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Ep. 57: Bharat Movie Review

Ep. 57: Bharat Movie Review

June 7, 2019

Movie review of the 2019 Hindi film Bharat starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Bharat (transl. India)[a] is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. It traces India's post-independence history from the perspective of a common man, and follows his life from the age of 18 to 70. Based on the 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, principal photography for Bharat began in April 2018. Shooting took place at such locations as Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi. Kaif joined the cast soon after Priyanka Chopra opted out of the role after filming commenced, for her impending engagement to Nick Jonas. Filming concluded in March 2019. The film's soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, and released under the banner T-Series. Bharat was theatrically released in India on 5 June 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise directed to Khan and Kaif's performance, while Zafar's adaptation and screenplay received criticism.

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Ep. 56: NGK Movie Review

Ep. 56: NGK Movie Review

June 6, 2019

Movie review of NGK, a political drama starring Suriya, Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

NGK (an initialism for Nandha Gopala Kumaran) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language political action film written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Suriya, Rakul Preet Singh, and Sai Pallavi play the lead roles while Devaraj plays a pivotal role. Yuvan Shankar Raja composes the music and Sivakumar Vijayan is the cinematographer. The film is being produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures. Pre-production and principal photography commenced in January 2018. The film is slated to release on 31 May 2019.

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Ep. 55: Jersey Movie Review

Ep. 55: Jersey Movie Review

May 20, 2019

Movie review of the Telugu film Jersey starring Nani and Shraddha Srinath - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Jersey is a 2019 Telugu-language period sports drama written and directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri which is produced by Suryadevar Naga Vamsi under his production banner Sithara Entertainments. The film stars Nani and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles while Sanusha, Sathyaraj, Sampath Raj, Brahmaji, Viswant and Ronit Kamra play pivotal roles. Film music was scored by Anirudh Ravichander with cinematography handled by Sanu Varghese. Principal photography of the film commenced on 18 October 2018 and is slated for a theatrical release on 19 April 2019. The film received highly positive reviews from critics and audience praising Nani‘s performance, direction and screenplay of the film.

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Ep. 54 Lucifer Movie Review

Ep. 54 Lucifer Movie Review

May 19, 2019

Movie Review of Lucifer, the 2019 Malayalam film starring Mohanlal and Manju Warrier, directed by Prithviraj - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Lucifer is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran and written by Murali Gopy. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor through the production house Aashirvad Cinemas, the film marks Prithviraj's directorial debut and features Mohanlal in the lead role as Stephen Nedumpally, alongside a supporting cast including Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith Sukumaran, Saniya Iyappan, Saikumar, Kalabhavan Shajohn, and Nyla Usha. Deepak Dev composed the music for the film, and the cinematography was handled by Sujith Vaassudev. Development of the film began in 2016 when Murali pitched a story to Prithviraj at the sets of Tiyaan in Ramoji Film City, it was when he decided to make Lucifer his directorial debut. Title of the film was taken from an unrealised project of director Rajesh Pillai which was also written by Murali with another story. Pre-production of Lucifer began in 2017 and Murali completed the final draft of the screenplay in February 2018. Principal photography began in mid-July that year and lasted till January 2019, with filming carried out in Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, and Kollam districts, and Mumbai, Bangalore, Lakshadweep, and Russia. Lucifer released in theatres worldwide on 28 March 2019.  Lucifer began streaming on Amazon Prime on May 16.

 

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Ep. 53: Kumbalangi Nights Review

Ep. 53: Kumbalangi Nights Review

May 19, 2019

Movie review of Kumbalangi Nights, a 2019 Malayalam film starring Soubin Shahir and Shane Nigam - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Kumbalangi Nights is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film directed by Madhu C. Narayanan (in his directorial debut) and written by Syam Pushkaran. It is jointly produced by Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim, Dileesh Pothan, and Pushkaran under their production houses Fahadh Faasil and Friends and Working Class Hero. The film stars Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Fahadh Faasil, Sreenath Bhasi, Anna Ben, and Mathew Thomas in the lead roles.[1][2] The film was released in India and Gulf Cooperation Council territories on 7 February 2019. It met with widely positive response from critics.

