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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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Vaani Kapoor to Star Opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Shamshera!

Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt's upcoming film Shamshera directed by Karan Malhotra might have found its female lead in Vaani Kapoor. The makers finally made an announcement on Monday, May 14, about Vaani Kapoor bagging another big film.

Karan Malhotra, director of Shamshera, says, “Vaani plays Ranbir’s love interest in the film and is a very important collaborator in his character’s journey. Her character graph is interlinked to the plot of the filmmaking her a crucial catalyst in our hero’s rebellious mission.”

He adds, “Vaani is a perfect fit for the role. She is a fine actor, a fabulous dancer, and a gorgeous Hindi film heroine. We wanted someone absolutely fresh to wow audiences on the big screen and she beautifully fits that brief.”

Talking about the movie, Ranbir Kapoor earlier said, “Shamshera is exactly the film I was looking for. While growing up watching Hindi commercial cinema, I had an image of what a film hero should be doing. Shamshera allows me to do everything that I had imagined and it’s a very exciting project for me. Karan is going to take me completely out of my comfort zone and I’m looking forward to this challenge.”

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Ranbir Kapoor to Star Opposite Vaani Kapoor in His Next!?

As we reported early last month, Ranbir Kapoor and Karan Malhotra are coming together for a film under the Yash Raj Film banner as the BTown is buzzing with rumors about the project. But, as per the latest reports, we might see 'Befikre' fame Vaani Kapoor as the lead female actress and it is quite interesting as Ranbir and Vaani have never ever worked together before as this will mark their very first collaboration on the big screen.

As per the production, Karan Malhotra is only planning to start the film after Ranbir finishes his mega-budget project, 'Brahmastra' and also when Vaani finishes her forthcoming project opposite to Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan which is also being produced by YRF.

Also Read: Arbaaz Khan Confirms 'Dabangg 3' Shooting Schedule!

What do you guys think about this interesting pairing? Awesome or Awful!? Comment down below and let us know!

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

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Ranbir Kapoor Signs a Three-Film Deal with Karan Malhotra!?

With Jagga Jasoos regarded as a major box-office failure and the Dutt biopic reportedly on hold, things haven't been going in Ranbir Kapoor's favor for a very long time now.

But, the latest reports from Btown suggest that Ranbir has signed a three-film contract with Director Karan Malhotra (Agneepath and Brothers fame) under the Yash Raj Films banner.

If reports are true, this film will be the third collaboration between Ranbir and YRF after Bachna Ae Haseeno, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and Karan's first alliance with the acclaimed production house.

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

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Sanjay Dutt's Biopic Starring Ranbir Kapoor on Hold!

The Dutt biopic (temporarily titled "Sanju") is all set to release on June 29 of this year, but that doesn't seem to be the case as the acclaimed director Rajkumar Hirani is reportedly not happy with the content that he shot so far.

Sources close to the film say, "Raju wants to reshoot some portions. There are several episodes from Sanjay Dutt’s life that have not turned out the way they were planned. He is also not happy with having to gloss over Sanju’s love life."

Few floating rumors also affirm that Dutt's love affairs with few high-profile celebrities have been altered, due to which Hirani felt that the film looked arbitrated.

The anonymous source also stated the following, "It started off as a no-holds-barred honest and brutal look at Sanjay Dutt’s life. It’s not that anymore."

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

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Tamasha - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Perplexing Movie With Many Redeeming Aspects."

When it comes to Imtiaz Ali's movies, it's always quite difficult for me to come to a circumscribed conclusion, I have to sit down for a while after watching the movie, compose my mind and then have to share my thoughts with you guys. And unsurprisingly, Tamasha tumbled down to the same class where my brain got perplexed for a good thirty minutes, and that's what artistic films normally do, right?

Tara (Deepika Padukone) encounters Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) in Corsica, France and instantly establishes a hysterical relationship with him, as they both decide to lie every time, not to reveal their real names and never meet again once the trip is over. After coming back to India, Tara realizes that she has some feelings for Ved and nearly after four years, after moving from Kolkata to Delhi she comes across Ved and decides to spend some time with him. Will their relationship unfurl into something special? Find out in Tamasha.

Here's my problem with this movie, complexity. To start with, Imtiaz Ali's screenplay in the second half of the film was a little convoluted and felt all over the place without a definite structure. If I try to summon up about what I saw, I found it quite inexplicable and moreover, I only remember a few scenes. Subsequently, I doubt that this will hold up even after few years like Rockstar did?

But when it comes to the positives, they're many things to consider. Similar to all the other Ali's previous movies, Tamasha had a sensible message to convey and Ali managed to enlighten it amazingly by turning the spotlight on his actors in a few heartwarming and tear-jerking scenes that were a little poignant and touching. And coming back to the storytelling aspect of the film, although it's quite complex for at least forty minutes, I appreciate Ali's contemporary approach that is not atrocious.

A.R. Rahman's euphonious music and score were an incredible facet of the film mainly due to its mod narrative structure and premise. Similarly, Ravi Varman's cinematography had a lot to offer and the film remarkably beautiful.

Conclusively, the performances from the two main leads are one of the main reasons why I'm able to get through the entire movie without hating it. Primarily, Ranbir Kapoor did an incredible job with his distinct character which allowed him to shine in numerous scenes throughout the film. Deepika Padukone played an equally important character that carries a lot of emotions, and she never deluded my expectations.

Overall, Tamasha certainly had a few problems when it comes to the abstruse narrative structure. But, the heart-wrenching moments, astounding performances and the dulcet music are the few attributes that defined the movie magnificently. I recommend watching it in a movie theatre, cause it's worthy enough.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Instant Movie Review #23 (Bombay Velvet)

Anurag Kashyap's - "Bombay Velvet"

1) Performances
2) Production work and Set design
3) Music

1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Characters

Introduction: Amid of enormous expectations, Bombay Velvet is purposed to be a blockbuster movie and with all the right elements it converted into a complete bummer. 

Plot: Established by a non-exclusive storyline, which concentrates on the main characters -- Johnny Balraj and Rosie and their adversity in life, the futile screenplay was the most sluggish feature in the movie as it felt tedious to watch.

Analysis: But on a positive note, the production work and the set design in the movie was marvelous and is presented gorgeously on-screen.

Performances: Despite their weak characters, performances from Ranbir, Anushka, and Karan Johar were splendid, but their honest efforts didn't feel adequate for a substandard movie.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Bombay Velvet is a missed opportunity on every standpoint that completely deserves its failure both critically and commercially. Feel happy to skip it!

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

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Instant Movie Review #14 (Roy)

Vikramjith Singh's - "ROY"

1) Music
2) Cinematography

1) Story and Screenplay
2) Movie runtime

Analysis: Enthralling trailers, euphonious soundtrack and astonishing visuals, Roy has all the proper prospects for you to get excited about. Well! You're definitely misled. Directed with a perplexing screenplay and a tedious storyline, Roy has something new to offer but in an agonizing way and at a certain point during the course of the movie, you'll certainly question yourself about where the movie is exactly going.

Debutant director Vikramjit Singh's aspiring thought to narrate a movie in a contrasting way didn't entirely work as the movie felt all over the place. 

Performances: Ranbir's performance felt constrained, Rampal and Jacqueline were decent in their perspective roles.

Verdict:  To conclude, Roy is a horrifying experience and is a complete waste of great talent and ability. Skip it!


My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D (A hangover!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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