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13-Oct-2017

'Ranchi Diaries': Lacklustre chronicles

Contextually, director Sattwik Mohanty's "Ranchi Diaries" showcases Asia's largest mental hospital, which is situated in Ranchi.But unlike the hospital which treats its patients, director Sattwik Mohanty treats (read entertains) his audience with low-IQ, physiologically...

13-Oct-2017

Victoria & Abdul': Bolstered by superlative performances

There has been a lot of flak aimed at this enchanting film for it subversive look at colonial relationships.For all those who refuse to take history's lessons lightly, here is some unsolicited advice: Get a laugh.And I do mean, laugh. For, in spite of one...

12-Oct-2017

'Victoria and Abdul': Intriguing and odd

Stephen Frears' "Victoria and Abdul', is a witty telling of the unlikely bond between the aged Queen Victoria of England, the Empress of India, and a commoner, Abdul Karim, whom she appoints as her Urdu teacher and whom she fondly addresses as "Munshia.Based...

09-Oct-2017

'Blade Runner 2049': Bleak, pointless, this film is exhausting

Do yourself a favour. Run away from "Blade Runner 2049" as far as you can while you still have time. It is one of the most pretentious and ponderous sequels ever, with thinly disguised dialogues taken from messages from fortune cookies masquerading as words...

08-Oct-2017

Child abuse gets sensitive treatment in Marathi film 'The Silence'

Some truths are so painful that the pain must transmit itself to the audience if it must be made into cinema. "The Silence" is a very painful film to watch. It strips aside the niceties that would make child rape more palatable to the audience, and puts the...

07-Oct-2017

'Call for Fun': Frothy and raunchy entertainer

Director Janak Toprani's "Call For Fun" is a far-fetched, coming-of-age, young adult, screwball comedy.The zany song with the lyrics, "Celebrate haar ya fail" sets the ball rolling for a lively upbeat tale. The plot hinges around Yash, a young boy who takes over...

06-Oct-2017

'2016 The End': Mediocre fare that ends well

What would you do if you are told an asteroid or meteorite is on a collision path with Earth and a catastrophe is inevitable?In director Jaideep Chopra's film, "2016 The End", doomsday is just seven days away. It has been reported in one of the leading papers...

06-Oct-2017

'Blade Runner 2049': Tediously slow yet brutally fascinating

Based on Philip K. Dick's novel aDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', this film is a follow-up to one of science fiction's most iconic film, which was directed by Ridley Scott 35 years ago.While the original, themed with -- what is life and who has the right...

05-Oct-2017

'Tu Hai Mera Sunday': A unexpectedly moving sunshine film

reated as a rom-com with a blend of sunshine and dead-pan comedy, this is a simple feel-good film that is trendy and contemporary. With a set of unhappy people in the fertile turf of Mumbai City, Director Milind Dhaimande's "Tu Hai Mera Sunday" showcases life...

05-Oct-2017

'Chef': Endearingly palate pleasing

An official Hindi remake of Jon Favreau's 2014 film by the same name, Director Raja Krishna Menon's 'Chef' is a breezy film, centring around the self-discovery of Chef Roshan Kalra (Saif Ali Khan), a Michelin three star chef.Roshan, who hails from a middle...

01-Oct-2017

'CRD' redefines cinema space

Sometimes, on that rare occasion when we are not watching, Indian cinema pushes the envelope right up out collective posteriors."CRD", which it took me a while to figure out, is the initials of the hero's name, is one such absolutely irreverent, sometimes beguiling,...

29-Sep-2017

'Judwaa 2': Varun shines in an unimaginative rehash

Coming from the stable of the gifted director David Dhawan, known for his comic entertainers, his latest film "Judwaa 2" seems like a rehash of other films and his earlier gags and funnies.In this edition, the tale of the identical twins continues. It shares...

28-Sep-2017

CRD': A theatrical experience on celluloid

Like a rooster in all its morning glory, director Kranti Kanade's film "CRD" stands out -- ruffling feathers, making the right noises and then settling down to being just a timid wannabe. Nevertheless, the film is undeniably different. The film is a work...

28-Sep-2017

'American Made': Visually rustic and mildly thrilling

Director Dou Liman's "American Made" is a good example of greed and the epic culture of corruption in the US. Based on a true story, it reveals the thrilling life of an opportunist.Narrated in a non-linear manner with archived video footage, the plot unveils...

