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Tiger Zinda Hai - Honest Movie Review

December 24, 2017

Verdict - "Fan Service At It's Best!"

Barring Tubelight, Salman Khan has been on a roll lately scoring blockbuster hits with Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Love him or hate him, he knows how to churn out a commercial box-office hit and he's been consistently doing that for the past few years. Tiger Zinda Hai is also once such film which is specifically made for the fans after underlining everything they want to see in a Bhai film.

Loosely based on real-life events, the storyline of the film follows the abduction of forty nurses from India and Pakistan by a militant group called ISC headed by Abu Usman (Sajjad Delfrooz). With a very limit amount of time, options and privileges, Indian Government chooses to send their best player in the game, Tiger (Salman Khan), who had gone undercover since the events of the last film.

Starting off with the positives in the film, I must give credits where its due, the action sequences (choreographed by Tom Struthers from Hollywood) were one of the best I've seen in any Bollywood movie so far, in terms of scale and extravaganza. Every shot was well designed and composed and the amount of hard work that went into crafting these scenes should be appreciated. But, the double and triple dosage of action for every 10-15 minutes can be an overkill and I felt it redundantly when the film started to forcefully insert action sequences without a proper reason.

Now, I love simplistic storylines, the plot of this film is essentially what we expect and naturally witness in a video game. We start at point A, stop at point B and then reach point C. But sometimes with a wafer-thin plot and a runtime of two hours and forty minutes, things can and will get stale and dreary and that's exactly what happened. The comedy, for the most part, didn't work. The forced patriotic dialogues (mainly aimed to please the Pakistani audience) didn't work, few characters were left half-baked and didn't fit appropriately. Everything has been sacrificed for action, which was understandable when your primary aim is to explore the action-genre, but in turn, it doesn't help when you look at the overall film.

The performances from the complete cast were acceptable, Salman Khan excels with his particular skill-set i.e saving lives, escaping from hopeless situations, blowing up things, shooting multiple bandits and in-turn not getting shot at least once and being an all-in-all charismatic guy. Katrina Kaif shines in few remarkable action scenes and that is all. I didn't expect much from her anyway.

Overall, Tiger Zinda Hai mostly failed to impress me in few sections with a lengthy runtime and an insipid storyline, but the action scenes served as a life-saver for the film which were extremely fun to watch. This film is a perfect example of fan service and will surely be a massive commercial success for YRF studios.

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

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Baar Baar Dekho - Movie Review

September 11, 2016

Verdict - "Kabhi Matt Dekho"

Baar Baar Dekho directed Nitya Mehra is a story about two childhood friends Jai and Diya (Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif) who love each other and plan to get married in a naïve fashion. Prior to the day before the marriage, Diya explains Jai about their endeavours after getting married and Jai replies that he is not yet ready for the marriage as he is planning to do bigger things in life and accomplish his goals. Disconcerted with Jai's response, Diya concludes the discussion by mentioning that she will never talk to him again and leaves. Some time later, Jai, who is already disgruntled with the situation falls asleep all alone and wakes up ten days later and finds himself spending his time in a honeymoon in Thailand with Diya. How ?

Described as a high-concept modern-day love drama, this film was terribly messy and befuddling at the same time. The screenwriters were pretty much unclear with their narration from the start till the finish and the storyline felt pointless when I took the time to reassess after watching the film. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy time travel films when the idea helps the movie to get better by advancing the storyline. But in this case, it just felt like the director is taking us through a series of shorts, set in different timelines and beautiful locations which don't really make a whole lot of sense or prove a proper point.

Yet more, the most disconcerting aspect of the film apart from the story, screenplay and direction were the horribly written characters. Although the performances were quite decent from the entire cast, with Sidharth looking confused and Katrina being depressed nearly 80% of the film, the characters didn't have much depth, the relationship between the lead couple was not well explained as a result it didn't make me believe in them and culminated in becoming a bad movie experience. 

Overall, Baar Baar Dekho is a colossal failure in terms of writing and direction and winds up as a seamless example of how not to make a time-travel film. The lengthy 147-minute runtime and the horrid storyline will turn you delirious after watching the film. So, consider staying at home and spending time with your family.

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

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Phantom - Movie Review

August 29, 2015

Verdict - "Rushed in its approach, Phantom is quite inferior when compared to the previous films from Kabir Khan."

I love when directors hustle, releasing two movies in just two months was an incredible depiction about how movie directors should work these days. But, on the other side, they are few drawbacks that are considered as a demerit that can spoil this trend.

