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“Drishyam 2”: Mohanlal’s Malyalam Film is a Solid, Satisfying Sequel

“Drishyam 2”: Mohanlal’s Malyalam Film is a Solid, Satisfying Sequel

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopi, Saikumar, Asha Sarath Director: Jeethu Joseph Rating: Three stars Where’s the body? No body, no case. That was the point where we bade farewell to prime suspect Georgekutty (Mohanlal) in ‘Drishyam’, Jeethu Joseph’s smash-hit 2013 murder mystery. In the sequel, which opens six […]

How Netflix’s Rom-Com “Namaste Wahala” Breaks New Ground

How Netflix’s Rom-Com “Namaste Wahala” Breaks New Ground

By Bernard Dayo Namaste Wahala has now arrived – but you might not realize how it breaks new ground. Nigeria and India have always shared interesting parallels. Both were colonised by Britain and geopolitically, they are each other’s biggest trading partner. During the ‘90s video boom in Nigeria’s Nollywood, the industry’s brush with horror borrowed […]

‘Madam Chief Minister’: Strictly Passable

‘Madam Chief Minister’: Strictly Passable

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Richa Chadha, Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi, Saurabh Shukla Director: Subhash Kapoor Rating: 2 stars Can your film portray a chief minister of UP, who is Dalit, female, short-haired, spunky, ambitious, and claim that the character does not resemble Mayawati? The lead player in Subhash Kapoor’s ‘Madam Chief Minister’ is all of […]

‘Maasaab’: Average Route to Enlightenment

‘Maasaab’: Average Route to Enlightenment

By Archika Khurana The story centers around the state of education in India especially in the primary schools in the rural parts of the country. Set in Khurand village of Uttar Pradesh— ‘Maassab’ means teacher in local dialect in and around north and central rural India—the narrative revolves around Ashish Kumar (Shiva Suryavanshi) who has […]

‘Tribhanga’ Review: A Relatable Chamber Piece

‘Tribhanga’ Review: A Relatable Chamber Piece

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, Mithila Palkar, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Manav Gohil, Kanwaljeet Director: Renuka Shahane Rating: Three stars A life-changing event draws together three generations of women to look back and introspect: were they right in their actions, and the things they thought about each other? Renuka Shahane’s directorial debut […]

‘Tandav’: India’s Answer to ‘House of Cards’

‘Tandav’: India’s Answer to ‘House of Cards’

Tandav has been billed as “India’s answer to House of Cards” by the Amazon Prime Video. Tandav will premiere on Friday, January 15 on Amazon Prime worldwide. All nine episodes will drop at once, which means fans can watch the series in one go. Sacred Games star Saif Ali Khan stars as Samar. Speaking about […]

‘Kaagaz’: Pankaj Tripathi Shines in Movie of a Bygone Era

‘Kaagaz’: Pankaj Tripathi Shines in Movie of a Bygone Era

By Pallabi Dey Purkayastha Story: In order to keep his band-baja business afloat, Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) approaches a local bank in Uttar Pradesh for a loan. Soon after, he realises that his uncle and his sons have declared him legally dead and snatched his share of the piece of land that the family had […]

“A Call to Spy”: Radhika Apte-starrer is Un-showy and Un-bombastic

“A Call to Spy”: Radhika Apte-starrer is Un-showy and Un-bombastic

By Shalini Langer Cast: Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte, Stana Katic, Linus Roache, Rossif Sutherland Director: Lydia Dean Pilcher Rating: Four stars, Streaming on Amazon Prime A Call to Spy is a rare World War II film that doesn’t seek to strike awe and fear — the requisites now to win battles. Quite in character […]

“Torbaaz” Movie Review: Sloppy Execution Mars Sanjay Dutt Film

“Torbaaz” Movie Review: Sloppy Execution Mars Sanjay Dutt Film

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Rahul Dev, Nargis Fakhri Director: Girish Malik Rating: One and a half stars A refugee camp is the unlikely site for the formation of a rag-tag cricket team. To use the healthy competition sports engenders, in order to vanquish hatred, is a great idea. But consistently sloppy execution mars […]

