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  • Kabir Singh

    Gender prejudice or ideological persuasion notwithstanding, it is undeniable that the dialogue written for Shahid, and the skill with which he projects it on screen, makes this movie very watchable.

    Jun 2019
  • Bharat

    ...is no masterpiece, but it is that rare thing, a film that bonds a family with a nation, and does it with affection. Any element of divisiveness is excluded. And that, in itself, is a good enough reason to watch it.

    Jun 2019
  • De De Pyaar De

    ...does have a few funny moments, but its lens is locked at the fixed perspective of the entertainment that can be milked from the classic older man syndrome. In truth it is a movie without a modicum of the intelligence and sensitivity required to treat the subject seriously, and so, maybe, it is a good thing that it didn’t.

    May 2019
  • Kalank

    So this is a film with expensive, but ultimately poor, production values. It is a multi-star movie, with actors trapped into delivering theatrical lines that make their personas unrecognisable. This is hugely disappointing.

    Apr 2019
  • Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

    This movie starts off with an interesting script idea and then jumps into the deep end of the dead pool. Were the film stylistically made, it might have worked, but it is so poorly mounted and shot, ‘B’ grade vibes are given off by the end of it.

    Mar 2019
  • Sonchiriya

    Though not as impactful, dramatically, as other socio-politically inclined bandit movies in its genre, ‘Sonchiriya’ is cinematically well crafted.

    Mar 2019
  • Total Dhamaal

    ...the movie plays to the gallery by placing each set of characters in preposterous and farcical gags. The sheer ludicrousness of the set-ups - involving air, land and water transport - gets a few laughs.

    Feb 2019
  • Manikarnika

    The mounting of the film, particularly the battle sequences, is impressive, even though it suffers from some overuse and a little exaggeration. All the actors in the huge cast are competent, but none of the characters they play are textured in the slightest degree, including, of course, Rani Lakshmibai.

    Jan 2019
  • Thackeray

    There is no doubt that the film is speaking to the converted. But what is interesting in the movie is the question of the how and why of cinema being used to preserve distinct political constituencies by so many parties and ideologies. Especially, at this juncture of our history.

    Jan 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    So though it derails itself in the last quarter of its duration, the film, by that time, has asked a few hard questions of the more obvious flaws in a higher education apparatus that relies on skills of rote learning, for both entrance and graduation. 

    Jan 2019
  • Bombairiya

    The script of this film is no different. It throws up a lofty ideal and then quickly buries it in the absurdly meandering plot of its narrative.

    Jan 2019
  • Zero

    On the level of cinematic realism, the plot of ‘Zero’ is plainly batshit crazy. But the film has an enthralling visual display, has a few short and gripping star turns, and throws up some fascinating analogues.

    Dec 2018
  • 2.0

    This movie gives you a run for your money, but eventually falls short in holding on to its narrative; which, when it started, promised a lot more bang for your buck.

    Dec 2018
  • Andhadhun

    ...a thriller with not a single scary moment. ‘Andhadhun’ is wonderfully mounted, nicely cast and beautifully art directed, but not once do you grip your seat, sit back in horror, or cover your eyes.

    Oct 2018
  • Pataakha

    A similar nation state in India, with room for a myriad political innuendos to co-exist, allows Bhardwaj a lot of freedom in his Shakespeare adaptations. Most importantly, there are full fledged plots to interpret, instead of half baked ones like in ‘Pataakha’. Plus, there are 34 more plays he can still work on.

    Sep 2018