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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 […]

Rabbi Movie Review

Rabbi Movie Review

Story: Rabbi (Furqan Merchant) is a naturally talented singer living in Jammu. There is nothing else he can do well in life besides sing. His father (Raghubir Yadav), a lowly peon in government service is perpetually angry with his son for paying so much attention to the arts. The fact that he is a conservative […]

Simran Movie Review

Simran Movie Review

SIMRAN STORY: Praful Patel (Kangana) is a 30-year-old divorcee living in Georgia with her middle-class parents. A housekeeper by profession, she gets drawn to a life of crime after her tryst with gambling at a Las Vegas casino. One bad turn leads to several more and before you know it, Praful is in a sordid mess.  […]

Daddy Movie Review

Daddy Movie Review

DADDY STORY: Raised in Mumbai’s Dagdi Chawl, which was home to the mill workers in the 70s, Arun Gulab Gawli(Arjun), a local went on to became a dreaded don and later a politician. Not to forget…Dawood Ibrahim’s chief adversary.  DADDY REVIEW: Mumbaikars are well-versed with the rise of Gawli, an out-of-work mill worker’s son who resorted to […]

Poster Boys Movie Review

Poster Boys Movie Review

POSTER BOYS STORY: Set in a North Indian village, three distinct men – local goon Arjun (Shreyas), retired army officer Jagawar Chaudhry (Sunny) and school teacher Vinay (Bobby) are shocked to find themselves becoming the ‘poster boys’ of male sterilisation after their pictures randomly appear on a public service ad promoting vasectomy. They are soon subjected […]

A Gentleman movie review: Sidharth Malhotra isn’t convincing in his ‘risky’ avatar

A Gentleman movie review: Sidharth Malhotra isn’t convincing in his ‘risky’ avatar

A Gentleman star cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Darshan Kumar, Hussain Dalal, Rajit Kapur, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Suniel Shetty A Gentleman director: Krishna DK, Raj Nidimoru A Gentleman rating: 2 stars This latest outing by Raj and DK is a spy spoof cum thriller cum love story, and while the going is good, it’s not bad. But you have to […]

Baadshaho movie review: This Ajay Devgn and Esha Gupta film is old wine, in a not very new bottle

Baadshaho movie review: This Ajay Devgn and Esha Gupta film is old wine, in a not very new bottle

Baadshaho star cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra, Vidyut Jammwal Baadshaho director: Milan Luthria Baadshaho rating: 2 stars Don’t get fooled by the ‘set during the backdrop of the Emergency’ thread in Baadshaho. That and few other elements are just window dressing in Milan Luthria’s cops-and-robbers tale, which plays out in one his favourite […]

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan movie review: The Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar film suffers from a sagging climax

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan movie review: The Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar film suffers from a sagging climax

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan star cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala Shubh Mangal Saavdhan director: RS Prasanna Shubh Mangal Saavdhan rating: 2.5 stars When you want to get it on, and you can’t get it up, what do you do? A Bollywood mainstream movie asking this kind of tricky question deserves serious props, even if it isn’t […]

VIP 2: Lalkar Movie Review

VIP 2: Lalkar Movie Review

STORY: Raghuvaran tries to lead a change in the corporate world but his righteousness irks an egotistical businesswoman who becomes hell-bent on taking him down. REVIEW: Some films sell stories, some sell stars. VIP 2: Lalkar is the latter and it makes no bones about it. It bends over backwards to accommodate its lead actor’s skill-set and […]

Viceroy’s House movie review: This Huma Qureshi starrer is like a stilted play

Viceroy’s House movie review: This Huma Qureshi starrer is like a stilted play

The summer of 1947 was especially hot, “hottest in 75 years”. One man who had never set foot in India before was brought in his double-breasted suit to work with a team and, in five weeks, draw a line dividing the country into two. He sweated and protested his way through it, as the likely […]

Bareilly Ki Barfi movie review: This Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon film works in fits and starts

Bareilly Ki Barfi movie review: This Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon film works in fits and starts

‘Bareilly ke bazaar mein barfi giri re’. Clearly, the film was made keeping the iconic song in mind, except with an alliterative ‘barfi’ not a ‘jhumka’ in mind. This Small-Town Rom Com ticks all the boxes going in: perky girl armed with requisite quirky parents, a couple of suitable boys, and great one liners. And […]

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Movie Review

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Movie Review

STORY: Go-getter Keshav (Akshay) serenades liberal-thinker Jaya (Bhumi), a woman from his neighbouring village in Uttar Pradesh. They marry but it doesn’t strike Keshav to tell her that his house doesn’t have a toilet. This then becomes the grounds for Jaya to file for a divorce. REVIEW: For most of us who take the toilets in our […]

Indu Sarkar Movie Review

Indu Sarkar Movie Review

INDU SARKAR STORY: Indu’s husband, a government employee, believes in using the state of Emergency to advance his career, but a moral and ideological discrepancy sets her on a own path. INDU SARKAR REVIEW: Madhur Bhandarkar seems to be taking calculated baby steps back to the time when he insisted on telling real stories as opposed to making superficial […]

Mubarakan Movie Review

Mubarakan Movie Review

  MUBARAKAN STORY: Singleton Kartar Singh (Anil) is left with the responsibility of raising his two orphaned nephews. He asks his brother (Pavan) in Punjab to raise Charan (Arjun) and his sister (Ratna) in London to raise Karan (Arjun in a double role). When the twins cross continents, they leave behind a trail of confusion. MUBARAKAN REVIEW: You are […]

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