Saibal Chatterjee

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  • Parmanu as a flat as a pancake, a hopelessly limp exercise with creaky nucleus that is buried under a mound of forced tropes before it can get going.

    May 2018
  • Omerta

    When violence is perpetrated indiscriminately and without any moral context created with the aid of a detailed back story, it can only be deeply disconcerting. Omerta is just that and therein lies its success.

    May 2018
  • 102 Not Out

    This is patchy fare that is only mildly diverting despite the best efforts of two veteran actors at the top of their game.

    May 2018
  • Daas Dev

    ...must rank among the better screen adaptations of Devdas, not the least because of its daring, free-wheeling departures from the norm laid down for cinema derived from literary sources.

    Apr 2018
  • Beyond The Clouds

    For all its evocative daubs and dashes, Beyond the Clouds falls short of Majid Majidi's own lofty benchmark. It is a not so great film from a great director.

    Apr 2018
  • Hichki

    Rani Mukerji's energetic, engaging performance apart, Hichki is a huff-and-puff show marked by too much mush and fuss. But it has just enough to keep tearjerker junkies interested.

    Mar 2018
  • 3 Storeys

    ...considering all the beginnings and endings, comings and goings, and hopes and setbacks that constitute 3 Storeys, the film could have done with a stronger culmination. It meanders to a close, leaving the audience more flummoxed than intrigued.

    Mar 2018
  • Pari an uneven film that could have benefitted from the intervention of a more assertive editor. While it is replete with twists, these throw the audience off rather than aid in enhancing clarity.

    Mar 2018
  • Aiyaary

    ...wants to be a daring thriller that calls out smarmy politicians and arms dealers. But it only fires blanks.

    Feb 2018
  • Pad Man

    ...PadMan isn't because the story just had to be told. It's been done before - in last year's low-budget Phullu and the unreleased I-Pad. Here, it is the canvas and the presence of an A-list star that makes the difference.

    Feb 2018
  • Kaalakaandi

    ...may not be for all palates, but the film has enough spice for those in the mood for an off-the-beaten-track Bollywood experience.

    Jan 2018
  • Mukkabaaz

    ...packs a massive punch. Watch it because it is one of the more important films to have come out of the Mumbai movie industry in recent times.

    Jan 2018
  • Tiger Zinda Hai

    Undeniably impressive in terms of its scale and flawless technical attributes, Tiger Zinda Hai is an exercise that rings utterly hollow. Its surface nous cannot conceal the sheer purposeless of all the noise it generates.

    Dec 2017
  • 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