Nandini Ramnath

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  • Parched

    The widow-wife-whore matrix is well performed by the actresses, whose mutual chemistry and feeling for their universal woes lift scenes that might have otherwise been trite and unconvincing.

    Sep 2016
  • Raaz Reboot

    Why build a 127-minute narrative around false hopes, non-existent sexual frisson, non-scary horror scenes, songs that escape memory, and a plot that relies on the power of the mangal sutra to set things right?

    Sep 2016
  • Pink

    The movie considerably enriches the screen treatment of sexual assault, but the moment for fewer lectures and greater observation is still some years away.

    Sep 2016
  • Freaky Ali

    Nawazuddin Siddiqui lives it up as the hero, churning out punchlines and playing the romantic lead in a creaky fantasy about bridging the gulf between the working class and a rich person’s game.

    Sep 2016
  • Baar Baar Dekho

    It wants to be seen as a departure from sentimental Hindi film romances, but it doesn’t want to let go of the messy bundle of emotions these films tap into.

    Sep 2016
  • Akira

    The poorly directed action scenes number a handful, with most of the 139-minute running time devoted to contrivances and convolutions that do not do justice to an interesting premise.

    Sep 2016
  • Rustom

    Rustom’s recreation of an iconic trial echoes the narrative style of the lesser films of the period in which the actual crime occurred – it throws out the facts in favour of a simplistic and crowd-pleasing solution, glosses over its hero’s criminal behaviour, and paints its characters in black and white.

    Aug 2016
  • Dishoom

    Dishoom’s premise has promise – two mismatched police officers join hands to rescue India’s cricketing jewel from a kidnapping – but Desi Boyz director Rohit Dhawan simply cannot get the film to jumpstart despite all the elements being in place.

    Jul 2016
  • Sultan

    Sustained by the leading man’s magnetic pull, nicely cast supporting actors, a welcome lack of melodrama, and a setting that looks less plastic than the average A-list movie, Sultan is the apogee of the Salman Khan cult.

    Jul 2016
  • Shorgul

    ...the filmmakers’ love for contrivance, simplification and populist rhetoric combine to make Shorgul yet another misfired investigation of the true nature of communal conflagrations in India.

    Jul 2016
  • Dhanak is simply too cheerful and unconvincing to work as an Indian avatar of Iranian movies that feature adorable children grappling with adult problems.

    Jun 2016
  • Udta Punjab

    ...soars on the back of hard-hitting scenes and superb performances from its cast, but a shorter trip would have given the movie the kick it sorely needed to be counted as the definitive drama on the moral corruption of an entire society.

    Jun 2016
  • Housefull 3

    The filmmakers have aimed to deliver a puerile movie, and, in fact, will be offended by any discussion about Housefull 3 that does not involve its box office prospects.

    Jun 2016