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19-May-2018

'Deadpool 2' is the best super-hero film since 'Logan'

AIf we can overlook the excessive gore ,including a scene of violence where the subversive superheroic hero is ripped into two halves, "Deadpool 2" provides more fun zones in its speedened narrative ambit, for the uninitiated and the initiated, than any...

19-May-2018

'Khajoor Pe Atke' laughs at death

It was John Donne who warned Death not to be proud. In our popular arts we tend to get intimidated by Death, we sing and recite poems about how powerful Death can be. We are scared.But guess what? Lord Yama can be quite funny too, specially in the way he...

16-May-2018

'Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain': Simple, sincere, sweet story

That sage who opined that it's very difficult to be simple, must have seen "Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain" coming. This sweet, slender, supple, brittle and tender film about a mid-life marital crisis cuts deep. It leaves us with a smile and a tear and with a resolve...

12-May-2018

Raazi is powerful but deeply flawed

Sometimes a flawed diamond can sparkle and shine brighter than a polished one. Raazi is that triumphant film which leaves you with some serious misgivings. The story, as we all know by now, is based on the real events during the eve of the 1971 Indo-Pak war when...

06-May-2018

'Teen Paheliyan' disappoints three times over

There is so much hope hanging on to this seemingly promising omnibus of three stories, each of approximately 45-minute duration with an attractive cast and fairly decent production values. The presentation is outwardly inviting. There are moments when one...

27-Apr-2018

'Ishq Tera': Poor script mars this love story

"Ishq Tera" is a film that approaches its subject so blatantly that it almost screams deafeningly. The story wants to be about love, but is also about madness, and somehow it does not weave the two together with a charm that would otherwise be heart-warming...

27-Apr-2018

Sudhir Mishra's take on 'Devdas' is startling

The violence in the political dynamics of Sudhir Mishra's latest work is so organised, it feels like an integral part of the life that the director brings to us in this uneasy restless yet intriguing and mystifying take on Saratchandra's Devdas.In an early...

21-Apr-2018

'Bharat Ane Nenu': Mahesh Babu plays a politician India needs

Not once does this politician raise his voice. His soft and gentle eyes harden into steel when pushed against the wall. But otherwise, Mahesh Babu as Bharath, the heir-apparent Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, doesn't need to raise his voice to be heard.When...

20-Apr-2018

'Nanu Ki Jaanu': An amusing redemption tale

Presented as a frothy dark comedy, "Nanu Ki Jaanu", is an amusing, romantic, redemption film that is predictable, yet engrossing.Nanu (Abhay Deol) is a scamster who usurps people's property. His ploy is simple. He first rents the property and then forcibly makes...

19-Apr-2018

'Beyond the Clouds': Visually appealing but lacks soul

Iranian director Majid Majidi's "Beyond the Clouds", set in Mumbai's underprivileged class, alternates between being shockingly tone-deaf and surprisingly on-point.It has moments when everything shifts, when the two main characters face each other, and there...

08-Apr-2018

'Mango Dreams': Worth watching only for Pankaj Tripathy

Only 15 minutes into this appallingly uninspired view of the historical and cultural divide that splintered India into two uneven halves, and I knew this was a foriegner's view of the communal divide as seen through the prism of a generation gap. But there...

06-Apr-2018

'Blackmail': Complex, tedious yet entertaining

Designed as an edgy, noir drama, "Blackmail" uses relentless ingenuity to dig its hero into deeper and deeper holes - until finally, when he seems defeated by the weight of his problems, it's equally ingenious in digging him out again.This is one of those plots...

05-Apr-2018

'Missing': Who needs Meryl Streep when we have Tabu?

That face is the map of the human heart. No one does it like Tabu. Not when she sets her heart to it. After seeing her misfit's act in "Golmaal Returns", what a blessed relief to see Tabu back in form in "Missing".This time, she plays a distraught mother...

05-Apr-2018

'Missing': Thriller with plot-holes galore

A psychological thriller, ‘Missing' is about the search of a three-year-old child, Titli, who goes missing from a resort in Mauritius one night.Sushant Dubey, a compulsive but harmless flirt, reluctantly brings his wife Aparna and their three-year-old...

