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26-Mar-2017

'Katamarayudu' tells why Pawan Kalyan is known as Power Star

They don't call Pawan Kalyan a 'Power Star' for nothing. Right at the start of his rumbustious new film, he stamps his foot angrily to the ground, the way that minister must have when he got pissed off with the flight purser, and a fleet of rugged cars in...

24-Mar-2017

'Phillauri': An astutely woven saga

On the face of it, "Phillauri" is the story of a reluctant groom guided by a ghost who helps him overcome his fears about marriage.Set in Punjab, "Phillauri" starts off as a simple story about an NRI Punjabi boy Kanan (Suraj Sharma) who returns to India...

23-Mar-2017

'Life': Suspenseful and thrilling

A fantasy sci-fiction, "Life", is a simple, engaging outer-space horror thriller that occasionally shows sparks of brilliance in an otherwise ordinary fare.In many ways it is similar to the 1979 released "Alien". Director Daniel Espinosa's film is the...

19-Mar-2017

'Aa Gaya Hero': Goodbye Govinda, once it was fun

Dear Govinda,I went through the singular experience of watching your latest film touted as your comeback, but severely savaged by critics as being too "1990s" to be taken seriously now. In case you didn't notice, it is 2017. But when critics say "Aa Gaya...

18-Mar-2017

'Machine': 'Baazigar' rebooted

"Machine" is a film about a nasty murky non-brainer of a hero who doesn't think twice before snuffing out lives on his mentor's order.Not much thought has gone into the protagonist's behaviour. Ditto the action. It's a role that Shah Rukh Khan mythologised in...

18-Mar-2017

'Mantra': Nothing new or exciting

The title "Mantra" conjures a mysterious as well as an exotic tale in the eyes of a prospective viewer, but in reality, Nicholas Kharkongor's film is the story of a dysfunctional family in the backdrop of the nationwide 'India Shining' campaign.Set in Delhi...

17-Mar-2017

'Aa Gaya Hero' : Nothing but a zero

Giving this film a single star, is being gracious. This film, produced by Govinda, is supposed to be a vehicle to help him resurrect his non-existent career.But instead with "Aa Gaya Hero", director Dipankar Senapati has ensured that he lands up being a zero.It...

17-Mar-2017

'Before I fall': Astutely handled redemption fare

The film is based on Lauren Oliver's young adult novel of the same name. It is not only about self discovery, but also about the way we should look at others around us.The story takes us through a day in the life of Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a popular...

17-Mar-2017

'Machine': Mechanical sans heart

This is a convoluted love story. A car enthusiast and an all-rounder Sara Thapar (Kiara Advani) is the most popular girl at a school somewhere in North India.She is friends with Aditya, Lucky, Sid, Vicky and Aeisha, her besties and it is obvious that Aditya...

16-Mar-2017

'Beauty and the Beast': Enchanting in its new avatar

For those unaware of the story's origin, "Beauty and the Beast" was first written as 'Belle et la Bete' by French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756. There have been many variants of the original in literature, television, stage and films,...

16-Mar-2017

'Trapped': Rajkummar Rao takes acting to the next level

What would you do if you were trapped in a high rise for days without food, water or company? Eat a bird although you are vegetarian? Check. Drink your own urine to quench your thirst? Check. Talk to a rat for company's sake? Check.The incredibly gifted Rajkummar...

16-Mar-2017

'Mantra': Impressive look at flawed people

There is sequence in this intelligently and sensitively scripted, if somewhat choppily executed drama on the fall-out of foreign investment on the Indian economy during the 1990s, where a near-bankrupt entrepreneur Kapil Kapoor, KK to friends, played by the...

15-Mar-2017

'Trapped': Rajkummar Rao takes bollywood acting to next level

What would you do if you were trapped in a high-rise for days without food, water or company? Eat a bird although you are vegetarian? Check. Drink your own urine to quench your thirst? Check. Talk to a rat for company's sake? Check.The incredibly gifted Rajkummar...

