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Veere Di Wedding & Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran - Double Header Review

It's always awkward to open one of these Double Header Reviews with a generic greeting like I admit doing it previously, but I'm not gonna do that this time cause I'm bored, fed up and will not act like I'm always positive like Nushrat Bharucha in the first half of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Anyway, thanks to streaming platforms like ZEE5 and Netflix, I had the opportunity to check out the comedy-drama 'Veere Di Wedding' and the John Abraham starrer 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' based on real events. In that case, let's wrap-up these opening traditions and advance to the main event.

Veere Di Wedding made 138.80 crores worldwide with a production budget of 42 crores which is still surprising considering how many people watched this dumb movie. Parmanu made 91.36 crores worldwide from its 44 crore production budget, and that's impressive for a patriotic film that hasn't starred Akshay Kumar.

"Veere Di Wedding" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 1.5/5

Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, Veere Di Wedding starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in the lead roles is the story about four childhood friends having a little reunion, as they have fun, share memories, emotions and celebrate their lives to the fullest due to the fact that one of them is getting married.

Now, they're a few bromance movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which are great and I feel pity for all the girls, cause VDW is not the appropriate film to represent their sisterhood and moreover it just a lousy two-hour bore-fest. Right from the get-go, I felt like I'm watching one of those Star Plus soap-operas (which is understandable considering Ekta Kapoor is one of the producers) as the quality of the film kept declining time after time into obscurity. The storyline is non-existent, the screenplay is a mess, the jokes are unfunny, characters were left unexplored, and the cusswords are basically a bait to lure the audience into the movie theater.

Overall, flooded with chock-full of product placements, Veere Di Wedding is a bad film and is a colossal failure in regards to many aspects like directing or storytelling. Watch it if you're interested, I guess!

"Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.25/5

Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Parmanu starring John Abraham in the lead role is loosely based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998 and tells the story of how the historic plan came into flourishment.

Set in the late 90's, the demoded presentation by Abhishek Sharma was one of the most impressive attributes of the entire film. Everything from the shot composition, music and background score, characters, felt like they belong in the 90's as we can effortlessly convince an alien by saying that this movie came out in 1998. Moreover, barring few overly dramatic scenes and convenient solutions, the film was engaging from end to end and kept me on the edge-of-my-seat regularly. 

Overall, Parmanu is reasonably similar to last year's 'The Ghazi Attack' where you can tell that it's not factually correct and heavily dramatized for our viewing pleasure. But, it succeeded in keeping the tension and was an intriguing two-hour watch on a laid-back weekend.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Naa Peru Surya - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "So Long! So Boring!"

Directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, Naa Peru Surya (Naa Illu India) stars Allu Arjun in the lead role and co-stars Anu Emmanuel, Arjun Sarja, R. Sarathkumar, Thakur Anoop Singh and Boman Irani as the supporting cast. The basic premise of the film revolves around Surya, a resentful, passionate soldier of the Indian Army and how his debauchery over anger management resulted in a failure of his Army career and how he responded to overcome his contradictions.

Clocking at an exhausting 148-minute mark, this trainwreck of a film tested my patience from start to finish. The storyline had no precise path as it bounced from one thing to another constantly and the numerous subplots also didn't improve the film's quality as I'm dunked with boredom the whole time. Also, with the inclusion of the subplots, the screenplay was atrocious especially during the second half of the film which suffered due to its unbalanced flow.

Likewise, the addition of Anu Emmanuel and the romantic angle between her and Allu Arjun did not blend well with the storyline or the overall film. Being a patriotic-action movie, Emmanuel's role didn't have any significance as it felt like she's only present to add sensual glamour to the film. Furthermore, the music by Vishal and Shekhar was excruciating and forgettable as I don't understand the reason behind choosing them over many talented Telugu musicians to score the music for the film.