03-Apr-2018

'Blackmail' is wickedly funny

If I didn't know about Irrfan's health issue I'd still be shaken by his hangdog unenthusiastic expression as he plods through his chosen life of a born loser in this savagely funny satire on adultery and blackmail.In the strikingly shot (by cinematographer...

31-Mar-2018

'Haq Se' : A fine example Of how to use the digital platform

It requires an abundance of guts and a residue of audacity to yank Louisa May Alcott's 19th century novel about women's empowerment into a modernday tale of love lies and heartbreaks in Kashmir.Director Ken Ghosh, with the persuasive help of writers Devika...

30-Mar-2018

'Baaghi 2' is all about Tiger nothing else

All this while we rued what Jacqueline Fernandez was seen doing to the iconic Ek do teen song and dance number. Turns out, this travesty was the least of the problems in Baaghi 2, an overblown, padded-up and puffed-out adaptation of last year's engrossing...

30-Mar-2018

Ram Charan Teja transforms in 'Rangasthalam'

There is something enormously endearing about a superstar trying to shed his image to get into the skin of his character the way, say, Uttam Kumar did in Satyajit Ray's "Nayak" or Rajesh Khanna in Basu Bhattacharya's "Aavishkar".In "Rangasthalam", Ram Charan...

30-Mar-2018

'Baaghi 2': Technically sound but convoluted

Though proclaimed as a sequel, "Baaghi 2" is an independent film having nothing to do with its prequel, the 2016 released "Baaghi". This action thriller, made by the same producers and having the same leading man sharing the same screen name - Ronnie, is a...

23-Mar-2018

'Baa Baaa Black Sheep': A comic thriller gone hopelessly awry

The opening frame of the film states, "Dedicated to the cinema of my growing up years".Well, throughout the narration, there is no reference to any cinema of any era. So you can just imagine the outcome. Planned as a comic thriller with a staid plot and...

23-Mar-2018

'Hichki': An emotionally inspiring film

Adapted from a 2008 released English film, "Front of the Class", which is based on Brad Cohen's book "Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had", director Sidharth P. Malhotra's "Hichki" is a feel good, emotionally packed and...

17-Mar-2018

'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool': The one that Oscars ignored

Nothing in this enchanting, moving, edifying tale of tragic love prepares us for the heartbreak that we collectively suffer at the end, when former film star Gloria Grahame now a faded, dying wisp of a woman says her final goodbye to Peter Turner, her lover,...

16-Mar-2018

'The Square': A pretentious creative fantasy

Director Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" won the prestigious Palme d'Ore award at the Cannes Film Festival last year and is a force to reckon with, especially for its social commentary on the conflicting status of social class, power, fear and the behavioural reactions...

16-Mar-2018

'Gringo': Convoluted yet entertaining

"Gringo" is an unoriginal, twisted, messy and at times incoherent madcap dark crime comedy that is largely fun to watch because of its superb cast. It is a politically incorrect and sometimes convoluted drama that doesn't expect you to take it seriously for a...

16-Mar-2018 Mumbai

'Raid': A one-dimensional tale that hinges on a weak plot

Of late, there has been a string of films inspired by true events. The latest to join the list is Director Raj Kumar Gupta's "Raid".Designed to glorify the unsung heroes namely the Income Tax officers who work to make the Indian economy run smoothly, the...

09-Mar-2018

'The Argumentative Indian': Insight into Amartya Sen's genius

It is a miracle that this vital documentary throwing light on one of India's brightest minds, ever made into theatres. Miracle, because the film's architect and director Suman Ghosh (whose feature film "Nobel Chor" fictionalising the real-life theft of...

09-Mar-2018

3 Storeys is a collage of endless sorrow & some joy

At one point in this three-storeyed plot we see a kindly Muslim patriarchal shopkeeper offering verbal comfort to an abused wife. Before we get a chance to suspect his motives the storytelling moves on in search of other manifestations of suppressed pain...

09-Mar-2018

'Hate Story IV': Femme fatale shines in this revenge saga

For a change, this fourth edition of "Hate Story" series is a pleasant surprise. It is not a noir film but it certainly has a femme fatale who is impressive and who holds her own against characters that are bad.Keeping with the theme of the franchise, revenge...

09-Mar-2018

'3 Storeys': Mediocre tales narrated craftily

Debutant director Arjun Mukherjee's "3 Storeys", with a misleading title, is a craftily narrated tale of characters living in a three-storey chawl in Mumbai.Set in a middle-class dwelling in the heart of Mumbai, the setting plays a significant part in portraying...