10-Mar-2017

'Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya': Badrinath's yatra is worth experiencing

From Jhansi to Singaporea. Phew! This is one helluva joyride. "Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya"(BKD) starts off looking like one of those obnoxious rom-coms where the hero won't take a no for an answer and the reluctant heroine will finally say yes.You know those...

10-Mar-2017

'Badrinath Ki Dulhania': Frothy and cliched

A quick-fix, from the stables of Dharma Productions, director Shashank Khaitan's "Badrinath Ki Dulhania" is a typically cliched, frothy rom-com, which exploits the sheer charm of its stars.A lot happens and it happens charmingly with such quick spirit...

04-Mar-2017

'Logan': Most engaging superhero film of all times

A quality of bleak brilliance cuts through the narrative of this riveting road epic. Set in the barren aftermath of a nuclear and other damnation and ruination, the US stares in the year 2029, at a time of abject self-doubt and adversative compromises."Logan"...

03-Mar-2017

'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai': Tedious, regressive all the way

"Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai" is essentially a generic and regressive story about women in India.It is the life journey of a renowned author, Alia Patrick (Manjari Fadnis).Directed by Keshhav Panneriy, the film, his directorial debut, with excellent production values,...

03-Mar-2017

'Commando 2...': A frothy laidback entertainer

This is the second edition of this action thriller franchise, the first being released in 2013.In this edition, after the arrest of India's most wanted black money launderer, Vicky Chaddha in Malaysia, Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra, the Commando of the Special...

24-Feb-2017

'Guardians The Superheroes': Russian replica of 'X-Men' series

This Russian film, directed by Sarik Andreasyan, crafted on the lines of the American "X-Men" superheroes series, is a sci-fi action thriller.Set during the Cold War period, a secret organisation named Patriot realises that there are forces trying to destroy...

24-Feb-2017

'Mona Darling': Convoluted and pretentious

The title, "Mona Darling", conjures a very sleazy image. But the film is far from sleaze. Designed as a scare film and trying to leave an indelible mark on the audience, director Shashi Sudigala, like an enthusiastic kid, has used all the tricks of the trade...

24-Feb-2017

'Rangoon': An impressively immersive film

Rangoon is director Vishal Bhardwaj's monumental and rewarding work. It is a classic, weighed and measured by the style and manner of its narrative. Adapted from the English film "Casablanca", it is a simple romance triangle set in India, circa 1943, against...

23-Feb-2017

'Split': Seriously Contrived

A survival thriller anchored by a mesmerising performance by James McAvoy, "Spilt" is the tale of a man with an identity disorder.Kevin is living with 23 different personalities in his head. One of them, Denis, kidnaps three young ladies; two popular and...

23-Feb-2017

'Wedding Anniversary': Pretentious and shoddy

"Wedding Anniversary" is about a couple -- Kahani (Mahie Gill) and Nirbhay (Priyanshu Chatterjee) -- who met a year ago in Goa, fell in love and got married and are celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Goa.Enthusiastic and deeply in love with her beau,...

23-Feb-2017

'Split': Far better than Shyamalan's recent films

So all right. We know this is a thriller about a kidnapper who assumes 23 personalities.But would the real Manoj Night Shyamalan please stand up? Is he the director who turned around the very definition on screen thrills and horror with "The Six Sense",...

23-Feb-2017

'Lion': An emotionally powerful film

Adapted from Saroo Brierley's autobiography "A Long Way Home", director Garth Davis' "Lion" is an intimately emotional film despite an extremely underwritten screenplay. It is an adopted boy, Saroo's journey in search of his biological mother.We first meet Saroo...

23-Feb-2017

'Jackie': A riveting drama well told

"Jackie", a biographical drama, follows Jacqueline Kennedy during the days when she was the First Lady of America and the few days following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. It also delivers an important commentary on human nature and...

18-Feb-2017

Ghazi': War like you've never seen before

Breaking away from everything Telugu cinema is accustomed to, debutant Sankalp Reddy's "Ghazi" shines as it truly offers a cinematic experience and it's easily the most engaging film from the industry in recent times. It takes the story of a few unsung heroes...

