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Top 5 Reasons Why Uri: The Surgical Strike is a Blockbuster Hit!

170 crores worldwide, a 98% Google user score, and from everyone to even Prime Minister Narendra Modi mouthing the film's dialogue ‘How's the Josh?’, Uri: The Surgical Strike’ had became a bona fide blockbuster and no one saw it coming! Hence, we take a deep-dive and investigate the ‘Top 5 Reasons Why’ the film became a monstrous success, and no, it's not because of Vicky Kaushal!


5. Right Place Right Time

Being the first movie to release in 2019, the release date of January 11, 2019, worked wonders for the film's success especially because of two primary reasons. First of all, no movie released in the previous week on January 4 and on January 18 (the following week after the release) had no big releases cause movies like ‘Why Cheat India’, ‘Fraud Saiyaan’, ‘Rangeela Raja’ were deemed to fail despite having a star-studded cast. Furthermore, Uri is just coming off the enormous success of Rohit Shetty ‘Simmba’, and people are on a high to watch another entertaining movie in the theatres.


4. A Nationwide Phenomenon

With over 120 crores gross domestically, Uri metamorphosed into a gigantic blockbuster and is not only popular among the Hindi-speaking community, but also the entire nation variegated with different languages. I personally watched the movie in an almost packed theatre, 11 days after the release on January 22 in a tiny city in Andhra Pradesh where Telugu is the primary language and only big-shot Hindi films of Khan's and Kapoor's release from time to time. The same trend is chronic all across South and East part of the country where people are curious and are excited to watch (especially) in theatres, which only happens for a few special films in a calendar year.


3. Emotional Manipulation and Patriotism

Now, Indians are ALL IN for a good shot of emotion and patriotism in real-life, movies and even on the inter-webs (just take a look at the enormous view counts of the dumb foreign YouTube reaction channels make on a daily basis just by staring and making dishonest (shocking) reactions into a camera). We all LOVE sweet and high praises, which is why almost every patriotic movie has a shot of the Indian flag flying high, or someone shouting ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ or in this movie's case ‘Indian Armyyyyyy!’ These ‘patriotic’ sequences manipulate our emotions instead of earning them, as the filmmakers adjust or even alter the actual facts for our viewing pleasure and making the movie entertaining to watch. Director Aditya Dhar duplicated the exact similar formula in Uri which works with the audience by making sure that there is an emotional, tear-jerking scene in the middle of the film to kick-start the actual storyline. But hey, who am I to criticize him for using that scene, he certainly understands what works and what doesn't.


2. Intense Thriller Based on True Events

Coupled with the emotional drama are the action and the combat scenes, which for the most part, were shot and produced well on-screen,  which in turn gave the film a more realistic and a vivid vibe. But, the most important and crucial part of the conversation and one of the main reasons why the film is a gigantic success is because it is ‘based’ on true events. Although it is no ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ when it comes to execution and legitimacy, Uri at least showcases the brave steps taken by the Indian Govt. despite colossal pressure and constraint from the opposition parties. ‘Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures!’


1. Word-of-Mouth

It is the main reason why movies are succeeding these days. Take stock of last year, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’, ‘Stree’, ‘Badhaai Ho’ were all smaller and low budget movies turned into blockbusters by the audience through word-of-mouth and this implies to any movie around the world. In spite of the fact that critics panned Uri calling below average to bad, the audiences' WOM worked tremendously for the film, and the evidence is right there on the bookmyshow app where the movie scored a magnificent 90%. It once again proves the point that the general movie-going audience does not walk into the theatre listening to a critic but to his WhatsApp and Facebook friends.


A Top 10 List by Surya Komal
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Top 10 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018 That You Can Stream Right Now

Looking forward to binge few Bollywood Movies this weekend? How about the best out of the bunch from 2018? I handpicked few elite and definitely the Best Bollywood Movies from last year and sorted them starting from Average to the Best. Have a look and please do leave a comment if I managed to miss a movie from the list below. With that being said, Netflix and Chill BAYBAY! 


10. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Starring -  Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh
Genre - Comedy
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is not a bad film, it will entertain you with few funny laughs, peppy music, and enjoyable performances but as an overall film, it failed in few aspects which are crucial."


9. Blackmail

Starring - Irrfan Khan and Kirti Kulhari
Genre - Black Comedy
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Blackmail had an interesting concept and was extremely funny to watch. Despite having few ups and downs with the screenplay, pace, and runtime, it impresses as a black-comedy and is totally worth spending money on it."


8. Karwaan

Starring -  Dulquer Salmaan, Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar
Genre - Black Comedy / Road Film
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Karwaan is overall a feel-good road trip film wrapped with few significant themes, amusing jokes, euphonious music, and is a sweet love letter to the "God's Own Country" Kerala."


7. Raazi

Starring - Alia Bhatt
Genre - Spy Thriller
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

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


6. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran

Starring - John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani
Genre - Action / Drama
Streaming Platform - Netflix

"Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran succeeds in keeping the tension and was an intriguing two-hour watch on a laid-back weekend."


5. Pad Man

Starring -  Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte
Genre - Comedy / Drama
Streaming Platform - Netflix

"Pad Man is a significant film with a strong influential message which should be articulated to everyone especially to the people living in the rural areas who still, to this day, feel that menstrual cycle is something taboo."


4. 102 Not Out

Starring - Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor
Genre - Comedy / Drama
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"For a movie which only had four primary characters, 102 Not Out delivered much more than I expected, as I found myself laughing out loud and crying emotively within those 150 minutes and is a prime example of a heartening family drama."


3. Badhaai Ho

Starring - Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra
Genre - Comedy / Drama
Streaming Platform - Hotstar

"Embracing the weirdness of the plot, the entire narrative was sprinkled over with witty jokes, funny dialogue, poignant emotion, delightful love stories, weepy family-drama and terrific performances from the entire cast."


2. Andhadhun

Starring - Tabu and Ayushman Khurrana
Genre - Black Comedy / Crime Thriller
Streaming Platform - Netflix

"Andhadhun is a well acted, meticulously crafted and an incredibly written satirical crime-thriller which keeps on the edge of your seat the entire time with multiple twists and turns."


1. Mulk

Starring - Taapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor
Genre - Drama
Streaming Platform - ZEE5

"Mulk tells a significant story about all the religious (Hindu-Muslim) problems contaminating our modern-day India in the best way possible and is a must watch for all the right reasons."


A Top 10 List by Surya Komal
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Top 5 Evergreen Movies of Bollywood

At the end of the day, on a bleak night, only few movies have the eternal freshness which can turn a boring day into a pleasant one. A few hand counted movies can live across decades. Although the plot may be old, but the feelings and emotions are always intact to us mortals and restore our faith in love, life and relationships. Below are five such top movies which have ever lasting stories which warms our heart, now and forever.


5. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

The story of three close friends and their messed up lives connected well with the generation and continues to be viewed and enjoyed even 17 years later. Dil Chahta Hai can truly be regarded as the game changer for mainstream Hindi cinema. The movie depicts a slice of lives of three friends, each with his own idiosyncrasies; a solemn artist guy, one who is a lady’s man and a hopeless romantic another is funloving cynic who doesn’t believe in love. The infamous Goa trips saga was started by this movie and even after 17 years, still inspires youngsters today to pack up and go for an impromptu trip – to Goa.

This is a trend-setter movie by Farhan Akhtar which broke all stereotypes related to love, drama and comedy. The slight humor, the complex love stories, differently made family set up, brings a new freshness to movie-making in the fast paced entertainment industry. The movie speaks the language of the youth, where boys find it hard to complete their sentences, clichéd romance is frowned upon, feud between men and its intricacies etc. where shown in between lines. All-in-all, a hip movie with some drama at the end, which was brought on-screen over a decade ago but still is appealing to most youngsters of today.


4. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

The movie that started the feud between the 2 famous Khans. While we are not very much bothered about the feud anymore, we love the brotherhood of the two Khan, Amar and Prem who have taken up these names in many of the movies later on. Comedy as its foremost genre, this movie kills us with bouts of laughter after every scene and every dialogue. ‘Aila’ and ‘Ui ma’ became synonymous to Aamir Khan and Salman Khan who use this as prefix for every dialogue. Limericks, wittiness, humor oozes throughout the movie and will never get you bored.

