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Meeta Kabra

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Number of reviews
586
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50

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  • Street Dancer 3D

    An excuse to choreograph a whole load of dances, though it seemed like one long dance broken by bits of story around empathy and international integration.

    49

    Jan 2020
  • Panga

    A charming, uplifting film, about a mother going about the business of being a mother, the warmth of which you will feel well after you have left the theatre.

    79

    Jan 2020
  • Tanhaji

    Overt dramatisation, powerful delivery of over-written dialogue, considerably awful CGI. Yet a moderately engaging film, partly because of the story of bravery and partly because of decent performances.

    49

    Jan 2020
  • Chhapaak

    The extra effort to not make it exploitative is evident. The audience is guided to follow the victims’ lead—be with what is and what can be, rather than what has been. In the process, the film misses out on becoming an immersive experience, and we get a breezy film on a weighty topic.

    69

    Jan 2020
  • Dabangg 3

    A slowwww clap for the social messaging—as slow as the slo-mo used, without which too the film would have been slow. A genuine clap for the attempt at story, though. As amusing and self-important as it was, at least they tried.

    19

    Dec 2019
  • Mardaani 2

    The makers have obviously worked on improving the aspects that were little off in the first episode while making what was done well even better. Except for a couple of quibbles, Mardaani 2 works as a thriller for sure.

    79

    Dec 2019
  • Panipat

    A Hindi war movie that spends a lot more time on strategy than action extravaganza. ‘True’ to real-life or not, the politics of the situation engaged me enough to think that digesting the complexity needed the 3-hour run-time.

    69

    Dec 2019
  • Pati Patni Aur Woh

    When you are expecting the worst, the not-bad feels decent, and the possibly-bad gets the benefit of the doubt. That is the middle ground at which Pati Patni aur Woh manages to reach.

    49

    Dec 2019
  • Bala

    In that a body-shaming-themed film HAS to follow a certain trajectory, Bala holds no surprises. The one-liner insights and performances though are enough to see you through two hours. It actively avoids a few eye-rolls too.

    59

    Nov 2019
  • Ujda Chaman

    So, I am supposed to find people laughing at perceived body flaws funny? Thank goodness for some great supporting cast, and decent lead cast performances.

    39

    Nov 2019
  • Housefull 4

    Were it not for the general slapstickiness, the extra half hour, the flippant attitude towards writing women characters, Housefull 4 might’ve worked for the few laughs it brings.

    39

    Oct 2019
  • The Sky Is Pink

    Great performances and a touching story bring in a lot of tears despite knowing how it all ends. Might have worked even better, were it shorter.

    59

    Oct 2019
  • War

    Slick action, chiselled heroes, stunning locations make up for the uneven writing. Yep, the story is part-clever and part-amusing, making it a guilty-pleasure kind-of-a-watch.

    59

    Oct 2019
  • The Zoya Factor

    Attempts to keep things light, which work at times and don’t at others. A film that wouldn’t kill you if you watched it, but one you wouldn’t miss if you didn’t.

    49

    Sep 2019
  • Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

    The first half, when nothing happens is engaging because of the arresting Himalayas+cinematography. The second half, when the story moves at breakneck speed, is boring.

    49

    Sep 2019
  • Section 375

    Well-made? Sure. Good performances? Absolutely. Well-written? Crisp. Did I like it? No. But then, shouldn’t a movie be made on men’s rights? Oh absolutely. And a round of slow-clap for that.

    49

    Sep 2019
  • Dream Girl

    Aims to expand on a hilarious ‘what if’ situation but suffers from an afterthought to philosophise it. Very witty dialogue and good performances in a hotch-potch of a film.

    59

    Sep 2019
  • Chhichhore

    The makers choose a slice of their hostel lives as a thread to ~~sermonise~~ tell the kids who take failure too hard to take it easy. The nostalgic tone works, but the build-up to the “lesson” part is overdone.

    49

    Sep 2019
  • Saaho

    When the writers know a film needs more than style, but are not quite sure how to make it happen.

    49

    Aug 2019
  • Mission Mangal

    Two years worth of “eureka” moments fit into two hours make the film cute and as engaging as a well-made, animated film. Whether that was the makers’ intention, I know not.

    59

    Aug 2019
  • Batla House

    Accomplished police officers have to defend themselves against allegations of fake encounters–the topic as a central theme for a film is relatively fresh. However, the story doesn’t budge ahead until the last 20 minutes and thus is sadly a tiring bore.

    39

    Aug 2019
  • Jabariya Jodi

    ...is not as much a romantic comedy as it is the story of a boy trying to come out of his father’s unsavoury shadow. But the need for a rom-com climax ruins whatever little it had tried to gain in the first two hours.

    49

    Aug 2019
  • Judgemental Hai Kya

    The quirks are well placed and done well too. The basic plot though tries to make us believe it is complex and its characters have complexities, but that’s only skin deep. Ultimately then, the film feels like an experiment that doesn’t land too well.

    49

    Jul 2019
  • Super 30

    Were it not based on real-life, Super 30’s story would have been scoffed upon and the movie soon forgotten. Even with the “based on a true story” stamp and despite some decent insights, performances, and dialogue, it borderlines on simplistic and forgettable.

    59

    Jul 2019
  • Article 15

    Of course, it supports an ideology, has an agenda and is prejudiced. The real question is, would we be surprised if we read a page-7 headline of such an incident? Would we be shocked if we knew for sure it really happened? No, right? Exactly why such films need to be made.

    79

    Jun 2019