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Thugs of Hindostan - Honest Movie Review

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, YRF's latest 300 crore outing Thugs of Hindostan, continues the Bollywood's moneymaking tradition of producing grand-epic films once or maybe twice a year. Consistency doesn't seem a concerning factor here, as the audience will, by and large, feel tickled when they're affectionately served with flamboyant trailers, multiword genre, prolific star cast, extensive social media marketing and a sexy Katrina Kaif who seem to have a problem putting on extra clothes.

Verdict - "Boring! Disappointing! Frustrating!"

Set in the late 1700s, the film's storyline follows the reign of John Clive (Lloyd Owen), a generic, cold-blooded and an easily manipulated English Officer, who is slowly but conventionally, capturing Indian Territories one after the other. Soon after Clive executes and captures her turf, a young Zafira takes off with Khudabaksh (Amitabh Bachchan) and his eagle buddy before getting caught. Eleven years later, now an adolescent highly-skilled archer and a bungee jumping expert Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh) plots for revenge against Clive alongside her old-grimy sword-fighting specialist (Bachchan Saab), now hailed as Azaad.

In simple words, we can contemplate Thugs of Hindostan (The Film) as a battleship, struck by lightning, dynamited by other adversary warships and submerged underwater in a sea of blood-soaked negatives. So, let's pick apart the drawbacks of the film one by one. The plot, which, as expected, is predictable for the most part and is a perfect blend between 'Point Break (1991)', 'Pirates of the Carribean' and a million other movies you've already seen before. But, that's not the worst part. Vijay Krishna Acharya as a writer/storyteller failed twice before (with 'Tashan' and 'Dhoom 3') and dropped the ball once again with TOH. Similar to Remo D'Souza, the guy can shoot a bombastic scene which is lit, choreographed and produced nicely, but, the seamless transition and the crisscrossing of the storyline between these theatrical episodes was utterly non-existent. It honestly felt like a bunch of ridiculousness knit together with the intention of making an entertaining movie.

Marketed as an Action/Adventure/Drama, this film is overbrimmed to the fullest extent with action sequences, so much to a point where you can pause every five seconds of the movie, take a screengrab and put it on a billboard, and that's a compliment! As I said earlier, the composition and choreography behind each shot, especially the battle scenes, were proficient enough to watch them on a big screen. But, unlike Tollywood's magnum opus 'Baahubali', the combat scenes had no creative thinking or artistic imagination behind them and just felt like a myriad of sword fights with distinct knife-edged metal on metal sounds.

The characters and the performances serve as another disadvantage to the film. Aamir Khan's character Firangi Mallah felt like less charismatic and a not-so-funny rip-off of Johnny Depp from Pirates of the Carribean. Amitabh Bachchan and his stunt double deserve appreciation for taking the physical risk in most cases but were thwarted by a generic heroic character. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who for the most part, designated to intense standoffs, had very little to speak and was wasted despite having an interesting story arc. Katrina Kaif, on the other hand, was treated like a sensuous ghost of the film, who only appears to provide "entertainment" with her commendable dancing skills, a glittery attire, and a total screen time of fewer than fifteen minutes. That's about it!

Overall, exaggerated with mammoth expectations, a year-long hype and TV spots on every other channel, Thugs of Hindostan is a perfect example and display of why you shouldn't hop on the 'Baahubali' bandwagon with a terrible script and a lousy storyteller like Vijay Krishna Acharya. This movie is a disappointment and will, no doubt, contend with 'Race 3' for the #1 spot, not the best but, for the worst.

Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D+

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Top 5 Reasons Why Thugs of Hindostan Will Fail Critically

Now, before I dissect the reasons why Thugs of Hindostan will fail critically, I want to make it clear that I wish nothing but success for the movie. I will walk into the theatre with an open mind, and if the film proves me wrong, I'll be the first person to admit my mistakes. So, with that out-of-the-way, let's start picking apart the Top 5 Reasons.


1. The Poor Track Record of the Director

Taking the recent epic blockbusters 'Baahubali' and 'Padmaavat' as examples, although the characters and the star cast were the essential reasons for the films' success, the primary and the dominant reason why those movies made a huge impact was because of the directors S. S. Rajamouli and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who are the premier superstars of their films. Cut back to TOH, Writer-Director Vijay Krishna Acharya, who is the architect behind 'Tashan' (a critical and commercial failure) and 'Dhoom 3' (another critical failure) has a poor track record when it comes to his previous works, is not considered as a superstar director, and is mainly an unknown name in the industry. So, watching his name on-screen didn't get me particularly excited.