Amar and Prem on their journey to woe and marry the famous Raveena (Raveena Tandon) and her secretary Karishma (Karishma Kapoor) fight each other to grab the upper hand. Tables are turned when Raveena revels that her name is actually Karishma and that her secretary Raveena is the rich girl who swapped their names to find her real lover. Double acting by Paresh Rawal is both the villain and the father of the Raveena adds to the comedy. Crime master Gogo played by Shakti Kapoor, along with Robert and Bhalla get caught in the wildfire created by Teja in an attempt to steal the riches of his twin brother. This movie is a family entertainer will slight comedy and a breezy humor which can brighten your day, any time.


3. Lagaan (2001)

‘Hum tumhara lagan maaf kar dega’: this movie made taxation famous. Set in the backdrop of Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj, the story of a village and its residents who get caught in a situation where they have to play an alien game for their life and future. Bravery, simplicity, love and farmer’s issues are highlighted throughout the movie. Anybody who is depressed in life and feels stuck should watch this movie to come out of a bad situation. While courageous Aamir Khan unites the village against the pompous British officer, he also upholds the need for equality in society.

Back in the days, racial discrimination persistent throughout the nation and widespread like a plague. The protagonist not only identifies the real threat but also explains the village leaders break the shackles of racism and embrace everyone. One cannot take their eyes off when office Captain Russell catches the ball in the final game of cricket and realizes that he is standing outside the boundary. This movie brings back emotions that have been deep set in our hearts and showcases the troubles faced by farmers in India.


2. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)

The musical romantic comedy movie was released ages ago and has been winning hearts ever since. A family drama, complex love stories, a pet dog Tuffy, wedding ceremonies, vibrant outfits and dance numbers, Hum Aapke Hain Koun is a movie a family can enjoy over a holiday dinner any time of the year. Two brothers on this side of the family, two sisters on that side of the family; an arrange marriage and a love story brewing amidst these occasions.

Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan are the yester year famous couple who, with their beautiful smiles and chirpy dialogues which hit hearts explicitly. Breaking the monotony, this movie set the record by not having a villain character. Instead viewers feel like watching a big fat Indian wedding, musical events, dancing events. Families enjoy watching this movie even after decades.


1. Anand (1971)

Although an old movie, it is a classic. While there have been a lot of movies in the same genre, Rajesh Khanna steals the show with his everlasting smile even in the face of death. While cancer was not a widespread disease in those days, we all know the repercussions of the deadly disease which preys on people’s lives randomly. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a pessimistic oncologist who is disheartened that he cannot treat all the illnesses in the world.

While his patient, Anand (Rajesh Khanna) has cheerful demeanor and always manages to bring smile on the face on his friends and helps everyone around him. While Anand knows that his days in this world is counted, he doesn’t want to spend his remaining days in the hospital but instead enjoys sunrise and sunset. This movie is timeless; it teaches us to value our days, our lives; while everyone is running around chasing dreams, very few realize that we are living our own dreams and at times we should appreciate smaller things in life.

This is my list of evergreen Bollywood movies. Do you have any such movies which have everlasting freshness? Do let us know your views in the below comment section.


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Top 5 Best Tollywood [Telugu] Movies of 2018

Introducing the Top 5 Best Tollywood [Telugu] Movies of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: Geetha Govindam

Possible Contenders That I Missed Watching: Ee Nagariniki Emaindi, c/o Kancharapalem, Taxiwaala and Tholi Prema


5.  Sammohanam | Rating - 3/5

Directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti, Sammohanam is a simple yet a beautifully told love story elevated with great character moments, well-written dialogue, wonderful performances and sweet-sounding music composed by Vivek Sagar. A clean, simple, family-friendly movie convenient for a cozy weekend watch.


