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Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses

With increasing competition and ruthless judgement from the audience on all the ladies of Bollywood, there are a few who might find social media alerts like these, helpful to up their games. Here are the Top 5 such Actresses who could use a wake up call in their careers.

5. Kriti Sanon

Now, I haven't got much to complain about Kriti Sanon except pointing out how ordinary she is. She has the considerable fame and supports to take up new types of roles but she prefers the cute and kind girl next door. The concept of "girl next door" is overrated already and the present generation expect actresses to surprise them by being more expressive as well as experimental. Kriti amongst all the competition with actresses like Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Taapsee Pannu has managed to create a notable fame for herself and its time she really makes good use of it. Adding to that her performances in 'Heropanti', 'Dilwale', 'Raabta' and '1 Nenokkadine' are okay and being called an 'okay actress' is nearly the worst thing. But since she's still young and spirited, maybe we can hope for some memorable films by her in the future.

4. Disha Patani

Still a newbie, you may be thinking that it's unfair to judge her this soon but honestly, I don't see her being successful in the future years at Bollywood at all. She is dumber than Kriti Sanon judging by her crummy and forgettable performances in 'Baaghi 2', 'Kung Fu Yoga' and 'Loafer' (Telugu). But, I also agree that she was sweet to look at in 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story'. Her smile gave her the overnight fame along with a title national crush which faded away just as quickly which brings me to point out how inexpressive she is and also that it gets really difficult to analyse the gravity of her emotions in a particular scene. (sound similar to Kristen Stewart?) But then again she has adequate attention on her to change her path and we really hope she does.

3. Kareena Kapoor Khan

Coming from a popular background, Kareena Kapoor came in prepared to slay in Bollywood. She won the Best Debut Award and till date, owns Six Filmfare Awards. But the reason she's in this list is that for her overacting. While Katrina Kaif doesn't do enough, Kareena Kapoor overdoes it. With a Sanskaari Beti constantly battling eyelashes to the crazy hyper diva, she always is either loud, jumpy or over dramatic. With the long list of her movies, she did manage to bag some good ones in between, like 'Talaash', 'Kurbaan', '3 Idiots' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. I also realized that she stays stylish and groomed no matter the character she's playing. She's always the hot doctor or the gorgeous teacher. Except for four seconds in 'Jab We Met',  she has never dared to play de-glam roles which are an admired thing these days. Her performances are predictable and similar in almost all her movies which have finally brought her down to this list. 

2. Katrina Kaif

It's a very obvious choice because she is one of the worst actresses in the industry but surprisingly the most hardworking one too because everyone knows the dedication she had to learn all these dance forms and stunts while she could've paid more attention to learning Hindi and maybe taking some legit acting classes. But she wasn't all that bad in the beginning, considering some decent performances in movies like 'Meri Brother ki Dulhan', 'Rajneeti' and 'New York', but after 'Ek Tha Tiger' in 2012, which according to me was one of the most gruesome performances of hers, her success graph started descending rapidly. Her roles being very pale and annoyingly ordinary paved a way for talented actresses like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma take over her limelight. 'Bang! Bang!', 'Baar Baar Dekho', 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', 'Dhoom 3' and the latest 'Tiger Zinda Hai' are all reflections of her dreary portrayals of trivial roles. It's high time she starts improving or she'll always remain the unskilled and dull eye candy of Bollywood.

