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Sukanya Verma

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Number of reviews
261
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48

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  • Ujda Chaman

    Too inept to portray premature balding effects on a man's self-esteem, Ujda Chaman accidentally exposes how desi parents put so much pressure on girls for marriage, they'll settle for any Tom, Dick or Chaman.

    Nov 2019
  • Made In China

    Alternating between pedestrian comedy and overwrought drama, Made in China's biggest problem is its inclination to repeatedly digress, resulting in fleeting interest in its helter-skelter proceedings.

    Oct 2019
  • The Sky Is Pink

    The lightness is uplifting without undermining the melancholy of the reality it's recounting through the eyes and spirit of a life cut short. The upshot is a pocketful of smiles, a whole lot of tears and an all-important reminder that the glass is half full.

    Oct 2019
  • War

    It’s almost as though Anand was so pleased to have two perfectly suited actors on board, he decided he should leave it at that. What ensues is a large-scale mess only the hardnosed will notice while the rest of us are busy getting enamoured by Hrithik Roshan.

    Oct 2019
  • Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

    ...deviates from its simpler instincts and surrenders to tired Bollywood tropes like foul games of politically influential families and the constant reiteration for Ma ka pyaar and prayer. 

    Sep 2019
  • Dream Girl

    ...goes in several exciting directions and comes out making light of it. It may not always be the best way to go about things but you’ll come out laughing till your sides hurt.

    Sep 2019
  • Chhichhore

    It’s the writing where Chhichhore shows solid talent. 

    At all times, its feel-good optimism is much too entertaining to resist.

    Sep 2019
  • Saaho

    After nearly three excruciating hours of clueless chaos and random action between cops pretending to be crooks and crooks pretending to be cops, my spirit is clobbered and crippled.  I still have no idea what I just saw. 

    Aug 2019
  • Khandaani Shafakhana

    Khandaani Shafakhana’s aspiration to bring sex out in the open through its protagonist Baby Bedi’s efforts at running a sex clinic in a prudish small town is all very noble. But director Shilpi Dasgupta’s flimsy storytelling and comic timing of a subject, in the same space as Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Savdhan, neither enlightens nor entertains.  

    Aug 2019
  • Judgemental Hai Kya

    ...is an expedition into the unhinged, unstable, unreliable mind of a woman single-handedly refusing to be dictated by patriarchy. It's also a provocative commentary on society's tendency to label individuals refusing to subscribe to its established norms and decorum.

    Jul 2019
  • Kabir Singh

    From treating women like toys, trampling all over their feelings and then acting like a wounded martyr and misunderstood genius wronged by the world, Kabir Singh rounds up every foolish male's ultimate fantasy. Lack of rules can be refreshing, but to watch a sicko getting away after ticking every wrong in the book just rankles.

    Jun 2019
  • Game Over

    ...is a nifty piece of work that recognises the durability of meaningful entertainment. Its feminist breakthroughs may not always seem practical, but its 'fight back' gusto had my vote.

    Jun 2019
  • De De Pyaar De

    ...is full of recycled imagery. It's not a copy, but a lot of its thoughts are dumbed down versions of what you enjoy about similarly themed It's Complicated. Or even Friends.

    May 2019
  • Setters

    Whatever restraint or spark Setters demonstrated in its initial stages is tossed out of the window to crash into an untidy mess of snarling evil and tame virtue.

    May 2019
  • Blank

    The point behind this poorly made wingding is a debut. Karan Kapadia is Dimple Kapadia's nephew and the late actress-turned-costume designer Simple Kapadia's son.

    May 2019
  • Kalank

    ...is stuck in a bizarre time warp of real world and surreal treatment. What ensues is not particularly poignant, but breathtaking to behold.

    Apr 2019
  • Notebook

    Sadly, Notebook's more introspective and humane aspects remain confined to the backdrop to accommodate a lacklustre romance.

    Mar 2019
  • Gone Kesh

    It's a bit disappointing then how Gone Kesh dilutes its sweet, straightforward momentum for a predictable climax and amplified sentimentality. Still, what it is conveying holds good.

    Mar 2019
  • Kesari

    21 Sikh soldiers against 10,000 Afghan tribesman -- it's a staggering statistic and splendid premise for a full-bloodied action film.

    A feat Kesari not only honours but delivers too if only you'll be patient.

    Mar 2019
  • Badla

    ...wears the air of a cold, civil, old-fashioned whodunit, which treats its premise like an insidious game and characters with undisguised suspicion.

    Mar 2019