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Sidharth Malhotra to Play the Lead in Vikram Batra's Biopic!

After facing four back-to-back failures in a row with 'Baar Baar Dekho', 'A Gentleman', 'Ittefaq' and 'Aiyaary', Sidharth Malhotra is refocussing on his career now as he will next be seen in a biopic on Captain Vikram Batra who is a Kargil hero and a winner of Param Vir Chakra. 

Sidharth will be playing a double role of Vikram and his twin Vishal. Reports say that Sidharth is working very closely with Vishal and also with the Kargil hero's girlfriend Dimple Cheema who have already given all the information about Vikram to portray him accurately.

IRL, Vikram led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history. He was often referred to as ‘Sher Shah’ in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army.

Here's a fun fact: In 'LOC Kargil (2003)', based on the entire Kargil conflict Abhishek Bachchan also played the role of Captain Batra.

The movie will be set and will be shot in Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, and Dehradun. As for now, no release date or crew has been announced yet.

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

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Aiyaary - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "The Worst!"

Two talented lead actors, one celebrated director, a sixty-crore budget and an engaging source material, all the essential traits needed for a commercially successful film met. What could possibly go wrong? Sounds and seems like an entertaining film for me. Now, after watching the film, I asked myself only one question, At which spot will this "trainwreck of a film" end up in my "Top 5 Worst Bollywood Movies of 2018" list? 

Normally at this point in any one of my reviews, I would typically introduce the plot just to give you guys an idea of what the movie is all about. But, for this particular review, I feel it's unnecessary and pointless (hopefully this will be the last time) to elaborate. Cause, firstly, the film didn't have a clear-cut storyline and secondly, if it did, I didn't understand any of it. Surprising? Isn't it?

Nonetheless, Neeraj Pandey is a successful director with a 100% track record and that's tough to maintain. However, it's hard to believe that a writer-director who gives immense importance to the storyline and screenplay would make such an atrocious film like Aiyaary which is awfully boring and impotent at the same time. The whole 160-minute runtime was this slow, mundane, absurd, frustrating build-up which is never really resolved anything in the climax which is the most aggravating part. The patchy screenplay is downright horrendous cause you will never understand where the movie is going, why is it extremely long and why certain scenes exist. Honestly, I can't even recollect the film now and it's only been two hours since I've seen it. 

Advancing to the performances, Manoj Bajpayee didn't fail to impress as he did the best he could with his lackluster character. Sidharth Malhotra was decent, he's not bad or exceptional, again due to the lifeless character, you can't cheer, feel or even connect with his character which was a letdown. Rakul Preet Singh and Pooja Chopra were just present for the sake of it as they add no interest to the film.

Let's wrap this up quickly, overall, Aiyaary is undoubtedly one of the worst films I've seen in a very long time. The dreadful screenplay, purposeless storyline and the exhausting runtime baffles you with boredom, outrage, and disgust. It's been a long time since I've seen people leave the auditorium with expressions which are unerringly negative and that's not a good sign at all.

My Rating - 1/5 | Grade - D (Absolutely Awful!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Kriti Sanon to Star as the Lead in 'Ek Villain 2'!?

Although the majority of the movie critics slammed "Ek Villain" with negative reviews, the movie is undeniably a box-office success and that's all that matters. Now, the makers of the film Balaji Motion Pictures are very keen to make a sequel with Sidharth Malhotra remaining as the male lead, but, we might not see Shraddha Kapoor coming back.

As per latest reports from the film city, the producers are very keen to cast the New Delhi bombshell Kriti Sanon as the female lead. This comes off as a surprise cause Kriti is relatively new to Bollywood and is yet to star in a major successful movie. 

Here's a statement from an anonymous source, "Though Kriti Sanon's "Raabta" didn't do anything great for her; the actress was appreciated for her work in "Bareilly Ki Barfi" that has turned the favor on her side. Same goes for Sidharth. His last few films like "Baar Baar Dekho" and "A Gentleman" tanked at the box-office but after Ittefaq, many filmmakers are said to have thought of approaching him. Also, Sidharth and Sanon have not been paired as yet so few of the makers are very keen on casting them together in a film."

Kriti is busy shooting for "Arjun Patiala" opposite Diljit Dosanjh and hopefully, we'll see her star in "Ek Villain 2".

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

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT 'AIYAARY'

1. Heart of 'Aiyaary'

“Aiyaary is a spy thriller at the heart of it,” Sidharth Malhotra summarizes the film’s concept.

More than being just a thriller, it seems as though the movie depicts the themes of patriotism, loyalty, and morality. In particular, it shows a mentor and his protégé: two Indian Army officers with a patriotic heart who suddenly have a fallout.

The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) has intelligence par excellence and has complete faith in the system of the country. Protégé Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) thinks otherwise because of what he has witnessed in his recent stint in surveillance. Jai Bakshi turns rogue and Abhay has 36 hours to find Jai, as Jai withholds a secret that can bring down the Government.

Whilst the story seems very intriguing, one wonders what ‘Aiyaary’ really means and how it is relevant to the film.

Talking to the media, Neeraj Pandey explains: “The title of the film explains the term as a person who is a chameleon in character and works towards mastering in all given situation. It means master of Behrupiya.”

2. The Initial Title of 'Baby'!?

Did you know that Pandey had initially decided upon the title 'Aiyaary' not for the upcoming film, but for his hit film 'Baby' starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Taapsee Pannu? The 2015 film which was an espionage thriller was initially titled 'Aiyaary' but later changed to 'Baby', which refers to a covert operation in the film.

3. Shot in Real Locations

A self-confessed fan of the thriller genre, Malhotra is thrilled to don the uniform for the first time and reveals that this is “one of the most real films” he has worked on, so far. “There are no sets as we shot in real locations. This is probably the closest depiction of real-life spies who are invisible to common man. They’ve been taught to merge in the crowd, not get noticed and get relevant information. You won’t see us in glamorous roles or with James Bond-like characters,” he says while explaining the film’s title, which means ‘the ultimate trickery’.

4. Real Reason Behind the Postponement 

The movie refers to a real-life scam surrounding the army and the government that looks to have bothered the officials. If you have seen the trailer, you know that Aiyaary deals with the corruption in certain sections of the army. The movie, it seems, takes inspiration for one of its subplots from the real-life land scam of the Adarsh Housing Society, that's located in Colaba, Mumbai.

In the movie, there are scenes where Sidharth Malhotra and Pooja Chopra's characters are heard referring to a plot in 'Colaba'. Naseeruddin Shah's (who has a cameo in the movie) character is linked to this subplot, where he is playing the watchman of the said plot. He mentions that the property reserved for widows of martyred soldiers will be taken over by politicians and their cronies.

This was something that happened in real-life as well when in 2010, the scam was revealed where several politicians, bureaucrats, and top military brass were involved in grabbing flats in Adarsh society, which was at below-market rates, that were reserved for the army widows. The reveal of the scam led to the resignation of the then Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, while the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, two former urban development ministers, Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, were also said to be involved in the scam. The CBI is currently investigating the claim.

5. The First

This will be Sidharth Malhotra's first collaboration with Neeraj Pandey, his first army based film and also his first film with Manoj Bajpayee.

Sources and Writing Credits - Desiblitz, Times of India, The Hindu, Times Now and IMDB. (Thanks)

Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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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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