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Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 2]

With Part 1 of our Overrated Bollywood Actresses out-of-the-way, we decided to return back with Part 2, simple because of we left out few doozies in the previous one. So, let's roll!

Related - Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 1], Top 5 Underrated Bollywood Actresses

5. Yami Gautam

For someone who has been in the show business for nearly a decade, you would expect Yami to have upped her game by now, but clearly not. Even with box office as well as the critical hits like 'Kaabil', 'Vicky Donor' and 'Badlapur', things haven't been bright for Yami (except her fair and lovely ads of course) because of her almost identical characters in every movie. She is definitely talented but people will rarely appreciate a repeated role with the same storyline and the same personalities. Her role in 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' might have been a turning point which we can judge better in the future, but her films including blunders like 'Action Jackson', 'Total Siyappa' and 'Sanam Re' have been the prime reasons for the low success graph in her career so far. But she definitely is better than some top Bollywood actresses and that means, with the right movies she'll undoubtedly earn the fame she deserves one day.

4. Daisy Shah

Introducing herself as one of Salman Khan's minions, Daisy was subjected to the same fate as the others, thanks to her overrated choice of roles in plain old masala Bollywood movies. It's almost a miracle that Salman Khan bounced back from erroneous movies like 'Race 3' and 'Jai Ho', but, unfortunately, Daisy wasn't a part of it. She made a worse choice by featuring in the 'Hate Story' franchise which was already looked down upon by critics and audience. She might look like a new face but her career started in the South Indian film industries from around 2011. One could think that it's enough time given for a worthy actress to prove herself. But with such movies, Daisy Shah remains on the dimmer light of Bollywood.

3. Shraddha Kapoor

The "ex-national crush" created a buzz from her debut in 'Aashiqui 2'. But it took two more movies that it wasn't acting that she did in her first movie but she was just being herself. Like we didn't have enough daily soap actresses to flood tears and play the innocent Disney Princess already, Shraddha became the new annoyingly sweet and predictable princess of Bollywood. Her one film to change her fate (Haseena Parkar) didn't work out and within no time she was back to giving us obvious flops like 'Rock On 2' and 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu'. Her percentage of versatility in the characters she has played divided by the number of her movies is zero because anything divided by zero is zero! Her drudging and wearisome performances in 'Half Girlfriend', 'Ok Jaanu' and 'Stree' are completely ignored because one and only one reason, she's cute. People put up her photos, praise her dancing skills and her off-camera attitude that everything else rules out but she still survives in the industry and that is why she belongs in this list.

2. Kajol Devgn

Who doesn't love the bubbly boyish girl from 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'? Kajol is clearly one of the most successful actresses from our beloved Karan Johar's lot. But there's a difference in loving the actors and rating them. I would never judge her acting skills but I'd be lying if I didn't say that she's been given a lot more credit than she deserves. It's probably Kajol from whom Kareena Kapoor learnt all that overacting and enthusiasm. With movies like 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'DDLJ', she earned enough fame but if such movies were to be released today, it would've been dreadful. Let's not even talk about some of her choices like 'Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi', 'Hulchul' and 'Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya'; the limit bar of overacting probably cracked and her recent outings 'Dilwale' and 'Helicopter Eela' didn't help either, but, she is currently safe because of her older movies like 'My Name Is Khan', and 'We Are a Family' were critically accepted well. Call it the era of the 90s or her choice of movies, I think it's reasonable to have her on this list.

1. Sonam Kapoor

Being one of the most controversial and overrated actresses, Sonam Kapoor is the first one I'd like to mention here. She started with chick flicks and movies with mild storylines which barely worked out for her but then, with 'Neerja' and 'Mausam', she finally gained attention from the critics and media. Unfortunately, then came disasters like 'Sanju', 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' and 'Veere Di Wedding' which were already black marked due to their controversies and her performance in both these movies were appalling enough to label her as 'overrated'. She may be a passionate fashionista but it's valid to say that she isn't that good of an actress. As observed, her skills are highly dull and careless in movies like 'I Hate Luv Storys', 'Bewakoofiyaan' and 'Khoobsurat' while it is nearly irritating in 'Aisha', 'Pad Man' and 'Dolly Ki Doli'. But then again, being called overrated doesn't hinder her capacity (if she has) and only her future projects can prove that to us.

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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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Stree - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Ridiculous Film Based on a Ridiculous Phenomenon."

Directed by debutant Amar Kaushik and written by Raj & DK ('Shor in the City' and 'Go Goa Gone' fame), Stree starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles is a horror-comedy, and the storyline is inspired by a ridiculously true urban legend which haunted few rural areas across India and other neighbouring countries (Pakistan and Bangladesh).

The storyline takes place in a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India where every wall in front of every house is addressed with the line 'ओ स्‍त्री कल आना', in order to avoid the 'ghost of an unsatisfied wife' (who is notoriously known for abducting the 'man of the house') from entering the house. Ultimately, Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) [a stud and a highly skilled tailor] unites with his wacko friends and his mysterious unnamed lady friend (Shraddha Kapoor) to solve the mystery which is haunting the entire village to pieces.