18-Feb-2017

'The Ghazi Attack': Well-intended war saga

A bigger mystery than the sinking of the submarine during the 1971 India and Pakistan war that this film so bravely recreates, is Rana Daggubati's one single immovable expression that he has been holding steadfast on his impressive face ever since he graced...

17-Feb-2017

'The Lego Batman Movie': High on energy, low on taste

An action thriller, this edition of the Lego film is a far cry from its original.It fails to raise the creative bar that was so enthusiastically raised by its directors way back in 2014. Nevertheless, crammed with numerous, adrenaline charged and emotionally...

17-Feb-2017

'The Ghazi Attack': Submerged in mediocrity

Purportedly an underwater war film set in 1971, "The Ghazi Attack" is the story of the triumph of India's submarine S-21 over Pakistan's PNS Ghazi, a submarine set out to destroy INS Vikrant.On the face of it an interesting premise, it could have been an engaging...

17-Feb-2017

'Silence': A punishing masterpiece

5 stars? Or no stars at all? It is impossible for me to rate Martin Scorcese's latest film -- a monumental achievement, by all means. Though it's undoubtedly a masterpiece, I hated it. The film is an extended prolonged painful repetitive and frequently...

17-Feb-2017

'Moonlight': A pretentious triptych tableaux

Designed as an art house film, "Moonlight" is a universal tale about self-discovery, connection, sexuality and masculinity. It sheds light on the plight of gay men who struggle with their sexuality and identity, especially when living in a masculine environment.It...

17-Feb-2017

'John Wick: Chapter 2': Action-packed and thrilling

Very rarely do sequels create an impact as the original, but in the case of "John Wick: Chapter 2", the intensity surpasses its predecessor. It excels as a scaled-up action thriller about John Wick, "the man, the myth and the legend".Literally, from the very...

17-Feb-2017

'Irada': Good intention poorly executed

If "Udta Punjab" unearthed the can of drugs in Punjab -- India's wheat bowl -- then "Irada" throws light on the cause of cancer there.Fictionalised, dramatised and mounted as a semi-documentary, Director Aparnaa Singh's attempt to showcase this issue is...

17-Feb-2017

'Running Shaadi': A frothy entertainer

This film, with the recent controversy that plagued its title, suffers from the curse of its name. The constant bleeps in between the dialogues is a frustrating, kill joy. And that is not the only one.Though with an interesting premise and a well-drafted...

16-Feb-2017

'Running Shaadi' keeps you smiling

What do you call these? Haan, the Pheelgoood type of film. Running Shaadi keeps the proceedings running at a hectic pace. With a shaadi happening every ten minutes you'd expect a certain strain monotony to waft into the proceedings. But no. Debutant director...

16-Feb-2017

'Moonlight': Emotionally shattering experience

Watching "Moonlight" is akin to getting into the skin of these unfathomably unhappy people. The film has no formal structure. It cuts sharply into slices from the protagonist's life and leaves the shards and splinters strewn across the narration for us to stumble...

16-Feb-2017

'Hidden Figures': An easily digestible feel good film

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, "Hidden Figures" is a biological drama that pays tribute to remarkable Afro-American women who broke colour and gender barriers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Set...

12-Feb-2017

'Si3': Suriya's Singam act falls abysmally short

Don't let the agitated agile ambience of unlimited energy fool you. This is a work of illimitable laziness. The writing is slothful, so much so that it often as though the script is a pretext for the fights. The direction is a muddle of rapidly moving shots...

10-Feb-2017

'Jolly LLB 2': Akshay shines in an entertaining satire

Apart from being a courtroom drama and Saurabh Shukla playing Judge Tripathi, there is nothing common between "Jolly LLB 2" and its predecessor the Arshad Warsi-starrer "Jolly LLB". And the only reference, if any, is a faint line when Saurabh Shukla, says:...

10-Feb-2017

'Rings': One of the scarce scary scare fests

A nervous-looking man shares his fears with a co-passenger as a plane is about to take off. No, it's not fear of flying. It's fear of dying. He has watched a cursed video cassette which predicts death for the viewer within seven days.And now those seven...

