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Saibal Chatterjee

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Number of reviews
391
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49

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  • Mohalla Assi

    Had the immense potential of the literary text that forms the foundation of Mohalla Assi been even half realized, this would have been powerful indictment of the pernicious brand of politics that thrives on communal hatred and socio-religious divisions.

    Nov 2018
  • Thugs Of Hindostan

    ...it is ultimately too tacky and unconvincing to lay legitimate claims to being India's answer to Pirates of the Caribbean. It isn't even a poor copy.

    Nov 2018
  • Badhaai Ho

    Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma's Badhaai Ho deserves unstinted kudos. It not only dares to tackle a tricky theme, it does so with laudable finesse.

    Oct 2018
  • Jalebi

    ...undermined considerably by the erratic quality of the acting from a cast led by two first-timers, Varun Mitra and Digangana Suryavanshi, and a still-raw Rhea Chakraborty.

    Oct 2018
  • Helicopter Eela

    The problem with Helicopter Eela is that it allows the drama to trump its comic potential. A little more wit and humour and a little less earnestness might have given the film the wings it wants.

    Oct 2018
  • Pataakha

    Take it or lump it, Pataakha packs exaggerated flourishes of the kind that aren't all that common in Bollywood films that aren't strictly driven by mainstream impulses.

    Sep 2018
  • Sui Dhaaga

    ...falls well short of perfection, but it never comes unstuck. It passes muster as a wholesome entertainer embellished with humour, warmth, authentic emotional trappings and actors adept at going seamlessly along with the flow.

    Sep 2018
  • Batti Gul Meter Chalu

    ...makes the right noises for the most part. If only it took less time and fewer detours to get to the point, it might have dodged its frequent blackouts.

    Sep 2018
  • Manto

    ...is a highly watchable, immediately thought-provoking cinematic work that does not have to deliver sledgehammer blows quite in the manner of Manto's more confrontational stories.

    Sep 2018
  • Gali Guleiyan

    ...is obviously not a conventional entertainer. Just as well. The film stands out because of the balance it attains in depicting a man sinking steadily into incoherence and yet clinging to his humanity.

    Sep 2018
  • Stree

    ...plays an unwavering hand in demonstrating that dread can be unbridled fun when it serves a larger thematic purpose. Go watch this spine-tingling film. It is completely madcap but there is method in its manic madness.

    Aug 2018
  • Genius

    ...no amount of flag-waving and chest-thumping can deflect from the fact that Genius is an unspeakably shoddy film.

    Aug 2018
  • Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi

    ...the hilarity quotient is low. The precursor had delivered on at least a part of the promise inherent in the quirky premise. This one goes through the motions without ever coming close to finding a genuine rhythm.

    Aug 2018
  • Gold

    ...dragged down by a storyline that puts too much store by the anticipated crowd-pulling power of a Bollywood A-lister.

    Aug 2018
  • Fanney Khan

    ...abounds in such leaps of logic. But all of it is in the pursuit of some harmless fun and emotional manipulation. The fun remains low-key; the vigorous pulling at the heartstrings, which gathers momentum in the lead-up to the climax, yields some returns by way of emotional impact.

    Aug 2018
  • Mulk

    In making its extremely timely statement, this film allows itself to lean a tad towards conventional melodrama. But it makes its point with such force that it is difficult not to be impressed. Go watch Mulk for its stout-hearted espousal of sanity. It isn't often that Bollywood shows such spine.

    Aug 2018
  • Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3

    Pretty much like the political prowess that the film's fading, flailing feudal figures and their cohorts exercise, the potential of the premise to deliver surprises has, on the evidence of this outing, waned significantly.

    Jul 2018
  • Dhadak

    The film saunters rather than sprints. In Sairat, that strategy clicked famously because that film had its heart in the right place. Dhadak doesn't. The result is a grind that pretty frames and fresh faces cannot mitigate.

    Jul 2018
  • Soorma

    ...Bollywood just doesn't do sports well. Its rules militate against the genre. Soorma, a wasted opportunity, demonstrates why and how.

    Jul 2018
  • Sanju

    ...is the film that it is because of the infectious energy Ranbir Kapoor injects into the film. An absolute must-watch.

    Jun 2018
  • Race 3

    ...with the lead actor strutting around like a clueless stuntman in the midst of flying bullets and exploding cars, all the high-voltage action is about as exciting as a three-hour-long sitting at the dentist's.

    Jun 2018
  • Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

    ...in its bid to be dark, cool and edgy, it cannot shrug off its air of puerility. If not pure bunkum, it strays dangerously close, like Icarus, to slipping off its orbit completely.

    Jun 2018