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Padmaavat - Honest Movie Review

January 25, 2018

Disclaimer: My opinion on this film might be different than yours, I'm not articulating to anyone to not go watch this movie. Go to the closest theatre and decide it for yourself.

Verdict - "A Giant Disappointment!

In the midst of few ludicrous allegations from religious groups, state governments, and nonsensical people Padmaavat finally got released to the public nearly two months after its initial release date. But, after making the news headlines for at least three months, did it live up to everyone's hype? I must say, NO!

As Y'all already knew it by now, the storyline of Padmaavat revolves around a barbarous ruler and the 'Sultan of Delhi' Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) and his mad quest to capture the 'Queen of Chittor' Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), whom he believes will fill in the missing bit in his journey to be the most powerful leader in the entire world.

Clocking at a drawn-out two-hour forty-five-minute runtime, I should say that this film tested my patience for the most part. Indeed they're few positives that I'll get to in a moment, but, with a fairly familiar storyline and a lackluster screenplay crafted with scenes that we've already seen many times before, this film predominantly didn't peak my interest dramatically or emotionally.

And I consider that as a big letdown. Coming from the house of Bhansali, we expect much more than elegant costumes, grandeur production design, and fantastic BGM from an epic historical film. We expect a tightly packed storyline, beguiling screenplay (which would've been better as the film, for the most part, is fictionalized) and characters that we could get behind; therefore when something dramatic happens there will be an emotional impact in the audience member. Moreover, they're many scenes in the film including the climax which had the potential to look and feel poignant, but, Bhansali totally misses the opportunity and in turn, makes it a 163-minute snore-fest.

As I stated earlier, they're few positives to look into in this film, primarily the music and the background score by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Sanchit Balhara was astounding. The songs were choreographed and picturized masterfully and the production design was exquisite, which I must give Bhansali props for, he truly captured the 13th-century look magnificently that involves vast research and hard work.

Another major positive for the film is undoubtedly the performance by Ranveer Singh, his charisma and the way that he presented this barbarous cold-blooded evil character was something truly exceptional. Weirdly, when you start to root for the bad guy, that's when you know the actor had excelled with his performance. Shahid Kapoor was more or less decent, as his character was by far the weakest when compared to the other two. Coming to Deepika Padukone, I don't know who proposed the idea to digitally soften up her face in the post-production to make her resemble the moon, but, that distracted me during the entire film. Anyhow, being the focal point of the plot, I expected Deepika's character to be profound and with nearly (excluding the climax) zero character moments her performance didn't stand-out for me. And I'm not going to complain about how bad the CGI looked at times because it is something involved with the budget of the movie.

Overall, barring Ranveer Singh's extraordinary performance, Padmaavat suffers from its unexciting storyline, poorly written screenplay and an exhausting runtime which conclusively made it a tedious watch. After literally being bombarded by the news channels left and right with the controversies and allegations, this is not something that I expected from Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a boring film!

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

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Tamasha - Movie Review

November 28, 2015

Verdict - "A Perplexing Movie With Many Redeeming Aspects."

When it comes to Imtiaz Ali's movies, it's always quite difficult for me to come to a circumscribed conclusion, I have to sit down for a while after watching the movie, compose my mind and then have to share my thoughts with you guys. And unsurprisingly, Tamasha tumbled down to the same class where my brain got perplexed for a good thirty minutes, and that's what artistic films normally do, right?

Tara (Deepika Padukone) encounters Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) in Corsica, France and instantly establishes a hysterical relationship with him, as they both decide to lie every time, not to reveal their real names and never meet again once the trip is over. After coming back to India, Tara realizes that she has some feelings for Ved and nearly after four years, after moving from Kolkata to Delhi she comes across Ved and decides to spend some time with him. Will their relationship unfurl into something special? Find out in Tamasha.

Here's my problem with this movie, complexity. To start with, Imtiaz Ali's screenplay in the second half of the film was a little convoluted and felt all over the place without a definite structure. If I try to summon up about what I saw, I found it quite inexplicable and moreover, I only remember a few scenes. Subsequently, I doubt that this will hold up even after few years like Rockstar did?

But when it comes to the positives, they're many things to consider. Similar to all the other Ali's previous movies, Tamasha had a sensible message to convey and Ali managed to enlighten it amazingly by turning the spotlight on his actors in a few heartwarming and tear-jerking scenes that were a little poignant and touching. And coming back to the storytelling aspect of the film, although it's quite complex for at least forty minutes, I appreciate Ali's contemporary approach that is not atrocious.

A.R. Rahman's euphonious music and score were an incredible facet of the film mainly due to its mod narrative structure and premise. Similarly, Ravi Varman's cinematography had a lot to offer and the film remarkably beautiful.

