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Raees - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Quality Throwback To The 80's."

Nearly 15 months after that first teaser dropped online, Raees tardily made its way to the movie theaters this week and it surely is the most awaited Shah Rukh Khan movies in recent times. Also starring Mahirah Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in significant roles, controversy implied to be a beloved companion of the film as it was trapped with disputes from the get-go with rumors referencing the role 'Raees' was actually comparable to 80's Gujarat-based gangster and bootlegger Abdul Latif. Nevertheless, with Kaabil accompanying and taking a huge amount of share in the box office after sharing the same release date. Will Raees stand out and prove to be a victor in terms of ratings and box office?

Set in the 1980's and in the state of Gujarat, where selling local alcohol was considered to be a rampant business, Raees (SRK) quickly rises to prominence and power after setting up his own business which was his childhood dream. Eventually, Raees's approach and tactics will instantly attract the eye of the district's Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who deliberately focuses on arresting Raees and hopefully put an end to the corruption in the state. Will he succeed or will Raees prove to be an unstoppable force?

With the combination of a versed overstuffed storyline, the screenplay of this film was fast paced and was overall very well written. The lead characters were given ample time to progress with profound interactive scenes and as a result, during the climax, we were able to fend for their outlook and notion. Also, this film had few great dialogues throughout its two-hour runtime and it appeared that SRK and Nawaz had a great time delivering the one-liners.

Advancing to the performances in the film, Shah Rukh Khan was indeed magnificent with his portrayal as an anti-hero. His appealing charisma, bravura and the splendor that he brought to the screen were absolutely captivating to watch for the duration of the film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was totally on a league of his own and stood out as a great counterpart to SRK, as their interactive scenes were few of the best moments in the entire film.

Overall, lumped together with an obsolete recycled storyline and a supremely written screenplay and dialogue. Raees is an attractively shot, remarkably acted, decently written and directed throwback to the 80's which should be an enjoyable watch for a normal audience member in the movie theater.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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Sultan - Movie Review

Verdict - "Enlivening and Entertaining!"

Galloping with its mind-boggling box office collections, Sultan is set to a proper start with a good word-of-mouth and positive reviews buzzing across the B-Town. With the stage set for it to hopefully become the highest grossing movie of all time, let's jump right in and analyse the good and the bad it had to offer.

With the lack of entertainment, support and finance, Aakash (Amit Sadh), founder of Pro Take-Down (MMA) deduces that the sport doesn't have a future in India. But, his father suggests negotiating with Olympic gold medalist and former Wrestling World Champion Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) and insists that an Indian attraction will help reinforce the entire competition critically and commercially. Aakash immediately flees to a small town in Haryana district and proposes the deal to Sultan. Aggravated with Aakash's behaviour, Sultan says that he decided not to step back into that ring years ago and modestly declines the offer. Why?

With nearly three hours of runtime, this film undoubtedly had few pacing issues primarily in the first half as it reached to a point where the fans sitting beside me nearly thought the theatre management forgot to include the interval scene. I slightly felt exhausted and when the critical events started to divulge, they felt tardy and sluggish. 

Also, the second half, although it was exhilarating to watch, felt like a combination of many films we've seen before. But the primary storyline that involves Sultan's family and his struggle to reach his goal backed up the auxiliary storyline perfectly. Consequently, the film didn't feel lifeless or mundane. 

Supporting the story that certainly had few issues were the remarkable performances from the entire cast especially from the supporting actors like Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra and Anant Vidhaat who flawlessly portrayed the role of Sultan's patron and friend. 

Salman Khan plays the character of an inspiring wrestler, a humble gentleman and a stubborn cavalier who takes doesn't take a break until he achieves his goal. And he mesmerised me with his surprisingly decent performance throughout the film. His build and persona suited his character appropriately and he splendidly responded to all his critics by giving a great performance. 

Anushka Sharma's character felt a bit asymmetrical considering her goals and ambitions seem to rapidly disappear when the storyline progresses, but nonetheless, she was never misused by giving a minor role in the film.

Overall, excluding the fact that its nearly three hours long, this film still had many moments to shine and enthral you as a viewer. The immense screen presence of Salman Khan as an underdog wrestler and the incredible performances from the supporting cast made this film a worthy watch in the movie theatre. 

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

This review is sponsored by Videocon D2H which as displayed in the film had more subscribers than I thought.

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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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