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Uday Bhatia

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Number of reviews
192
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44

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  • Angrezi Medium

    A film about a free and loving father-daughter relationship becomes a closed circuit. It’s that old cliché about setting someone free if you love them and seeing if they come back.

    39

    Mar 2020
  • Baaghi 3

    The Baaghi films aren’t sequels, but they’re basically the same: someone close to Tiger is threatened, and he responds by killing his way to the source.

    29

    Mar 2020
  • Thappad

    There are times you wish Sinha could take some of the weight off his writing with inventive filmmaking. But he isn’t a visual director, and the 142-minute Thappad mostly has the look and rhythms of a stage play.

    49

    Feb 2020
  • Panga

    ...the film is an empathetic look at the social cost of continuing with one’s life after marriage and children.

    59

    Jan 2020
  • Tanhaji

    ...has fluent action and a gleeful Saif Ali Khan, though its view of history is slanted and broad.

    49

    Jan 2020
  • Chhapaak

    Padukone's quiet portrayal of Malti’s determination is moving, but I missed the poetic flourishes of Talvar and Raazi, and the little cameos that enlivened those films.

    49

    Jan 2020
  • Dabangg 3

    ...is determinedly, proudly stupid – a sadly representative end for a decade of largely unwatchable Hindi action cinema.

    19

    Dec 2019
  • Mardaani 2

    ...Hindi cinema has no appetite for complexity when it comes to sexual assault, opting time and again for vigilante retribution.

    39

    Dec 2019
  • Pati Patni Aur Woh

    ...the problem with Pati, Patni Aur Woh isn’t that it’s offensive, but that it's dull and predictable for too much of its running time.

    39

    Dec 2019
  • Panipat

    ...does do something that Bhansali, and the other directors of recent historical films, didn’t bother with – which is to give the viewer a sense of history playing out.

    59

    Dec 2019
  • Bala

    The central quandary is that Bala would have seemed skewed and farcical with only male baldness to concentrate on. It needs the skin colour scenes – but it really didn’t need the blackface.

    49

    Nov 2019
  • Laal Kaptaan

    For the second time this year, Hindi cinema takes a run at a revisionist Western. Laal Kaptaan doesn't come together as satisfyingly as Sonchiriya, perhaps the best theatrical release of 2019.

    49

    Oct 2019
  • The Sky Is Pink

    ...errs on the side of caution, keeping the impending tragedy in view at all times, but wrapping everything in good vibes and the kind of courage you have no option but to admire.

    59

    Oct 2019
  • The Zoya Factor

    ...offers little cheer to those invested in the return of the Hindi romantic comedy or the halfway-decent post-Lagaan cricket film.

    39

    Sep 2019
  • Dream Girl

    ...a film that’s slight to begin with, and which looks even slighter in comparison to Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Badhaai Ho.

    39

    Sep 2019
  • Jabariya Jodi

    It’s been a year of offensively bad films – PM Narendra Modi, Thackeray, Kesari. But anger and disgust will keep you awake, which is more than I can say for Jabariya Jodi.

    19

    Aug 2019
  • Super 30

    ...is on track as long as it steadily plugs away at the real life story of a teacher in Bihar who coaches underprivileged children for the IIT-JEE examination. But when the film starts to doubt whether this is enough, it comes undone.

    49

    Jul 2019
  • Kabir Singh

    ...it takes nearly three hours for Kabir to admit that he has a problem, whereupon he’s immediately rewarded. “Go to the depth of anything and you get zero," we’re warned early on. In this case, it’s absolutely true.

    29

    Jun 2019
  • Bharat

    For 130-odd minutes, Bharat trundles along, sometimes diverting, often annoying, deeply inessential.

    39

    Jun 2019
  • Kalank

    In a Bollywood that’s trying to look more self-aware, emotion can be a lead weight. I'd be curious to see what audiences make of the film over the next week or two; the one I saw it with seemed to tire by the end of all the eloquence.

    39

    Apr 2019
  • Kesari

    ...dull and monochromatic. There’s a worthy tribute due to those 21 men, but this reductive, gratuitous film isn’t it.

    29

    Mar 2019