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  • Raid

    In spite of these right noises things still don’t turn out rousing enough on screen. A messy climax and clumsy reveal further seal the deal.

    Mar 2018
  • Hate Story IV

    There’s murder, double-crossing, plot twists, smart alec-y attempts and even a fist fight. And after the director is done with his titillation, there’s a very detailed explanation offered for all of it.

    Mar 2018
  • Dil Juunglee not a film; it’s a bunch of the most vapid characters conceivable, hanging loose, doing some monkey tricks and playing “Audience audience in the hall, who is the most irritating of us all”.

    Mar 2018
  • Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    It was in 2011 that Ranjan first came out with a “male perspective” on the man-woman relationship in a middle class, urban scenario in Pyaar Ka Punchnama. It reached out to many. Would SKTKS now become the Bible for an entire generation of young men? Seems so.

    Feb 2018
  • Padmaavat

    ...may well be Bhansali’s most sterile and insipid outing since Saawariya and Guzaarish. It manages to wear down and exhaust rather than engage.

    Jan 2018
  • Vodka Diaries

    In an effort to be cool and quirky the film sinks into the shabby and the amateurish. The twists and turns of the plot are totally random, thrown in for the heck of it.

    Jan 2018
  • Mukkabaaz

    A rare sports film which steps away from jingoistic chest thumping to stare hard at the casteist and corrupt face of sports management in the country.

    Jan 2018
  • Kaalakaandi

    Director Akshat Verma neither gives the film any freshness and novelty, nor any depth and deliberation. Even the supposed black humour isn’t pert enough to tickle consistently.

    Jan 2018
  • Fukrey Returns

    The quirky characters and their oddball humour is again the mainstay even as the thin plot gets stretched to its utmost limits. You want the things to come to a closure fast even as they drag on and on with one laboured situation piling atop another.

    Dec 2017
  • Tera Intezaar most consistent when it comes to the inherent messiness-it’s tacky in every which way, from the first frame to the last. The tawdriness reflects in every single department of filmmaking.

    Dec 2017
  • Ajji

    The only thing new here then is turning an arthritic grandmom into the avenging angel. Ajji is no more than Mom and Maatr at their most excessive; it just locates the same rape narrative at the other end of the social spectrum.

    Nov 2017
  • Kadvi Hawa essentially a short story on screen with a proverbial twist in the tale. Panda, however, plays it too slow for its own good — long sequences, seemingly static scenes. It gets protracted and plodding.

    Nov 2017
  • Tumhari Sulu

    The story of a homemaker turned night time RJ is full of interesting possibilities but gets stuck in the familiar conflict zone between career and family.

    Nov 2017
  • Ittefaq

    ...the old Ittefaq, despite you knowing the spoiler, can still hold you in thrall. The new one, despite making a marketing strategy out of a spoiler, just isn’t thrilling enough.

    Nov 2017
  • Ribbon

    Despite an evident lack of flourishes and drama; a straight, linear narrative; no major ups and downs, nor sideways swings and an unadorned style Ribbon manages to engage.

    Nov 2017
  • Bhoomi

    Sanjay Dutt hasn’t lost his acting chops yet, rather seems to be maturing well. But why did he have to pick up a film this regressive for a return?

    Sep 2017
  • Haseena Parkar

    Don’t go looking for a Shabana Azmi-like assured turn (in Godmother) from Kapoor. She is unable to rise above her age, despite trying to emote way too earnestly in some scenes.

    Sep 2017
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