Shubhra Gupta

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  • Ittefaq

    A good murder mystery leads you by the hand but doesn’t advertise its wares, takes care to keep it taut, and delivers a satisfactory payoff. Despite a few niggles, this brand new Ittefaq, which takes broad pointers from the 1969 original of the same name, manages to pull it off.

    Nov 2017
  • Ribbon

    But as often as the film astutely touches upon the tough choices, and the problems that can crop up, it leaves them, and us, hanging. You are left wanting a little more.

    Nov 2017
  • Ranchi Diaries

    ...this comes off as a random assemblage of scenes– in forests (that’s where the ‘Naxals’ live), a large mansion (that’s where the bad guy stays), police chowkis, and a crumbling building which is meant to house a bank—trying to pass off as a film.

    Oct 2017
  • Chef

    There are some interesting flavours here, but ‘Chef’ feels derivative, and doesn’t come together as a fully satisfactory dish. And that’s got to do with the uneven, stodgy writing.

    Oct 2017
  • CRD

    The attempt is admirable even if a trifle uneven. Content is something that is easy to jigger with, even within mainstream constraints; experimenting with form is much harder, both for the creator and the viewer.

    Sep 2017
  • Judwaa 2

    For a comedy whose plot would make a wafer look thin, the lines have to be razor sharp, and delivered in just the right rhythm. This is where the director falters, even as his son tries his best to give us two for the price of one on the other end of the screen.

    Sep 2017
  • Bhoomi

    Dutt’s face is kept in close-up for much of the film, and there is still power in it. This is an actor who can explode off the screen, given the right story. Maybe he needs something much better told to vent his anger.

    Sep 2017
  • Simran

    Kangana keeps us watching, though. With her plain varnished face, she comes across as a real, solid, complex woman, someone you can reach out and touch. When she’s on the top of her game, she’s glorious. Pity the storyline let’s her down.

    Sep 2017
  • Daddy

    It’s also the thickly-populated circuitous plot, which goes back and forth in time, which comes in the way of a solid crime thriller cum study of the making of a gangster.

    Sep 2017
  • Baadshaho

    Only it’s 2017 not the 70s, and whatever you might do – add some spit-and-polish and intrigue and new faces, and create funny dialogues – the film comes off as old wine, in a not very new bottle, which we have to sip for over 2.5 hours.

    Sep 2017
  • Qaidi Band

    More realism would have made this a film we could have believed in. But we do take away the young faces with us, especially Anya Singh whose bright-eyed earnestness is wholly convincing.

    Aug 2017
  • A Gentleman

    ...we also wish that there was some more comic-book energy in the plot, which keeps sliding and slowing. That’s the only way spoofs can remain spiffy, and worthy of our complete attention.

    Aug 2017
  • Sniff

    What an absolutely lovely premise for a film crafted for children, which adults can potentially also enjoy. But Amol Gupte, who gave us the delightful Stanley Ka Dabba, falters with this one, because of a slack plot and treatment.

    Aug 2017
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