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Thugs of Hindostan - Honest Movie Review

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, YRF's latest 300 crore outing Thugs of Hindostan, continues the Bollywood's moneymaking tradition of producing grand-epic films once or maybe twice a year. Consistency doesn't seem a concerning factor here, as the audience will, by and large, feel tickled when they're affectionately served with flamboyant trailers, multiword genre, prolific star cast, extensive social media marketing and a sexy Katrina Kaif who seem to have a problem putting on extra clothes.

Verdict - "Boring! Disappointing! Frustrating!"

Set in the late 1700s, the film's storyline follows the reign of John Clive (Lloyd Owen), a generic, cold-blooded and an easily manipulated English Officer, who is slowly but conventionally, capturing Indian Territories one after the other. Soon after Clive executes and captures her turf, a young Zafira takes off with Khudabaksh (Amitabh Bachchan) and his eagle buddy before getting caught. Eleven years later, now an adolescent highly-skilled archer and a bungee jumping expert Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh) plots for revenge against Clive alongside her old-grimy sword-fighting specialist (Bachchan Saab), now hailed as Azaad.

In simple words, we can contemplate Thugs of Hindostan (The Film) as a battleship, struck by lightning, dynamited by other adversary warships and submerged underwater in a sea of blood-soaked negatives. So, let's pick apart the drawbacks of the film one by one. The plot, which, as expected, is predictable for the most part and is a perfect blend between 'Point Break (1991)', 'Pirates of the Carribean' and a million other movies you've already seen before. But, that's not the worst part. Vijay Krishna Acharya as a writer/storyteller failed twice before (with 'Tashan' and 'Dhoom 3') and dropped the ball once again with TOH. Similar to Remo D'Souza, the guy can shoot a bombastic scene which is lit, choreographed and produced nicely, but, the seamless transition and the crisscrossing of the storyline between these theatrical episodes was utterly non-existent. It honestly felt like a bunch of ridiculousness knit together with the intention of making an entertaining movie.

Marketed as an Action/Adventure/Drama, this film is overbrimmed to the fullest extent with action sequences, so much to a point where you can pause every five seconds of the movie, take a screengrab and put it on a billboard, and that's a compliment! As I said earlier, the composition and choreography behind each shot, especially the battle scenes, were proficient enough to watch them on a big screen. But, unlike Tollywood's magnum opus 'Baahubali', the combat scenes had no creative thinking or artistic imagination behind them and just felt like a myriad of sword fights with distinct knife-edged metal on metal sounds.

The characters and the performances serve as another disadvantage to the film. Aamir Khan's character Firangi Mallah felt like less charismatic and a not-so-funny rip-off of Johnny Depp from Pirates of the Carribean. Amitabh Bachchan and his stunt double deserve appreciation for taking the physical risk in most cases but were thwarted by a generic heroic character. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who for the most part, designated to intense standoffs, had very little to speak and was wasted despite having an interesting story arc. Katrina Kaif, on the other hand, was treated like a sensuous ghost of the film, who only appears to provide "entertainment" with her commendable dancing skills, a glittery attire, and a total screen time of fewer than fifteen minutes. That's about it!

Overall, exaggerated with mammoth expectations, a year-long hype and TV spots on every other channel, Thugs of Hindostan is a perfect example and display of why you shouldn't hop on the 'Baahubali' bandwagon with a terrible script and a lousy storyteller like Vijay Krishna Acharya. This movie is a disappointment and will, no doubt, contend with 'Race 3' for the #1 spot, not the best but, for the worst.

Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D+

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Top 5 Reasons Why Thugs of Hindostan Will Fail Critically

Now, before I dissect the reasons why Thugs of Hindostan will fail critically, I want to make it clear that I wish nothing but success for the movie. I will walk into the theatre with an open mind, and if the film proves me wrong, I'll be the first person to admit my mistakes. So, with that out-of-the-way, let's start picking apart the Top 5 Reasons.


1. The Poor Track Record of the Director

Taking the recent epic blockbusters 'Baahubali' and 'Padmaavat' as examples, although the characters and the star cast were the essential reasons for the films' success, the primary and the dominant reason why those movies made a huge impact was because of the directors S. S. Rajamouli and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who are the premier superstars of their films. Cut back to TOH, Writer-Director Vijay Krishna Acharya, who is the architect behind 'Tashan' (a critical and commercial failure) and 'Dhoom 3' (another critical failure) has a poor track record when it comes to his previous works, is not considered as a superstar director, and is mainly an unknown name in the industry. So, watching his name on-screen didn't get me particularly excited.