09-Mar-2018

'Dil Juunglee': A light and frothy entertainer

"Dil Juunglee" is a frothy romantic comedy about a boy and girl from diverse backgrounds, with completely different goals and desires in life.Koroli aka Koro (Taapsee Pannu), the only daughter of a wealthy businessman Mr. Nair who wants her to take over and...

02-Mar-2018

'Veerey ki Wedding': An archaic and tiresome affair

Director Ashu Trikha's 'Veerey Ki Wedding', is purportedly a frothy romcom which severely challenges your intelligence quotient.Veer Arora (Pulkit Samrat) is the son of a rich businessman Prabhu Arora (Mickey Makhija) and is known to be the quintessential humanitarian...

02-Mar-2018

'Death Wish': Slick but flighty popcorn entertainer

A revenge thriller set in Chicago, Director Eli Roth's 'Death Wish' is a popcorn entertainer, rehashed from a 1974-release and Director Michael Winner's similarly titled film starring Charles Bronson.While on the surface it seems a slick remake with the...

02-Mar-2018

'Veere Ki Wedding' another wedding-wali romcom

There are two brothers played by the talented duo Jimmy Sheirgill and Pulkit Samratm who keep knocking into an assortment of girls from Haryana and Delhi as they plough along a plot that pulsates a populated energy. That in a nutshell, is 'Veere Ki Wedding'...

02-Mar-2018

'Pari': No fairy tale romance this

A supernatural thriller, "Pari" is an unusual love story albeit with a good measure of thrills and chills.Set in Kolkata, Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee), a Bengali bhadralok aka gentleman, is an introvert and hence readily agrees to an arranged match to...

02-Mar-2018

'Pari' will send chills up your spine

There is a heartstopping moment of elemental candour in this chilling portrayal of love amidst satanism, where Anushka Sharma, in what easily ranks as her best performance to date, is seen scavenging food from a dustbin. The irony of the situation, suffused...

01-Mar-2018

'Red Sparrow': An entertaining espionage drama

Based on the similarly titled novel penned by former CIA operative Jason Matthews, director Francis Lawrence's espionage thriller is an icy, controlled, provocative and at times a deliberately problematic piece of work.Set in an interesting period that suggests...

01-Mar-2018

'Hamne Gandhi Ko Maar Diya': An ode to Mahatma Gandhi

"Hamne Gandhi Ko Maar Diya" is a technically well-mounted period drama. The story is simple and layered. If you are expecting a political drama leading to the confession of the assassin who killed Mahatma Gandhi - the Father of the Nation, you would be disappointed.To...

01-Mar-2018

'The Valley': An engaging redemption tale

Debutant director Saila Kariat's "The Valley" is a tautly scripted redemption tale set in Silicon Valley.The IT industry is said to enhance the way of life for humans. And those working in this sector live a very competitive life, struggling hard to beat the...

28-Feb-2018

'Lady Bird': A disguised mother-daughter drama

There is a lot of what one would call window-dressing in a very positive way. But at its heart, "Lady Bird" is a pure simple heartfelt mother-daughter saga told with a sense of whimsical wisdom that comes only from experience.Saoirse Ronan plays with sturdy...

28-Feb-2018

'Lady Bird': An intimate, astutely crafted character study

This intriguingly titled film, with its coming-of-age tale, is the solo, directorial debut of Greta Gerwig.It is an outstanding and warm teen drama that makes for a generous character study of a young woman in the process of working out who she is, what she...

23-Feb-2018

'Welcome To New York': Losers have fun in New York

First things first. This is not a proper feature film but more of a promotional pitch for the IFFA awards. The main thrust of the narrative -- if we may call it that -- is to spotlight the awards through a fictional plot about two losers who get a chance to...

23-Feb-2018

'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety': A light-hearted tug of war

This is director Luv Ranjan's fourth film and like his previous films, this one too pivots on gender skewed comedy. It engages you and generates enough laughs to keep you hooked till the end.As the title suggests, the film revolves around the relationship...

23-Feb-2018

'Welcome To New York': Trips on tactless plot

Director Chakri Toleti's "Welcome to New York" is not merely a bad, popcorn entertainer, but a waste of an opportunity. An agonising experience in every category one can think of.Touted as India's first comedy in 3D, this makes this film the dimmest, one has...

