Blog posts : "anushka sharma"

Not SRK! Katrina to Romance Abhay Deol in 'ZERO'!

'Zero' is scheduled to release on December 21, 2018, and it is the most ambitious projects of the Shah Rukh Khan's career and the film will be made on a high-end technology with an extensive use of VFX. Also Co-Starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma the film will also have a number of cameos. King Khan will be seen playing a diehard fan of Katrina in a double role. But, according to the recent reports, Kaif will not be seen romancing SRK and if rumors are true the actress, who will be playing a superstar, will be seen opposite to Abhay Deol. A source close to the project revealed a leading daily that Abhay will also have a cameo in 'Zero' and will play Kaif’s love interest.

About her role in the film, Katrina had said, “Initially, I was supposed to play myself in Zero. The film was titled Katrina Meri Jaan. There was a different cast on board and Shah Rukh sir wasn’t part of it. Now, it’s a satirical take on an actress.”

While Shah Rukh Khan will be seen essaying the role of a dwarf, Katrina and Anushka will also be playing interesting characters. A source had told a leading daily, “While everyone thinks that only Shah Rukh Khan has a special role in the film, they will be surprised to know that Anushka and Katrina's characters also face various challenges. While everyone knows Katrina plays a diva, nobody knows that she is also an alcoholic in the film. She battles with alcoholism, which affects her life in various ways. Anushka, on the other hand, plays a struggling scientist. The makers are trying to keep these details a secret because they don't want to give out too much information.”

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

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Pari - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Unsettling But Definitely Not Scary!"

Co-Produced and Starring Anushka Sharma in the lead role, Pari: Not a Fairytale is directed by debutant Prosit Roy and co-stars  Parambrata Chatterjee, Ritabhari Chakraborty, and Rajat Kapoor as the supporting cast. Positively, the film did get a good amount of buzz from the spooky promos and people are excited to see a major actress like Anushka do a genre film and props to her for taking a bold step.

It's honestly been a while since Bollywood filmmakers got Horror films right, recent films like 1921, Raaz: Reboot and 1920: London felt more like cliched-oversaturated-CGI-mess as people started to laugh on these films because of how bad they were presented. The point that I'm trying to make is, the horror genre is slowly dying unless it's cleverly executed by makers who take it seriously and Pari appeared to be the film with that distinct approach. But!

After the tragic death of her mother, Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma), an introvert and a girl with very little knowledge of the outside world reaches out to Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) for help as she has been hunted down by a group of miscreants who are involved in satanic rituals and wants to her as a hostage to complete their evil practices. The film follows the eerie yet virtuous journey of Rukhsana as she tries to find love and battles her demonic existence which is weird and unconventional at the same time.

Let's start with the positives, this film is without a doubt unsettling to watch. The filmmaker took full advantage of the certified 'A' rating and didn't hesitate to present us with disturbing and gory imagery. From the practical makeup (which I appreciate) to the jump scares and sound effects the film created a frightening atmosphere which is comparatively a lot better than the CGI eye-and-tongue-popping-out monsters that we usually see in typical Indian Horror films. Cinematographer, Jishnu Bhattacharjee should also be given a well-deserved praise for maintaining an unnerving vibe throughout the film filled with the monsoon rains and a dull bluish-green hue.

In regards to Anushka Sharma's performance, she was remarkable with her portrayal of the innocent yet terrifying character. She's the show-stealer and acting aside, IMO she's doing an exceptional job so far as a producer bringing unorthodox cinema and introducing new talented directors to the Bollywood Film Industry. Moving forward, I expect her to make wise decisions when it comes to the story and screenplay of her production house films which are definitely not great (excluding NH 10).

And that brings me to the problems of the movie, which are undoubtedly the story and the screenplay. It's an interesting concept for sure, but the flawed and patchy screenplay, the setup which didn't have a proper pay-off and overall a messy execution didn't help the film by any means as it ultimately ended as a boring and mundane horror-thriller which I'm not looking forward to.

On the whole, the producers and the director must be appreciated for the attempt and the ambition. However, as an overall film, Pari is unsettling but definitely not scary, the tedious story and screenplay didn't make the movie a must watch, but if you're all in for Anushka's performance and something different wait till it debuts on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Shah Rukh Khan to Promote ZERO in a Unique Fashion!

Shah Rukh Khan is known to promote his films in a unique manner and now he is planning to do the same for his upcoming December release "ZERO" in which he'll be seen alongside Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.

With Anushka’s "Pari" releasing on Holi, Salman Khan’s "Race 3" on Eid and Aamir Khan’s "Thugs of Hindostan" to hit the screens during Diwali, SRK has apparently planned to promote the film during all these festivals one by one.

