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‘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 […]

Arijit’s Show Wows with Unparalleled Sets, Record Crowd

Arijit’s Show Wows with Unparalleled Sets, Record Crowd

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: Ever since his first US tour in 2015 when he performed with a full symphony in four cities including Houston, Arijit Singh has been on a roll with entertaining crowds in America. He skipped a year and did a 6-city tour in 2017, then focused on Toronto and Vancouver in […]

Romeo Akbar Walter: John Abraham Starrer is a Drab Affair

Romeo Akbar Walter: John Abraham Starrer is a Drab Affair

Cast: John Abraham, Jackie Shroff, Anil George, Sikander Kher, Rajesh Shrigarpure, Raghubir Yadav, Alka Amin, Suchitra Krishnamoorthy Director: Robbie Grewal Rating: 2 stars The title smartly abbreviates to RAW, which is short for Research and Analysis Wing, a sort of ‘desi’ MI-5 which nurtures and sends brave spies into the cold, to get back vital […]

Super Deluxe: Gutsy, Strikingly Different and Devoid of Cliches

Super Deluxe: Gutsy, Strikingly Different and Devoid of Cliches

Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Samantha, Ramya Krishnan, Mysskin Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja Rating: 4 stars I can’t say enough about how glad I am to have caught Super Deluxe because I missed Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s award-winning film when it was in cinemas. Aaranya Kaandam was a cult classic. But why was it not celebrated then? It’s […]

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Re-creates Terrorist Attack with Echoes of Today

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Re-creates Terrorist Attack with Echoes of Today

The most chilling thing about the events depicted in “Hotel Mumbai” is not that they actually happened, not even that they could happen again, but that they are happening even as we speak. A somber, unsettling drama about the 2008 attack on India’s largest city by jihadi terrorists from Pakistan cuts so close to the […]

Kesari: Inspiring Story of Human Valor Shown with Technical Brilliance

Kesari: Inspiring Story of Human Valor Shown with Technical Brilliance

Story: A retelling of the Battle of Saragarhi where 21 Sikh soldiers fought against an Afghan army of 10000 men in the year 1897. Review: The Battle of Saragarhi is considered to be one of the most inspiring stories of human valour and bravery, not just in India, but the world over. Director Anurag Singh’s […]

‘Kalank’: A Resplendent Period Drama

‘Kalank’:  A Resplendent Period Drama

The teaser of Karan Johar’s dream project Kalank is out. Set in 1945, the period drama boasts of an ensemble cast including Alia Bhatt (Noor), Varun Dhawan (Zafar), Madhuri Dixit (Bahaar Begum), Sanjay Dutt (Balraj Chaudhry), Aditya Roy Kapur (Dev Chaudhry) and Sonakshi Sinha (Satya Chaudhry). The opulent sets, resplendent costumes, stunning dance sequences, unique […]

‘Badla’: Solid Thrills and Genuine Twists in True Revenge Story

‘Badla’: Solid Thrills and Genuine Twists in True Revenge Story

Story: Naina (Taapsee Pannu) is accused for the murder of Arjun (Tony Luke). Her lawyer Jimmy (Manav Kaul) hires the senior advocate Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) to help crack the case and defend Naina, but her confessions to Badal add twists and turns to the murder mystery. Review: Since revenge stories are literally done-to-death in […]

‘To Let’ Movie Review: Authentic Bittersweet Family Drama of Mundane Survival

‘To Let’ Movie Review: Authentic Bittersweet Family Drama of Mundane Survival

Cast: Santhosh Sreeram, Sheela Rajkumar, Dharun Bala Director: Chezhiyan Rating: 4 stars Mildly-lit rooms. Crayon scribbles on the walls. A nightie-clad woman tuning into a radio station. A lungi-clad man trying to unclog the toilet. We get a glimpse into the lives of an aspiring filmmaker Ilango (Santhosh Sreeram), his wife Amudha (Sheela) and their […]

Ranveer Singh: Born to Play Gully Boy

Ranveer Singh: Born to Play Gully Boy

Story: Murad (Ranveer Singh) must fight off his poverty and social disadvantage to realise his dream of being a rapper. His friends and family rally together to help an ordinary boy in becoming an extraordinary rapper. Review: There’s a line in the film where the character MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) says, “Agar duniya mein sab […]

