First Review of Jab Harry Met Sejal by Umair Sandhu

Love story to work wonders, it ought to have the germs to make the viewer jump with joy and participate in the goings-on. And the principal characters here — Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma — are so real, so natural, so believable and so winsome that the viewer gets absorbed into their world as minutes pass by. 

To sum up, JAB HARRY MET SEJAL is as refreshing as an ice-cold watermelon juice in scorching heat. Imtiaz Ali’s expert storytelling coupled with Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma sparkling performances make this film a must-watch! 
The highpoint of JHMS is its story. The sequence of events in the first hour is akin to a roller coaster ride. 

But the pace slackens in the second hour. Partly because the goings-on get dramatic and serious. Also, things seem to be stretched in this hour. The love story takes its own sweet time to reach its destination, when the fact remains that it could’ve [and should’ve] reached the finale earlier. Thankfully, the end is expertly executed and takes the graph of the film higher. 

Imtiaz Ali deserves brownie points for handling the subject with such maturity. The fun-laden scenes are truly funny and the emotional ones make you moist-eyed. Striking the right balance between light and heavy moments is akin to walking on a tight rope and Imtiaz handles the two extremes with remarkable ease. An accomplished storyteller undoubtedly! 

Pritam proves his versatility yet again. Radha & Hawayein is already SUPERHIT Songs. Cinematography of Europe is simply Eye Catching. Editing is Sharp & Crispy. No Dull Moment throughout the film. Production Designing is First Rate. 

Both Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma deserves for top honours. SRK delivers his career-best performance in JAB HARRY MET SEJAL. He goes for a complete transformation his looks and attire to look the character he has chosen to portray and the understanding with which he enacts his part is worthy of lavish praises. 

Anushka Sharma is in top form as well. JHMS is a turning point in her career [personally as well as professionally]. Good Performances by all supporting actors.

On the whole, JAB HARRY MET SEJAL is one of the finest [romantic] films to come out of Bollywood in 2017. At the box-office, it has the merits to work big time. Strongly recommended. 

Umair Sandhu Rating : ☆☆☆☆


First Review Tubelight by Umair Sandhu

There are somethings that are just meant to be together. Over a period of time, they not just become synonymous with each other but also complement each other to the fullest. Amongst the many examples for this, one such combination is the release of a Salman Khan film during the auspicious occasion of Eid. Like almost every year, this year too, Salman Khan has gifted his fans their ‘Eidi’ in the form of TUBELIGHT.

First things first. Director Kabir Khan captures the attention of the viewers right from first shot of this character driven film. The impeccable camaraderie between him and his lead star Salman Khan was seen in their last blockbuster film Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This time round, the camaraderie has grown by leaps and bounds, which can be seen in this film.He has very sensibly handled the emotional scenes, without going overboard. While the tempo of the film is set in the first ten minutes, it is very rare that any film has ever started on such an emotional high.

The film’s storywriter (Kabir Khan ) deserves applauses galore for having come up with such a fresh story that has the right mix of patriotism, love, emotions and brotherhood. Eye Catching Cinematography. Crispy & Sharp Editing. First Rate Production Designing! 

If it’s a Salman Khan movie, then, songs and music become very crucial. TUBELIGHT music (Pritam Chakraborty) definitely works by all means, majorly because it has all the elements that are required of a typical ‘Salman Khan film’. Music gels extremely well with the film and also the flow of the film. The film already boats of a chartbuster track in the form of ‘Radio‘. 
As far as the performances are concerned, absolutely no prizes for guessing that the film belongs to the one and only Salman Khan, who makes no mistakes in delivering an outstanding performance in this film. His innocence is unmistakably charming. And it is this innocence that unfailingly captures melts and ultimately wins over the audiences’ hearts. Simply He gave National Award Worthy Performance. Terrific Performances by Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu & Om Puri. Good Performances by all supporting actors. Shahrukh Khan looking Amazing in Cameo Role. His Fans will go gaga over his entry.

On the whole, TUBELIGHT is a not to be missed ‘Eid’ treat from Salman Khan and Kabir Khan. This film easily qualifies to be Salman Khan’s BEST movie till date, featuring his career’s best performance. The film wins you over completely. Do not skip.

Umair Sandhu Ratings ! ☆☆☆☆

First Review of Baahubali 2 by Umair Sandhu

Making a film is no easy task and making one that boasts of being India’s costliest and grandest film till date on both budget and scale, definitely is a humongous challenge.

Talking about the CGI used in the film, BAAHUBALI 2 is easily comparable to the Hollywood greats like THE LORD OF THE RINGS series and even the HARRY POTTER series that featured entire towns, cities and regions artificially developed to look realistic. Compared to the usual Indian standard of CGI work in films, the effort and detail that went into making BAAHUBALI 2 is visibly evident in the stunning waterfalls, the spectacular city of Mahishmati, and the sheer cliffs. 

Coming to the performances in the film, the casting of BAAHUBALI 2 is just perfect with every actor doing a brilliant job in their respective roles. Here a special mention goes to both Prabhas and Rana, for some outstanding work, especially for Rana who excels in portraying the angry smouldering eyed King Bhallala. Ramaya Krishnan, despite being in a supporting role manages to leave an impact. The other two supporting cast members Nasser and Satyaraj as Bijjaladeva and Kattappa are impressive as well. No Indian storyteller comes close to what S.S. Rajamouli envisions and executes on screen.

 Every sequence of BAAHUBALI 2 is a marvel that can easily be compared to the best of Hollywood. The grandiose sets, VFX, sound, edit, cinematography and most importantly, the screenplay of BAAHUBALI 2 is beyond fantastic. Mindblowing Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Music & Screenplay.

