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Rahul Desai

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Number of reviews
127
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41

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  • Gabbar Is Back

    ...by the time the same plot is passed through four commercial factory machines, nothing is decipherable. Gabbar is the end of it hopefully, with nothing left to squeeze out.

    May 2015
  • Ishq Ke Parindey

    Our filmmakers have milked the cross-border eternal romance angle dry. It's hard to tell if it's Indo-Pak tension that provides fodder for these done-to-death stories, or the stories that actually create tension between the nations.

    Apr 2015
  • Dozakh

    The climax, potentially a brave black-and-white triumph of humanity over religion, must have looked iconic on paper. This depth, however, is dissolved by an archaic display of craft.

    Mar 2015
  • NH10

    On its own, NH10 is atmospheric, well acted, moody and crafted with a definite vision. A little more writing and less 'inspiration' would have made this its own distinct film.

    Mar 2015
  • Hey Bro

    ...what we get is Andaaz Apna Apna sidekicks, leopard-printed heels, ping-pong sound effects, classic dialogues 'remixed' as rap songs, and skimpy numbers that rhyme 'rude' with 'dude' and 'mood'.

    Mar 2015
  • Coffee Bloom

    The story of a man-child torn between remorse and wounded love is a complex one to tell. This was perhaps the one natural environment that needed some indulgence, an atmospheric sensual aspect that could have atoned for awkward storytelling.

    Mar 2015
  • Dum Laga Ke Haisha

    Director Sharad Katariya takes more than a leaf out of this slice-of-life book, and gently constructs—with a remarkable eye for detail—one of the sweetest little fairytales in recent times.

    Feb 2015
  • Badlapur

    Badlapur is as uncomfortable as it gets, but it's also as good as it gets. Exemplary craft apart, this film also reiterates the importance of challenging convention—an art long abandoned for the haze of commerce.

    Feb 2015
  • Qissa

    Anup Singh goes where few Indian filmmakers have gone before, forcing us to dive face-first into an uncomfortable 20-year tale of social, moral and ethnic disintegration.

    Feb 2015
  • Roy

    That the graph remains unhurried, almost meditative in its approach to storytelling, is down to the director's striking sense of imagery and framing (supported by stylish camerawork), his atmospheric and well-planned use of string-heavy background themes, and his extensive treatment of their chatty chemistry.

    Feb 2015