2. Similarities to Pirates of the Caribbean

From the characters to the action set pieces and production design, you can't help but compare TOH to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Aamir Khan's character Firangi Mallah is at the bottom, an Indian version of Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), who even has a distinct accent like Mr. Sparrow, walks and dances unusually like Sparrow, chugs a bottle of whiskey like our beloved drunkard Sparrow and may also cheat like our five-installment hero Jack Sparrow including Amitabh Bachchan looking all the more identical to Black Beard. And is Fatima Sana Sheikh going to portray the more serious and equally attractive version of Angelica (played by Penélope Cruz)? Let's move on!


3. The Other Characters

Taking nothing away from her amazing dance skills, Katrina Kaif once again fills in as a glamour quotient in the film. So far, we've seen her dance indoors and outdoors within extravagant sets, covered in glittering outfits, so maybe the director is using the best of her abilities. Also, by not declining his incredible talent and bravado, Amitabh Bachchan's character also looks like an extension of Kattappa (played by Sathyaraj) from 'Baahubali' franchise. He is the leader of his battalions like the backstabber Katappa, swinging and blinging the sword like the tenacious Kattappa, but, the only dubious aspect from Mr Bachchan's character is him jumping and kicking everyone around with his far-fetched aerobic abilities.


4. Video Game Visual Effects

With nearly a 300 cr budget, this film is, for the most part, drenched in CGI, similar to its counterpart 'Baahubali'. But setting excuses like time, budget and availability aside, the visual effects, at least in the trailer looked below par. But, I'll reserve my final judgement till I see the movie on a big screen, however, judging by the trailers the VFX used in certain shots and scenes looked they're plucked straight out of an expensive video game. It seemed like 'Baahubali' set new standards for computer-generated imagery in Indian Cinema and TOH might fail in the midst of being successful.


5. Following a Trend

Speaking of 'Baahubali', it's quite obvious that TOH is riding the coattails of the immense success of S.S. Rajmouli's magnum opus. It is also apparent that Patriotic movies are the trending genre in Bollywood right now (look at Akshay Kumar's success rate in the past few years). So, it's a no-brainer to mix both successful genres and make a noteworthy movie. But, the bigger question is, will people respond to it critically and make it a crowd-pleaser? I don't think so! But let's wait and see.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Secret Superstar - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Heartwarming Cinema!"

Directed by Advait Chandan (debutant) and starring Zaira Wasim (Younger version of Geeta from Dangal), Meher Vij (Munni's mother from Bajrangi Bhaijaan) and Aamir Khan in the lead roles, Secret Superstar is a heartwarming story about a young teenage girl (Insia) who aspires to become a Singing Superstar one day despite the odds stacked against her mainly by her cruel and inhuman father played by the brilliant Raj Arjun.

Showcasing an emotional plot primarily filled with the family relationship between a mother and her talented daughter, director Advait Chandan made sure that the audience member is ardently invested in the entire film. The storyline is relatable to many middle-class families in the country, therefore the characters and the circumstances that they're challenging in their day-to-day life felt very authentic and genuine.

Besides the heartening storyline, the characters in the film were refined skillfully by the screenwriters. All the primary leads from the ruthless father to the lovable brother were given enough time to progress that helped the film be more empathetic in its approach. On the contrary, one of the major complaints I have about the movie was, it's predictable from scene-to-scene. When you watch the film, following the storyline, you can almost tell what's going to happen next in the forthcoming scenes which I thought is the only setback of the film.

On the bright side, the performances in the film were top-notch. Zaira Wasim once again gives a stand-out performance. Her character was filled with innocence, determination, and sensibleness which she portrayed with ease and I'm convinced that she is one of the bright young stars we have in the industry right now. Aamir Khan shines with his cocky and comical performance and nailed few laugh-out-loud moments in the film. Meher Vij plays her part decently and her scenes with Zaira will agonize you a little. Also, Amit Trivedi's music was praiseworthy and bolstered the quality of the film.