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Ep. 52: Peranbu Movie Review

Ep. 52: Peranbu Movie Review

February 17, 2019

Movie Review of the 2019 Tamil film Peranbu starring Mammootty - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Peranbu (English: Compassion), also titled Resurrection, is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language film written and directed by Ram and produced by P. L. Thenappan. It features Mammootty, Anjali, Sadhana and Anjali Ameer in the lead roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. A Malayalam language version of the film has also been made. Peranbu had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 27 January 2018, and had the Asian premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival, China on 17 June. The film was also selected to be screened under the Indian Panorama category of 49th International Film Festival of India. The film released in theatres on 1 February 2019, receiving positive reviews from critics.

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Ep. 51: Gully Boy Movie Review

Ep. 51: Gully Boy Movie Review

February 15, 2019

 

Movie Review of the 2019 Hindi film Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Gully Boy is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language musical drama film written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, and directed by Akhtar. The film is co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar under the banners of Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment productions. Loosely based on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy, it stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and features Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz and Siddhant Chaturvedi in supporting roles. Principal photography for Gully Boy began in January 2018 and wrapped up in April 2018. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2019, and was released theatrically on 14 February 2019 to positive reviews from critics.

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Ep. 50: Yatra Movie Review

Ep. 50: Yatra Movie Review

February 15, 2019

 

Movie review of the Telugu/Malayalam biopic Yatra starring Mammootty - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Yatra (English: Journey) is an Indian Telugu biographical film, based on the padayatra of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to June 2009 representing Indian National Congress. The film produced by Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devi Reddy under 70mm Entertainments and directed by Mahi V. Raghav. It stars Mammootty in the lead role as Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and music composed by K. Principal photography commenced on 20 June 2018 in Hyderabad. The film was released on 8 February 2019.

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Ep. 49: Navudula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom Movie Review

Ep. 49: Navudula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom Movie Review

February 15, 2019

Movie Review of the 2012 Tamil Comedy Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom starring Vijay Sethupathi - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (English: A Few Pages Missing in the Middle), also known as NKPK, is a 2012 Indian Tamil language psychological comedy thriller film and the directorial debut for Balaji Tharaneetharan. Featuring Vijay Sethupathi and Gayathrie Shankar in the lead roles, The plot is based on a true story that involves a young man who experiences retrograde amnesia after a cricket incident two days before his wedding. The music and background score of the film are composed by Shankar and Siddarth Vippin respectively. The film released on 30 November 2012 to widely positive reviews from critics. The film was a huge cult hit. It was remade in Telugu as Pusthakamlo Konni Pageelu Missing, in Kannada as Kwatley Satisha, in Malayalam as Medulla Oblangata, in Odia as Suna Pila Tike Screw Dhila and in Gujarati as Shu Thayu?.  

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Ep. 48: Pelli Choopulu Movie Review

Ep. 48: Pelli Choopulu Movie Review

February 6, 2019

Movie review of the 2016 Telugu romantic comedy Pelli Choopulu (Matchmaking) starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ritu Varma - by Melanie on Pardesi Reviews.

Pelli Choopulu (English: Matchmaking) is a 2016 Indian Telugu language, romantic comedy film written and directed by Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam and produced by Raj Kandukuri and Yash Rangineni. It features Vijay Deverakonda and Ritu Varma in the lead roles. The film revolves around a boy and a girl who meet during a match-making, how their aspirations brings them together forms the rest of the story. The film was released worldwide on 29 July 2016 to positive reviews from critics and received critical and commercial success. The film provided breakthrough for the film's cast and crew. The film won two National Film Awards for Best Telugu film, and Best Screenplay – Dialogues, two Filmfare Awards, and the SIIMA Award for Best Film. The film was remade in Hindi as Mitron (2018) and in Malayalam as Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019).

 

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