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Sui Dhaaga - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Heartening Story!"

Starring Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma as a relatable proletariat couple, Sui Dhaaga directed by Sharat Katariya ('Dum Laga Ke Haisha' fame) is an encouraging journey of a small-town couple Mauji, an honest and an innocent hard worker played by Varun Dhawan and Mamta, a serene yet clear-sighted housewife played by the super-talented Anushka Sharma. The storyline explores the ups and downs of the couple's trembling career, family life, and their wholesome relationship as they together go through conflicts and hurdles with the intent to achieve their ultimate goal.

Despite having a few storyline issues, writer-director Sharat Katariya makes sure that this film's heart and emotion are at the right place. His depiction of a simple small-town family, their affections, fights and the treatment that they receive from the upper-class society were all illustrated beautifully through effective heart-wrenching scenes and admirable brief character moments which are delightfully sprinkled all across the film. Also, the overarching theme of the entire movie to work with honesty, determination and love, to follow your heart and chase your dreams was conventional but was portrayed decently on-screen by Katariya as it added that extra layer to the film without it being plain and simple.

Also, the cordial everyday characters were yet another stalwart positives of the film. The mistreated, assiduous, upright character of Mauji is the focal highlight remarkably characterized by Varun Dhawan who I appreciate very much for taking a chance with different roles, unlike his male counterparts. Anushka Sharma, who for the first time in her successful career playing a de-glamorous role (very different from her previous horror outing in 'Pari') impresses once again with her charm, likeable screen-presence and the purity that she brought to her character. But, Raghubir Yadav who is very well known for his impeccable performance in 'Peepli [Live]' and 'Piku' is the MVP of the entire film as an easily frustrated father and a difficult-to-impress old chap.  His quick wits and dialogue delivery brought the much needed comic relief to the film along with his wife (whose name I couldn't find on Wikipedia or IMDb).

However, they're more than a few problems with the film, especially the stakes were not that high and the clinching moments were in my opinion over-dramatized for obvious reasons. Even though not bothersome to any extent the plot was considerably predictable, and the customary climax didn't end the movie on a high note but succeeded by making the audience member leave the theater with a smile.

Overall, similar to Sharat Katariya's previous film 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', Sui Dhaaga maintains the charming innocent vibe but tells a heartening story with the right amount of emotions and sentiment. Irrespective of several storyline issues, this film impresses and is indeed worth a watch.

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

Verdict - "An Eye Opener!"

Directed by Amit V Masurkar, Newton starring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi is India's official entry for the Best Foreign Film Category in the 90th Academy Awards scheduled to take place on March 4th, 2018. With a positive trend in the box-office collections including a positive response from the critics and the audience, Newton is slowly fetching out as one of the best if not the best film of 2017.

Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao) is a punctual and a disciplined government employee who rejects getting married to an under-age girl and aspires to bring a change in his everyday life and the way the system (government) works. Simultaneously, he receives an offer to conduct an election poll in a rural Naxal-heavy area of Chhattisgarh and he agrees to do so. The remaining part of the film enlightens the characters of Newton and his companions and touches on different sensitive subjects that our country struggles with.

Essentially in every other review of mine, I criticize the characters in the film not being fully developed and left out half-baked. But, Newton is the first film in a while that I've seen characters that are relatable, memorable and were given ample time to grow throughout the film. Every lead character was given a purpose and a demeanor that made them relatable and interesting at the same time. The critical aspects of discipline, stubbornness, and disregard were all portrayed masterfully by the actors and the screenwriters who played a significant part in the film's success.

Like I stated earlier, they're few sensitive subjects in the film that are excellently discussed in the film. The narrative of the villagers not being educated well of their neighborhood happenings or even about the elections, them living a manipulated life being scared between the local police and the Naxal group raises many concerns and questions the idea of democracy that our nation lives by.

Also, the performances in the film were top-notch, Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi are on the top of their game, the comedic bits between them were hilarious which is also one of the bright spots of the overall film. Not only them, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil were also great and the chemistry between their characters worked out so well that kept the movie going a decent pace.

Now, onto the real question. Did this film really deserve an Oscar nomination? Well, I can't really answer that question because I've not seen any other films which are in the contention, but by judging the plot and the subject that Newton explored with, it is certainly an eye-opener and leaves you with more questions about the current state in our villages. It is a remarkably directed, written and well-acted film that justifies all the attention that it's been receiving lately and also a film that you need to go see in a movie theatre.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Featured In Our "Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2017" List - Click Here

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