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Saibal Chatterjee

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Number of reviews
341
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49

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  • Monsoon Shootout

    ...has the sinews of a high-octane, action-packed Bollywood underworld tale. What defines it more significantly is its overly arty packaging. It turns the film into a stylish, if a touch laboured, piece of cinema.

    Dec 2017
  • Tera Intezaar

    You might ask: why does this film deserve even half a star? Well, it is for whoever it is who dared to believe that Tera Intezaar could be passed off as cinema. Takes loads of guts or a whole lot of stupidity!

    Dec 2017
  • Firangi

    Neither the comic potential at the core of the film nor the energy of Kapil Sharma's antics is enough to pull it out of the irremediable mess it degenerates into. Firangi might have been harmless fun if only it had stopped short of running so hopelessly amok.

    Dec 2017
  • Kadvi Hawa

    It is designed to provoke contemplation and action, a mission that it achieves without any serious slips. Watch it because it is an important film that offers an essential takeaway.

    Nov 2017
  • Tumhari Sulu

    ...isn't a perfect film, but it is definitely well worth a viewing as much for the quality of the acting and for its technical finesse. In any case, a film is easy to fall in love with when Vidya Balan is this stupendous.

    Nov 2017
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle

    The unhurried rhythm of Qarib Qarib Singlle might put off average filmgoers but if you see value in a film that breaks away from norm and derives strength from understatement rather than flashy storytelling methods, your search ends here.

    Nov 2017
  • Chef

    ...serves up a feast garnished with subtle spices. Its aroma is mild and delicate, but the after-taste lingers on for long.

    Oct 2017
  • Judwaa 2

    ...might work for those that don't mind being sold old trash in a new, garishly painted sack. For all others, it would be akin to being strapped to a seat in a torture chamber.

    Sep 2017
  • CRD

    ...is a classy, satisfying, magnificently inventive package. It heralds the birth of a filmmaker who clearly has the makings of a path-breaker, if he already isn't one.

    Sep 2017
  • Newton

    It is only rarely that wit and wisdom come together in a Hindi film as felicitously as it does here.

    Sep 2017
  • Baadshaho

    There is no dearth of surface gloss in Badshaho. A peep behind the glossy curtain reveals an overcooked but bland curry western that deserves instant banishment to the wilderness it has emerged from.

    Sep 2017
  • Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

    ...stays strictly within the limits of acceptability in dealing with a thorny theme that could easily have plunged into overt awkwardness. Lightheartedness is the cloak it wears to conceal its uneasy patches. That it succeeds in that endeavour more often than not is a measure of the director's ability.

    Sep 2017
  • Babumoshai Bandookbaaz

    ...hurtles towards an insipid, unintelligible climax, which includes a bout of Russian roulette between two adversaries. It is, in the end, much ado about nothing because the outcome of the life-and-death contest is as predictable as everything else in the film.

    Aug 2017
  • Bareilly Ki Barfi

    ...is definitely worth a watch provided you do not expect the world from it. It is happy to be what it is: a modest barfi from nondescript Bareilly.

    Aug 2017
  • Toilet

    The intent of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha may be commendable. The execution is hugely hamfisted. When a Bollywood filmmaker assumes the role of a cheerleader for a government campaign on whose efficacy the jury is still out, you know you've been had.

    Aug 2017
  • Jab Harry Met Sejal

    ...is cinema's equivalent of a shiny bauble that glitters wholly in vain. Watch it only if you fancy a vicarious romp through Europe with an off-colour megastar trying hard to get going.

    Aug 2017
  • Gurgaon

    ...is a felicitous first film that bears the stamp of cinematic craftsmen who know their art inside out.

    Aug 2017
  • Raag Desh

    ...blends details drawn from extensive research and some amount of fiction to rustle up a narrative that has enough drama to keep the audience engaged through its run time of two and a quarter hours.

    Aug 2017
  • Mubarakan

    The rigmarole is enjoyable up to a point but once the idiocy quotient peaks, the overlong Mubarakan goes somewhat haywire. Yet, if it isn't as insufferable as other average Bollywood romantic comedies, a part of the credit goes to the actors.

    Jul 2017
  • Munna Michael

    ...is only for fans of Tiger Shroff. All ye that haven't yet figured out what he is about, stay out of the way. You aren't likely to go home humming and dancing after watching this one.

    Jul 2017
  • Lipstick Under My Burkha

    ...busts many a myth and serves the purpose of lifting the haze of prudery that generally surrounds the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema. It throws the whole shebang into the pot – the result is a big, big bang that is bound to ring in our ears for a long, long time.

    Jul 2017
  • Shab

    ...is a courageous film and not only on account of its theme. It dares to go against the grain of what is passes for 'well-made' cinema in the Bollywood playbook. It is stylish, layered, evocative and not averse to embracing subtle obliqueness.

    Jul 2017
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