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Hichki & 102 Not Out - Double Header Review

Wassup Movie Freaks! I hope your really (not) enjoying the Summer weather unless you are in Mumbai and got drenched in rain #MumbaiRains. Anyway, I've done few of these Double Header Reviews in the past but this time I'm sharing my thoughts on two Bollywood movies I haven't had the chance to watch in theaters. However, thanks to Amazon Prime Video, I'm now able to catch up, cause they're few really good ones I missed out on.

Before we start, you guys know our on-going tradition, let's see how well these films performed commercially. Hichki made 76.54 crores worldwide with a production budget of 20 crores. 102 Not Out made 78.59 crores worldwide from its 10 crore production budget.

"Hichki" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3/5

Directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra, Hichki starring Rani Mukerji tells us the story of Naina Mathur who has a rare disorder called as Tourette syndrome and is unable to land her aspiring job as a teacher for five years. In the long run, despite many warnings from the school's administration, she accepts the job to teach for a notorious and impish group of kids who are known for doing absurd things.

Now, you may have seen many movies in the past with a similar plot cause the storyline of Hichki is something which is tried and tested in films numerous times before. But, the movie had heart and emotion in the right place. The perfect blend of witty and poignant scenes and a well-paced narrative made Hichki so much special and charming at the same time. Another great asset for the film was Rani's outstanding performance. Her likable and appealing character was well developed and Rani made sure that the audience got behind her character effortlessly.

On the whole, although predictable, Hichki was a delightful watch from start to finish and Rani gives yet another award-worthy performance. See it!

"102 Not Out" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.25/5

102 Not Out starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles is a story about a jovial carefree 102-year-old father (Amitabh Bachchan) who decides to break the record as the oldest man alive in history. But, the dreary and the lifeless attitude of his 75-year-old son (Rishi Kapoor) discourages and throws cold water on his hopes. Later, he willingly chooses to send his son to an old-age home so that he can find peace and concentrate more on smashing that world record.

Deposited with a slick 150-minute runtime, this movie is on point with its execution. The comedic sequences were tight, hilarious and entertaining. Concurrently, the emotional scenes were poignant and hit all the right notes perfectly. But, the most significant aspect is the chemistry between Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, who seemed to had a ton of fun acting together and the humor and the emotion that they brought to this table was heartwarming and enjoyable.

Overall, for a movie which only had four primary characters, 102 Not Out delivered much more than I expected as I found myself laughing out loud and crying emotively within those 150 minutes. This is a prime example of heartening family drama and I urge you to watch it on Amazon Prime Video in case if you still haven't had the opportunity to do so.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Kapoor & Sons - Movie Review

Verdict - "A relatable and a staggering portrayal of life."

Realize, understand, forgive and move on is a simple tactic that we all pursue in our day-to-day lives to avoid complications. But what if things go rampant and tear down your life in an inconceivable way?!

Starring Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles; Kapoor & Sons is a story about two brothers Arjun (Sidharth) and Rahul (Fawad) as they return to India nearly after five years to visit their family and grandfather who is ill and breathing his final days in life. As the situations get intense will this unhinged volatile family endure the reality and forgive the mistakes they've done in life? 

Written and directed by Shakun Batra, the story was by far the most impressive aspect of this film. Although the run-through and the family drama felt a bit primitive, Batra took a different approach in explaining an intrinsic storyline in an appealing way by adding few diverse key elements that were highlighted and handled skilfully.

But the film had few pacing issues especially in the first half where it felt a bit out-of-place heading in a disordered direction. Few scenes felt quite unnecessary that needlessly expanded the runtime of the film which could've easily been shortened down to 15-20 minutes.

Nonetheless, the well-rounded relatable characters and the performances from the entire cast were remarkable. Rishi Kapoor served a comical relief and embraced his quirky character amazingly. Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak were also astonishing with their strong performances. 

Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan had startling chemistry between them and were completely believable as brothers during many emotional and joyful. Alia Bhatt's character felt a bit odd, even though the writer took the time to explain her back story it did immerse me emotionally. But her performance was energetic and marvelous at the same time that made me enjoy her presence in the movie.

As per the technical aspects of the film, the cinematography by Jeffery F. Bierman was dazzling and strikingly exquisite. The light, locations, and the vibe that he used to capture these shots were truly amazing and certainly needs appreciation. Also, the background score by Sameer Uddin was fitting and engaged with the movie perfectly.

Overall, Kapoor & Sons is a film that everyone can relate to, despite the fact it had few pacing issues, Shakun Batra's story, characters, cinematography and the staggering performances from the complete cast made the movie really enjoyable to watch and was undoubtedly one of the best movies I've seen in this year so far.

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

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Bewakoofiyaan - Movie Review

Verdict - “A pointless entertainer which was unremarkable.”

Mohit Chadhdha (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) are a jovial yet sympathetic pair with an ongoing relationship for two years. With an upgrade in his occupation, Mohit proposes Mayera for marriage and she cheerfully accepts.

Knowing that Mayera's father VK Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor) is a giant obstacle in their relationship, Mohit tries to persuade and impress him in the best way possible and often diminishes himself in every attempt. Eventually Mohit gets dismissed from his job and things get complicated even more with an inaccurate destination.

I'm a bit cynical after watching the initial promos of the film, the story looked a bit generic and dull for the most part and sadly the movie also doesn't concede anything novel other than that.

Above all, I can state it as a two faced movie. It dispenses pointless entertainment and compacts with both reality and unreality factors.

The uncertainity of the writer Habib Faisal is an upsetting factor of the film, trying to add diverting fillers in an insipid story ruined the movie predominantly. The climax is forseeable and we've been put into a perplexing ride to reach the main target.

Director, Nupur Asthana must adhere to the given script and she does an okay job with it. The production value of the movie was quite appealing and well utilized. Neha Parti Martiyani's cinematograpy and Raghu Dixit's music assisted the movie on a satisfactory note.

Ayushmann Khuranna somehow plays his character well but it's completely unmemorable. Sonam Kapoor's character as a supportive caring girlfriend was likable but as I previously stated, they are generic.

Rishi Kapoor is absolutely delightful to watch and his character was the imposing aspect of the whole movie. His dominating persona and the amusing humour was completely believable and engaging.

Overall, Bewakoofiyaan is not a storyteller, it holds with a stale storyline and tries to spread out into few confusing ways which are forgettable after fifteen minutes. It tries to deliver the amusement which may sporadically appeal you. Not a definite watch, but if you're enthusiastic, go for it.

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

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