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The New Indian Express

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  • Laal Kaptaan

    ...crucial balance between gravitas and fun is woefully amiss in Navdeep’s latest work, a galloping period western, weighed down by its broad historical sweep and dreary philosophizing. 

    Oct 2019
  • War

    Despite the toughness of its leading men, the film tires them out with its convoluted writing — which, I am afraid, is the only villain in this skirmish. The rest are just in it for the money.

    Oct 2019
  • Section 375

    ...as the politics of Section 375 gradually comes into view, it loses all claim on even-handedness. This is a film too smug about its own neutrality, using it as a front to sneak in a damaging conclusion.

    Sep 2019
  • Chhichhore

    ...has a big point to make about defeat and self-worth, but takes the laziest possible route to get there. For a film about the dignity of trying, it does not lead by example.

    Sep 2019
  • Khandaani Shafakhana

    Shilpi’s debut effort is well-intentioned but suffers from the same hypocrisies that afflict Indian drawing rooms. Not a line of dialogue sticks and there are very few talking points in this film on sex talk...

    Aug 2019
  • Jhootha Kahin Ka

    Comedies like Jhootha Ka Nahin are horror  in today’s age. Their ‘error’ isn’t derived from characters double-dealing each other, but in filmmakers thinking they can double-deal the audience.

    Jul 2019
  • Family Of Thakurganj

    With little resources, filmmakers like Prakash Jha, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Anurag Kashyap made our northern badlands cinematic. It’s the impostors that come now who are balling up the place. They exploit dialect for laughs, landscape for scenery, and violence for plot twists. It’s all so criminally wrong. 

    Jul 2019
  • Malaal

    The film is constantly aiming for a large-canvas treatment, often at the expense of local colour and depth. Only because it can. 

    And, because this is ultimately a launch film. 

    Jul 2019
  • Article 15

    Cynicism and hope strike a precarious balance in Mulk director Anubhav Sinha’s new film. The procedural drama paints a grim picture of caste-based violence in rural India.

    Jun 2019
  • India‘s Most Wanted

    We don’t know who these officers were, and how many lives were saved because of their bravado. But, what’s the probability that despite Indian cinema churning out such films regularly, we won’t quite remember these sacrifices? High, sir. 

    May 2019
  • De De Pyaar De

    ...is the sort of nightmare you want to unleash on a disgruntled gender studies professor; the film is bookended by two women rationalizing male infidelity as a mild derision.

    May 2019