28-Sep-2017

'Spyder': Brings the thrill back into the thriller

There is nothing like a perfect spy thriller. But "Spyder" comes close. It is svelte, swanky and slick in a way that Telugu cinema is lately learning to be. Most important of all, the leading man none other than Mahesh Babu, arguably Andhra's no.1 star, plays...

22-Sep-2017

'Bhoomi': A gory and regressive revenge saga

"Bhoomi" seems to be a rehash of a C-grade potboiler of the early 1970s. It is a degenerated rape and revenge drama replete with blase expositions and gory action sequences.Set in a middle-class milieu in Agra, it is the story of a gang rape survivor, Bhoomi...

22-Sep-2017 Mumbai

'Bhoomi': Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao chemistry elevates the film

"Jadd se ya dhadh se?" Sanjay Dutt plays a cruel KBC with his daughter's rapist, offering to either kill or castrate him.The pleading begging rapist takes the knife and plunges it into his pants.I squirmed , as I was meant to. Bhoomi a film about a father...

22-Sep-2017

'The Final Exit': A quirky engaging film

You'd either love "The Final Exit" or hate it, but you can't definitely ignore it. This film, directed by Dhwanil Mehta, designed as a mystical, road film with horror tropes, is rather quirky as it edges on being abstract and philosophical.On the face of it,...

21-Sep-2017 Mumbai

'Haseena Parkar': Fails to engage or entertain

A biopic on the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar, Director Apoorva Lakhia's film of the same name traces her rise. It showcases how from a timid but fiercely protective younger sister, she metamorphoses into a confident woman who toughens...

16-Sep-2017 Mumbai

'Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi': Painfully cliched and tedious

The story is set in Adarsh Housing Society, Mumbai, where Gujaratis rule the roost. As they are the majority, naturally there is no non-vegetarian food or booze allowed. Watching Aastha TV is the de rigueur and that too till 10 p.m. only. In short, arduous...

15-Sep-2017

'Simran': Kangana and Hansal Mehta weave a wacky entertainer

Imagine if your child turns out to be a sociopath. This, in one line, summarizes the whimsical plot of Hansal Mehta's film.Simran or Praful Patel, is no ordinary celluloid creation. She gambles all her savings away in Las Vegas and spends the rest of her time...

15-Sep-2017

'B.A. Pass 2': Staid and fails to engage

Produced by the same producer - Narendra Singh who had earlier released "B.A. Pass" in 2013, this film "B.A. Pass 2" is neither a sequel nor a neo-noir. Also, it is not as sleazy as its predecessor. So, in that sense, beware. This film shares no familiarity with...

15-Sep-2017

'Simran': A feisty Kangana Ranaut canvas

"Simran" is a film about an unconventional, 30-plus Guajarati divorcee Praful Patel who lives with her parents in Atlanta, works in the housekeeping department of a plush hotel and lives life on her terms.Keen on buying her own property in the minority quota...

14-Sep-2017

Lucknow Central': Outstanding study Of imprisonment and freedom

"Lucknow Central" is by far the most engaging thinking-man's thriller of the year. Ballsy and brave, it penetrates the politics of prison life without relinquishing the right to engage us in a solid storytelling spree where a clever cat-and-mouse game is played...

08-Sep-2017 Mumbai

'Daddy': Crisp narrative with good production values

Narrated in a non-linear manner, "Daddy" is a biopic of Arun Gawli, a mill worker's son who became a gangster and then metamorphosed into a politician.The story, packed with all the ingredients of a classic best seller, is written by director Ashim Ahluwalia...

08-Sep-2017

'Poster Boys': Fun in a lowbrow way

If you are looking for some naughty fun this weekend, you might want to try out this wacky piece of big-screen chortles... provided you can bear with the brainless bacchanalia sheathed in a sexual innocence that the protagonists are able to convey without...

08-Sep-2017

'Sameer': Performances keep narrative afloat

"Sameer" is a cleverly crafted but one-dimensional political drama that involves terrorism. It is a fictionalised film based on true incidents.Set in the backdrop of the bomb blasts in the country, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub plays Sameer, an engineering student who...

08-Sep-2017

'Mr. Kabaadi': More crap than scrap

Kallu Kabaadi (Annu Kapoor), a scrap dealer in Lucknow, is married to Chando (Sarika), a rag-picker, and has two children: A son, Chaman, and daughter, Meethi. After inheriting wealth and becoming a rich man overnight, he is desperate to change his image in...