Let's start with the positives, written by Raj & DK (who I consider as one of the most unorthodox and unique director duo in Bollywood), the comedic sequences in the film were clever, exemplary, and off-the-wall funny. The witty tone carried through the entire runtime, and I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard, and that says a lot about this film.

However, when you craft or write an entire 130-minute film on a 'ridiculous phenomenon', it conclusively deteriorates, and this film honestly felt like jokes over substance. The storyline dissolved expeditiously within the first thirty-minutes and felt like it's going nowhere. And the lengthy runtime repressed me in a dilemma, cause I found myself enjoying the tricks, quips and gags, but I can see through and notice the absence of an intriguing and an ingenious plot.

About the performances, I felt that Shraddha Kapoor felt much less than a supporting character in the film, as she had barely any moments to shine. Pankaj Tripathi, who is again, one of the best actors out there in Bollywood, is also constrained to a smaller role but displayed his comedic excellence within the minimal screen time he's offered. Also, Aparshakti Khurana and his pal Abhishek Banerjee were hysterical in every single scene. But, the show-stealer of the entire film is without a doubt, Mr Rajkummar Rao as he continues to impress with his one-of-a-kind acting chops. He is incredibly believable as this innocent small-town guy, and the made the film so much better with his astonishing timing, delivery and performance.

Overall, Stree is a laugh riot and was funny from start to finish. Rajkummar Rao once again outperforms everyone with his comedic timing and his gullible persona. But, that's about it, the movie quickly fizzled out, the storyline was very thin, and it honestly felt like a three-hour film for me. I would recommend watching it if you're up for a few quick laughs and not care about the writing or the direction.

My Rating - 2.75/5 | Grade - C+ (A Decent Flick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Amy Jackson to Have a Cameo in 'Saaho'!?

'Baahubali' franchise is not only a massive success for Tollywood, S.S. Rajamouli but it also garnered huge popularity to the lead and Young Rebel Star Prabhas who is a well-known nationwide name now. With great success comes great responsibilities and the Rebel Star's next film 'Saaho' with new and upcoming director Sujeeth (Run Raja Run fame) is one of the most anticipated movies of this year.

We already knew that the 'Half Girlfriend' and 'ABCD 2' star Shraddha Kapoor will be portraying the female lead character in the film and now, we've been hearing huge rumors that the irresistible British bombshell Amy Jackson will be seen gracing us with a curious cameo appearance. Although, the details of her role are not yet revealed, it is confirmed by few sources that she will add an important contribution to the film.

Amy is now currently busy shooting for her American TV show, 'Supergirl' and will also be seen in Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar's '2.0' as the female lead which is touted to release later this year.

Made with an enormous budget of 200 crores 'Saaho' is collectively produced by Vamsi-Pramod under the banner of UV Creations who were huge admirers of Prabhas for a long time. The cast also includes prominent Bollywood stars like Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar and Tinu Anand who will be seen in supporting roles.

'Saaho' will be presented as an incredibly appealing action-thriller and is rumored to release later this year in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages.

A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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"Young Rebel Star" Prabhas to Play a Dual Role in Saaho?

Coming off the humongous success of the Baahubali franchise, the anticipation for Young Rebel Star's upcoming film "Saaho" is sky-high. Not surprisingly, rumors have been floating around the internet that Prabhas will be seen portraying a dual role in the film, which is now proven as NOT TRUE!

But, hypothetically, Prabhas will only play a single character but as two persons similar to what Allu Arjun played in his previous film DJ (Duvvada Jagannadham). In Saaho, Prabhas will be seen portraying an international burglar and also as a Police informer.

Set in a futuristic world, Saaho, directed by Sujeeth (Run Raja Run fame) is all set to release this year and will see Shraddha Kapoor as the female lead.

-A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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BREAKING! Saina Nehwal biopic starring Shraddha Kapoor to start shooting in September says Director Amole Gupte!

Shraddha Kapoor fans were saddened with disappointment not long ago after rumors started circling that the makers of the biopic were looking for a replacement for the Half Girlfriend star. 

But, slamming all the rumors, Amole Gupte confirmed that Shraddha will, in fact, portray the lead role and stated the following: 

“We start shooting in September. In December, Shraddha Kapoor had traveled to Hyderabad to train at Saina’s mentor Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy and continued with her training in Mumbai. I’ve been working on this film for over two years and it’s important to me. I’m looking forward to September.”

"We will be shooting in studios and real locations, including several stadiums as we are chronicling Saina’s life story as authentically as possible,” Amole Gupta told a daily news outlet.

- A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Half Girlfriend - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Chaotic Mess!"

Half Girlfriend had everything going in its favor - two most admired actors, a distinguished director, and a widespread story from which the film is adapted from. What can at least go wrong? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I can say, everything. From the narrative to the direction, Half Girlfriend is not even a half-baked film, it's just a chaotic mess.

