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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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Welcome Back - Movie Review

Verdict - "Cheap Pops!"

Revitalizing the immense success from its precursor back in 2007, Welcome Back starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, and John Abraham follows a stupendous star cast including Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. With Anees Bazmee returning to the director's chair, Welcome Back decidedly captivated the attention of many movie fans who love nonsensical comedic films and it's comprehensible. Then again, my expectations were completely zero, as I went and sat down anticipating for few good laughs.

Considering to alter their lives of unmarried men, Manju (Anil Kapoor) and Uday (Nana Patekar) bump into a young and gorgeous princess named Nandini (Ankita Shrivastava) and instantly fell in love with her. Ultimately at the time of a marriage proposal, Uday's father terminates the event and requests Uday to find an idyllic husband for his sister Ranjhna (Shruti Hassan), Manju instantly takes the responsibility and promises him for the best. Will the frightful duo find a seamless partner for their sister? 

Let's start with few positives, a lot of credit goes to Anees Bazmee and his writing crew for penning down a completely quirky script, as you can't stop laughing for the witty one-liners and the absurd comedic things happening throughout the runtime and the storyline felt quite creative when the characters allied to each other by the end of the first act. 

Now, I understand that the movie is making fun of itself and its fine by me if it looked funny. But did I find it as a guilty pleasure, where I can take a bunch of friends and revisit the movie theatre or at least watch it on tv or a DVD? No! The screenplay was rapid and the characters felt weak without any notable moments and I certainly can't recollect anything from the movie except for few striking sequences. What makes a comedy remarkable are the certain amount of jokes that I can recall and laugh, Welcome Back surely misses that important part.

Nevertheless, Welcome Back undoubtedly cracked me up in several occasions with its comedic timing and the performances were all fine from the star-studded cast. But the goofiness in the script exceeded its limits and reached a point where I realised that I'm wasting my time watching this movie.

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Finding Fanny - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Gratifying Play Which Is Neoteric, Candid and Totally Likable."

Now! How often do we catch up with movies like Finding Fanny that are very distinct in their method and approach? It's pretty occasional right? Consequently, I recognize the value of the movie and before I get into furthermore details, I'm thankful for Homi Adajania amd Dinesh Vijan for making an unique attempt.

Deep inside the interiors of Goa, the story kicks off with five insipid characters existing in a corroded inert village that nobody knew or ever talked about. After finding a reason to depart from their monotonous lives, the quintet takes on a road-trip to discover Stephanie Fernandes (Naseerudin Shah's long lost love) with various other reasons involved with it.

When you prolong the movie with only five characters in it, the screenplay has to be superior to every single extent and for Finding Fanny it actually worked for the most part. To wrap up the storyline with significant character development and imperative scenes in a shattered road-trip, there has to be some hard work behind it and in that case the duo Homi Adajania and Kesri Khanbatta had done a decent job and brought the engaging component to the movie.

The humour was very casual and insouciant throughout the movie, they didn't toss the witty one-liners on our face, but it was hysterical in the way the scene was decked and delivered with facial expressions and the gestures encircling the environment.

On the other side, even though I appreciate the movie for being unique, I cannot skip the fact that the movie was tad slow in few sequences which are rather important, the direction of the movie was a bit vague, but it's just a minor complaint as per my perspective.

The performances by every single lead were perceptibly phenomenal in the movie, but I want to shift my direction to Naseerudin Shah for a moment here, the man has been wearisome in many of his recent movies, but this is a comeback role for him, he's been used extremely well as the main lead of the movie and I'm happy for him. Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur were diverting in their roles and that's the best part of the movie, the characters were real and phlegmatic and we start to like them instantly.

To conclude in a generic way, Finding Fanny is a bit of relief from the cheesy-action blockbusters we usually get from Bollywood. It's fresh, light hearted and totally laid-back in it's approach and I enjoyed it for the most part and I'm also glad that the movie didn't really compromise to any level. Definitely worth a watch!

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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