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Sweta Kaushal

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Number of reviews
109
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48

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  • Kaalakaandi

    Every other actor -- be it Shobhita, Neil Bhoopalam or Amyra -- falls victim to an ill-thought, half-baked screenplay. Kaalakaandi, nonetheless, has its moments and Saif Ali Khan’s uninhibited performance tops the list.

    Jan 2018
  • Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana

    The film ticks all Bollywood boxes -- romance, drama, revenge, songs et al. But beyond the song and dance routine, it also shines light on gender inequality, dowry and corruption, holding a mirror up to us as a people.

    Nov 2017
  • Ribbon

    ...rakes up a lot of issues that deserve at least a discourse in the current scenario, but instead, ends up only fleetingly touching these. Neither the characters nor the narrative take upon the evils and the evil-doers.

    Nov 2017
  • Ranchi Diaries

    With Gangs of Wasseypur, Anurag Kashyap created a genre of dark humour and crime stories set in small towns. Sattwik Mohanty’s Ranchi Diaries is the laziest attempt we have seen in the genre.

    Oct 2017
  • Chef

    ...offers moments of brilliance which, if weaved in a more organised manner, may have given us a light, affable film. But a lazy and rather uninterested narrative takes away the pleasure.

    Oct 2017
  • CRD

    The beauty of the film lies in its absurdity, audacity and cheekiness - you get to hear and see things that you don’t expect from a typical Hindi film.

    Sep 2017
  • Bhoomi

    ...is a revenge drama that tries a lot to be bold, brave and advocate feminism but wants to stay in the comfort zone of a typical Bollywood masala film. The result is stereotypes, over-the-top melodrama and a predictable story.

    Sep 2017
  • Simran

    ...all of it seems so self-indulgent that neither the film nor the protagonist is successful in making the audience empathise or identify with her.

    Sep 2017
  • Sameer

    It is the well-knit screenplay and crisp editing that maintains the pace and makes Sameer an edge-of-the-seat thriller with a few melodramatic dialogues thrown in.

    Sep 2017
  • Daddy

    With a sloppy storyline and over-dramatic dialogues, there is nothing fresh to watch in Daddy except for Arjun Rampal’s performance...

    Sep 2017
  • Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

    Prasanna presents Shubh Mangal Saavdhan in a rather flat manner and refuses to give space to characters other than the hero and heroine, leaving behind one mess of what could have been a fun-filled entertainer.

    Sep 2017
  • A Gentleman

    ...Raj and DK have managed to narrate the plain and full-of-cliches story in their own quirky style and their dialogues and the screenplay make it fun to watch.

    Aug 2017
  • Gurgaon

    ...Shankar’s style of filmmaking is a reminder of Anurag Kashyap’s craft. The rawness of their characters, the unapologetic attitude and a sensible handling of social and gender equations is all there.

    Aug 2017
  • Shab

    Onir’s expertise is seen in the way he handles these characters and their stories - his sensible filmmaking is written all over the frames.

    Jul 2017
  • Bank Chor

    ...the film has been marketed as a comedy but is actually an aspiring comic-thriller. Aspiring, because it fails majorly in being a comedy, and gives us little thrilling experience.

    Jun 2017
  • Behen Hogi Teri

    The quality of the acting is uneven, especially when compared to the steady performance from the unwavering Rao. Watch Behen Hogi Teri only if you think a one-man show is good enough to offset the drudgery of a two-hour trudge through a maze of inanities.

    Jun 2017
  • Noor

    ...it fails to establish enough angst for the protest it hopes to ignite, it stops being the rom-com pretty soon and it does not give the victims enough time for us to empathise, nor does it ponder over the aggressors enough, for us to loathe them.

    Apr 2017
  • Naam Shabana

    Unfortunately, it is not just the direction that falters. Neeraj’s screenplay isn’t as taut as his previous outings either. It lacks the depth of A Wednesday, Baby and Special 26.

    Mar 2017
  • Dear Zindagi

    If only Gauri brought better-etched characters and delved more into the emotional turmoils of her lead, this could have been a wonderful “slice-of-life” film with several messages to be lauded for. What she ends up with is a “could-have-been-amazing” film..

    Nov 2016
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