1. Jacqueline Fernandez

When I say I've saved the best for the last, I wholeheartedly meant it. I don't have much to assert since famous critics like Rajeev Masand and Anupama Chopra have done it for me. If there is an actress who I never feel sorry for when she gets poor reviews, its Jacqueline. Her performance in her debut despite winning the Best Debut Award was slammed by critics who said "easy on the eyes, appears confident but has precious little to do" which in my opinion, applies to all her movies. Some of her other reviews so far include comments like "she's a pinprick on a balloon","she's a blathering bimbo who finds no pleasure in her role" and also "she struts around like a wound up automaton that is all decked up but has nowhere to go" which may all seem very rude but if you've watched some of her movies then you know that she's really happy and annoying most of the time. But I personally appreciate her performances in 'Brothers' as well as 'Roy' but since both of them were commercial flops, she's probably sticking to playing the over-energetic eye candy or an item dancer. Her Hollywood debut is barely known due to horrible advertising in India but right now, it's important that she doesn't repeat her past mistakes and gets smarter if she wants to survive in this fast growing industry.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW
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Race 3 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "One of the Worst Big Budget Movies in Recent History!"

Directed by Remo D'Souza who is the man behind-the-camera of one of the worst films of 2016 'A Flying Jatt', 'Race 3' stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem in the lead and supporting roles and is the third film in the highly successful 'Race' franchise.

Separated from the previous two films, the plot of this movie introduces us to a filthy rich family who has disputes between them over domination and money. After undertaking a deal to rob a hard drive from a "highly secured" vault, the family discovers few miraculous facts which shatters the trust and love that they have developed over the years. Beyond believable!

If you got through the above paragraph understanding something about the movie then I should applaud myself for narrating the chaotic mess which is the storyline. It's a disaster! And even recollecting it to disintegrate what happened is giving me a headache. The franchise is notoriously known for its double-twists; a twist within a twist and more twists and that's where this plot became even more heedless. They're rather confusing, pointless and ineffective than surprising as the twists were only introduced to continue the ridiculous gimmick of the franchise.

Ten minutes into the movie, I can already tell that it is awful when the narrator says "Now that you learned about the characters, let the race begin!". That's borderline pathetic storytelling and the idiocy never stops and it continues with terrible dialogues, cringey character moments, humorless comedy and abysmal timing of songs between unimportant scenes. 

Remo D' Souza who is now into creating mindless grandiose spectacles is hand-picked by Salman Khan to direct the movie and it is literally the worst decision he made. D'Souza's approach to push style over substance can clearly be seen in the film and it didn't even remotely work for any scene. He can't piece together a scene properly or at least cannot extract a decent enough performance from any of the talented cast and it's disgraceful. All he made sure is that the actors looked elegant by dressing them up with expensive clothing and made them drive around in supercars so that we can all think that they're wicked cool.

But hey! You may say that I'm just being salty and demoralizing everybody with negativity, at least they're action sequences to shut my brain and enjoy. Don't get me started! From the mind-numbing skydiving sequences to the insane flying car crashes and the in-your-face detonations, the action scenes in the movie were absurdly bad. They're so atrocious to watch as the audience in the theatre I'm watching had a range of emotions with the kids running down the steps infused with madness and the elders either laughing or holding their heads in awe cause they can't believe what they're watching.

Even the characters or the performances didn't elevate the film. Salman Khan walked, talked and acted like a robot. Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol did the best they could, Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah were present for the looks, songs, and few poorly choreographed fights which are seriously bad. And there's nothing much to discuss about Saqib Saleem or Freddy Daruwala either.

Overall, Race 3 is undoubtedly one of the worst big budget commercial movies I've seen in a while and is an all-around failure differing from the storyline, screenplay, direction, action, music, and performances. Here's my suggestion, forget that this movie existed, ignore it when it debuts on Amazon Prime or on TV and then thank me later for saving 160 minutes of your valuable time.

My Rating - 1/5 | Grade - D (Absolutely Awful!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RACE 3

1. Supercars Blown Up!

The stunts of Race 3 were choreographed by Hollywood action director Tom Struthers and were shot in Abu Dhabi. At the trailer launch event, Salman Khan had said that they picked up 15-16 brand new cars while shooting in Abu Dhabi thinking they would get them back, but the action director ensured they don’t get even one car back. “The cars were blown up in 200 parts, which made it impossible to bring the cars back,” he added.

2. 5 Days! Just 5 Days!

