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Mirza Juuliet Movie Review

Mirza Juuliet Movie Review

MIRZA JUULIET STORY: A story of star-crossed lovers battle misogyny, hate and caste tensions amidst a politically-charged environment. MIRZA JUULIET REVIEW: Contrasting sneakers with garish, loud Punjabi kurtas is Juuliet Shukla (Pia Bajpai) a feisty girl in Mirzapur, UP who bullies anything that moves — from the local bus conductor to her childhood friend Mirza […]

Begum Jaan Movie Review

Begum Jaan Movie Review

BEGUM JAAN STORY: On the eve of Independence, the chairman of the Border Commission, Sir Cyril Radcliffe decides to divide India and Pakistan into equitable halves. What the administration doesn’t account for is the line running through the middle of Begum Jaan’s(Vidya Balan) brothel situated plonk on the border; with one half falling in India […]

Mukti Bhawan movie review: A film to live and die by

Mukti Bhawan movie review: A film to live and die by

To shuffle off mortal coils, to be free of all earthly ties, to be one with the almighty: the ancient Hindu concept of ‘moksha’ is sublime in its beauty and simplicity, as both philosophy and practice, to live and die by. When Dayanand Kumar (Lalit Behl) declares that this time has come, and that he […]

Film Review: Naam Shabana

Film Review: Naam Shabana

A scene in the 2015 thriller Baby sparked an idea for a prequel. The result is Naam Shabana, which tediously weaves the backstory of Shabana Khan (Tapsee Pannu), a college student recruited by a counter-intelligence agency.Neeraj Pandey, who directed Baby, is the writer of Naam Shabana and his enthusiasm has clearly resulted in much fill-in-the-blanks […]

Houstonians Relish A Curry on an American Plate

Houstonians Relish A Curry on an American Plate

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Movie screening can be a mix of fun and learning experience, especially when it is about a bitter-sweet tale, directed by an award winning filmmaker, and stars talented and passionate actors. The University of Houston Theatre was abuzz on March 5, with a special screening of A Curry on an […]

Mantra Movie Review

Mantra Movie Review

STORY: A glimpse into the life of an industrialist who is trying to save his company and his dysfunctional family from falling apart. REVIEW: It’s the year 2004 and India is shining like the sun as far as the economy is concerned, yet all is not well with Kapil Kapoor, the Delhi-based proprietor of King […]

Film Review: Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Film Review: Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Stalking is so common in Hindi cinema that our filmmakers have developed a tacit grammar of good stalking versus bad. The former usually takes place in the film’s first hour, is performed with non-threatening charm by the male lead, and is borne by the female lead with exasperated good humour. The latter occurs after the […]

Rangoon movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor’s ambitious film is deeply flawed

Rangoon movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor’s ambitious film is deeply flawed

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor Director: Vishal Bhardwaj Rating: 2/5 It may be one of the most awaited films in recent times but Rangoon is a royal misfire. Within minutes of the movie’s beginning, you realise the promise of a heart-wrenching period drama was a farce — a set-up to promote a […]

“A Curry on an American Plate” to be Screened to a Limited Audience

“A Curry on an American Plate” to be Screened to a Limited Audience

HOUSTON: Lake Camp Productions and Next Actor Studio announced that A Curry on an American Plate, the latest film from multiple award-winning filmmaker San Banarje, will be screened on March 5 at the University of Houston Theatre. The film, starring Hollywood actors Rick Fox, Charlie O’Connell, Disney Spain’s Andrea Guasch and Houston-based actors of Indian […]

Jolly LLB 2 movie review: Akshay Kumar powers this satirical courtroom drama

Jolly LLB 2 movie review: Akshay Kumar powers this satirical courtroom drama

There is a real world outside Bollywood courtrooms where a common man can’t differentiate between a corrupt judicial system and a fraudulent police administration. And this world comes charging at you before you can look away. Add a few bullets and some dark humour and you get Jolly LLB 2, the second film in the […]

Haraamkhor movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi take us to the land of shocking truths

Haraamkhor movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi take us to the land of shocking truths