Following an astounding success with Bajrangi Bhaijaan, director Kabir Khan received a lot of appreciation for choosing a sensible subject and directing it so perfectly as it made us value his work greater than ever. With great success comes great responsibility, the anticipation for Phantom is sky-high and it completely looked splendid on previews and trailers. But?

In an imaginary fictional world, seven years after the attacks of 26/11 in Mumbai, few government officials plan a highly confidential suicide mission to take down all the people behind this horrifying incident that costed the lives of 156 people.

Now, I'm not whining about the intentions of the movie, the concept of India taking down Pakistani terrorists is again a sensitive and a tender subject to carry out and director Kabir Khan, always does his best to deliver a clever outcome. But this movie utterly lacks legitimacy, even though it's purely fictional, many sequences in the movie just doesn't feel that they could happen so conveniently in real life without any misfortune or missteps and the screenplay was totally rushed and felt completely out-of-place for the most part. 

Also, the character development in the movie was atrocious, Saif Ali Khan plays an ex-military cop waiting to resurrect his career and get some sort of compassion from his father. Reason why? We get to see in a substandard flashback sequence. Stuck with a numb expression, Katrina Kaif plays a futile NGO doctor-ish role and to top that Mohammed Ayyub Zeeshan (although I liked his performance) as a terrible government official who looks questionable from the get go.

At least the action sequences in the movie kept me away from sleeping with its loud noise and there is some impressive stunt work done by the lead actors and I appreciate it. But when filming an action scene the director had to make sure that it was clearly choreographed and make it memorable. None of the action sequences in Phantom are notable nor impressive.

Nevertheless, Phantom is undoubtedly a substandard work from Kabir Khan as it felt absurdly illusory and the profound elements were not exhilarating on any scale. Strictly a one time watch!

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

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Bang Bang! - Movie Review

October 5, 2014

Verdict - "I consider this as a complete displeasure, not even a guilty movie pleasure."

Yet another disappointment? Movies with whopping amount of money turning into a debacle is quite a regular term we often listen in this modern-era. Does Bang Bang fall into that category of movies?

Without referring to any Hollywood movie, here's the plot of the movie! In an illusory world, Hrithik Roshan is in pursuit for thieving something unusual and impractical. What's the whole reason behind nicking a precious item unfolds the storyline of the movie.

In detail! This movie completely has no substance under it, ofcourse, there is a specific plot to prolong and make it interesting. But the movie doesn't really make an effort to do that, inept things happen in the most generic way possible. Bullets start to fly and every conceivable thing will eventually blow, and that encloses my major complaint about the movie.

Yes! I do expect few enthralling, well chorepgraphed action scenes, but I also bother about the reason behind it and the movie neglects something which is significant and necessary for an action movie.

Also the nonsensical characters is also one the major drawback of the movie. Katrina's character felt a little cartoony and completely tainted the vibe of the movie, I also felt that and incredible antagonist was lacking in the movie. And moreover, it was really absurd to see an intelligent character like Hrithik Roshan fall into few tranquil traps.

Should we blame the screenwriters Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair for everything happened? Completely not! I do understand that there is some pressure behind them, but depending on the original material, there's lot more they can do with the plot of the movie and all we got is an enormous action scene for every ten minutes.

However I do appreciate the attempt by the film-maker Siddharth Anand, the movie was gorgeous to gaze at, they were few well shot and choreographed action sequences worth watching and I do understand the hardowork the entire crew deposited to make it work. But there should be a splendid pay-off and I don't think the movie will recieve nothing but hate from people.

About the technical aspects of the movie, the song Meherbaan was gorgeously shot as well as the entire movie, props to cinematographers Ben Jasper , Sunil Patel & Vikas Sivaraman! I do a small concern about the CGI in the movie, but it was tolerable. Music directors, Vishal-Shekhar did an unique job regarding the songs of the movie which were quite easy on the ear.

Hrithik Roshan was vibrant and fits the character well. He has the charisma and the dynamic build-up to attract the viewers and I enjoyed watching him in the movie. Katrina Kaif was a total eye-candy in the movie, she was appealing and let's keep it that way because her acting was not up to the mark, and the movie hassled on her shoulders for the most part.

On the whole, Bang Bang! was a complete displeasure, it's definitely the kind of movie where you can just rent it on a rainy day and watch without keeping much of attention. A little more effort on the screenplay could've definitely helped the movie, but nevertheless it's a misused opportunity which will hurt the box office of the movie. Not my strong recommendation!

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

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