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Udita Jhunjhunwala

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Number of reviews
190
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41

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  • Shikara

    Given his personal connection with the story, Chopra captures emotion and upheaval, loss and fear, hope and hopelessness. However, as a chapter in Indian history, the film required a great deal more context and deference to the complexity of politics in the Valley.

    39

    Feb 2020
  • Malang

    A whole lot of time is wasted setting up the story; far less is assigned to unravelling the mystery or providing adequate backstory to all the characters.

    39

    Feb 2020
  • Gul Makai

    ...is well-intentioned but as a film, it flails about, overusing background music, abruptly ending scenes, not convincingly recreating an environment and shortchanging its subject.

    19

    Jan 2020
  • Jawaani Jaaneman

    ...Kakkar steers clear of chest-thumping melodrama and old-school moralising. The content is mostly flippant with a few meaningful moments punctuating an easy-breezy coming-of-age story about a modern Indian family.

    59

    Jan 2020
  • Bhangra Paa Le

    In spite of best efforts by the actors, a feeble script, by-the-numbers direction, unimaginative choreography, and contrived drama are unable to burn up the dance floor.

    39

    Jan 2020
  • Sab Kushal Mangal

    Khanna seems to be having fun with his moustache, mischief, heartland politician, and rough around-the-edges Casanova character. The film hits the right notes when he is on screen but declines to near pallid when it focuses on the flimsy romance between Sharma and Kishan.

    39

    Jan 2020
  • The Body

    Unfortunately, and not unlike the original, The Body places more emphasis on answering the question of why rather than how.

    49

    Dec 2019
  • Pati Patni Aur Woh

    In 2019, the men as seen in this movie, are still taking women for granted, and the women, who maybe independent-spirited, are still responsible for forgiving and forgetting.  

    49

    Dec 2019
  • Panipat

    Gowariker finds the emotional connect in the scenes between Kapoor and Sanon, but there’s a been-there-seen-that feel to the battle scenes and the drama of the royal court.

    49

    Dec 2019
  • Marjaavaan

    Writer-director Milap Zaveri pulls in every 1980s Bollywood movie trope to present a film designed to elicit whistles from the frontbenchers.

    39

    Nov 2019
  • Ujda Chaman

    The director amps up the background music and sound effects in an attempt to underline the lame attempts at humour and also forgoes finesse and subtlety in storytelling.

    19

    Nov 2019
  • Laal Kaptaan

    ...the director, had all the pieces to craft an effectual Indian western: the terrain, the long-suffering sadhu, an age of flux, elements of magic realism, and touches of Shakespearean tragedy. But Laal Kaptaan falters on an over-written script and visually over-told story.

    49

    Oct 2019
  • Chhichhore

    Director Nitesh Tiwari offers the ultimate homage to his college days with this film about his time as an engineering student and the lessons one learns outside of the classroom.

    69

    Sep 2019
  • One Day

    The story of a vigilante judge trying to bring justice once he has given up the duty of following the rule book had potential, but Ashok Nanda’s direction exposes flaws in the performances and tears open the already gaping holes in Alaukik Rahi’s story.

    39

    Jul 2019
  • Blank

    ...the title of this film could be referring to the expressions of its lead actors or the feeling one has after watching this thriller.

    19

    May 2019
  • No Fathers In Kashmir

    Editors Thomas Goldser, Abhro Banerjee and Kumar keep the film moving at a clip that accentuates the writer-director sometimes stunning, sometimes stressful and all together sobering view of a situation that he seasons with hope.

    59

    Apr 2019
  • Junglee

    Russell’s Hindi language action thriller has the right intention, but much is lost between intent and execution.

    39

    Mar 2019
  • Hamid

    Screenwriter Ravinder Randhawa has adapted Amin Bhat’s play Phone No. 786 and Khan has crafted it into a compassionate tale that sensitively touches on a number of issues. Chief among them is the idea that in conflict-afflicted areas, childhood is a luxury only a few can afford.

    59

    Mar 2019
  • Total Dhamaal

    ...director Indra Kumar’s adventure comedy (a very, very loose definition) is all about the journey, which is troublesome, even frightening, and all together tedious. So much so that by the time a motley crew of opportunists find their way to a buried treasure, the adventure comedy has begun to feel like a disaster film.

    19

    Feb 2019
  • Amavas

    As for the significance of the title, spirits get stronger during an eclipse, we are told. Watch this total eclipse of the art at your own peril.

    19

    Feb 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    ...perhaps too attached to his script, Sen is unable to skillfully pull it all together. Some scenes are particularly untidy – in their design, execution and casting.

    49

    Jan 2019