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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 […]

‘White Tiger’ Review: It is Truly Adarsh Gourav’s Movie

‘White Tiger’ Review: It is Truly Adarsh Gourav’s Movie

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav, Vijay Maurya, Mahesh Manjrekar, Swaroop Sampat Director: Ramin Bahrani Rating: 3 stars ‘The days of the White man are over. It is now the time of the Brown man and the Yellow man’. Ramin Bahrani’s savage, darkly comic adaptation of Arvind Adiga’s prize-winning The White […]

‘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 […]

India’s Oscar Entry ‘Jallikattu’: About Seething Brutality of Everyday Life

India’s Oscar Entry ‘Jallikattu’: About Seething Brutality of Everyday Life

By Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta During a period of COVID-induced self-isolation this year, I watched Malayalam movies. They were like a balm. The backwaters are beautiful; the people are engagingly real. The stories are intensely local, set on the blurred boundaries between rural and urban that is so peculiar to Kerala. These are ensemble stories, perhaps […]

“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 […]

“Evil Eye”: Where’s the Horror?

“Evil Eye”: Where’s the Horror?

“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

“Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare” Daring Subject of Female Desire

“Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare” Daring Subject of Female Desire

JL50 review: Abhay Deol Web Series has a Wobbly Landing

JL50 review: Abhay Deol Web Series has a Wobbly Landing
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