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Raazi - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Alia Bhatt Steals the Show in n Engaging Thriller!"

Directed by Meghna Gulzar and starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role, Raazi is a spy-thriller and is one of my most anticipated movies of this Summer. The storyline of the film follows a 20-year-old college-going girl, Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) who is tutored and altered into an Indian Spy and is consigned to investigate a Pakistani Army family at the time of the Indo-Pakistani War in 1971. Sehmat marries the youngest son in the family, Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) and moves to Pakistan to carry forward her precarious mission.

Let's start with the performances, Alia Bhatt is a promising actress, her stellar performances in Highway and Dear Zindagi proved that she is one of the top-tier talents in Bollywood as she continues to impress me in every one of her films. Raazi is no exception, she carried the entire film on her shoulders especially in the emotional scenes and made me believe and feel for her character. Vicky Kaushal is also another standout, his innocent character is unlike I've seen him perform in his past movies and he delivers.

That brings me to the characters in the film, which I should say were well-written. I always champion for well-rounded characters in every film and Bhavani Iyer and Meghna Gulzar did a terrific job by building and giving the characters time to breathe as they're memorable and noteworthy throughout the film. Also, Meghna Gulzar, who directed one of my favorite films of 2015, Talvar, did a tremendous job in keeping the movie interesting and engaging until the end similar to her work in her previous film.

Continuing ahead with the negatives, as I stated earlier, the screenplay was written very well, but, the storyline was thin and felt less impactful. This film is more about the character of Sehmat and her journey with respect to how she reacted and responded in these treacherous situations and less about the actual plot. Therefore, at times, I felt that I needed more from the ongoing storyline which is partially neglected.

Overall, Raazi is an engaging thriller and an excellent display of one of the unsung heroes of the Indo-Pakistan War, Sehmat. It certainly had few issues, but, I had an enthralling experience watching the film and Alia Bhatt steals the show as usual.

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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Pooja Bhatt to Direct 'Sadak 2' with Alia Bhatt as the Lead!?

1991 was a celebrated year in the Bhatt house-hold cause Mahesh Bhatt's directorial 'Sadak' starring Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt was one of the critically appreciated and commercially successful films. As usual, when people like a certain movie to death they demand a sequel and sometimes they might have to wait for 27 years as a sequel to 'Sadak' is now being planned with Alia Bhatt as the female lead and her step-sister Pooja Bhatt in the director's chair. Isn't that weird!?

Here are few rumored reports, Mahesh Bhatt is been requested by Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt to develop a script for the sequel for an unknown reason and after completing the script, Mr. Bhatt revealed that the film focus on the modern-day scenario where the distinction between the house and the ‘Sadak’ is fast disappearing. Bhatt had also stated that the script of Sadak 2 would make people believe in love at a time when it’s very easy to walk out of a relationship.

Jeet Ganguly is already been finalized to helm the music for the film and an official announcement is expected in the upcoming weeks.

Nevertheless, Alia Bhatt is currently busy shooting for Ayan Mukerji's 'Brahmastra' in Bulgaria as her schedule is packed for this year also with Meghna Gulzar’s 'Raazi', followed by Zoya Akhtar’s 'Gully Boy' opposite 'Padmaavat' star Ranveer Singh.

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

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Kapoor & Sons - Movie Review

Verdict - "A relatable and a staggering portrayal of life."

Realize, understand, forgive and move on is a simple tactic that we all pursue in our day-to-day lives to avoid complications. But what if things go rampant and tear down your life in an inconceivable way?!

Starring Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles; Kapoor & Sons is a story about two brothers Arjun (Sidharth) and Rahul (Fawad) as they return to India nearly after five years to visit their family and grandfather who is ill and breathing his final days in life. As the situations get intense will this unhinged volatile family endure the reality and forgive the mistakes they've done in life? 

Written and directed by Shakun Batra, the story was by far the most impressive aspect of this film. Although the run-through and the family drama felt a bit primitive, Batra took a different approach in explaining an intrinsic storyline in an appealing way by adding few diverse key elements that were highlighted and handled skilfully.

But the film had few pacing issues especially in the first half where it felt a bit out-of-place heading in a disordered direction. Few scenes felt quite unnecessary that needlessly expanded the runtime of the film which could've easily been shortened down to 15-20 minutes.

Nonetheless, the well-rounded relatable characters and the performances from the entire cast were remarkable. Rishi Kapoor served a comical relief and embraced his quirky character amazingly. Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak were also astonishing with their strong performances. 

Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan had startling chemistry between them and were completely believable as brothers during many emotional and joyful. Alia Bhatt's character felt a bit odd, even though the writer took the time to explain her back story it did immerse me emotionally. But her performance was energetic and marvelous at the same time that made me enjoy her presence in the movie.

As per the technical aspects of the film, the cinematography by Jeffery F. Bierman was dazzling and strikingly exquisite. The light, locations, and the vibe that he used to capture these shots were truly amazing and certainly needs appreciation. Also, the background score by Sameer Uddin was fitting and engaged with the movie perfectly.

