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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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Tamasha - Movie Review

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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Highway - Movie Review

Verdict - “Genuine in it's approach and a perfectly made alternate cinema”.

We go through an inimitable vibe when it's a Imtiaz Ali's movie, the earnest emotions being captured in an authentic and a profound way is his trademark. Elevating his style to a whole new level, Highway is extremely a distinctive movie in which every single frame has a peculiar meaning to comprehend.

Occupied with her marriage events, the traumatized Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) requests her fiancé to take her for a ride to the outskirts, after being kidnapped unexpectedly by a local gang led by Mahabir Bhatti (Randeep Hooda) startling things happen and Mahabir tries to utilize the situation and resolves to demand money from Veera's well-heeled family. In a hazardous situation, the enforced Veera takes a ride on the Highway shielded by Mahabir and his uncanny gang.

The two main leads in the movie, Veera and Mahabir uphold similar emotions in their lives, Veera, an aspiring wannabe faces mistreatments with her own family members and Mahabir, a hostile individual, preoccupied with his mother's memories leads an adamant lifestyle. Neither of them are exultant or glad. Imtiaz tries to instigate a relationship between these individuals in an expressive way where they get to know each other and the circumstances that really changed their verve.

Conveying the character's emotion in an artistic way, Imtiaz's vision to craft the scene with few wide scenic shots was impressive. Incredibly pleasant panoramas explain the character's are trying to find liberty among themselves without a certain destination. Anil Mehta, the cinematographer had done an outstanding job in capturing some of the pleasing pictorials of North India.

Rahman's music and background score is significant and also plays a vital role in articulating about the character, which was discriminated from a mellow lullaby to a peppy rattle.

The main lead Alia Bhatt was absolutely remarkable with her performance. She's sensible, animated and unfurling in her character and she entirely stole every single scene with her pleasing charisma, definitely an early contender for next year's award season. Randeep Hooda impresses with his vigorous looks and style, although he doesn't surprise to a certain extent, I'm amazed with his performance in emotional sequences.

Nonetheless, Highway is unorthodox in it's approach and dismal with it's intent. There is something beyond the striking visuals and the superior music, Highway tries to be genuine in every way possible and exhibits a great prospect of a perfectly made alternate cinema. Definitely worth a watch if you're into these practical, gloomy genres.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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