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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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