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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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John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee Starrer Satyameva Jayate Has a Release Date!

After getting through and clearing all the release date issues of his upcoming release 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran'. John Abraham will now have to prepare for his second release this year 'Satyameva Jayate', a dramatic thriller in which he co-stars with Manoj Bajpayee and debutante Aisha Sharma (Neha Sharma's sister).

Producers, Emmay Entertainment took to Twitter and announced the title and release date for the film and it is expected to hit the theatres on August 15, along with Reema Kagti's Gold starring Akshay Kumar.

Here's the tweet: "#SatyamevaJayate, starring @TheJohnAbraham and @BajpayeeManoj and directed by @zmilap is coming your way this Independence Day, 15th August 2018. Get ready for some intense action and power-packed dialoguebaazi! #SMJ"

Mid-Day, in one of its reports ,suggests that the makers of the film — Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Nikkhil Advani — were keen on keeping the film's title as Satyameva Jayate, but were waiting for Aamir Khan (who hosted a socially-relevant TV show by the same name) to give a clean chit, which they have got now.

Also Read: Yami Gautam to Play an Intelligent Officer in Her Upcoming Film Uri!

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John Abraham Starrer Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran FINALLY Has a Release Date!

After months of speculations and postponements, John Abraham starrer 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' will now finally release on May 4, 2018, after JA Entertainment announced the termination of a contract with its co-producer KriArj Entertainment after claiming that the latter committed "material breaches". They cited that delay in payments/non-payments have caused delays in the post-production work after the film's principal shoot was completed on time and on schedule last year. 

They were also unhappy that despite repeated follow-ups, KriArj Entertainment had not shared the distribution plan for the film. On its part, KriArj Entertainment has dismissed the allegations as "false and frivolous", and lashed out at JA Entertainment's "unethical fashion" in dealing with the film. 

Talking about the movie, director Abhishek Sharma said in a statement, "Much in line with India's journey to becoming a nuclear power, our film's journey to its release has also had its own ups and downs! However, it is perhaps a befitting tribute to the true heroes of our nuclear programme — our army and our scientists, that Parmanu is releasing in the same month as we are celebrating 20 years of Operation Shakti — India's nuclear test explosions in Pokhran in May 1998. We are extremely proud of the film and what it stands for and can't wait to take it to our audience on May 4, 2018."

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John Abraham Announces His New Film 'RAW'!

Last seen in the disaster known as 'Force 2', John Abraham is busy promoting his upcoming film 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' and already signed a new film with Milap Zaveri ('Mastizaade' fame) in which he is cast opposite to Manoj Bajpayee and debutant actress Aisha Sharma (sister of Neha Sharma).

Now, taking Twitter by storm John Abraham announced yet another film, this time with director Robbie Grewal. The movie will be set in the 70's and is officially named 'RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter'. The film will be shot in a start-to-finish 60-day schedule in Nepal, Gujarat, Srinagar, and Delhi with the shooting commencing from June 1, 2018.

The film will be produced by Ajay Kapoor, Dheeraj Wadhwan, Vanessa Walia and Gary Grewal and is planning for a release early 2019.

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

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John Abraham in Talks with Akshay Kumar for 'Garam Masala 2'!?

'Garam Masala' starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham was a huge hit back in 2005 where Akshay won a Filmfare Award for his splendid performance and John was equally appreciated for his promising efforts. The duo went on to make 'Desi Boyz' (2011) and 'Housefull 2' (2012) together which are successful at the box-office. Years past, now we might be getting a sequel for 'Garam Masala' as John Abraham who is promoting his upcoming film 'Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran' told a leading tabloid that he is in constant talks with Akshay for the remake of their cult comedy film.

Talking about the Garam Masala sequel, he said, "I would love to do some fun films. Also, I love Akshay and enjoy working with him. In fact, I spoke to him the other day, and he said, ‘Let’s do something together’. We always have a burning desire to work together as we are very alike as human beings. As for Garam Masala 2, Akshay and I have been talking about it and I think that’d be great and a lot of fun. The storyline can be that 10 years later, there are more than three air hostesses (laughs). It will be fun but you have to make those fun films with people you have fun with. Even films such as Desi Boyz (2011) and Dishoom (2016) can be made into sequels as they have great potential."

