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Indrajith movie review: This Gautham Karthik film doesn’t even try to keep the viewer engaged

Indrajith movie review: This Gautham Karthik film doesn’t even try to keep the viewer engaged

The only consolation I could derive from watching Indrajith is about a romance angle that wasn’t fleshed out. Indrajith (Gautham Karthik) spies on the girl-next-door when she is about to change. A full-fledged sequence plays out on how she takes revenge and leaves him in his boxers. When the duo meet again, we learn the […]

Aksar 2 Movie Review

Aksar 2 Movie Review

AKSAR 2 STORY: Sheena Roy is hired as a governess for Madame Khambatta, a wealthy seventy-year-old lady, by her trusted investment banker. The plot thickens and the real motive of each character is revealed when the investment banker forces Sheena to indulge in a sexual relationship with him.  AKSAR 2 REVIEW: Aksar 2 starts on the right […]

Shaadi Abhi Baaki Hai Movie Review

Shaadi Abhi Baaki Hai Movie Review

STORY: Two young people from contrasting social strata fall head-over-heels in love with one another and mutually decide to tie the knot. But, the negative entities in their lives have chalked out an evil plan to separate them. REVIEW: All hell breaks loose when a foreign-return rich girl Jugnu (Mansi Dovhal) gets into a steady relationship with […]

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana movie review: The Rajkummar Rao starrer will leave you confused

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana movie review: The Rajkummar Rao starrer will leave you confused

For a film that ostensibly sets out to speak against the ills of dowry, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is surprisingly, and dangerously muted. On those who seek to sell their sons and buy daughters-in-law. On those who wave it off as a long-standing ‘samaaj ki pratha’. On those who wring their hands and say, what-can […]

Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review

Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review

By now, we’re well aware of the formula behind Bollywood romantic movies. When boy meets girl, they fall in love and overcome all their hurdles because in the end – Love conquers all. Oversimplification aside, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a rom-com that manages to subvert the route usually taken by these movies. […]

Ittefaq movie review: The Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha starrer is a smart, gripping whodunit

Ittefaq movie review: The Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha starrer is a smart, gripping whodunit

A good murder mystery leads you by the hand but doesn’t advertise its wares, takes care to keep it taut, and delivers a satisfactory payoff. Despite a few niggles, this brand new Ittefaq, which takes broad pointers from the 1969 original of the same name, manages to pull it off. On a rainy Mumbai night, […]

Jia aur Jia movie review: Haphazard execution kills this tale despite an attractive premise

Jia aur Jia movie review: Haphazard execution kills this tale despite an attractive premise

Two young women are unexpected partners in a touching coming of age tale: this must have been the intention of ‘Jia Aur Jia’. The premise is not wildly original but still attractive enough. There’s something about a couple of strangers having to figure out the bends in the road ahead as well each other, which […]

Rukh movie review: Manoj Bajpayee remains underused in this puzzle around a chronicle of death

Rukh movie review: Manoj Bajpayee remains underused in this puzzle around a chronicle of death

‘Rukh’ means direction, or aspect. In the film, we see a bunch of people flailing, looking for a mooring, and getting some clarity. It’s what we do when life, in all its messiness and problems and small joys, is being lived. The sudden death of a character causes not just grief, which is a natural […]

Golmaal Again box office collection day 10: Ajay Devgn film earns Rs 167.32 crore

Golmaal Again box office collection day 10: Ajay Devgn film earns Rs 167.32 crore

Rohit Shetty directorial Golmaal Again has grabbed the second spot on this year’s top-grossing films after Baahubali 2. It is difficult to believe as it is only the first week of the film, which is the fourth iteration in the Golmaal Franchise, that has just concluded, so clearly, the film might yet achieve more milestones […]

Secret Superstar movie review: Zaira Wasim shines bright

Secret Superstar movie review: Zaira Wasim shines bright

The deep pleasures of a simple story, simply yet eloquently told, is what makes ‘Secret Superstar’ such an engaging, true watch. Till the first half. In the build-up, there is a refreshing absence of gimmicks, and diversions. Post-interval, it dips, and the result is a film which stops short of being superlative. Click here to […]

