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Hindi Medium Movie Review

Hindi Medium Movie Review

Mita and Raj Batra, an affluent couple from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, are grappling with getting their daughter admission into an English medium school. But there is one big problem. Their zubaan is Hindi, and the elitist snobs won’t let the Hindi speaking hoi-polloi fit in. Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Half Girlfriend Movie Review

Half Girlfriend Movie Review

Madhav Jha (Arjun) a rustic boy from Bihar who is drawn to his college-mate, Riya Somani (Shraddha), an affluent English-speaking girl from Delhi. There’s just one hitch here. Riya is willing to go thus far and no further; Madhav continues being obsessed with her. Will the Bihar boy and the Delhi girl make it past […]

Meri Pyaari Bindu movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra try but can’t make us feel

Meri Pyaari Bindu movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra try but can’t make us feel

Abhimanyu Roy, also known by his ‘daak naam’ Bubla (Ayushmann Khurrana), is a corporate type-turned-pulp novelist. Bindu Shankarnaryanan (Parineeti Chopra) only known as Bindu, is an aspiring singer who turns… she knows not what, for the longest time. In Meri Pyaari Bindu, these two come and go, come and go, and leave us wanting more. […]

Sarkar 3 Movie Review

Sarkar 3 Movie Review

SARKAR 3 STORY: Subhash Nagre or Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan), the patriarch of the most powerful family of Maharashtra, continues to hold centre-stage because of his immense clout with the masses. In this outing, the Godfather is joined by his grandson Shivaji Nagre(Amit Sadh), who loves and hates his grandfather with equal intensity. Will Shivaji betray […]

Sonata Movie Review: Shabana Azmi’s Presence Brightens Aparna Sen’s Film

Sonata Movie Review: Shabana Azmi’s Presence Brightens Aparna Sen’s Film

The most obvious gripe regarding Aparna Sen’s Sonata, an English-language chamber drama that unfolds in a single living room in the span of a few hours, would relate to its cinematic sparseness. Adapted from the play of the same title by Mahesh Elkunchwar, the film is never far away from tripping on its cramped stagey-ness. […]

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 […]

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