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Sukanya Verma

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Number of reviews
202
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48

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  • Soorma

    ...Diljit Dosanjh's striking self-possession, like the champion he's portraying, doesn't let it come in the way of a performance that screams g-o-a-l.

    Jul 2018
  • Sanju

    Under Hirani's light touch and unwavering optimism, the darkness of Dutt's life filled with too many misdemeanours to be overlooked as miscalculation, acquires the spirit of a sportsman, grit of a soldier, humour of a rascal and regrets of a son.

    Jun 2018
  • Race 3

    ...doesn’t merely demand you to leave your brains behind but guarantees you won’t find them anywhere even after the ordeal is over.

    Jun 2018
  • Veere Di Wedding

    All four friends are distinguished by their appearances and roles, but they are essentially the same person -- conventional to the core. There's no real rebellion, just a consuming love for fashion and faux feminism where every zinger flying out of their mouth sounds like something you've heard on a sitcom or favourited on your Pinterest wall.

    Jun 2018
  • Parmanu

    ...can scream 'desh' all it wants and turn up the volume as loud as it likes to make a big deal. But it's ultimately a cursory glance at a tough tactical choice and tame recreation of a controversial reality whose face is a stiff star.

    May 2018
  • Raazi

    ...is a rarity. It is intense, riveting, clever, dark, sad, lyrical, heartfelt, relevant and understated.

    May 2018
  • Hope Aur Hum

    ...never strays into complicated territory and sticks to its gentle celebration of everyday highs and lows. Its idealism may seem intentional, but never ever contrived.

    May 2018
  • 102 Not Out

    Every single gesture is overdone and extra boisterous like Bachchan's inflated exuberance and screaming prosthetics, reminiscent of the 1970s when he'd masquerade as a grey-haired old man playing to the gallery. It was phony, but so much fun.

    May 2018
  • Nanu Ki Jaanu

    When not playing its hammy sentimentality on a loop in a series of daddy-daughter flashbacks or going creepy full throttle, Nanu Ki Jaanu coughs up some unintentional laughs in moments of genuine bizarreness.

    Apr 2018
  • Raid

    ...does have its moments of compelling optimism and unexpected wit. It's also the most I've enjoyed watching Ajay Devgn in a while.

    Mar 2018
  • Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    Pedestrian wit works best around actors who don't just go with the flow, but shape it to suit their comical timing. That's the difference between performers and parrots. But the underwhelming leads of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety don't seem to know the difference at all.

    Feb 2018
  • Aiyaary

    It's a bloated, prolonged mess of misplaced purpose that digresses from military misdeeds to animal cruelty.

    Feb 2018
  • Pad Man

    ...dramatises his reality to accomodate romance and distinction with a calculation that is one of the weakest aspects of an otherwise constructive narrative.

    Feb 2018
  • Fukrey Returns

    ...the gags, contrived around comically hostile interactions and burdened by a steady supply of predictable rejoinders, fall completely flat.

    Dec 2017
  • Firangi

    Firangi's persistence to club romantic overtures, non-cooperation movement mania, 19th century naiveté and con-adventure spunk in its 160 minutes running time proves to be its undoing. That's just too much to take in a movie that neither wants to be fun or funny.

    Dec 2017
  • Chef

    Grown up angst is a valid and neglected aspect of our storytelling. Except Menon’s digressing exploration of it feels more dull than delicious.

    Oct 2017
  • Judwaa 2

    Judwaa 2’s balloon of recycled gas soon goes phus and what’s left is tedious buffoonery of the brainless, for the brainless and by the brainless.

    Sep 2017
  • Bhoomi

    ...Bhoomi’s blood-splattering, bone-crunching vigour is as unwelcome as the rest of this ghastly movie. 

    Sep 2017
  • Lucknow Central

    Writer Aseem Arora's low-hanging ambitions and straightforward conflict between negotiators of harm and reform renders Lucknow Central a surprising watchability.

    Sep 2017
  • Baadshaho

    ...Baadshaho's sluggish screenplay and humourless rhythm are spectacularly low on swagger and daredevilry as well.

    Sep 2017
  • Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

    Every single scene of this freewheeling entertainer is peppered with witticism that deserves to be savoured and parroted. But it's not always an uproarious one-liner -- and rest assured they are there in abundance -- highlighting the broader picture of this wholeheartedly frolicsome rom-com.

    Sep 2017
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