Manikarnika: Kangana Ranaut Owns the Period Drama

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Jisshu Sengupta, Atul Kulkarni, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Ankita Lokhande, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Danny Denzongpa, Richard Keep Directors: Kangana Ranaut, Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi Rating: Two and a half stars Kangana Ranaut in and as Manikarnika, the Queen of Jhansi, delivers exactly what was promised: a high-decibel, high-on-rhetoric hagiography of a queen who fought for […]

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Trailer Released

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Trailer Released

MUMBAI — The second trailer of Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is out, and it has not left much to the imagination of the audience. While the first trailer of the romantic drama had only hinted at the possibility of a same-sex romance involving the female lead […]

Photos: Newlyweds Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are back from their honeymoon

Photos: Newlyweds Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are back from their honeymoon

Post ‘ Simmba ‘ release, Ranveer Singh  and Deepika Padukone  headed for their honeymoon. The couple went to Sri Lanka last weekend and enjoyed a romantic time together. Ranveer Singh even celebrated Deepika’s 32nd birthday. They didn’t share any picture from their honeymoon  and soon as the photos of them from the airport  surfaced on the social media, they went viral […]

After The Accidental Prime Minister, The Tashkent Files set to create political storm

After The Accidental Prime Minister, The Tashkent Files set to create political storm

After the much controversial trailer release of The Accidental Prime Minister, another film is all set to raise a storm in political circles ahead of Lok Sabha polls this year. The film is about the mysterious circumstances under which the second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Russia. Titled The Tashkent Files, the film […]

Simmba movie review: Been there, done that

Simmba movie review: Been there, done that

 By Shubhra Gupta  Simmba movie cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, Sara Ali Khan, Nandu Madhav, Ashwini Kalsekar Simmba movie director: Rohit Shetty Simmba movie rating: 2 stars In Singham Returns Again, oops, sorry, Simmba, a police officer sloughs off his rough-and-ready skin and emerges as the savior of the poor and meek. Wait, haven’t we seen that before? […]

Mrinal Sen, legendary filmmaker and Phalke awardee, passes away at 95

Mrinal Sen, legendary filmmaker and Phalke awardee, passes away at 95

By Santanu Chowdhury One of the most prolific filmmakers in the country and the pioneer of new wave cinema in India, Mrinal Sen passed away on Sunday morning due to age-related ailments. He was 95. He reportedly died of heart attack at around 10:30 am at his residence in Bhowanipore. His wife passed away last year […]

Mowgli The Legend of the Jungle Hindi trailer: Jackie Shroff is deadly as Shere Khan

Mowgli The Legend of the Jungle Hindi trailer: Jackie Shroff is deadly as Shere Khan

Streaming giant Netflix has released the Hindi trailer for much-awaited Rudyard Kipling adaptation Mowgli: The Legend of the Jungle. The upcoming film will feature actors like Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Abhishek Bachchan who will voice The Jungle Book characters Baloo, Nisha, Kaa, Shere Khan and Bagheera, respectively.   Mowgli: The […]

Bhaiaji Superhit movie review: One of the worst films of 2018

Bhaiaji Superhit movie review: One of the worst films of 2018

 By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Ameesha Patel, Shreyas Talpade, Pankaj Tripathi, Jaideep Ahlawat Director: Neerraj Pathak Bhaiaji Superhit: Zero stars   Last week’s Mohalla Assi presented Sunny Deol as a ‘vidwaan’ (learned man). This week, Deol is back in Banaras as a ‘shaitaan’ (bad man). But because this is Bollywood and Deol is a […]

Newlyweds Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are in Mumbai

Newlyweds Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are in Mumbai

NEW DELHI: Newlyweds Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are back in Mumbai after tying the knot on November 14 and 15 in Italy. The photos of the couple from the Mumbai airport have been doing the rounds on various fan pages. The actors even posed with some fans after landing at the airport. Both Deepika and Ranveer were seen […]

IFFI to pay tributes to Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and others

IFFI to pay tributes to Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and others

NEW DELHI: Actor Sridevi, who died unexpectedly earlier this year, will be posthumously honoured at the 49th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, died at the age of 55 due to accidental drowning in Dubai earlier this year. The actor had famously inaugurated the […]

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