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Top 5 Patriotic Movies (Multilingual)

August 15, 2018, will mark as the 72nd Independence Day of our Great Nation of India and the entire team of Just for Movie Freaks planned something special for you guys as we co-ordinated and addressed our thoughts on the Top 5 Patriotic Movies. Now, this is by no means the definitive Top 5 list as we're all well aware that they're many great films like Rang De Basanti, Lagaan, LOC Kargil and much more. We just chose to cover movies across all major languages and we can only select five. Hope you understand!

5.  Mahesh Narayanan's - "Take Off" (2017) | Starring - Parvathy

Take Off is a 2017 Indian Drama/ Thriller that narrates the ordeal of 49 nurses from Kerala who were kept hostage by the members of the Iraqi insurgency. The story is similar to Tiger Zinda Hai and the lead character Sameera is almost identical to Poorna from the Hindi version of the movie. Bits of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent movement is shown during the film. The cinematography is quite acceptable but the music is very appealing. Parvathy, Fahadh, and Kunchacki Boban set a new level of excellence through their performances which explains the innumerable awards it won.  As the movie ends, we come to know that the documents revealing the secret dealt between the Indian Military and the ISIS are destroyed. Overall, Take Off gives the more traumatic, realistic and detailed version of the incident, unlike Tiger Zinda Hai and from the goosebumps I got during the climax scene, I would say that this is the most patriotic movie after Chak De! India and Swades.

4.  Krishna Vamsi's - "Khadgam" (2002) | Starring - Ravi Teja, Meka Srikanth and Prakash Raj.

Quoted as one of the "Best Patriotic Movies of Tollywood", The film Khadgam deals with a fictional storyline exploring a wide range of significant topics including the affable relationships between Hindus and Muslims and arbitrates itself with everyone coming together to stop a terrorist attack. However, the powerful dialogues, splendid direction by Krishna Vamsi, exceptional performances by the three main leads, and the mellifluous music by Devi Sri Prasad makes Khadgam a worthy and a superlative watch that you should not miss on any given day.

3. Shimit Amin's - "Chak De! India" (2007) | Starring - Shah Rukh Khan

Released on August 10, 2007, one month before the Indian Cricket Team won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup (where the movie's title song was played over and over again during the final). Chak De! India holds a special place in all our hearts for numerous reasons. The remarkable performances from the complete cast, the emotional storyline, delightful music and most importantly, the climax scene made us Indians very proud as Chak De! India is and will always be one of the best Patriotic movies of all time.

2. Priyadarshan's - "Kaalapani" (1996) | Starring - Mohanlal, Tabu and Prabhu.

Kaalapani is an epic historical drama, directed by the ace filmmaker Priyadharshan, the movie shows the pain and suffering of Indian Freedom fighters, who are sent to prison in the Andaman Islands during the British rule. The prison is nothing but hell, where the prisoners are tortured, made to bleed and endure extreme misery for the nation. Priyadharshan’s authentic deception of the British rule and soul-stirring acting of Mohanlal leaves the audience teary-eyed.

1. S Shankar's - "Indian" (1996) | Starring - Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar.

One of the finest movies of Shankar which ostentate a 70-year-old freedom fighter's love and respect for the nation, annoyance against bribery, and anguish that the freedom brought by shedding blood is in the hands of corrupt officials. His intense passion for the wellbeing of the country makes him go to an extent of killing his own son, whose dishonesties is the reason behind the death of innocent school children. Backed by some phenomenal acting performances by Kamal Haasan, where his role as Senapathy became very popular as Indian Thatha, razor-sharp dialogues by Sujatha and ingenious screenplay and direction by Shankar, Indian is a perfect movie which etches patriotism in our heart.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap, Nirmal Raj aka AK and Surya Komal aka KM
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Talking about the first Kannada movie to be released in Kenya and Japan, Tagaru is an action thriller which sheds light on the underworld's feud with the police.

Reason #1: The Not-So-Typical Hero

Shiva Rajkumar, also known as the Tom Cruise of Sandalwood is an energetic police officer who is vengeful and just unlike the kind and honorable types. His character defies the stereotype of a kind and peace-loving hero and his dialogues are whistle worthy.

Reason #2: The Insane Villain 

If there is a villain who resembles the Joker from 'The Dark Knight' then it's probably Dolly. It's rare that the villain has a more sound role than the hero but Dhananjay's hard work is reflected highly in his performance. This film also showcases one of the rare instances when the bad guy becomes one for the sake of it and not because of a tragic past or a dead father's debt. It's fun to watch Dolly that way.

Reason #3: The Breezy Plot 

The story is not very complex or twisted because its focus is on the action but nevertheless it gives a glimpse of the bitter reality. Duniya Soori has been very careful in the screenplay and direction. Various unexpected murders happen throughout the movie which is brutal but also necessary to build the abomination between the hero and the villain. Their hate for each other is metaphorically described as a local billy goat duel and hence the title Tagaru.

Reason #4: The Cinematography

Mahendra Simha being one of the most noted Sandalwood cinematographers proves yet again why he's worth it. From capturing the deepest emotions of the actors with the ideal lighting to making the fight scenes as realistic as possible, he is a magician. Every scene is precise and highly necessary and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Reason #5: The Enchanting Music

When it comes to Jayanth Kaikini, there is no doubt that one of his songs will become a trending anthem among the youth. But blend it with Charan Raj's excellent composing and Hindustani background scores, the songs become ecstatic. The songs are so captivating that it will steal you away. Overall, the movie is promising and unique which according to me are enough reasons to watch it.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap
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It was a rainy Thursday night here in the Capital City of India and as I'm browsing through Quora, I came across a question asking "Why has the Netflix show Sacred Games suddenly become so popular? What is so good about it?" And after I completed answering the question, I thought maybe I can brighten the answer a bit and turn into a Top 5 Editorial for all you guys.

If you already had a look at my Review for Sacred Games, you'll very well know that I enjoyed the series incredibly and unsurprisingly it was very well received by the audience and the critics all across India and is also the hot topic all across the interwebs. So, let me explain in a five-point format about how a movie or a TV series (like Sacred Games) will become popular before the release and will maintain it’s popularity even after it’s release.

Reason #1: The Cast | (Before the Release)

Before the release or even before the début of any promotional material, the initial reason why people got excited about Sacred Games is primarily that of popular Movie Actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte acting in a television series. Don't get me wrong, shows like Inside Edge and Breathe (Amazon Prime) had a star-studded cast, but, Sacred Games roped in few of the biggest names in Bollywood and immediately had everyone’s curiosity.

Reason #2: The Directors | (Before the Release)

Directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are popular for their independent content and were highly acclaimed for their work in the past which includes Gangs of Wasseypur, Udaan, and Trapped. Therefore, people certainly had their hopes high expecting something unique, authentic and unorthodox from these filmmakers.

Reason #3: Trailers, Promos, Marketing & Netflix | (Before the Release)

Then the trailers got released and people started spreading love and excitement all over the internet and simultaneously Netflix promoted the series in a very unique and a profound way through their social media and through billboards in urban cities. Additionally, it’s Netflix’s debut in the Indian Television Market, hence fans were automatically pumped.

Reason #4: Story, Screenplay, Direction Characters, and Performances | (After the Release)

Now, after it’s debut on July 6, 2018, the primary reason it sustained its popularity is that of the authentic and intriguing storyline, incredibly written screenplay, masterful direction, compelling characters and remarkable performances from the cast. The whole series felt like a part one of an eight-hour long movie and people started realizing that this series will only elevate the standards of our television industry which are currently drowning in a pathetic state filled with woeful family drama and absurd reality shows.

Reason #5: The Cliffhanger | (The Aftermath)

After everyone completed the series, they’re rammed with questions about the ending or certain characters and their thoughts. So, it immediately sparked a conversation on blogs like Quora and Twitter where people didn’t stop discussing, praising or complaining about the series and its ideals. Here you go, another reason about why it’s popular.

Nevertheless, Sacred Games is a prime example of how creative work should be spread, marketed and delivered to the public eye. It’s popular because of all the reasons I pointed out and is an exceptional series that no one should ever miss.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal
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1. Supercars Blown Up!

The stunts of Race 3 were choreographed by Hollywood action director Tom Struthers and were shot in Abu Dhabi. At the trailer launch event, Salman Khan had said that they picked up 15-16 brand new cars while shooting in Abu Dhabi thinking they would get them back, but the action director ensured they don’t get even one car back. “The cars were blown up in 200 parts, which made it impossible to bring the cars back,” he added.

2. 5 Days! Just 5 Days!

Can you believe that the climax of Race 3 was shot in just 5 days? As per a report from the film's team, the climax was shot with three units simultaneously. A set of actors were continuously shooting on the three units and wrapped the schedule in just five days that could have taken ten days to shoot.

Director Remo D’Souza stated, “The climax scene is an elaborate action sequence that was to be shot with the entire cast. Salman ensured that the grueling schedule that would otherwise take 10 days to shoot, was completed in just 5 days. We had three separate units that were shooting simultaneously on set. The live explosions also had the military’s presence for security concern. The entire sequence was an event in itself.”

3. Sidharth Keeps Making Bad Choices?

Sidharth Malhotra was approached and opted out of the film, as he was to be cast opposite Daisy Shah, who is the supporting actress in the film. Malhotra has always been paired opposite the leading ladies, so he decided to opt out. Also, Aditya Roy Kapoor was first approached for the second lead after Siddarth Malhotra. But producer Ramesh Taurani didn't agree to his price.

4. The Real Anil

Anil Kapoor who plays the role of a business tycoon Shamsher in the film will be introduced through an action scene which will reportedly see no body double because Anil Kapoor has decided to do the stunts himself, reported mid-day. Anil Kapoor's entry scene will reportedly involve an adrenaline-pumping car chase sequence and rounds of a gunshot.

5. Jacky vs Daisy - The Cat Fight?

Talking about her experience of doing action scenes, Jacqueline says, “ I was part of very big action centric films (Dishoom) in the past but this is the first time I have gone all out and done action with Race 3. Daisy (Shah) and I have a massive cat fight in the film and it’s actually one of the hardest action sequences I have ever done in my life. In the movie, Daisy actually hits me and while shooting she has kicked me hard many times.”

Sources and Writing Credits - Indian Express, IMDB, NDTV and Hindustan Times. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


1. Son of Cyclops? WHAT!?

Nathan Summers is the nonmutant name of Cable which is very much familiar with the X-Men Universe. Right? According to the comic books, Cable is the son of Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey). Now, we've already a much younger version of Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse and we can be certain that the studio will at least leave a hint or detail about their relationship in the upcoming films.

2. Wolverine x Domino x Cable x Colossus - A Fatal Four-Way?

Domino, who is played by Zazie Beetz in the movies is romantically involved with Cable and Wolverine in the comic books. Domino and Cable are teammates in the X-Force and developed feelings for each other and ended up with a kiss or two over the years.

In regard to Wolverine, they first meet when she gets mixed up with the Assassin’s Guild and Wolverine tries to help her deal with them. Although a true relationship never develops, according to the comic books a sexual intercourse did happen between them. Also, Domino and Colossus got together as well — and with Colossus returning for the Deadpool 2, does this mean we're going to see a potential love angle?

3. The X-Force

In order to fight the evil supervillain Thanos Cable, Deadpool is going to form the X-Force in this film, including Zazie Beetz as Domino, Terry Crews as an unidentified strong man, Bill Skarsgård as Zeitgeist, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Shiori Kutsuna as Psylocke or Surge (yet to be revealed).

Here's a fun fact, Back in the comics, Cable formed the team out of the remaining members of the New Mutants and his earlier mercenary company the Six Pack. One of those mercs is Domino.

4. The Love Machine

We are well aware of the adoring romantic relationship between Wade Wilson and his lovely fiancée Vanessa from the first movie. Continuing the tradition of love, the working title for Deadpool 2 while it was in production was, appropriately, Love Machine.

5. Domino and Cable on Demand

After the humongous success of the first film, acclaimed actress' like Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lizzy Caplan, Kerry Washington, Sienna Miller, Ruby Rose, Mackenzie Davis, Kelly Rohrbach, Eve Hewson, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman, Sylvia Hoeks and Janelle Monáe were being considered and screen tested for the role of Domino. But, eventually, the role went to the German actress Zazie Beetz.

As far as Cable, actors like Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Pierce Brosnan and David Harbour were all considered for the role which later went to Josh Brolin.

Sources - Cinemablend, Screenrant, Rotten Tomatoes, Mental Floss and IMDB. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Tollywood had many ups and downs last year. Films like DJ, Jai Lava Kusa, and Spyder (although box-office hits) didn't earn the critical acclaim they're looking for and few other movies like Gautamiputra Satakarni, Khaidi No. 150 and Rarandoi Veduka Chudham turned out to be good but not great. But it's the smaller films (Baahubali 2 being an exception) which left an impact on our minds and proved as the Best Movies of 2017.

Please keep in mind that this Top 5 list is just based on my opinion. So, scroll down and find out if your favorite movie made the cut or not.

Honorable Mentions - Ninnu Kori and Shamanthakamani.

5. Gowtam Tinnanuri's - "Malli Raava" | Starring - Sumanth and Aakanksha Singh.

Sumanth hasn't delivered a successful film since 2011 and for him to come back and deliver a hit with a new director, an anonymous female lead and a remarkably written story and a screenplay is an enormous and a surprising accomplishment. Highlighted with its brilliantly written screenplay and sweet-sounding music, Malli Raava is a distinctive and an endearing love-story that left me with a pleasant surprise. 

4. Sankalp Reddy's - "Ghazi" | Starring - Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni.

Based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, which is very near to my heart because the film is centered around my hometown of Vizag (Visakhapatnam), Ghazi is a riveting ride from the start to the finish. Narrated within a crisp 123-minute runtime, this film doesn't allow us to take a break and tells an incredible and an inspiring story with one of the best third acts I've ever seen in a while.

3. Satish Vegesna's - "Shathamanam Bhavati" | Starring - Sharwanand and Anupama Parameswaran.

Based on family drama and relationships, this film is a flawless definition of a family movie. Boosted with few incredible performances from the complete cast and a heartening storyline which is suitable and related to this day and age. Shathamanam Bhavati is a wholesome entertainer filled with great morals and emotions.

2. S. S. Rajamouli's - "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" | Starring - Prabhas and Rana Daggubati. | Movie Review - Click Here

Acclaimed as the most celebrated film in Indian Film History, Baahubali started a phenomenon right after Katappa stabbed Amarendra Baahubali in the back at the end of the first film. And S.S. Rajamouli didn't miss the mark to not only make a bigger film than the first one but also accomplished in making a better film. Capturing positive response worldwide, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion only raised the standards set by its predecessor and became a mother ship of Indian Cinema in terms of box office, filmmaking, production design and visual effects.

1. Sandeep Reddy Vanga's - "Arjun Reddy" | Starring - Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey.

If Baahubali 2: The Conclusion set high standards for Telugu Film Industry in 2017, Arjun Reddy broke the ceiling and became a trendsetter for Tollywood audience. Debutant director Sandeep Reddy Vanga set an example to many veterans about how to make a neoteric, emotional, deeply impactful love story which is heavily supported by one of the best performances I've ever seen in a while by Vijay Deverakonda who was downright exceptional in his role. Arjun Reddy not only took TFI to a whole another level but will surely remain as a classic which we'll still keep talking even after twenty years.

Nevertheless, what do you guys think about the list? Agree? Disagree? Tweet me @SuryaKomal and let me know about it. Keep the conversation happening!

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


While Tamil Cinema Industry has seen many high-quality movies with rich in content, certain movies were pretty awful. We’ve seen worst movies like Muthuramalingam, Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva, Bruce Lee etc., this year compared to the list below. The following movies are the ones which I looked forward eagerly but they ended up as a disappointment.