2. Similarities to Pirates of the Caribbean

From the characters to the action set pieces and production design, you can't help but compare TOH to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Aamir Khan's character Firangi Mallah is at the bottom, an Indian version of Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), who even has a distinct accent like Mr. Sparrow, walks and dances unusually like Sparrow, chugs a bottle of whiskey like our beloved drunkard Sparrow and may also cheat like our five-installment hero Jack Sparrow including Amitabh Bachchan looking all the more identical to Black Beard. And is Fatima Sana Sheikh going to portray the more serious and equally attractive version of Angelica (played by Penélope Cruz)? Let's move on!


3. The Other Characters

Taking nothing away from her amazing dance skills, Katrina Kaif once again fills in as a glamour quotient in the film. So far, we've seen her dance indoors and outdoors within extravagant sets, covered in glittering outfits, so maybe the director is using the best of her abilities. Also, by not declining his incredible talent and bravado, Amitabh Bachchan's character also looks like an extension of Kattappa (played by Sathyaraj) from 'Baahubali' franchise. He is the leader of his battalions like the backstabber Katappa, swinging and blinging the sword like the tenacious Kattappa, but, the only dubious aspect from Mr Bachchan's character is him jumping and kicking everyone around with his far-fetched aerobic abilities.


4. Video Game Visual Effects

With nearly a 300 cr budget, this film is, for the most part, drenched in CGI, similar to its counterpart 'Baahubali'. But setting excuses like time, budget and availability aside, the visual effects, at least in the trailer looked below par. But, I'll reserve my final judgement till I see the movie on a big screen, however, judging by the trailers the VFX used in certain shots and scenes looked they're plucked straight out of an expensive video game. It seemed like 'Baahubali' set new standards for computer-generated imagery in Indian Cinema and TOH might fail in the midst of being successful.


5. Following a Trend

Speaking of 'Baahubali', it's quite obvious that TOH is riding the coattails of the immense success of S.S. Rajmouli's magnum opus. It is also apparent that Patriotic movies are the trending genre in Bollywood right now (look at Akshay Kumar's success rate in the past few years). So, it's a no-brainer to mix both successful genres and make a noteworthy movie. But, the bigger question is, will people respond to it critically and make it a crowd-pleaser? I don't think so! But let's wait and see.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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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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Former Miss United Continents to Star in ZERO!

Slated to release during the Christmas weekend, Zero, directed by Aanand L. Rai and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles added yet another credible personality to its cast and this time its the third runner-up in the 2015 Miss United Continents pageant, Sushrii Shreya Mishraa. 

As per the media reports, Sushrii has been roped in to play the role of Abhay Deol’s girlfriend. She has already shot for the film and is apparently pretty kicked about her debut. Commenting on the same, Sushrii apart from having only words of praise for her co-star Abhay, went on to gush about the film is perfect and how Mukesh Chabbra’s casting company was the sole reason for her to bag this role.

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The Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif Dance Film to be Shot in 4D!?

Last month we reported that Remo D' Souza is planning for a dance film starring Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif and now we're hearing reports that the film in a 4D format as the director wants to take this filmmaking experience a step ahead.

In fact, Remo D’Souza was reportedly quoted saying that they have been eyeing on the 4D format and IMAX format for the film. He also asserted that he is still in the process of learning the technology and wants to use it in an appropriate way in his film. At the same time, Remo has also expressed his concerns about how demanding the technology can be.

Speaking on the same, Remo elaborated on how audiences are deeply involved whilst using this technology since physical enhancements are a part of 4D. Keeping in mind all the elements that need to be considered, the camera angles, the mark of the actors etc. are necessary. In the same breath, he also went on to add that just because of the use of technology, he doesn’t want to compromise on the story. Considering that it is a dance-based film, Remo doesn’t want compromises on the dancing front too.

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

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Katrina Kaif to Replace Priyanka Chopra in the Upcoming Salman Khan Film Bharat!?

Miss World Priyanka Chopra is all set to make her comeback to Bollywood with Salman Khan's upcoming movie, 'Bharat' Ever since Khan and filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar announced the project a couple of months ago, there have been a lot of speculations about the leading lady. Priyanka Chopra is the latest actress whose name is being associated with the movie. Now, as per a report published in a popular tabloid, Chopra has been dropped and Katrina Kaif has come onboard to star in the film opposite Salman Khan. The actress has declined to comment on the report, though.

If the rumors are true, this will be Salman and Katrina's eighth film together. The audience has always loved the couple with all of their films, where both of them have paired opposite each other, doing wonders at the box office. Not just fans, trade pundits are also very excited about the report because a Salman-Katrina pair in a film means a business beyond Rs. 300 crores at the box office.

