Nandini Ramnath

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  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    The suggestion that emotional tangles can be unravelled by putting on a diving suit is daffy, but Zoya Akhtar's talent lies in creating rich characters that you're likely to remember afterwards even if you don't recall what they actually ended up doing.

    Jul 2011
  • 404

    A tighter script and crisper running time could have vastly improved 404's chances, although the film manages to stay a few steps ahead of the usual over-long Bollywood product.

    May 2011
  • Luv Ka The End

    If the film hits its target audience – undiscerning teenagers – then the poorly written characters and the script contrivances shouldn't matter.

    May 2011
  • Game

    ...a movie has to be much more than the sum of liquor-ad lighting, sharp clothes and tourism brochure locations.

    Apr 2011
  • Yeh Saali Zindagi

    Mishra wants to be cool and quirky, like Guy Ritchie, but to paraphrase New Yorker critic Anthony Lane, he forgets the first rule of cool: don’t try to be.

    Feb 2011
  • Guzaarish

    ...Guzaarish points to a limited imagination that is so much in thrall to European costume dramas it lacks a soul of its own.

    Dec 2010
  • Anjaana Anjaani

    ...treats suicide and people who want to kill themselves as one big joke. The movie could have been a black comedy, but the writing simply isn’t sharp enough. There is no character development worth its name.

    Oct 2010
  • Lamhaa

    In attempting to explore the issues facing the Kashmiri people through the prism of a thriller, Dholakia misses the wood for the chinars.

    Jul 2010
  • Kites

    Character development is sacrificed for Hallmark moments between the leads, which are just about the only entertaining bits in the film.

    May 2010
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