Dishonourable Mentions - Saravanan Iruka Bayamaen and Sakka Podu Podu Raja.

5. ‘Siruthai’ Siva’s – “Vivegam” | Starring – Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi and Kajal Aggarwal. | Movie Review: Click Here

After an average fair with “Vedhalam”, it was a huge decision for Ajith Kumar on agreeing to do even a film with Siva. And he completely wasted the actor’s sincere effort and hard work. The movie didn’t live up to the slightest expectation of Ajith’s fans, who were waiting to see their matinée idol for almost two years and finally on the D-day they were offered with a very average movie. It was a pity to see the energy of the fans drop to a low-level after Ajith’s introduction scene.

4. Bharathan’s – “Bairavaa” | Starring – Vijay and Keerthy Suresh. | Movie Review: Click Here

Coming up with a film after a long gap, Bharathan could have worked more on the screenplay. Though his intention to come up with a social message, which is commendable, the way he presented it failed to create an impact.  Bairavaa ended up as yet another commercial pot-boiler which Vijay acts in every now and then. I didn’t even find one good substance in the film to praise. 

3. Soundarya Rajnikanth’s – “Vellai Illa Pattadhari 2” | Starring – Dhanush and Kajol Devgn. | Movie Review: Click Here

Soundarya Rajnikanth should have worked well with her brother-in-law to come up with a perfect script for a crowd-pleased movie’s sequel. Failing to do so resulted in a below average fare. It was a huge letdown and spoiled the prequels reputation. The songs and background score were mediocre and Anirudh’s absence was deeply felt. 

2. Santhosh Jayakumar’s – “Hara Hara Mahadevaki” | Starring – Gautham Karthik and Nikki Galrani.

While many directors are trying their luck to get a chance to direct a film, Santhosh Jayakumar has completely wasted the golden opportunity by directing this piece of crap. Touted to be an adult comedy film, every comedic scenes weren’t even worth laughing and were horrible. Santhosh Jayakumar presented a half-baked movie with zero-content. It was such a disgusting film which made me think ‘Why did they even produce this movie?’ 

1. Aadhik Ravichandran’s – “Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan” | Starring – STR, Tamannaah and Shriya Saran.

A movies failure would be due to an uninteresting plot (even this film has an unexciting plot) or the way the director executed it or even maybe due to technical issues. But I haven't seen a film flop because of the unruly behavior of the main lead. Yes! This film ended up as Tamil Cinema Industry's biggest disaster due to Simbu aka STR. Few months upon the release the director and the producer met the media to criticise Simbu.

They complained about Simbu coming late for the shooting or even not at all turning up at the shooting spot, asking the director and producer to change the shooting location, making changes in the script, wasting the schedule of other cast, enjoying lavish holiday with producers money, demanding luxury hotels to stay, demanding to sack the executive producer, making false promises and the worst of all was that he dubbed for the film from his house bathroom. 

He even convinced the director and producer to make the film as two parts stating that film is coming out well and his fans would love it. Finally, the movie was a box office bomb and the second part was canceled despite being 85% complete.

-A Top 5 List by Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


Hey Movie Enthusiasts! 2017 was a great year for most of us. And it’s time to revisit 2017 to look at the movies which we enjoyed immensely in the theatres, which were worth our 153 bucks and some of them even created a deep impact on us.

Here I have picked five films which we all would have surely loved and appreciated. If you haven’t watched anyone of these films, please do watch as these are really worth your time and money spent.

Note: I have prepared this list based on my taste in films. If you didn't like anyone of these movies, you can definitely skip it in your own list. Remember, opinions differ! 

Honourable Mentions - Magalir Mattum, Pa Pandi, Meesaya Murukku, Aval, and Thiruttu Payalae 2.

5. Sri Ganesh’s – “8 Thottakal” | Starring - M.S. Baskhar, Vettri, and Nassar.

One of the most underrated movies of the year, which didn’t get the attention it deserves. Backed by the well-written screenplay and commendable performance from M.S.Baskhar, 8 Thottakal is a satisfying crime thriller despite few minor flaws. 

4. Pushkar & Gayathri’s – “Vikram Vedha” | Starring - R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy. | Movie Review - Click Here

With sheer acting skills of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy, top-notch technical brilliance and intense background score, Vikram Vedha is definitely one of the best movies to be released in 2017 and one of the finest crime thriller made in Tamil Cinema Industry with deep character moments. 

3.  Arun Prabhu Purushothaman’s – “Aruvi” | Starring - Aditi Balan | Movie Review - Click Here

Aruvi is sure to leave a strong impact on everyone and will linger in our mind for a long time. This is one such movie that made me use a tissue paper. With a stand-out script backed by remarkable acting job from the cast, a nonlinear cinematography, in sync bgm; Arun Prabhu Purushothaman delivers one of the best films of 2017.

2.  Gopi Nainar’s – “Aramm” | Starring – Nayanthara

Nayanthara has proved that she isn’t only a glam queen and has shown her acting skills in many movies. Even producers are ready to invest in single heroine script with her, earning her the name “Lady Superstar”. Aramm is another eye-opener film with a strong social message on the undeveloped rural areas and the inability of Government with poor technology while India boasts about its Rocket mission. The film gives a slipper-shot to anyone who says that India is marching towards ‘Developed Nation’ status while the life of people below poverty line is still at stake. Nayanthara as District Collector gives a stellar performance. Gopi Nainar comes up with a bold script and has executed it with utmost care. 

1. H. Vinoth’s – Theeran: Adhigaram Ondru” | Starring – Karthi and Rakul Preet Singh.

What made me give this film #1 place is the director's extensive homework and the level of detailing the movie had. Being based on True events of ‘Operation Bawaria' case, Vinoth has worked very well on the script and even executed it with brilliance. Cinematography and the action sequence add a plus to the movie. Karthi has done extraordinarily well in this film along with the remaining cast. Though certain emotional and romance parts becomes a speed breaker, it doesn't matter as overall output is neat and well-ordered.

-A Top 5 List by Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


First up, I completely recognize that we've seen more worst films like Firangi, Jia Aur Jia, Haseena Parkar, Bhoomi, Tera Intezaar, Aksar 2, Julie 2, Poster Boys etc. this year when compared to the below list and I'm not going to waste my time discussing them. The following films are the ones which I'm looking forward to for a while and were the ones that I'm thoroughly disappointed with.

Dishonorable Mentions - Lucknow Central and Sarkar 3.

5. Imtiaz Ali's - "Jab Harry Met Sejal" | Starring - Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. | Movie Review - Click Here

Before you start cursing me for placing this film in the Worst Movies list, think about the potential it had to be a great film and Y'all can agree that it's an utter disappointment and the box-office numbers clearly display that. Now, the real reason I hated this movie so much is that of the dreary storyline, screenplay and overall an underwhelming directorial job by Imtiaz Ali. Me being a fan of Shah Rukh Khan's films, it saddens me to say that JHMS is one of the Worst Movies I've seen this year.

4. Mohit Suri's - "Half Girlfriend" | Starring - Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. | Movie Review - Click Here

Hype! Hype! I'm glad that Chetan Bhagat's book to film adaptations hype is finally coming to an end. Or maybe not!? With a faulty script, screenplay, and half-baked characters, Half Girlfriend is a lame film filled with distress, monotony, and ridiculousness. Totally deserves the #4 spot.

3. Shivam Nair's - "Naam Shabana" | Starring - Taapsee Pannu | Movie Review - Click Here

Way to take a successful domain and spoil the credibility that it holds. Marketed as the prequel to the 2015 sleeper hit Baby, Naam Shabana is surely a huge missed opportunity. Illogical scenes, the trite and predictable narration, dim-witted dialogue and an inept directing job by Shivam Nair made this film a tedious and a frustrating watch at the movie theatre.

2. Raj & DK's - "A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky" | Starring - Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez.

First off, I love director's Raj & DK's work and the unorthodox films they directed like Shor in the City and Go Goa Gone and them being originated from my home state of Andhra Pradesh is another perk about why I like them both as a director duo. But, A Gentleman is a film that I hated watching on television because of its poor humor, baffling storyline and a flawed screenplay. What's more absurd about the movie is that the studio went on to spend 60 crores for this train wreck of a film. Sorry Raj & DK, but you guys are starting to disappoint me lately. 

1. Dinesh Vijan's - "Raabta" | Starring - Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon. | Movie Review - Click Here

I still can't get over the fact how Rajkummar Rao went through hours of makeup sessions to enact a pointless role in a garbage film. Anyway, Raabta is a perfect example of how to not make a commercial film with a gigantic budget of 60 crores. It's poorly written, badly directed and even the endearing couple of Kriti Sanon and SSR or the mediocre music can't save this film from being a disaster.

Nevertheless, what do you guys think about the list? Agree? Disagree? Tweet me @SuryaKomal and let me know about it. Keep the conversation happening!

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


2017 has been a great year for smaller and bigger budget movies, but, they're only a few movies that peaked my interest and enthralled me as a viewer even after watching them 2-3 times, I consider those movies as my favourites and here are my Top 5 picks of 2017.

But hey, y'all know that this is just my opinion right? Your list might completely be diverse when compared to mine and that's fine by me. So, scroll down and find out if your favourite movies made the cut or not.

Honorable Mentions - Jolly LLB 2 and Shubh Mangal Savdhan

5. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's - "Bareilly Ki Barfi" | Starring - Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon, and Rajkummar Rao

On the first sight, I thought that this film is going to stink and I'm proven completely wrong. The screenplay was not the finest but the storyline was compelling and entertaining enough to keep me interested. The comedic sequences were on point, the relationship between the characters was well-developed and the overall performances were fun to watch. And once again, Rajkummar Rao steals the show! Bareilly Ki Barfi often had few hiccups but it's delightful enough for me to place it in the #5 spot.

4. Advait Chandan's - "Secret Superstar" | Starring - Zaira Wasim and Aamir Khan. | Movie Review - Click Here

With captivating promos and music, Secret Superstar surprised me for the most part, as I never expected much from the film. Benefiting from its heartwarming storyline, developed characters, sweet-sounding music and astonishing performances, Secret Superstar is one of the few films this year that moved with its heartfelt approach.

3. Saket Chaudhary's - "Hindi Medium" | Starring - Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar.

Stuffed with an astounding message, hysterical comedic sequences, decent performances and upbeat music, Hindi Medium is definitely the best entertaining film of the entire year. Irrfan Khan has been on a roll lately and his chemistry with the newcomer Saba Qamar worked brilliantly which made the film engaging from the start to the finish. Enlivened with a completely new approach and storyline, this film definitely deserves its place at #3.

2. Amit V. Masurkar's - "Newton" | Starring - Rajkummar Rao | Movie Review - Click Here

Marketed as the movie that made it to the Oscars for next year, Newton is another low-budget film with a social message and it is certainly an eye-opener and leaves you with more questions about the current state in our villages. It is a remarkably directed, written and well-acted film that justifies all the attention that it received and hopefully will win an Academy Award for our country.

1. Vikramaditya Motwane's - "Trapped" | Starring - Rajkummar Rao | Movie Review - Click Here

Talk about a game-changer, talk about next-level narration and screenplay, Trapped is a film with many cliffhangers and spine-chilling moments and is a precise storyline that deals with a singular character. Rajkummar Rao carried the entire movie with his finest work and surely one of the best in his career. With an empirical narrative, Trapped certainly brought a new spin to the genre and opened the doors for many experimental films with less budget and more practicality. 

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


1. Foreign Tiger

Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai are the only two movies for which Salman Khan traveled to multiple overseas locations for shooting. The countries include India, Austria, Greece, Abu Dhabi, Morocco, Turkey, Thailand, Ireland, and Cuba.

2. No Love from Pakistan's Censor Board

The film will not release in Pakistan after it failed to obtain a clearance from the country’s Central Board of Film Censors. The film's prequel Ek Tha Tiger was also denied censor certificate in the country and it remains as one of the many Bollywood films that have been banned in Pakistan.

3. It Only Took 24 Hours

the trailer for Tiger Zinda Hai Trailer smashed multiple records within 24 hours. 29 Million+ most viewed Hindi movie trailer in 24 hours (YouTube + Facebook) 50K+ most commented Hindi movie trailer in 24 hours. 650K+ most tweeted Hindi movie trailer in 24 hours. 250K+ most shared Hindi movie trailer in 24 hours.

4. Action Director of Avengers: Infinity War

The makers Yash Raj Films have brought Hollywood action director Tom Struthers as a stunt coordinator for the movie. Tom is best known for his work in films like Inception, X-Men: First Class, The Dark Knight Rises, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War

5. Seems Legit!

As witnessed in the trailers of the film, Tiger Zinda Hai will be more thriller and action-packed than the first one. The makers have used tanks, ATVs and other legit military weapons to make the stunts look more real and amazing.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB, Hindustan Times and FilmyMantra. (Thanks)

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


5. Sethuram’s – ‘Sakka Podu Podu Raja’

Release Date - December 22, 2017 | Starring - Santhanam and Vaibhavi

Reasons to be Excited About - Tamil Cinema misses one of its talented comedians, who chose to become an actor because of envy. It was tough for the audience to accept a person who was tickling their funny bone for over a decade, now fight dozens of goons. Though all his solo movies had a lot of humor, nothing worked big time. Let’s see if ‘Sakka Podu Podu Raja’ shines among his lustreless films. Another intriguing aspect is that actor Simbu aka STR will make his debut as the composer in the movie.

4. Pradeep Krishnamoorthi’s – ‘Sathya’ (Movie Review: Click Here)

Release Date - December 8, 2017 | Starring - Sibiraj and Remya Nambeesan

Reasons to be Excited About -  Remya Nambeesan who is very selective in choosing her scripts, returns after giving a natural performance in 2016 Superhit ‘Sethupathy.'  Sibiraj, son of Veteran actor ‘Kattappa” Sathyaraj; looks dynamic in the trailer with his never seen before action looks.

3.  Arun Prabhu’s – ‘Aruvi’ (Movie Review: Click Here)

Release Date - December 15, 2017 | Starring - Bindhu Malini and Vedanth

Reasons to be Excited About - Aruvi was an official selection and had a world premiere at many International film festivals. Its psychedelic trailer stirs lots of expectation for the film with its great dialogues and content. The film might have a strong female character which would reflect the present scenario in our society.

2. Gautham Ramachandran’s – ‘Richie’ (Movie Review: Click Here)

Release Date - December 8, 2017 | Starring - Nivin Pauly, Shraddha Srinath and Natty

Reasons to be Excited About - This film marks Malayalam star Nivin Pauly’s direct entry in a Tamil movie as his debut was ‘Neram,' a Malayalam-Tamil bilingual. This film also has a bunch of star performers like Natrajan “Natty” Subramaniam, Prakash Raj, “Yaanji” girl Shraddha Srinath and controversial short film fame Lakshmi. As the trailer shows Nivin in a very rugged role, I’m pretty excited to see him perform.

1. Mohan Raja’s – ‘Velaikkaran’

Release Date - December 22, 2017 | Starring - Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara and Fahad Faasil

Reasons to be excited about:  Velaikkaran is the second only film for which Mohan Raja has written his script; as he is known for successfully remaking Super hit Telugu movies. The film is said to deal with adulteration in the food industry, and I’m pretty much interested in seeing Sivakarthikeyan in a socially responsible role.

-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks


1. 10 Crore Bounty for Deepika and Bhansali's Head?

The release of Padmavati has been put on hold after a ten crore bounty was offered to anyone who beheads lead actress Deepika Padukone and the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Suraj Pal Amu, Chief Media Coordinator of BJP’s Haryana Unit, made the call against the actress over its alleged portrayal of a relationship between a Hindu Queen and a Muslim Conqueror. 

The Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya, said he would not allow the film to show in his state unless scenes showing the queen in a "poor light" were deleted.

He said: "How can a Muslim aggressor be portrayed as the real hero and the Hindu king and queen as victims? This is factually incorrect."