Advancing to the positives, Vakkantham Vamsi did a terrific job at the presenting the film incredibly. Every single shot was lit, captured and rendered very well and all credits must go to the cinematographer Rajeev Ravi. Also, the action sequences were remarkably shot, performed and choreographed along with the dialogues which are wonderfully written. But, the biggest advantage of the film is Allu Arjun, he carried the movie on his shoulder and looked dynamic, aggressive, charismatic and was a perfect fit for his role. 

Overall, excluding the action sequences, dialogues, and Allu Arjun's magnificent performance, this film was a painful watch. It's boring, long and irritating at the same time as I left the movie theatre with no smile on my face and aggravated.

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

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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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Happy New Year - Movie Review

Verdict - "Happy New Year is Amusing. That is All! Yet Another Guilty Movie Pleasure."

There's one miserable fact about all the popular and vaunted movies these days, we do find a deficiency in their superiority and quality. Sounds indignant right? But that's how I felt while watching Happy New Year. Don't get me wrong, it's completely likable but is it worth the wait? No!

Without getting much into detail, the story is about six so called "losers" executing an utterly impossible heist which is intertwined with a dance competition in which they should participate to complete the mission. Pretty generic right?

It's all about entertainment and that's the only redeeming factor about Happy New Year. The movie never stops to amuse, I found myself laughing hard during the movie, but it will probably diminish after a while. I'm not sure that you will enjoy the humour in a second watch, it just evaporates.

Now that I got your attention, here are few negative attributes of the movie, mainly the conventional screenplay, you can just sit back promptly guess where the movie is going and the movie annex at the exact same spot that you estimated previously. The movie sets up these introductions and significant scenes from time to time and it comes off with absolutely no surprise.

Also the movie is three hours long. Why? Is it a tricky story to narrate? Absolutely not! In fact there's nothing innovative in the movie to explain. The movie was precise and particular and I don't want that to happen. And in order to buoy up the actual (predictable) climax, the movie was filled with numerous unwanted and outlandish scenes that felt unneccesary.

Let me explain how ludicrous the writing and screenplay was in the movie, without spoiling anything, I don't mind a movie tossing a reference once or twice in the movie, but Happy New Year exceeds the limitations and after a good amount of time, it just felt inferior to me. Is there nothing more to abide, which can cheer up the audience? This shows that the movie was completely misplaced in the writing department.

Apart from the writing department, the technical department did a remarkable job in the movie. The cinematography by Manush Nandan was exquisite, I do understand that setting up these ostentatious sets and panoramas is a tough call (and I appreciate the production team for that) but capturing them accurately and perfectly is a difficult task and few scenes in the movie were completely breathtaking that you just can't stop wink your eye.

Regarding the major plot point about the movie, which was "dance". It was not that remarkable and it really felt silly after few scenes. If being funny and casual is the concealed aspect of this attribute then I'm okay with it and it didn't feel that way. But, nonetheless as I stated before, it looked dazzling and that's a significant commercial trait about the movie.

Before I give you my take on the performances in the movie. Let me explain my little concern about the characters in the movie. I did enjoy them, but do they make an impression deep inside our heart? Mainly the character of Charlie, which was the most inferior character among the bunch. What do you think?

The performances in the movie were great when you take them as an entertaining aspect. Abhishek Bachchan was impressive and astonishes us with his timing and body language. Sonu Sood and Boman Irani's charisma added enough balance to the movie. Vivaan Shah has nothing much to impress in the movie. Deepika looks stunning and enacted well as the female lead of the movie, but her character was a bit affronted in few sequences.

Shah Rukh Khan was completely inapt in the movie, his character was a bit underwhelming and I didn't really care about his emotional part in the movie. He was a performer and it was great watching him flaunt his abs and his magnifying persona, but does he leave a mark?

To conclude, Happy New Year is a complete gulity pleasure for me, where I can get entertained with the nonsensical things happening around me. The movie will be cherished by commercial audience and will probably break all the box-office records. But I can fairly tell you that the comedic aspect is the only saving grace about the movie and if that's your jam, go watch the movie without any hesitation.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-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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