4. Antariksham 9000 KMPH | Rating - 3.25/5

Released at the back end of the year 2018, Antariksham 9000 KMPH is Tollywood and Director Sankalp Reddy's courageous attempt to diversify and tell great stories in different genres which are left unexplored. Although the film has its own flaws, it still dispenses the plot with riveting and emotional moments and constructs an entertaining two-hour nail-biter worth watching on the big screen.


3. Rangasthalam | Rating - 3.5/5

The highest-grossing and the most successful Tollywood film of 2018, Rangasthalam, directed by Sukumar and starring Ram Charan Tej and Samantha Akkineni in the lead roles deserves all the success it received all throughout last year mainly because of the regional vibe that it imported to the silver screen. The profoundly-written screenplay, the deeper meaning behind certain scenes complimented the commercial aspects of the film like the revenge-driven storyline, custom-written music, action sequences and the bombastic performances from the entire cast. This movie is the perfect example of a commercial film, and the audience responded to it accordingly.


2. Mahanati | Rating - 4/5

Celebrated as the biopic of India's First Female Superstar Savitri Garu, Mahanati is an incredible, emotional, thoughtful and a well-illustrated biopic of one of the most beloved actresses of South Indian Cinema and this film did the best it could to display her love for humanity, acting, and movies. Without a doubt, one of the best Indian films of the year.


1. Goodachari | Rating - 4/5

Re-inventing one of the forgotten genres in Tollywood, Goodachari is, in fact, the best Tollywood film of the year and all credit goes to Adivi Sesh and his incredible team of new and upcoming artists. Giving the utmost significance to the core aspects of the film which are the storyline and the screenplay, screenwriters Sashi Kiran Tikka, Rahul Pakala and Adivi Sesh did a magnificent job interweaving entertaining attributes like plot twists, action set pieces and produced a two-hour-twenty-minute riveting thriller which set the Tollywood movie standards pretty high with an incredibly small budget of six crores. Films like Kshanam, Goodachari are shedding new light on a wide variety of ignored genres, and it's the perfect time to be a Telugu movie fan.


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Top 5 Best Hollywood Movies of 2018

Introducing the Top 5 Best Hollywood Movies of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: First Man, Upgrade, Eighth Grade, A Star Is Born and Black Panther

Possible Contenders That I Missed Watching: The Favourite, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, Crazy Rich Asians and The Hate U Give


5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Rating - 3.75/5

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Fallout is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise and the storyline kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his gang intercepting the sale of three plutonium cores and things go south, they lose the plutonium and Hunt goes on this insane mission to acquire these elements which involve running, racing, diving, and loads of zany stuff Cruise loves to do.

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The Mission: Impossible franchise is well-known for its notorious action sequences and in the previous two films we've seen Cruise climb one of tallest buildings in the world (Burj Khalifa) and maniacally hang to the side of an A400M aircraft which is still breathtaking to watch. At this point with Cruise approaching his 60's and breaking an ankle in the midst of shooting the roof-top scene in London, I thought that this film might revert when it comes to action, but, bloody hell, it took two steps forward and delivered much more than I expected.

Overall, Fallout is a magnificent theater experience permeated with mind-boggling action sequences that are totally worth your penny. Watch it on the biggest screen available and let Tom Cruise take care of the rest. This is undoubtedly the best action movie I've seen this year and rightfully deserves all the praise and acclaim.


4. Love, Simon | Rating - 4/5

Directed by Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson in the lead role and is a coming-of-age story of Simon who is gay and is extremely afraid to admit it to his family or his friends because of the circumstances. The film explores the final year of Simon's high school life and his journey through finding love with an anonymous fellow school-mate and at the same time dealing with quite a few obstacles.

Now, I love coming-of-age films, when they're done right. I still remember watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in 2012 or even Paper Towns from 2015 and felling in love with those films instantly. Love, Simon is also one such film I knew I would immediately love mainly because of the vibe it carried throughout the runtime. The simple yet suspenseful storyline, well-written dialogues, witty and emotional scenes, the upbeat songs and background score and the relatable characters made this film super charming, likeable and entertaining.

