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Tiger Zinda Hai - Honest Movie Review

December 24, 2017

Verdict - "Fan Service At It's Best!"

Barring Tubelight, Salman Khan has been on a roll lately scoring blockbuster hits with Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Love him or hate him, he knows how to churn out a commercial box-office hit and he's been consistently doing that for the past few years. Tiger Zinda Hai is also once such film which is specifically made for the fans after underlining everything they want to see in a Bhai film.

Loosely based on real-life events, the storyline of the film follows the abduction of forty nurses from India and Pakistan by a militant group called ISC headed by Abu Usman (Sajjad Delfrooz). With a very limit amount of time, options and privileges, Indian Government chooses to send their best player in the game, Tiger (Salman Khan), who had gone undercover since the events of the last film.

Starting off with the positives in the film, I must give credits where its due, the action sequences (choreographed by Tom Struthers from Hollywood) were one of the best I've seen in any Bollywood movie so far, in terms of scale and extravaganza. Every shot was well designed and composed and the amount of hard work that went into crafting these scenes should be appreciated. But, the double and triple dosage of action for every 10-15 minutes can be an overkill and I felt it redundantly when the film started to forcefully insert action sequences without a proper reason.

Now, I love simplistic storylines, the plot of this film is essentially what we expect and naturally witness in a video game. We start at point A, stop at point B and then reach point C. But sometimes with a wafer-thin plot and a runtime of two hours and forty minutes, things can and will get stale and dreary and that's exactly what happened. The comedy, for the most part, didn't work. The forced patriotic dialogues (mainly aimed to please the Pakistani audience) didn't work, few characters were left half-baked and didn't fit appropriately. Everything has been sacrificed for action, which was understandable when your primary aim is to explore the action-genre, but in turn, it doesn't help when you look at the overall film.

The performances from the complete cast were acceptable, Salman Khan excels with his particular skill-set i.e saving lives, escaping from hopeless situations, blowing up things, shooting multiple bandits and in-turn not getting shot at least once and being an all-in-all charismatic guy. Katrina Kaif shines in few remarkable action scenes and that is all. I didn't expect much from her anyway.

Overall, Tiger Zinda Hai mostly failed to impress me in few sections with a lengthy runtime and an insipid storyline, but the action scenes served as a life-saver for the film which were extremely fun to watch. This film is a perfect example of fan service and will surely be a massive commercial success for YRF studios.

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

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Tubelight - Movie Review

June 24, 2017

Verdict - "Plotless!"

After the immense success of the runaway hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan and Kabir Khan are back together for the third time with their new film Tubelight, which also transacts with a sensitive subject (similar to Bajrangi Bhaijaan) and stars Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Om Puri in supporting roles. 

Established in a small town near North India, the story introduces us to Laxman (Salman Khan), who is innocent and childish and he happens to love his brother Bharath (Sohail Khan) very much. When Bharath leaves his hometown to join the Indian Army, Laxman weeps and wishes his brother good luck hoping that he would return someday. In the norm of his brother's absence, the storyline advances into the journey of Laxman and explains about how he hoisted himself into a much more matured human being.

When you look at Kabir Khan's last film Phantom, you can tell that the intent to make a good story-oriented film was always there. But, the wafer-thin plot didn't support the film and hence it ended up as a disappointment. Now, walking into this film I thought that Kabir Khan would never make the same mistake again and I was proven wrong. Tubelight had everything going in its favor the emotion, morality, music, cinematography, hell! even Salman Khan was doing his level best for the audience to emotionally connect to his character. But then again, the plot was predictable and thin enough for me to not be interested in the movie or in the characters. 

Regarding the performances, Salman Khan has been pretty impressive lately with his recent performances in Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan and he continues to impress in Tubelight with his performance as a juvenile-childish-man. Also, I give major props to him for keeping his Bhai persona aside and exploring a completely new genre that he never explored before in his previous films. The supporting actors including Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub were all decent in their respective roles.