2. State Ministers Supporting the Ban

After the release being banned in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the film would not be shown in the state even if it is released in other parts of the country as “it hurts sentiments of Rajput community”. BJP MLA T. Raja Singh Lodh in Hyderabad has asked Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to follow his counterparts.

3. Lead Stars Isolated? (Not Really!)

Following the absurd controversies, Deepika Padukone canceled her visit to the GES summit, her family in Bangalore was given extra security protection outside their house, and now Ranveer Singh has also pulled out of promotional activity. Ranveer was going to shoot for Remo D’Souza’s Dance Champions. But he canceled last minute. A source from the sets revealed, “The shoot was slated for November 20 and had been planned well in advance. When the production house (behind Padmavati) announced that they are voluntarily deferring the film’s release, the promotional appearance on the show was called off too, subsequently sending the show’s team into a tizzy because the contestants had prepared their acts on chartbusters from Ranveer’s films. 

Interestingly, on November 20th itself, Ranveer was seen chilling with Remo and Salman Khan on the sets of Race 3. So quite clearly, Ranveer did not just vanish. He came, meet Remo and must have personally explained the whole scenario.

4. Protests on the Set

Karni Sena stopped the shoot of Padmavati in January alleging the film showed a romantic relationship between Padmavati and Khilji. “We have learned that the filmmakers are portraying the film as a love story between Alauddin Khilji and Padmini, which is a blatant distortion of history. That is why we stopped the shooting and told the makers that we won’t let them continue unless they make changes” - Narayan Divrala, District President, Karni Sena.

Bhansali categorically said, once in January and then again in November, that there is no dream sequence showing romantic scenes between Padmavati and Khilji in his film. “We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur. We are grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on the shoot.” the statement issued in January said.

5. Indecent Deepika?

So, a heavy-weight dress combined with accessories is still not good enough? The queen is shown performing the Ghoomar dance in ‘indecent’ clothes because Deepika is showing her midriff. “A Rajput queen would never perform before an audience nor bare her midriff,” member of Rajput women group Kshatrani Sankalp Poonam Khangarot had said.

Sources and Writing Credits - Sky News, Financial Express, Pune Mirror, Bollywood Life & Hindustan Times. (Thanks)

-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. Flashpoint

As seen in many clips from the recent Justice League trailers, many of the scenes show the sky being illuminated in a Red Hue. This is interesting seeing as a Red Sky is a sign of a post "Flashpoint" timeline in many of the aftermath stories in the comics. This includes post-Flashpoint Paradox comics like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, where a butterfly-like effect occurs changing the past creating an alternate 'present' & this, of course, includes The Flash comics. A "Flashpoint" storyline has been announced as the movie for "The Flash" by DC/Warner Bros. - taking place of what was originally planned to be a semi-traditional origin story for Barry Allen becoming "The Flash." Ezra Miller is set to star as well as appearances by Cyborg, Henry Allen, & Iris West. The actors appear to be the same as setting up in the previous Snyderverse films.

2. 10 Years Ago

In October 2007, George Miller had cast the Justice League completely, with D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, model Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, rapper Common as Green Lantern/John Stewart, Adam Brody as the Flash/Barry Allen, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman/Arthur Curry, Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz) Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord. However, the film was shelved during production.

3. The Death of Superman

Zack Snyder deliberately had the story leave out Superman for the most part: "It's hard to have a Justice League without Superman. But his sacrifice is, in a weird sort of way, the way of the Justice League. So what do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need? All that comes into play."

4. Batman v Superman Effect

This was 'Zack Snyder's first film shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This was chosen because Snyder had a great experience with filming the IMAX sections of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and he "sort of fell in love with [the] giant, less rectangular aspect ratio" of 1.85:1 as opposed to the 2.39:1 aspect ratio used in his previous films.

5. The Date of Destiny?

This film will be released on the 25th anniversary of The Death of Superman comic, which was released November 17, 1992; and the 16th anniversary of Justice League (2001) which premiered its first episode November 17, 2001.

Justice League: Movie Posters - Click Here

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB | -Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. Inspiration

Ittefaq is inspired by the 1969 film of the same name, directed by Yash Chopra. Another form of tribute that Shah Rukh Khan paid for his Guru.

2. Unlucky Fawad

Fawad Khan was originally cast to play the role of the main protagonist but Sidharth Malhotra replaced him after India/Pakistan differences. This is also Sidharth's first collaboration with Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna.

3. Star Power

The people backing the Ittefaq remake, apart from the original's makers BR Studios, are Karan Johar (Dharma Productions), and Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment). Abhay Chopra and Juno Chopra, BR Chopra's grandsons and Ravi Chopra and Renu Ravi Chopra's sons, are involved in Ittefaq as director and producer respectively.

4. 10 FTW!

Ittefaq will be the 10th collaboration together with Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar. They previously worked collectively for films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, My Name Is Khan, Student Of The Year, Dear Zindagi and more.

5. Zero Songs

Ittefaq is a pure murder mystery that will release without a single song. Only one promotional song will be used for Ittefaq and the film has none, just like the original movie.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB, Firstpost and PinkVilla.

-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. Jim Morrison Inspired?

We know one more thing about Varun Dhawan today - he is a big fan of Jim Morrison, the celebrated singer-songwriter of American rock band The Doors. The 30-year-old actor is busy with promotional work for his upcoming film Judwaa 2 and is indeed carrying on with it in signature Varun Dhawan-style. Varun features in dual roles in the new film, which is a sequel to Salman Khan's 1997 cult comedy Judwaa. 

Just like Salman Khan, Varun also plays the role of estranged brothers Prem (the naive one) and Raja (the tapori version). Now, Varun thinks Raja resembles his 16-year-old version IRL. For those who would not have believed him, he's accompanied his post with a throwback picture from his teenage days. "When I was 16 years old I had grown my hair out because I was obsessed with Jim Morrison. In Judwaa 2 I got a chance to bring back that."

2. Sallu Bhai Mania

Salman Khan has worked in eight films with David Dhawan as a hero in Judwaa (1997), Biwi No. 1 (1999), Dhulan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), Chal Mere Bhai (2000), Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Maine Pyar Kyu Kiya (2005) and Partner (2007). Whereas he has done a special appearance in Deewana Mastana (1997) and has given voices to various Gods in Main Tera Hero (2014). In this film, he makes a comeback as an actor in a David Dhawan film after 10 years but in a special appearance.

3. Poor Saif

Saif Ali Khan was known for his unorthodox types of films, he was first offered the lead role in Judwaa 2 but the production never took off. Thereupon, David Dhawan preferred his son to take the reign.

4. Nostalgia

'Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah' and 'Oonchi Hai Building' from the original film Judwaa will have revised versions. Also, Anupam Kher who was part of the original also plays an important role in the film.

5. Denim from Sallu

Salman Khan recently expressed his love and affection for Varun, by sending him a box full of his own denim, which is a little baggy and would suit his character Prem in the movie.

Sources and Writing Credits - NDTV, IMDB and Desimartini.

-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. A Transformation!

Talking about his transformation, Arjun says, “Physically, I am just the opposite of Arun Gawli. While he is short, I am tall. I had to bring down my weight and lose my muscles to look lean.”

He adds, “For almost 18 months, I stopped going to the gym. Initially, it was really very painful as I love to exercise daily, but it had to be done. To make matters worse, I had to eat a very normal diet too. I lost almost eight kilos of weight by the end.”

2. Bombay to Mumbai

Daddy showcases the journey of Arun Gawli from a gangster to a politician. The movie is set in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and will take us back to Bombay (now Mumbai).

Apart from the life of Gawli, the movie will also show us the transition of Bombay to Mumbai. A lot of research has gone into creating Bombay of that era. The movie will take us to alleys and gullys of Parel, Mumbai Central, Nagpada, Agripadad and other places which were a playground for Gawli and his team. 

Not just in the above-mentioned areas, the film has also been shot in Kamathipura, Mazagaon, Cotton Green and Sewri. Talking about it, Ashim said, “I have grown up in Bombay and have seen how police stations, dance bars etc. looked like in the ’80s. These are spaces that most Bollywood movies get completely wrong. I don’t design pot boiler masala films. I do content driven films that have enough masala to become a pot boiler.”

3. Gimme 'A'

Arjun Rampal’s portrayal of alleged gangster Arun Gawli has impressed the censor board enough to grant the film an all-clear with an ‘Adults’ certificate. Only three cuts referencing political figures have been ordered cut

Arjun Rampal says he’s very happy with the CBFC’s decision. “I’d have been genuinely surprised if our film was not given an ‘A’ The film is about a personality who shared an ambivalent relationship with the law, so yes, it is a film for adults.”

Interestingly the censor board members offered Arjun a chance to tone down his film or keep it the way it is. “I was given the choice of an ‘A’ and a ‘UA’ with several cuts. But the cuts would have taken away from the raw and real feel of the film. So I was advised against it by the censor board members. As for the three verbal cuts, they make no difference to my film.”

4. Denied!

It was said that Arun Gawli's daughter Geeta Gawli, requested the makers of the movie, to shift the release date from July 21 to September 8 so that her father could attend the premiere.

However, as per a report in Mid-Day, Gawli has been denied parole by the court to attend the premiere, as it fears such a decision may give out a wrong message. There is also the concern that Sanjay Dutt‘s multiple paroles when he was serving his sentence in Yerwada jail, have shown both courts and the police in a poor light, and the court wants to avoid another such scenario. Speaking to the paper, a source revealed, “He (Arun Gawli) had asked for his annual parole for Ganpati festivities. He had hoped to watch the film along with his family during this time. But the authorities are uncomfortable with the idea of granting him parole at such a time. They fear that if he is used in the film’s promotions, it will reflect badly on them. Since Sanjay Dutt’s furlough had come under such scrutiny, they don’t want to repeat a similar mistake.”

5. Marathi Actors FTW! 

Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, the makers have gone to great lengths to make the film look, feel and sound as realistic and authentic as possible.

Arun Gawli also spoke Marathi had home and was surrounded by his Maharashtrian friends at all times, thanks to his neighborhood in Parel and also the very famous Dagdi Chawl where he actually lived. Keeping the authenticity of the characters in mind, Arjun and Ashim roped in Marathi actors to play key roles which were a plus since they easily slipped into the skin of their characters.

Anand Ingale, who plays Babu Reshim, made his debut in 'Ajab Lagnachi Gajab Gosht', and is known for his comic timing in the show, 'Prapancha'. Rajesh Shringarpure, who plays Rama Naik, has worked in several Marathi films, too. Nishikant Kamat, a celebrated actor, and filmmaker, plays officer Vijaykar Nitin, who had a pivotal role in the gangster's life. Aazun kahi pahije ka?

Sources and Writing Credits - DC, Bollywood Bubble, Bollywood Hungama, Bollywood Life and Glamsham.

-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. Not Bang Bang!

Rumours spread during the production stages of the film that, it is a sequel to the 2014 film "Bang Bang!" It is due to director Siddharth Anand interview in which he suggested there could be a "Bang Bang! 2" with actor Siddharth Malhotra as the male lead. Even on the first day of the shoot, the filmmakers released pictures of Clapboard which reads "Not Bang Bang 2".

2. First Time Ever?

'A Gentleman' will see Siddharth romance Jacqueline for the first time on-screen. Although the two starred together in 'Brothers' this will be the first time that fans will see them steam up the screens with their sexy lip-lock and much more. Fans got a peek at their crackling chemistry when they appeared on a chat show together. The two complement each other well and share a great camaraderie. This fresh pair is sure to create magic on-screen leaving fans wanting more.

3. Guns Blazing!

'A Gentleman' gave Jacqueline the chance to try her hand at action sequences. Yes! This is the first time that the actress will hit the screen with blazing guns. Reports say that Jacqueline was very excited to shoot the action sequences but when she got down to shooting it, it was difficult for her to wield the gun.

4. Double Duty

This is the first time that Siddharth Malhotra will be essaying a double role in his Bollywood career. Unlike other typical dual roles, Sid plays two different parts with distinctive characteristics. Both are poles apart from each other, with one being a risk-taker and the other an ordinary man with his 9 to 5 job. Diametrically opposite in nature, both the boys have their own charm.

5. KissMania?

There were reports stating that CBFC had asked the team of 'A Gentleman' to cut the kissing scenes featuring the two leads. The reports also suggested that the CBFC asked the filmmakers to do so because the kissing scene was too long for the film to get a 'UA' certificate. However, Siddharth recently clarified at the film's song launch that the kissing scenes have not been cut.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB, Mumbai Mirror and Times of India.

-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


5. Meesaya Murukku (Movie Review: Click Here)

Being a semi-biographical movie depicting the life of Hip Hop Tamizha duos Adhi & Jeeva, Meesaya Murukku is a light hearted film, which shows the pains faced by them before they rose to fame. It also takes us back to our college days and a trip down our memory lane.

4. Kavan

Strong content, displaying the darkest side of Television Industry, Kavan is an elegantly made satirical film together with the classy acting of Vijay Sethupathy, chartbuster songs, and favorable background score. K.V. Anand manages to deliver the message he intended to convey with his gutsy script. 

3. Managaram

Using the characters as the main power tool, Lokesh delivers a fantastic thriller based on the IT industry and life of an outsider in an Urban City like Chennai. The movie deserves appreciation for its solid and wise content, Munish Kant's timing comedy, dialogue delivery and the suitable use of background score. 

2. Baahubali: The Conclusion (Movie Review: Click Here)

In the thick of massive expectations, S.S. Rajamouli never faltered to deliver an awe-inspiring film with his ambitious and novel acumen. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion only elevated the standards set by its predecessor and will continue to become the mother ship of Indian Cinema in terms of box office, film making, production design and visual effects. 

1. Vikram Vedha (Movie Review: Click Here)

Backed up by sheer acting skills of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy, top notch technical brilliance and intense background score, Vikram Vedha is definitely one of the best movies to be released this year and one of the finest Crime thriller made in Tamil Cinema Industry with deep characters.

-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)


1. First or Third? Which is More Exciting?

Imtiaz Ali had tried many times to cast Shah Rukh Khan in his earlier films but it did not happen. This film will mark the first time the two will be working together. This film was the third time Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma have worked together, the previous films being Rab Ne Bana De Jodi (2008) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), the former have been Sharma's acting debut.

2. A Much Better Title

The film's working title was 'The Ring' and was also rumored to have been changed 'Rahnuma'. After production on the film ended, the title was finalized as 'When Harry Met Sejal'.

3. Jab We Met to Jab Harry Met Sejal

Anushka Sharma says it was the fun-filled character of ‘Geet’ played by Kareena Kapoor Khan in Imtiaz Ali helmed “Jab We Met” that attracted her to the world of movies. The actress said that Jab Harry Met Sejal was the first movie to be offered to her by Imtiaz and she liked the idea so much that she accepted it immediately. “I have been waiting to work with Imtiaz for the longest time. I remember watching ‘Jab We Met’ in Bikaner with my parents and I felt this is an amazing film. Looking at the character of ‘Geet’ (essayed by Kareena Kapoor Khan) I felt I should be doing films.

4. First-Ever!? And I'm Not Kidding!

The actor has never gone clubbing earlier and it was an amazing experience to not only shoot for the song but also to promote in amidst an actual club.

Anushka shared, "This is literally the first time I think I have gone pub crawling." Shah Rukh Khan has given a range of party numbers, however, the actor too has not experienced the clubbing scene before. It was all because of Imtiaz Ali that he went on a club-hopping spree. Shah Rukh Khan shared that he couldn't go clubbing in Delhi as he didn't have the money then and after coming to Mumbai he became a celebrity.

5. Karaoke King

King Khan is seen karaoking for the first time on screen for the song 'Beech Beech Mein'. The actor took to the mic for the first time in his career.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB, Indian Express and ANI News.