A source close to the film said, “SRK wants to make it more of a celebration. Hence, he has decided to post titbits from the film, to commemorate each festival. The film’s official poster hasn’t been unveiled. Even the looks of Katrina Kaif and Anushka have been kept under wraps. So, SRK definitely has some plans for Holi.”

Surprisingly, Salman Khan will have a cameo in "ZERO" and the source further added, “Salman and SRK are buddies and the former even has made a cameo in a song for "ZERO". While the first teaser was just a glimpse of the character, the second one is expected to give an insight into what the film is all about. The VFX team is busy with the post-production work and the entire cast and crew is happy with the way it’s turning out.”

Lastly, the source also said that the final three-minute trailer of the film will be released with Aamir Khan’s film "Thugs of Hindostan" on Diwali 2018. Well, this marketing strategy is something we've never seen before and hopefully, it'll be a major success.

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

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Jab Harry Met Sejal - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Disappointment of Epic Proportions!"

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Jab Harry Met Sejal brings together Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for the third time in their film career after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, but this time under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The chart-topping music was composed by Pritam and K.U. Mohanan is the man behind-the-camera reputed for some stunning cinematography all throughout the film.

The storyline revolves around a lost engagement ring that belongs to Sejal Zaveri (Anushka Sharma), as she and her tour guide Harinder Singh Nehra (Shah Rukh Khan) roam around the popular cities of Europe in search of the misplaced ring which is used as a metaphor in the entire film.

Similar to his earlier films, Jab Harry Met Sejal also has a few analogies that Imtiaz Ali explored before. The storyline being solely based on the two main characters, the concept of "finding yourself" and realizing the "missing link in your life" is something that we've seen many times before. But, before going into the theater, I had my faith in Imtiaz Ali that he can at least keep me invested for the entire duration of the film. Thirty minutes into the movie, I realized that this is going to be a bore-fest and it actually is.

The first half of the film starts off with few funny one-liners and the establishment of the lead characters that are never really justified genuinely. The dreary plot that these characters are being endorsed on is not strong enough to keep me interested for the entirety of the film. It takes needless directions at times and is not even memorable enough for me to say that I'm entertained or remembered a particular scene after the movie. And that's the major drawback of this film which is quite frankly the weakest out of Imtiaz's filmography and also the most tedious film that Shah Rukh Khan has done in years.

Now, I'm a big admirer of Shah Rukh Khan and his film career and I went into this film with an open-mind wanting to like it more than everyone else. But watching him giving his best in every single scene to an already lifeless film made me feel sad for him and for Anushka Sharma who also tried her best to keep the film entertaining with her Gujarati accent and her naïve yet tenacious character.

Overall, Jab Harry Met Sejal felt like a big missed opportunity. Ali had everything in his favor from the cast, music to the fine-looking locales but not an interesting nor entertaining nor significant script to keep the audience member captivated. This film is a disappointment on a huge level!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental!) 
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)  | Jab Harry Met Sejal: Movie Posters - Click Here

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Sultan - Movie Review

Verdict - "Enlivening and Entertaining!"

Galloping with its mind-boggling box office collections, Sultan is set to a proper start with a good word-of-mouth and positive reviews buzzing across the B-Town. With the stage set for it to hopefully become the highest grossing movie of all time, let's jump right in and analyse the good and the bad it had to offer.

With the lack of entertainment, support and finance, Aakash (Amit Sadh), founder of Pro Take-Down (MMA) deduces that the sport doesn't have a future in India. But, his father suggests negotiating with Olympic gold medalist and former Wrestling World Champion Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) and insists that an Indian attraction will help reinforce the entire competition critically and commercially. Aakash immediately flees to a small town in Haryana district and proposes the deal to Sultan. Aggravated with Aakash's behaviour, Sultan says that he decided not to step back into that ring years ago and modestly declines the offer. Why?

With nearly three hours of runtime, this film undoubtedly had few pacing issues primarily in the first half as it reached to a point where the fans sitting beside me nearly thought the theatre management forgot to include the interval scene. I slightly felt exhausted and when the critical events started to divulge, they felt tardy and sluggish. 

Also, the second half, although it was exhilarating to watch, felt like a combination of many films we've seen before. But the primary storyline that involves Sultan's family and his struggle to reach his goal backed up the auxiliary storyline perfectly. Consequently, the film didn't feel lifeless or mundane. 

Supporting the story that certainly had few issues were the remarkable performances from the entire cast especially from the supporting actors like Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra and Anant Vidhaat who flawlessly portrayed the role of Sultan's patron and friend. 