Well, we just have to wait and see, comedy sequels do well at the box-office and planning a sequel is not a bad choice at all.

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

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Force 2 - Movie Review

Verdict - "Well-shot grandiose action sequences doesn't make a good movie."

Directed by Abhinay Deo, Force 2 starring John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles is the sequel to the 2011 action film "Force" and trundles around the plot of Indian R.A.W agents getting killed in foreign countries by the Chinese mob without any explanation. Caught in distraught, Indian government dispatches KK (Sonakshi Sinha) and Yash (John Abraham) to Budapest for the case inquiry where they run, dodge and fight against a series of goons throughout the entire runtime of the film.

The positives of the movie were certainly its action sequences, the 127-minute runtime was packed with skillfully choreographed and well-shot combat scenes that were contemporary and justified the genre appropriately. But, although it had a valid message to convey, the story and the screenplay of the film were a mess. The screenwriters failed to tell a compelling story from the get-go and when the movie finally approached the climax it felt underwhelming and presented itself as an inferior product.

John Abraham is without a doubt the perfect fit for this larger-than-life maniac cop role, his physicality, and charisma corresponds to the character properly and even though he was not impressive (again) with his facial expressions, he carried his role accordingly and the made the film watchable. Sonakshi Sinha was yet again remarkable and believable as an action star and is certainly stepping up her game by choosing challenging roles in every film. Tahir Raj Bhasin was a surprise addition to the film, his style, and his laid-back mellow attitude worked as a great counterpart to John's fierce demeanor and the director didn't fail to emphasize that on-screen.

Overall, excluding the stylistic, grandiose action sequences Force 2 had nothing to offer in terms of story and screenplay. Parts of it were entertaining to watch but the tension, appeal, and the intrigue were completely missing making it look like a mediocre sequel.

My Rating - 2.75/5
Grade - C + (Decent Flick!)
-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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Welcome Back - Movie Review

Verdict - "Cheap Pops!"

Revitalizing the immense success from its precursor back in 2007, Welcome Back starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, and John Abraham follows a stupendous star cast including Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. With Anees Bazmee returning to the director's chair, Welcome Back decidedly captivated the attention of many movie fans who love nonsensical comedic films and it's comprehensible. Then again, my expectations were completely zero, as I went and sat down anticipating for few good laughs.

Considering to alter their lives of unmarried men, Manju (Anil Kapoor) and Uday (Nana Patekar) bump into a young and gorgeous princess named Nandini (Ankita Shrivastava) and instantly fell in love with her. Ultimately at the time of a marriage proposal, Uday's father terminates the event and requests Uday to find an idyllic husband for his sister Ranjhna (Shruti Hassan), Manju instantly takes the responsibility and promises him for the best. Will the frightful duo find a seamless partner for their sister? 

Let's start with few positives, a lot of credit goes to Anees Bazmee and his writing crew for penning down a completely quirky script, as you can't stop laughing for the witty one-liners and the absurd comedic things happening throughout the runtime and the storyline felt quite creative when the characters allied to each other by the end of the first act. 

Now, I understand that the movie is making fun of itself and its fine by me if it looked funny. But did I find it as a guilty pleasure, where I can take a bunch of friends and revisit the movie theatre or at least watch it on tv or a DVD? No! The screenplay was rapid and the characters felt weak without any notable moments and I certainly can't recollect anything from the movie except for few striking sequences. What makes a comedy remarkable are the certain amount of jokes that I can recall and laugh, Welcome Back surely misses that important part.

Nevertheless, Welcome Back undoubtedly cracked me up in several occasions with its comedic timing and the performances were all fine from the star-studded cast. But the goofiness in the script exceeded its limits and reached a point where I realised that I'm wasting my time watching this movie.

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

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