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  • India‘s Most Wanted

    Given the compelling material to work with at hand, this could’ve rendered a cracking, edge-of-the-seat watch. But predictable turns and lack of cinematic liberties fail to infuse the film with much-required tension.

    May 2019
  • De De Pyaar De

    Akiv Ali (director, editor) and Luv Ranjan (producer, writer, screenplay) know precisely what each scene in this film is supposed to do and score largely for the tropes they don’t introduce to this story. The build-up gets dangerously close to that tipping point from where one expects it to nose-dive, but it doesn’t.

    May 2019
  • Student Of The Year 2

    ...Malhotra plays it on the back-foot, hoping to crack it with a formulaic plot and clichéd characters that barely go beyond the call of duty. Perhaps, it’s time for the makers to return to film school?

    May 2019
  • Setters

    ...the film attempts to ‘expose’ the manic mayhem and desperate measures that some adopt to clear competitive entrance tests for engineering, medical and management courses. But what it actually manages, is a scramble of fickle ploys, predictable scams and obvious turns.

    May 2019
  • Blank

    Writer-director Behzad Khambata seems to have a healthy appetite for police procedurals and is aware of the basic construct required to make them tick. But in 2019, sticking to tropes can hardly trigger an exciting watch and the supposed turn in the climax seems more ridiculous than rational to be palatable.

    May 2019
  • Kalank

    It’s hard to not be awed by the grandeur of the film, the lavish couture on display and the easy-on-the-eyes star cast. However, it’s also equally hard to ignore the fact that the filmmakers could have easily done so much more with the resources and premise they had at their disposal.

    Apr 2019
  • Paharganj

    While seedy underbellies have and will continue to fascinate filmmakers across geographies, the audience has seen enough to not be fooled by films that trade sex and drugs for an actual plot.

    Apr 2019
  • The Tashkent Files

    ...the makers had plenty of source material to create a genuinely thought-provoking film. This is what makes the movie’s lack of self-awareness even more jarring. The entire exercise is a completely wasted opportunity.

    Apr 2019
  • Romeo Akbar Walter

    Director Robby Grewal hopes to pay a cinematic ode to those selfless soldiers of war who give it their all, even with the knowledge that their efforts won’t be acknowledged. But the film nosedives in striving to meet its unrealistic ambitions.

    Apr 2019
  • No Fathers In Kashmir

    Director Kumar manages to infuse a matter-of-fact manner in interpreting the grave issues covered. While he deliberately singles out religious fanatics from militants who consider themselves patriots, the delicate handling of the subject-matter retains the gravity of the issue, without being too overwhelming.

    Apr 2019
  • Junglee

    It’s obvious that his (Chuck Russell) intentions here were to furnish the man-animal conflict and apprise one of the ramifications. But much seems to be lost in translation.

    Mar 2019
  • Gone Kesh

    Debutant director Qasim Khallow should be lauded for managing to contain this story within two hours. He also ensures the proceedings aren’t hurried and keeps one hooked even when the inevitable climax is predictable.

    Mar 2019
  • Kesari

    Apart from delivering as an inspiring tale of unparalleled bravery, it also drops subtle hints on the early cracks that eventually went on to corrode the colonial rule.

    Mar 2019
  • Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

    Some of the fight sequences in the film are reminiscent of Stephan Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle — magnifying the aesthetic and theatrics of every blow for maximum impact. The two films also share a common agenda — to tickle you where it hurts.

    Mar 2019
  • Hamid

    ...details Kashmiri cultural ceremonies and presents the Valley through the eyes of a local — something only a few filmmakers who’ve shot in the region have managed. But it also successfully manages to subliminally highlight the local sentiment without turning into a political statement — which is its biggest victory.

    Mar 2019
  • Milan Talkies

    It seems like this film was made in such a crazed frenzy to catch up with the wave of small towns stories that the makers couldn’t wait for the script to commence shooting.

    Mar 2019
  • 22 Yards

    The incestuous relationship shared between sports agents, players and journalists offered enough fodder for an inspiring story. This film chews on that fodder and spits it out without a thought.

    Mar 2019
  • Photograph

    An issue with the film is that while it tells a lot, it says very little — which is ironic given that a photograph is expected to convey a thousand words. Let’s just say this one’s a passport photo— a contained profile that offers a glimpse but not the big picture.

    Mar 2019
  • Badla

    ...while it manages to hold your attention and interest for the large part, the proceedings tend to occasionally get a bit too theatrical.

    Mar 2019
  • Sonchiriya

    Having found his space in stories emerging from mofussil towns and the deep hinterlands, Chaubey may be in his comfort zone here. But he tries to keep the proceedings from seeping into tropes and weaves in a range of emotions that humanise — if not immortalise — his characters.

    Mar 2019
  • Gully Boy

    The biggest challenge for director Zoya Akhtar was to ensure her eponymous slum rapper’s journey doesn’t exaggerate his sufferings and stereotype his marginalised existence for impact. On that front, she scores and even nails the emotional peaks and crushing lows.

    Feb 2019
  • Amavas

    ...each and every scene — from approaching a door with dread to bending over to reveal a dark apparition standing right behind, has been borrowed from some film or the other. That the makeup and prosthetics here seem dated and sourced from a Halloween party store also dilutes the overall effect.

    Feb 2019
  • The Fakir Of Venice

    ...surely has an intriguing title that may trigger questions such as how precisely did the ascetic find himself in the city of canals, to begin with. But once these doubts are clarified, there’s little to inspire one to stay glued to one’s seat.

    Feb 2019
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

    Director Shelly Chopra Dhar takes an anodyne approach in her narrative. It’s almost as if the pressure of how a lesbian love story would be received curbed her creativity and she picked the safer alternative at every turn.

    Feb 2019