Overall, Love, Simon is easily one of the best films of the year and is a delightful watch in and out. If you're waiting to watch a feel-good movie, make sure to check out this one because it's not often we get a different coming-of-age film centred around a gay.


3. Hereditary | Rating - 4/5

Directed by Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette and Alex Wolff in the lead roles, the storyline of Hereditary deals with the themes of death, family issues and emotional disconnects and is, in fact, not only the best movies of the year, but, is also one of the best horror film I've seen in recent years.

Nevertheless, the unsettling atmosphere and the disturbing imagery will mess with you for a long time. It's also exquisitely shot and directed film with top-notch performances. Watch it on the biggest screen available with premium sound quality to experience the uncanniness to the fullest.


2. The Endless | Rating - 4/5

Established as a partial sequel to their 2012 film, Resolution, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's sci-fi horror film, The Endless, follows the journey of two siblings who return to a UFO death cult, ten years after their initial departure. Operating on a micro-budget, the director duo (also lead actors), Benson and Moorhead enlighten the fact that all you need for a movie to deliver is an intriguing storyline, tight screenplay and decent character development.

Best described as a sci-fi/horror film on drugs, the trippy visuals, the ambivalent nature of the narrative, ominous background score, splendid direction, and the on-going character work between the brothers throughout the film only make The Endless one of the most intense and bewildering movie experiences of this year with a great rewatchable factor.


1. Searching | Rating - 4.5/5

Aneesh Chaganty's directorial debut Searching piloted by John Cho in the lead role might just one of the best movie-watching experiences I've had this year. Demonstrated entirely on computer screens, smartphones, news broadcasts and surveillance footage, Aneesh Chaganty manages to explain this unravelling (whodunnit) mystery drama with an impeccable screenplay, pristine edits and at the same time, compliments the storyline with various emotional connotations and character development.

Actor John Cho gives his career-best performance as an upset father of a missing daughter and keeps his character engaging enough throughout the runtime. Nonetheless, Searching is an absolute masterclass of a film, an exhilarating roller coaster ride and is a solid testament that intriguing films can even be portrayed on a computer screen.


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TOP 5 BEST TOLLYWOOD [TELUGU] MOVIES OF 2017

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

TOP 5 WORST KOLLYWOOD [TAMIL] MOVIES OF 2017

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

TOP 5 BEST KOLLYWOOD [TAMIL] MOVIES OF 2017

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

TOP 5 WORST BOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2017

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

TOP 5 BEST BOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2017

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

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TIGER ZINDA HAI

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

TOP 5 KOLLYWOOD MOVIES RELEASING IN DECEMBER 2017

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

TOP 5 INSANE CONTROVERSIES ABOUT PADMAVATI

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)

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JUSTICE LEAGUE

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)

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ITTEFAQ

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)

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JUDWAA 2

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)

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DADDY - THE MOVIE

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)

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT A GENTLEMAN

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)

TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JAB HARRY MET SEJAL

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.

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SACHIN: A BILLION DREAMS

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, India.com and Postoast.

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HALF GIRLFRIEND

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. 

Sources and Writing Credits - Zee News India, Mid Day, Bollywood Bubble, Bollywood Hungama and Firstpost.

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BADRINATH KI DULHANIA

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 Shaadi.com

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 RunningShaadi.com 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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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JOLLY LLB 2

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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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT S3

 

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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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RAEES

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.

Sources and Writing Credits - India TV News, IMDB, Bollywood Life, Firstpost and Indian Express.

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT OK JAANU

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.

Sources - Scoopvibe, Mumbai Mirror, Firstpost, Times of India and Indian Express (Thanks)

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SULTAN

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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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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FAN

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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TOP 5 BEST KOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2015

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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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)

TOP 5 BEST BOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2015

 

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)

TOP 5 WORST BOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2015

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)

TOP 9 HOLLYWOOD MOVIES RELEASING IN NOVEMBER

 

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)

MOST ANTICIPATED SUMMER ACTION MOVIES OF 2015

 

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)

5 BEST KOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2015 (SO FAR)

 

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)

5 BEST TOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF 2015 (SO FAR)

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)

TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED HORROR MOVIES OF 2015

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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