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Raazi - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Alia Bhatt Steals the Show in n Engaging Thriller!"

Directed by Meghna Gulzar and starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role, Raazi is a spy-thriller and is one of my most anticipated movies of this Summer. The storyline of the film follows a 20-year-old college-going girl, Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) who is tutored and altered into an Indian Spy and is consigned to investigate a Pakistani Army family at the time of the Indo-Pakistani War in 1971. Sehmat marries the youngest son in the family, Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) and moves to Pakistan to carry forward her precarious mission.

Let's start with the performances, Alia Bhatt is a promising actress, her stellar performances in Highway and Dear Zindagi proved that she is one of the top-tier talents in Bollywood as she continues to impress me in every one of her films. Raazi is no exception, she carried the entire film on her shoulders especially in the emotional scenes and made me believe and feel for her character. Vicky Kaushal is also another standout, his innocent character is unlike I've seen him perform in his past movies and he delivers.

That brings me to the characters in the film, which I should say were well-written. I always champion for well-rounded characters in every film and Bhavani Iyer and Meghna Gulzar did a terrific job by building and giving the characters time to breathe as they're memorable and noteworthy throughout the film. Also, Meghna Gulzar, who directed one of my favorite films of 2015, Talvar, did a tremendous job in keeping the movie interesting and engaging until the end similar to her work in her previous film.

Continuing ahead with the negatives, as I stated earlier, the screenplay was written very well, but, the storyline was thin and felt less impactful. This film is more about the character of Sehmat and her journey with respect to how she reacted and responded in these treacherous situations and less about the actual plot. Therefore, at times, I felt that I needed more from the ongoing storyline which is partially neglected.

Overall, Raazi is an engaging thriller and an excellent display of one of the unsung heroes of the Indo-Pakistan War, Sehmat. It certainly had few issues, but, I had an enthralling experience watching the film and Alia Bhatt steals the show as usual.

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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Raman Raghav 2.0 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A contemporary dark thriller that didn't match up to it's expectations."

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Raman Raghav 2.0 is a fictional story inspired by a serial killer named Raghav who killed over 40 people back in the 1960's. But as the opening credit clearly mentions, this movie is not about him. It's about a psychotic killer Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who leisurely strolls in the slums of Mumbai killing people for apparently no proper reason. As the storyline starts to develop he explains how he's fascinated by the infamous 60's killer Raghav and calls himself as a modern-day version of Raghav.

On the other side, the film also explores the life of a brash audacious police officer named Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal) who snorts coke and smokes cigarettes to balance his mental state and finds himself locked up in a bad situation from time to time. As the deputy in charge to take responsibility for Raman's murders, the storyline progresses into a cat and mouse game and eventually concludes with the two confronting each other who are together referred as soul mates.
Following a contemporary filmmaking style, the structural narration by Kashyap that branched the storyline into eight chapters excluding a prologue was splendidly handled for the most part. The two lead characters were nicely narrated in the course of 127 minutes and their motivations were clearly established. But the inconsistent pacing made the film a little dreary and the faulty editing ultimately made the film look ineffective unlike Kashyap's other films namely Wasseypur and Ugly.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui who portrays the character of a maniac killer was at his best the entire time. His dark comedic one-liners, direful gestures and his eerie appearance with a big scar on his forehead made him look genuinely terrifying for the viewer as it repelled me personally every time he's on-screen killing someone.

Vicky Kaushal, although he didn't quite match the brilliance of his co-star, was decent in his reckless police avatar for the most part. But the eccentricity added to his character made the film look much more somber that fits the genre and vibe appropriately.

Nevertheless, even though it didn't quite stand out as a unique distinctive thriller, Raman Raghav 2.0 is still partly entertaining with its dark wit, peculiar vibe, and an astounding performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is easily one of the best actors working in Bollywood now. 

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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