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Dhadak - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Mundane Bollywood Cliché!"

Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Dhadak is an official remake of the critically acclaimed Marathi film Sairat and stars Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor in the lead roles. The storyline of the film follows the clichéd love story of teenagers Madhukar and Parthavi where they fall in love with each other despite being ridiculed by a caste-driven society and you can probably envision the remainder of the plot without me elaborating.

Let's discuss the positives, regardless of being slammed by comments about nepotism or favoritism, Ishaan Khatter, and Janhvi Kapoor are consistently impressive throughout the film. Especially, in regards to displaying emotion, firing up quick laughs, expressing innocence and genuinity on his face, Ishaan did an exceptional job bringing life to his character and is indeed a remarkable talent. Janhvi surprised me or perhaps everyone with her decent yet noteworthy performance. Despite a few hiccups during the emotional sequences, she handled herself well all through the film.

Here are the negatives. I haven't seen the original Marathi film Sairat, so, I had zero expectations for Dhadak and walked into the theater knowing nothing about the source material. But, fifteen minutes into the film looking at how the plot is structuring itself, I found myself comfortably predicting the rest of the storyline because it's generic and I'm sure that you'll get the feeling that you've watched the same movie a million times before. The plot had no consequences as the aspect of caste that they're trying to interject did not work especially with an innocuous character like Ashutosh Rana, who plays the antagonist. The entire film was sophomoric as I felt the cringe crawl through my body which eventually made me suffer. It's one of those movies where you'll find murmuring to yourself like "In my stupid teenage years, I have made the same dumb mistake and I regret watching this movie now."

The music and the background score by Ajay-Atul are undoubtedly one of the saving graces of the film as the songs (or maybe the entire movie) were shot and picturized beautifully and the euphonious music made it so much more special to watch.

Overall, Dhadak had a significant message to share in the climax and the superstar kids Ishaan and Janhvi were a delight to watch. But, the generic storyline and the tedious screenplay made it nearly unwatchable as I found myself cringe and regret watching the majority of the film. Nevertheless, it's sad to see Bollywood still trying to beat a dead horse while South Indian Film Industry is busy exploring unorthodox love stories like Arjun Reddy.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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The Directors of Bombay Talkies Are Coming Together for Yet Another Anthology Film

Like it or not, Netflix and other web-based platforms like Amazon Prime are and will take over the traditional media sooner than later. After witnessing a decent success with their first original film 'Love Per Square Foot', Netflix is all in for producing more originals in the form of series and movies.

Now, 'Bombay Talkies', filmmakers Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap are coming back with an anthology film as all the four directors have finished shooting their respective films and are waiting for their release.

Initially, it was reported that the film is a sequel to Bombay Talkies but it’s not. 'Bombay Talkies' was a tribute to Indian cinema as it completed 100 years in 2013 but this series will be completely different which will deal with love, lust, and relationships. The movie will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RSVP, with producer Ashi Dua and it will be released on Netflix by June.

“Lust Stories, four short films that deal with real-life relationships in modern India and brought together as one film brilliantly under a common theme by Anurag, Dibakar, Karan, and Zoya is a perfect premiere for global audiences on Netflix,” Screwvala has said in a statement.

It is being rumored that Karan’s film will star Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani, and Neha Dhupia, while Anurag’s film features Radhika Apte and Aakash Thosar of 'Sairat' fame. Manisha Koirala and Sanjay Kapoor have shot for Dibakar’s film. And Zoya’s film features Bhumi Pednekar, Neil Bhoopalam and Rasika Duggal.

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Sonu Sood to Play the Baddie in 'Simmba'!?

The pre-production and casting choices seem to be an uphill battle for the makers of 'Simmba'. After going through many changes and finalizing Sara Ali Khan as the female lead, casting an antagonist is now the latest problem. A few months back, we heard rumors that they approached Abhishek Bachchan to play the baddie. After that, they've also approached R. Madhavan, but he has to step down due to a shoulder injury, but now, according to recent reports, we hear that Sonu Sood has finally ended up with the role.

Now, if you're fine lad like me and already seen the original Telugu film 'Temper' from which 'Simmba' is being adapted from, you already know that Sood will be playing the character of a psychic mafia don who has an unorthodox persona. It should be very interesting to see how Sood presents his role here as it is vital in the film.

Nevertheless, 'Simmba' is being co-produced by Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty and stars the Versatile Ranveer Singh and Leggy Lass Sara Ali Khan in lead roles and is looking for a 28th December 2018 release.

A Movie News Report by Team JFMF | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Madhuri Dixit to Replace Sridevi in Karan Johar's Next!

While still recovering from the sudden demise of the veteran actress Sridevi, Karan Johar's Dharma Productions team seem to be moving on with the production of their upcoming film which they planned with Sridevi in the lead role. Today, we learned from Jahnvi Kapoor's Instagram account that Madhuri Dixit replaced Late. Sridevi Ji in the film which is set to be directed by Abhishek Varman ('2 States' fame).