Can you believe that the climax of Race 3 was shot in just 5 days? As per a report from the film's team, the climax was shot with three units simultaneously. A set of actors were continuously shooting on the three units and wrapped the schedule in just five days that could have taken ten days to shoot.

Director Remo D’Souza stated, “The climax scene is an elaborate action sequence that was to be shot with the entire cast. Salman ensured that the grueling schedule that would otherwise take 10 days to shoot, was completed in just 5 days. We had three separate units that were shooting simultaneously on set. The live explosions also had the military’s presence for security concern. The entire sequence was an event in itself.”

3. Sidharth Keeps Making Bad Choices?

Sidharth Malhotra was approached and opted out of the film, as he was to be cast opposite Daisy Shah, who is the supporting actress in the film. Malhotra has always been paired opposite the leading ladies, so he decided to opt out. Also, Aditya Roy Kapoor was first approached for the second lead after Siddarth Malhotra. But producer Ramesh Taurani didn't agree to his price.

4. The Real Anil

Anil Kapoor who plays the role of a business tycoon Shamsher in the film will be introduced through an action scene which will reportedly see no body double because Anil Kapoor has decided to do the stunts himself, reported mid-day. Anil Kapoor's entry scene will reportedly involve an adrenaline-pumping car chase sequence and rounds of a gunshot.

5. Jacky vs Daisy - The Cat Fight?

Talking about her experience of doing action scenes, Jacqueline says, “ I was part of very big action centric films (Dishoom) in the past but this is the first time I have gone all out and done action with Race 3. Daisy (Shah) and I have a massive cat fight in the film and it’s actually one of the hardest action sequences I have ever done in my life. In the movie, Daisy actually hits me and while shooting she has kicked me hard many times.”

Sources and Writing Credits - Indian Express, IMDB, NDTV and Hindustan Times. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Video: 'Ek Do Teen' feat. Jacqueline Fernandez Released!

Remember the evergreen peppy dance tune 'Ek Do Teen' featuring Madhuri Dixit from 'Tezaab (1988)'? Well, fortunately, we've got an even sexier version now with the Sri Lankan bombshell Jacqueline Fernandez recreating 'Ek Do Teen' in Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani's 'Baaghi 2'.

The official YouTube channel of T-Series released the highly-awaited song this morning and people are already going gaga over it. We've reported last month that Jacqueline clearly stated that she cannot and ever will re-create the magic of the original, but she did try her best and tried everything in her favor.

Directed by Ahmed Khan and produced by Fox Star Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, 'Baaghi 2' is all set to release on March 30, 2018, and is a remake of the hit Tollywood suspense-thriller 'Kshanam'.

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

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Jacqueline Fernandez to Star as the Lead in 'Kick 2'!

Not long ago, we reported that Amy Jackson (Singh is Bliing fame) is all set to romance Salman Khan in 'Kick 2'. But squashing all the flying rumors, the producer of the film Sajid Nadiadwala confirmed to a leading news daily that the Sri Lankan beauty will be a part of the sequel which marks the third collaboration between her and Salman Khan after 'Kick' and the upcoming film 'Race 3'.

Recently, the producer spoke to a leading daily and stated the following:

"I've been currently writing the script for a year now. As a producer I'm busy with different films, the writing took some time and I'm planning to restart the writing process and the film should roll out next year."

Speaking about Jacqueline Fernandez, Sajid Nadiadwala simply said:

"Salman Khan was joking when he said that Jacqueline would be replaced and Jacqueline's character was present in the current script but it's too early to talk about it."

On the other side, Salman and Jacky wrapped the shooting schedule of the Bangkok part as the film is expected to release this Eid.

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

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Amy Jackson to Romance Salman Khan in 'Kick 2'!?

Earlier this month, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment announced their next project as "Kick 2", and disclosed Salman Khan’s name as the male lead. In "Kick (2014)" we saw the hot ravishing Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez flatter all of us with her sexy looks, but, it is reported that Jacqueline will not be seen in the sequel as her role ended in the first installment and this film will have a different plot.

