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Saibal Chatterjee

Highest rating for

PK

99

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Number of reviews
469
Average rating
48

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  • Angrezi Medium

    ...the screenplay, credited to four writers (too many cooks...?), muddles things up, which is more frequently than is good for the film, it definitely isn't good news, no matter what medium one chooses to deliver it in.

    39

    Mar 2020
  • Kaamyaab

    The screenplay is insightful, if not blindingly revelatory. And some of the directorial sleights are commendably in tune with the demands of the material...

    59

    Mar 2020
  • Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

    The film may be erratic in parts, but its entertainment quotient is delightfully high for a film tackling a clash between conservatism and freedom, between tradition and modernity.

    49

    Feb 2020
  • Bhoot – Part One

    Only the very, very faint-hearted will find its jump scares worth the din that surrounds them. For the rest, Bhoot: Part One is akin to a ride on a stranded ship. You start at point A and end at point A and, what's worse, with a headache you could have done without.

    29

    Feb 2020
  • Love Aaj Kal

    ...is an audacious, if flawed, ode to love as a quest for happiness and self-realization that often triggers conflicting emotions and unsettling impulses but never fails to enrich the soul.

    59

    Feb 2020
  • Shikara

    ...is evasive on many crucial counts, but, judged on purely cinematic parameters, its strengths are noteworthy.

    49

    Feb 2020
  • Malang

    If you are seeking manic, mesmeric madness, Malang certainly isn't the film for you. But it might just live up to modest expectations.

    39

    Feb 2020
  • Street Dancer 3D

    It is an edifice built on a weak foundation: yes, a mound of rubble is what Street Dancer 3D as it collapses under its own weight. It whips up, in an unseemly fit of frenzy, a purported celebration of dance. Cinema is given short shrift in the bargain.

    29

    Jan 2020
  • Tanhaji

    ...is impressively mounted and the climactic sequences are first-rate. But too much artifice and too little authenticity is the film's bane.

    49

    Jan 2020
  • Chhapaak

    ...has several parts that are delicately crafted. But the aggregation of the elements that constitute film does not somehow yield something greater than the sum of the parts. Nonetheless the parts that work do make Chhapaak essential viewing.

    59

    Jan 2020
  • Good Newwz

    ...the complexity and depth inherent in the principal plot point remain beyond the ken of a screenplay that thrives on broad strokes.

    39

    Dec 2019
  • Dabangg 3

    ...is an all too formulaic one-way street that holds no surprises at all. It goes nowhere we haven't been before.

    29

    Dec 2019
  • Mardaani 2

    ...thanks to the solidity that the lead actress lends the film and the support she receives from the antagonist, Mardaani 2 is never less than riveting.

    59

    Dec 2019
  • Panipat

    It will take three hours of your life and a whole lot of patience to sit through this laboured film. Think twice.

    39

    Dec 2019
  • Pati Patni Aur Woh

    This iteration of Pati Patni Aur Woh manages to convey two truths: one, Bollywood's fictional heroines have evolved much faster than their male counterparts and two, film comedies that Mumbai churns out these days are no patch on the ones that the industry produced in earlier decades.

    49

    Dec 2019
  • Pagalpanti

    ...does deliver something akin to the madhouse that it promises but its loony-bin approach to hilarity is too dated to be effective.

    19

    Nov 2019
  • Marjaavaan

    ...which is anything but a film to die for, writer-director Milap Milan Zaveri whips up a stale masala concoction that transports the audience right back to a Bollywood era gone by.

    19

    Nov 2019
  • Bala

    ...benefits no end from the quality of the performances as well as from its empathy for the idiosyncrasies of small town folk, but it is the writing that is its Samson's hair: the film's power flows principally from it.

    59

    Nov 2019
  • Ujda Chaman

    If the boorish behaviour of the young and restless is for the purpose of dramatization, it does not work one bit. It robs Ujda Chaman of any possibility of being realistic and relatable - and, of course, of every driblet of decency.

    29

    Nov 2019
  • Saand Ki Aankh

    ...is never less than credible while being true to the impulse to craft an entertaining real-life chronicle. More than your money's worth, it is a film that delivers food for thought and emotional stimulation in one go.

    59

    Oct 2019
  • Housefull 4

    Only the very-easy-to-amuse moviegoers will find it funny enough to engage with its crazy, crass convolutions.

    19

    Oct 2019
  • Made In China

    The film isn't happy being just a comedy. It arrogates to itself a serious, larger purpose and takes a shot at earnest drama centred on performance anxiety. When sex and guilt go hand in hand, the film tells us, quacks and charlatans have a field day. On paper, the notion is great. On the screen, the result isn't.

    39

    Oct 2019
  • The Sky Is Pink

    ...is of a hue that sets it apart from Bose's earlier films, but the director is acutely conscious of the colours she is working with here and uses the shades to deliver a pathos-filled but warm-hearted picture that does not lose sight of its primary purpose. Unmissable.

    69

    Oct 2019