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Sarbjit - Movie Review

Verdict - "Incredible performances merged with an incoherent script."

From Neerja, Aligarh to the recently released Azhar, making biopics had become a regular trend in Bollywood as people today are more captivated to watch authentic storylines prosper over and above fantasy filled dramas. Sarbjit also tags along the ongoing trend and portrays a 23-year fight and struggle of a sister for her brother who went missing in Punjab and was later found in a Pakistani prison where he was accused as an Indian spy responsible for several bomb blasts and was held captive in severe conditions until his death.

One of the positive things of the entire film were the performances from the lead cast. Aishwarya Rai had given one of her best performances in recent years, as the film advanced through her perspective, she occupied almost 70% of the screen time and totally utilised the opportunity to excel in her character. The transformation that her character went through in the course of 23 years was brilliantly portrayed by her as she was equally impressive in both emotional and intense scenes. 

Richa Chadda (although impressive with her performance) only had a couple of moments to shine throughout the entire film and was clearly wasted in a minor role with minimal importance.

Spending most of his screen time inside a prison cell, this is undoubtedly Randeep Hooda's career-best performance. The whole transformation that he went through for this character starting from his 18 kg weight loss, body language to his accent was completely remarkable. His performance, especially during the scenes behind the closed bars, teared me up a little as he portrayed the struggle that his character is going through not only through his eyes but through his entire body and didn't disappoint me even in a single frame.

But the film certainly had few issues when it descends to the aspect of story and screenplay. Not that I'm nitpicking, but the story had many missing threads that were never explored properly and there were some serious editing issues where the film abruptly cuts from an emotional sequence to a romantic song, hence the approach taken to fully flourish the scene was fallacious and would've done in a better way. 

And after opening the second half of the film with a phenomenal scene when Sarbjit meets his family in his prison cell, director Omung Kumar didn't capitalise the occasion properly as the movie struggled with its pace and felt stale with its presentation. Also, the climax which would've played a significant part in the film's success was not quite effective as I expected it to be and felt short in concluding the movie well.

Nonetheless, it was the incredible performances from Randeep and Aishwarya that primarily carried the entire film and made it noteworthy. Although the story and screenplay were overall decent, the screenwriters would've been more focused on their execution. Overall, this is a film that I have no interest to watch again, not at least in the next few years. It is forgettable and is not a masterfully directed biopic that will be remembered for years. 

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

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Ungli - Movie Review

Verdict - "Ungli is a combination of indolent screenplay and poor direction. A lazy attempt!"

Corruption, fraud and bribery are the three most prevalent things in our society. Making a movie based on these attributes is an enlightened thing to do and I always do appreciate when movies of a particular theme have a diverse and an eminent story to tell.

To summarize the plot of the movie, Ungli narrates the story about a gang of four people who were incensed for few precise reasons takes on the corrupted society by exhausting the evil heels with an ingenious strategy. What is the reason behind the formation of this posse? Make a wild guess, I bet you're not that dumb.

Ungli kicks off with a stultified plot that we've seen for many times by now. I steamed up my curiosity hoping that the movie will share some distinct thoughts about society and their struggle. But the movie doesn't take the liberty to explore something new and profound, it falls into the same generic clichés that people are not interested to watch anymore. It did have an ambitious premise to share, but it's a lazy attempt.

Who should we blame for this debacle? Probably, the director Rensil D Silva? In the first place, I'm surprised with the fact that this movie got an approval from a massive production house like Dharma Productions. This movie should've never been made with a substandard script nor with a potent star cast, a small movie with a petite starcast could've worked, but it's too late!

And the most disappointing factor about the movie were the characters itself, you just have to sympathize with Randeep, Kangana & Emraan because their ability was wasted and we really don't care or be concerned about what they do in the movie and when that happens you can say that the movie is in a very wrong place.

Nevertheless, Ungli is just another disappointing movie and I'm really concerned with the fact about all the production studios like DP and YRF are making few inadequate movies which is not a good sign. I suggest you to better skip this movie.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Kick - Movie Review

Verdict - "Do yourself a favour and never opt for getting this KICK"

Jaded, exhausted and infuriated! I'm still searching for my kick on a tedious combat zone of ludicrous action, unappealing romance and humourless comedy.

