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Manmarziyaan - Honest Movie Review

Owing to the centre of all the latest excitement and hype, Anurag Kashyap's new romantic comedy-drama finally throws light on the realistic hardships of love stories. It's hard not to expect phenomenal movies when it comes to this director and I can surely say that Manmarziyaan qualifies as one of them.

The story revolves around a fiery and ardent Rumi (Tapsee Pannu) who is stuck between loving two desirable men Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) and Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan) where both of them are amiable to different parts of her puzzling personality. 

Every artist in the movie including the supporting roles with hardly enough screen space are bewitching, mirroring their respective characters accurately and the music by Amit Trivedi makes each situation more intense and solid. The story written by Kanika Dhillon could've used more clarity considering the lengthy second half and the confusing climax.

However, that is completely clouded by Tapsee, Vicky and Abhishek's fascinating portrayals. Extra admiration for Abhishek Bachchan who oozes sensitivity and depth to an otherwise light character and Vicky Kaushal who brings out the passion, innocence and allurement to his role but Tapsee, already being an accomplished actress somehow isn't very surprising in the film. 

Trying his hand at a new genre even with a slightly bumpy script Anurag Kashyap clearly knows how to win the audience and he does with Manmarziyaan as well. Finally, I'd like to say that the film is surely something interesting and unique to ponder over for this September.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW
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Naam Shabana - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Missed Opportunity"

Marketed as the prequel to the 2015 sleeper hit Baby, Naam Shabana directed by Shivam Nair and penned by the critically acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, Manoj Bajpayee in a supporting role and Akshay Sharma in a surprise guest role. 

Set in a timeline that got transpired before the incidents of Baby, Ranvir Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who is in charge of an agency related to National Security is in pursuit to find an astute female field agent and confronts Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu), a college student who trains in the sport of Kudo in her spare time. Upon ample time spent in research, Ranvir offers Shabana a contract to join the agency, to which she agrees after making a shady deal.

With tons of potential of developing an interesting ingenious tale, Neeraj Pandey presented us with a lackluster script which is tedious and ludicrous to watch. Forget about the logic, the trite and predictable narration, dim-witted dialogue and an inept directing job by Shivam Nair spoiled the complete experience and made me check my watch for every 10 minutes (which usually doesn't happen that often).

On the bright side, Taapsee Pannu as the female protagonist in the film was a treat to watch, her grit and ceaseless alure corresponded with her character effortlessly and helped the film to at least advance till 127 minutes. Akshay Kumar's role in the film was decent and was most certainly not needed, but a good surprise is always welcomed. 

Nevertheless, solely elevated by the performance of Taapsee Pannu, Naam Shabana is a complete missed opportunity in terms of storyline and screenplay and is forgettable for the most part. As a fan who enjoyed the previous film Baby to the fullest, I found it difficult to sit through this film for 127 minutes.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Baby - Movie Review: Click Here 

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Pink - Movie Review

Verdict - "A flawless powerful cinema "

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (not Shoojit Sircar), Pink is a courtroom drama where the plot revolves around three girls Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kriti Kulhari), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and a group of influential boys as they get stuck in a web of disconcerting troubles which leads the boys to file a complaint against the girls for 'prostitution' and an 'attempt to murder'. The rest of the film explains us how did these group of normal independent girls got trapped in a plethora of incorrect allegations.

What made this film better than every other movie released this year is the amalgamation of every significant aspect that will help the director to deliver a perfect product. A cleverly written well-constructed storyline, remarkable performances and a powerful message that leaves us with a remorseful feeling. 

Writer, Ritesh Shah did a seamless job utilising the 136-minute runtime perfectly. It did not feel too long, the characters were given enough time to progress and the first half did a great job in constructing the film till its end. But it was the fascinating second half which made the film intact and hit a lot of controversial subjects with reference to the general outlook of independent working girls in India and how they are misjudged in public for working/reaching late at night, wearing tight jeans/short skirts or smoking a cigarette/having a casual drink.

But alongside the perfection of writing and direction, the performances were also imperative for a magnificent film. The whole starting with the three girls Taapsee, Kriti and Andrea did a phenomenal job with their stupendous performances that felt genuine and authentic at the same time. Amitabh Bachchan was also amazing and adapted well to his character demeanour. The supporting cast permeated with Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee were also splendid in their respective roles.

Overall, with a powerful, thought-provoking message, Pink is not only one of the best movies I've seen this year but also an important film that explores the condition and the state of Indian women and how incorrectly they are mistreated in public. 

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

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Instant Movie Review #11 (Baby)

Neeraj Pandey's - "Baby"

Positives
1) Second act's Screenplay and Direction

Negatives
1) The 160-minute Runtime
2) The First Act

Analysis: Assembled as an enthralling thriller, Neeraj Pandey's "Baby" compiles a provocative screenplay and a wholesome storyline together making it a unique movie we usually come across from Bollywood.

Initiated with a zestless and an overused storyline, Baby commences on a lighter note and manages to rift its pace and direction in the second half which never refrains till the very end. It succeeds in acquiring your attention together and ultimately, I didn't really feel that I watched a generic movie.

Performances: Led by Akshay Kumar, (who was quite decent in the movie) the performances from the cast didn't seem appealing to me as there's nothing exclusive added to their characters. Consequently, the performances were satisfying but not incredible to watch.

Verdict: As a conclusion, Baby will be an entertainer if you watch it for the first time without reaching a judgment by the first act. The movie takes it time to engage you as a viewer and conclusively turns out to be a watchable movie. Recommended for a casual watch.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with Noticeable Flaws!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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