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  • Gully Boy

    ...Akhtar grabs our hand and walks us through a world that few of us know, even though it exists in Mumbai and other parts of India.

    And now we are blessed to have witnessed that world, breathed its smells and most importantly heard its sounds.

    Feb 2019
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

    ...wishes to lend itself as a significant voice of change and support towards the LGBT community, but its woefully apologetic tone regarding individual choices repeatedly negates it when characters -- both traumatised and enlightened -- spew things like, 'Yeh janam se hi aise hai' or 'I wish I was normal'.

    Feb 2019
  • Thackeray

    Even the hagiographic ones would be of two kinds: One that show an augmented picture of the leader, or as they say, an 'image makeover exercise'. And the other that revealed a truer picture of him and still be proud of it. Thackeray falls in the latter category.

    Jan 2019
  • Manikarnika

    A historical with an identity crisis, initially the period drama cannot decide whether it wants to chronicle facts or fictionalise them in the tradition of a crowd-pleasing fantasy. After some uncertainty, it settles for the second.

    Jan 2019
  • Uri

    After watching Uri: The Surgical Strike, one gets the feeling that Modi has added yet another tool to help him win the 2019 Lok Sabha election: Hindi cinema.

    Jan 2019
  • Zero

    Swapping its marvellous idiosyncrasies for misplaced ideals, two exhilarating hours are followed by forty indulgent minutes. The upshot is a well-aimed mess that never quite lands.

    Dec 2018
  • Kedarnath

    The heft and conviction of a sparkling Sara and subdued Sushant as well as its solid supporting cast make Kedarnath's stereotypes and contrivances a whole lot agreeable.

    Dec 2018
  • Tigers

    fails to understand that the phenomenon of a million babies dying because there is not enough clean drinking water in which to mix a certain packaged baby formula may have its source in a system where deprivation runs so deep that even a small gift works like a tonic.

    Nov 2018
  • Mohalla Assi

    Philosophy, politics and practicality cross paths in Mohalla Assi's ambitious premise. Except it is directed in such an unwieldy fashion that instead of rich satire, what emerges is a lumbering flab of incoherence and opinion glut.

    Nov 2018
  • Badhaai Ho a well-written, wholesome, entertaining film, simple and unpretentious, that tackles a serious subject comically, without losing out on entertainment or your attention.

    Oct 2018
  • Tumbbad

    For the fantasy in Tumbbad to work, the reality had to seem equally frightening and crazy; but because the realities surrounding the parable are trimmed away before their emotional peaks are hit, the scares never quite reach us.

    Oct 2018
  • Helicopter Eela

    In the effort to dose Helicopter Eela with humour -- and it's not that a movie on this subject cannot be funny -- the film cuts down on its believability. The loser, as a result is Eela's journey to emancipation. And the audience.

    Oct 2018