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Arnab Banerjee

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Number of reviews
26
Average rating
31

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  • Gul Makai

    ...enough to happily fill half an hour of footage on any television channel. In its 129-minute film version, it fails to effectively stretch it out to feature-length, and devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness.

    19

    Feb 2020
  • Jawaani Jaaneman

    It’s great to see Hindi cinema giving its audience what they have been asking for — some real characters who are all out to have fun. And yes, that includes leading a debauched adult life too!

    69

    Feb 2020
  • Bhangra Paa Le

    This sure was a nugget of a pure idea at the centre of this film; it’s plotting that is so straightforward that you would start second guessing the second half and will never get caught up in the predictable story.

    39

    Jan 2020
  • Bypass Road

    Much as I would like to watch, and recommend, a tightly woven suspense drama replete with surprise that jolts you out of your preconceived findings and verdicts, Bypass Road is definitely not the one...

    29

    Nov 2019
  • Khandaani Shafakhana

    It’s like building a crescendo effect with all ingredients in place and allowing all elements to peter out. The end result is that it gets funny and sweet in spots, though the light moments get lost in the haze of imitation and lack of any ambition.

    49

    Aug 2019
  • Photograph

    What also looks forced, is the deliberate use of unspoken bonding between characters; be it romance, friendship of just sheer love. Doesn’t it require an irrational reason we may not be able to put a finger on?

    49

    Mar 2019
  • Total Dhamaal

    The outcome is a series of annoying escapades by the stars all of whom seem completely ill-at-ease mouthing inane stuff or masquerading as serious actors perfecting their act of buffoonery.

    19

    Mar 2019
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

    It seems Chopra-Dhar had a bold idea on the table, but didn’t want to force it down the audience’s throats, and wanted to allow unrestrained and easy-going blitheness do all the messaging. Too bad, its implication of “Live and Let live” backfires, despite its obvious good intentions.

    49

    Feb 2019
  • Why Cheat India

    If you thought that Soumik Sen’s Why Cheat India comes up with an answer, or at least looks at the aforementioned psychological concerns among children and their behavioural issues that often lead to suicides with grave concern, you’d be disappointed.

    39

    Jan 2019
  • Bhaiaji Superhittt

    For all its gags and antic situations, this neither comic nor gangster rivalry film, turns into a case of cinema stretchery; the premise can’t fill the requisite time without serious strain.

    29

    Nov 2018
  • Paltan

    ...the film barely manages to keep your interest alive throughout as all the actors show enough lung power to roar beyond their capacity, at times.

    29

    Sep 2018
  • Fanney Khan

    Right from the word go, for all the lunacy that seems to be going on in this unexciting storyline, it never seems terribly frantic, nor engaging, leave alone entertaining!

    19

    Aug 2018
  • Dil Juunglee

    The first thing that came to my mind after watching Aleya Sen Sharma’s Dil Juunglee was to question the source of funding for a film that clearly had no clue which way to head, because there’s nothing worse than spending an early morning with a heartbreakingly bad movie.

    19

    Mar 2018
  • Behen Hogi Teri

    The trouble is this is neither a satire nor a dark comedy. It doesn’t even have great performances to keep your interest alive throughout. By adding many stereotypes, it hammers its point. The end result is disappointing.

    29

    Jun 2017
  • Banjo

    With a premise that could have turned into a rock solid story, this could have been a winner all the way. Sadly, the film attempts, to its detriment, to cover more ground than it can, in its 138-minute runtime.

    19

    Sep 2016
  • Housefull 3

    ...bawdy jokes, unfunny gags, dull, humourless one-liners — all getting passed off for comedy, that too as they struggle to include jokes on racism and the differently-abled.

    19

    Jun 2016