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TOP 5 REASONS WHY SACRED GAMES IS EXTREMELY POPULAR!

It was a rainy Thursday night here in the Capital City of India and as I'm browsing through Quora, I came across a question asking "Why has the Netflix show Sacred Games suddenly become so popular? What is so good about it?" And after I completed answering the question, I thought maybe I can brighten the answer a bit and turn into a Top 5 Editorial for all you guys.

If you already had a look at my Review for Sacred Games, you'll very well know that I enjoyed the series incredibly and unsurprisingly it was very well received by the audience and the critics all across India and is also the hot topic all across the interwebs. So, let me explain in a five-point format about how a movie or a TV series (like Sacred Games) will become popular before the release and will maintain it’s popularity even after it’s release.

Reason #1: The Cast | (Before the Release)

Before the release or even before the début of any promotional material, the initial reason why people got excited about Sacred Games is primarily that of popular Movie Actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte acting in a television series. Don't get me wrong, shows like Inside Edge and Breathe (Amazon Prime) had a star-studded cast, but, Sacred Games roped in few of the biggest names in Bollywood and immediately had everyone’s curiosity.

Reason #2: The Directors | (Before the Release)

Directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are popular for their independent content and were highly acclaimed for their work in the past which includes Gangs of Wasseypur, Udaan, and Trapped. Therefore, people certainly had their hopes high expecting something unique, authentic and unorthodox from these filmmakers.

Reason #3: Trailers, Promos, Marketing & Netflix | (Before the Release)

Then the trailers got released and people started spreading love and excitement all over the internet and simultaneously Netflix promoted the series in a very unique and a profound way through their social media and through billboards in urban cities. Additionally, it’s Netflix’s debut in the Indian Television Market, hence fans were automatically pumped.

Reason #4: Story, Screenplay, Direction Characters, and Performances | (After the Release)

Now, after it’s debut on July 6, 2018, the primary reason it sustained its popularity is that of the authentic and intriguing storyline, incredibly written screenplay, masterful direction, compelling characters and remarkable performances from the cast. The whole series felt like a part one of an eight-hour long movie and people started realizing that this series will only elevate the standards of our television industry which are currently drowning in a pathetic state filled with woeful family drama and absurd reality shows.

Reason #5: The Cliffhanger | (The Aftermath)

After everyone completed the series, they’re rammed with questions about the ending or certain characters and their thoughts. So, it immediately sparked a conversation on blogs like Quora and Twitter where people didn’t stop discussing, praising or complaining about the series and its ideals. Here you go, another reason about why it’s popular.

Nevertheless, Sacred Games is a prime example of how creative work should be spread, marketed and delivered to the public eye. It’s popular because of all the reasons I pointed out and is an exceptional series that no one should ever miss.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal
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Sacred Games Review: Dense! Gritty! Authentic!

Starring - Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte
Director - Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane
Genre - Crime/Thriller
Streaming Platform - Netflix 

Introduction

Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane (two directors who are known for their unorthodox and authentic storytelling), Sacred Games is Netflix's first Indian Web Television Series and is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel of the same name. Starring few of the biggest names in Bollywood Film Industry, this crime based thriller was released globally on July 6th in 190 countries and is a multi-lingual series with characters talking in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Marathi.

Set in the tinsel town of India, Mumbai, the storyline kicks off with the return of Ganesh Gaitonde (infamous gangster of the 80's and 90's) [Nawazuddin Siddiqui] as he approaches Police Officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) to warn him about a threat that will devastate the city and alerts him that he has only 25 days left to salvage. The eight-episode series tells us more about the threat and how it is intervened and associated with the narrative which is far more deep, complex and mortifying.

Rationalization

One of the main reasons why this series worked remarkably on web television is because of the liberty it can take to articulate the story in an authentic way. The sex, violence, swear words used in this series is unlike anything I've ever seen before and would've been easily been censored on the silver screen or on network television. That's the beauty of streaming services like Netflix and directors Kashyap and Motwane tremendously handled the opportunity by not backing down in any aspect. 

