Deepanjana Pal

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  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

    ...thinks the only way to get laughs is by making the women ridiculous. The film promotes prejudice and camouflaged in its 'insights' are offensive stereotypes that you'd hope modern India would want to shatter rather than reinforce.


    Oct 2015
  • Singh Is Bliing

    ...there isn't much by way of a plot or storytelling in this film. It's essentially a set of well-written comic sketches, featuring recurring characters. There's nothing evolved or sophisticated about this film, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a watch.


    Oct 2015
  • Katti Batti

    Wait till Monday to find out if Ranaut's charm and popularity can achieve the impossible and make up for Advani's disappointing filmmaking and unremarkable hero.


    Sep 2015
  • Phantom

    ...the characters are badly drawn, the dialogues are clumsy, the transitions are jumpy and the politics are horribly simplified — it's as though the screenplay was written overnight.


    Aug 2015
  • Manjhi

    ...Mehta appears to have decided that he's going to make films that ignore subtlety, dismiss nuance and are all about broad strokes. Net result: a film that is so comprehensively artificial that you'll forget Dashrath Manjhi was a real man and that his is a true story.


    Aug 2015
  • Dil Dhadakne Do

    For better or for worse, Dil Dhadakne Do quickly reveals itself to be a hipster version of a Sooraj Barjatya film. It’s pretty but artificial, with a tissue-thin story told through flat characters played by gorgeous actors.


    Jun 2015
  • Piku

    Writer Juhi Chaturvedi and director Shoojit Sircar have done what no one thought Bollywood had the gumption to do: they've made a film that's entirely unpredictable.


    May 2015
  • Margarita With A Straw

    ...has many sweet and heartwarming moments, the film feels clumsy on the whole. Bose has packed too many issues into her script: being differently-abled, figuring out one's sexuality, queer relationships, sexual frustration, death.


    Apr 2015
  • Hunterrr

    Ladies, Hunterrr is a nightmare and gentlemen, this is not a date movie. No sensible woman is going to feel kindly towards Indian men after Hunterrr.


    Mar 2015
  • NH10

    A thoroughly average idea and a flawed script add up to a gripping experience, thanks to Singh's direction, Merchant's editing and Sharma's acting.


    Mar 2015
  • Badlapur

    ...feels vaguely familiar because the aesthetic and storytelling are so heavily inspired by modern Korean noir, in which everyday people reveal themselves to be capable of extraordinary cruelty. What Badlapur lacks, however, is their tautness.


    Feb 2015
  • Khamoshiyan

    Even if you have an extremely active imagination and are lily-livered, it's difficult to feel any fear while watching Khamoshiyan. Everything is absurdly fake.


    Jan 2015