Namrata Joshi

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  • Fukrey Returns

    The quirky characters and their oddball humour is again the mainstay even as the thin plot gets stretched to its utmost limits. You want the things to come to a closure fast even as they drag on and on with one laboured situation piling atop another.

    Dec 2017
  • Tera Intezaar most consistent when it comes to the inherent messiness-it’s tacky in every which way, from the first frame to the last. The tawdriness reflects in every single department of filmmaking.

    Dec 2017
  • Ajji

    The only thing new here then is turning an arthritic grandmom into the avenging angel. Ajji is no more than Mom and Maatr at their most excessive; it just locates the same rape narrative at the other end of the social spectrum.

    Nov 2017
  • Kadvi Hawa essentially a short story on screen with a proverbial twist in the tale. Panda, however, plays it too slow for its own good — long sequences, seemingly static scenes. It gets protracted and plodding.

    Nov 2017
  • Tumhari Sulu

    The story of a homemaker turned night time RJ is full of interesting possibilities but gets stuck in the familiar conflict zone between career and family.

    Nov 2017
  • Ittefaq

    ...the old Ittefaq, despite you knowing the spoiler, can still hold you in thrall. The new one, despite making a marketing strategy out of a spoiler, just isn’t thrilling enough.

    Nov 2017
  • Ribbon

    Despite an evident lack of flourishes and drama; a straight, linear narrative; no major ups and downs, nor sideways swings and an unadorned style Ribbon manages to engage.

    Nov 2017
  • Chef

    Like with its tone, emotions, characters and performances the film stays consciously aloof in handling food as well.

    Oct 2017
  • Judwaa 2

    Dhawan updates the original with some new, contemporary, international scenery but fails to update the attitude for today’s times.

    Sep 2017
  • Bhoomi

    Sanjay Dutt hasn’t lost his acting chops yet, rather seems to be maturing well. But why did he have to pick up a film this regressive for a return?

    Sep 2017
  • Haseena Parkar

    Don’t go looking for a Shabana Azmi-like assured turn (in Godmother) from Kapoor. She is unable to rise above her age, despite trying to emote way too earnestly in some scenes.

    Sep 2017
  • Newton

    It’s a short, straightforward and simple film but far from simplistic. Director Amit Masurkar uses humour to make his point than get all moralistic, being quietly effective rather than shrill.

    Sep 2017
  • Simran

    What’s interesting is that her Praful is never built as a role model. The filmmaker remains non-judgmental about her; the audience doesn’t know what to make of her. I found that strangely liberating: an on-screen woman you can’t pin down or put in a straightjacket; for a change.

    Sep 2017
  • Daddy

    ...falls in the shadow; adrift and astray, mislaid between what would have been aimed on paper, in the script, and what eventually plays out on the screen.

    Sep 2017
  • Sameer

    The much desired subversion gets far-fetched and messy than pointed and plausible. That’s where the film loses a grip on itself and its larger relevance.

    Sep 2017
  • Qaidi Band

    Not only does Qaidi Band stay voluntarily far from scratching the surface of the issue but is unable to be a compelling watch either. For a real, troubling issue the solution offered is an unconvincing fairytale one.

    Aug 2017
  • Babumoshai Bandookbaaz all eventually boils down to yet another bloody revenge drama, in perpetuity at that. In the midst of several characters and strands the film loses an essential sense of cohesion.

    Aug 2017
  • Sniff

    The one complaint I had with Gupte’s previous outing, Stanley Ka Dabba, was that, like so many of our children’s films, it came with a message attached. Sniff is not weighed down by that. It’s the reason why I am happy with it, but many a righteous adult might end up considering it simplistic and slight.

    Aug 2017
  • Bareilly Ki Barfi

    The mediocre music and song-n-dance routines bring in the typical filmi touch to the film trying hard to fight it but still wanting to remain within it. Although a likeable film, BKB is one that could have but doesn’t quite fly.

    Aug 2017
  • Shreelancer

    All of it gets protracted, hallucinatory and pointless, the viewer’s connect with the growth, change and self-realisation in the character remain distant.

    Aug 2017
  • Toilet

    If there were any doubts that Akshay Kumar is the poster boy of this regime they can be laid to rest with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

    Aug 2017
  • Jab Harry Met Sejal

    ...marks a thumping return to love at its most banal, hackneyed and exasperating. There is not much in the silly situations and trite conversations to get you invested or interested in the lovers.

    Aug 2017
  • Gurgaon

    There are twists and turns, hidden skeletons and revelations aplenty to keep the audience guessing but all made to unfold in a restrained way, lending poignancy to the intrigues and deceptions.

    Aug 2017
  • Lipstick Under My Burkha

    Shrivastava’s women are identifiable, their predicaments and problems are easy to relate to. What adds more conviction to the portrayals are the persuasive performances by all the ladies at the helm.

    Jul 2017
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