Salman Khan plays the character of an inspiring wrestler, a humble gentleman and a stubborn cavalier who takes doesn't take a break until he achieves his goal. And he mesmerised me with his surprisingly decent performance throughout the film. His build and persona suited his character appropriately and he splendidly responded to all his critics by giving a great performance. 

Anushka Sharma's character felt a bit asymmetrical considering her goals and ambitions seem to rapidly disappear when the storyline progresses, but nonetheless, she was never misused by giving a minor role in the film.

Overall, excluding the fact that its nearly three hours long, this film still had many moments to shine and enthral you as a viewer. The immense screen presence of Salman Khan as an underdog wrestler and the incredible performances from the supporting cast made this film a worthy watch in the movie theatre. 

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

This review is sponsored by Videocon D2H which as displayed in the film had more subscribers than I thought.

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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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Instant Movie Review #23 (Bombay Velvet)

Anurag Kashyap's - "Bombay Velvet"

1) Performances
2) Production work and Set design
3) Music

1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Characters

Introduction: Amid of enormous expectations, Bombay Velvet is purposed to be a blockbuster movie and with all the right elements it converted into a complete bummer. 

Plot: Established by a non-exclusive storyline, which concentrates on the main characters -- Johnny Balraj and Rosie and their adversity in life, the futile screenplay was the most sluggish feature in the movie as it felt tedious to watch.

Analysis: But on a positive note, the production work and the set design in the movie was marvelous and is presented gorgeously on-screen.

Performances: Despite their weak characters, performances from Ranbir, Anushka, and Karan Johar were splendid, but their honest efforts didn't feel adequate for a substandard movie.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Bombay Velvet is a missed opportunity on every standpoint that completely deserves its failure both critically and commercially. Feel happy to skip it!

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

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Instant Movie Review #16 (NH 10)

Navdeep Singh's - "NH 10"

1) Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues 
2) Direction
3) Performances

Introduction and Plot: Dark, spiteful, ferocious and the list prolongs if you ask me to describe NH10 in one word. Starring Anushka Sharma as the main lead, the movie narrates a beguiling story about a married couple whose honeymoon trip turn into a horrific nightmare in a heinous environment.

Direction: Director, Navdeep Singh maintained the realistic vibe exceptionally well and made it look like a no-nonsense thriller by enhancing the movie with few emotional and gruesome scenes which will lift up your interest level. 

Performances:  Anushka was offered a brief character and she gave her career best performance in the movie, the same goes for Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumaar.

Verdict: Nevertheless, NH10 is riveting and a wickedly entertaining thriller which absolutely deserves your attention. Don't miss it!

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | NH10 Movie Posters and Stills: Click here

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PK - Movie Review

Verdict - "Funny and Entertaining! PK was enjoyable as a complete movie."

The plot revolves around an extraterrestrial named PK (Aamir Khan) who arrives to earth in a spaceship with no clothes around his body except for a remote control which has the ability to call back the spaceship when needed. Eventually, after losing his remote control, PK starts his search for the device and in the course he struggles and learns the language, culture and many other things about religion which elevates the story to another level and introduces us to the focal theme of the movie.

Counting in the positives of the movie, the comedic aspect was very funny. Hirani's distinct humour and style was very genuine and I laughed out a numerous times in the movie and I'm very pleased about it. Also the dramatic sequences in the movie are quite heart-trending and were really well supported by the religious aspect of the movie.

However, they're few aspects in the movie which didn't really pay-off, mainly the romantic angles between Anushka and Sushanth and Aamir and Anushka were underwhelming. It almost felt generic and when they pulled out a dramatic sequence from it, the perfection was missing and it's not convincing.

The movie did have a diverse storyline but it felt like a little out of place for me, it didn't feel important in the first place and the turns it took didn't astonish me for the most part. Sure, the climax was surprising, but it could've been much better. Also there's a social aspect displayed in the movie and it didn't work for me too.

The chief storyline written by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi was one of the best part of the movie, it was sundry and I felt like I'm watching good movie that didn't dawdle to convey the unconventional message in a pontifical world. Hirani's direction and the humour which he adds to the movie was very admirable.

There's no other actor who could've played the character of PK better than Aamir? I would say no. But overall, this is a well arranged character for Aamir which he utlized it to the best. His funny bhojpuri slang and his weird persona felt unique and Aamir did a fabulous job in portraying the character in the proper way. Anushka Sharma did fine as a supporting character in the movie and as I mentioned earlier her love angle didn't work out.

On the whole, PK didn't live up to all my expectations. But it was very funny and entertaining as a complete movie. Aamir and Hirani should be appreciated for trying something which was very distant and delicate at the same time. PK is a must watch and one of the best movies of 2014.

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

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