Jab Harry Met Sejal: Movie Review - Click Here

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-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


Honorable Mentions - Split, John Wick: Chapter 2, Beauty and the Beast, Life, and Alien: Covenant.

5. War for the Planet of the Apes (Movie Review: Click Here)

Serving as the last installment of the coveted Planet of the Apes franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes is a solid conclusion for one of the best franchises in recent years. It is a masterfully directed emotional tale portraying the character of Caesar as a dad, leader and an emotive individual. Worth checking out!

War for the Planet of the Apes: Movie Posters - Click Here

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Movie Review: Click Here)

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fresh new take on the character of Spider-Man and is most definitely an enjoyable one to watch. The humor, action, and drama were all united perfectly in the film to make it one of the best movies of this Summer.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: Movie Posters - Click Here

3. Logan (Movie Review: Click Here)

Directed by James Mangold, Logan was the last interpretation by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and is filled with splendid direction, amazing performances, thrilling action sequences and it had everything to offer as a Rated-R action film. This is a great send-off for Hugh Jackman as the character of Wolverine and one of the best Wolverine films released till date.

2. Wonder Woman

Quoted as the most successful (critically and commercially) Female-Led Superhero Film till date, Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins deserves all the applause and accolades it's been receiving lately. From the storyline, action sequences to the direction and the acting from the lead cast, Wonder Woman excelled in every aspect and is one of the most unique and special Superhero film that we've ever witnessed.

Wonder Woman: Movie Posters - Click Here

1. Get Out

Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is without a doubt the surprise hit of the year. No one saw it coming! Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in the main leads, this psychological thriller is a perfect blend of dark comedy, drama, suspense and is surely an edge-of-the-seat thriller which is my #1 pick so far this year.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. 10,000 Hours!

Sachin Tendulkar is a global phenomenon who has captured the heart of the nation and is regarded as one of the greatest cricket sensation of all time.

Being a film based on the cricket sensation, the makers were keen to reveal unknown facts about him. More than 10,000 hours of archived footage was watched as a part of the research to make the film. All the videos of his cricket matches, his prep, his interviews, etc, were looked into to for the making of the film.

2. Arjun Tendulkar as the Young Tendulkar

As the makers were looking for someone who would have similar body language and mannerism like Sachin himself. So finally it was decided to cast Sachin’s son Arjun Tendulkar for the role.

3. Not a Single Penny!

The film is being produced by Sachin’s friend Ravi Bhagchandka and the Master Blaster was happy to give details of his glorious Journey without charging any fees.

4. The Match-Fixing Scandal

Sachin Tendulkar was known for reviving cricket for Indians after the match-fixing scandals that involved various international players will be a part of the biopic and is bound to bring back questions on Sachin Tendulkar quitting captaincy as well as the alleged involvement of Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin in the fixing gimmick. Even as Azharuddin’s own biopic highlighted various details about the match fixing scandal, fans cannot wait to hear Sachin’s side of the story in the time that was known to be a dark age for the Indian Cricket.

5. The Love Story

Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar have been extremely private about their relationship and have hardly ever spoken about the love story that led to marriage. Although Sachin has always mentioned that Anjali is his biggest support system and the reason he could reach heights in his career, the movie will finally give us all the details about the exact love story. Sachin and Anjali will be seen discussing various trivial life struggles, whether it is the balance between work and home or Sachin’s health issues. In a recent interview, Sachin confirmed that the movie will finally reveal his romantic side.

Sources and Writing Credits - News 18, and Postoast.

-Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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1. The First!

Half Girlfriend will be the first Indian movie which was shot inside the prestigious building of United Nations headquarters.

2. Sorry, Chetan!

When attempting the cinematic version of a bestselling book, filmmakers often take creative liberties, weaving in new elements or even changing the climax. For his next directorial venture, Half Girlfriend, Mohit Suri has 'eliminated' novelist Chetan Bhagat, who was a key character in the 2014 eponymous novel.

"Chetan asked me to make the movie, maybe because he thought I was the right person to convert the book to a film. (However) I have edited the narrator [Chetan] from my story. So, basically, I have cut Chetan's role from the film," says Mohit.

3. Really! One Year?

As per the trivia shared by Shraddha, Arjun and Mohit Suri, the director, we came to know that the music of the film took almost a year to be created.

Mohit Suri, who is known to have the best music in his films, apparently went a step ahead for this one. With this, we surely look forward to some amazing tunes to groove on and some soulful music to cherish the emotion of love.

4. Controversy!

While the music of Half Girlfriend is touted to be one of the key strengths of the Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor love story, it is also landing itself in a controversy. It all started with a print article though and lyricist Manoj Muntashir realized that he hadn’t been credited for the same, he expressed his displeasure publicly. Soon enough, he was also joined by composer Amaal Malik who chose to call a spade a spade. This was for one of the highlight songs of the Mohit Suri directed film, ‘Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga’, where composer Mithoon and singer Arijit Singh were acknowledged but Manoj was left out.

5. Longest Bollywood Song Ever?!

In his recent interviews, co-producer Chetan Bhagat, who has written the book it is based on shared an interesting trivia about the film on Twitter. He states that the film has the longest Hindi film song ever. Reports say that the song has broken the record of the 13-minute long song from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as the song in Half Girlfriend is 18 minutes long!

Director Mohit Suri approached the music composer Mithoon and lyricist Manoj Muntashir to produce the song. Muntasir was spotted by Suri years ago while he was narrating some of his early poems at a concert. Thereafter, Muntasir also worded the song 'Galiyan' from Suri's 2014 revenge drama Ek Villain. The rest of the album of Half Girlfriend is composed by Rishi Rich and Tanishk Bagchi, along with Mithoon. Unlike that song, the record-breaking number will be crooned by Arijit Singh. It will be played at a crucial juncture during the film. 

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1. Not a Sequel?!

In recent interviews, director Shashank Khaitan who directed HSKD as well revealed that contrary to popular belief, BKD is not a sequel to HSKD. He explained, “When I first wrote the story of Badrinath Ki Dulhania, I just had a story without a title. It was a pure heartland love story. Immediately after I narrated the script to Karan (Johar, producer), he told me there was nothing in common between this one and Humpty. The stories are connected  by themes of love and wedding, but it’s not a sequel.” He further revealed that it was the name of the lead character Badrinath Bansal that Karan Johar loved and suggested him to weave a title around it and “That’s how the franchise was born.”

2. Neat Pegs of Whiskey!

Varun is known for giving his best in every single scene of his, he showed up on the sets of BKD after gulping down a few pegs. The actor did this so that he could bring in more authenticity to his performance.

Varun Dhawan was apparently asked to act intoxicated for an emotional shot, for which he drank ‘neat’ pegs of whiskey. This method acting job by Varun says a lot about his seriousness. Revealing more details about the scene, an insider reportedly told a leading daily that the way Varun enacted this scene impressed the director Shashank Khaitan. Since Varun knew that he could give his best only after he got drunk, he did this.

3. Censor Board Strikes Again!

Just a week away from its release, BKD has been granted a U/A certificate by the Censor Board Of Film Certification. But the board has asked the producer of the film Karan Johar to get a Non-Objection Certificate from the matrimonial site

The name of the site has been cropped in the entire film and the CBFC has told the filmmaker to first submit an NOC from the concerned website and only then they will allow the makers to use the name or reference in Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

This move from the CBFC comes as a precautionary measure, as earlier a huge controversy was created for using brand names in two of the recent films. One was from which the makers had to remove .com and the other one was Jolly LLB 2 in which using the brand name Bata lend the makers into legal trouble.

4. New Locations! New Beginnings!

If you remember, HSKD was shot in Punjab and neighboring villages. This time, with Badrinath, the location has moved elsewhere. It will be interesting to see how the north flavor catches up with Varun and Alia. Director Shashank Khaitan confirmed that they have finalized Kota and Jhansi for the location of Badrinath.

5. Inspire!

The song Chalat Musafir Moh Liya song from the film Teesri Kasam (1966) which was inspired by a Bihari folk song has inspired many songs after that.

First, it was Pandeyji seeti from Dabangg composed by Sajid-Wajid. After that, the title track of the serial Bade Bhaiiyya Ki Dulhaniya was also inspired by the same song.

Now, the title song of Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya composed by Tanishk Bagchi and which is already a rage seems to be inspired by the Chalat Musafir song proving that old is gold.

Sources and Writing Credits - Bollywood Life, India TV News, DNA India, InUTH and Viral Plots.

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1. 1 Hour = 1 Crore

A successful box-office track record is what every artist in Bollywood cinema craves for, with all his three films (Airlift, Housefull 3 and Rustom) in 2016 crossing over the 100 crore box-office mark, the Bollywood Khiladi is now accepting a remuneration of 1 crore per day. Reportedly, Akki finished his entire shooting schedule for Jolly LLB 2 in a record setting 30 days, which is nothing less than remarkable.

2. Arshad or Akshay?

We all know that actor Akshay Kumar has replaced Arshad Warsi in the sequel of Jolly LLB and now the latter has said that he might do a cameo in the movie. Arshad also said that filmmaker Subhash Kapoor had asked him before roping in Akshay for the role.

“They (producers) kept debating either it’s Akshay Kumar (or me). I told them to go ahead with him.” “I think Akshay fits the bill. He has the capability of looking like an innocent person and yet be a dude on a bike. He can be a village or city man on screen, he pulls off everything. He was the better choice.” Arshad added.

3. Bliing Memories?!

The film includes the romantic track 'Bawra Mann', which features Akshay along with Huma Qureshi who plays his wife in the film. But what most don't know is that the song was originally made for Akshay's 2015 comedy 'Singh Is Bliing'. According to reports, the actor loved the track but couldn't use it in the Prabhudheva-directed movie as it didn't go with the slapstick comedy. So he promised 'Singh Is Bliing' producer Ashvini Yardi that he will use the song sometime in the future. And sure enough, Akshay stayed true to his word and used the number in 'Jolly LLB 2'. 'Bawra Mann' has been sung by Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan.

4. See You In Court!

With the film due for its release on February 10th, 2017, the Bombay High Court appointed a three-member committee to review the film following the allegations that it has made the legal and judicial system a laughing stock. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea against the Bombay High Court order of appointing a panel to review the film. A bench comprising of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said that they would hear the appeal of production house Fox Star Studios. 

Senior advocate A M Singhvi, representing the film's producer, said that the film has already been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification and the appointment of the panel by the Bombay High Court is not as per the law.

5. No Prepping!

Akshay Kumar, who has played different roles ranging from a gangster to a naval officer in his career, says that rather than preparing for a role himself, he believes in the director’s preparation.

“I don’t prepare myself for any role. I think my directors prepare more than me. I believe that I would not be able to compete with my director’s preparation because he is doing one film a year while I am doing more. Therefore, my common sense says that I only follow his preparation of the role for me. I don’t act smart in front of my director,” said Akshay.

In the forthcoming film Jolly LLB 2 Akshay plays a lawyer. The Khiladi star said director Subhash Kapoor had all the case files and had a clear idea how a courtroom should look like. “Everything was prepared. I just followed what he said and make sure I excel in that That’s the only preparation I did,” he added.

Sources and Writing Credits - India TV NewsIMDB, Times of India, NDTV Movies and Hindustan Times.

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1. Distribution Rights Bagged by a Fan Club

The Kerala distribution right of S3 is acquired by a fans club named “SINGAM GROUP THRISSUR” for a whopping amount of 45 crores. This is the first time in South Indian Film history that a film's distribution rights were bagged by a fan club.

2. More Money

S3 is said to be made on a huge budget of around 90 crores. It is the costliest film on the Singam Franchise.

3. Will Miss Erimalai

Actor Vivekh who did the role of Police officer Erimalai in Singam 1 and 2 has opted out of S3. When asked him about the reason for his withdrawal from the franchise, he said that he did not have a significant role to do in the film.

4. Rock Star Doesn't Rock Anymore?

Devi Sri Prasad (The Rock Star of Tollywood), who scored music for the first two installments, is not the music director for S3 anymore. He was first replaced by Anirudh Ravichander, who then opted out due to scheduling issues. Later the opportunity landed in the hands of Harris Jayaraj.

5. A Much Awaited Debut

The pilot turned Television actor turned Mr. World turned movie star Thakkur Anoop Singh makes his debut in S3 as the main antagonist. Hailing from Mumbai, he is a fitness freak and works out 3 times a day to maintain his physique. We are sure to see him flaunt his muscles in this film. Hope his debut goes well as he is a doing lot of homework to dub his dialogues in his own voice.

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1. You've Got 10 Minutes!

In his recent interviews, when asked about the process of narrating the script to SRK, director Rahul Dholakia said that he didn’t know how to approach SRK for the role, so he took director-producer-actor Farhan Akhtar along with him. On reaching Khan’s residence, Farhan and Rahul found out that he was on his way to an award function abroad. King Khan gave Rahul 10 minutes to pitch the first narration to him.

It so happened during the narration exercise that SRK was awed by the story. The 10 minutes allotted became 45 and the superstar wanted to know the rest of the story. He assured Rahul that he would essay the role of Miyan Bhai in the movie.

During the course of the conversation, SRK quizzed Rahul on why he thought the former fit the bill. To this, the ‘Parzania’ director said it was the only dialogue of the movie that let him believe SRK was perfect. To this, the 51-year old star was quick enough to point the dialogue would have been, ‘Baniye ka dimag aur Miyan Bhai ki daring’.

2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui Is Not The First Choice!?

After Farhan Akhtar opted out of the film, he approached Fardeen Khan to sign the film. Fardeen declined the role as he said he was taking a break from acting and would only return in a home production. That is when Nawazuddin was signed.

3. Based on a Real-Life Story?

Although, Rahul Dholakia continued to articulate that Raees is a fictional character, there are reports that Shah Rukh Khan even visited, more than once, Late Abdul’s son Mushtaq Sheikh. So, there cannot be any other reason for these visits but that the actor wanted to get as close to the character he was playing, as he could.

Latif’s bootlegging business was at its peak during the 80s in Popatiya Wad area of Gujarat. His business expanded over the years, foraying into gambling, extortion, contract killings, arms smuggling, and land dealings. He was also known for his connections with Dawood Ibrahim. He was arrested in 1995 in Delhi was followed by his encounter in November 1997. Police shot him dead when he tried to escape from jail.

4. Legal Trouble? Again!

There seems to be no end to the problems faced by Shah Rukh Khan's Raees.

While Khan managed to ensure his upcoming release would not be opposed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and its chief Raj Thackeray, a new court case might present a hurdle for the superstar.

According to reports — the son of Gujarat-based gangster Abdul Latif, on whom the character of Raees Aslam in SRK's film is allegedly based — has warned the makers of the film that he will approach the courts once the film is released. He had previously filed a Rs 100 crore defamation case in April against SRK, Dholakia, and Excel.

Possibly in a bid to avert legal complications, the Raees team had issued a statement clarifying that the film was not based on any person, living or dead. "It is an imagined crime thriller set against the backdrop of Gujarat,” the statement read.

Mushtaq's contention was the makers of the film met his family but never told them that Abdul Latif would be shown engaging in the flesh trade and using women to sell liquor (Latif rose to prominence as a bootlegger in Gujarat, a 'dry' state) in the film. It was only after watching the trailers of the film that Latif’s family realized that his image was being tarnished, Mushtaq has alleged.

5. Best of the Best!

One of the reasons why Raees trailer is looking different is its cinematography by KU Mohanan. A graduate from FTII, Mohanan has earlier worked on films including Don, Talaash and Miss Lovely. In an interview, Mohanan explained how the look of Raees evolved:

We did quite a few recces in old Ahmedabad before starting this film. We scouted almost all the areas in the city to get a feel of the place. Initially, we were supposed to shoot the film in Gujarat. However, due to various reasons, it couldn’t have been done. For instance, taking a star like Shah Rukh Khan to a place like Gujarat would have been a nightmare for the production house. So we decided to shoot the film mostly on sets in Mumbai. For that, we needed a lot of research. There is A fictitious place in Raees called Fatehpura. In my initial discussion with Rahul Dholakia, I was shown some beautiful pictures of a place that was around 160 kilometers from Ahmedabad. I can’t recollect the name of that place.

