Kunal Guha

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  • 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
  • Tumbbad

    An issue with Indian horrors has been lack of imagination. A treasure chest that offers a gateway into a goddess’ womb, a cursed undead whose heart beats even while the body has disintegrated and several such constructs cover this concern. Writers Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Anand Gandhi and Rahi Anil Barve (also the director), deserve due credit.

    Oct 2018
  • LoveYatri

    ...Hindi cinema has evolved and a happily-ever-after following a series of misadventures and misunderstandings is a jaded construct most don’t warm up to anymore.

    Oct 2018
  • Andhadhun

    The trouble with a compelling build-up is that it’s accompanied by unrealistic expectations — which when unmet, can lead to disappointment. Here, it almost seems as if the filmmaker decided to adopt the film’s title as his approach to stitch this one together.

    Oct 2018
  • Manto carving this supposedly objective portrait, she ends up with a colourless figure, and her clinical approach and lack of relevant anecdotes, takes away from what could’ve been an engaging tribute.

    Sep 2018
  • Mitron

    ...this comedy-of-errors had the potential to snowball into a surprise hit. But a predictable plot and clichéd turns and twists reduce this two-hour watch into one that can be either skipped and caught later — when it airs on the telly or that digital streaming provider which hunts for such weekend afternoon comedies.

    Sep 2018
  • Love Sonia

    In his directorial debut, Tabrez Noorani is so consumed in narrating the dangerous reality of survivors of sex trafficking that he ignores the fact that he has to also engage audiences with his characters — for them to actually feel their plight.

    Sep 2018
  • Manmarziyaan

    Love triangles are as old as cinema itself. But this one marks an evolution of the genre that most reduce to “who gets the girl?” and comprehensively concludes that often, love is not all it takes.

    Sep 2018
  • Paltan

    A dialogue in this film goes ‘heroes don’t choose their destiny, destiny chooses them’. But if you were to pick Paltan, be rest assured, your destiny is doomed.

    Sep 2018
  • Halkaa

    Director Nila Madhab Panda has made a career of drafting films (I am Kalam, Kadvi Hawa) which pack in a social message or three. If only these mass vehicles of public betterment could’ve been peppered with some cinematic flourish, they would’ve been a bit more bearable.

    Sep 2018
  • Gali Guleiyan

    Writer-director Dipesh Jain invests in his characters and encourages audiences to experience their lives and speculate about the circumstances they find themselves in. The film, for a large part, manages to effectively convey the discomfort the characters endure.

    Sep 2018
  • Stree

    A film like this required a steady hand to carefully balance the chills and thrills along with the outlandish one-liners, ensuring neither is watered-down by the other.

    Aug 2018