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  • 72 Hours

    Director and lead Dhyani had the unique advantage of placing himself in the centre of the action and allowing the rest of the cast to fade to the background. But even then, his highlighted performance barely hits the spot and fails to interest or engage audiences with this story.

    Jan 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    From the very first frame, this one has its audience figured. It knows that someone who’s drawn to a Hashmi caper has specific expectations — glib dialogue baazi, a lip-lock or three, and a surreal conman who can charm the pants off his partner.

    Jan 2019
  • Bombairiya

    ...odd and impractical lapses in writing are meant to pass for hilarity in this supposed comedy of errors which can surely culminate in a headache.

    Jan 2019
  • Evening Shadows

    ...the welcome turn that Indian society has taken towards its view on the queer community in recent years will have a direct impact on how the same content will now be viewed and assimilated. In such a light, Sridhar Rangayan’s Evening Shadows seems a bit dated.

    Jan 2019
  • Uri

    ...if the film delved a little more into strategy and emotions, it could’ve been more inclusive, if not a more intense watch. Not the chest-beating JP Dutta-type jingoism, but just a dash on what drives these brave men would’ve gone a long way.

    Jan 2019
  • Simmba

    Shetty navigates a familiar ground here in this formula film mounted on a franchise that has proven its worth in box office gains. It’s not a film that will encourage one to rethink fundamental theories or alter societal thought, even though it aspires to be at one point. But it’s surely a masala entertainer that packs in laughs, drama, dishooms and a lot more

    Dec 2018
  • Zero

    Director Anand L Rai has forever backed stories that explore a range of human emotions in its most basic manifestations. Here, he deviates from his natural style and even basic constructs such as Bauaa’s change of heart or his initial courtship lack the soul one expects from his work.

    Dec 2018
  • Kedarnath

    The jaded construct of throwing two people from diametrically different worlds and hoping they’d be drawn if not fascinated by the other’s niceties may have worked from Jab Jab Phool Khile to Raja Hindustani but in 2018, it doesn’t cut it.

    Dec 2018
  • Hotel Milan

    If Roy Kapur doesn’t get a kick out of self-harm, it’s difficult to imagine why he would agree to be a part of Hotel Milan. It’s the kind of project you’d not wish on your worst enemy.

    Nov 2018
  • Mohalla Assi

    ...Mohalla Assi’s trivial issues and laboured execution only manage to leave you feeling sedated and groggy — its 120-minute runtime doesn’t even allow one to complete a single sleep cycle.

    Nov 2018
  • Pihu

    ...hopes to give you a taste of how it would be if your minor was left at home alone without adult supervision for an entire day. But given the low voltage jolts in this one, your chances of suddenly dropping dead in a screen near you are less likely.

    Nov 2018
  • Thugs Of Hindostan

    For a film that leans so heavily on action, the stunts barely offer anything you’ve not seen before, and given that this falls in the fantasy genre, elevated expectations are met with mediocre execution. But then again, this one is helmed by director Vijay Krishna Acharya whose filmography includes visually compelling-yet-hollow films such as Tashan and Dhoom 3.

    Nov 2018
  • Ekkees Tareekh Shubh Muhurat

    ...Hindi films have become obsessed with weaving stories that convey the life, labour and laughs of small-town India. While some closely-depicted accounts that lend themselves to situational hilarity have been remarkable successes, others feel that merely furnishing a socially-awkward premise is enough. This one, unsurprisingly, falls in the latter.

    Nov 2018
  • Lupt

    Hindi films featuring aatmas and pretaatmas have forever stuck to a clichéd construct — creaky chairs, flickering bulbs, plastic dolls that bleed from their frozen eyes and a symphonic crescendo that culminates in a chalk-faced apparition appearing with a jolt. Lupt is hardly any different...

    Nov 2018
  • Badhaai Ho

    This socially-awkward construct lends itself to such compelling material that even a compilation of reaction shots would suffice. But writers Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial capitalise on the uneasiness of being in this pickle to script hilarious sequences that would leave you in splits.

    Oct 2018
  • Namaste England

    Lack of conflict or chemistry between the lead couple, tedious dialogue and a mumbling monologue on how being an Indian is a matter of well-deserved pride (similar to the one in Namaste London (2007), minus the impact) restrict this story from taking any definitive direction.

    Oct 2018
  • Helicopter Eela

    Kajol may look like a million bucks but her version of a pushy mum who tries a bit too hard to fit in is little short of caricature. To her credit, it is the writing that often lets her down.

    Oct 2018
  • FryDay

    This would also cater to those who want to avoid the blazing heat and spend a couple of hours in an air-conditioned environment.

    Oct 2018
  • Tumbbad

    An issue with Indian horrors has been lack of imagination. A treasure chest that offers a gateway into a goddess’ womb, a cursed undead whose heart beats even while the body has disintegrated and several such constructs cover this concern. Writers Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Anand Gandhi and Rahi Anil Barve (also the director), deserve due credit.

    Oct 2018
  • LoveYatri

    ...Hindi cinema has evolved and a happily-ever-after following a series of misadventures and misunderstandings is a jaded construct most don’t warm up to anymore.

    Oct 2018
  • Andhadhun

    The trouble with a compelling build-up is that it’s accompanied by unrealistic expectations — which when unmet, can lead to disappointment. Here, it almost seems as if the filmmaker decided to adopt the film’s title as his approach to stitch this one together.

    Oct 2018
  • Sui Dhaaga a film stitched together beautifully. All for Mauji, Mamta and their tireless drive to be “Made in India”, Sharat Katariya’s latest is worth the watch!

    Sep 2018
  • Batti Gul Meter Chalu a film that does seem to have its heart in the right place with the subject it wants to deal with, albeit with a mild case of cardiac arrhythmia – perhaps a little shock is in order to set its pace back in order?

    Sep 2018