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Pad Man - Honest Movie Review

February 10, 2018

Starring Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in the lead roles, Pad Man is loosely based on the real-life story of Coimbatore based Social Entrepreneur Padma Shri Arunachalam Muruganantham who excelled with his innovation of affordable sanitary pads in India.

As you guys already knew about the primary storyline (I'm assuming that you've seen the trailers) of the film, let's quickly move on to the overall positives. 

First off, I should indeed admire Akshay Kumar, R. Balki, and Twinkle Khanna for producing a significant film with an influential subject which is a taboo in India. As Akshay Kumar stated, he didn't want to turn this film into a documentary but considered to make it commercial with the intention of reaching a wider audience and I honestly appreciate his reasoning.

If you've seen his earlier films, you should be familiar with Balki's work and the way he gets you emotionally invested in his characters. During the course of the film, I sometimes found myself tearing up a little and that only transpired because I'm fully rooting for the lead characters which I consider as the major plus points for the film.

As I always mumble in most of my reviews, when the characters are properly developed and were given enough character moments, we naturally root and get behind them which in turn favors the film during the emotionally impactful or climactic scenes. Furthermore, the performances should also aid the well-written characters and Akshay Kumar along with Radhika Apte was fantastic in their roles.

Akshay Kumar continues to surprise me not only with his unique choice of films but also with his magnificent character work and performance. His normal-courteous-average look made his character more relatable as he carried his innocent yet intellectual persona flawlessly. Likewise, Radhika Apte carries on to mesmerize everyone with her remarkable performance and is one of the only few actors who prefer content over masala and I should applaud her for that.

On the other side, they're a few negatives, the screenplay by R. Balki and Swanand Kirkire was sub-par which affected the pace of the film primarily in the first half that felt a bit stretched out. Also, we're well aware that 70% of the film was fictionalized and I normally don't complain when the dramatized storyline blends well with the actual storyline. But, more or less, the screenwriters fizzled out in this area when a few things happen which are easily convenient to the storyline as they're ridiculous to watch. Likewise, the sub-plot involving Sonam Kapoor's character and her addition to the film felt undercooked and uninteresting.

Overall, discounting all the negatives, Pad Man is a significant film with a strong influential message which should be articulated to everyone especially to the people living in the rural areas who still, to this day feel that menstrual cycle is something taboo. Kudos to all the producers and the crew for putting in the effort to deliver a much-needed message that will only improve our country's acumen.

My Rating - 3/25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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

August 22, 2015

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 #21 (Lion)

May 15, 2015

Satyadeva's - "Lion"

Positives:
1) NBK's performance
2) Dialogues
3) Sub plots

Negatives:
1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Music
3) Dim-witted villain

Story: Disoriented mentally with two different characters, the main narrative commences with Bose (NBK) struggling to find his real identity after recuperating from a major head injury which connects to his past.

Directions and Screenplay: Debutant director, Satyadeva's screenplay is surely my major concern about the movie, his distinct approach felt unique with all the subplots, but the exhilarating factor was totally missing in the first half and the second half has been just a bummer.

Performances: This movie is undeniably a one man show, NBK's over-the-top dialogues, and his outrageous performance certainly established the movie really well and his compelling screen presence was always fun to watch.

Verdict: Altogether, Lion missed out all the core ingredients of a solid family entertainer and you may have to think twice before taking this roller coaster ride.

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

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Hunterrr - Movie Review

March 21, 2015

Verdict - "A guaranteed disappointment."

It's quite clear to root for an amusing and a campy guy like Hunter and the same goes to the movie, with a beguiling premise and an appealing trailer, Hunterrr seized an enormous attention among the audience with uncertainty and was expected to hugely entertain.

Mandar Ponkshe (Gulshan Devaiya) is a player and has an obsessive habit of wooing girls in his ordinary life which is certainly not perceived well by his well-wishers as they suggest him to be mature and get married soon. 

Soon after, in the pursuit of meeting an appropriate life-partner, he meets Tripti (Radhika Apte), a carefree and a perceptive girl who had few setbacks in the past with her relationships. Will their relation win through or does it fall flat?

Apparently, this movie is a character study which was made-up to introduce a unique personality. In this regard, the screenplay has to be sharp and captivating enough to make us engage in this person's routines and the things he does in his everyday life. But, unfortunately, this movie deteriorate in setting up characters and when it demands us to feel emotive in a particular scene, we don't really feel concerned and that's the major drawback of the movie, it was not compelling.

Also the contemporary back and forth storytelling aspect was a little infuriating to watch as it introduced the perplexity factor to the movie and strengthened the fact that the screenwriter had nothing more to tell, they're definitely few aspects in the movie which had nothing to do with the storyline involved and it was totally tiresome.

But, they're few bright spots in the movie, few comedic scenes were amusing at times, the climax felt a little heartwarming to watch and concluded the movie on a good note. Also, the director and his whole crew did a great job in setting up the ambiance, the production design was impressive especially when you're filming the movie in a different timeline.

Regardless, Gulshan Devaiya did a decent job with his character, it was t phenomenal and with the ample amount of time he was given on-screen, I didn't really felt bored watching him. Radhika Apte was always mesmerizing to watch, as she got that alluring look on her face which was conceivable.

Anyhow, to cut a long story short, Hunterrr is nothing what you expect it to be, it had the ability to tell a unique entertaining story which is  pretty scarce in our industry, but in all fairness, it never really turned out into a movie which was memorable and the one which changes the game. In a generic way, I can quote it as a "missed opportunity."

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

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