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Namrata Joshi

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  • Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    It was in 2011 that Ranjan first came out with a “male perspective” on the man-woman relationship in a middle class, urban scenario in Pyaar Ka Punchnama. It reached out to many. Would SKTKS now become the Bible for an entire generation of young men? Seems so.

    Feb 2018
  • Kuldip Patwal

    If a half-baked script, sketchy situations and vague characters were not enough, the film is also marked by clutter and disarray in the telling.

    Feb 2018
  • Padmaavat

    ...may well be Bhansali’s most sterile and insipid outing since Saawariya and Guzaarish. It manages to wear down and exhaust rather than engage.

    Jan 2018
  • Vodka Diaries

    In an effort to be cool and quirky the film sinks into the shabby and the amateurish. The twists and turns of the plot are totally random, thrown in for the heck of it.

    Jan 2018
  • Mukkabaaz

    A rare sports film which steps away from jingoistic chest thumping to stare hard at the casteist and corrupt face of sports management in the country.

    Jan 2018
  • Kaalakaandi

    Director Akshat Verma neither gives the film any freshness and novelty, nor any depth and deliberation. Even the supposed black humour isn’t pert enough to tickle consistently.

    Jan 2018
  • Monsoon Shootout

    It’s this Sliding Doors kind of broader structuring, the moody, monsoon-night noirish setting and the brooding air that make the film marginally engaging.

    Dec 2017
  • 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

    ...is 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

    ...is 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
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