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Ashutosh Gowariker's New Film 'Panipat' Announced!

After tasting an enormous failure with 'Mohenjo Daro', director Ashutosh Gowariker who is known for his successful films like 'Jodhaa Akbar' and 'Devdas' is coming back with yet another period film that deals with the 'The Battle of Panipat’. Titled, 'Panipat – The Great Betrayal', the film will star Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor, and Kriti Sanon in the lead cast and is based on the third battle of Panipat which took place on 14 January 1761 at Panipat between a northern expeditionary force of the Maratha Empire and invading forces of the King of Afghanistan. The epic period drama will pay a tribute to the valor of Maratha warriors.

Talking about working with Sanjay, Ashutosh said, "I shared screen space with Sanjay in Naam (1986), which was a memorable co-acting experience. It will be great to direct such a versatile and talented actor."

About Arjun, Ashutosh continued, "What impresses me most about Arjun, apart from his fine performances, is his dynamism. He had played double roles twice (Aurangzeb, 2013 and Mubarakan 2017), and has portrayed an action hero as well as a lover boy."

When it comes to the female lead Kriti, Ashutosh added, "I needed someone who is beautiful and a good performer. The eclectic combination of these three is a first for me, and I look forward to this exciting journey with them."

Produced by Ashutosh Gowariker Productions and Vision World Films, 'Panipat - The Great Betrayal' is scheduled to release on December 6, 2019.

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

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Half Girlfriend - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Chaotic Mess!"

Half Girlfriend had everything going in its favor - two most admired actors, a distinguished director, and a widespread story from which the film is adapted from. What can at least go wrong? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I can say, everything. From the narrative to the direction, Half Girlfriend is not even a half-baked film, it's just a chaotic mess.

With positive intentions in his mind to develop his inchoate village with his education, Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) gets an admission in St. Steven's college in Delhi and meets a wealthy uptown girl Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) on his first day. They instantly become hangout buddies and then the usual jazz continues, they kiss, try to make out, break up and then meet again. Well, it's safe to say that nothing really interesting happens.

First off, I always keep mentioning that you can't make a good film without a solid base. Now, I've never read the Chetan Bhagat's book "Half Girlfriend", but judging by few main plot points of the film, they made me wonder, how did this film get greenlit in the first place? How did the creative from ALT Entertainment looked at the source material and said "Yup! Let's make this into a movie." Well, I understand the fact that it's a popular novel and you can mint money based on the recognition. But you at least need to have a decent story line right?

Moreover, barring the story line of the film, are the lead characters any interesting or entertaining in some ways? No! Shraddha Kapoor's character struggles with a plethora of uncertainty and so is the character of Arjun Kapoor. Because of the fragility that the writers developed in their characters, we steadily lose interest in the film and eventually abstain from the tragedy. Director Mohit Suri who is an expert in making heartwarming certainly didn't live up to his expectations as his directorial job was altogether substandard.

Overall, Half Girlfriend is a disappointing film filled with distress, monotony, and ridiculousness. Stay away from this movie for the rest of your life!

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

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Instant Movie Review #10 (Tevar)

Amit Sharma - "Tevar"

Positives:
1) Direction
2) Manoj Bajpai
3) Few action sequences

Negatives:
1) Generic storyline and screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Tedious music
4) Lack of re-watchability factor

Analysis: Enhanced and recycled in an appalling way, Tevar is generic and looks like an obsolete version which we've seen many times before.

Despite the fact, that it's a remake of a Tollywood film Okkadu, the plot resides the same as its original and director Amit Sharma presented few emotional and action sequences fairly well which are the only positive aspects of the movie.

Performances: Arjun Kapoor looks fascinating with his fearless character, Sonakshi had nothing much to do except for few wearisome moments and Manoj Bajpai shares a vital role with a conceited character and he delivered it flawlessly.

Verdict: Finally, Tevar is a boring and a painful experience and is completely a ludicrous option for you to go watch in theatres.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Finding Fanny - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Gratifying Play Which Is Neoteric, Candid and Totally Likable."

Now! How often do we catch up with movies like Finding Fanny that are very distinct in their method and approach? It's pretty occasional right? Consequently, I recognize the value of the movie and before I get into furthermore details, I'm thankful for Homi Adajania amd Dinesh Vijan for making an unique attempt.