On the whole, it's the stale tedious plot of the film that bothered me the most, it had its moments and few inspiring bits to appreciate, but I would not recommend you to go rush see this film unless you're a Salman Khan fan who is expecting something different, unlike his traditional films.

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

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Sultan - Movie Review

July 9, 2016

Verdict - "Enlivening and Entertaining!"

Galloping with its mind-boggling box office collections, Sultan is set to a proper start with a good word-of-mouth and positive reviews buzzing across the B-Town. With the stage set for it to hopefully become the highest grossing movie of all time, let's jump right in and analyse the good and the bad it had to offer.

With the lack of entertainment, support and finance, Aakash (Amit Sadh), founder of Pro Take-Down (MMA) deduces that the sport doesn't have a future in India. But, his father suggests negotiating with Olympic gold medalist and former Wrestling World Champion Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) and insists that an Indian attraction will help reinforce the entire competition critically and commercially. Aakash immediately flees to a small town in Haryana district and proposes the deal to Sultan. Aggravated with Aakash's behaviour, Sultan says that he decided not to step back into that ring years ago and modestly declines the offer. Why?

With nearly three hours of runtime, this film undoubtedly had few pacing issues primarily in the first half as it reached to a point where the fans sitting beside me nearly thought the theatre management forgot to include the interval scene. I slightly felt exhausted and when the critical events started to divulge, they felt tardy and sluggish. 

Also, the second half, although it was exhilarating to watch, felt like a combination of many films we've seen before. But the primary storyline that involves Sultan's family and his struggle to reach his goal backed up the auxiliary storyline perfectly. Consequently, the film didn't feel lifeless or mundane. 

Supporting the story that certainly had few issues were the remarkable performances from the entire cast especially from the supporting actors like Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra and Anant Vidhaat who flawlessly portrayed the role of Sultan's patron and friend. 

Salman Khan plays the character of an inspiring wrestler, a humble gentleman and a stubborn cavalier who takes doesn't take a break until he achieves his goal. And he mesmerised me with his surprisingly decent performance throughout the film. His build and persona suited his character appropriately and he splendidly responded to all his critics by giving a great performance. 

Anushka Sharma's character felt a bit asymmetrical considering her goals and ambitions seem to rapidly disappear when the storyline progresses, but nonetheless, she was never misused by giving a minor role in the film.

Overall, excluding the fact that its nearly three hours long, this film still had many moments to shine and enthral you as a viewer. The immense screen presence of Salman Khan as an underdog wrestler and the incredible performances from the supporting cast made this film a worthy watch in the movie theatre. 

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

This review is sponsored by Videocon D2H which as displayed in the film had more subscribers than I thought.

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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - Movie Review

November 14, 2015

Verdict - "Dramatic Torture - 80's Style!"

I don't even know how to describe this movie, that's how baffled my brain is right now. Let's put it this way, it honestly felt like an atrocious roller coaster ride in a grand fancy theme park. Didn't Sooraj R. Barjatya realize that by fitting together all his trademark aspects (family drama, envious brother, filmy moments) in a perplexing movie will not work in 2015!? In an exhausted social world where we spend more time by taking selfies, are we still excited to watch these outdated Bollywood dramas? Of course! I'd like to watch a fine movie like K3G from time to time, not Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Without spoiling anything, the storyline revolves around Prem (Salman Khan), a cordial and a gracious person from Ayodhya, as he catches a glimpse of the Princess of Pritampur, Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) and instantly falls in love with her. With the princess getting married very soon, will Prem be able to confess his love and affection towards her? Watch it in a nearly three-hour long dramatic extravaganza with a mundane bonus that includes a song for every ten minutes.

As I stated earlier, I completely have no problems watching a feel-good Bollywood drama, and to pull off a movie of such caliber, the story and screenplay should be flawless. That's exactly where PRDP countered a major setback. Excluding the storyline which has nothing new to offer, the screenplay was straight-out tedious, the major plot points didn't get focused appropriately, the characters were half-baked and few random scenes made no sense whatsoever. 