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

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Varun & Katrina to Star in the Biggest Dance Film Ever!

Like it or not, Remo D' Souza is a pioneer when it comes to the dance revolution in India. His films 'ABCD' and 'ABCD 2' are commercially successful films with towering popularity. Now, according to recent reports, Remo is all set to direct the biggest Indian dance film ever with Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif as the leads.

Taran Adarsh confirmed the news by tweeting, "Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif... Yes, that’s the lead cast of Bhushan Kumar and Remo Dsouza’s biggest dance film... Costars Prabhu Dheva with Raghav Juyal, Dharmesh Yelande, and Punit Pathak... 8 Nov 2019 release... This is Varun and Remo’s second film together, after #ABCD2."

Talking about working with Varun and Katrina, Remo stated, "With this movie, I will get to direct Varun, who is among the best dancers in the film industry today, and Katrina, who has proved her versatility as a dancer."

Well, Varun and Katrina are big names in the industry and both of them starring in a movie together is a dream come true for many fans.

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

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'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' Sequel Reportedly in Works!

Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' was one of the beloved films back in 2011 as the film was majorly successful both critically and commercially. Even after 8 years of its release, the film is still fresh in our hearts due to its contemporary story and characters. Both Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar have expressed their desire and passion for a sequel as now it seems like Zoya Akhtar has given a serious thought for a sequel to the movie.

According to an anonymous source, “Zoya feels that the audience would be keen to know what the characters are up to in today’s time. The sequel will retain all the characters and the story will take a 10-year leap."

Also Read: 'DON 3' to Start Production Very Soon

Zoya is currently working for 'Gully Boy' starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in lead roles and will begin work on 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2' after she finishes her current project.

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

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Not SRK! Katrina to Romance Abhay Deol in 'ZERO'!

'Zero' is scheduled to release on December 21, 2018, and it is the most ambitious projects of the Shah Rukh Khan's career and the film will be made on a high-end technology with an extensive use of VFX. Also Co-Starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma the film will also have a number of cameos. King Khan will be seen playing a diehard fan of Katrina in a double role. But, according to the recent reports, Kaif will not be seen romancing SRK and if rumors are true the actress, who will be playing a superstar, will be seen opposite to Abhay Deol. A source close to the project revealed a leading daily that Abhay will also have a cameo in 'Zero' and will play Kaif’s love interest.

About her role in the film, Katrina had said, “Initially, I was supposed to play myself in Zero. The film was titled Katrina Meri Jaan. There was a different cast on board and Shah Rukh sir wasn’t part of it. Now, it’s a satirical take on an actress.”

While Shah Rukh Khan will be seen essaying the role of a dwarf, Katrina and Anushka will also be playing interesting characters. A source had told a leading daily, “While everyone thinks that only Shah Rukh Khan has a special role in the film, they will be surprised to know that Anushka and Katrina's characters also face various challenges. While everyone knows Katrina plays a diva, nobody knows that she is also an alcoholic in the film. She battles with alcoholism, which affects her life in various ways. Anushka, on the other hand, plays a struggling scientist. The makers are trying to keep these details a secret because they don't want to give out too much information.”

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

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Shah Rukh Khan to Promote ZERO in a Unique Fashion!

Shah Rukh Khan is known to promote his films in a unique manner and now he is planning to do the same for his upcoming December release "ZERO" in which he'll be seen alongside Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.

With Anushka’s "Pari" releasing on Holi, Salman Khan’s "Race 3" on Eid and Aamir Khan’s "Thugs of Hindostan" to hit the screens during Diwali, SRK has apparently planned to promote the film during all these festivals one by one.

A source close to the film said, “SRK wants to make it more of a celebration. Hence, he has decided to post titbits from the film, to commemorate each festival. The film’s official poster hasn’t been unveiled. Even the looks of Katrina Kaif and Anushka have been kept under wraps. So, SRK definitely has some plans for Holi.”

Surprisingly, Salman Khan will have a cameo in "ZERO" and the source further added, “Salman and SRK are buddies and the former even has made a cameo in a song for "ZERO". While the first teaser was just a glimpse of the character, the second one is expected to give an insight into what the film is all about. The VFX team is busy with the post-production work and the entire cast and crew is happy with the way it’s turning out.”

Lastly, the source also said that the final three-minute trailer of the film will be released with Aamir Khan’s film "Thugs of Hindostan" on Diwali 2018. Well, this marketing strategy is something we've never seen before and hopefully, it'll be a major success.

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

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Tiger Zinda Hai - Honest Movie Review

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

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

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

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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