22-Feb-2018

‘Love Per Square Foot': An ode to Basu Chatterjee

Not too many people write love letters these days. So let's celebrate this love letter from actor-turned-director Anand Tiwari to director Basu Chatterjee. Tiwari's "Love Per Square Foot", released on Netflix and to be released in theatres in April, falls...

16-Feb-2018

'Aiyaary': A skilfully mounted cry of rage

Director Neeraj Pandey's "Aiyaary", which means shape shifting', is a cry of rage against the corrupt system that is prevailing in the government and armed forces. It is a simply told tale and is based on facts.An astutely mounted and engaging suspense thriller,...

16-Feb-2018

'The Shape of Water': An astutely mounted fairy tale

Director Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is a beautiful, yet strange tale of romance that would remind you of films like "Beauty and the Beast", "Shrek" or even "Splash", but unlike these films, this one is a patronisingly laboured fairy tale.The story...

16-Feb-2018

'Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz': Predictable and soulful

In today's world of instant romance and quick formulas, director Onir's "Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz", though presented with all the trappings of a modern day, heartfelt romantic drama, has an old-world charm. It is a tale of two melancholic misfits who fall in...

16-Feb-2018

'Hostiles': A sensitive yet bland redemption tale

Mounted like a ponderous western film, director Scott Cooper's "Hostiles" is a slow-paced, melancholic, redemption tale that offers us a brutal slice of American history.Based on a story by Donald E. Stewart, set in 1892, it is a hero's journey. A reluctant...

15-Feb-2018

'Aiyaary': That seamless political thriller Bollywood needed

At first, "Aiyaary" seems less seamless than it actually is. Where is all this leading to? You wonder at the outset, as writer-director Neeraj Pandey sets up what eventually turns out to be pieces of a jigsaw that fits perfectly into the mindboggling zigzag...

15-Feb-2018

'Hostiles' is profound stirring study of violence

Outwardly, like most films of the 'Western' genre, "Hostiles" is a celebration of savagery. It opens with a disturbingly graphic sequence of Rosalie's (Rosemund Pike) entire family, including three little children, being massacred by American-Indians.However, it...

09-Feb-2018

'The 15:17 to Paris': Dramatically passive and disappointing

Those who have seen the trailers of this film are sure to be enticed by its thriller aspect and are bound to be disappointed. The film, mostly comprising banal, drama-free, mundane scenes, tests your patience. But by the end, you realise that this is a self-performed...

09-Feb-2018

'Pad Man' is a noble masterpiece, period!

There was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's stunning "Padmaavat" two weeks ago. There is the stunning-in-its-own-right "Pad Man" this week.There is the period film. And then there is the film about the periods. Excellence comes in many packages. But rarely in a small...

08-Feb-2018

'Padman': Akshay shines in this public service film

The concept for this film, Padman, is credited to Twinkle Khanna for the story that is based on the short tale in her book, "The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad". This story has been inspired by the life of Arunchalam Muruganantham a social activist from Tamil...

08-Feb-2018

'Boy and the World': A vibrant and dazzling marvel

Pulsating with a vibrant soundtrack and lovely hand-drawn animation in pencil and crayon colours, cut-outs, oil paint and everything in between, writer-director Ale Abreu's film is not only a simple children's film but one that leaves you spellbound.Told through...

02-Feb-2018

'Bleeding Steel': Jackie Chan, please grow up

Nothing infuriates more than an aging star refusing to play his age. Jackie Chan is no longer agile nor funny. Goofy, yes. And as he does the protective father's act once again in this film -- we saw him do the same in his previous release -- the far superior...

02-Feb-2018

'Den of Thieves': A convoluted heist drama

"Den of Thieves" is a convolutedly narrated heist film that involves concepts from other superior crime thrillers of the past.With a handful of stylish shootouts, chase sequences and other confrontations bridged together by a lacklustre screenplay, this over-the-top...

01-Feb-2018

Phantom Thread': Subtly layered romantic melodrama

"Phantom Thread", by auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, is a contemplative character study where one's reaction to the material will largely depend upon whose perspective you see the film from.Set in the 1950s' post-war London, "Phantom Thread" is the invisible thread...

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