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SIMMBA

SIMMBA

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Plot = A badass and corrupt cop Sangram Bhalerao a.k.a. SIMMBA (Ranveer Singh), gets posted at Miramar Police Station (Goa) and befriends the local goon Durva Ranade (Sonu Sood). He acquits Durva from all the criminal charges, posted against him by the local residents, in […]

THACKERAY Trailer

THACKERAY Trailer

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Review = So, the trailer of one of the most awaited releases of 2019 has released. The movie created the much deserved hype, last year, with the launch of its Teaser and the countrymen just got mesmerized with the resemblance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with one […]

KGF

KGF

Plot = The movie is in the form of a flashback story – telling, where A local Mumbai Goon, Rocky Bhai (Yash), gets hired by a mafia lord, for spying on the operations executed at a clandestine place, known as KOLAR GOLD FIELDS (KGF). Will Rocky be able to expose KGF to the world, or will he get succumbed to the slavery prevailing in that area?


Opinion = I have been hearing and reading a lot about this movie, in the last couple of days. Since, I do not have the bandwidth, expertise or knowledge of reviewing a TOLLYWOOD flick, still I decided to watch this one and review it, keeping in mind only one thing, that – if I can watch & review a SHIT like ZERO, then why not try this one as well?

This is the most talked about and hence, famous Kannada movie, produced till date. After watching it, I can completely agree on all the logical points on which, the movie is getting its due hype.

It remains a typical TOLLYWOOD flick, for the entire first half, where you will get a heavy dose of ACTION, INFORMATION, DIALOGUEBAAZI; HEROGIRI & FORCED ROMANCE. The camera angles, characters, locations, etc, also move very fast, like every other TOLLYWOOD flick, which tests your patience and drains out your effort, in keeping a track of the plot.

I got highly disappointed with the first half and was regretting my decision of watching this movie. Still, being a critic, I am bound to endure everything presented on screen and it will be unfair from my side, if I leave the auditorium mid way.

But, the second half completely satisfied my urge of watching linear, entertaining and logical content on screen. I was happy to realize that, my decision to wait till the end credits, has delighted me in a positive manner.

The movie is engaging, entertaining and a tout thriller, post interval. My rating will also be supportive of the second half. It completely changed the GAME, in favor of the movie.

As an audience, you start enjoying the movie, post interval, only. And, since the ending is left as a cliffhanger, it has raised a curiosity and a decent expectation from me, for its second chapter.

The proceedings at the KOLAR GOLD FIELDS, in the second half, place the script, on a superior pedestal.

In totality, you will have to keep patience for the entire first half, to get the worth of your money and effort, in the second half.

Performances = YASH is undoubtedly, the next SUPERSTAR of the country. His PERSONA, his BUILT; his STYLE, everything is just paisa – vasool. He is lucky that, he got such a movie, which can cement him as the go to Action Star in the industry. Forget about TOLLYWOOD, if Yash starts signing BOLLYWOOD Projects also, he can very well give other established actors, a run-for-their-money. He shines in the character of Rocky Bhai and sensitizes the audience with various facets of his caliber, as an actor. He will definitely have a bright career in the industry.

Actress Srinidhi Shetty looks pretty decent and charming on screen and only this statement can be mentioned about her, for the entire movie.

The item number of Mouni Roy (though unnecessary) is hot and sizzling.

I don’t know the names or career track of other actors in the movie (since I never review the movie of and lack knowledge about the Tollywood Industry), still, all the antagonists have played their part well.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = The problem with TOLLYWOOD is, their Directors have the required amount of potential and vision, but, their execution gets affected and restricted due to many mundane factors.

With the intent of pleasing their loyal audience, they deliberately try to present a larger-than-life image of their protagonist; which hampers the entertainment quotient for the Bollywood Audience. Here also, Director Prashanth Neel has wasted the entire first half in glorifying the stature of Rocky Bhai (YASH), with useless sub plots and action sequences, defying logic. His direction becomes linear and praise – worthy, post interval, and satisfies your urge of watching a good content on screen. The Production Values and the Setup is top notch. A lot of money is invested in this movie, for setting up the vicinity of KGF; which is quite evident on screen. The Background Score and Action Sequences, match the requirement of the plot.

And, as you can expect from any TOLLYWOOD flick, the songs are unnecessary and forgettable.


Rowdy Rating = 3 / 5      

 

ZERO

ZERO

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Plot = Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan), a 38 years old Midget, falls in love with a patient of cerebral palsy, named Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder (Anushka Sharma). Their life gets tobsy – turvy when Bauua meets his favorite actress Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) and falls […]

Kedarnath

Kedarnath

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Plot = The catastrophic flood of Uttarakhand, occurred in 2013, forms the crux of the story, where the makers have tried to weave a love story in this tragic event. Here, Mandaakini Mishra a.k.a Mukku (Sara Ali Khan), is a daughter of a highly respected […]

2.O

2.O

Plot = The movie is a sequel to the 2010 superhit movie ROBOT. The plot gets shifted to current time, where a psychopath named Pakshi Rajan (Akshay Kumar) has created havoc in the southern part of the country, by robbing the mobile phones of all the residents.

So, will Dr. Vaseegaran (Superstar Rajinikanth) revive Chitti (Andro Humanoid version of Rajinikanth) to defeat Pakshi Rajan, or will Rajan will have a upper hand over Chitti, this time around?


Opinion = The movie has already set multiple benchmarks / achievements, in the history of Indian Cinema.

1) It’s the costliest movie produced in the history of Indian Cinema (having spent around 540 Crores in total)

2) It’s the first Indian Movie, shot entirely in 3D Format.

3) The movie brought 2 superstars, Thalaiva Rajinikanth & Akshay Kumar, together in a movie, for the first time, so on and so forth.

