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Fukrey Returns - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Disappointing Sequel!"

Directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani from Excel Entertainment, Fukrey Returns is the sequel to the 2013 sleeper-hit Fukrey and the storyline continues one year after the events of the prequel. 

After getting released from the prison after a year under a clause, Bholi (Richa Chadda) teams up again with the Fukrey gang for another burglary that later propels to further confusions for the whole crew.

Now, there's a reason why I didn't discuss the plot all that much in the above paragraph. As a matter of fact, I didn't understand or remember the film's storyline effectively because of it's clumsy approach. Writers Vipul Vig and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba took a mediocre story turned and twisted into something stale and assembled a movie that I'm bored after watching. 

Apart from the negatives, the performances from the complete cast were noteworthy. Varun Sharma and Pankaj Tripathi had the best laugh-out-loud moments in the entire movie and once again stole the show. And I appreciate the writer-director for at least knocking the ball out of the park when it comes to comedy which was overall enjoyable.

Nevertheless, I'm utterly disappointed with Fukrey Returns considering the fact that I enjoyed the first film thoroughly. The comedic sequences were hilarious filled with stellar performances, but, the dreadful storyline and the screenplay bothered me deeply which affected the overall expectations I had for the sequel.

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

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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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