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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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Hichki & 102 Not Out - Double Header Review

Wassup Movie Freaks! I hope your really (not) enjoying the Summer weather unless you are in Mumbai and got drenched in rain #MumbaiRains. Anyway, I've done few of these Double Header Reviews in the past but this time I'm sharing my thoughts on two Bollywood movies I haven't had the chance to watch in theaters. However, thanks to Amazon Prime Video, I'm now able to catch up, cause they're few really good ones I missed out on.

Before we start, you guys know our on-going tradition, let's see how well these films performed commercially. Hichki made 76.54 crores worldwide with a production budget of 20 crores. 102 Not Out made 78.59 crores worldwide from its 10 crore production budget.

"Hichki" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3/5

Directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra, Hichki starring Rani Mukerji tells us the story of Naina Mathur who has a rare disorder called as Tourette syndrome and is unable to land her aspiring job as a teacher for five years. In the long run, despite many warnings from the school's administration, she accepts the job to teach for a notorious and impish group of kids who are known for doing absurd things.

Now, you may have seen many movies in the past with a similar plot cause the storyline of Hichki is something which is tried and tested in films numerous times before. But, the movie had heart and emotion in the right place. The perfect blend of witty and poignant scenes and a well-paced narrative made Hichki so much special and charming at the same time. Another great asset for the film was Rani's outstanding performance. Her likable and appealing character was well developed and Rani made sure that the audience got behind her character effortlessly.

On the whole, although predictable, Hichki was a delightful watch from start to finish and Rani gives yet another award-worthy performance. See it!

"102 Not Out" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.25/5

102 Not Out starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles is a story about a jovial carefree 102-year-old father (Amitabh Bachchan) who decides to break the record as the oldest man alive in history. But, the dreary and the lifeless attitude of his 75-year-old son (Rishi Kapoor) discourages and throws cold water on his hopes. Later, he willingly chooses to send his son to an old-age home so that he can find peace and concentrate more on smashing that world record.

Deposited with a slick 150-minute runtime, this movie is on point with its execution. The comedic sequences were tight, hilarious and entertaining. Concurrently, the emotional scenes were poignant and hit all the right notes perfectly. But, the most significant aspect is the chemistry between Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, who seemed to had a ton of fun acting together and the humor and the emotion that they brought to this table was heartwarming and enjoyable.

Overall, for a movie which only had four primary characters, 102 Not Out delivered much more than I expected as I found myself laughing out loud and crying emotively within those 150 minutes. This is a prime example of heartening family drama and I urge you to watch it on Amazon Prime Video in case if you still haven't had the opportunity to do so.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Mega Superstars Join the Shoot of 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy'!

Rumors have been floating around in the past few months that the Shehanshah of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan may or may not be a part of Megastar Chiranjeevi’s upcoming film 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy'. But now, squashing all the rumors Big B will officially join the cast and will shoot on a three-day schedule.

While the film’s shoot has been taking place in small schedules at several places, right now, a huge set has been constructed at Nanakramguda, Andhra Pradesh to shoot a major part of the film and the star cast includes Lady Superstar Nayanthara, Jagapathi Babu, Kollywood Sensation Vijay Sethupathi, Brahmaji, and other lead actors.

Speaking of Nayanthara, the actress who was not part of the film’s first schedule, has finally commenced shooting for the film. Apparently, she had set aside dates for Ajith’s 'Viswasam' this month and since the film’s shoot has been stalled due to the ongoing strike between TFPC and Digital Service Providers in Tamil Nadu, Nayanthara is said to have used those dates for Chiranjeevi starrer.

Directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under Konidela Production Company, there is no release date set for the film as for now.

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Sarkar 3 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Lifeless Sequel!"

Nearly eight years after the release of Sarkar Raj (the second film in the Sarkar franchise) and despite few hold-ups in the pre-production stage, Sarkar 3 helmed by the controversial director Ram Gopal Varma was released in the second week of May 2017 and stars the returning Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff and Ronit Roy as supporting characters. 

After the passing of his son Shankar Nagare (Abhishek Bachchan), Subhash Nagare (Amitabh Bachchan) continues to advance his political career by doing what is rightfully correct. But in his path to success, he encounters few new adversaries who plot to assassinate Nagare and eradicate his empire entirely. With the stalwart support of his grandson, Shivaji (Amit Sadh) will Nagare overcome these complications victoriously? 