Deep inside the interiors of Goa, the story kicks off with five insipid characters existing in a corroded inert village that nobody knew or ever talked about. After finding a reason to depart from their monotonous lives, the quintet takes on a road-trip to discover Stephanie Fernandes (Naseerudin Shah's long lost love) with various other reasons involved with it.

When you prolong the movie with only five characters in it, the screenplay has to be superior to every single extent and for Finding Fanny it actually worked for the most part. To wrap up the storyline with significant character development and imperative scenes in a shattered road-trip, there has to be some hard work behind it and in that case the duo Homi Adajania and Kesri Khanbatta had done a decent job and brought the engaging component to the movie.

The humour was very casual and insouciant throughout the movie, they didn't toss the witty one-liners on our face, but it was hysterical in the way the scene was decked and delivered with facial expressions and the gestures encircling the environment.

On the other side, even though I appreciate the movie for being unique, I cannot skip the fact that the movie was tad slow in few sequences which are rather important, the direction of the movie was a bit vague, but it's just a minor complaint as per my perspective.

The performances by every single lead were perceptibly phenomenal in the movie, but I want to shift my direction to Naseerudin Shah for a moment here, the man has been wearisome in many of his recent movies, but this is a comeback role for him, he's been used extremely well as the main lead of the movie and I'm happy for him. Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur were diverting in their roles and that's the best part of the movie, the characters were real and phlegmatic and we start to like them instantly.

To conclude in a generic way, Finding Fanny is a bit of relief from the cheesy-action blockbusters we usually get from Bollywood. It's fresh, light hearted and totally laid-back in it's approach and I enjoyed it for the most part and I'm also glad that the movie didn't really compromise to any level. Definitely worth a watch!

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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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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Gunday - Movie Review

Verdict - “A painful watch! Nowhere near it's soaring expectations”.

They are Calcutta's most loved, most celebrated, most reckless, most fearless, most powerful Gunday? I'm totally misled!

After the severance of Bangladesh, The movie kicks off with the destitute kids Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) who were raised by smuggling guns. After few surplus and offensive sequences, Bikram and Bala disembark to Calcutta as they eventually become the most reverenced gunday and gain popularity throughout the city.

Being bounded by many criminal activities, Bikram and Bala reaps the attention of the new ACP Satyajeet (Irrfan Khan) as he conceives few thoughts to divide them and arrest red handedly with needed proofs. Eventually this leads into many predictable twists and turns which concludes our movie in a stereotypical way.

Contrary talk! Because of the astounding promos and music I was totally pumped up from the movie. Expected something epic and massive and what I actually got from the movie was totally diverse. It was dull, unsurprising, totally predictable and perfunctorily blame the director-screenwriter Ali Abbas Zafar for everything that had happened. He totally got it wrong with his writing which ultimately costed him a highly anticipated movie.

The writing was terrible at times, mainly with all the twists and turns, it was ridiculously predictable. Or maybe that's the point of Mr. Zafar? It was a certaonly throwback to the 70's actioners, but we've seen these kinda stories floating around every year. Not a good thought to repeat the same old formula! The dialogues were weak and after a brief amount of time it gets customary. 

And I can slightly appreciate him for the attempt, the set designs, costumes and the whole technical department was well directed. But the lack of a fresh newfangled storyline and pioneer writing ability bothered me the most and in addition to that, why is the slow-mo cam used excessively? Isn't that outdated?

On a positive note, performances from the cast were decent. Ranveer Singh was in fine fettle, his charisma added a lot to the movie, altough his performance can slightly be compared to his previous movie Ram-Leela, it was good seeing him play these explosive roles. Arjun Kapoor was not that impressive during his emotional scenes, but he offered a lot to his creepy arrogant role. Priyanka dazzled in her intro song and her character was deep and required.

To conclude, despite it's hype and few satisfying scenes, Gunday ends with a disappointment which I'm deeply saddened with. The uninteresting plot included with several foreseeable twists makes it a painful watch if you're not interested in accustomed movies. Totally for the masses and I unfavorably don't recommend checking it out!

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

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