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Kunal Guha

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290
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47

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  • 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
  • Kedarnath

    The jaded construct of throwing two people from diametrically different worlds and hoping they’d be drawn if not fascinated by the other’s niceties may have worked from Jab Jab Phool Khile to Raja Hindustani but in 2018, it doesn’t cut it.

    Dec 2018
  • Hotel Milan

    If Roy Kapur doesn’t get a kick out of self-harm, it’s difficult to imagine why he would agree to be a part of Hotel Milan. It’s the kind of project you’d not wish on your worst enemy.

    Nov 2018
  • Mohalla Assi

    ...Mohalla Assi’s trivial issues and laboured execution only manage to leave you feeling sedated and groggy — its 120-minute runtime doesn’t even allow one to complete a single sleep cycle.

    Nov 2018
  • Pihu

    ...hopes to give you a taste of how it would be if your minor was left at home alone without adult supervision for an entire day. But given the low voltage jolts in this one, your chances of suddenly dropping dead in a screen near you are less likely.

    Nov 2018
  • Thugs Of Hindostan

    For a film that leans so heavily on action, the stunts barely offer anything you’ve not seen before, and given that this falls in the fantasy genre, elevated expectations are met with mediocre execution. But then again, this one is helmed by director Vijay Krishna Acharya whose filmography includes visually compelling-yet-hollow films such as Tashan and Dhoom 3.

    Nov 2018
  • Ekkees Tareekh Shubh Muhurat

    ...Hindi films have become obsessed with weaving stories that convey the life, labour and laughs of small-town India. While some closely-depicted accounts that lend themselves to situational hilarity have been remarkable successes, others feel that merely furnishing a socially-awkward premise is enough. This one, unsurprisingly, falls in the latter.

    Nov 2018
  • Lupt

    Hindi films featuring aatmas and pretaatmas have forever stuck to a clichéd construct — creaky chairs, flickering bulbs, plastic dolls that bleed from their frozen eyes and a symphonic crescendo that culminates in a chalk-faced apparition appearing with a jolt. Lupt is hardly any different...

    Nov 2018
  • Badhaai Ho

    This socially-awkward construct lends itself to such compelling material that even a compilation of reaction shots would suffice. But writers Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial capitalise on the uneasiness of being in this pickle to script hilarious sequences that would leave you in splits.

    Oct 2018
  • Namaste England

    Lack of conflict or chemistry between the lead couple, tedious dialogue and a mumbling monologue on how being an Indian is a matter of well-deserved pride (similar to the one in Namaste London (2007), minus the impact) restrict this story from taking any definitive direction.

    Oct 2018
  • Helicopter Eela

    Kajol may look like a million bucks but her version of a pushy mum who tries a bit too hard to fit in is little short of caricature. To her credit, it is the writing that often lets her down.

    Oct 2018