We stayed there around one week during our first recce. We walked around lanes and took pictures of old, interesting-looking buildings. We studied architecture and the kind of colour people use in their buildings. We used those photographs as reference for creating our sets and the whole facade of the film. Raees is very realistic but has a sense of modernity. We have shot the film in a very contemporary style. My sensibilities come from watching world cinema including European films. So, even though Raees is a commercial film, I have approached the film with a realistic cinematography.

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1. King Khan to Steal the Show?

Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan is all set to make a guest appearance in an intense climax scene of the film OK Jaanu. This will mark the second time where SRK and ARK were seen together on a silver screen. Reportedly, Karan Johar, who is a dear friend of SRK, convinced him to do a cameo during the final act of the film which is surely a powerhouse move.

2. Haunted!?

Shooting for OK Jaanu is quite an adventure for both ARK and Shraddha Kapoor, as the film's climax was shot in the wrecked surroundings of Mukesh Mills, which is known for its spooky conditions and eerie stories. Production designer Sharmishta Roy had converted the mill into a market street. A source from the unit admitted that the place did give them the shivers, but with the two ghostbusters around, there were no moments of real horror and thank God for that!

3. Can He Revive the Magic?

OK Jaanu will mark as the second Mani Ratnam film which Shaad Ali is remaking in Bollywood with the first film being Saathiya which was a blockbuster hit back in 2002. With a neoteric concept which revolves around, live-in relationships and struggles can Ali recreate the magic of its original? We should wait and see!

4. Bhaag!

Sometimes the presence of fans in the shooting spot can be cheerful and at times it can also be annoying. During the conclusive schedule of 'Ok Jaanu' in Ahmedabad, Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, who play the leads, had an overwhelming experience with their fans.

They were followed across their shooting locations in the city. According to a unit member, Aditya and Shraddha's fans had found out that they were expected to spend a few days shooting in the city, and had decided to follow them throughout their schedule. "On one such occasion, there were thousands of people outside the set, waiting till 2.30 am for their glimpse," adds the unit hand.

5. Biker for Life!?

ARK, reportedly had the most fun during his off-roading bike sessions in the shooting locations of his upcoming film OK Jaanu. “Aditya is a sheer bike lover and he had even purchased one Triumph a while back. He loves going off of for late night rides on the empty streets of Bombay. Once he gets some time off, he is even planning to take off somewhere far for off roads,” a spokesperson from the film said.

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5. Being On-Point

Director Neeraj Pandey was very meticulous when it comes to the locations of the film, the school which is shown in the trailer is the actual school of M.S. Dhoni and the same classrooms and fields have been used while filming.

4. Tax-Free

On a more positive side, the film has been declared tax-free in Dhoni's home state of Jharkhand. In a recent interview, Vijay Singh, the CEO of Fox Star Studios expressed his thoughts stating "Dhoni was born in Ranchi and that is where his journey began. We are extremely thrilled and thankful to the Jharkhand government, who are welcoming the film on Dhoni's life with such open arms."

3. The First and a Wise Choice?!

After watching the recently released promos and trailers, we all can come to an agreement that Sushant Singh Rajput was the perfect fit for playing the former Indian Test Captain. In a recent interview, Arun Pandey, who is the producer of the biopic stated that SSR was the first choice for the role. "The biggest challenge first was to convince Mahi about the film. And once he agreed, we started looking for a perfect face with equal talent. I was flying from somewhere one day and I watched Sushant's Kai Po Che in the flight. I saw him bowling, fielding and talking about cricket and I thought he could be the perfect man to play Mahi. Moreover, I wanted someone who's raw, hard-working and wants to deliver the essence on-screen."

2. The Widest Release Ever For An Indian Film

According to the recent media reports, this film is recorded as the widest release ever for an Indian film in 4,500 screens across 60 countries. Vijay Singh, who is also the producer of the film addressed that “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is going to be the widest release for any Indian film in India and internationally. It will also be the widest release for a Hindi film (dubbed) in Tamil and Telugu.”

However, “given the unprecedented demand for the movie worldwide, and the deadlines to deliver the film in all the languages, the Punjabi and Marathi language release will not happen.” “The movie will be the biggest ever release in terms of screen count in India and simultaneously in 60 international countries too, making it the widest (Ind0ian) release worldwide.”

1. Two Crores For All The Hard Work?!

I bet you're to know about how much an actor gets paid to work for a sure-shot blockbuster film. After offering an astounding amount of 45 crores from the producers to M.S. Dhoni for acquiring the license to make a film on his autobiography. My attention instantly shifted to SSR's pay for the film. Sources say that he is only been offered a surprising amount of 2 crores for the film which is not quite befitting if we compare to the amount of time and hard work that he devoted to the film.

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1. Finally!?

Launched back in 2002, the Raaz franchise (the first ever Bollywood franchise to make a fourth film) is finally coming to an end with Raaz: Reboot releasing in September 2016. Distinguished as one of the most popular horror movie franchise in Bollywood history, Raaz 3 went on to become one of the most profitable films in the franchise and the highest grossing film in Emraan Hashmi's career.

2. Based on Real-Life Incidents ?

In his recent promotional interviews for the film, Vikram Bhatt stated that Raaz: Reboot is inspired from few real-life incidents that happened in his very own life. The filmmaker remembered an incident happened to him in Thailand with an Indian based girl. “She reached out to me online and told me that her spirit guides had asked her to connect with me and help me. It was bizarre! I have yet to figure out how she knew about my inner turmoil. She even flew down and stayed here at her own expense and offered to teach me psychic meditation.”

The director also revealed that he has a history of speaking with spirits, “You have to become like a drain and then they come to you like water. Even when I consciously tried not to contact them, I was led to them. I’ve talked to spirits, I’ve even been rudely awakened by them.”

He went to say that the Raaz franchise initiated from these very own incidents, “My journey with Raaz began after these experiences with the spiritual realm. And now, with Raaz Reboot, I have drawn from my real experiences and encounters.”

3. She's Scared AF

The cute Bollywood newbie Kriti Kharbanda who is making her début with Raaz: Reboot this year specified about how terrified she was during the shooting schedules as she spent sleepless lights with lights on in her room during the night. "Forget doing a horror film, I have never even seen one whole film till date. I would either close my eyes or duck down so that I miss the scary bits. That's how I had even seen the first Raaz franchise." 

She also confessed, "I have slept with lights on in my room during the schedules. There were times when I'd call Krishna (director Vikram Bhatt's daughter) and tell her how freaked out I was."

4. An Eerie Experience On Set

While filming a solo scene in a secluded place in Romania, the atmosphere got soo dark and foggy that Kriti was not able to see anyone other than the mist. Fenced in with a perfect vibe, director Vikram Bhatt did not allow the camera to stop rolling and advised Kriti to continue with her lines. The moment he called 'cut', Kriti instantly ran towards the crew as she was truly terror-stricken with the ambience. 

A crew member reveals, "Kriti refused to be alone the rest of the evening. The ambience scared us too."

5. A Fascinating Franchise?

In a recent interview with the media, Emraan Hashmi revealed about why he finds the Raaz franchise fascinating and how excited he is for the last instalments release. 

“It is one of the genres that has a very different kind of reaction from the audience and I find it fascinating.” 

"It has a definite audience so that's the reason I am doing it. You don't expect a best actor award for horror films for sure but it's just the experience that matters," he said.

Sources - DNA India,, Times of India Entertainment and India TV News (Thanks)

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The 'Kala Chashma' fever is real.

1. A Much Better Pair? 

According to a whisper from the B-Town, rumour has it that Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone were the first choices to play the lead roles in the film. Now that Sidharth and Katrina are revered as one of the hottest couples in Bollywood, it would've been a lot more interesting to watch HR and DP for the first time on-screen.

2. Kala Chashma Fever

In behalf of the Kala Chashma fever catching all over the internet with the video song garnering over 70 million views on YouTube, the makers thought that it would be a good idea to place the cool pair of goggles from the original song in an auction. Now! You might think if people are people crazy enough to invest their hard-earned money into something which is quite asinine. According to few sources, they're already several requests placed online and on social media and an announcement about the auction is soon to be made.

3. Eye to Eye

In his recent interviews with the press, Sidharth was asked about his experience working with the sizzling Katrina Kaif and protagonist replied "We didn’t know each other, we had only met socially. Workshops helped us know each other. She (Katrina) has a good story about how she got lost in my eyes during the workshop. And that was it. She got very distracted after that. On the first day, we had to sit across each other and just stare into each other’s eyes for the longest time."

4. Bra Matt Dekho?

Well, things quite didn't go as planned for the Baar Baar Dekho crew as their film was denied certification until an ‘offensive shot of a woman’s brasserie’ is removed from the editor's cut and naturally the BBD team was discontented with the resulted. A spokesperson from the film crew specified to the media that “We don’t live in times where women’s innerwear is never spoken of in public. In fact, even as late as 1995, there was a scene featuring Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Moreover, BBD is directed by a woman (Nitya Mehra). To assume she’d use the lingerie scene for titillation is absurd.”

5. A Gentleman + A Tomboy = Cutest Couple Ever?

During the promotions of the film, the supporting actress Sayani Gupta expressed her feelings about Sid and Kat stating that they look cute and they had a great time while working on the film. She also detailed that “Sid is very sweet. He is a very good boy, he is really a gentleman and very chivalrous by the book.

“With Kat, this is the second film I am working on. She is really like a tomboy and we get along well. Sid, Kat and I used to go around and eat in restaurants of Scotland. They are super fun and really gorgeous people.” 

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5. Sohail Khan's - "Freaky Ali"

Release Date: September 9th, 2016 | Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Reasons to be excited about: Directed by Sohail Khan and inspired by the 1996 Hollywood film "Happy Gilmore", Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the only reason why I'm greatly excited for this film. Moreover, judging by the early trailers, this film looks like an amusing fun ride garnered with many entertaining aspects of love, comedy and drama.
4. Vikram Bhatt's - "Raaz: Reboot"

Release Date: September 16th, 2016 | Starring:  Emraan Hashmi and Kriti Kharbanda.

Reasons to be excited about: Billed as the fourth film in the franchise, Raaz: Reboot continued to excite me for few reasons including the music, trailers and especially the cinematography. With Raaz 3 failing both critically and commercially, will this film sustain and rejuvenate the franchise? Let's see!

3. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's - "Pink"

Release Date: September 16th, 2016 | Starring: Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu.

Reasons to be excited about: With the storyline centred on three teenage girls getting molested by a bunch of hooligans. This courtroom drama has the capacity to garner the same amount of success as Talash which was a sleeper hit last year. In conjunction with Amitabh Bachchan's amazing performance, this film might surprise the audience with its riveting and inspiring storyline. So, hoping for the best!

2. Nitya Mehra's - "Baar Baar Dekho"

Release Date: September 9th, 2016 | Starring: Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra.

Reasons to be excited about: Starring Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif in the leads, Nitya Mehra's "Baar Baar Dekho" had already been well-received in the B-Town generally because of its chartbuster single "Kala Chasma" and the refreshing trailer. Sidharth and Katrina look like a unique attractive couple and it should be very interesting to watch them on the big screen.

1. Neeraj Pandey's - "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story"

Release Date: September 30th, 2016 | Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput.

Reasons to be excited about: Narrating the "untold" story of our beloved Indian Cricket Team Captain M.S. Dhoni. This film will be an intriguing watch not only because of the fact that it revisits the life of our cherished cricketer as a kid and as a teenager but it also has SSR in the lead role who seemed to have nailed the body language and mannerisms of MS Dhoni flawlessly.

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1. Hard Work With No Ice Cream

Salman Khan is known for his tranquil and laid back attitude behind the scenes on the movie sets. When director Ali Abbas Zafar was questioned about Salman's backstage preparation. Abbas replied “He (Salman) was not laid back at all. On paper, he knew he can’t afford to be laid back as he had to work hard for this film as he is racing against a steam engine...In wrestling, weight goes up and down. Physically, this film has been very challenging.”

“Only on hard days he used to say can I have an ice cream... But the day he was done he had four ice creams,” Zafar added.

2. Anushka's Six Crucial Weeks

In the recent film promotional events, Anushka Sharma who is playing the role of a female wrestler in the film revealed that she prepared for the role in less than six weeks. When asked about her training sessions, she stated the following, ''Those six weeks were crazy; I would be training in the morning, shooting in Film City and then coming back to Yash Raj studios for more training. People have this perception that wrestlers are huge, but when I researched about them, I realised that female wrestlers have toned bodies but are not necessarily big and I had to develop that toned physique for the role too.'' 

3. Bhaijaan for the Aid?

Although he was just sporting a cameo role, Salman Khan was clearly unhappy with the screen time allotted for Randeep Hooda's character in the film. An anonymous source added that “Even though he is doing a cameo, some of his portions were edited out so that the film doesn’t become unnecessarily long. But Salman asked the makers to retain most of his scenes and they have agreed to his proposal.”

4. Arjit Singh vs Salman Khan

After a lengthy facebook post by Arjit Singh which was directed towards Salman Khan and his involvement for replacing Arjit's song by 'Jag Ghoomeya' sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Salman Khan cleared all the air in his recent interviews and said the following “People come and sing and it’s the director and producer who make the choice of who is going to be the best voice for the film.” 

“One voice was mine as well but that was also rejected. There is no need to get so upset and so hurt. This is life.”

So is Bhaijaan still upset over the fact that Arjit unintentionally mocked him in an award show back in 2014? Maybe!

5. A Family-Friendly Film?

Following few crazy protests from the public and the film association with Udta Punjab earlier last month, the censor board cleared Sultan with absolutely zero cuts and with a U/A certificate. So, how well will this family-friendly film do at the box office? We have to wait and see!

Sources - The Hindu, Movie Talkies, India TV, Desiblitz and Deccan Chronicle (Thanks)

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5. Rajeev Jhaveri's - "Fever"

Release Date: July 22nd, 2016 | Starring: Rajeev Khandelwal and Gauhar Khan.

Reasons to be excited about:  If we take a look at the track record of Rajeev Khandelwal, they're few interesting films in his résumé like Table No. 21 and Shaitan that are more contemporary and offbeat. His upcoming film Fever also falls under the same class and resembles more of the Hollywood film The Bourne Identity. Giving the benefit of the doubt, this film has all the traits and attributes to present something diverse and entertaining. So, let's wait and see.

4. Indra Kumar's - "Great Grand Masti"

Release Date: July 22nd, 2016 | Starring: Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Urvashi Rautela.

Reasons to be excited about: Billed as the third film in the successful comedy franchise 'Masti'. Great Grand Masti is the sequel of Grand Masti which was a commercial hit back in 2013 by nearly garnering 100 crores and that's a lot of money. Advancing with the same success formula that is 'raunchy comedy', let's hope that this film concludes the trilogy on a strong note other than turning out to be a catastrophe like Mastizaade.

3. Nishikant Kamat's - "Madaari"

Release Date: July 15th, 2016 | Starring: Irrfan Khan and Jimmy Shergill.

Reasons to be excited about: Inspired by true events, the two main reasons why I'm excited about the film are Irrfan Khan and the premise that involves a kidnap of the home minister's son. With the recent trailer already capturing my attention, I cannot wait to see this film that has all the potential to be another surprise hit like Talvar which released last year.

2. Rohit Dhawan's - "Dishoom" | Movie Review: Click Here

Release Date: July 29th, 2016 | Starring: John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Reasons to be excited about: Crammed with an impressive star cast, this film looks like a fun buddy cop entertainer with ridiculous action scenes and a captivating storyline. It should be more interesting to watch the chemistry between John Abraham and Varun Dhawan as the interaction between them in the trailers looked amusing. And inserting a star actress like Jacqueline Fernandez in the mix takes this film one step closer from being a blockbuster.