On the contrary, the movie has also become an example of how a potent plot can be ruined, with an average script.

Considering the ensemble and the filmmaker, on board, I had great expectations from the movie. But, unfortunately, its just an average affair. The movie has a fair share of highs and lows, but, the lows are so evident, that it cannot be ignored.

I appreciate the fact that Director Shankar has tried his level best, in offering us Hollywood Style entertainment, but, he could not abstain himself in glorifying the star power of the protagonist.

The biggest weakness of the movie is the Tollywood Touch, in its execution. So, like every Tollywood movie you are forced to watch on the television, like Surya Jalta Nahin Jalaata Hai, Jeene Nahin Dunga, Yevadu, Badla – The Revenge, Insaan– the Human Being, etc, here also, you will find that the makers have tried to induce forced laughter in the narrative, by including unnecessary dialogues, showcasing the female lead (Amy Jackson in this case) as overtly talkative and utterly stupid, a mandatory sequence near a muddy landscape, etc. If the makers intended to make a world class cinema, then why have they used such a routine stuff?

The first half is unnecessarily stretched, showcasing you just the magic of VFX, without being backed by any justification or a logical base. You are able to connect yourself with the narrative in the second half, when the makers have actually explained the intention behind making this movie.

The first half will give you your money’s worth, with Hollywood Level VFX, and the second half will please your curiosity with a logical justification to everything you are witnessing on screen.

In short, the movie will definitely recover its cost, but I cannot expect it to become a path – breaker, in terms of box – office numbers.

If you decide to watch this movie, watching it in 3D is mandatory, otherwise, your effort will go in vain.

Performances = As per the popular belief, when Thalaiva Rajinikanth is on screen, that also in 3 different avatars, nothing else can shine in front of his aura. But, this time, the entire cake is been cut and eaten by Akshay Kumar. Though, he enters the narrative just at the time of interval, the second half, and the movie in totality, completely belongs to him. Akshay has made the character of Pakshi Rajan, immortal, which will always have a superior status, in the history of Indian Cinema. Akshay has given a “performance of a lifetime”. You will get so influenced by his character, that you will start feeling pity for his misery. This is one of those movies, where you get emotionally attached with the antagonist, more than the protagonist.

On the other hand, Rajinikanth Sir is in the same avatar and shades, as he was in ROBOT, 8 years back. There should have been a layer or different facet to his character this time.

Amy Jackson looks sweet and sexy at the same time. Nothing else can be mentioned about her performance or character.

A potent actor like Adil Hussain (as Minister Vijay Kumar) was completely wasted here.

Actor Sudanshu Pandey (as Dhinendra Bohra) needs to understand that,  it’s not necessary to always give tough or dubious looks, to convey that you are playing a grey character in the movie.

The supporting cast was just average in their performances.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = I have great respect for Director Shankar. He is a visionary director, who always tries to offer something new and out-of-the-box. This time, I am little disappointed by his flow of thoughts and the direction. He could have made a shorter movie, with more twists and layers in the narrative. Majority of his pressure was already shared by the VFX Team, so, he could have worked on making the script stronger and water tight. The Dialogues of the movie are also very kiddish and pathetic, at many places. I will give full marks to the VFX Team, for their blood and sweat invested in the movie. It’s quite evident on the screen. The Background Score of the movie also deserves full marks from my side, which has placed the narrative on a superior pedestal.


Rowdy Rating = 3 / 5

Rowdy Reasons to Watch = Akshay Kumar’s mind – boggling performance & Hollywood Style VFX!

PIHU

PIHU

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Plot = The movie is a cinematic representation of a real – life incident, of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Here, PIHU, a 2 year old toddler, gets confined to her home, with an unresponsive mother and a careless neighborhood. What follows is a series […]

Thugs Of Hindostan

Thugs Of Hindostan

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Plot = The movie is setup between 1795 to 1806 (the pre – independence era), where the province of Raunakpur is under the command of a British Ruler, named John Clive (Lloyd Owen). To free the natives of Raunakpur from the undeserved ruling of Clive, […]

Trailer of ZERO

Trailer of ZERO

Opinion = Finally, the trailer of ZERO is here. This is one of those movies who got heavily exploited during the initial promotions, such that, its buzz lost its steam till the release of its trailer. The makers had also released a teaser (with special appearance of Salman Khan) few months back, for celebrating the occasion of EID, which did nothing to boost the excitement for this movie.

The trailer is very detailed and sensitizes the audience with every facet of its plot. A 38 years old midget (SRK) in search of true love, finds solace in a differently – abled girl (Anushka Sharma), is a FAN of an Actress (Katrina Kaif) and falls in love with her also.

Then I believe, it will serve the same shit of “True Love is above all the differences and challenges”. In short, according to me, it will be a khichadi of BARFI and MAST (Aftab Shivdasani & Urmila Matondkar starrer).

In the initial parts of the trailer, we see Shah Rukh Khan playing the same kind of role, which he is playing since ages. There is nothing new, in his personification, except through VFX (which is also pathetic at some places) he is shown as a MIDGET.

The trailer started engaging me with the entry of Katrina Kaif, who is shown as a successful actress, facing loneliness in life (the kiss scene between SRK & Katrina, shows this sentiment exactly).

Also, since Shah Rukh is the King of Marketing (and after the shameful debacle of Jab Harry Met Sejal, I believe he has realized that he has lost his star power, which he possessed 20 years back), at the opening sequence of the trailer, you see a full wall LOGO of “shaadi.com” (money taken from them will help Shah Rukh sail through the losses, if this movie also bombs at the box office).

Overall, the trailer is not bad, but it offered us nothing, which we haven’t seen in Bollywood multiple times earlier.

The fate of the movie will be decided on 21st December 2018!

 


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