez

Coming off the blockbuster success of the previous two Race films, Race 3 is easily the most anticipated of the Summer. Starring Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles, this film should be a high-octane ride with amazing action sequences and breathtaking car stunts like we've never seen before. My only concern is with Remo D' Souza directing the film, who has an unimpressive track record as a storyteller.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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TOP 5 HOLLYWOOD MOVIES RELEASING THIS SUMMER

5. Christopher McQuarrie's - 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout'

Release Date - July 27 | Starring - Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson

'Mission Impossible' is always exciting and amazing franchise to watch because of its superior quality and the breathtaking action sequences. With Christopher McQuarrie who previously directed 'Rogue Nation' and 'Jack Reacher' returning to the director's chair, 'Fallout' looks promising and will no doubt be another highly successful film in the franchise.

4. J. A. Bayona's - 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

Release Date - June 22 | Starring - Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard

With the earlier film in the franchise 'Jurassic World' grossing over 1.6 billion worldwide, fans were really excited about the sequel until they've watched the promos which received a mixed reaction. But, Jurassic World has a larger appeal from the worldwide audience and will surely be a blockbuster. But, will it succeed its predecessor in terms of story, screenplay, action, and box-office? We just have to wait and see.

3. Ron Howard's - 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Release Date - May 25 | Starring - Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke

With numerous rumors, suspicions, and overall a negative vibe surrounding the film, 'Solo' should be a very interesting film to watch primarily because of the difficulties it went through during production. Moreover, Han Solo is the most beloved hero in the Star Wars Universe and his backstory is something I'm excited to watch. Hopefully, the film doesn't disappoint!

2. David Leitch's - 'Deadpool 2'

Release Date - May 18 | Starring - Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin

'Deadpool (2016)' is a game-changer, the Rated R humor, action, and the execution inspired many Comic Book Films like 'Logan' and the audience responded to the film remarkably as it wreaked havoc at the box-office grossing over 780 million worldwide. 'Deadpool 2' already started to make a mark in the film community with its amusing promos and trailers with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable. Even though Tim Miller didn't return to direct the second installment, this film still looks fun and will surely be an entertaining ride.

1. The Russo Brothers' - 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Release Date - April 27 | Starring - Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans

Here comes the big dog, the mothership of all Comic Book / Superhero films, 'Infinity War' is tracking to make over 200 million dollars in its opening weekend and with all the hype 'Black Panther' is carrying right now, 'Infinity War' will no-doubt become the biggest Superhero film of all time with major developments in its storyline and characters. Let's hope the film delivers the way we anticipated.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT 'AIYAARY'

1. Heart of 'Aiyaary'

“Aiyaary is a spy thriller at the heart of it,” Sidharth Malhotra summarizes the film’s concept.

More than being just a thriller, it seems as though the movie depicts the themes of patriotism, loyalty, and morality. In particular, it shows a mentor and his protégé: two Indian Army officers with a patriotic heart who suddenly have a fallout.

The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) has intelligence par excellence and has complete faith in the system of the country. Protégé Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) thinks otherwise because of what he has witnessed in his recent stint in surveillance. Jai Bakshi turns rogue and Abhay has 36 hours to find Jai, as Jai withholds a secret that can bring down the Government.

Whilst the story seems very intriguing, one wonders what ‘Aiyaary’ really means and how it is relevant to the film.

Talking to the media, Neeraj Pandey explains: “The title of the film explains the term as a person who is a chameleon in character and works towards mastering in all given situation. It means master of Behrupiya.”

2. The Initial Title of 'Baby'!?

Did you know that Pandey had initially decided upon the title 'Aiyaary' not for the upcoming film, but for his hit film 'Baby' starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Taapsee Pannu? The 2015 film which was an espionage thriller was initially titled 'Aiyaary' but later changed to 'Baby', which refers to a covert operation in the film.

3. Shot in Real Locations

A self-confessed fan of the thriller genre, Malhotra is thrilled to don the uniform for the first time and reveals that this is “one of the most real films” he has worked on, so far. “There are no sets as we shot in real locations. This is probably the closest depiction of real-life spies who are invisible to common man. They’ve been taught to merge in the crowd, not get noticed and get relevant information. You won’t see us in glamorous roles or with James Bond-like characters,” he says while explaining the film’s title, which means ‘the ultimate trickery’.

4. Real Reason Behind the Postponement 

The movie refers to a real-life scam surrounding the army and the government that looks to have bothered the officials. If you have seen the trailer, you know that Aiyaary deals with the corruption in certain sections of the army. The movie, it seems, takes inspiration for one of its subplots from the real-life land scam of the Adarsh Housing Society, that's located in Colaba, Mumbai.

In the movie, there are scenes where Sidharth Malhotra and Pooja Chopra's characters are heard referring to a plot in 'Colaba'. Naseeruddin Shah's (who has a cameo in the movie) character is linked to this subplot, where he is playing the watchman of the said plot. He mentions that the property reserved for widows of martyred soldiers will be taken over by politicians and their cronies.

This was something that happened in real-life as well when in 2010, the scam was revealed where several politicians, bureaucrats, and top military brass were involved in grabbing flats in Adarsh society, which was at below-market rates, that were reserved for the army widows. The reveal of the scam led to the resignation of the then Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, while the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, two former urban development ministers, Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, were also said to be involved in the scam. The CBI is currently investigating the claim.

5. The First

This will be Sidharth Malhotra's first collaboration with Neeraj Pandey, his first army based film and also his first film with Manoj Bajpayee.

Sources and Writing Credits - Desiblitz, Times of India, The Hindu, Times Now and IMDB. (Thanks)

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