08-Sep-2017

'Daddy': Arjun Rampal gives Arun Gawli new life

Ask any actor of some worth. It is not easy to play a known living character. Audiences and the character that you are playing, plus their close associates, judge the performance with scrutinized harshness and normally find it wanting.Not this time. Not...

08-Sep-2017

'Poster Boys': Frothy entertainer with mass appeal

Actor-director Shreyas Talpade's "Poster Boys" is a screw-ball comedy about three men who find themselves socially ostracised after they feature in a poster promoting a public service campaign on suture-less-vasectomy.Adapted from the 2014 released Marathi film "Poshter...

01-Sep-2017 Mumbai

'Badshaho': A Nightmare On Celluloid

If you are looking for a film that is unintentionally funny because it takes itself so seriously you would think the end-result would be a heist film on a par with Vijay Anand's "Jewel Thief" or at least Milan Luthria's "Kachche Dhaage", then look again.This...

31-Aug-2017 Mumbai

'Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan': Get It Up With Ayushmann

It's okay if you can't get it up.There. I said it. It's taken Hindi cinema years and years to be liberated from the shackles of libidinous machismo. An actor called Ayushmann Khurrana has done.A He plays an ordinary guy with a routine problem with such conviction.Ayushmann's...

28-Aug-2017 chennai

'Vivegam': All about Ajith's stardom

Don't let the hi-tech outlook fool you. At heart, "Vivegam" is as traditional status quoist as any Rajinikanth starrer. Except that this time it not Rajinikanth sir. It is Ajith sir.But the tropes and signposts of super stardom are identical. Hero worship...

27-Aug-2017 Mumbai

'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz': Gore is a bore

There is no polite way of saying this. So let's just put it straight out. "Babumoshai Bandookbaaz" is a revolting violent piece of cinema, almost sure to make the sensitive squirm, if not throw up.The body-count and the bawdy encounters are high... so high...

26-Aug-2017 chennai

'Arjun Reddy': Intense, raw and unbelievably honest

One can't help but fall in love with "Arjun Reddy", the film as well as the eponymous title role, even though you don't walk out of the cinema hall with a smile. If you fall in the category of the audience that believes cinema is meant to entertain, maybe...

24-Aug-2017 Chennai

'Vivegam': Ajith shines in an underwhelming film

"Vivegam" is Ajith's show all the way, and the star in his best physical self, is a joy to watch on screen as a secret agent set out to save the world on the brink of a nuclear attack. His charismatic screen presence is the film's saving grace, apart from great...

20-Aug-2017

'Anando Brahma': Refreshing horror-comedy

Mahi Raghav made a noticeable debut with the slice-of-life campus drama "Paathshala" a few years ago, and it was not a film you could easily write off. It marked the arrival of a sensible filmmaker, who was desperate to break the monotony and give audiences...

19-Aug-2017

'VIP 2 (Lalkar)': What's Kajol doing in a film as silly as this?

Confession time. I haven't seen the first "VIP" film. And after seeing the follow-up, I swear on my favourite Dada Kondke feature, I will never touch anything with a VIP in it, not even the suitcase.More confession. "VIP 2" is not a film. It is an abomination....

18-Aug-2017

'Bareilly Ki Barfi': This Barfi is yummy to the last morsel

Early in the plot, we are told that the film's heroine Bitti is no Sati Savitri. Thank God for smalltown mercies! In fact she adheres to another kind of stereotyping that Hindi cinema has lately embraced. You know, the smalltown girl who is hip and happy,...

18-Aug-2017

'VIP 2: Lalkar': High on drama, low on emotions

This film suffers from sequel fatigue but unlike its prequel, this is not really an underdog story.Taking off from where it left in its prequel, the 2014 released "VIP", it is the tale of the jobless, yet conscientious engineer, Raghuvaran (Dhanush).He is...

18-Aug-2017

'Bareilly ki Barfi': An endearing rom-com worth tasting

"Bareilly ki Barfi" is a sweet and delectable romance which begins on a predictable and somewhat placid note, but takes on an interesting hue owing to the sudden twist the tale embarks upon and turning into a love triangle.Bitti Mishra (Kriti) is the only child...

17-Aug-2017

'Partition: 1947': Partially riveting

Internationally released as "Viceroy's House", this film gives us a glimpse of life during the tumultuous period before the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nations in 1947.Based on two books and inspired from true events from her own family history, director...

