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  • Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain

    The subject could have been relatable to a wide Indian audience who are bound in an arranged marriage, but Mishra is neither convincingly awkward as a repentant husband nor staunchly belligerent as a patriarchal one.

    May 2018
  • High Jack

    ...a stoner film is a rare feat in Bollywood. But High Jack’s execution is far from exemplary with blood that looks like maroon cough syrup and actors that go overboard with their character portrayals.

    May 2018
  • Raazi

    There’s a lot going for Raazi yet there’s a nagging lack of novelty — whether it is the film’s plot, message or Bhatt’s ability to cry.

    May 2018
  • 102 Not Out

    Based on a Gujarati play of the same name, Umesh Shukla’s film is unable to leave its inherent theatricality behind. It gets unchanging in terms of the give and take between the duo and leaves the viewers static too. It stirs nothing within, leaving you unmoved.

    May 2018
  • Hichki

    ...the film doesn’t go past the facile commentary; a very deliberate righteousness and piety, ingrained in the narrative, detract rather than reinforce the significant issue of inclusion.

    Mar 2018
  • 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