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John Abraham in Talks with Akshay Kumar for 'Garam Masala 2'!?

'Garam Masala' starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham was a huge hit back in 2005 where Akshay won a Filmfare Award for his splendid performance and John was equally appreciated for his promising efforts. The duo went on to make 'Desi Boyz' (2011) and 'Housefull 2' (2012) together which are successful at the box-office. Years past, now we might be getting a sequel for 'Garam Masala' as John Abraham who is promoting his upcoming film 'Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran' told a leading tabloid that he is in constant talks with Akshay for the remake of their cult comedy film.

Talking about the Garam Masala sequel, he said, "I would love to do some fun films. Also, I love Akshay and enjoy working with him. In fact, I spoke to him the other day, and he said, ‘Let’s do something together’. We always have a burning desire to work together as we are very alike as human beings. As for Garam Masala 2, Akshay and I have been talking about it and I think that’d be great and a lot of fun. The storyline can be that 10 years later, there are more than three air hostesses (laughs). It will be fun but you have to make those fun films with people you have fun with. Even films such as Desi Boyz (2011) and Dishoom (2016) can be made into sequels as they have great potential."

Well, we just have to wait and see, comedy sequels do well at the box-office and planning a sequel is not a bad choice at all.

A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Pad Man - Honest Movie Review

Starring Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in the lead roles, Pad Man is loosely based on the real-life story of Coimbatore based Social Entrepreneur Padma Shri Arunachalam Muruganantham who excelled with his innovation of affordable sanitary pads in India.

As you guys already knew about the primary storyline (I'm assuming that you've seen the trailers) of the film, let's quickly move on to the overall positives. 

First off, I should indeed admire Akshay Kumar, R. Balki, and Twinkle Khanna for producing a significant film with an influential subject which is a taboo in India. As Akshay Kumar stated, he didn't want to turn this film into a documentary but considered to make it commercial with the intention of reaching a wider audience and I honestly appreciate his reasoning.

If you've seen his earlier films, you should be familiar with Balki's work and the way he gets you emotionally invested in his characters. During the course of the film, I sometimes found myself tearing up a little and that only transpired because I'm fully rooting for the lead characters which I consider as the major plus points for the film.

As I always mumble in most of my reviews, when the characters are properly developed and were given enough character moments, we naturally root and get behind them which in turn favors the film during the emotionally impactful or climactic scenes. Furthermore, the performances should also aid the well-written characters and Akshay Kumar along with Radhika Apte was fantastic in their roles.

Akshay Kumar continues to surprise me not only with his unique choice of films but also with his magnificent character work and performance. His normal-courteous-average look made his character more relatable as he carried his innocent yet intellectual persona flawlessly. Likewise, Radhika Apte carries on to mesmerize everyone with her remarkable performance and is one of the only few actors who prefer content over masala and I should applaud her for that.

On the other side, they're a few negatives, the screenplay by R. Balki and Swanand Kirkire was sub-par which affected the pace of the film primarily in the first half that felt a bit stretched out. Also, we're well aware that 70% of the film was fictionalized and I normally don't complain when the dramatized storyline blends well with the actual storyline. But, more or less, the screenwriters fizzled out in this area when a few things happen which are easily convenient to the storyline as they're ridiculous to watch. Likewise, the sub-plot involving Sonam Kapoor's character and her addition to the film felt undercooked and uninteresting.

Overall, discounting all the negatives, Pad Man is a significant film with a strong influential message which should be articulated to everyone especially to the people living in the rural areas who still, to this day feel that menstrual cycle is something taboo. Kudos to all the producers and the crew for putting in the effort to deliver a much-needed message that will only improve our country's acumen.

My Rating - 3/25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Naam Shabana - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Missed Opportunity"

Marketed as the prequel to the 2015 sleeper hit Baby, Naam Shabana directed by Shivam Nair and penned by the critically acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, Manoj Bajpayee in a supporting role and Akshay Sharma in a surprise guest role. 

Set in a timeline that got transpired before the incidents of Baby, Ranvir Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who is in charge of an agency related to National Security is in pursuit to find an astute female field agent and confronts Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu), a college student who trains in the sport of Kudo in her spare time. Upon ample time spent in research, Ranvir offers Shabana a contract to join the agency, to which she agrees after making a shady deal.

With tons of potential of developing an interesting ingenious tale, Neeraj Pandey presented us with a lackluster script which is tedious and ludicrous to watch. Forget about the logic, the trite and predictable narration, dim-witted dialogue and an inept directing job by Shivam Nair spoiled the complete experience and made me check my watch for every 10 minutes (which usually doesn't happen that often).

On the bright side, Taapsee Pannu as the female protagonist in the film was a treat to watch, her grit and ceaseless alure corresponded with her character effortlessly and helped the film to at least advance till 127 minutes. Akshay Kumar's role in the film was decent and was most certainly not needed, but a good surprise is always welcomed. 

Nevertheless, solely elevated by the performance of Taapsee Pannu, Naam Shabana is a complete missed opportunity in terms of storyline and screenplay and is forgettable for the most part. As a fan who enjoyed the previous film Baby to the fullest, I found it difficult to sit through this film for 127 minutes.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Baby - Movie Review: Click Here 

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Instant Movie Review #33 (Airlift)

Raja Krishna Menon's - "Airlift"

Positives
1) Direction
2) Story
3) Performances
4) Music

Introduction: Condensed on the theme of humanness, loyalty, and compassion. Airlift is based on true life events that happened back in the 1990's during the Persian Gulf War that involved moving around 1,70,000 Indian refugees from Kuwait and Iraq to India.  

Plot: Akshay Kumar plays the character of Ranjit Katiyal, a prolific businessperson who relishes his life as a proud Kuwaiti. When terror strikes Kuwait and after realising that his family's lives were in danger, he decides to leave Kuwait instantly until he discovers that the safety of his own employees and every Indian in Kuwait is in his own hands.

