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Kunal Guha

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  • Romeo Akbar Walter

    Director Robby Grewal hopes to pay a cinematic ode to those selfless soldiers of war who give it their all, even with the knowledge that their efforts won’t be acknowledged. But the film nosedives in striving to meet its unrealistic ambitions.

    Apr 2019
  • No Fathers In Kashmir

    Director Kumar manages to infuse a matter-of-fact manner in interpreting the grave issues covered. While he deliberately singles out religious fanatics from militants who consider themselves patriots, the delicate handling of the subject-matter retains the gravity of the issue, without being too overwhelming.

    Apr 2019
  • Junglee

    It’s obvious that his (Chuck Russell) intentions here were to furnish the man-animal conflict and apprise one of the ramifications. But much seems to be lost in translation.

    Mar 2019
  • Gone Kesh

    Debutant director Qasim Khallow should be lauded for managing to contain this story within two hours. He also ensures the proceedings aren’t hurried and keeps one hooked even when the inevitable climax is predictable.

    Mar 2019
  • Kesari

    Apart from delivering as an inspiring tale of unparalleled bravery, it also drops subtle hints on the early cracks that eventually went on to corrode the colonial rule.

    Mar 2019
  • Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

    Some of the fight sequences in the film are reminiscent of Stephan Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle — magnifying the aesthetic and theatrics of every blow for maximum impact. The two films also share a common agenda — to tickle you where it hurts.

    Mar 2019
  • Hamid

    ...details Kashmiri cultural ceremonies and presents the Valley through the eyes of a local — something only a few filmmakers who’ve shot in the region have managed. But it also successfully manages to subliminally highlight the local sentiment without turning into a political statement — which is its biggest victory.

    Mar 2019
  • Milan Talkies

    It seems like this film was made in such a crazed frenzy to catch up with the wave of small towns stories that the makers couldn’t wait for the script to commence shooting.

    Mar 2019
  • 22 Yards

    The incestuous relationship shared between sports agents, players and journalists offered enough fodder for an inspiring story. This film chews on that fodder and spits it out without a thought.

    Mar 2019
  • Photograph

    An issue with the film is that while it tells a lot, it says very little — which is ironic given that a photograph is expected to convey a thousand words. Let’s just say this one’s a passport photo— a contained profile that offers a glimpse but not the big picture.

    Mar 2019
  • Badla

    ...while it manages to hold your attention and interest for the large part, the proceedings tend to occasionally get a bit too theatrical.

    Mar 2019
  • Sonchiriya

    Having found his space in stories emerging from mofussil towns and the deep hinterlands, Chaubey may be in his comfort zone here. But he tries to keep the proceedings from seeping into tropes and weaves in a range of emotions that humanise — if not immortalise — his characters.

    Mar 2019
  • Gully Boy

    The biggest challenge for director Zoya Akhtar was to ensure her eponymous slum rapper’s journey doesn’t exaggerate his sufferings and stereotype his marginalised existence for impact. On that front, she scores and even nails the emotional peaks and crushing lows.

    Feb 2019
  • Amavas

    ...each and every scene — from approaching a door with dread to bending over to reveal a dark apparition standing right behind, has been borrowed from some film or the other. That the makeup and prosthetics here seem dated and sourced from a Halloween party store also dilutes the overall effect.

    Feb 2019
  • The Fakir Of Venice

    ...surely has an intriguing title that may trigger questions such as how precisely did the ascetic find himself in the city of canals, to begin with. But once these doubts are clarified, there’s little to inspire one to stay glued to one’s seat.

    Feb 2019
  • Thackeray

    There’s a thin yet distinct line between mimicking and articulating an impression. Siddiqui manages to capture the cartoonist-turned-politician’s tone and spirit but retains his own interpretation of Thackeray.

    Jan 2019
  • Manikarnika

    Most know of Jhansi ki Rani from the poem that aptly described the fearless queen. This biopic goes beyond heroics to reveal a resolute yet vulnerable figure. And even while the authenticity of all the events detailed here is debatable, it makes for a decent watch.

    Jan 2019
  • 72 Hours

    Director and lead Dhyani had the unique advantage of placing himself in the centre of the action and allowing the rest of the cast to fade to the background. But even then, his highlighted performance barely hits the spot and fails to interest or engage audiences with this story.

    Jan 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    From the very first frame, this one has its audience figured. It knows that someone who’s drawn to a Hashmi caper has specific expectations — glib dialogue baazi, a lip-lock or three, and a surreal conman who can charm the pants off his partner.

    Jan 2019
  • Bombairiya

    ...odd and impractical lapses in writing are meant to pass for hilarity in this supposed comedy of errors which can surely culminate in a headache.

    Jan 2019
  • Evening Shadows

    ...the welcome turn that Indian society has taken towards its view on the queer community in recent years will have a direct impact on how the same content will now be viewed and assimilated. In such a light, Sridhar Rangayan’s Evening Shadows seems a bit dated.

    Jan 2019
  • Uri

    ...if the film delved a little more into strategy and emotions, it could’ve been more inclusive, if not a more intense watch. Not the chest-beating JP Dutta-type jingoism, but just a dash on what drives these brave men would’ve gone a long way.

    Jan 2019
  • Simmba

    Shetty navigates a familiar ground here in this formula film mounted on a franchise that has proven its worth in box office gains. It’s not a film that will encourage one to rethink fundamental theories or alter societal thought, even though it aspires to be at one point. But it’s surely a masala entertainer that packs in laughs, drama, dishooms and a lot more

    Dec 2018
  • Zero

    Director Anand L Rai has forever backed stories that explore a range of human emotions in its most basic manifestations. Here, he deviates from his natural style and even basic constructs such as Bauaa’s change of heart or his initial courtship lack the soul one expects from his work.

    Dec 2018