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Stree - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Ridiculous Film Based on a Ridiculous Phenomenon."

Directed by debutant Amar Kaushik and written by Raj & DK ('Shor in the City' and 'Go Goa Gone' fame), Stree starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles is a horror-comedy, and the storyline is inspired by a ridiculously true urban legend which haunted few rural areas across India and other neighbouring countries (Pakistan and Bangladesh).

The storyline takes place in a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India where every wall in front of every house is addressed with the line 'ओ स्‍त्री कल आना', in order to avoid the 'ghost of an unsatisfied wife' (who is notoriously known for abducting the 'man of the house') from entering the house. Ultimately, Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) [a stud and a highly skilled tailor] unites with his wacko friends and his mysterious unnamed lady friend (Shraddha Kapoor) to solve the mystery which is haunting the entire village to pieces.

Let's start with the positives, written by Raj & DK (who I consider as one of the most unorthodox and unique director duo in Bollywood), the comedic sequences in the film were clever, exemplary, and off-the-wall funny. The witty tone carried through the entire runtime, and I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard, and that says a lot about this film.

However, when you craft or write an entire 130-minute film on a 'ridiculous phenomenon', it conclusively deteriorates, and this film honestly felt like jokes over substance. The storyline dissolved expeditiously within the first thirty-minutes and felt like it's going nowhere. And the lengthy runtime repressed me in a dilemma, cause I found myself enjoying the tricks, quips and gags, but I can see through and notice the absence of an intriguing and an ingenious plot.

About the performances, I felt that Shraddha Kapoor felt much less than a supporting character in the film, as she had barely any moments to shine. Pankaj Tripathi, who is again, one of the best actors out there in Bollywood, is also constrained to a smaller role but displayed his comedic excellence within the minimal screen time he's offered. Also, Aparshakti Khurana and his pal Abhishek Banerjee were hysterical in every single scene. But, the show-stealer of the entire film is without a doubt, Mr Rajkummar Rao as he continues to impress with his one-of-a-kind acting chops. He is incredibly believable as this innocent small-town guy, and the made the film so much better with his astonishing timing, delivery and performance.

Overall, Stree is a laugh riot and was funny from start to finish. Rajkummar Rao once again outperforms everyone with his comedic timing and his gullible persona. But, that's about it, the movie quickly fizzled out, the storyline was very thin, and it honestly felt like a three-hour film for me. I would recommend watching it if you're up for a few quick laughs and not care about the writing or the direction.

My Rating - 2.75/5 | Grade - C+ (A Decent Flick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Rajkummar Rao's 'Omerta' Release Date Announced!

 

2017 was frankly the year of Rajkummar Rao, his two independent films, "Trapped" and "Newton" were placed in the #1 and #2 spots in our "Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2017" list at the end of the year. His supporting role in "Bareilly Ki Barfi" was applauded by audience and critics and his two commercial ventures "Behen Hogi Teri" and "Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana" were well commended by the public. But, 2017 was just the beginning and it's safe to say that 2018 will once again be the year of this highly-talented actor. 

Nevertheless, his first film of 2018 will be "Omerta" and it is scheduled to release on April 20th. Hansal Mehta, who previously directed "Shahid", "Citylights" and "Aligarh" starring Rajkummar will once again direct this high-intensity drama which is based on the life of British terrorist of Pakistani descent Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. The film had already won numerous awards and has been featured at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also featured at the recently held Jio MAMI Film Festival.

Besides "Omerta", Rajkummar Rao will also be seen in "Stree" opposite to Shraddha Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Fanne Khan", and also in "Love Sonio."

A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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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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Bareilly Ki Barfi & Shubh Mangal Savdhan - Movie Reviews

Ayushmann Khurrana has been the success story of Bollywood for the past one month, his latest two films Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan were surprisingly commercially successful at the box-office and this proves and restores the faith that smaller films with low-budget can and will be successful at the box-office when delivered with an entertaining premise and enjoyable acting performances. 

