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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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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story - Movie Review

Verdict - "Still feels like an Untold Story"

Directed by Neeraj Pandey and starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role, M.S. Dhoni: An Untold Story enlightens the childhood and the early life of one of the most decorated Indian Cricket Team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film gives us a brief tour about Dhoni's tough struggle before making it to the National Team, the decisions and the sacrifices he had to make, his first job as a ticket collector in a railway station, his relationship with his family, ex-girlfriend and his wife. Piecing together the significant moments from his young manhood, the film also compounds a highlight reel of all the crucial moments from his eminent career like winning the first ever T20 World Cup or endearing the win of the fifty over World Cup nearly after 28 years.

With well over three hours of runtime, this film had a lot to offer, set up and develop but in the end, it still leaves with many crucial questions which are left without being answered or displayed. It felt more like a celebration of the person other than being a memoir that gives us more insight and understanding of the illustrious icon. Don't get me wrong, the first half of the film provides us few enlivening moments about how Dhoni transpired himself from a football goalkeeper to cricket wicket-keeper and from a TC to the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. But in the second half of the film up until the climax where we get to explore the sentimental relationship with his  ex-girlfriend and current wife was tedious to watch and it felt like they're just crammed in there to complete the storyline.

When portraying a person who was admired and beloved all over the country, the performance should be accurate and flawless and SSR went above and beyond with his portrayal in the film. His body language, charisma, and mannerisms were spot on and he brought the much-needed authenticity to the character when needed. Other supporting characters like Anupam Kher and Kumund Mishra gave few exceptional performances that were noteworthy

On the whole, they're many encouraging and inspiring moments in the film that were fascinating to watch. And discovering that hard work and struggle that he had to go through to achieve his goal was truly amazing to watch. With that being said, with a three-hour runtime, this film still feels like a half-baked hagiography where we are left with unrequited questions and dilemma.

My Rating - 2.75/5
Grade - C + (Decent Flick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #14 (Roy)

Vikramjith Singh's - "ROY"

Positives:
1) Music
2) Cinematography

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Movie runtime

Analysis: Enthralling trailers, euphonious soundtrack and astonishing visuals, Roy has all the proper prospects for you to get excited about. Well! You're definitely misled. Directed with a perplexing screenplay and a tedious storyline, Roy has something new to offer but in an agonizing way and at a certain point during the course of the movie, you'll certainly question yourself about where the movie is exactly going.

Debutant director Vikramjit Singh's aspiring thought to narrate a movie in a contrasting way didn't entirely work as the movie felt all over the place. 

Performances: Ranbir's performance felt constrained, Rampal and Jacqueline were decent in their perspective roles.

Verdict:  To conclude, Roy is a horrifying experience and is a complete waste of great talent and ability. Skip it!

 

My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D (A hangover!)

-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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Daawat-e-Ishq - Movie Review

Verdict - "Tame and lifeless. Daawat-e-Ishq is a lazy film enacting in a safe-mode."

Let it be a success or an unfortunate failure at the box-office. I eternally buoy up movies which think out-of-the-box and try something diverse and new, but with Daawat-e-Ishq I just can't sustain it.

Hyderabad's Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) is a typical fantasist who dreams about an enchanted life all the time and after a bad relationship with her dreamy boyfriend, things start to dwindle away from her. As a consequence, she formulates a new thought that can fulfill all her dreams. What is the plan behind Gulrez's iniquitous brain? *facepalm*

By judging from the first thirty minutes of the movie, although it appeared to be little asinine, I thought that the movie took it's chances to try and deliver something unusual and diverse. There's always a possibility to turn things around, incorporate few startling twists and produce a fascinating climax, but the movie was lazy enough to do that, it falls into same redundant clichés we usually expect and moreover people want to experience something remarkable other than a happy ending.

Now! Who should we blame? Director Habib Faisal? I'l give him points for the try, but there's nothing to crave about. The story started on a good note by developing the characters and getting to the focal point rapidly. Once it gets to the actual plot it started to descend and by the end it is nowhere to be found.

On a brighter note, I genuinely liked the performances in the movie. Aditya Roy Kapur sparkles each and every time he's on screen. He brought the vivacity to his character and even in the lackluster moment of the movie he cheered me up a bit and I completely enjoyed him doing these type of characters.

Parineeti Chopra in one of a kind, she chooses challenging roles and executes them flawlessly and she's splendid here too. Her charm and vitality completely worked to every extent and her performance is one of the reason why the movie is tolerable. Honorable mention to Anupam Kher for his distinct character and a decent performance.

Nonetheless, Daawat-e-Ishq can be described as an appealing gift box which is eye-catching to gaze at, but when you start to unwrap it, you will get the weary feel to put aside and move on with other things. Unusual things happen, but I do expect something remarkable. It was disappointing and completely has no appealing components to boost up your expectations.

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

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