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Race 3 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "One of the Worst Big Budget Movies in Recent History!"

Directed by Remo D'Souza who is the man behind-the-camera of one of the worst films of 2016 'A Flying Jatt', 'Race 3' stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem in the lead and supporting roles and is the third film in the highly successful 'Race' franchise.

Separated from the previous two films, the plot of this movie introduces us to a filthy rich family who has disputes between them over domination and money. After undertaking a deal to rob a hard drive from a "highly secured" vault, the family discovers few miraculous facts which shatters the trust and love that they have developed over the years. Beyond believable!

If you got through the above paragraph understanding something about the movie then I should applaud myself for narrating the chaotic mess which is the storyline. It's a disaster! And even recollecting it to disintegrate what happened is giving me a headache. The franchise is notoriously known for its double-twists; a twist within a twist and more twists and that's where this plot became even more heedless. They're rather confusing, pointless and ineffective than surprising as the twists were only introduced to continue the ridiculous gimmick of the franchise.

Ten minutes into the movie, I can already tell that it is awful when the narrator says "Now that you learned about the characters, let the race begin!". That's borderline pathetic storytelling and the idiocy never stops and it continues with terrible dialogues, cringey character moments, humorless comedy and abysmal timing of songs between unimportant scenes. 

Remo D' Souza who is now into creating mindless grandiose spectacles is hand-picked by Salman Khan to direct the movie and it is literally the worst decision he made. D'Souza's approach to push style over substance can clearly be seen in the film and it didn't even remotely work for any scene. He can't piece together a scene properly or at least cannot extract a decent enough performance from any of the talented cast and it's disgraceful. All he made sure is that the actors looked elegant by dressing them up with expensive clothing and made them drive around in supercars so that we can all think that they're wicked cool.

But hey! You may say that I'm just being salty and demoralizing everybody with negativity, at least they're action sequences to shut my brain and enjoy. Don't get me started! From the mind-numbing skydiving sequences to the insane flying car crashes and the in-your-face detonations, the action scenes in the movie were absurdly bad. They're so atrocious to watch as the audience in the theatre I'm watching had a range of emotions with the kids running down the steps infused with madness and the elders either laughing or holding their heads in awe cause they can't believe what they're watching.

Even the characters or the performances didn't elevate the film. Salman Khan walked, talked and acted like a robot. Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol did the best they could, Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah were present for the looks, songs, and few poorly choreographed fights which are seriously bad. And there's nothing much to discuss about Saqib Saleem or Freddy Daruwala either.

Overall, Race 3 is undoubtedly one of the worst big budget commercial movies I've seen in a while and is an all-around failure differing from the storyline, screenplay, direction, action, music, and performances. Here's my suggestion, forget that this movie existed, ignore it when it debuts on Amazon Prime or on TV and then thank me later for saving 160 minutes of your valuable time.

My Rating - 1/5 | Grade - D (Absolutely Awful!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RACE 3

1. Supercars Blown Up!

The stunts of Race 3 were choreographed by Hollywood action director Tom Struthers and were shot in Abu Dhabi. At the trailer launch event, Salman Khan had said that they picked up 15-16 brand new cars while shooting in Abu Dhabi thinking they would get them back, but the action director ensured they don’t get even one car back. “The cars were blown up in 200 parts, which made it impossible to bring the cars back,” he added.

2. 5 Days! Just 5 Days!

Can you believe that the climax of Race 3 was shot in just 5 days? As per a report from the film's team, the climax was shot with three units simultaneously. A set of actors were continuously shooting on the three units and wrapped the schedule in just five days that could have taken ten days to shoot.

Director Remo D’Souza stated, “The climax scene is an elaborate action sequence that was to be shot with the entire cast. Salman ensured that the grueling schedule that would otherwise take 10 days to shoot, was completed in just 5 days. We had three separate units that were shooting simultaneously on set. The live explosions also had the military’s presence for security concern. The entire sequence was an event in itself.”

3. Sidharth Keeps Making Bad Choices?

Sidharth Malhotra was approached and opted out of the film, as he was to be cast opposite Daisy Shah, who is the supporting actress in the film. Malhotra has always been paired opposite the leading ladies, so he decided to opt out. Also, Aditya Roy Kapoor was first approached for the second lead after Siddarth Malhotra. But producer Ramesh Taurani didn't agree to his price.

4. The Real Anil

Anil Kapoor who plays the role of a business tycoon Shamsher in the film will be introduced through an action scene which will reportedly see no body double because Anil Kapoor has decided to do the stunts himself, reported mid-day. Anil Kapoor's entry scene will reportedly involve an adrenaline-pumping car chase sequence and rounds of a gunshot.

5. Jacky vs Daisy - The Cat Fight?

Talking about her experience of doing action scenes, Jacqueline says, “ I was part of very big action centric films (Dishoom) in the past but this is the first time I have gone all out and done action with Race 3. Daisy (Shah) and I have a massive cat fight in the film and it’s actually one of the hardest action sequences I have ever done in my life. In the movie, Daisy actually hits me and while shooting she has kicked me hard many times.”

Sources and Writing Credits - Indian Express, IMDB, NDTV and Hindustan Times. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Welcome Back - Movie Review

Verdict - "Cheap Pops!"

Revitalizing the immense success from its precursor back in 2007, Welcome Back starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, and John Abraham follows a stupendous star cast including Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. With Anees Bazmee returning to the director's chair, Welcome Back decidedly captivated the attention of many movie fans who love nonsensical comedic films and it's comprehensible. Then again, my expectations were completely zero, as I went and sat down anticipating for few good laughs.

Considering to alter their lives of unmarried men, Manju (Anil Kapoor) and Uday (Nana Patekar) bump into a young and gorgeous princess named Nandini (Ankita Shrivastava) and instantly fell in love with her. Ultimately at the time of a marriage proposal, Uday's father terminates the event and requests Uday to find an idyllic husband for his sister Ranjhna (Shruti Hassan), Manju instantly takes the responsibility and promises him for the best. Will the frightful duo find a seamless partner for their sister? 

Let's start with few positives, a lot of credit goes to Anees Bazmee and his writing crew for penning down a completely quirky script, as you can't stop laughing for the witty one-liners and the absurd comedic things happening throughout the runtime and the storyline felt quite creative when the characters allied to each other by the end of the first act. 

Now, I understand that the movie is making fun of itself and its fine by me if it looked funny. But did I find it as a guilty pleasure, where I can take a bunch of friends and revisit the movie theatre or at least watch it on tv or a DVD? No! The screenplay was rapid and the characters felt weak without any notable moments and I certainly can't recollect anything from the movie except for few striking sequences. What makes a comedy remarkable are the certain amount of jokes that I can recall and laugh, Welcome Back surely misses that important part.

Nevertheless, Welcome Back undoubtedly cracked me up in several occasions with its comedic timing and the performances were all fine from the star-studded cast. But the goofiness in the script exceeded its limits and reached a point where I realised that I'm wasting my time watching this movie.

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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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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