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Sanju - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Curated Look at the Controversial Life of Sanju!"

Directed by the acclaimed and celebrated director Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role is a 'biopic' of the controversial yet admired film star Sanjay Dutt. The film explores the early days of his film career, his drug-addiction phase and his involvement in the 1993 Bombay bombings.

The film opens up with the Supreme Court of India announcing that Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) should, in fact, serve his notice in jail and offers him 30 days to surrender so that he can complete his unfinished projects. Sanju then meets the admired biographer Winnie Diaz (Anushka Sharma) to pen his notorious life story and despite few issues, they decide to work together as Sanju starts his story remembering his time on the sets of his first film Rocky (1981).

Alright, let me start by saying this, this is not your traditional biopic where it encompasses the complete story of Sanjay Dutt, they're many uncharted territories that you expect answers from, but Rajkumar Hirani focuses more on the moments which made or destroyed Dutt's career. The timeline is almost non-existent in the film, we jump from incidents out of the 80's to the 90's and to the 2000's and I felt like large chunks of details were left unexplained.  I understand that the makers cannot cram everything into the two-hour-forty-minute runtime but I found myself out-of-the-loop trying to piece together the plot regularly. Moreover, few scenes in between these timelines were almost hard to believe. Maybe the man truly had such an outlandish lifestyle or maybe it's fictionalized, we never know.

The first half focuses on the early stages of Dutt's career from the 80's and more on his reckless and slapdash attitude and how he's not able to focus on his career, family, and life. But, I might be in the minority for saying that I didn't like the approach that the writers took to infuse comedy into serious moments. Like, he obviously did some awful stuff, but the way it was told or portrayed was a bit nonsensical.

But, one of the main aspects that shines the most throughout the movie was the relationship that Dutt had with his father Sunil Dutt and his dear friend Kamlesh. They're extremely emotional, genuine and made the film feel very special. The concern that these guys showed towards Dutt at the darkest times of his life was well showcased and made the lead character look endearing.

Advancing to the performances, Ranbir Kapoor is in top-form here and he transformed himself into Sanjay Dutt when it comes to the physical transformation, facial expressions, voice, mannerisms and I didn't feel even for a second that I was watching Ranbir Kapoor on-screen. But, Vicky Kaushal as Dutt's friend Kamlesh is the show-stealer here and made his character delightful to watch. The Gujarati accent, innocence, and the earnest gratitude that he had for his best friend was heartwarming and Kaushal made sure to knock it out-of-the-park in every single scene. Other notable performances include Paresh Rawal as the loving father and Anushka Sharma as the no-nonsense biographer, both their characters had equal importance in the movie with much significance.

Overall, Sanju felt less like a biographical drama and more of a story that Dutt wanted to tell the audience through his point of view. Disgraced by negligent journalism, Dutt answers most of the significant questions about his drug use, involvement with the terrorists and his asinine behavior but I felt like many phases of his life are still left unexplored. But then again, the performances were top-notch and the relationships between the focal characters were remarkably displayed which makes Sanju an engaging film from beginning to end.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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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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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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Raja Natwarlal - Movie Review

Verdict - "A thought-provoking heist-thiller, that will leave you ambiguous"

From an actor who tries to do a distinct movie everytime, Raja Natwarlal is everything I expected it to be. Unusual, diverting and stimulating. Is this his best movie ever? No! Atleast it's better than his last two debacles.

Let's simplify the basic plot of the movie. A sympathetic yet enthusiastic fraudster takes retribution on a brainy sadistic millionaire for obvious reasons in an ingenious way which surrounds around the most popular sport in India. In a generic way, it's a conflict between a good and a bad guy. Who wins? Well! *shrugs*.

Now! What really is intriguing about the movie? Not the kissing scenes for sure. Well with all honesty, right into the first twenty minutes of the movie, I was doing the same old horizontal head shake I usually do for almost sixty percent of the movies these days. I don't want it to be generic and conventional. But a turn-around is always expected, it is at that point, when Paresh Rawal entered into the movie, it started enthralling me.

I always admire movies that have a captivating storyline and I appreciate the work of writer-director Kunal Deshmukh here, the movie has every possibility to clear out in a customary way, but he departed with a different direction, the whole subtle construction of the movie was truly intellectual, he kept initiating ideas in my mind, created few clues and finally clinched everything perfectly. And I suddenly started thinking what really happened in the narrative even after the movie. And that is my biggest compliment for this movie, it let me contemplate what the actual plot is.

Negativity! There's always a part in the movie that is cliched. For example, an obvious ending, an unstable start and for the most part you'l start linking the movie to some Hollywood heist-thriller. Oceans Eleven? But in my context, the destructive element of the movie didn't really agitate me to any extent .

Performances were satisfactory by the whole cast in the movie. The characters are a bit atypical, something we usually expect from a heist movie. Good to see Paresh Rawal come back and get an imperative screen-time, same goes to Kay Kay Menon. Humainma Mallick, not so appealing with her looks and that's usually expected from a Kunal Deshmukh movie, a partly attractive woman who is not misused.

Playing a vital role in the movie, the songs were not obligatory for few instances, but it's a Emraan Hashmi movie it's a foremost component we should get along with. Also props to the dialogue writer Sanjay Masoom for few notable lines.

To wrap up, Raja Natwarlal has a thought-provoking storyline that may/may not utterly entertain you. It's a type of movie which bugs for few minutes after it's ending, but when you finally comprehend what the actual movie is all about, you can create an impression that can be either good or bad. Candidly, I liked the movie for the most part, but will I recommend it for everybody? Probably! But I'l be particular about it.

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

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