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Batti Gul Meter Chalu - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Easily Forgettable!"

Well-known for his 2017 box-office hit 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' starring Akshay Kumar, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is directed by Shree Narayan Singh and stars Shahid Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Shraddha Kapoor as the primary cast with Yami Gautam in a supporting role. The storyline of the film explores the journey of three childhood friends S. K (Shahid), Sundar (Divyendu) and Nauti (Shraddha) and their everyday antics. As the movie continues, Sundar begins a local printing press but is soon stumped by the towering electricity bills. After continuous and unfaltering complaints and requests to the local electricity department, Sundar takes matters into his own hands and takes the high road which elongates the movie to a wearing three-hour mark.

You heard it correct, this film is 175-minutes long, and that's longer than the recent historical epic 'Padmaavat' or the magnum opus 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion'. Let that sink in for a minute, why does a commercial film scrutinizing a social issue (electricity issues in an emergent state) have to be three-hours long? First off, the film opens up with a ton of nonsense banter to a point where the characters keep talking and talking and talking. While the primary storyline takes shape lazily thirty-minutes into the film, the unnecessary love-triangle between the three lead characters snatches the intrigue away from the film and makes it a boring and a predictable first half that tested my patience to the fullest. 

I sat with a flat face all throughout the film, I didn't chuckle, sob or scream into the void like a crazy person and that says a lot about the film. Besides directing this drawn-out drama, Shree Narayan Singh is also in charge of the editor's desk for the film, and that might surely be one of the biggest backdrops, cause I'm sure that he had no lucidity about how to do trim down the dispensable scenes which are ultimately left sailing on the pond of boredom.

At least, the last thirty-minutes involving the courtroom drama were partly entertaining and brought the much-needed energy to the movie. Shahid Kapoor, who's been struggling since 'Udta Punjab' to find his footing shines brightly in this film as a jerk loaded with cockiness, a dear friend filled with jealousy and a lawyer boosted up with confidence, emotion and honesty. Shraddha Kapoor was decent and is not irreplaceable, and Divyendu once again proves as the most talented and underrated performers in Bollywood right now. 

Overall, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a borefest which highlights an important issue but fails to deliver it with high impact. It's long, partly entertaining and very much a below average fare which is easily forgettable and will be stepped over by 'Sui Dhaaga' by next week.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Shahid Kapoor to Play a Boxer in Raja Krishna Menon's Upcoming Film!?

Two weeks before we reported that Shahid Kapoor's next film will be directed by Raja Krishna Menon (Airlift fame). According to the recent reports, Shahid will be seen playing a boxer and it will be a sports drama.

According to a report in a leading daily, "Shahid is doing a sports-based film with Raja. He wanted to explore that space for quite some time. He plays a boxer who emerges triumphant against all odds in his life."

A source close to the project added, "He needs to have a particular physique to play the character convincingly and learn the techniques of boxing. Someone had approached Shahid with the story. He liked it and since he was already discussing about collaborating with Raja, Sasha asked the filmmaker if he would want to work on it. And the latter started developing it further.”

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Shahid Kapoor and Raja Krishna Menon Join Hands for an Upcoming Film!

Shahid Kapoor is in a weird situation right now, post Padmaavat, his upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam, found itself in the midst of a controversy after facing financial issues. However, Shahid who is known for doing unusual fresh-new films is planning a film with director Raja Krishan Menon (Airlift fame) as he believes that it will be an intriguing one.

The filmmaker also confessed that they have been keen on collaborating for a while and this is the story that left Shahid impressed. However, he refused to divulge details, albeit reasserting that it is indeed based on true story.

The film is expected to go on the floor only by the end of this year and we hear that the schedules will be divided between India and abroad. While major schedules will be shot across the country, only one portion of the shooting is being scheduled on foreign shores.

A Movie News Report by Team JFMF | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Padmaavat - Honest Movie Review

Disclaimer: My opinion on this film might be different than yours, I'm not articulating to anyone to not go watch this movie. Go to the closest theatre and decide it for yourself.

Verdict - "A Giant Disappointment!

In the midst of few ludicrous allegations from religious groups, state governments, and nonsensical people Padmaavat finally got released to the public nearly two months after its initial release date. But, after making the news headlines for at least three months, did it live up to everyone's hype? I must say, NO!

As Y'all already knew it by now, the storyline of Padmaavat revolves around a barbarous ruler and the 'Sultan of Delhi' Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) and his mad quest to capture the 'Queen of Chittor' Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), whom he believes will fill in the missing bit in his journey to be the most powerful leader in the entire world.

Clocking at a drawn-out two-hour forty-five-minute runtime, I should say that this film tested my patience for the most part. Indeed they're few positives that I'll get to in a moment, but, with a fairly familiar storyline and a lackluster screenplay crafted with scenes that we've already seen many times before, this film predominantly didn't peak my interest dramatically or emotionally.