As y'all are very well-known about the summary of the movie, it's just identical to Dhoom 3, a distinct intellectual superman who is finally gratified by nicking money from the blatant wealthy guys for obvious reasons that are adequate.

Let's clear things out! Back in 2009, when Surender Reddy presented Kick to the telugu audience, it felt fresh, comical and smart. Nadiadwala's adaptation falls short in everything it tackled with. And to be very clear, I'm not drawing any comaprisons!

The screenplay was stale all throughout the movie. It encountered a good amount of pacing issues, the romantic love segment between Salman and Jacqueline was never plausible and it practically debased the most pleasurable thing called "Love" in many ways. Neither did the comedic parts of the movie crack well, it just felt like an artificial humour which is just used to make it a complete movie.

In this age and time it all depends on how you sell the movie to your audience and Kick took off fashionably by marketing it's key aspects bordering on fast cars, boom-bastic explosions and fuming action. The question is, does it deliver well in the movie? I would say no! The action sequences were lazy as it ruined the fun because of the sluggish camerawork and it's simply not logical.

Randeep Hooda is splendid in his role, unfortunately his character never felt like an ominous threat to the main protagonist of the film and that's even one of my complaints for the movie. The good guy-bad guy thing never paid off due to the unappealing screenplay. Nawazuddin Siddiqui fairly entertains with his weird expressions and considering him as a tough menace is a bit irregular.

The big guy Salman is yet again an amusing, clever and a soulful man and he never disappoints in entertaining with his over-the-top action sequences and that's all we anticipate for. Jacqueline portrayed a significant character but is incredibly wasted with her minimal screentime, apart from showing her good looks.

Nonetheless, the purpose of the movie was convincing and it played out well after a string of debacle. And Salman who is popular with his Being Human campaign felt like a good front runner to coup these kind of subjects. But I'm never into the movie, despite of it's outlandish action and drama, Kick is not a good adaptation as per me and will probably be remembered only for a brief amount of time.

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

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Highway - Movie Review

Verdict - “Genuine in it's approach and a perfectly made alternate cinema”.

We go through an inimitable vibe when it's a Imtiaz Ali's movie, the earnest emotions being captured in an authentic and a profound way is his trademark. Elevating his style to a whole new level, Highway is extremely a distinctive movie in which every single frame has a peculiar meaning to comprehend.

Occupied with her marriage events, the traumatized Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) requests her fiancé to take her for a ride to the outskirts, after being kidnapped unexpectedly by a local gang led by Mahabir Bhatti (Randeep Hooda) startling things happen and Mahabir tries to utilize the situation and resolves to demand money from Veera's well-heeled family. In a hazardous situation, the enforced Veera takes a ride on the Highway shielded by Mahabir and his uncanny gang.

The two main leads in the movie, Veera and Mahabir uphold similar emotions in their lives, Veera, an aspiring wannabe faces mistreatments with her own family members and Mahabir, a hostile individual, preoccupied with his mother's memories leads an adamant lifestyle. Neither of them are exultant or glad. Imtiaz tries to instigate a relationship between these individuals in an expressive way where they get to know each other and the circumstances that really changed their verve.

Conveying the character's emotion in an artistic way, Imtiaz's vision to craft the scene with few wide scenic shots was impressive. Incredibly pleasant panoramas explain the character's are trying to find liberty among themselves without a certain destination. Anil Mehta, the cinematographer had done an outstanding job in capturing some of the pleasing pictorials of North India.

Rahman's music and background score is significant and also plays a vital role in articulating about the character, which was discriminated from a mellow lullaby to a peppy rattle.

The main lead Alia Bhatt was absolutely remarkable with her performance. She's sensible, animated and unfurling in her character and she entirely stole every single scene with her pleasing charisma, definitely an early contender for next year's award season. Randeep Hooda impresses with his vigorous looks and style, although he doesn't surprise to a certain extent, I'm amazed with his performance in emotional sequences.

Nonetheless, Highway is unorthodox in it's approach and dismal with it's intent. There is something beyond the striking visuals and the superior music, Highway tries to be genuine in every way possible and exhibits a great prospect of a perfectly made alternate cinema. Definitely worth a watch if you're into these practical, gloomy genres.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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