Conclusively, the performances from the two main leads are one of the main reasons why I'm able to get through the entire movie without hating it. Primarily, Ranbir Kapoor did an incredible job with his distinct character which allowed him to shine in numerous scenes throughout the film. Deepika Padukone played an equally important character that carries a lot of emotions, and she never deluded my expectations.

Overall, Tamasha certainly had a few problems when it comes to the abstruse narrative structure. But, the heart-wrenching moments, astounding performances and the dulcet music are the few attributes that defined the movie magnificently. I recommend watching it in a movie theatre, cause it's worthy enough.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Piku - Movie Review

May 11, 2015

Verdict - "An Amusing Wholesome Entertainer."

Portraying her gallant and humane character, Piku (Deepika) works for an architecture firm in New Delhi and she spends her leisure time with her sick aging father Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) who has a severe constipation problem. Subsequently, Bhaskor reveals his wish to visit his hometown and requests Piku to make the arrangements. Left with no alternatives, Piku plans for a road trip which is suitable for her dad's comfort. Will the road trip turn out well?

Writer, Juhi Chaturvedi (known for her works in Vicky Donor) did a spectacular job by allowing the audience submerge into these light-hearted conversations the characters in the movie share and made sure that the movie looked unorthodox with its approach. The dialogues felt candid and the analytical style that she chose to approach felt original and unique.

On the other hand, the movie had a lot to prove when it comes to the democratic side of people and conveyed a vital message about how children should take the responsibility of their parents.

Also, the characters in the movie have been illustrated very well by the writer, giving them a unique and a distinct persona which is very relatable to a common man. And the portrayal of these characters by the main leads in the movie was flawless. Deepika had to take the responsibility as the captain of the ship and she embraced her character to every extent and represented it with ease.

Amitabh Bachchan's campy humor stands out as the most compelling aspect in the movie as it felt very upfront and sharp and he was immersed into his character as he was completely out of his comfort zone with his personality and charisma. Irrfan Khan felt like a good supporting character and got the time to share few of hilarious scenes in the movie.

Overall, Shoojit Sircar never fails to deliver a fascinating movie when it comes to comedy with a light touch of generosity. Piku delivers on every aspect by adapting a silly and an effortless concept and converting it into gold. It felt neoteric and wholesome in this contemporary world. Don't miss it!

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B + (Highly entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Happy New Year - Movie Review

October 25, 2014

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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Finding Fanny - Movie Review

September 13, 2014

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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Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend: Movie Review

May 24, 2014

Verdict: “A New Scintillating Experience!”

Kochadaiiyaan, the most awaited movie released yesterday amid much fanfare. Having India’s biggest “Superstar” Rajnikanth enacting the triple roles and being India’s first movie using motion capture technology the expectations were sky-high. Have it lived up to everyone’s expectation?

Rajnikanth enacts triple role as Kochadaiiyaan, Rana and Sena. The plot is simple and deals with jealousy, betrayal and rivalry between two kingdoms. K.S.Ravikumar’s paperwork is truly impressive and keeps us engaged throughout the film. Being an historic film, dialogues were written according to that period.

The efforts of director Soundarya R. Ashwin stands tall in the film. Her immense hard work can be seen on the big screen. Her creative vision has been brought on the screen with her untiring efforts and hard labour.

The Motion Capture technology used to capture the actors action and succeeds in it but not their emotions. Animations were dull and gloomy in many places and were just average overall.

But that were not even a problem as they were brought with a minimal budget and less duration used for production works. This is just a one step by Soundarya, one giant leap by Indian Cinema Industry. Soundarya deserves a standing ovation for taking a path never taken in Indian Cinema yet.

Rajnikanth, the name is enough to make his fans go crazy. And this time seeing their matinee idol in never before seen Avatar makes them much excited. His mere screen presence is enough to keep the audience intact till the end. His chemistry, power packed and fiery punch dialogues and trademark style were such a delight on screen.

Deepika Padukone looks beautiful and impresses us with her expressions that too in animation. Nasser gets much screen time and does his part well. Jackie Shroff, Adi, Rukmini and Shobana have given their full efforts to make their characters perfect. Thanks to Soundarya for bringing the legendary comedian Nagesh back on screen and a big round of applause for the person who voiced him. It was just perfect.

A.R.Rahman’s background score is the main backbone of the movie. It was “Mozart of Madras” who steals the show with his amazing background music and ear pleasing songs. Especially during the fight scenes, the background score were magnificent.

Ultimately, Kochadaiiyaan will surely impress you and give you a whole new experience. It definitely full fills your four year wait and expectations if you really don’t bother about the average animation. But all the negatives were overshadowed by Rajnikanth and he surely keeps you entertained. Rajnikanth-the name and fame has gone even higher.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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