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Raja Sen

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Number of reviews
214
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45

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  • Veere Di Wedding

    ...lands several blows to the patriarchy while never giving up its masala entertainer roots. It is the kind of film that needs to work because of what it says.

    Jun 2018
  • Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

    Motwane has made a minimal and bare-knuckled vigilante film that means well, but is built out of obvious influences. We know exactly where it's heading, but it still leaves us waiting at the signal too long.

    Jun 2018
  • Raazi

    The stakes feel dramatic but unreal, and the film feels slow as a result. It certainly doesn't earn its running time of two hours and twenty minutes. By the time the shrill climax comes around, dullness has set in.

    May 2018
  • 102 Not Out

    ...the film relies too heavily on prosthetics, with liver spots being used either for laughs, or instead of character details.

    May 2018
  • Pad Man

    ...is a genuinely strong movie, telling an unlikely story in likeable fashion and doing it briskly and smartly.

    Feb 2018
  • Padmaavat

    The problem lies not in Padmaavat being a costume drama, but in the fact that there is too much costume, too little drama.

    Jan 2018
  • Mukkabaaz

    Kashyap is at his absolute best in Mukkabaaz, all heart and heartland, a movie made with a vintage filmi sensibility but highly modern skills. And a story that bleeds.

    Jan 2018
  • Tiger Zinda Hai

    At an exhausting two hours and forty minutes, I really don't care if Tiger is alive or a vegetable - whether he's Zinda or Tinda, really - but this film needed to be much tighter.

    Dec 2017
  • Tumhari Sulu

    ...is a special film, the kind where you know what is going to happen and yet texture and detailing give you much to marvel at.

    Nov 2017
  • Ittefaq

    Despite the relatively brisk running time and a double murder at its heart, the case runs cold and Abhay Chopra's film emerges unforgivably dull.

    Nov 2017
  • Chef

    ...holds no secret sauce of its own, but perhaps we shouldn't be that surprised. There is only that much you can do with a reheated film.

    Oct 2017
  • Newton

    ...a film that, while striving to be admirably dry, proves at times to be achingly dull. The film's go-nowhere pace seems to be a conscious decision but its highest, most telling moments come through scintillating lines of dialogue (take a bow, Mayank Tewari) and actorly flourishes from a great ensemble.

    Sep 2017
  • Simran

    Unfortunately the film, doubling up as a showreel for the actress, pretends also to be a drama, a thriller, even a sweet romance. None of these other gears work well enough, and the eventual result is tedious.

    Sep 2017
  • Toilet

    ...all hell breaks loose (and hell, loos are broken) as the screenplay is gradually replaced by a government pamphlet. It all becomes painfully predictable, from a media scrum to a nick of time climax, and this film could well have been titled Poop-li Live.

    Aug 2017
  • Indu Sarkar

    ...demonstrates that it doesn't matter who is in charge if the thinking is oppressive. It serves also as potent warning to those in power now and in the future, threatening their legacies. Behave yourselves or else Madhur Bhandarkar will make a film about you.

    Jul 2017
  • Tubelight

    ...means well, an anti-war movie that illustrates the pointlessness of battle and the importance of not actively hating those you are at war with, and while its simplistic message is timely and admirable, the film is rendered unwatchable because of the leading man.

    Jun 2017
  • Bank Chor

    Even a substandard or cliched basic plotline could have been sidestepped were only the gags smart enough, or, at least, that there were enough of them. This one spends too much time not going for the laughs. It starts off being about blank chors, and ends up a bank bore.

    Jun 2017
  • Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

    This is the rare sequel that is better than the first. Rajamouli's original Baahubali was engaging and effective but significantly overstuffed, with waterfalls and a weird romantic track and far too many songs for the genre, while this film is a lot more assured about both narrative and tone.

    Apr 2017
  • Noor

    With Noor, for example, I cannot for the life of me figure out why the film's heroine wants to be a journalist.

    Apr 2017
  • Begum Jaan

    ...could well have been a film about a fantastic bunch of feisty, disparate women taking on all odds, but alas. We're left only with memories of some melancholy bores.

    Apr 2017
  • Mukti Bhawan

    Somewhere in the middle of this beautiful, meditative film comes the greatest lesson of all: that a perfect, poetic goodbye doesn't have to wait for the end.

    Apr 2017
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