Ajit Duara

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  • Kalank

    So this is a film with expensive, but ultimately poor, production values. It is a multi-star movie, with actors trapped into delivering theatrical lines that make their personas unrecognisable. This is hugely disappointing.

    Apr 2019
  • Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

    This movie starts off with an interesting script idea and then jumps into the deep end of the dead pool. Were the film stylistically made, it might have worked, but it is so poorly mounted and shot, ‘B’ grade vibes are given off by the end of it.

    Mar 2019
  • Sonchiriya

    Though not as impactful, dramatically, as other socio-politically inclined bandit movies in its genre, ‘Sonchiriya’ is cinematically well crafted.

    Mar 2019
  • Total Dhamaal

    ...the movie plays to the gallery by placing each set of characters in preposterous and farcical gags. The sheer ludicrousness of the set-ups - involving air, land and water transport - gets a few laughs.

    Feb 2019
  • Manikarnika

    The mounting of the film, particularly the battle sequences, is impressive, even though it suffers from some overuse and a little exaggeration. All the actors in the huge cast are competent, but none of the characters they play are textured in the slightest degree, including, of course, Rani Lakshmibai.

    Jan 2019
  • Thackeray

    There is no doubt that the film is speaking to the converted. But what is interesting in the movie is the question of the how and why of cinema being used to preserve distinct political constituencies by so many parties and ideologies. Especially, at this juncture of our history.

    Jan 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    So though it derails itself in the last quarter of its duration, the film, by that time, has asked a few hard questions of the more obvious flaws in a higher education apparatus that relies on skills of rote learning, for both entrance and graduation. 

    Jan 2019
  • Zero

    On the level of cinematic realism, the plot of ‘Zero’ is plainly batshit crazy. But the film has an enthralling visual display, has a few short and gripping star turns, and throws up some fascinating analogues.

    Dec 2018
  • 2.0

    This movie gives you a run for your money, but eventually falls short in holding on to its narrative; which, when it started, promised a lot more bang for your buck.

    Dec 2018
  • Andhadhun

    ...a thriller with not a single scary moment. ‘Andhadhun’ is wonderfully mounted, nicely cast and beautifully art directed, but not once do you grip your seat, sit back in horror, or cover your eyes.

    Oct 2018
  • Pataakha

    A similar nation state in India, with room for a myriad political innuendos to co-exist, allows Bhardwaj a lot of freedom in his Shakespeare adaptations. Most importantly, there are full fledged plots to interpret, instead of half baked ones like in ‘Pataakha’. Plus, there are 34 more plays he can still work on.

    Sep 2018
  • Manmarziyaan

    With ‘Mukkabaaz’ last year, and with ‘Manmarziyaan’ today, he (Kashyap) looks more and more like a mainstream film maker with a fine command of film technique, whose unique and original perspective has been merged, unobtrusively, into an amorphous entity called pop cinema.

    Sep 2018
  • Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi

    The film has a few watchable moments, courtesy the deadpan delivery style of Jimmy Sheirgill, and an Urdu spouting Pakistani character (Piyush Mishra), a relic from the first film. But as a sequel, it is disappointing.

    Aug 2018
  • Genius a noisy film, with hysterical action and dramatic sounds fighting for space with this gnome like debutant reaching for the sky, aspiring to instant action and romantic hero status.

    Aug 2018
  • Karwaan

    By the end of the film, you have enjoyed the scenery, laughed at Irrfan and his PJs, and ask the question on the tip of your tongue - what on earth were the makers of this movie smoking?

    Aug 2018
  • Mulk

    This is the essence of freedom that film makers still have; to make movies that reflect on how life should be, and not necessarily on how it turns out.

    Aug 2018
  • Baaghi 2

    ...the film diverts us from the totally unconvincing dialogue delivery style of Tiger. It also establishes a right leaning ideological position that always works well with an action movie audience.

    Mar 2018
  • Mukkabaaz

    It is not the acting, the content, or the ideology that is wrong with this movie. What jars is the choice of a hackneyed and overused cinematic style that divides characters and conflicts into simplistic demarcations of black and white.

    Jan 2018