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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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Lucknow Central - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Disorganized Mess"

Helmed by the debutant director Ranjit Tiwari, 'Lucknow Central' starring Farhan Akhtar and Diana Penty in the lead roles is a prison escape-musical drama and is loosely based on the true story of a jail-based band known as "Healing Hearts" who resided in Uttar Pradesh. 

After wrongly being convicted of a murder of an IAS officer. Kishan (Farhan Akhtar) an aspiring singer, who now serves his death penalty in the Central Jail of Lucknow will be given an opportunity to form his own band accompanied by few other jail inmates of his choice to take part in a band competition administered by the Chief Minister of the State. Although his decisive dream is to form a band and to display his talent, Kishan also prepares a plot to break out from the prison with his other band members equipped with unique abilities which are helpful for their departure. Will his plan to escape from one of the most dreadful prisons in Lucknow prevail?

Advancing to the many problems I had with the film. I'll address a few here. First off, I don't recall the movie really well and that's a major problem, don't get me wrong they're moments in the film which are clearly motivating, the storyline of Farhan Akhtar and his ambition to start his own band and to perform in front of a live audience was delightful. But, the supplementary storylines that added to the primary plot were uninteresting, forgettable and lackluster to watch. The whole prison-escape storyline felt underwhelming for me. And the supporting characters, although developed decently, felt insipid because of the lack of dynamic between them. 

Moving on to the performances from the cast, Farhan Akhtar gives a decent enough performance to make his character look better, Diana Penty had nothing left to do as she works well with her minimal involvement. The other supporting actors like Deepak Dobriyal and Rajesh Sharma didn't shine as much as I wanted them to.

Overall, Lucknow Central is an underwhelming film with a disorganized storyline and weak directorial effort by Ranjit Tiwari. The film doesn't have good enough reasons for me to recommend you guys to go watch it in a movie theatre.

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

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Happy Bhag Jayegi - Movie Review

Verdict - "Fun, Unique and Charming!"

Directed by Mudassar Aziz, Happy Bhag Jayegi recounts the life of Happy (Diana Penty), a perky valiant Punjabi kudiya, as she plans to run away with her boyfriend Guddu on her wedding night. After botching their strategy, Happy ends up in Lahore, Pakistan and confronts Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) who is a cricketer wannabe and the son of a respected Pakistani official. How will Happy get deported back to India and reunites with her boyfriend will interlace the rest of the storyline.

With a perfect runtime of 126 minutes, this film proved to be a laugh riot from the get-go. The witty one-liners and the enjoyable vibe that the filmmaker created with his presentation was astounding as every comical scene didn't feel contrived or forced into the storyline. Consequently, the first half of the film was not tiresome and didn't give me a dreary feeling. 

But, during the second half, the film started to struggle a little when the storyline took few wrong extensions and when the jokes began to feel a bit monotonous. However, the unorthodox climax and the overall conclusion of the film felt refreshing and didn't make the film look typical or conventional like other Bollywood films.

Progressively, the performances from the complete cast all across the board were completely noteworthy. Diana Penty embraced her character superbly and had done a decent job. Abhay Deol's likeable character and his splendid performance along with Jimmy Shergill, Momal Sheik and Ali Fazal helped the movie a lot. Especially, Piyush Mishra's amusing dialect which was hilarious to watch.

Nevertheless, even though the film had a few problems primarily in the second half, the primitive comedy, the delightful vibe, superior performances and the overall premise made this film a lot more enjoyable and unique. Definitely worth watching in a movie theatre.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!) | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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