Now, I know that it's been a while since the movies were released. So I'm gonna go ahead do a doubleheader, give my overall thoughts on both the films and see how this format pans out!

Bareilly Ki Barfi Overall Thoughts: 

Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, I was quite frankly skeptical going into this movie, I heard mixed reactions about it, few people liked it and few didn't. So, my expectations were pretty low when I walked into the movie theatre. And to my surprise, I found myself enjoying the film from the get-go. Although, the film did not have the finest written screenplays that had few pacing issues here and there. The storyline was compelling/entertaining enough to keep me interested. The comedic sequences were on point, the relationship between the characters was well-developed and the overall performances were fun to watch. But, the highlight of the film has to be Rajkummar Rao and his performance as an innocent and dapper looking dude who kept stealing the show every time he's on-screen especially during the second half. Overall, Bareilly Ki Barfi often had few hiccups but it's delightful enough for you to give it a shot!

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Featured In Our "Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2017" List - Click Here

Shubh Mangal Savdhan Overall Thoughts:

Directed by R.S. Prasanna, Shubh Mangal Savdhan is the most trending movie of 2017 and the box office results ultimately tell the story, cause they're enormous. Set in New Delhi, the film is an official remake of a Tamil film 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' and the storyline is about a soon-to-be-married couple Mudit and Sugandha and their attempt to overcome many disputes especially Mudit's sex-related issue. Now, the comedic elements in this film were amazing, the jokes were on-point and the film was a laugh riot throughout its runtime. But, the storyline of the film quickly faded out and became lackluster, at that point although it's entertaining, it reached an alarming level and felt that it's stretched-out too far. The performances were great, the chemistry between Ayushmann and Bhumi Pednekar worked really well and they're both entertaining to watch. Overall, SMS is a feel-good film with a lot of laughs that will keep you entertained and is also worth a shot!

My Rating - 3/5 | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Raabta - Movie Review

Verdict - "Garbage!"

The tagline of the film says it all. From the past life to the present and from Bollywood to Tollywood, "Everything is Connected" in the film Raabta as it's a soft reboot of the hit 2009 Telugu film "Magadheera" directed by Baahubali fame SS Rajamouli. What's more frustrating about the film is that it didn't even take advantage of the adapted storyline and recreated a tedious narrative muddled up with mundane scenes, mediocre music, and bad comedy.

Set in the beautiful continent of Europe, Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) randomly meets Saira (Kriti Sanon) and they both discover that they have something special (in terms of feelings) between them. After spending a night together, Saira breaks up with her boyfriend and advances her (love) relationship with Shiv. Subsequently, when Shiv was out-of-town for a week, Saira joins on a dinner date with Zakir (Jim Sarbh) whom she previously met and after a round of drinks, Saira obviously goes unconscious and Zakir carts her to his private mansion as he firmly believes that they're both connected in their earlier life.

Although SSR and Kriti Sanon looked endearing together as a couple, their dreary characters were too hard to root for the entirety of the film. Certain aspects like a compelling storyline, notable scenes, relatable characters will play a significant part in a film's success and writers Siddharth-Garima failed to deliver in these preceding aspects as I failed to recollect the film instantly after its conclusion.

Overall, I'm not entirely sure about how the studio spent nearly 60 crores to produce such a garbage film and how exactly did Dinesh Vijan convince every actor (especially Rajkummar Rao) in the film to clear their schedule and work on his film. Honestly, Bollywood should stop creating this trend of remaking/recycling popular films and have to focus more on making good original films.

My Rating - 1/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Trapped - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Captivating Squeaker!"

Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Trapped starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role is a fascinating narrative about a part in Shaurya's life where he finds himself trapped all alone in an apartment on the 35th floor without food, water, electricity and most importantly a mobile phone. The storyline advances presenting us the agonizing distress that Shaurya had to go through in order to make it alive or will he not?