Also, the 164-minute runtime was woeful and made me feel completely uncomfortable as I didn't find the movie enjoyable with its nonsensical humor and tiresome songs. But on a positive note, the climax was quite well handled and ended the film in a superior way. The production and set design was ostentatious and bought a flamboyant vibe that is very much required for the storyline.

Salman Khan acts as the frontrunner throughout the movie, and he never disappoints anyone with this amusing jokes and charismatic screen presence. Sonam Kapoor gave her best as she felt like a proper fit for the role and Anupam Kher was given a brief character, but it felt lifeless for me even though his performance was decent. 

The other actors were completely wasted in their inferior abysmal inferior characters especially Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepak Dobriyal, who in my opinion would've stolen the entire movie when proper screen time and a well-rounded character were allotted to him.

Overall, PRDP would've been an atrocity even if it's released in the 1980's, the disconcerting screenplay which includes a whole lot of nothingness is certainly a gigantic drawback for persons like me who take films a little too seriously. This movie was rough and made me check my watch for every ten minutes and I finally felt relieved when the doors got opened nearly after three hours. I'm going nowhere near this movie in the future.

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

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Instant Movie Review #28 (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

July 19, 2015

Kabir Khan's - "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"

Positives:
1) Story 
2) Performances
3) Direction

Negatives:
1) First act screenplay
2) Music

Introduction and Plot: Did you ever imagine that you will shed a tear specifically in a 'Bhai' movie? With a poignant storyline about a missing girl from Pakistan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan explicates many things about love, morality, and courage.

Analysis: Initiated with a tedious screenplay, the narration of the movie gets a little repetitive in the first half and it certainly feels exasperating. But the heart and the emotion in the second half of the movie was utterly heartwarming and it was quite revitalizing on Salman's part as he portrayed his character flawlessly alongside with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Harshaali.

Verdict: Overall, BB suffers a little with its gigantic run time, but in the end, after an emotional second act I can say that this movie is certainly one of the best we've seen from Salman in recent times.

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

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Kick - Movie Review

July 27, 2014

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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Jai Ho – Movie Review

February 5, 2014

Verdict – “Jai Ho is contemplative, but tedious in it's approach and composition”.

I'm surprised when Jai Ho kicked off with a groovy EDM song, believed that it would be a surprising cliche-less entertainer. But that's just me assuming something that would never happen. Thank you Salman Khan.

Thinking far too beyond, there is nothing inside to enlighten the plot. It's just Salman portraying his normal Being Human character who emerges with a noble idea, which was only effective on paper. Everything beyond this minimal initiative was just a mixture of commercial elements which includes Salman's throbbing roars and massive punches.

Talk about an obtuse witless screenplay, Jai Ho is a perfect example. Enormously layered with repetitive cliched scenes dealt with a social message, the story completely rushed with absolutely no development in it's approach which didn't really intrigue me even when it's playing safe with melodramatic ingredients in the first half.

Taking an immense turn with the introduction of an under developed villain, things started to make no sense whatsoever which ultimately leaves everything to Salman being the only hope for the humanity.

Considered as a movie for the masses, Jai Ho was even a huge mess when it tries to be commercial, over-the-top dumb action sequences, unamusing humour and impervious emotion was not pretty easy to take in.

Well shot with an impressive gorgeous canvas at times, the cinematography was tremendously outdated with it's retro zoom-in and zoom-out approach which is obviously terrible to look at.

Debutant Daisy Shah was decent with her performance, her character was hardly there for 20 mins in the movie similar to the other supporting actors namely Tabu, Danny Denzongpa, Pulkit Samrat and Sana Khan. The centre lead Salman Khan was not surprising for the most part, his terrible expressions during the action sequences and not so emotive appearance during the sentimental scenes are completely flat and was definitely a let down.

Nevertheless, Jai Ho tries to be a game changer with a strong social message, but was hugely misleaded with it's dreary screenplay and in-your-face commercial elements. It's definitely far away from being another blockbuster remake, but may entertain Salman's fans who don't really care about watching a well made movie. If you're not a supporter of the big guy decline it completely and save it for a rainy day rental.

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

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