1. Ali Abbas Zafar's - "Sultan" | Movie Review: Click Here

Release Date: July 6th, 2016 | Starring: Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma

Reasons to be excited about: Topping this month's list was one of my most anticipated movies of this summer not only because it's a 'Bhai' film but also because of the fact it's based on wrestling which I've been following since my childhood. With Salman and Anushka both playing diverse characters that were often not seen in a Bollywood film, I really hope that Ali Abbas Zafar doesn't mess up this time like he did for his previous film Gunday. Let's wish that Salman Khan continues his success streak for Eid.

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1. The "Method" Actor

While preparing for his role and after losing 18 kgs in 28 days, Randeep Hooda even went a bit too further by imprisoning himself in a jail cell with his hands trapped inside a manacle which is around 2.5 kgs. He also wrote letters sitting in his bathroom with his hands restricted.

2. Going with an Open Mind

In the process of organising her role for the film, Aishwarya Rai only followed the narration and the vision that director Omung Kumar provided her and decided not to meet the real-life Dalbir Kaur.

In a recent interview, the 42-year-old actress had this to say to the reporters “We (Dalbir and me) don’t look the same but Omung Kumar (director) was clear he wanted me to do it. We had Dalbirji on board, for referencing of her role we had media which had documented things about her... So we took that to gauge mannerisms. I have not spent time with her before shooting for the film... I did not meet her in advance.” 

3. Miss World Went Unrecognizable?

Talking about Aishwarya's character transformation, director Omung Kumar stated that one of his major challenges was to make Aishwarya 'not' look like Aishwarya Rai in the film. He continued to say that she's even more surprised when she looked herself in the mirror with grey hair, wrinkles and glasses.

Explaining further about Ash's character, Omung Kumar told that "Maybe one day I will make a film that will showcase the beautiful woman Ash is, but Sarbjit was a film that went beyond looks and glamour to focus on grit. My biggest triumph was when fans came to the Wagah Border or the India Gate for Ash’s autograph and failing to recognise her, would start looking around for her,” he laughs.

4. Loyal to the Source Material

When asked about the 'actuality' of the film, Omung Kumar specified that he didn't take any leeway when it comes to the source material. He detailed that "We made this film with our heart and what (Sarabjit's sister) Dalbir told us we followed exactly that way.

"Emotions run high because if you see the videos you will know and I wanted to capture that and this is what I was looking for. We know about Sarabjit through Dalbir and we had stayed true to the story not changed anything so it's true to the facts."

5. On a Personal Level

While discussing his historic role during the press interviews, Randeep Hooda shared to the public about how the character affected him on a personal level. He told, "Everybody thought I was an ass... everybody around me just had enough of me... it somewhere has affected me. There is a certain sense of gloom that has come about since this movie."

I have to keep telling myself, that 'look, you did not go through 23 years of your life in prison, you did not go through all that hardship, you did not go through solitary confinement', that is something that I have to keep reminding myself."

Sources - Hindustan Times, Pinkvilla, KoiMoi, Business Standard and Zee News India (Thanks)

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5. Tinu Suresh Desai's - "1920 London"

Release Date: May 6th, 2016 | Starring:  Sharman Joshi and Meera Chopra.

Reasons to be excited about: Following the success of its predecessors, 1920 London will be the third film in the highly popular horror movie franchise "1920". In the midst of low expectations and less belief on the film crew, this film has every potential to convert into an awful disaster or a surprising sleeper hit of 2016. Let's hope that it doesn't disappoint. 

4. Ram Gopal Varma's - "Veerappan"

Release Date: May 27th, 2016 | Starring: Sandeep Bharadwaj and Lisa Ray.

Reasons to be excited about: RGV, whose one of the most divisive directors of India directing a biopic about Veerappan is a compelling enough argument to get excited about this film. But Varma, who had a good track record in the past for directing biopics and real-life stories like "Rakta Charitra" and "The Attacks of 26/11" will play a primary role in this film's success. The realistic vibe and his intense film-making skills will reinforce this movie's potency and hopefully becomes a memorable docudrama of India's most notorious bandit.

3. Anuradha Menon's - "Waiting"

Release Date: May 27th, 2016 | Starring: Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin.

Reasons to be excited about: With a lighthearted vibe, soothing music and two of the most finest actors in Bollywood working together, this film has the ability to get some overwhelming response like Piku did from last year. It'll also be interesting to watch how director Anu Menon will approach to this intriguing subject as her previous directorial "London Paris New York" opened to a terrible response.

2. Omung Kumar's - "Sarbjit"

Release Date: May 20th, 2016 | Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, and Richa Chaddha.

Reasons to be excited about: Watching Aishwarya Rai and Randeep Hooda tearin' it up in the trailers and with an astounding plot that portrays a 23-year struggle of a sister to free his brother from Pakistan, this film could actually be one of the top films of 2016 if it's not overly dramatized for emotional purposes. Director Omung Kumar committed a major mistake with his previous film "Mary Kom" where he overdid everything and commercialized the film. If he doesn't repeat the same mistake again, Sarbjit will be a sure-shot success.

1. Tony D'Souza's - "Azhar"

Release Date: May 13th, 2016 | Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri, and Prachi Desai.

Reasons to be excited about: Based on the life of India's most controversial cricket player Mohammad Azharuddin. This movie will be interesting to watch for many reasons including the crazy truth behind the cricket betting scandal and his heated relationships that caught a lot of media attention. Starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead role, this film certainly had my curiosity from the get-go and is one of my most anticipated films for the month of May.

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Top 5 Tollywood Movies So Far in 2016

Nearly four months into an ecstatic new year, we've seen and witnessed  many Tollywood films like the super-giant failures like Sardaar Gabbar Singh, Dictator, and Speedunnodu and few average-yet-entertaining movies like Soggade Chinni Nayana, Nenu Sailaja, and Kalyana Vaibhogame. 

But, here are the films that made into my Top 5 list not only due to the fact that I enjoyed watching them but also due to the diversity that they had inside which made me connect more than everything else. Then again, this list is only just based on my opinion and with that being said here are the Top 5 Tollywood Movies So Far in 2016.

5. Krishna Gadi Veera Prema Gaadha

From love, comedy to action this film had everything inclined towards it and all credits to director Hanu Raghavapudi for making a good entertaining commercial movie and at the same time making sure that it doesn't feel repetitive or tedious to the viewer. And I'm always delightful to watch Nani get back on the track making some good movies that were financially successful. 

4. Express Raja (Movie Review: Click Here)

Blazing through an amazing track record, Express Raja was the third hit in a row for Sharwanand and he totally deserves all the success. Director Merlapaka Gandhi's remarkable direction and screenplay, the hilarious comedic sequences, and the wholesome fresh music made this film a lot better and enjoyable and proved to be a commercial success going against few behemoths like Nannaku Prematho and Dictator.

3. Oopiri

Oopiri worked as a reminder for all the Tollywood fans that non-commercial family entertainers prevail in this modern era and surprising all of them with a contemporary and a poignant storyline. Karthi's amusing persona and Nagarjuna's noteworthy performance accompanied with Gopi Sundar euphonious music made this film a heartwarming fun ride for all the moviegoers.

2. Nannaku Prematho (Movie Review: Click Here)

Sukumar's astounding screenplay, NTR's incredible performance, and DSP's mellifluous music were few of the key elements in this movie's success. Bringing together a non-commercial action-thriller genre to the big screen and collaborating it with few commercial moments made NNP one of the unique thrillers in recent years and proved that a big hero can make a contemporary film and still be successful.

1. Kshanam

With an overwhelming critical response, Kshanam is undoubtedly one of the best movies so far in 2016. Adivi Sesh's spellbinding story and screenplay and the incredible direction by Ravikanth Perepu left me with awe throughout the entire movie. And also, the amazing use of every single character and the startling performances from the complete cast made this film a mesmerizing sleeper hit that deserves a lot more spotlight.

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1. Humble and Amiable 

During the promotional interviews of her upcoming movie Fan, Waluscha De Sousa who was playing the female lead in the film had few nice things to say about Shah Rukh Khan. She stated that “He’s (SRK) so calm and dedicated, once he is on the sets, it’s just the film, everything else takes a backseat.” 

SRK is also a sympathetic person when it comes to making his co-stars feel comfortable. The model turned actress had this to say about the Superstar when she felt a bit too nervous on the sets, “He just looked at me calmly as if to say, don’t worry, I have all the time in the world. Fumble as many times as you want because that’s the only way to learn.” 

2. Not the First Time

This is not the first time Shah Rukh Khan and Waluscha De Sousa shared the screen together. They worked in few advertisements before and the Hyundai Xcent ad was one of the notable ones.

3. Oscar Approved

Three-time Academy Award winner Greg Cannom who worked for many popular films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button developed the Shah Rukh Khan's 20-year old look in the film. 

4. Remembering Yash Chopra

The idea and premise of the film were first narrated to Shah Rukh Khan by the late great Yash Chopra ten years ago. During a recent interview on a tv comedy show, "Comedy Nights Bachao" SRK said the following "Very few people know that the concept of FAN was first narrated to me by Yashji about 10 years ago. While I was excited to explore the idea back then, for some reason it never happened. Today, I’m glad we could bring his idea to life."

5. 2015 Independence Day Weekend Release

Did you know that Fan was initially slated to hit the theaters on the Independence weekend of 2015? However, the makers postponed to the release the film in early 2016 after realizing that the VFX work is taking more time than expected. The crew wanted to give a never-seen-before VFX experience to the audience as Shah Rukh Khan specifically went to the United States of America for his digital 3D face scanning. 

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Amid much fanfare Prakash Jha's Jai GangaaJal is releasing this Friday on March 4th, 2016. The movie stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role and Prakash Jha, Manav Kaul as the supporting actors. Here are the five interesting facts about the movie.

5. A Surprise Debut

Jai GangaaJal will mark as the first acting debut for director Prakash Jha as he will be playing the character named BN Singh, an admired police officer and a reliable compadre of Priyanka Chopra.

4. The First and Last Choice

Casting the protagonist of the film didn't seem to like to be a big challenge for Prakash Jha as he specified that “Priyanka was the first and last choice for the film.” Hopefully, I wish it turns out to be a wise decision.

3. Legal Trouble

In a touchy and quick-tempered world, the three-term BJP MLA Nitin Navin from Bankipore Assembly seat filed a petition against the movie stating that his reputation was blemished due to the negative portrayal of his alleged character. The Patna High Court issued notices to film-maker Prakash Jha and his production company due to this reason.

2. Inspired by Several Real-Life Experiences

During his recent movie promotional interviews, Prakash Jha stated that the story of Jai GangaaJal is inspired by the real-life experiences of several police officers as he had visited 52 police stations located in Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh before writing the script for the film.

1. From GangaaJal to GangaaJal 2 (Jai GangaaJal)

Here's why copyright is one of the most petrifying components in today's world. When Prakash Jha directed GangaaJal back in 2003, it was released under the banner Entertainment One India Limited which is controlled by Manmohan Shetty. Several years later, Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt Ltd owned Manmohan Shetty's company and hence earned the rights for GangaaJal. Back in 2014, when Prakash Jha announced the production date for GangaaJal 2, the film faced a roadblock by Reliance claiming that the rights of the film belong to their company. 

Left with no option, Jha simply renamed the movie as Jai GangaaJal and publicly stated that the 2016 film is not a sequel for GangaaJal quoting it as a "fresh new script."

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1. Shakun Batra's - "Kapoor & Sons"

Release Date: March 18th, 2016 | Starring: Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan.

Reasons to be excited about: From the director Shakun Batra who brought us "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" (Yeah! That was not a compelling start). But the striking and the unique cast, catchy music and the alluring vibe of the film elevates my excitement level and it surely looks like a fun enticing entertainer.

2. Prakash Jha's - "Jai Gangaajal"

Release Date: March 4th, 2016 | Starring: Priyanka Chopra

Reasons to be excited about: Introduced as a sequel to the 2003 crime drama "Gangaajal" and with Priyanka Chopra in the lead role, this film certainly looks it presents us with an empowering woman character and it's also directed by Prakash Jha who made many well-received movies in the past. So the talent is always present on Jai Gangaajal's corner for being an inspiring and a powerful film.

3. Nishikant Kamat's - "Rocky Handsome"

Release Date: March 25th, 2016 | Starring: John Abraham and Shruti Haasan.

Reasons to be excited about: Adapted from a Korean film "The Man from Nowhere". "Rocky Handsome" brings together director Nishikant Kamat and John Abraham for the second time, as they worked together for the film "Force" in 2011. Known for his singular preference in films, John Abraham, and the riveting trailers were the only reasons why I'm excited about this film. Judging by the hype and the vibe they're certainly more chances for this film to fail than succeed. But, let's hope for the best.

4. Mozez Singh's - "Zubaan"

Release Date: March 4th, 2016 | Starring: Vicky Kaushal and Sarah Jane Dias.

Reasons to be excited about: The unpredicted impetuous factor will play a major role in this film's success as it has hall all the tools to surprise and become a sleeper hit. And it's also coming from the producers of "The Lunchbox" and "Masaan". So!?

5. Shawn Arranha's - "Teraa Surroor"

Release Date: March 11th, 2016 | Starring: Himesh Reshammiya and Farah Karimi.

Reasons to be excited about: Well, watching Himesh Reshammiya in the lead role may not be a compelling aspect to consider. But his films were always bolstered with some good music. So, hopefully, I hope we don't get to see a disaster.

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Fitoor is the third film for the critically acclaimed director Abhishek Kapoor and is the first time we get to see Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif together as a couple on a silver screen. As Tabu and Aditi Rao Hydari fill in the supporting cast category, Amit Trivedi, who is well-known for films like Udaan and Dev D scored the music for the film.

Here are the Five Burning Questions that I comprehend that were on the minds of every Bollywood movie fanatic.

5. Will Amit Trivedi's music play a major part in the film?

Arguably one of the most underrated music director in Bollywood, Amit Trivedi's music is the major clout for this film. The recently released music album of the movie created fad among the fans already. And the question is, how well will the music transact into the storyline and the characters? It all depends on the director, we should wait and see. 

4. Will Tabu steal the show again? 

Reinforced with her recent show-stealing performances in Haider and Drishyam, Tabu brings the experience and proficiency every time she's in a film. With her stupendous ability to act, Tabu never disappoints when given a brief role with scope and dialogue. 

Let's all hope that she gives a strong and a memorable performance without overshadowing the lead actors. 

3. Can Katrina Kaif prove her doubters wrong with her acting skills? 

Criticized consistently for her inferior and impassive acting skills, they're only a handful amount of times where Katrina Kaif was applauded for her performance in a film. 

What looks like an equitable moment, Kaif's character (Firdaus) in the film might give her the proper basis to display her ability to act and prove all the skeptics wrong. You might argue that she doesn't even have the talent to act, but, you never know. So far, her scenes in the trailers hardly impressed me. But, let's wait till we watch the movie before writing her off.

2. Will the unusual pairing of Aditya and Katrina impress?

Remember your thoughts when you first saw Aditya and Katrina together as a couple in the trailers? They were quite baffling, aren't they? Both the esteemed Bollywood actors certainly have the stature to fit in their characters, but it should be interesting to watch the chemistry between the lead pair and how well will they sway all our hearts with splendor.

1. Will it be a hat-trick success for Abhishek Kapoor?

Abhishek Kapoor directed two completely different films before, Rock On !! and Kai Po Che, which were received positively by the audience. With an impressive track record and the skill to introduce memorable characters, tell a poignant story and overall make an admirable film, Fitoor definitely looks like a sure-shot hat-trick success for Abhishek Kapoor.