09-Feb-2017

'Mostly Sunny': Stunning look at Sunny Leone's lurid life

At one point in this haunting look at the life of a porn star who betrayed her conservative Punjabi family to rule the adult entertainment industry, Sunny Leone bursts out, "So what if my home town disowned me? Today every Indian family wants me to be a...

03-Feb-2017

'Alif': Well-made film with a strong message

As in his debut film "Dozakh - In Search of Heaven", which was officially released in 2015, director Zaigham Imam's "Alif" is a well-meaning, simple, yet layered story that highlights the need for Muslims to rise above their ghetto mentality. It mirrors...

03-Feb-2017

'Kung Fu Yoga': A poorly gummed up entertainer

The title conjures an exciting amalgamation of practices of world's most ancient and traditional civilisations -- Chinese and Indian martial arts with the spiritual and ascetic discipline of meditation, breath-control and body postures for health and relaxation....

03-Feb-2017

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter': A loud snooze fest

"The Final Chapter" is the sixth and final installment of the action packed, sci-fiction horror "Resident Evil" film series, which is loosely based on a video game series of the same name.The six films made over a span of fifteen years, were all written and...

03-Feb-2017

'Kung Fu Yoga': It's good fun

The worst crime you can accuse a Jackie Chan film of is silliness. "Kung Fu Yoga" is supremely silly. But like Jackie's films in the past, it is a whole lot of fun if you are in the mood for some goofy antics.The film's utterly implausible plot opens with...

03-Feb-2017

'The Great Wall': A Great Mess

In the mood for some Chinese feud? Avoid this film as such an awful movie can only be the result of either criminal carelessness or overweening ambitions.Said to be the most expensive film to have ever been shot in China , this work of mythological mayhem...

02-Feb-2017

'Bogan': Partly impressive, partly a letdown

On paper, "Bogan" comes across as a great story idea - one that involves soul-swapping - but when translated on screen, it becomes one of those films which has a shaky start, impresses midway and then loses steam towards the end trying to play to the gallery....

02-Feb-2017

'The Great Wall': An affectless effect-laden extravaganza

Director Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall" is an epic spectacle of warfare, action sequences and fantasy, grandly mounted with excellent cinematography and equally brilliant visual effects. But unfortunately, with a bland, formulaic story with no major inciting...

25-Jan-2017

'Kaabil': Hrithik Roshan paints every frame in glorious colours

Why do awful things happen to good God-fearing, law-abiding, tax-paying, spouse-loving people?Look! Just see that man's face. Rohit loves his wife Suparna to death. Her death, as it happens to be. A moment so shocking in the film and filmed with such gruesome...

25-Jan-2017

'Raees': An immersive SRK entertainer

"Raees" is a typical Bollywood blockbuster designed like films of the early 1980s, with over-the-top yet thrilling action, drama and a tinge of romance. It is a biography of a disciplined businessman, albeit with ragged edges.Set in the late 80s and early 90s...

20-Jan-2017

'Coffee With D': Coffee With D is fun in a ditzy way

Isn't it amazing what a slew of talented actors can do to an outrageous idea? Think of "Coffee With D" as a boys' day out with Dawood, and you will actually enjoy the implausible goings on.This is a what-if idea carried to an extreme of satirical eventuality...

19-Jan-2017

'The Bye Bye Man': Poorly written and executed

"The Bye Bye Man" is a psychological thriller that has gone terribly wrong.The film is about how an evil entity appears or gains control over its victims. The film works on the premise that controlling one's thoughts can be a real challenge. The simple act...

15-Jan-2017

'Ok Jaanu': Better than Mani Ratnam's original

Welcome back, Shaad Ali. It was a Mani Ratnam remake that gave us Shaad, one of the sharpest, smartest directors in "Saathiya". It is another Mani Ratnam remake that brings Shaad back in form after a string of duds."Ok Jaanu" (ignore the yucky title) is smart,...

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