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"Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan" is a forward-thinking movie for Bollywood, and that's the main reason I admire it. I also thought it was light and funny and kept me entertained. This movie moves at a good pace and has a solid message. I also liked the two leads in the movie and found their relationship to be easy to root for. I did feel the movie lost some energy in the second half but I still think its a good time all around. I hope this movie inspires more stories to be told in Indian cinema and think it is ultimately a step in the right direction.
For people who watch Bollywood movies somewhat actively, "Thappad" is a nice change of pace. This movie takes on important issues and is more somber and quiet than most Indian movies. I think the movie had solid performances and felt fairly grounded in reality. It's a movie that addresses important topics and is meant to be thought-provoking. That being said, the movie doesn't always move and at times it is kind of at a standstill. While I think there are similar social dramas that have more entertainment value, I still think this is a good movie that is worth checking out primarily because of the bold statements it makes.
"Free Fire" is a movie with a fun premise and stellar cast. I had heard this movie is essentially one big shootout and was pleasantly entertained by it. The cast does a good job and I think the movie could have been less memorable had it not had the same star power it does. I did feel the story is pretty ridiculous and I did have to suspend some disbelief since characters miss their shot an insane number of times. However, I thought the movie was clever and executed in a stylish enough way to where it was worth watching. Overall, it's a solid choice for a movie to watch just for fun.
"Chhapaak" is a solid that aims to raise awareness on an important issue. I thought the movie had an impressive first half but ended up being followed by an oddly paced second one. The movie loses its way in the second half, but it does wrap up nicely and reminds us why it is an important movie. I felt it was a good movie, that had the potential to be something great. Nonetheless, I thought Deepika Padukone did a convincing job in the lead role and led the movie effectively. Overall, it's a good movie that can be difficult to watch, but also does raise questions worth talking about.
In the few roles I have seen him in, I have thought Jimmy O. Yang is a pretty funny guy. I decided to check out his new stand up special, "Good Deal," and I found a good amount of enjoyment in it. I found his jokes and stories to be funny and his delivery to be solid. A lot of the jokes in the special are Asian stereotype focused, which is funny, but I would be interested in seeing what else this comedian has to say. I liked hearing his viewpoints and definitely interested in seeing more from him in the future.