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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.

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

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Aiyaary - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "The Worst!"

Two talented lead actors, one celebrated director, a sixty-crore budget and an engaging source material, all the essential traits needed for a commercially successful film met. What could possibly go wrong? Sounds and seems like an entertaining film for me. Now, after watching the film, I asked myself only one question, At which spot will this "trainwreck of a film" end up in my "Top 5 Worst Bollywood Movies of 2018" list? 

Normally at this point in any one of my reviews, I would typically introduce the plot just to give you guys an idea of what the movie is all about. But, for this particular review, I feel it's unnecessary and pointless (hopefully this will be the last time) to elaborate. Cause, firstly, the film didn't have a clear-cut storyline and secondly, if it did, I didn't understand any of it. Surprising? Isn't it?

Nonetheless, Neeraj Pandey is a successful director with a 100% track record and that's tough to maintain. However, it's hard to believe that a writer-director who gives immense importance to the storyline and screenplay would make such an atrocious film like Aiyaary which is awfully boring and impotent at the same time. The whole 160-minute runtime was this slow, mundane, absurd, frustrating build-up which is never really resolved anything in the climax which is the most aggravating part. The patchy screenplay is downright horrendous cause you will never understand where the movie is going, why is it extremely long and why certain scenes exist. Honestly, I can't even recollect the film now and it's only been two hours since I've seen it. 

Advancing to the performances, Manoj Bajpayee didn't fail to impress as he did the best he could with his lackluster character. Sidharth Malhotra was decent, he's not bad or exceptional, again due to the lifeless character, you can't cheer, feel or even connect with his character which was a letdown. Rakul Preet Singh and Pooja Chopra were just present for the sake of it as they add no interest to the film.

Let's wrap this up quickly, overall, Aiyaary is undoubtedly one of the worst films I've seen in a very long time. The dreadful screenplay, purposeless storyline and the exhausting runtime baffles you with boredom, outrage, and disgust. It's been a long time since I've seen people leave the auditorium with expressions which are unerringly negative and that's not a good sign at all.

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 'AIYAARY'

1. Heart of 'Aiyaary'

“Aiyaary is a spy thriller at the heart of it,” Sidharth Malhotra summarizes the film’s concept.

More than being just a thriller, it seems as though the movie depicts the themes of patriotism, loyalty, and morality. In particular, it shows a mentor and his protégé: two Indian Army officers with a patriotic heart who suddenly have a fallout.

The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) has intelligence par excellence and has complete faith in the system of the country. Protégé Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) thinks otherwise because of what he has witnessed in his recent stint in surveillance. Jai Bakshi turns rogue and Abhay has 36 hours to find Jai, as Jai withholds a secret that can bring down the Government.

Whilst the story seems very intriguing, one wonders what ‘Aiyaary’ really means and how it is relevant to the film.

Talking to the media, Neeraj Pandey explains: “The title of the film explains the term as a person who is a chameleon in character and works towards mastering in all given situation. It means master of Behrupiya.”

2. The Initial Title of 'Baby'!?

Did you know that Pandey had initially decided upon the title 'Aiyaary' not for the upcoming film, but for his hit film 'Baby' starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Taapsee Pannu? The 2015 film which was an espionage thriller was initially titled 'Aiyaary' but later changed to 'Baby', which refers to a covert operation in the film.

3. Shot in Real Locations

A self-confessed fan of the thriller genre, Malhotra is thrilled to don the uniform for the first time and reveals that this is “one of the most real films” he has worked on, so far. “There are no sets as we shot in real locations. This is probably the closest depiction of real-life spies who are invisible to common man. They’ve been taught to merge in the crowd, not get noticed and get relevant information. You won’t see us in glamorous roles or with James Bond-like characters,” he says while explaining the film’s title, which means ‘the ultimate trickery’.

4. Real Reason Behind the Postponement 

The movie refers to a real-life scam surrounding the army and the government that looks to have bothered the officials. If you have seen the trailer, you know that Aiyaary deals with the corruption in certain sections of the army. The movie, it seems, takes inspiration for one of its subplots from the real-life land scam of the Adarsh Housing Society, that's located in Colaba, Mumbai.

In the movie, there are scenes where Sidharth Malhotra and Pooja Chopra's characters are heard referring to a plot in 'Colaba'. Naseeruddin Shah's (who has a cameo in the movie) character is linked to this subplot, where he is playing the watchman of the said plot. He mentions that the property reserved for widows of martyred soldiers will be taken over by politicians and their cronies.

