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Meeta Kabra

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Number of reviews
551
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49

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  • Kalank

    A reasonably complex plot for a love triangle spoiled by shifting focus from the details in the story to reasonably well-done grandeur and opulence. Results in a play-like set-up without due regard for nuance.

    Apr 2019
  • Romeo Akbar Walter

    A thriller that doesn’t get you anywhere close to the edge of the seat. Maybe because the hero gets stuff done too easily or perhaps the casting doesn’t allow you to think he could lose. This despite a decent attempt at twists.

    Apr 2019
  • Kesari

    So much action that it makes you go numb, even though it is slick, choreographed and shot very well. Anyway, a story of great bravery in times of war, glamourising killing by taking lives in style, seems overdone.

    Mar 2019
  • Photograph

    Made specifically for people who can enjoy a film for its mood. A plain and mundane one, in this case. Like most days in life. The plainness that started out as charming becomes lifeless by the end.

    Mar 2019
  • Mere Pyare Prime Minister

    At best, serves as an introduction to a Mumbai slum’s dire toilet situation. A rather tepid narration of a story that aims to tug at our heart and awaken a sleeping Mr. System. Succeeds at neither owing to its simplistic take.

    Mar 2019
  • Badla

    Many mystery stories for one. Each one drawing you in, to think about the details. What more can we ask for? Have great actors tell us the stories? Sure, take that too.

    Mar 2019
  • Sonchiriya

    The story, the performances keep you engaged, yet the film drags making it predictable because there’s just too much time to think.

    Mar 2019
  • Gully Boy

    You are not once distracted from the run-down underdog story, the almost voyeuristic gaze at the poor, and even the touch-and-go attitude towards a range of serious issues like wealth and gender inequality, domestic violence, drug abuse and parental pressure. That’s the power of its dialogue, lyrics, production design, performances, and of course its music.

    Feb 2019
  • The Fakir Of Venice

    A unique story told rather plainly. I’m not asking for drama but would have liked a bit of a punch in the story-telling. Nevertheless, can be seen as a news item turned into a film owing to seemingly effortless performances by both lead actors.

    Feb 2019
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

    Ultimately, falls into the category of stories that one of the film’s own characters describes: superficial. While doing so though it has some adorable moments, despite giving away way too much in its trailer. And of course, since it is issue-based, it cannot resist a predictably preachy climax.

    Feb 2019
  • Manikarnika

    The makers take the strength of the original, real-life story and character for granted and entirely focus on form, rather than content. Good thing then that the brave warrior woman needs no man or depth in writing to shine.

    Jan 2019
  • Thackeray

    Is like a well-made horror film. It is well-made that is why it scares you. And of course, that it is all real-life doesn’t help.

    Jan 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    Has some powerful things to say, but mirrors the ‘the system is such, what can we do’ common-person attitude that it wants to complain against. And therefore, lacks the punch, maybe even rightly so.

    Jan 2019
  • The Accidental Prime Minister

    It is almost like you are paying to watch an advertisement about someone you are not interested in. No, it’s not about Dr. Singh, that would actually be very interesting. This one is an “I, me, myself” on and almost completely by Sanjaya Baru.

    Jan 2019
  • Uri

    Slick war action could make it worth a watch. But be warned, the forced and never-ending emotional drama is a bit much and the propaganda is inescapable.

    Jan 2019
  • Zero

    Breaks my heart to not like a film that treats disability and abnormality with such forthrightness. How I wish everything else in the film wasn’t so disconnected.

    Dec 2018
  • Simmba

    When a Rohit Shetty film moves away from exploding cars to make way for forcefully imploding emotions–it is a step in the right direction. Only a teeny-tiny one though because the ‘women empowerment’ bit is still a huge charade.

    Dec 2018
  • Kedarnath

    An attempt at telling a done-to-death love story in a new way, with a different backdrop. Succeeds for a bit and then takes a turn that makes it visually engaging but emotionally not as much.

    Dec 2018
  • 2.0

    My worst fear came true–the action and CGI are good but not enough by themselves to pull you through the overdrawn public service announcement that the film ends up being.

    Nov 2018
  • Pihu

    While you are in awe with how they managed to make a 2-year old single-handedly hold our interest through the film, Pihu is still a 90-minute long Public Service Announcement for making houses child proof.

    Nov 2018
  • Thugs Of Hindostan

    It’s relevance to today’s times is striking. Interestingly, Thugs of Hindostan includes enough of the trappings to make you cringe and yet manages to keep you entertained.

    Nov 2018
  • Helicopter Eela

    A different but thin story-line that stretches too long, most of which you know from the trailer, including the 2-3 funny lines. ‘Different’ gets some points though.

    Oct 2018
  • Tumbbad

    A meaty story and a gory film which deviates from the typical possessed body horror storyline. Chills the spine as a horror film about supernatural phenomenon should even though I am not convinced horror films should be made at all.

    Oct 2018
  • Andhadhun

    An absolutely absorbing first half written, performed and executed so well that the slightly convoluted and stretched second half cannot mar the experience.

    Oct 2018
  • Pataakha

    Almost every frame of the film tells you it is not about these two sisters, but there is a larger purpose here. Once you give in to this theme and adjust your hearing to its loudness, the film is engrossing while it lasts.

    Sep 2018
  • Manto

    A dispassionate narration might seem like an unbiased view but comes across as dry. It’s still a decent watch to get a glimpse of the man’s life.

    Sep 2018
  • Batti Gul Meter Chalu

    In a crisper avatar, Batti Gul Meter Chalu might just have made for one cohesive film. The one I watched though was two films stuck together – one filled with the angst of unrequited love and the other filled with angst against the sham called “progess”.

    Sep 2018