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1. Shakthi Sounder Rajan’s - “Miruthan”

Release Date: February 12th, 2016 | Starring: Jayam Ravi

Reasons to be excited about: There are few directors who explore different genres and Shakthi Sounder Rajan is one of them. Miruthan is touted to be the first Zombie movie ever made in Tamil Cinema Industry. The movie has created enough hype already with its captivating trailer. All we need to do is wait for it.

2. Vetrimaran’s – “Visaranai” 

Release Date: February 5th, 2016 | Starring: Dinesh, Anandhi, Murugadoss, and Samuthirakanni.

Reasons to be excited about: Vetrimaran is back after five long years with “Visaranai”, a crime thriller based on the novel “Lock Up”, written by M. Chandra Kumar, an auto-rickshaw driver in Coimbatore. The film was premiered on “72nd Venice Film Festival” where it won "Amnesty International Italia Award". The film is based on certain true happenings and deals with police brutality and corruption. People who had watched the première show had said the film is intense, dark and to be avoided by weak heart people.

3. Bommarillu Bhaskar’s - “Bangalore Naatkal”

Release Date: February 5th, 2016 | Starring: Arya, Sri Divya, Bobby Simhaa, Rana Daggubati, Parvathy, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Raai Laxmi.

Reasons to be excited about: It’s the official remake of super-hit Malayalam movie “Bangalore Days”. Having on board an ensemble list of talented actors, the movie is high on the expectation meter. From the trailer, we could guess that the movie would definitely recreate the magic of its original. Beautiful cinematography and euphonious music are the other aspects that grabbed my attention. 

4. Nalan Kumarasamy’s – “Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum”

Release Date: February 12th, 2016 | Starring: Vijay Sethupathy and Madonna Sebastian.

Reasons to be excited about: Nalan Kumarasamy of the blockbuster “Soodhu Kavvum” fame, versatile actor Vijay Sethupathy, boys heartthrob Madonna Sebastian (Celine of Malayalam-hit “Premam” fame), Santhosh Narayanan’s background score and songs are the reasons to be excited about “Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum”. And what not, Valentine’s Day weekend makes the film more festive.

5.  Deeraj Vaidy’s – “Jil Jung Juk”

Release Date: February 12th, 2016 | Starring: Siddharth and Sanath Reddy.

Reasons to be excited about: The movie has the most underrated actor in the industry, Siddharth, teaming up with newcomer Deeraj Vaidy for yet another different genre movie. Another intriguing aspect of the movie is that it does not have any female leads, who are forcefully added to the scripts. In addition to that, the impressive music by Vishal Chandrasekhar and the stunning cinematography by Shreyas Krishna are few of the reasons why you must be excited about “Jil Jung Juk”.

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Hey, Friends! 2015 was a great year for the most of us. And it’s time to revisit 2015 to look at the movies that we immensely enjoyed in the theatres.

Here I have picked up 5 films that we all would have surely loved and appreciated. If you haven’t watched anyone of these films, I recommend watching them, cause they're worth your time.

I have prepared this list based on my taste in films. If you didn’t like anyone of these movies, that's fine by me. Remember, opinions differ!

Honourable Mentions - Shankar’s – I, Ramesh Aravind’s – Uttama Villain, Anu Charan’s – Kirumi,  and A.G.Amid’s - Rajathandhiram.

5. Ravikumar’s – "Indru Netru Naalai" (Movie Review: Click Here)

Indru Netru Naalai is one of the well-made sci-fi film in Tamil Cinema Industry with a minimal use of scientific reference and made the movie enjoyable. Though the film's script looks complicated, it’s convincing and highly entertaining. Hip Hop Tamizhan’s music and background score remained as a big plus for this movie.

4. Rosshan Andrrews’s – "36 Vayadhinile"

36 Vayadhinile, the official remake of a Malayalam movie “How old are you?” marks the comeback of the “Queen of Kollywood” Jyothika to Tamil Cinema after eight long years. Without spoiling the essence of the original, Jyothika carried the entire movie on her shoulder. With her expressions alone, she makes us laugh, cry and think seriously about the conveyed message. She totally hit the bull’s eye with a perfect comeback movie.

3.  Bramma’s – "Kuttram Kadithal"

Directed by a debutant, Kuttram Kadithal is a cult classic discussing how a small mistake could change the life of many people. It also portrays a strong message about the society and how certain things are falsely contemplated and misjudged. 

2. Manikandan’s – "Kaaka Muttai" (Movie Review: Click Here)

This film beautifully illustrates the life of slum dwellers through the lead cast and explains what globalization has to do with poor people. With a crisp narration of 110 minutes, Kaaka Muttai gives the satisfaction of watching a film of international standard. Such a flamboyant movie that isn’t to be missed.

1. Mohan Raja’s – "Thani Oruvan"

Known for remaking Telugu movies, ‘Jeyam’ fame Mohan Raja came out of his comfort zone for the first time to make this action thriller. With a hefty plot and a cleverly written screenplay that is deep, intense and well-crafted characters, Mohan Raja and his team of technicians delivered this commercial entertainer that is interesting, intriguing and impactful.

Yesteryear actor Arvind Swamy gave the biggest comeback of this year and his portrayal as Siddhart Abhimanyu is the most talked and admired character of this year. He stole the show with his acting skills and clever wit. Hip Hop Tamizhan’s music and songs elevated this film to a whole new level and gives us the satisfaction of watching a worthy action thriller.

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1. Abhishek Kapoor's - "Fitoor"

Release Date: February 12th, 2016 | Starring: Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, and Tabu.

Reasons to be excited about: Nearly after two years of anticipation, Fitoor have plentiful things in its backpack which we should be excited about. The lovely pairing of Aditya and Katrina, Amit Trivedi's sweet-sounding music and the impressive track record for Abhishek Kapoor as a director were few significant aspects of this love saga. And I certainly believe that this film will become one of the best movies of 2016. 

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2. Ram Madhvani's - "Neerja"

Release Date: February 19th, 2016 | Starring: Sonam Kapoor.

Reasons to be excited about: Based on a true-life story of a young flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, the film revolves around the factual hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan. Starring Sonam Kapoor in the lead role, it should be very interesting to watch how she performs in a vital role that is never been portrayed on a big-screen. 

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3. Hansal Mehta's - "Aligarh"

Release Date: February 26th, 2016 | Starring: Rajkummar Rao and Manoj Bajpai.

Reasons to be excited about: Bolstered with a skilled star cast and based on a true life story. Aligarh is directed by Hansal Mehta, the same guy who brought us a critical darling like Shahid and few disasters such as Woodstock Villa and Citylights. Rao and Bajpai's performances will play a prominent role in this film's success and I hope this turns out well and benefits both critically and commercially.

4. Divya Khosla Kumar's - "Sanam Re"

Release Date: February 12th, 2016 | Starring: Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, and Urvashi Rautela.

Reasons to be excited about: The lovely pairing of two of my favorite young actors Pulkit Sharma and Yami Gautam is the only reason why Sanam Re grasped my attention. In addition to that, the mellifluous music and the beautiful cinematography are few of the reasons why Sanam Re must be in your watchlist. 

5. Vaibhav Misra's - "Loveshhuda"

Release Date: February 19th, 2016 | Starring: Girish Kumar and Navneet Kaur Dhillon.

Reasons to be excited about: Starring Girish Kumar (whom you might remember from his début film "Ramaiya Vastavaiya) in the lead role. The contemporary premise and the buoyant music made the film look entertaining at least on the trailers. Hope it translates the same on the big screen.

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Top 5 Reasons To Be Excited About AIRLIFT

Engaged with a passionate patriotic spirit, Airlift starring Akshay Kumar and Nirmat Kaur is ready to hit the theatres this Friday. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to be Excited About the Film.

5. Nirmat Kaur

Following her astounding performance in the 2013 surprise hit "The Lunchbox", Airlift will be the next big feature film for Nirmat opposite to Akshay Kumar, and I honestly feel that she will stand out as one of the best aspects of the entire film.

4. The Patriotic Vibe

It's no coincidence that this film is releasing right before Republic Day, it was all planned. Airlift has that fervid patriotic vibe all around it and will certainly motivate everybody with its stimulating and poignant subject. 

3. A 'Never Seen Before' Spectacle

Although these events took place back in the 90's, this subject was never transpired to a silver screen. So, it should be very interesting to watch how Raja Krishna Menon tackled this sensitive arduous storyline which is quite challenging to portray within a 124-minute runtime.

2. Based on True Life Events

Y'all know that this film is based on a true life event that happened back in the 1990's during the Persian Gulf War that involved moving all the Indian expatriates from Kuwait and Iraq to India and is believed to be the largest civilian evacuation in history. The operation lasted 59 days and a total of 170,000 people were evacuated to Mumbai in 488 flights and with a distance of 4,117 km. Air India holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people evacuated by a civil airline as a result of this effort.

1. Akshay Kumar

From Special 26 to Baby and now Airlift, Akshay Kumar had been super successful for the past two years in making splendid patriotic movies and releasing them before Republic Day. Special 26 and Baby garnered tremendous critical and commercial response and there is no denying the fact that Akshay Kumar played a huge part for those movies success. Airlift is no different.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) and Chinmay Chawade (@ChinmayChawade)



2015 had been a great year for smaller budget movies, few movies like Masaan and Titli transpired to be poignant and impactful and few others like Qissa and Margarita with a Straw remained potent and spectacular. 

But they're only a few movies that peaked my interest and enthralled me as a viewer even after watching them 2-3 times, I consider those movies as my favourites and here are my Top 5 picks of 2015.

But hey, y'all know that this is just my opinion right? Your list might completely be diverse when compared to mine and that's fine by me. So, scroll down and find out if your favourite movies made the cut or not.

Honourable Mentions: NH 10BabyBajrangi Bhaijaan 

1. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

Popularly termed as an Indian version of Sherlock Holmes, Byomkesh Bakshy perfected everything on a thriller movie standpoint. The gripping screenplay and direction from Dibakar Banerjee and the compulsive performances from Rajput and Neeraj Kabi easily made Byomkesh Bakshy my favourite film of the year.

2. Talvar

Based on real-life events, Talvar was one of those movies that kept getting better and better every time I watch. The commendable and incredible direction from the debutant Meghna Gulzar, the captivating storyline and the show-stealing performance from Irrfan Khan made Talvar one of the riveting thrillers of 2015.

3. Piku (Movie Review: Click Here)

I certainly didn't expect that a movie based on constipation would become one of my favourite films of the year. Jokes aside, the reason why I loved watching Piku is because of its emotional and humorous vibe that extended throughout the runtime. Shoojit Sircar's exemplary relationship approach between a father and a daughter and the astonishing performances from all the three main leads made Piku an absolute treat for me to watch.

4. Badlapur (Movie Review: Click Here)

The performances from Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui alone made me love this movie after watching. Not only that, Sriram Raghavan's intense take on a nonspecific revenge drama made Badlapur one of my early favourites in 2015.

5. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (Movie Review: Click Here)

To my surprise, I completely enjoyed watching Dum Laga Ke Haisha for all the good reasons. Director, Sharat Katariya's refreshing and amusing take on an inclusive subject and newcomer Bhumi Pandekar's dazzling performance made this film tremendous that can be enjoyed watching on a rainy afternoon with your loved one sitting beside you.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


Hey kids, it's that time of the year where we dig, search and rediscover the abominations called as movies that Bollywood urged us to watch and love until we realized that they were atrocious. If you haven't watched any of these movies, I applaud you for taking a wise decision in your life. 

Remember, I prepared this list based upon my own taste in film, if anyone of you enjoyed these movies, I'm glad you did, movies are subjective, and I hope you had a great time.

And I'm well aware that films like MSG, Barkhaa, and Bhaag Johnny exist, but I didn't waste my time mentioning about them. So, let's get started!

Honourable Mentions:  Hate Story 3, Welcome Back, Hawaizaada and Tevar.

1. Ek Paheli Leela (Movie Review: Click Here)

Watching this film honestly felt like a pornstar endorsing for an Agarbatti brand. Whoever thought that casting Sunny Leone in a historic saga is a good idea should be banned from Bollywood. Failing on every film-making aspect Ek Paheli Leela is undoubtedly the worst movie of the year and the throne ultimately belongs to Sunny Leone.

2. Singh is Bliing (Movie Review: Click Here)

Akshay Kumar never seems to forget to make an awful movie every year. For 2015, it's Singh is Bliing -- a movie that cracked my open with its utter nonsense and a movie that brings me instant anger if someone mentions about it. It certainly deserves all the hatred and abhorrence and is without a doubt a train wreck of a movie.

3. Mr. X (Movie Review: Click Here)

Remember the time when Emraan Hashmi and Vishesh films made good movies together? Those days are not coming back anytime soon. Mr. X made it to my Top 5 list for various reasons, be it for its witless explanation of science, the absolute insanity happening in the movie or the ludicrous hint for a sequel. This movie is a mess! Let's hope that Hashmi, at least, does a decent film in 2016.

4. Roy (Movie Review: Click Here

All joking aside, everyone thought that this movie would be awesome, the previews were great, the music was tremendous, but what went wrong? It's because of the tedious script written by Vikramjit Singh. I still remember how baffled I felt after watching the movie. And Ranbir Kapoor, what a waste of an incredible talent.

5. Bombay Velvet (Movie Review: Click Here)

Astonishingly, this film's budget was 110 cr and it only struggled to collect 32.56 cr worldwide. That just summarizes about how big of a disaster this movie was. Kashyap's tiresome story, screenplay, and characters ruined the movie completely and even the splendid performances from Ranbir and Anushka didn't save the film from being a catastrophe.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)



1. Sam Mendes - "Spectre"

Release Date: November 6th, 2015 (US), November 20th, 2015 (India)| Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux.

Reasons to be excited about: Rumoured as the last Bond film for Daniel Craig, the anticipation for Spectre is skyscraping. With a spectacular cast including Christoph Waltz, Monica Belucci and with Sam Mendes returning to the director's seat, this movie looks amazing and indeed has the potential to easily become one of the best movies of the year. 

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2. Tom McCarthy's - "Spotlight"

Release Date: November 6th, 2015 | Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton.

Reasons to be excited about: Assembling few terrific and splendid reviews from the critics, Spotlight have the earmarks of getting nominated for multiple categories in this year's Oscars. Revolving around a real-life story happened in Boston, this film grabbed my attention in the last few weeks and now I can't wait to see it.

3. Francis Lawrence's - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2"

Release Date: November 20th, 2015 (US and India) | Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Reasons to be excited about: Returning back after an underwhelming average first part, Mockingjay Part 2 looks breathtaking in it's trailers. Also cited as the last movie in the franchise, this film is all geared up to hit the billion dollar mark for the first time in its franchise.

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4. Billy Ray's - "Secret in Their Eyes"

Release Date: November 20th, 2015 | Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.

Reasons to be excited about: Bolstered with a remarkable cast and an emotional storyline, the trailers and the vibe of the film looked intense and riveting at the same time. With less publicity surrounded around the film, this could come off as a surprise to everyone.

5. Jonathan Levine's - "The Night Before"

Release Date: November 20th, 2015 | Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie.

Reasons to be excited about: The welcoming charismatic trio were one of the main reasons I'm excited about this movie. It's been a while since we've seen a solid comedic movie and apparently, November 25th is not too far away.

6. Peter Sohn's - "The Good Dinosaur"

Release Date: November 25th, 2015

Reasons to be excited about: With Pixar and Disney teaming back together to deliver yet another heartwarming blockbuster movie, The Good Dinosaur seems like an ideal family movie to release on Thanksgiving day. Get ready to hear a nomination for the Best Animated Feature in the 2015 Oscars.

7. Paul McGuigan's - "Victor Frankenstein"

Release Date: November 25th, 2015 | Starring: James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

Reasons to be excited about: Referred to as the second film in the Monster Movie Franchise from Universal Pictures Studios. The promising cast was one of the sole reason I'm excited about this movie. 