As a long time admirer of RGV and few of his good films, the one thing that impresses me the most about his work is how he picturizes every single scene. He lets the vibe, ambiance and the set designs narrate the film for him alongside with the characters which was quite remarkable. Also, when compared to his previous films, I should say that RGV at least had the intent to make an intriguing film but failed in doing so. That tells a lot about his previous debacles!

On the other side, when it comes to the storyline of the film, it didn't feel important or entertaining enough to watch. It just felt like the writers (Ram Gopal Varma and Nilesh Girkar) were trying to extract something out of an expended toothpaste tube. The characters and their individual storylines were altogether boring, the performances were decent but few supporting actors like Jackie Shroff were utterly wasted which was a major letdown of the film.

Overall, before I thank RGV for hopefully ending this franchise for good, I should say this was one of the most boring theatre going experience I've had this year. You'll not acquire anything from a worn-out franchise and Sarkar 3 is a proper example of why you shouldn't be making a sequel without a proper or a solid base.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Pink - Movie Review

Verdict - "A flawless powerful cinema "

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (not Shoojit Sircar), Pink is a courtroom drama where the plot revolves around three girls Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kriti Kulhari), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and a group of influential boys as they get stuck in a web of disconcerting troubles which leads the boys to file a complaint against the girls for 'prostitution' and an 'attempt to murder'. The rest of the film explains us how did these group of normal independent girls got trapped in a plethora of incorrect allegations.

What made this film better than every other movie released this year is the amalgamation of every significant aspect that will help the director to deliver a perfect product. A cleverly written well-constructed storyline, remarkable performances and a powerful message that leaves us with a remorseful feeling. 

Writer, Ritesh Shah did a seamless job utilising the 136-minute runtime perfectly. It did not feel too long, the characters were given enough time to progress and the first half did a great job in constructing the film till its end. But it was the fascinating second half which made the film intact and hit a lot of controversial subjects with reference to the general outlook of independent working girls in India and how they are misjudged in public for working/reaching late at night, wearing tight jeans/short skirts or smoking a cigarette/having a casual drink.

But alongside the perfection of writing and direction, the performances were also imperative for a magnificent film. The whole starting with the three girls Taapsee, Kriti and Andrea did a phenomenal job with their stupendous performances that felt genuine and authentic at the same time. Amitabh Bachchan was also amazing and adapted well to his character demeanour. The supporting cast permeated with Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee were also splendid in their respective roles.

Overall, with a powerful, thought-provoking message, Pink is not only one of the best movies I've seen this year but also an important film that explores the condition and the state of Indian women and how incorrectly they are mistreated in public. 

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Wazir - Movie Review

Verdict - "A fascinating thriller with a dumb storyline."

Two of Bollywood's finest actors working together in a high-octane thriller that comprises around a chess game? 

Well, that seems a bit weird, but I've been looking forward to this movie for many reasons not only because of Farhan and Amitabh but the trailers and the previews intrigued me a lot and it steadily became one of my most anticipated movies of the year. 

Provided that, did my immense expectations spoiled the movie for me? Or did it hold up? Let's find out!

After losing her daughter in a devastating shootout, the cheerless and the distressed Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) unexpectedly meets Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) who tries to mend his broken soul by helping him learn and play chess during his leisure time. Subsequently, after learning the tragic past of Omkar and the suspicious death of his daughter. Danish attempts to reopen the case that involves huge political names behind it. 

I love when thrillers were well-constructed and fascinating in every step. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi's impressive screenplay were one of the reasons why I enjoyed watching this film for the most part. They made sure that suspense was intact throughout the entire film and unhooked all the twists and turns ingeniously.

But, a superlative screenplay couldn't solitarily save the film. An amalgamation of an alluring story and a stimulating screenplay should help and Wazir hugely slips back in telling a good intellectual story. It accommodates itself all the suitable situations without any jeopardy and makes the viewer look daft and inane. 

But the performances from Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar and the astonishing guest appearance from Neil Nitin Mukesh were the highlights of the entire film. Their appealing screen presence and the chemistry between the leads worked fantastically especially during their interactions that were very well written.