17-Aug-2017

'Partition: 1947': Serves up delicate but powerful drama

At the end of Gurinder Chadha's breathtakingly beautiful parable on political propensity, we are told that the director's grandmother was one of thousands of victims of the savagery that followed the Partition of India into two sloppy badly-cut halves.Thankfully,...

13-Aug-2017

'Dhananjoy': Must-see masterpiece on miscarriage of justice

Don't the poor have the right to live? This question haunted me as I sat rivetted to the screen watching Arindam Sil's "Dhananjoy". The film, a masterly courtroom drama, probably the best depiction of court proceedings since B.R. Chopra's "Kanoon", that opens...

09-Jul-2017

'Spider-Man...': Dumbed-down superzero superhero film

"What the f…k!" is the last thing we hear our underage superhero's sexy aunt May say before the end-credits begin to roll. And I felt the same.The latest Spider-Man film, which is much hyped and mightily praised by critics who love the film's transparency...

07-Jul-2017 Mumbai

Movie Review : 'Guest Iin London': Trite and unimpressive

"Guest Iin London" is the rehash of director Ashwni Dhir's 2010 released Ajay Devgn starrer "Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge". It is a far cry from its predecessor in terms of entertainment as it kind of feels like leftovers while carving a stereotype of an irritating,...

07-Jul-2017 Mumbai

Movie Review : 'Mom': Riveting with strong performances

This fictionalised revenge drama has the same template as the recently released Raveena Tandon starrer "Maatr".Here, the story focuses on Devki Sabharwal, a biology teacher who reprimands her student Mohit when he sends his classmate Arya an objectionable...

07-Jul-2017 Mumbai

'Guest In London': Paresh Rawal brings a woozy sparkle

First things first. The most welcome thing about this tragic-comedy about unwelcome guests is Paresh Rawal, an actor of myriad means who has lately strayed into politics. Seeing him back, doing what he's most comfortable doing, it is crystal-clear that the...

06-Jul-2017

'Mom': Sridevi shoots the ball out of the park

Just when you think Sridevi has run out of surprises, she does "Mom". A film so steeped in the angst of maternal revenge that you fear it will tie itself up in angry knots.But no. There is a certain... what do you call it? 'Thehrao' -- a moral narrative equanimity...

02-Jul-2017

'The Big Sick' gets the diaspora bang-on

I confess I didn't know who Kumail Nanjiani was until I saw him in this wonderful life-giving film about love, sickness, healing and cultural assimilation. But that's okay. Even Anupam Kher, who plays Nanjiani's father, didn't know who the latter was until...

01-Jul-2017

Movie Review : Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha Movie Review

What Is It About: A charming and young girl, Natasha (Natasha Fernandez) who decides to have her destination wedding at her ancestral property goes there along with her fiancé Sunny (Upen Patel). Destiny had other plans as she falls in love with the stud...

30-Jun-2017

'Okja': Emotional and politically compelling

If "Okja" (currently streaming on Netflix) were an Indian film, in all possibility our government might use it as an excuse to implement the meat ban in the country. Known for his cautionary tales with very strong environmental messages, Bong Joon Ho's...

30-Jun-2017

Movie Review : 'The Big Sick': Light-hearted, heart melting rom-com

Despite a conventional and staid tale of "a brown Muslim boy dating a white non-Muslim girl" and navigating through modern living and traditional upbringing, "The Big Sick" is a heart melting romantic comedy that is refreshingly light-hearted. It is based on...

26-Jun-2017

'Duvvada Jagannadham': Dangerously mixes religion, crime

Allu Arjun is the Salman Khan of Telugu cinema, albeit a slightly less arrogant-looking and more middle-class Salman. His new film which has out-succeeded the Salman starrer "Tubelight" in Andhra Pradesh, is a curious hotchpotch of cuisine and crime.In what...

24-Jun-2017

'Duvvada Jagannadham': Silly, predictable but fun

When you decide to watch Telugu commercial films, especially ones starring Allu Arjun and other stars in his league, it is said that one should leave logic and intellect behind and not nitpick.This formula applies to Harish Shankar's "Duvvada Jagannadham"...

23-Jun-2017 Mumbai

'Tubelight': Ram Gopal Varma could never make it

Faith, they say, can move mountains. The hero of Kabir Khan's latest and his most, "ummm", noble (if one can use that word without cynicism) film to date actually thinks he can move a mountain by just focusing hard on getting it right."Tubelight" is not a film...

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