“Sir”: Soul-stirring Tale of Emotional Intimacy, Dreams, and Belonging

“Sir”: Soul-stirring Tale of Emotional Intimacy, Dreams, and Belonging

By Renuka Vyavahare Story: Soulmates are found in the most unexpected places. Two people divided by societal norms and united by their quiet love, understanding and mutual respect, empower each other as they exchange meaningful glances, speak through silences and wonder what lies ahead for them. Review: The male protagonist of the film — U.S […]

“Chhalaang” Review: Rajkumar Rao’s Staid Leap of Faith

“Chhalaang” Review: Rajkumar Rao’s Staid Leap of Faith

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla, Ila Arun, Rajeev Gupta, Suparna Marwah, Baljinder Kaur, Garima Kaur, Naman Jain. Director: Hansal Mehta Rating: Two and a half stars For a while now, the Hansal Mehta-Rajkummar Rao ‘jodi’ has been working smoothly to deliver a series of films which combine […]

“Mirzapur 2”: Amazon Prime Video Series Gives You Sense of Deja Vu

“Mirzapur 2”: Amazon Prime Video Series Gives You Sense of Deja Vu

By Ektaa Malik Directors: Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu Sharmaa, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Sheeba Chaddha, Rajesh Tailang, Amit Sial, Isha Talwar, Priyanshu Painyuli, Anjum Sharma, Vijay Varma Rating: Two stars While the backbone of Mirzapur, economically speaking, is the carpet weaving and brassware […]

Mira Nair-directed Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” to Stream on Netflix

Mira Nair-directed Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” to Stream on Netflix

Published in 1993, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy runs for almost 1,500 pages and is deemed as one of the longest novels. Seth’s densely populated world has been adapted into a six-episode series by Mira Nair which will stream on Netflix starting October 23. And before you start watching, here’s a primer on what the […]

“Ginny Weds Sunny”: Pallid Writing Spoils the Fun

“Ginny Weds Sunny”: Pallid Writing Spoils the Fun

“Serious Men”: A Bitingly Sharp, Satirical Look at Aspirational India

“Serious Men”: A Bitingly Sharp, Satirical Look at Aspirational India

Khuda Haafiz | Vidyut Jammwal | Shivaleeka Oberoi

Khuda Haafiz | Vidyut Jammwal | Shivaleeka Oberoi

Article 15: A Relevant Film that Will Spark Conversation

Article 15: A Relevant Film that Will Spark Conversation

BY SREEPARNA SENGUPTA STORY: A young IPS officer’s new posting in rural India has him confronting caste disparities and uncomfortable truths in the face of a gruesome crime. When three girls go missing in the fictional village of Lalgaon, two of them are found dead and there is no trace of the third one. Where […]

“Kabir Singh” Movie Review: In the Mood for Misogyny

“Kabir Singh” Movie Review: In the Mood for Misogyny

BY SHUBHRA GUPTA Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Soham Majumdar, Arjan Bajwa, Kamini Kaushal, Suresh Oberoi Director: Sandeep Vanga Reddy Rating: One and a half stars To watch a character like Kabir Singh do this thing for nearly three hours plonks the viewer squarely in a place of conflict. Here’s a fellow who thinks that […]

Multi-talented Actor, Artist Bud Patel has Many Projects Underway

Multi-talented Actor, Artist Bud Patel has Many Projects Underway

By Dr. Sarita Mehta HOUSTON: Bud Patel, renowned film Producer of “A Curry on an American Plate” which is streaming on Amazon Prime, an official selection at the 2018 Hoboken International Film Festival and also in 2018 NIFF International Film Festival in Houston, is coming with live stage show an epic Hindi drama based on […]

‘Kalank’: Visually Stunning, Great Performances

‘Kalank’: Visually Stunning, Great Performances

BY RACHIT GUPTA Story: A complex love story set during India’s Partition era, where the young Roop (Alia Bhatt) is torn between respect for husband Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur) and her newfound love for Zafar (Varun Dhawan). While their back stories and heart-breaking love saga unfolds, the history of India takes an epic turn, from […]

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