And I consider that as a big letdown. Coming from the house of Bhansali, we expect much more than elegant costumes, grandeur production design, and fantastic BGM from an epic historical film. We expect a tightly packed storyline, beguiling screenplay (which would've been better as the film, for the most part, is fictionalized) and characters that we could get behind; therefore when something dramatic happens there will be an emotional impact in the audience member. Moreover, they're many scenes in the film including the climax which had the potential to look and feel poignant, but, Bhansali totally misses the opportunity and in turn, makes it a 163-minute snore-fest.

As I stated earlier, they're few positives to look into in this film, primarily the music and the background score by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Sanchit Balhara was astounding. The songs were choreographed and picturized masterfully and the production design was exquisite, which I must give Bhansali props for, he truly captured the 13th-century look magnificently that involves vast research and hard work.

Another major positive for the film is undoubtedly the performance by Ranveer Singh, his charisma and the way that he presented this barbarous cold-blooded evil character was something truly exceptional. Weirdly, when you start to root for the bad guy, that's when you know the actor had excelled with his performance. Shahid Kapoor was more or less decent, as his character was by far the weakest when compared to the other two. Coming to Deepika Padukone, I don't know who proposed the idea to digitally soften up her face in the post-production to make her resemble the moon, but, that distracted me during the entire film. Anyhow, being the focal point of the plot, I expected Deepika's character to be profound and with nearly (excluding the climax) zero character moments her performance didn't stand-out for me. And I'm not going to complain about how bad the CGI looked at times because it is something involved with the budget of the movie.

Overall, barring Ranveer Singh's extraordinary performance, Padmaavat suffers from its unexciting storyline, poorly written screenplay and an exhausting runtime which conclusively made it a tedious watch. After literally being bombarded by the news channels left and right with the controversies and allegations, this is not something that I expected from Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a boring film!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Haider - Spoiler Movie Review

Verdict - "Enthralling and unsettling. Haider is probably the best movie of 2014".

Walking into this movie, I was completely open minded. I knew nothing about the synopsis of the movie, never watched the trailers nor any of the song previews and judging by the marketing of the movie and the fact that it's going head to head with Bang Bang, I did have a negative notion about the movie. So I was sitting in the theatre, completely with no expectations and by the end of the movie I'm pretty glad about myself for keeping it that way.

Now! I do have numerous reasons about why I loved this movie, but I want to explain them to you in a detailed way. So I settled to go with a semi-spoiler movie review without concentrating much about the plot.

Adapted and inspired by many external sources, Vishal Bharadwaj and Basharat Peer's comprehensive writing and the unnerving facet of the movie was completely mentioning.

That uncertainty factor is always surrounded throughout the narrative part of the movie, you're sitting there hoping it to be good, waiting for something happen and the amazing part is that it keeps you thinking. You rather know where the movie is going but you can't really point out the direction it takes.

Let me get into detail about the "uncertainty" factor in the movie. As actress Tabu said, the mother and son relationship between Haider and Ghazala was totally odd and distinctive. You just can't describe the relationship between the two of them in particular, it always baffles around love, hate, care and assisted in boosting up the characters very well by keeping the befuddling factor alive.

Also the climax of the movie, not only it is one of the best I've seen in a while, it left me with a harrowing stain inside my brain, where I stopped sat down about ten-twenty minutes with a damp feeling that agitated me for a bit. And I like when movies which elevate me to that level of significance.

The other diverse part that blended well with the movie was the humour and I'm quite surprised about how well they executed it. I agree with the fact that fitting in humour in this type of genre was a tough task. It should be intelligent and sharp to pop out instantly. The movie implemented it properly, it never sounded like a throw away line to dislike.

Since it's also based on many true events happened in Kashmir back in the day, this movie was brutal, mainly the climax, it was pretty unsettling because you're extracted into this nefarious atmosphere and it was pretty uneasy to see every character die in the movie.

Coming back to the direction of the movie, this is probably the best I've seen in a while, he never traversed the boundaries of the movie and that really helped the authenticity in the movie. And also the dialogues in the movie are completely unusual, they're facile, whimsical and totally profound.

Regarding the technical aspects of the movie, Pankaj Kumar's exquisite cinematography was astonishing, mainly the graveyard scene in the acme and the wide angle shots used in Bismil song were dazzling to gaze at. Capturing the theme of the movie was a pretty tough task to exhibit and Kumar did a decent job in maintaining it well.

This movie was totally a reconciliation to Shahid's career, his high intensity, emotive responses and the livid persona was mind-boggling. Mostly his scenes with Tabu (who also gave an exceptional performance) were the best out of the bunch. The peculiar chemistry worked out pretty well between them and I confidently say that he deserves an applause for his performance.

Nevertheless, I may have few tiny complaints about the length of the movie or the unhurried first half of the movie. But I do concede that the movie is a slow burn, it only gets better sequentially. I do quote this as "The best movie of the year" because it worked in all departments depicted and also paid a well deserved homage to all it's orginal sources. If you buoy up for an atypical movie, Haider might be the perfect one.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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