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Namrata Joshi

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361
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39

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  • Uri

    At times I found myself standing clear of my own political biases to acknowledge his engaging craft. At other moments, I broke away from the film’s emotional sway to question its politics.

    Jan 2019
  • Simmba

    Be it as brutal violators or patronising saviours of women, Simmba shows that it all boils down to the same toxic masculinity which the men behind Simmba have been perpetuating film after film. There is a saying in Hindi: “Sau choohe khake billi haj ko chali (After eating a hundred rats the cat goes on a pilgrimage)”. Need I say more?

    Dec 2018
  • Zero

    The characteristic outstretched arms of SRK get smaller, as does his height, the creative ambition gets bigger but the film stays resolutely middling when it could have been much more.

    Dec 2018
  • Kedarnath

    A protracted climax and worn-out clichés come in the way of what could have been an interesting cinematic exploration of a social fabric in turmoil.

    Dec 2018
  • Pihu

    Deliberately designed, repetitive, predictable and emotionally manipulative, Pihu is cinema at its most duplicitous.

    Nov 2018
  • Tumbbad

    As the film progresses the explanatory begins to replace the enigmatic while you long for the shadowy, invisible demons of the mind lurking in the moody frames at the start of the film.

    Oct 2018
  • Andhadhun

    Missing the beginning, end and anything in the middle would then severely imperil what could be the most fun you’d have at the movies.

    Oct 2018
  • Sui Dhaaga

    Sharat Katariya’s brushstrokes in 'Sui Dhaaga' may have got much more broad than in his previous outing but you still end up caring for his characters

    Sep 2018
  • Halkaa

    The film’s call against open defecation is gratuitous and in trying to portray class divides ends up widening it.

    Sep 2018
  • Gali Guleiyan

    The film is a fine study of deteriorating places, people, relationships, families, neighbourhoods, communities and human minds with the one aerial shot at the end capturing it all economically.

    Sep 2018
  • Stree

    Between scares, laughs and trying to be feminist, the film does tend to get unwieldy and spreads itself too thin. The three elements play out inconsistently. But on the good side, as in some of the recent Bollywood films, Stree has a quaint sense of place, eccentric characters, a few madcap sequences and some sharply written, consciously irreverent lines to keep one engaged.

    Aug 2018
  • Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi

    If you have a taste for such supreme silliness (honest confession, at times my balmy head certainly does) then you’ll be be smiling, if not laughing out loud. The problem is the lack of consistency, with the sharp lines and quick wit often lapsing into the puerile.

    Aug 2018
  • Satyameva Jayate

    Director Milap Zaveri dishes out the same old vigilante justice cinema that we grew up watching in the 80s with a special doff of the hat to the classic Deewar (1975). But his added tadkas can’t hide the essential staleness of the concoction.

    Aug 2018
  • Gold

    ...Akshay Kumar is insisting on being the Neo Mr Bharat, film after film, that is now beginning to bore and grate. Someone please rescue him from being the inspirational conscience keeper of contemporary shining India and take him back to entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.

    Aug 2018
  • Fanney Khan

    Despite the presence of a heavy duty cast, the film is just not able to fly. So bogged down does it get with its predictable arc and overt sense of righteousness that it ends up flat and deadening; silly rather than scintillating.

    Aug 2018
  • Karwaan

    Even as the film makes the audience laugh uproariously it keeps them grounded in its own whimsical way with some sobering, everyday wisdom and bitter-sweet insights into loss, longing and life.

    Aug 2018
  • Mulk

    Instead of talking to the converted, director Anubhav Sinha manages to use the conventions and tools of mainstream cinema to go beyond the liberal echo chambers and try and reach out to the masses. That, in fact, could well prove to be Mulk’s biggest strength.

    Aug 2018
  • Soorma

    After all, sports films meant to be electric and rousing. However, it’s this gentle ordinariness and Shaad Ali’s restrained approach that make Soorma appealing.

    Jul 2018
  • Sanju

    Ultimately, the film is not as much about the flaws in the hero as about him being wronged by the media which is yet a convenient villain.

    Jun 2018
  • Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

    Somewhere Motwane gets too self-aware and conscious—be it the genre of superhero cinema he is playing with or the issue of corruption itself. The point gets belaboured and the film too protracted.

    Jun 2018
  • Veere Di Wedding

    ...at a time when the gender question is in such a serious churn and feminism debate at its sharpest, Veere’s light-hearted and giddy take would seem entirely out of depth.

    Jun 2018
  • 102 Not Out

    Based on a Gujarati play of the same name, Umesh Shukla’s film is unable to leave its inherent theatricality behind. It gets unchanging in terms of the give and take between the duo and leaves the viewers static too. It stirs nothing within, leaving you unmoved.

    May 2018