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8. Ryan Coogler's - "Creed"

Release Date: November 25th, 2015 (US), November 27th, 2015 (India) | Starring: Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.

Reasons to be excited about: From the director, actors to the premise, everything looks astounding with Creed. Rebounded as a sequel for a successful Rocky franchise, I'm wholeheartedly convinced and sure that this movie will be on the top of this year's Best Movies list.

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9. Tom Hooper's - "The Danish Girl"

Release Date: November 30th, 2015 | Starring: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander

Reasons to be excited about: Retreating the same formula of solid star cast and an incredible director, The Danish Girl seem to endow yet another Oscar nomination for Eddie Redmayne, as his character and the premise looked a lot sensitive and astonishing.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Top 12 Hollywood Movies Releasing in October


1. Brian Helgeland's - "Legend"

Release Date: October 2nd, 2015 | Starring: Tom Hardy, Taron Egerton, and Emily Browning.

Reasons to be excited about: With Tom Hardy performing a dual role as two identical twins known as the Kray Brothers who terrorized London between the 1960's, this movie will undoubtedly pave the way for Tom Hardy as one of the best performances in his career. 

2. Ridley Scott's - "The Martian" 

Release Date: October 2nd, 2015 | Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Reasons to be excited about: Accounted as a comeback for Ridley Scott, The Martian was overlooked in many ways for the fact that it looked like the 2014 film Interstellar. With a splendid star cast and an exhilarating story, The Martian surprisingly garnered countless positive reviews from its early showings and is likely up for being a big commercial and a critical success.

Movie Review: Click here | Movies Posters and Stills: Click here

3. Davis Guggenheim's  - "He Named Me Malala: Documentary" (Limited Release)

Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

Reasons to be excited about: Narrating a real-life story of the Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban gunmen for supporting women education in Pakistan, Malala inspired millions of people around the world with her enlivening interviews, it should be very interesting to see Malala and her esteemed journey on a big screen.

4. Joe Wright's  - "Pan"

Release Date: October 9th, 2015 | Starring: Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara.

Reasons to be excited about:  Serving as the origin story of Peter Pan and headlining with Hugh Jackman in a diverse character, Pan might be the stimulating fantasy movie that we are waiting for. Let's hope it doesn't disappoint. 

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5. Danny Boyle's  - "Steve Jobs"

Release Date: October 9th, 2015 | Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.

Reasons to be excited about: Telling the illustrious and the enigmatic life-story of the co-founder of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs. This movie has everything in its favour, with the academy award winners Danny Boyle (best known for Slumdog Millionaire) directing and Aaron Sorkin (best known for Slumdog Millionaire) writing the movie, the anticipation for this movie is sky-high and with the trailers we've seen so far, it does look promising.

6. Robert Zemeckis's  - "The Walk" (Limited Release)

Release Date: October 9th, 2015 | Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Reasons to be excited about: Presented in IMAX 3D, The Walk looks breathtaking in its trailers and it will surely be an edge-of-the-seat thriller. And moreover, it's a real life-story of a french wire artist who walked on a wire, framed between the twin towers in New York. Seems exciting to me!

Movie Review: Click here

7. Eli Roth's  - "Knock Knock" (Limited Release)

Release Date: October 9th, 2015 | Starring: Keanu Reeves

Reasons to be excited about: Adding Eli Roth's insane filmmaking style, Keanu Reeves charismatic screen presence, and an outlandish storyline into the mix were few significant reasons about why you should await for Knock Knock. This movie is surely an underdog that might surprise us!

8. Guillermo del Toro's  - "Crimson Peak"

Release Date: October 16th, 2015 | Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain.

Reasons to be excited about: With Guillermo del Toro returning to his roots, Crimson Peak certainly looks astounding with its film-making and visuals. Bolstered with a star-studded cast, this movie indeed has a lot of expectations to overcome and fulfill.

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9. Steven Spielberg's  - "Bridge of Spies"

Release Date: October 16th, 2015 | Starring: Tom Hanks

Reasons to be excited about: With the titans, Steven Speilberg and Tom Hanks returning together. Bridge of Spies surely looks like an early contender for the Oscars and with the stage set during the happenings of World War II, this movie will be a sure shot success.

10. Breck Eisner's  - "The Last Witch Hunter"

Release Date: October 23rd, 2015 | Starring: Vin Diesel

Reasons to be excited about: Featuring the charismatic movie star, Vin Diesel in the lead role. The trailers for The Last Witch Hunter look a lot exciting and with Diesel having a decent track record of making worthy franchises, we have to wait and see how will this movie do at the box-office.

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11. Barry Levinson's  - "Rock The Kasbah"

Release Date: October 23rd, 2015 | Starring: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride.

Reasons to be excited about: With an amusing and a witty premise, the trailers impressed me with its odd humor and it's conceivable that Bill Murray embraced this character very much that will make the movie look a lot more promising and entertaining.

12. David Gordon Green's  - "Our Brand is Crisis"

Release Date: October 31st, 2015 | Starring: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan.

Reasons to be excited about: With two academy award winners, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton starring opposite to each other and with the producers of Argo returning back. This political drama movie might succeed with the latest hit trailers and the popularity, but the early reviews sounded more negative. So, let's wait and see.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)



1. Christopher McQuarrie's - "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation"

Release Date: July 31st, 2015

Starring:  Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg.

What's it about: After the separation of IMF (Impossible Missions Force), forerunner Ethan Hunt bring together his partners for their last suicidal mission to take down a mob called as The Syndicate (a group of rogue operatives and assassins).

Reasons to be excited about: Following the success of its forebear "Ghost Protocol", the prospect of "Rogue Nation" is skyscraping and with McQuarrie in the director's seat this time, the movie looks promising filled with all the staggering action sequences, intriguing storyline, and talented cast. Plus, Tom Cruise hanging on to the door of an airplane is just mind-boggling to watch.

2. Guy Ritchie's - "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Release Date: August 14th, 2015

Starring: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.

What's it about: Set in the 1960's during the happenings of the cold war, government organization  U.N.C.L.E. sends two of their best agents on a mission to take down a secret criminal organization who dispense and deal with nuclear weapons and technology. 

Reasons to be excited about: Led by two young talented actors – Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. The retro evocative vibe of the movie looks appealing for me and with a director like Guy Ritchie (who previously directed Sherlock Holmes 2009 and 2011) it should be refreshing to see a distinctive take on the movie.

3. Nima Nourizadeh's - "American Ultra"

Release Date: August 21st, 2015

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

What's it about:  Established in a murky small town, the movie revolves around a stoner shopkeeper and his girlfriend when their past recoil as a daunting nightmare in the form of a government organization.

Reasons to be excited about: With Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart taking over as an offbeat couple. The striking first trailer was engaging with its story, style, and presentation. It certainly looks like an exciting stoner comedy that could be enthralling to watch.

4. Alan Taylor's - "Terminator Genisys"

Release Date: July 1st, 2015

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney.

Reasons to be excited about: Grabbing attention with all the lackluster trailers and with a spelling error in its title. Honestly, they're no worthy reasons to get excited about Terminator Genisys. But on a positive note, director, Alan Taylor's earlier film Thor: The Dark World was pretty impressive and with Arnold re-enacting his role, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, this movie has the ability to leave me surprised.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)



Honestly speaking, 2015 in movies for Kollywood is not what we hoped for, even though many highly anticipated big hero movies did create an impact. Superstar’s Kamal Hassan, Ajith, Vikram and Surya released their movies amid much fanfare and they were received moderately by the audience. 

On an impressive note, they're three horror genre movies namely Darling, Muni 3: Ganga (Kanchana 2) and Demonte Colony released in the first half of 2015 and they created their own place among the moviegoers. 

Others, Siva Karthikeyan, Karthi, and Dhanush released their movies and met halfway compared to the pre-release expectations. 

Even though it was not such a great year, here are the top five movies I felt that were the best in this year so far.

1. Ramesh Aravind’s – "Uttama Villain" 

Intriguing aspects: Performances, Script, Narration and Technical Crew

Analysis: With incomparable performances, atypical narration and a remarkably great script, Uttama Villain gives a whole new cinematic experience for the multiplex audiences. Regardless of too many melodramatic scenes and dragging up to 180 minutes, the genius Kamal Hassan kept us engaged with his out flowing natural acting and thus making Uttama Villain a tribute to his Master K. Balachander.

My Rating – 3.75/5

2. Mani Rathnam’s – "O Kadhal Kanmani" 

Intriguing aspects: Story, Performances, Cinematography, Dialogues and Music

Analysis:  Mani Rathnam stands above all when it comes to writing scripts and making a movie for the upcoming generations. O Kadhal Kanmani is one such movie enjoyed by every youth of today’s generation portraying the concept of live-in relationship. O Kadhal Kanmani is a breezy, light-hearted romantic movie made in conjunction with a freshly made script, classy music by A.R.Rahman and stupendous camera work of P.C.Sreeram.

My Rating – 3.5/5

3.  Rosshan Andrrews’s – "36 Vayadhinile"

Intriguing Aspects: Jyothika’s performance and Story

Analysis: 36 Vayadhinile, the official remake of Malayalam movie “How old are you?” marks the comeback of “Queen of Kollywood” Jyothika back to Tamil Cinema after 8 long years. Without spoiling the essence of the original, Jyothika carries the entire movie on her shoulder. With her expressions alone she makes us laugh, cry and think seriously about the conveyed message. She had hit the bull’s eye with a perfect comeback movie.

My Rating: 3.5/5 

4. Gautham Vasudev Menon’s – "Yennai Arindhaal"

Intriguing Aspect: Story, Performance, Dialogues and Music

Analysis: Yennai Arindhal could be called as Gautham Vasudev Menon’s cop trilogy that began with Surya starrer ‘Khakha Khakha’ and renewed with Kamal starrer ‘Vettaiyadu Vilayadu’. It is a typical Gautham Menon film with “Thala” Ajith adorning it. Watch out for Ajith’s gigantic screen presence and the emotional aspect of the film.  

My Rating: 3.25/5

5. Shankar’s – "I"

Intriguing Aspect: Performance, Technical Crew, and Music

Analysis: I is touted to be Shankar’s most exceptional movie he has ever made, as he takes us beyond anyone’s imagination with his grand filmmaking skills and superior use of the best available technology. Though the movie had many letdowns, Vikram’s terrific performance, beautiful unseen locations, hummable songs of A.R.Rahman and breathtaking camera by P.C.Sreeram makes I a must watch visually rich movie. 

My Rating: 3.25/5

-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)


2015 has been a great year for Tollywood movies so far. We've got some distinct love entertainers like Surya vs Surya and OK Bangaram and few stylistic mass thrillers in the vein of Jil and Pataas.

Even the substantial movies with an eminent star cast like Janda Pai Kapiraju, Bandipotu, Dochay, I and Uttama Villain didn't make much of an impression nor did the sequel for a hit 2012 horror film Avunu.

Nevertheless, here are the top five movies I felt that were the best in this year so far.

1. Kranthi Madhav's - "Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju"

Intriguing aspects: Story, screenplay, dialogues, music, performances and cinematography.

Analysis: Bolstered with a minimally skilled cast and a moderate production budget, Malli Malli Idi Roju is the definition of short and simple. Narrating a heartening storyline about love and tradition, this movie is filled enlivening story and dialogue, euphonious music and few wonderful performances from the leads. Director, Kranthi Kumar showcased all the missing aspects in the contemporary love drama films and delivers one of the most startling and memorable movies of 2015.

My Rating - 4/5

2. Nag Ashwin's - "Yevade Subramanyam"

Intriguing aspects: Cinematography, dialogues, music, performances and story.

Analysis: Experimenting and executing in a discrete way, Yevade Subramanyam is a delightful ride and is a complete contrast of all the stereotypical movies we usually get. If you're ready to endure a unique movie with few noticeable flaws, I certainly suggest you to go watch this movie now.

My Rating - 3.25/5

3. Puri Jagannadh's - "Temper"

Intriguing aspects:  NTR and Posani's performances, story, dialogues and music.

Analysis: Bounded by huge expectations, director, Puri Jagganadh's nonspecific storyline and few compelling dialogues held the movie really well although it suffers in few aspects of romance and comedy. Overall, Temper is a watchable movie for NTR's performance all alone, but the thought-provoking theme of the movie felt significant and deserves a single watch.

My Rating - 3/5

4. Kishore Kumar Pardasani's - "Gopala Gopala"

Intriguing aspects:  Story, dialogues and performances.

Analysis: Serving as a remake of the surprise Bollywood hit "Oh My God!" Gopala Gopala is an enjoyable and a gratifying experience for all ages. It doesn't contravene the original source and enlightens the message perfectly. Watching Pawan Kalyan and Venkatesh together on-screen for the first time is indeed a magnificent treat for every movie fan.

My Rating - 3.5/5

5. Trivikram's - "Son of Satyamurthy"

Intriguing aspects:  Dialogues, comedy and performances.

Intriguing aspects:  Story, dialogues and performances.

Analysis: Quoted as a "Trivikram's Celluloid", this movie had all the attributes and traits we insist on. With an imposing combination of a gigantic cast and a skillful director, Son of Satyamurthy is filled with good thoughts and intentions and is a definite entertainer for a casual one-time watch. 

My Rating - 3/5

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


1. Guillermo del Toro - "Crimson Peak"

Release Date: October 16, 2015

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.

What's it about: Set in the 19th century, the movie narrates the saga about a young and an ambitious writer Edith Cushing who eventually discovers that something is wrong with her charming husband Thomas Sharpe and the luxurious palace that they both live in.

Reasons to be excited about: Lauded as one of his finest works since Pan's Labyrinth. It's interesting to watch director, Guillermo del Toro's style and his unique take on the horror genre. The cinematography looks gorgeous and with stars like Hiddleston and Chastain, I'm certainly excited about this movie. 

2. Leigh Whannell's - "Insidious: Chapter 3"

Release Date: June 5, 2015

Starring: Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott, with Angus Sampson, Whannell, and Lin Shaye.

What's it about: Established before the events of the first chapter, Insidious 3 gives attention to Elsie Rainier's character, as she agrees to help and aid a teenage girl, who's been haunted by a supernatural entity.   

Reasons to be excited about: Director, Leigh Whannell is not a stranger to this franchise, he is the co-writer and the producer of the first two movies which were highly successful both critically and commercially. So, it's interesting to see what he brings to the table.

3. Mike Flanagan's - "Before I Wake"

Release Date: September 25, 2015

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Jacob Tremblay.

What's it about: The film recount the story about a little boy named Cody, whose sweet dreams become nightmares to his family in reality.

Reasons to be excited about: This movie is directed by Mike Flanagan who had previously directed the critically acclaimed 2014 chiller Oculus. So, it's clear that it'll be filled quality acting and filmmaking that horror movies are lacking in this modern era.

4. Gil Kenan's - "Poltergeist (2015)"

Release Date: May 22, 2015

Starring:  Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

What's it about: Representing as a reboot of the 1982 classic with the same title, this movie tells the story about a family who moves into a spooky new home, as they slowly realize that the house was haunted demonic evil spirit which eventually takes away their little daughter.

Reasons to be excited about: Judging by the early trailers of the film, this looks like a much worthy reboot with a good use of the modern CGI facilities that made the movie look even scarier than its original. And Sam Rockwell is in the movie.

5. Ciaran Foy's - "Sinister 2"

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Starring:  Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone.

What's it about: Identical to its prequel, Sinister 2 reflects the same tale about a mother and her twin kids move into a provincial house where they're tormented by a wicked spirit named as the boogie man.

Reasons to be excited about: Apart from the lazy atrocious 21st-century horror movies, Sinister is a well-directed and a fulfilling horror flick which earned a sequel and by the look of the trailers, I'm sure that this film will also present many spine-chilling moments as the prequel.

Few Honourable Mentions: The Visit and The Gallows.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)


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