Here's the official statement from Janhvi "Abhishek Varman’s next film was very close to mom’s heart ...Dad, Khushi and I are thankful to Madhuriji for now being a part of this beautiful film..."

Titled 'Shiddat', the film will be collectively produced by Dharma Productions, Fox Star Studios, and Sajid Nadiadwala and will have an ensemble cast comprising of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur.

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

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Sara Ali Khan to Romance Ranveer in 'Simmba'!?

Simmba is an upcoming film starring Ranveer Singh and directed by Rohit Shetty and we all are well aware that Rohit is been searching for a suitable actress as the female lead for the film. Now, if rumors are true, the filmmaker found Ranveer’s heroine in Sara Ali Khan.

Sara Ali Khan (daughter of Saif Ali Khan) is yet to debut in Bollywood and her upcoming film 'Kedarnath' is creating buzz lately primarily because of the alterations between the director and the producers. Another actress considered for the role is Jahnvi Kapoor, who is yet another star kid.

Sources claim that Sara is selected as a consequence of the entire 'Kedarnath' controversy. We hear that her parents Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan were upset with the recent turn of events and Kareena joined Saif in putting a good word for Sara to film's producer Karan Johar, who basically cannot decline their request and went on to convince director Rohit Shetty to sign Sara for 'Simmba'.

Nevertheless, here's a fact, 'Simmba' is the remake of the super-hit Tollywood film 'Temper' starring N.T.R Jr. and Kajal Aggarwal that deals with a social message towards women empowerment.

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

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Instant Movie Review #23 (Bombay Velvet)

Anurag Kashyap's - "Bombay Velvet"

1) Performances
2) Production work and Set design
3) Music

1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Characters

Introduction: Amid of enormous expectations, Bombay Velvet is purposed to be a blockbuster movie and with all the right elements it converted into a complete bummer. 

Plot: Established by a non-exclusive storyline, which concentrates on the main characters -- Johnny Balraj and Rosie and their adversity in life, the futile screenplay was the most sluggish feature in the movie as it felt tedious to watch.

Analysis: But on a positive note, the production work and the set design in the movie was marvelous and is presented gorgeously on-screen.

Performances: Despite their weak characters, performances from Ranbir, Anushka, and Karan Johar were splendid, but their honest efforts didn't feel adequate for a substandard movie.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Bombay Velvet is a missed opportunity on every standpoint that completely deserves its failure both critically and commercially. Feel happy to skip it!

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

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Hasee Toh Phasee - Movie Review

Verdict – “Heartfelt and profound at times, but it's nothing unusual to the regular Bollywood rom-com genre”.

2014 is just a number when it comes to Bollywood, cause we are surprisingly stuck at a point where everything was normal, routine and more intently just trying to play safe. Hasee Toh Phasee falls into that category where it was slightly genial, inexplicable and customary.

Ensuing the same the old formula, Hasee Toh Phasee kicks off with Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) who was impulsive and enduring in his character getting married to the deliberate and charming Karishma (Adah Sharma) after upholding their relationship for seven long years. Right before their marriage, Karishma's sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) appears.

Being dissimilar and disparate in her behaviour Meeta is considered as an odd one who is purposely hated by everyone in the family and was completely excluded. Karishma requests Nikhil to take care of Meeta during the whole occasion as he hesitantly accepts and he eventually discovers that he and Meeta had a brief meeting seven years ago. Will Meeta and Nikhil develop an unfeigned relation between them? That's predictable!

The traditional storyline doesn't really astonish for a brief amount of time, a series of unwanted cliched predictable scenes drags to a point where it has nothing to offer. Parineeti's wayward and striking screen presence keeps you engaged for a while but the underwhelming and the unthoughtful screenplay may let you down if you're able to pick up the sequence rapidly which I twig that as predictability.

But then again, don't get me wrong. Hasee toh Phasee had it's emotional stirring moments within the climax where it gets serious and somber about the situation. However, it's quite late!

Director, Vinil Mathew is impressive, as his main job is to manage and pull out some decent performances from the leads, he had done his part quite well. But the screenplay and story by Harshavardhan Kulkarni doesn't really engross me and with a monumental team including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya and Vihas Bahl monitoring the whole thing happening, where did it go wrong? Even the music from Vishal-Shekhar didn't really engage with the movie, it was quite normal and outmoded.

Nevertheless, the performances from the cast were splendid. Parineeti Chopra stole the entire movie with her dexterous screen presence, a clever female character is quite rare to find in Bollywood and Parineeti impressed me with her genuine ingenious performance and certainly the best she had given till date. Siddharth intregrated well with his character and was a perfect fit for that unsure, skeptical role.

On the whole, Hasee Toh Phasee had it's heartfelt moments to care about but it's monotonous story and screenplay doesn't really had the potential to twirl the movie into a successful one. Anchored with few great performances from the leads, HTP is a decent one time watch if you feel like investing your money into something which was not that spectacular.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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