Nevertheless, Wazir convinces in building up a fascinating thriller with a dumb storyline and misses out a great opportunity of being a riveting cinema and an early commercial hit of 2016. It is certainly worth watching once but is easily forgettable.

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

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Piku - Movie Review

Verdict - "An Amusing Wholesome Entertainer."

Portraying her gallant and humane character, Piku (Deepika) works for an architecture firm in New Delhi and she spends her leisure time with her sick aging father Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) who has a severe constipation problem. Subsequently, Bhaskor reveals his wish to visit his hometown and requests Piku to make the arrangements. Left with no alternatives, Piku plans for a road trip which is suitable for her dad's comfort. Will the road trip turn out well?

Writer, Juhi Chaturvedi (known for her works in Vicky Donor) did a spectacular job by allowing the audience submerge into these light-hearted conversations the characters in the movie share and made sure that the movie looked unorthodox with its approach. The dialogues felt candid and the analytical style that she chose to approach felt original and unique.

On the other hand, the movie had a lot to prove when it comes to the democratic side of people and conveyed a vital message about how children should take the responsibility of their parents.

Also, the characters in the movie have been illustrated very well by the writer, giving them a unique and a distinct persona which is very relatable to a common man. And the portrayal of these characters by the main leads in the movie was flawless. Deepika had to take the responsibility as the captain of the ship and she embraced her character to every extent and represented it with ease.

Amitabh Bachchan's campy humor stands out as the most compelling aspect in the movie as it felt very upfront and sharp and he was immersed into his character as he was completely out of his comfort zone with his personality and charisma. Irrfan Khan felt like a good supporting character and got the time to share few of hilarious scenes in the movie.

Overall, Shoojit Sircar never fails to deliver a fascinating movie when it comes to comedy with a light touch of generosity. Piku delivers on every aspect by adapting a silly and an effortless concept and converting it into gold. It felt neoteric and wholesome in this contemporary world. Don't miss it!

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B + (Highly entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Bhootnath Returns - Movie Review

Verdict: “Operates as an imposing eye opener, but the bad news is it's still boring at times which was excusable.”

On a serious and a significant note, Bhootnath Returns was perfectly placed before the election season with few noteworthy aspects that pretty much act as a revelation component for the society with a endearing witty routine which will definitely appeal you as a viewer.

Following up the narrative of it's forerunner Bhootnath, Bhootnath Returns opens with Mr. Bhootnath stepping into a typical urban fashioned dreamland known as the Bhootworld occupied with Indian citizens everywhere. The absence of daunting elements inside him results in something absurd, where he was made fun by every person around him.

Humiliated with the situation, Bhootnath concurs on a compact that leads him returning back to earth and eventually meeting a young indigent kid Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao) who ultimately pleads Bhootnath to participate in the elections as a local candidate.

The forked storyline was divided into two diverse acts, the first act comprehended it's strength right away and highlighted the comedic element of the movie in a proper way. The minimal plot took it's own direction and distended into a waggish juvenile way which is hard to agree but the movie completely sells the idea in a believable way.

The second act lost it's direction and started to drag out a bit. It started to slog in every single aspect with it's flat narration and turgid storyline but for a extent, it definitely pleases your heart with it's gratifying sequences that had an awe-inspiring social message. Effective!

Nitesh Tiwari's direction was vaguely impressive, he crafted the storyline cleverly to some extent and when it reached to an elevated height it was undistinguished and got bland as I stated earlier. A much constricted screenplay and a thirty minute amendment from the actual length of the movie could've worked really well.

Amitabh Bachchan sir played an unfussy, down-to-earth character in the movie that I truly appreciate. His striking on-screen charisma, jesting humour and the liveliness he brought to the movie was remarkable. The little kid Parth Bhalerao was outstanding in the movie, normally I do hate kids with hasty attitudes, but Parth sold out the movie completely for me with his sharp and droll timing and his chemistry with Amitabh sir was likable and affable. Boman Irani was equally impressive too, his self-centered egoistic character justified the bad guy element in the movie thoroughly.

However, Bhootnath Returns is a humorous take on the present day politics which was filled with dishonesty and corruption. The focal social message was delivered with quite a few bumps which should've been overlooked by the director. Cladding with every single odd it still had few heartening sequences that I really loved and cherished.

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

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