Now, according to the flying rumors, we might see the dreamy British beauty Amy Jackson take the charge as the female lead from Jacky. Amy is known for her sensuous looks back in South Indian cinema and is also surprisingly the female lead in Rajnikanth's "2.0". Amy also has a poor track record in Bollywood with her previous films, "Singh is Bliing", "Freaky Ali" and "Ek Deewana Tha" failing at the box-office.

The English bombshell is currently busy shooting for the Amercian TV series "Supergirl" where she will be portraying the character of Saturn Girl who is the founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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

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A Flying Jatt - Movie Review

Verdict - "The long wait for a decent Indian Superhero film continues!"

In this modern neoteric era of movies, producing a Superhero film is the most effective decision that a producer can ever take. They're immensely popular and beneficial and in the past few years, we've been presented with more lacklustre Bollywood Superhero films like Krrish 3, Ra. One and the highly unforgiving Mr. X. So, after watching the trailers and promos of A Flying Jatt, I lowered my expectations down and thought that my hopes of watching a solid Indian Superhero film were still far-flung. But! Am I wrong?

In plans of extending his factory area, Malhotra, (Kay Kay Menon) an immoral businessman encounters Aman (Tiger Shroff) and his mum (Amrita Singh) and proposes to buy their property for a good amount. Familiar with his factory toxic pollution Aman's mum rejects Malhotra's offer and warns him not to return back to her premises. Annoyed with the situation, Malhotra warns Aman to look out for his mum which results in him being concerned about his mum's safety and craving for god's help. So, will god acknowledge his prayers by gifting him with super powers? 

Co-written and directed by Remo D'Souza, this film had a genuine primitive vibe surrounded around it. The story of a small town underdog gifted with superpowers overcoming all the odds can easily be titivated and narrated in a splendid way. Instead, we get a storyline that was clumsy, poorly edited and lazily written. The characters look phony and resemble stupidity, the narrative cuts from an inferior emotional scene to our villain screaming his lungs out. Moreover, the sad part is that it tries to recount too many things at the same time from being an action movie to a love story to a film that explains the proud Sikh heritage and to a film that conveys us with an ecological message combined with an intense quote from our very own director.

But even though the film doesn't deliver on a narrative standpoint, it could still be enjoyable if it distracts us on the aspects of action, comedy and music. Although few scenes in the film were genuinely amusing, the action sequences were flat-out boring, blasting out the streets of a small town, throwing out few ridiculous punches with an abundant amount of slow motion doesn't make the film look interesting. Furthermore, the CGI presentation was substandard for the most part and I completely comprehend that it's a budget issue, but they're few limited aspects that would've been easily controllable.

Nevertheless, A Flying Jatt is overall a disappointing film with a clumsy storyline, sluggish narration and sub-par performances. What would've easily been an earnest heartfelt film turned into a plethoric mess with a philosophical message which is not even conveyed appropriately. We deserve a better Superhero film than this!

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

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Dishoom - Instant Movie Review #35

Rohit Dhawan's - "Dishoom"

Positives:
1) Action and Comedic Sequences

Negatives: 
1) Characters
2) Music

Introduction: Established as a comedic action thriller, Dishoom is a fictional story about an Indian cricket player being kidnapped in the Middle East few days before a tournament decider between India and Pakistan. Infuriated with the situation, Indian Government dispatches a high-profile police officer Kabir Shergill (John Abraham) for investigation and is later accompanied by a jovial yet steadfast officer Junaid (Varun Dhawan) who later becomes a seamless ally for Kabir and plays a major role in the inquiry. 

Analysis: Walking into the movie theatre, I completely comprehended what I'm about to get from this film, a mind-numbing entertainer with few bits and pieces of action and comedy. And the movie delighted me on that level of entertainment and amusement. But, examining a little further into the plot and screenplay they're several errors and plot holes that are easily discoverable throughout the film. Then again, as I pointed out earlier, I didn't expect this film to be sharp and astute, I anticipated it to be witty and exciting and that's exactly what I obtained.