This was something that happened in real-life as well when in 2010, the scam was revealed where several politicians, bureaucrats, and top military brass were involved in grabbing flats in Adarsh society, which was at below-market rates, that were reserved for the army widows. The reveal of the scam led to the resignation of the then Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, while the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, two former urban development ministers, Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, were also said to be involved in the scam. The CBI is currently investigating the claim.

5. The First

This will be Sidharth Malhotra's first collaboration with Neeraj Pandey, his first army based film and also his first film with Manoj Bajpayee.

Sources and Writing Credits - Desiblitz, Times of India, The Hindu, Times Now and IMDB. (Thanks)

Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Sarkar 3 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Lifeless Sequel!"

Nearly eight years after the release of Sarkar Raj (the second film in the Sarkar franchise) and despite few hold-ups in the pre-production stage, Sarkar 3 helmed by the controversial director Ram Gopal Varma was released in the second week of May 2017 and stars the returning Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff and Ronit Roy as supporting characters. 

After the passing of his son Shankar Nagare (Abhishek Bachchan), Subhash Nagare (Amitabh Bachchan) continues to advance his political career by doing what is rightfully correct. But in his path to success, he encounters few new adversaries who plot to assassinate Nagare and eradicate his empire entirely. With the stalwart support of his grandson, Shivaji (Amit Sadh) will Nagare overcome these complications victoriously? 

As a long time admirer of RGV and few of his good films, the one thing that impresses me the most about his work is how he picturizes every single scene. He lets the vibe, ambiance and the set designs narrate the film for him alongside with the characters which was quite remarkable. Also, when compared to his previous films, I should say that RGV at least had the intent to make an intriguing film but failed in doing so. That tells a lot about his previous debacles!

On the other side, when it comes to the storyline of the film, it didn't feel important or entertaining enough to watch. It just felt like the writers (Ram Gopal Varma and Nilesh Girkar) were trying to extract something out of an expended toothpaste tube. The characters and their individual storylines were altogether boring, the performances were decent but few supporting actors like Jackie Shroff were utterly wasted which was a major letdown of the film.

Overall, before I thank RGV for hopefully ending this franchise for good, I should say this was one of the most boring theatre going experience I've had this year. You'll not acquire anything from a worn-out franchise and Sarkar 3 is a proper example of why you shouldn't be making a sequel without a proper or a solid base.

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

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Naam Shabana - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Missed Opportunity"

Marketed as the prequel to the 2015 sleeper hit Baby, Naam Shabana directed by Shivam Nair and penned by the critically acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, Manoj Bajpayee in a supporting role and Akshay Sharma in a surprise guest role. 

Set in a timeline that got transpired before the incidents of Baby, Ranvir Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who is in charge of an agency related to National Security is in pursuit to find an astute female field agent and confronts Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu), a college student who trains in the sport of Kudo in her spare time. Upon ample time spent in research, Ranvir offers Shabana a contract to join the agency, to which she agrees after making a shady deal.

With tons of potential of developing an interesting ingenious tale, Neeraj Pandey presented us with a lackluster script which is tedious and ludicrous to watch. Forget about the logic, the trite and predictable narration, dim-witted dialogue and an inept directing job by Shivam Nair spoiled the complete experience and made me check my watch for every 10 minutes (which usually doesn't happen that often).

On the bright side, Taapsee Pannu as the female protagonist in the film was a treat to watch, her grit and ceaseless alure corresponded with her character effortlessly and helped the film to at least advance till 127 minutes. Akshay Kumar's role in the film was decent and was most certainly not needed, but a good surprise is always welcomed. 

Nevertheless, solely elevated by the performance of Taapsee Pannu, Naam Shabana is a complete missed opportunity in terms of storyline and screenplay and is forgettable for the most part. As a fan who enjoyed the previous film Baby to the fullest, I found it difficult to sit through this film for 127 minutes.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Baby - Movie Review: Click Here 

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Instant Movie Review #10 (Tevar)

Amit Sharma - "Tevar"

Positives:
1) Direction
2) Manoj Bajpai
3) Few action sequences

Negatives:
1) Generic storyline and screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Tedious music
4) Lack of re-watchability factor

Analysis: Enhanced and recycled in an appalling way, Tevar is generic and looks like an obsolete version which we've seen many times before.

Despite the fact, that it's a remake of a Tollywood film Okkadu, the plot resides the same as its original and director Amit Sharma presented few emotional and action sequences fairly well which are the only positive aspects of the movie.

Performances: Arjun Kapoor looks fascinating with his fearless character, Sonakshi had nothing much to do except for few wearisome moments and Manoj Bajpai shares a vital role with a conceited character and he delivered it flawlessly.

Verdict: Finally, Tevar is a boring and a painful experience and is completely a ludicrous option for you to go watch in theatres.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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