Nevertheless, although predictability was a major setback of the film, Secret Superstar benefits from its heartwarming storyline, developed characters, sweet-sounding music and astonishing performances from the complete cast which makes the film one of the best so far in 2017.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Featured In Our "Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2017" List - Click Here 

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Dil Dhadakne Do - Movie Review

Verdict - "DDD is just one step away from being a failure. Thanks to the cast and the distinct approach of the movie."

Affluent look, gigantic cast, ingenious crew and with an eighty-six crore budget things should never go wrong for any movie. But in the cinematic universe that we live in right now, everything is uncertain, movies may disappoint and indeed can turn into a disaster (take Bombay Velvet as an example.) So my expectations were extremely low for Dil Dhadakne Do and I never envisioned it to be good. But with the benefit of doubt, I ended up liking the movie and cherished it for being authentic.

Advancing with a bumpy journey of love and hate, Kamal and Neelam Mehra (prominently known as The Mehra's) decide to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on an extravagant cruise as they invite their arduous family and covetous friends to join them on their journey of splendor. But?

The two leading ladies of the movie -- Zoya Akhtar, and Reema Kagti made sure that their message was up-front in the movie and they never felt timid to display the distinct side of a well-heeled person. Moreover, it was interesting to watch the silliness and lunacy between these people and the way it was executed was totally amusing.

Here's my problem with the movie. All the fun, love, emotion, despair and empathy can be a solid two-hour long entertainer. But this movie stretches far too long till it reaches an exasperated place of tedium. It is nearly three-hour long for no clear reason and struggled deliriously during its runtime. 

But a pleasing and a satisfying climax is the most worthy and essential aspect for a conflicting movie. For a second time, the finale was never satiating for the entire movie and felt unexpected. 

Backed up with tremendous star power, performances from the entire cast in the movie were astounding to watch. Everyone had a moment or two to shine and the chemistry between them worked well as they're believable as a family.

Nevertheless, Dil Dhadkne Do is a refreshing movie with an admirable message, lavish look, and amusing humor. But the 172-minute runtime and few mundane parts makes the movie a little tiresome to watch. Keep your expectations low and you'll never be dissatisfied.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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PK - Movie Review

Verdict - "Funny and Entertaining! PK was enjoyable as a complete movie."

The plot revolves around an extraterrestrial named PK (Aamir Khan) who arrives to earth in a spaceship with no clothes around his body except for a remote control which has the ability to call back the spaceship when needed. Eventually, after losing his remote control, PK starts his search for the device and in the course he struggles and learns the language, culture and many other things about religion which elevates the story to another level and introduces us to the focal theme of the movie.

Counting in the positives of the movie, the comedic aspect was very funny. Hirani's distinct humour and style was very genuine and I laughed out a numerous times in the movie and I'm very pleased about it. Also the dramatic sequences in the movie are quite heart-trending and were really well supported by the religious aspect of the movie.

However, they're few aspects in the movie which didn't really pay-off, mainly the romantic angles between Anushka and Sushanth and Aamir and Anushka were underwhelming. It almost felt generic and when they pulled out a dramatic sequence from it, the perfection was missing and it's not convincing.

The movie did have a diverse storyline but it felt like a little out of place for me, it didn't feel important in the first place and the turns it took didn't astonish me for the most part. Sure, the climax was surprising, but it could've been much better. Also there's a social aspect displayed in the movie and it didn't work for me too.

The chief storyline written by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi was one of the best part of the movie, it was sundry and I felt like I'm watching good movie that didn't dawdle to convey the unconventional message in a pontifical world. Hirani's direction and the humour which he adds to the movie was very admirable.

There's no other actor who could've played the character of PK better than Aamir? I would say no. But overall, this is a well arranged character for Aamir which he utlized it to the best. His funny bhojpuri slang and his weird persona felt unique and Aamir did a fabulous job in portraying the character in the proper way. Anushka Sharma did fine as a supporting character in the movie and as I mentioned earlier her love angle didn't work out.

On the whole, PK didn't live up to all my expectations. But it was very funny and entertaining as a complete movie. Aamir and Hirani should be appreciated for trying something which was very distant and delicate at the same time. PK is a must watch and one of the best movies of 2014.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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