With positive intentions in his mind to develop his inchoate village with his education, Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) gets an admission in St. Steven's college in Delhi and meets a wealthy uptown girl Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) on his first day. They instantly become hangout buddies and then the usual jazz continues, they kiss, try to make out, break up and then meet again. Well, it's safe to say that nothing really interesting happens.

First off, I always keep mentioning that you can't make a good film without a solid base. Now, I've never read the Chetan Bhagat's book "Half Girlfriend", but judging by few main plot points of the film, they made me wonder, how did this film get greenlit in the first place? How did the creative from ALT Entertainment looked at the source material and said "Yup! Let's make this into a movie." Well, I understand the fact that it's a popular novel and you can mint money based on the recognition. But you at least need to have a decent story line right?

Moreover, barring the story line of the film, are the lead characters any interesting or entertaining in some ways? No! Shraddha Kapoor's character struggles with a plethora of uncertainty and so is the character of Arjun Kapoor. Because of the fragility that the writers developed in their characters, we steadily lose interest in the film and eventually abstain from the tragedy. Director Mohit Suri who is an expert in making heartwarming certainly didn't live up to his expectations as his directorial job was altogether substandard.

Overall, Half Girlfriend is a disappointing film filled with distress, monotony, and ridiculousness. Stay away from this movie for the rest of your life!

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Rock On 2 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A monotonous and a lot less exciting sequel."

Marketed as a sequel to the 2008 surprise musical hit "Rock On!!", Rock On 2 directed by Shujaat Saudagar hit the screens this Friday after years of anticipation and eagerness from fans including myself. I still remember the time back in 2008 when almost every song from the film was a chartbuster and when the movie proved to be a neoteric trendsetter for the younger generation. So nearly after eight years of build up will the film deliver to its expectations or will it evaporate as just another unadorned sequel.

The film opens up with KD (Purab Kohli) reintroducing us to the main characters of the film with him enduring his passion by producing music with a bunch of beginners, Joe (Arjun Rampal) now a successful owner of a music bistro and a judge of a singing reality show and Aditya who isolated himself from his family looks after a small town welfare community in the state of Meghalaya. On the flipside, we also get introduced to Jiah (Shraddha Kapoor) and Uday (Shashank Arora), two young passionate upstarts who somehow come across KD, Joe and Adi looking for an opportunity. How will the introduction of Jiah affect the lives of the trio? Will they reform Magik? 

What made the previous film extra unique was its laid-back vibe and the simple yet emotive storyline that felt relatable. But with the sequel the story parted in few different directions with none of them ended up being interesting or compelling. The characters were weakly written with no engaging factor, the dialogue was substandard and the climax was far-stretched and easily predictable. Although the direction from Shujaat Saudagar was decent, it didn't really help the film relatively which winded up as a monotonous and an unexciting sequel.

On the other hand, regardless of the songs not being remarkable when compared to its original and my opinion is that the music is not too bad or catastrophic as people complain. It was more contrast and fitted well with the storyline. The performances were acceptable from the complete cast throughout the film and left me with no further complaints.

Overall, Rock On 2 felt like a letdown in few aspects of writing and storyline  when compared to its predecessor. Even though it had few watchable moments once for every twenty minutes, I wouldn't recommend you to go rush to the theatre to check out this film, but a casual cable watch on a cozy comforting evening is suggested.

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

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Instant Movie Review #34 - Baaghi

Sabbir Khan's - "Baaghi"

1) Action Sequences
2) Cinematography

1) Story and Screenplay
2) Emotional Sequences
3) Hair and Makeup

Introduction: Loosely based on the hit Tollywood film Varsham, Baaghi starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor is an action romantic thriller and initiates with Raghav (Sudheer Babu) kidnapping Sia (Shraddha Kapoor) and Ronnie (Tiger Shroff) being chosen to rescue her from a horde of professional fighters trained systematically by Raghav who is a martial arts specialist himself.

Analysis: Even after reproducing the story from a solid material which was remarkably executed back in 2004. Baaghi didn't have the magic or the uniqueness like its original. The emotional and the romantic scenes were not properly implemented as the movie felt flat and tedious during the first half and failed to advance further in the second half. On the other hand, the action sequences were mind-blogging as the complete crew took a risky task and did a tremendous job in executing it. 

Performances: Tiger Shroff is an exceptional talent and has a bright future ahead as an action star. His hard work, determination, and dedication were showcased brilliantly in the film as the action sequences were beyond amazing to watch. But here's the problem, the dude doesn't know how to connect emotionally with the audience and it's quite painful for me to watch him snivel, sob and carry the poignant scenes with discomfort. Hopefully, he makes few smart decisions in the future and takes responsibility of roles that doesn't primarily revolve around an emotional plot. Shraddha Kapoor was also impressive with her combat and acting skills, she's given a brief role in the movie and she never disappointed. Sudheer Babu's performance was a complete surprise, his portrayal as the antagonist was intense as he stood out as a great adversary for Tiger Shroff.

Verdict: Overall, Baaghi was impressive on an action movie standpoint, but the story and screenplay of the film were quite substandard and didn't captivate me as a viewer. Worth a single watch!

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-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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