The Censor Board objected to the ‘bold’ content of Haraamkhor because they thought the Indian audience was not ready for such experimental cinema. This forced the makers to make a legal appeal before the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which delivered the verdict in the movie’s favour. Now that the film is released, the board will […]

Dangal Movie Review

Dangal Movie Review

DANGAL IS BOTH INSPIRING AND ENTERTAINING DANGAL STORY: When Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir), a wrestler from Haryana, loses hope of having a son, he trains his daughters Geeta (Fatima) and Babita (Sanya) to make wrestling history, thus breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport thus far dominated by men. DANGAL REVIEW: In […]

Advance Screening a Success: LION

Advance Screening a Success: LION

    HOUSTON: On Tuesday, December 13, over 350 people arrived at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to attend an advance screening hosted by Indo-American News of the upcoming feature film, LION, based on Saroo Brieley’s remarkable book A Long Way Home, which details his inspiring search for his family after becoming lost and […]

Wajah Tum Ho review: This film is like onion, you peel more, you cry more

Wajah Tum Ho review: This film is like onion, you peel more, you cry more

Bollywood thrillers take a safe and predictable route – there are a few exceptions of course. You are introduced to half a dozen characters, who keep looking into the camera with twitched lips. Just when you stop caring, one of them confesses his crime. A weird theory is sufficed to back it up and then […]

“Ventilator” Marathi Movie

“Ventilator” Marathi Movie

By Ravi Ozarker HOUSTON: When you hear about famous Bollywood personalities such as Priyanka Chopra, Ashutosh Gowariker, and Boman Irani what comes to a reader’s mind? The recent super-hit Marathi movie “Ventilator” is very different. All three have acted in this movie and Priyanka has beautifully sung a great song to promote her latest movie […]

Befikre Movie Review: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor’s Chemistry Is Middling At Best

Befikre Movie Review: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor’s Chemistry Is Middling At Best

A not-so-shudh desi romance, Befikre is posited as an extravagant ode to the adventures of unfettered youth. The film plays out mostly on touristy locations in the French capital and on sundry dance floors and nightclubs. But are its pretty frames and foot-tapping songs worth the price of a multiplex ticket? Well, depends entirely on […]

Moh Maya Money movie review: An apt film in these times of demonetisation

Moh Maya Money movie review: An apt film in these times of demonetisation

Moh Maya Money movie cast: Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Vidushi Mehra, Anant Raina Moh Maya Money movie director: Munish Bhardwaj Aman (Ranvir Shorey) is a young, hungry real-estate agent who wants it all, and doesn’t care what he has to do to get it. His wife Divya (Vidushi Mehra) works in news television and is […]

Kahaani 2 review: Vidya Balan is on an auto pilot mode in this thrilling ride

Kahaani 2 review: Vidya Balan is on an auto pilot mode in this thrilling ride

After the debacles of Ghanchakkar and Humari Adhuri Kahaani, Vidya Balan is back and how! Director Sujoy Ghosh teams up with the actor four years after the blockbuster Kahaani and the result is an equally impressive, edge-of-the-seat suspense drama that keeps you hooked. Tuck in for a spoiler-free review of the movie. Kahaani 2: Durga […]

Chaar Sahibzaade:The Rise Of Banda Singh Bahadur Movie Review

Chaar Sahibzaade:The Rise Of Banda Singh Bahadur Movie Review

STORY: Under the guidance of Guru Gobind Singh, his disciple Banda Singh Bahadur takes on the Mughal armies to restore peace and justice in Punjab. REVIEW: You’ve seen multiple versions of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata; even characters from these epics have got their own spin-offs on primetime television. But stories from the Sikh mythology […]

Yeh Hai Lollipop Movie Review

Yeh Hai Lollipop Movie Review

STORY: An out-of-work writer, who operates out of a mall, gets to write his life’s biggest movie. The only sad part is that the producer wants him to deliver a flop. REVIEW: Yeh Hai Lollipop, the title bearing no semblance to anything in the movie, is a mall-film which is a decade too late, considering […]

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