Overall, Kapoor & Sons is a film that everyone can relate to, despite the fact it had few pacing issues, Shakun Batra's story, characters, cinematography and the staggering performances from the complete cast made the movie really enjoyable to watch and was undoubtedly one of the best movies I've seen in this year so far.

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

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2 States - Movie Review

Verdict: “Two states definitely lacked the two main components required for a seamless movie.”

By and large, what do we expect from Dharma Productions? Vivid panoramas, flamboyant locales, an adorable couple, alluring romance and weepy circumstances that adheres the storyline in an evocative way. Even though 2 States mingled up everything in a corresponding way, it still lacked a key feature that sets it apart from the other Bollywood rom-com's.

Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya (Alia Bhatt) were in pursuit of their post-graduation degree under the IIM University, Ahmedabad. After sharing few intimate moments in their respective dorm rooms they irrevocably take their relationship seriously and opts for marriage with an unfeasible pact to convince both their assorted families so as to lead a pleasurable life.

As I referred to the key feature earlier, the story and the screenplay of the movie was a letdown. Split into six acts, it never improvised in it's approach and gradually reduced the humour and the heart of the movie. Don't get me wrong, they were few melodramatic moments all over the place, but it didn't really sway me to a captivating level where I can concentrate more on the movie instead of it's length.

Also they are few clichéd sequences that are truly impractical and it didn't really felt genuine, cause I really bother about few petite things which are phony and that's the actual drawback of the movie, it felt fictitious to me.

But on a bright note, the comical timing in the movie was wonderfully crafted, it was unfussy and minimal that never overplayed to any extent. Also the purpose behind the movie is simple, it was targeted to teenage audience and that attractive, eye-catching component in the movie was really well presented.

Genuinely, I'm completely unaware of it's original source material and I can't really equate between a book and the movie. But on a cinematic standpoint the effort that debutant Abhishek Varman put on to the script and the direction was mediocre. I can understand the diversity between a book and the movie, it's quite complicated to adapt everything to the movie but if you have a precise script that would've been more charming and entracing which automatically hooks up the audience members.

I personally didn't quite find the music on an appealing level, it merged well with the situation, but I'm quite sure that the esteem will be tapered after few days.

Alia Bhatt was spectacular as always, she carried her role with ease in every single sequence and her mature acting chops were complemented well with her character. Arjun Kapoor's character was very quiet and composed and it's a complete contrast of his previous slapdash aggressive roles. He's likable in the movie and definitely shared a charming screen presence with Alia.

Nevertheless, 2 States could've been more remarkable with a tight screenplay, necessary subplots, non-clichéd sequences and a thirty minute trim. That being said, I was never intrigued by the movie, it's forgettable and will eventually reach the insipid section of movies. If you're a fan of the generic Bollywood rom-com movies, you will definitely find something affable. If not, ignore it and save it for a rental.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Highway - Movie Review

Verdict - “Genuine in it's approach and a perfectly made alternate cinema”.

We go through an inimitable vibe when it's a Imtiaz Ali's movie, the earnest emotions being captured in an authentic and a profound way is his trademark. Elevating his style to a whole new level, Highway is extremely a distinctive movie in which every single frame has a peculiar meaning to comprehend.

Occupied with her marriage events, the traumatized Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) requests her fiancé to take her for a ride to the outskirts, after being kidnapped unexpectedly by a local gang led by Mahabir Bhatti (Randeep Hooda) startling things happen and Mahabir tries to utilize the situation and resolves to demand money from Veera's well-heeled family. In a hazardous situation, the enforced Veera takes a ride on the Highway shielded by Mahabir and his uncanny gang.

The two main leads in the movie, Veera and Mahabir uphold similar emotions in their lives, Veera, an aspiring wannabe faces mistreatments with her own family members and Mahabir, a hostile individual, preoccupied with his mother's memories leads an adamant lifestyle. Neither of them are exultant or glad. Imtiaz tries to instigate a relationship between these individuals in an expressive way where they get to know each other and the circumstances that really changed their verve.

Conveying the character's emotion in an artistic way, Imtiaz's vision to craft the scene with few wide scenic shots was impressive. Incredibly pleasant panoramas explain the character's are trying to find liberty among themselves without a certain destination. Anil Mehta, the cinematographer had done an outstanding job in capturing some of the pleasing pictorials of North India.

Rahman's music and background score is significant and also plays a vital role in articulating about the character, which was discriminated from a mellow lullaby to a peppy rattle.

The main lead Alia Bhatt was absolutely remarkable with her performance. She's sensible, animated and unfurling in her character and she entirely stole every single scene with her pleasing charisma, definitely an early contender for next year's award season. Randeep Hooda impresses with his vigorous looks and style, although he doesn't surprise to a certain extent, I'm amazed with his performance in emotional sequences.

Nonetheless, Highway is unorthodox in it's approach and dismal with it's intent. There is something beyond the striking visuals and the superior music, Highway tries to be genuine in every way possible and exhibits a great prospect of a perfectly made alternate cinema. Definitely worth a watch if you're into these practical, gloomy genres.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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