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  • Gully Boy

    You are not once distracted from the run-down underdog story, the almost voyeuristic gaze at the poor, and even the touch-and-go attitude towards a range of serious issues like wealth and gender inequality, domestic violence, drug abuse and parental pressure. That’s the power of its dialogue, lyrics, production design, performances, and of course its music.

    Feb 2019
  • The Fakir Of Venice

    A unique story told rather plainly. I’m not asking for drama but would have liked a bit of a punch in the story-telling. Nevertheless, can be seen as a news item turned into a film owing to seemingly effortless performances by both lead actors.

    Feb 2019
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

    Ultimately, falls into the category of stories that one of the film’s own characters describes: superficial. While doing so though it has some adorable moments, despite giving away way too much in its trailer. And of course, since it is issue-based, it cannot resist a predictably preachy climax.

    Feb 2019
  • Manikarnika

    The makers take the strength of the original, real-life story and character for granted and entirely focus on form, rather than content. Good thing then that the brave warrior woman needs no man or depth in writing to shine.

    Jan 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    Has some powerful things to say, but mirrors the ‘the system is such, what can we do’ common-person attitude that it wants to complain against. And therefore, lacks the punch, maybe even rightly so.

    Jan 2019
  • The Accidental Prime Minister

    It is almost like you are paying to watch an advertisement about someone you are not interested in. No, it’s not about Dr. Singh, that would actually be very interesting. This one is an “I, me, myself” on and almost completely by Sanjaya Baru.

    Jan 2019
  • Uri

    Slick war action could make it worth a watch. But be warned, the forced and never-ending emotional drama is a bit much and the propaganda is inescapable.

    Jan 2019
  • Zero

    Breaks my heart to not like a film that treats disability and abnormality with such forthrightness. How I wish everything else in the film wasn’t so disconnected.

    Dec 2018
  • Simmba

    When a Rohit Shetty film moves away from exploding cars to make way for forcefully imploding emotions–it is a step in the right direction. Only a teeny-tiny one though because the ‘women empowerment’ bit is still a huge charade.

    Dec 2018
  • Kedarnath

    An attempt at telling a done-to-death love story in a new way, with a different backdrop. Succeeds for a bit and then takes a turn that makes it visually engaging but emotionally not as much.

    Dec 2018
  • 2.0

    My worst fear came true–the action and CGI are good but not enough by themselves to pull you through the overdrawn public service announcement that the film ends up being.

    Nov 2018
  • Pihu

    While you are in awe with how they managed to make a 2-year old single-handedly hold our interest through the film, Pihu is still a 90-minute long Public Service Announcement for making houses child proof.

    Nov 2018
  • Thugs Of Hindostan

    It’s relevance to today’s times is striking. Interestingly, Thugs of Hindostan includes enough of the trappings to make you cringe and yet manages to keep you entertained.

    Nov 2018
  • Helicopter Eela

    A different but thin story-line that stretches too long, most of which you know from the trailer, including the 2-3 funny lines. ‘Different’ gets some points though.

    Oct 2018
  • Tumbbad

    A meaty story and a gory film which deviates from the typical possessed body horror storyline. Chills the spine as a horror film about supernatural phenomenon should even though I am not convinced horror films should be made at all.

    Oct 2018
  • Andhadhun

    An absolutely absorbing first half written, performed and executed so well that the slightly convoluted and stretched second half cannot mar the experience.

    Oct 2018
  • Pataakha

    Almost every frame of the film tells you it is not about these two sisters, but there is a larger purpose here. Once you give in to this theme and adjust your hearing to its loudness, the film is engrossing while it lasts.

    Sep 2018
  • Manto

    A dispassionate narration might seem like an unbiased view but comes across as dry. It’s still a decent watch to get a glimpse of the man’s life.

    Sep 2018
  • Batti Gul Meter Chalu

    In a crisper avatar, Batti Gul Meter Chalu might just have made for one cohesive film. The one I watched though was two films stuck together – one filled with the angst of unrequited love and the other filled with angst against the sham called “progess”.

    Sep 2018
  • Love Sonia

    How does one evaluate a movie on lives where obvious racism feels like a secondary issue? Fragmented narrative feels trivial. At the risk of giving the movie away, what happens to lives that never get better? What do you call it? Human-degradation tourism? Thankfully hopeful? Unrealistically optimistic? Or are these phrases a viewer’s way of shirking reality because we find it uncomfortable to watch? How can you discuss performances and stories that wrench your gut, chill your spine?

    Sep 2018
  • Halkaa

    Works as the story of a little boy who doesn’t have access to a clean toilet, might seem heavy-handed if watched as a movie with an agenda.

    Sep 2018
  • Stree

    The comedy and social take work, even while the horror and romance are just about ok as a side. Put together though the genre mix gives the film a unique flavour making the smartly written script quite enjoyable.

    Aug 2018
  • Satyameva Jayate

    Heavy dialogue-heavy film. But you knew that from the trailer. Ordinary fight sequences make the film quite the regular action fare. The story isn’t as engaging as the premise might seem.

    Aug 2018
  • Gold

    Playing the “independence + partition” card with all its strength but ineffectively, there isn’t anything else too novel about the film.

    Aug 2018
  • Mulk

    An extremely gripping courtroom drama despite the standard and more or less predictable ups-downs-climax. Helped by rock-solid writing and performances.

    Aug 2018