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Pad Man - Honest Movie Review

February 10, 2018

Starring Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in the lead roles, Pad Man is loosely based on the real-life story of Coimbatore based Social Entrepreneur Padma Shri Arunachalam Muruganantham who excelled with his innovation of affordable sanitary pads in India.

As you guys already knew about the primary storyline (I'm assuming that you've seen the trailers) of the film, let's quickly move on to the overall positives. 

First off, I should indeed admire Akshay Kumar, R. Balki, and Twinkle Khanna for producing a significant film with an influential subject which is a taboo in India. As Akshay Kumar stated, he didn't want to turn this film into a documentary but considered to make it commercial with the intention of reaching a wider audience and I honestly appreciate his reasoning.

If you've seen his earlier films, you should be familiar with Balki's work and the way he gets you emotionally invested in his characters. During the course of the film, I sometimes found myself tearing up a little and that only transpired because I'm fully rooting for the lead characters which I consider as the major plus points for the film.

As I always mumble in most of my reviews, when the characters are properly developed and were given enough character moments, we naturally root and get behind them which in turn favors the film during the emotionally impactful or climactic scenes. Furthermore, the performances should also aid the well-written characters and Akshay Kumar along with Radhika Apte was fantastic in their roles.

Akshay Kumar continues to surprise me not only with his unique choice of films but also with his magnificent character work and performance. His normal-courteous-average look made his character more relatable as he carried his innocent yet intellectual persona flawlessly. Likewise, Radhika Apte carries on to mesmerize everyone with her remarkable performance and is one of the only few actors who prefer content over masala and I should applaud her for that.

On the other side, they're a few negatives, the screenplay by R. Balki and Swanand Kirkire was sub-par which affected the pace of the film primarily in the first half that felt a bit stretched out. Also, we're well aware that 70% of the film was fictionalized and I normally don't complain when the dramatized storyline blends well with the actual storyline. But, more or less, the screenwriters fizzled out in this area when a few things happen which are easily convenient to the storyline as they're ridiculous to watch. Likewise, the sub-plot involving Sonam Kapoor's character and her addition to the film felt undercooked and uninteresting.

Overall, discounting all the negatives, Pad Man is a significant film with a strong influential message which should be articulated to everyone especially to the people living in the rural areas who still, to this day feel that menstrual cycle is something taboo. Kudos to all the producers and the crew for putting in the effort to deliver a much-needed message that will only improve our country's acumen.

My Rating - 3/25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Neerja - Movie Review

February 20, 2016

Verdict - "One of the finest biographical dramas I've seen in a while."

Starring Sonam Kapoor in the lead role, Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani recounts the real-life story of Neerja Bhanot, a head purser of the Pan Am 73 airline which was hijacked by five Palestinian terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan on September 5, 1986. 

The film's story gives us a glimpse of Neerja's relationship with her family, boyfriend, and her failed marriage with her psychotic husband. But the narrative primarily intensifies on the incidents happened on the airline during the hijack and unfolds how Neerja ingeniously saved the passengers lives while sacrificing hers in the process.

When depicting a biographical drama, a notable script that portrays the focal character appropriately is always required. And screenwriter, Saiwyn Quadras did a phenomenal job in establishing Neerja's character marvelously. The back-and-forth approach that he took to tell her past and present life story felt eloquent. His narration during the first half of the film was quick, intense and engrossing. But the second half felt a bit too sluggish and the film stalled for a brief amount of time. Then again, the heartrending climax preserved the seriousness of the film and delineated its significance properly.

And one of the most striking aspects of the entire film were the performances from the entire cast especially Sonam Kapoor, who bunged her bubbly girl next door persona and made us believe into the character she was playing. But Shabana Azmi's astounding performance as Neerja's mother had an unfeigned and a profound feel added to it that require a handkerchief. 

Overall, Neerja indeed is a heartwarming tribute to one of the most beautiful and inspirational woman that we should all cherish, respect and be grateful. This is one of the finest biographical dramas I've seen in a while and I appreciate everyone involved in the movie for introducing us to a strong and a stimulating persona.

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

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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 #5 (Khoobsurat)

October 3, 2014

Shashanka Ghosh's - "Khoobsurat"

1) Witty chemistry between Sonam & Fawad Khan
2) Music and background score
3) The wispy vibe throughout the movie
4) Shashanka Ghosh's direction
5) Production

1) The story which is past it's best
2) The insipid screenplay at times

Analysis: Commencing in an immaculate way, Khoobsurat stroked me with surprise. And I never ever expected it to happen. The crisp and the wholesome vibe of the movie was by far the major affirmative component of the movie.

Sonam's sparkling charisma, Fawad's gentlemen allure and Kirron Kher's generic humour boosted the movie's decisive part to a whole new level.

Should appreciate Shashanka Ghosh's take on the movie, his style and narrating the movie in a contemporary way was neoteric and innovative. 

And as I pointed out initially the soulful music of the movie was euphonious and served as a significant component of the movie.

Final Thoughts: Overall, Khoobsurat is an amiable movie going experience where you just sit back enjoy and relish. It was definitely not flawless, but it definitely surprised me and I can't just disregard the fact that it's a good movie.

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Bewakoofiyaan - Movie Review

March 14, 2014

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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