Furthermore, another significant highlight of this complete series is the masterful storytelling. Writers Smita Singh, Vasant Nath, and Varun Grover had done an exceptional job adapting the story and the directors accomplished their job by executing it with perfection. Apart from being gritty and authentic, the storyline had numerous characters, subplots, and moving pieces which are convoluted to exercise. The series jumps from one timeline to another, intercedes itself with real-life political and terrorist incidents all through and editor Aarti Bajaj put together what seems to be a complex narrative to a skillfully comprehensible eight-hour riveting drama.

But, even after binging the series for the second time, my mind is still very much riddled with questions about how, why or when certain things about a particular character or scene happened, cause this season ended with a cliffhanger and hopefully, season two (if it happens) will connect all the loose ends which are left hanging.

Also, the characters were even more interesting. Saif Ali Khan (who I should appreciate for making interesting choices with his career) had a compelling story arc from a cop who is often chocked by the system to a human being trying to understand his role and concurrently showing some courage to face certain obstacles. Nawazuddin Siddiqui almost made his unhuman anti-hero character likable as he unsurprisingly steals the show in everything that he's in these days. Radhika Apte plays yet another vital character and she's impressive as always. But, the stand out characters for me at least are Constable Katekar and Kukoo played by Jitendra Joshi and Kubra Sait respectively. Both their characters had an emotional narrative which is very interesting to watch.

Conclusion

Nevertheless, Sacred Games is dense, gritty, authentic and is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Assembled with a gripping narrative, intriguing characters, impressive performances and overall some masterful storytelling this series is worth binging and deserves all your time and attention right now.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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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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Raman Raghav 2.0 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A contemporary dark thriller that didn't match up to it's expectations."

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Raman Raghav 2.0 is a fictional story inspired by a serial killer named Raghav who killed over 40 people back in the 1960's. But as the opening credit clearly mentions, this movie is not about him. It's about a psychotic killer Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who leisurely strolls in the slums of Mumbai killing people for apparently no proper reason. As the storyline starts to develop he explains how he's fascinated by the infamous 60's killer Raghav and calls himself as a modern-day version of Raghav.

On the other side, the film also explores the life of a brash audacious police officer named Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal) who snorts coke and smokes cigarettes to balance his mental state and finds himself locked up in a bad situation from time to time. As the deputy in charge to take responsibility for Raman's murders, the storyline progresses into a cat and mouse game and eventually concludes with the two confronting each other who are together referred as soul mates.
Following a contemporary filmmaking style, the structural narration by Kashyap that branched the storyline into eight chapters excluding a prologue was splendidly handled for the most part. The two lead characters were nicely narrated in the course of 127 minutes and their motivations were clearly established. But the inconsistent pacing made the film a little dreary and the faulty editing ultimately made the film look ineffective unlike Kashyap's other films namely Wasseypur and Ugly.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui who portrays the character of a maniac killer was at his best the entire time. His dark comedic one-liners, direful gestures and his eerie appearance with a big scar on his forehead made him look genuinely terrifying for the viewer as it repelled me personally every time he's on-screen killing someone.

Vicky Kaushal, although he didn't quite match the brilliance of his co-star, was decent in his reckless police avatar for the most part. But the eccentricity added to his character made the film look much more somber that fits the genre and vibe appropriately.

Nevertheless, even though it didn't quite stand out as a unique distinctive thriller, Raman Raghav 2.0 is still partly entertaining with its dark wit, peculiar vibe, and an astounding performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is easily one of the best actors working in Bollywood now. 

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

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Instant Movie Review #29 (Manjhi: The Mountain Man)

Ketan Mehta's - "Manjhi: The Mountain Man"

Positives:
1) Story 
2) Performances

Negatives:
1) Superfluous emotional drama

Introduction and Plot: Narrating an incredible real life story of  Dashrath Manjhi that recounts the struggle of a laborer from the suburbs from Gehlaur village in Bihar, who carved a path through a mountain with a hammer and a chisel for 22 years with the intention of a creating a trouble-free route from his village to the nearby town.