Direction: Raja Krishna Menon's story exhibited more compassion in its approach other than patriotism. Sure, they're few scenes that display a waving flag, but the human relationship was a significant factor in the film. He made sure that the film is occupied with an unsettling disconcerting vibe. And his raw depiction of the story throughout the entire film was enthralling to watch.

Performances: The performances from the complete cast were terrific, Akshay Kumar portrayed his character magnificently by headlining the emotion and fortitude correspondingly. Nirmat Kaur looked elegant and was given few great moments to shine. Purab Kohli had given one of the best performances of his career and Prakash Belawadi's character as an irritating middle-class Indian was worthy of note.

Verdict: Overall, Airlift was a compelling and heartening film that was masterfully acted and directed. It displayed the patriotic and the benevolent elements uniformly and is certainly one of the best movies from a major actor I've seen in a very long time from Bollywood. A must watch! 

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Singh is Bliing - Movie Review

Verdict - "Hey Kids! It's a Disaster!"

Strangely, a few days ago, the makers of this movie made clear that "Singh is Bliing" is not a sequel for "Singh is Kinng". Makes sense? Not much! Conversely, I call it as a spin-off that nobody really needs. 

Howbeit, with the Indian Michael Jackson and the dreaded filmmaker Prabhudeva taking the director's seat this time, my expectations were horribly low for this movie and fortunately; it really helped me a lot, cause this movie was straight out awful.

Let's start with the storyline of the movie... Oh, wait! Let me rationalize, was there an eloquent storyline for this movie? How is this movie even being made with a hefty seventy crore budget? It honestly felt like a lazy script with a series of cheesy jokes, nonsensical action sequences, generic romantic and emotional moments and few unbearable songs.

Now, who do we blame for all this? The makers or the director? Firstly, how did the entire team at Grazing Goat Pictures looked at this script and thought it would work? It was a mess! However, on a positive note, cinematography by Dudley was tremendous; he made sure that every shot in the movie appears visually amazing and with a decent amount of production design, the movie didn't at least look bad.

And moreover, when I see Akshay Kumar starring in these sort of futile movies once in a year, I feel bad for him. With Entertainment in 2014, Boss in 2013, Joker and Khiladi 786 in 2013, the list keeps growing, and it ends at no time. On the other hand, Amy Jackson was never given an opportunity to display her acting skills in the movie. She added a lot of glamor to the movie, and her action sequences were tolerable. And Lara Dutta was completely wasted in an insignificant role that didn't mean much to the movie.

Altogether, Singh is Bliing was indeed a train wreck of a movie on every significant standpoint and is without a doubt one of the worst movies of the year. Here's the thing, save your money and spend some quality time with your friends and family or as an alternative watch some good movies like Baby or Special 26 if you're such a big fan of Akshay Kumar. Stay away from this terrible, inferior, abysmal  disaster!

My Rating - 1/5 | Grade - D (Absolutely Awful!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #11 (Baby)

Neeraj Pandey's - "Baby"

Positives
1) Second act's Screenplay and Direction

Negatives
1) The 160-minute Runtime
2) The First Act

Analysis: Assembled as an enthralling thriller, Neeraj Pandey's "Baby" compiles a provocative screenplay and a wholesome storyline together making it a unique movie we usually come across from Bollywood.

Initiated with a zestless and an overused storyline, Baby commences on a lighter note and manages to rift its pace and direction in the second half which never refrains till the very end. It succeeds in acquiring your attention together and ultimately, I didn't really feel that I watched a generic movie.

Performances: Led by Akshay Kumar, (who was quite decent in the movie) the performances from the cast didn't seem appealing to me as there's nothing exclusive added to their characters. Consequently, the performances were satisfying but not incredible to watch.

Verdict: As a conclusion, Baby will be an entertainer if you watch it for the first time without reaching a judgment by the first act. The movie takes it time to engage you as a viewer and conclusively turns out to be a watchable movie. Recommended for a casual watch.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with Noticeable Flaws!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Entertainment - Movie Review

Verdict - "Entertainment undoubtedly falls in the category of worst movies of this year".

Akhil Lokhande (Akshay Kumar) just has one aim in life: he wants to earn enough money to prove his worth, which will in turn, impress his girlfriend's (Tammannah Bhatia) father (Mithun Chakraborty). That is, till he gets the news that he is the son of a multi-millionaire diamond merchant. Akhil's troubles don't end here: his father has inherited all his property to a dog, called Entertainment!

As a fan of Akshay Kumar It's very saddening for me to see him doing such films. Unfortunately his choice of films is getting worse year by year. Why can't he do films like Special 26, Oh My God or Holiday? What makes him do such mind-numbing films?

It's not like slapstick comedies are not enjoyable, Akshay Kumar has ruled this genre from past few years but it's high time now! I really hope he stops doing films like Entertainment. Tamannah Bhatia doesn't have much scope in the film.

Johnny Lever, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood and Mithun Chakraborty did a decent job. Krushna is as irritating as the film's narrative.

Sometimes it feels like Junior, (Entertainment) meant to be the film's hero, is just used as a prop in this lousy flick.

The less said the better about the debutant director duo Farhad & Sajid. The duo shows how low on IQ they are by writing & directing "Entertainment". Believe me even a 10 year old won't enjoy the film. Did the duo actually believed that naming their film Entertainment will make it entertaining?

The only enjoyable thing in the film were its songs.

I'll rate it one out of 5 stars. Entertainment is a big embarrassment on the Hindi Film Industry.

My Rating - 1/5 | Grade - D (Absolutely Awful!)
-By Nisarg Shah (@Nisakki)

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