Prabhas gave Career Best Performance ever. Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty & Tammannah are Fantastic. Sathayraj is Outstanding ! Good acting by all supporting actors. 

On the whole, BAAHUBALI 2 makes you proud that an Indian filmmaker dared to dream big and accomplished it. BAAHUBALI 2 is definitely not to be missed. Call it a box-office blockbuster today, but tomorrow, it will be remembered as a classic.

Umair Sandhu Rating : ☆☆☆☆☆ 5*/5*

First Review Katamarayudu by Umair Sandhu.

This movie is an out and out commercial entertainer. Director Kishore Kumar has ensured that there is plenty for Pawan Kalyan fans and the family audience. Pawan Kalyan has punch dialogues, high octane action sequences and all the right dance moves. He plays the good and the bad with ease and is a treat to watch on screen.The storyline may not be new for Tollywood cinema, but the director has tailor-made it for Pawan Kalyan and the mass audience. 

Pawan Kalyan is portrayed as a beefed up, invincible superhuman, who annihilates the enemy with his brute strength. Every frame seems to worship the actor, highlighting his smile and charm, much to the delight of his fans. He Steals the Show all the Way. He is in Terrific form. He Nailed it ! 

Shruti Haassan looks Stunning & gave Award Worthy Performance. Good Acting by all Supporting actors. Terrific Cinematography, Rocking music, Sharp Editing & Paisa Vasool Story ! 

Though loaded with fantastical commercial elements catering to Pawan Kalyan mass hero image, the decent plot, stunning music and spectacular visuals captured by cinematographer make Katamarayudu an enjoyable treat.

Seriously ! Pawan Kalyan gave One of the Best film & Performance ! He is Back with Bang ! His Fans will go gaga over him.

BLOCKBUSTER Written all over it 👏👏👏

Umair Sandhu Rating : ☆☆☆☆

First Review of Badrinath Ki Dulhania by Umair Sandhu

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA is a quintessential Bollywood romance and ticks all the customary boxes that make a love story work. Yet, Shashank Khaitan makes sure the screenwriting incorporates several amusing and compelling episodes that steer clear of rusty formulas that we are used to watching in films of this genre. Shashank also steers clear of full-scale melodrama, loud and familiar masala and earsplitting background score, which could’ve seeped in naturally, given the genre of the film. He keeps it subtle, but makes sure the film wins you over. As a storyteller, Shashank knows his fundas right and he gives his lead actors a well-knit, cohesive screenplay to peg their acting skills.

Furthermore, the soundtrack compliments the proceedings delightfully. ‘Title Track’ is hugely popular, while ‘Tamma Tamma ‘ has caught on big time too. Cinematography is Eye Catching. Editing is Sharp & Crispy. Production Designing is Classy.

Varun Dhawan gets the attitude of the character spot-on and pulls up a winning act. He reveals a sharp timing for comedy, but springs a big, big surprise in the emotional ones. In short, he makes you sit up, watch and applaud his act. Alia seems to be making the right career choices. UDTA PUNJAB, HIGHWAY and 2 STATES specifically proved that she could transcend the glamour quotient and  BADRINATH KI DULHANIA substantiates the fact that she will be the top contender at the awards season next year — with as many as three diverse performances getting nominated for the top honors. Their Chemistry is TERRIFIC. 

On the whole, BADRINATH KI DULHANIA is a beautifully textured love story that wins you over. There’s no stopping this one from hitting the bull’s eye. Sure-shot winner!

Umair Sandhu Rating : ☆☆☆☆ 

Rangoon First Review by Umair Sandhu

This week’s release RANGOON comes from the stable of the ‘thinking’ filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj. After his earlier films OMKARA and HAIDER. Rangoon shows that Vishal is a brilliant storyteller, who has a terrific command over technique too. In fact, it wouldn’t be erroneous to state that every sequence in the film bears the stamp of a genius and most importantly. 

Vishal’s storytelling is equally noteworthy. The transition from a simple story to a complex tale and from a plain love story to a shocking, tragic culmination is what generates a terrific impression of the film. Fantastic Story & Screenplay, Rocking Music, Eye Catching Cinematography. First Rate Production Designing & Crispy Editing.

Rangoon definitely is Shahid Kapoor’s best performance till date. It is one of the complex roles that he has taken up till date and he definitely gets into the skin of the character. Kangana Ranaut gave an Award Worthy Performance. She Steals the Show all the way. Said Ali Khan is OUTSTANDING ! He is Back with Bang. Good Performances by all supporting actors. 

On the Whole, Rangoon is a Well Made film !

A Cult Classic Film I’ve ever seen in Recent Years. Go for it ! 

Umair Sandhu Rating : 3.5*/5* 

First Review of Singam3 by Umair Sandhu

Singam 3 is PASIA VASOOL Mass Entertainer..!! 

Suriya ” ROARING Lion of India ” is Back with Bang ! Suriya Steals the Show all the way. He gave Mindblowing Performance. Seriously, He gave Award Worthy Performance. His fans will go gaga over him. Anushka Shetty & Shruti Hassan gave fine Performances. Good Performances by all supporting actors. First and Second Half is full on Racy. No Dull Moment throughout the film. 

Rocking Songs, Bone Breaking Action Stunts ! Simply Best Action Sequences i’ve ever seen in Kollywood. Hatsoff to Action Director. Eye Catching Cinematography, Excellent Direction by Hari. Sharp & Crispy Editing & Clap Worthy Dialogues.

Overall ! Strongly Recommended to all of u. It will ROCK the Boxoffice this Weekend in India & Overseas. Don’t Miss it.

My Rating ! ☆☆☆☆ BLOCKBUSTER