Analysis: First off, getting to know and learn about a diligent person with an astounding story who undoubtedly dedicated everything in his life to complete an insurmountable task was completely inspiring and fascinating.

With that being said, the biggest drawback I can point out is the unneeded emotional angle between lead actors that made the film look unreal and it lacked the pragmatic vibe. Also, few heartening situations were ended very abruptly where the story felt significant and director Ketan Mehta would've focused a lot more in these particular scenes.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Manjhi is indubitably an important movie in terms of introducing an incredible person and his heartwarming to all of us. But the fictional elements felt very generic and illusory as it damaged the tone of the movie by a large-scale.

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

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Instant Movie Review #28 (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Kabir Khan's - "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"

Positives:
1) Story 
2) Performances
3) Direction

Negatives:
1) First act screenplay
2) Music

Introduction and Plot: Did you ever imagine that you will shed a tear specifically in a 'Bhai' movie? With a poignant storyline about a missing girl from Pakistan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan explicates many things about love, morality, and courage.

Analysis: Initiated with a tedious screenplay, the narration of the movie gets a little repetitive in the first half and it certainly feels exasperating. But the heart and the emotion in the second half of the movie was utterly heartwarming and it was quite revitalizing on Salman's part as he portrayed his character flawlessly alongside with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Harshaali.

Verdict: Overall, BB suffers a little with its gigantic run time, but in the end, after an emotional second act I can say that this movie is certainly one of the best we've seen from Salman in recent times.

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

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Kick - Movie Review

Verdict - "Do yourself a favour and never opt for getting this KICK"

Jaded, exhausted and infuriated! I'm still searching for my kick on a tedious combat zone of ludicrous action, unappealing romance and humourless comedy.

As y'all are very well-known about the summary of the movie, it's just identical to Dhoom 3, a distinct intellectual superman who is finally gratified by nicking money from the blatant wealthy guys for obvious reasons that are adequate.

Let's clear things out! Back in 2009, when Surender Reddy presented Kick to the telugu audience, it felt fresh, comical and smart. Nadiadwala's adaptation falls short in everything it tackled with. And to be very clear, I'm not drawing any comaprisons!

The screenplay was stale all throughout the movie. It encountered a good amount of pacing issues, the romantic love segment between Salman and Jacqueline was never plausible and it practically debased the most pleasurable thing called "Love" in many ways. Neither did the comedic parts of the movie crack well, it just felt like an artificial humour which is just used to make it a complete movie.

In this age and time it all depends on how you sell the movie to your audience and Kick took off fashionably by marketing it's key aspects bordering on fast cars, boom-bastic explosions and fuming action. The question is, does it deliver well in the movie? I would say no! The action sequences were lazy as it ruined the fun because of the sluggish camerawork and it's simply not logical.

Randeep Hooda is splendid in his role, unfortunately his character never felt like an ominous threat to the main protagonist of the film and that's even one of my complaints for the movie. The good guy-bad guy thing never paid off due to the unappealing screenplay. Nawazuddin Siddiqui fairly entertains with his weird expressions and considering him as a tough menace is a bit irregular.

The big guy Salman is yet again an amusing, clever and a soulful man and he never disappoints in entertaining with his over-the-top action sequences and that's all we anticipate for. Jacqueline portrayed a significant character but is incredibly wasted with her minimal screentime, apart from showing her good looks.

Nonetheless, the purpose of the movie was convincing and it played out well after a string of debacle. And Salman who is popular with his Being Human campaign felt like a good front runner to coup these kind of subjects. But I'm never into the movie, despite of it's outlandish action and drama, Kick is not a good adaptation as per me and will probably be remembered only for a brief amount of time.

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

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