Raja The Great movie review: Another mindless entertainer from Ravi Teja

Raja The Great movie review: Another mindless entertainer from Ravi Teja

Tollywood star Ravi Teja is introduced as ‘Mass Maharaja’ a reputation that he earned due to the choice of his movies. Calling him ‘Maharaja of mindless entertainer’ would be more befitting as he has made a career with such films. You don’t go to watch a Ravi Teja film, which is directed by Anil Ravipudi, […]

Golmaal Again movie review: This Tabu and Ajay Devgn starrer generates some laughs

Golmaal Again movie review: This Tabu and Ajay Devgn starrer generates some laughs

The usual suspects are back, a fourth time. The first frame has two cars, one bright red and the other yellow, and the star cast, decked out in black, swaying to the title song. It tells us that we are going to get more of the same: everyone standing around in one room, tossing smart-alecky […]

Victoria & Abdul Movie Review

Victoria & Abdul Movie Review

VICTORIA & ABDUL STORY: In her latter years, Victoria, the Queen of England and Empress of India (Judi Dench), found solace in the company of an Indian clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who went on to become her Urdu teacher, spiritual adviser and closest confidant. Based on Shrabani Basu’s book on this extraordinary true story, the […]

Ranchi Diaries Movie Review

Ranchi Diaries Movie Review

STORY: As Gudiya’s plan to elope with Monu goes awry, the duo along their good-for-nothing friends, decide to carry out an audacious heist.  REVIEW: Pinku (Taaha Shah) is a wannabe gangster who runs a food stall where he munches on Chow Mein all day with his young, wasted lieutenants. His friend Monu (Himansh Kohli), a small-time safe-cracker, […]

The Final Exit Movie Review

The Final Exit Movie Review

STORY: Fashion photographer, Vidyut Sehgal (Kunaal Roy Kapor) has several distractions in his life, namely drugs, alcohol and women. He is also deeply troubled by his dreams in which he sees a mysterious woman posing around a strange shrine. Soon, the woman enters his bedroom and an entity seems to be sending him videos that seem […]

Judwaa 2 Movie Review

Judwaa 2 Movie Review

JUDWAA 2 STORY: Raja (Varun) and Prem (Varun, again) are conjoined twins, who have similar reflexes. They are separated at birth by a smuggler, Charles (Zakir Hussain), who kidnaps Raja. The geek Prem grows up in the lap of luxury in London with his parents, the Malhotras; loud Raja finds shelter in a Mumbai’s fisherman’s colony. […]

Newton movie review: This Rajkummar Rao film is as sharp and subversive as Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Newton movie review: This Rajkummar Rao film is as sharp and subversive as Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Every five years in India comes a day when the populace votes in a new polity, but the process is almost never straight-forward or simple: Newton could also, just as easily, have been called A Day In The Life Of The World’s Largest, Most Complex Democracy. Or, The Great Indian Electoral Circus. The film takes […]

Haseena Parkar movie review: The Shraddha Kapoor film is a tiring watch

Haseena Parkar movie review: The Shraddha Kapoor film is a tiring watch

The persona of the female don pops up every once in a while as a diversion, but full-fledged Bollywood films revolving around such characters are rare. In 1999, there was Shabana Azmi’s ‘Godmother’. And now comes ‘Haseena Parkar’, which has Shraddha Kapoor play the part of Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, a woman who started off as […]

9th Indian Film Festival to Present Films that Touch Heart & Soul

9th Indian Film Festival to Present Films that Touch Heart & Soul

HOUSTON: In its ninth edition, the annual Indian Film Festival will present feature films, documentaries and short films that will appeal to both South Asian and mainstream audiences. The festival will take place October 6-7 at the Asia Society Texas Center. “The films submitted this year reflect the historic changes in the world today and […]

Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi Movie Review

Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi Movie Review

Story: Hasmukh Patel (Paresh Rawal), a conservative Gujarati shopkeeper who lives in a gated society has a list of dislikes which include alcohol, non-veg food and Punjabis. Patel’s new neighbor, Guggi Tandon (Rishi Kapoor), is an unholy mix of all the latter restrictions. Tandon is a chicken lollipop chomping, whiskey glugging, bashful Punjabi who opens […]

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