With a narrative largely focused around an individual character, Rajkummar Rao did a tremendous job in portraying the punishment and the trouble and that his character had to go through mentally and physically. He carried the entire film on his shoulders from the beginning till the end with his captivating performance that kept the viewer invested in the film especially when it's 103 minutes without a pause.

Established as a brilliant filmmaker with his terrific work in his previous two films (Udaan and Lootera), Vikramaditya Motwane did a fantastic job in directing the film by keeping it guileless, stimulating and logical at the same time. Simultaneously, the writers also did a fabulous job in developing the character of Shaurya that helped the storyline a lot in its development.

Overall,  Trapped is a film with many cliffhangers and spine-chilling moments and is a precise storyline that deals with a singular character. Rajkummar Rao carried the entire movie with his finest work and surely one of the best in his career. With an empirical narrative, Trapped certainly brought a new spin to the genre and opened the doors for many experimental films with less budget and more practicality. 

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Featured In Our "Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2017" List - Click Here

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Instant Movie Review #26 (Hamari Adhuri Kahani)

Mohit Suri's - "Hamari Adhuri Kahani"

Positives:
1) Cinematography
2) Music
3) Performances
4) Action Sequences
5) Performances

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Characters
3) Direction

Introduction and Plot: By all means, Fox Star Studios is one of those big companies that you can't rely on. Just look at their track record in 2015. It's appalling! The story of the movie revolves around three main characters and their miserable lives which involves a lot of tears.

Analysis: Written by Mahesh Bhatt, the movie deteriorated a lot with an indistinct storyline, tiresome sentimental scenes, and a prolonged runtime. Although the performances were astounding in the movie, the characters were completely under-developed and felt uninteresting to watch even with an impressive camera work and euphonious music we usually get from a Mohit Suri film. 

Verdict: Altogether, HAK tries hard to make us feel emotional about its prospect that's not quite impactful.  Skip it without a doubt!

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

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Queen - Movie Review

Verdict - “Kangana is fabulous in a unique fun ride. Not to be missed.”

Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is an introverted girl who is all excited for her marriage with her boyfriend Vijay (Rajkummar Rao). Right after all the traditional festivities Vijay finds Rani timid and turns down the whole marriage, Rani tries to beseech Vijay but he's no longer in a state to accept her. Disheartened and disturbed with her situation, Rani decides to travel to Paris all alone (which is a part of her honeymoon before) with no detailed destination and many waggish dreams to fulfill.

Movies encircled around women are definitely needed and Queen is a charming and an enjoyable entry to that genre. It showcases the character of a generous and a reserved downtown girl transform into a mature and a settled individual who establishes herself in everything she experiences.

Also the transition between the scenes are really well mastered, the idea to narrate and relate the story with many back and forth references are heartfelt and genuine. Director, Vikar Bahl disbursed more time in developing the characters and sometimes it worked really well. The whole preceeding love segment of Vijay and Rani was fresh, amusing and added a crisp romantic flavour to the movie.

That being said, The movie did get a little dull on it's approach, it started to sink down a little after forty minutes, with all the unnecessary chessy jokes which are cheap and disturbed the remarkable drift. But the movie picks up easily in the second half, where it was quite eccentric compared to a typical Bollywood movie.

Entirely hinged on the main lead, Kanagana Ranaut was outstanding throughout the movie, I really did believe in her innocence and fantasies and with an authentic character to portray, Kangana didn't take a bump in any of her scenes and is one of the best female performances I've seen in a while.

Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon are decent in reprising few important roles which are short yet relatable to every extent.

To conclude, Queen is an unique ride filled with bliss, passion, guiltlessness and fearlessness. Accompanied with scenic shots and stirring background music, Queen is absolutely delightful and moving for the most part. The screenplay was slightly unbalanced but nevertheless, it's a movie which is not to be missed in theatres.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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