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Vishwaroopam 2 / Vishwaroop 2 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “A Let Down by Kamal Haasan!

‘Don’t force or test my patriotism at random places’ said an exasperated Kamal Haasan on the microblogging site Twitter on the mandatory playing of National Anthem in theatres. On contrary to his views, a brief video about his political party “Makkal Needhi Maiam” and the various public meetings which the actor turned politician took part in, was played at the beginning of the film.

Kamal Haasan’s surprising entry into politics made him quit cinema as the actor says he wants to focus more on becoming a leader. He had vowed to complete all his pending projects, one of which was Vishwaroopam 2.  The 2013 prequel faced numerous controversies and problems before it's release, while the sequel or circumquel (as Wikipedia says) was a smooth release without any complications. But, did writer-director Kamal Haasan conclude what he started effectively?

So, the film takes off right where the prequel concluded. It’s been five years since the release of Vishwaroopam and you don't have to worry about recollecting the plot, as this movie recaps the prequel frequently. Wikipedia states this movie as a circumquel rather than a sequel, and if you've ever wondered what that means, the film elaborates its definition. A circumquel takes place partly before and partly after a particular storyline.

To give a reason why Wisam Ahamed Kashmiri (Kamal Haasan) joined Al-Qaeda, befriended Omar, trained the Jihadi’s, and finally betrayed them, Kamal Haasan chose to intervene in the entire first film in regular intervals along with the post-New York City incident. But, the film doesn’t get complex, yet my concern was that it was evident that Wisam is a RAW agent and he was on a mission, the repetition of scenes from the prequel felt like watching the latter again and the focus shifted from the main agenda of arresting Omar to a logical interpretation of part one. 

Also, was the detention of Omar (Rahul Bose) and his trusty side-kick Salim (Jaideep Ahlawat) told in a distinct way? No! The entire post-New York City incident was structured incoherently, and the addition of unwanted scenes made it even worse. The latter part of the film was more of a personal fight between Wisam and Omar rather than the involvement of the government officials. The film also suffered from logical issues and the pace on which the second half moved added fuel to the fire resulting in audience yawning. 

Advancing to the performances, Kamal Haasan was born-to-act and anyone who criticizes the skill of this man, who has been the definition of acting for decades, is definitely a halfwit. Every other supporting character did their part well especially Rahul Bose as Omar Bhai. Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman was a forced inclusion, absolutely unnecessary and a waste of talent. Andrea Jeremiah and Pooja Kumar were decent with their performances.

The action sequences were choreographed well and were a delight to watch. Cinematography deserves a noteworthy mention but the CGI in certain scenes remains substandard. Mohammad Ghibran made sure that the film had the proper background score to elevate the aura accordingly. The movie had three songs, one was an intro song with the scenes from the first film, and the second song was a flashback one of the training days of Wisam in the Indian Army and the third was a forced inclusion in the second half. 

On the whole, unlike its prequel, Vishwaroopam 2 lacked a gripping storyline and suffered from a weak screenplay. Kamal Haasan failed to conclude what he started in an intriguing manner as the movie ended up as another mainstream cat-and-mouse brawl. Unless you’re highly anxious, an ardent fan of Kamal or excited to know if Wisam kills Omar, you can skip this and wait for it to release on any streaming platform.

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade – C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Dil Dhadakne Do - Movie Review

Verdict - "DDD is just one step away from being a failure. Thanks to the cast and the distinct approach of the movie."

Affluent look, gigantic cast, ingenious crew and with an eighty-six crore budget things should never go wrong for any movie. But in the cinematic universe that we live in right now, everything is uncertain, movies may disappoint and indeed can turn into a disaster (take Bombay Velvet as an example.) So my expectations were extremely low for Dil Dhadakne Do and I never envisioned it to be good. But with the benefit of doubt, I ended up liking the movie and cherished it for being authentic.

Advancing with a bumpy journey of love and hate, Kamal and Neelam Mehra (prominently known as The Mehra's) decide to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on an extravagant cruise as they invite their arduous family and covetous friends to join them on their journey of splendor. But?

The two leading ladies of the movie -- Zoya Akhtar, and Reema Kagti made sure that their message was up-front in the movie and they never felt timid to display the distinct side of a well-heeled person. Moreover, it was interesting to watch the silliness and lunacy between these people and the way it was executed was totally amusing.

Here's my problem with the movie. All the fun, love, emotion, despair and empathy can be a solid two-hour long entertainer. But this movie stretches far too long till it reaches an exasperated place of tedium. It is nearly three-hour long for no clear reason and struggled deliriously during its runtime. 

But a pleasing and a satisfying climax is the most worthy and essential aspect for a conflicting movie. For a second time, the finale was never satiating for the entire movie and felt unexpected. 

Backed up with tremendous star power, performances from the entire cast in the movie were astounding to watch. Everyone had a moment or two to shine and the chemistry between them worked well as they're believable as a family.

Nevertheless, Dil Dhadkne Do is a refreshing movie with an admirable message, lavish look, and amusing humor. But the 172-minute runtime and few mundane parts makes the movie a little tiresome to watch. Keep your expectations low and you'll never be dissatisfied.

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

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