Characters and Performances: John Abraham plays the role of a stern no-nonsense cop which didn't need an utter amount of acting skills, he received an adaptable role and delivered a pleasant performance on a whole. Exhibiting his bona fide fun persona, Varun Dhawan's performance was the most enjoyable out of the bunch, his flawless delivery together with his alluring charisma tailored effortlessly with the film and was an absolute delight to watch. 

Jacqueline Fernandez had nothing much to do apart from few crucial moments in the film. Her character was weakly written additionally with few major characters which I don't want to disclose. 

Verdict: Nevertheless, Dishoom is a definite guarantee for some mind-numbing entertainment where you can sit back, relish and appreciate what the movie is trying to offer you. Worth checking out!

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

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Instant Movie Review #14 (Roy)

Vikramjith Singh's - "ROY"

Positives:
1) Music
2) Cinematography

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Movie runtime

Analysis: Enthralling trailers, euphonious soundtrack and astonishing visuals, Roy has all the proper prospects for you to get excited about. Well! You're definitely misled. Directed with a perplexing screenplay and a tedious storyline, Roy has something new to offer but in an agonizing way and at a certain point during the course of the movie, you'll certainly question yourself about where the movie is exactly going.

Debutant director Vikramjit Singh's aspiring thought to narrate a movie in a contrasting way didn't entirely work as the movie felt all over the place. 

Performances: Ranbir's performance felt constrained, Rampal and Jacqueline were decent in their perspective roles.

Verdict:  To conclude, Roy is a horrifying experience and is a complete waste of great talent and ability. Skip it!

 

My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D (A hangover!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Kick - Movie Review

Verdict - "Do yourself a favour and never opt for getting this KICK"

Jaded, exhausted and infuriated! I'm still searching for my kick on a tedious combat zone of ludicrous action, unappealing romance and humourless comedy.

As y'all are very well-known about the summary of the movie, it's just identical to Dhoom 3, a distinct intellectual superman who is finally gratified by nicking money from the blatant wealthy guys for obvious reasons that are adequate.

Let's clear things out! Back in 2009, when Surender Reddy presented Kick to the telugu audience, it felt fresh, comical and smart. Nadiadwala's adaptation falls short in everything it tackled with. And to be very clear, I'm not drawing any comaprisons!

The screenplay was stale all throughout the movie. It encountered a good amount of pacing issues, the romantic love segment between Salman and Jacqueline was never plausible and it practically debased the most pleasurable thing called "Love" in many ways. Neither did the comedic parts of the movie crack well, it just felt like an artificial humour which is just used to make it a complete movie.

In this age and time it all depends on how you sell the movie to your audience and Kick took off fashionably by marketing it's key aspects bordering on fast cars, boom-bastic explosions and fuming action. The question is, does it deliver well in the movie? I would say no! The action sequences were lazy as it ruined the fun because of the sluggish camerawork and it's simply not logical.

Randeep Hooda is splendid in his role, unfortunately his character never felt like an ominous threat to the main protagonist of the film and that's even one of my complaints for the movie. The good guy-bad guy thing never paid off due to the unappealing screenplay. Nawazuddin Siddiqui fairly entertains with his weird expressions and considering him as a tough menace is a bit irregular.

The big guy Salman is yet again an amusing, clever and a soulful man and he never disappoints in entertaining with his over-the-top action sequences and that's all we anticipate for. Jacqueline portrayed a significant character but is incredibly wasted with her minimal screentime, apart from showing her good looks.

Nonetheless, the purpose of the movie was convincing and it played out well after a string of debacle. And Salman who is popular with his Being Human campaign felt like a good front runner to coup these kind of subjects. But I'm never into the movie, despite of it's outlandish action and drama, Kick is not a good adaptation as per me and will probably be remembered only for a brief amount of time.

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

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