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G Kutta Se movie review: A powerful film, a subject that needs constant revision

G Kutta Se movie review: A powerful film, a subject that needs constant revision

Between the capital of India that is Delhi, and neighbouring Haryana, there’s barely any physical distance. But within a few kilometers, on the other side of the border, it is the dark ages. That women are to be owned, to be used and thrown at will, is something all patriarchal societies all over the world […]

Sweetiee Weds NRI Movie Review

Sweetiee Weds NRI Movie Review

STORY: A rich businessman wants his daughter to get married to a NRI. The problem is she loves another guy who she is sure her father won’t approve of. REVIEW: Everything is fair in love and war, or at least that’s how the saying goes. Our hero Akash (Kohli), an orphan, puts the saying into […]

Dear Maya review: Manisha Koirala’s film works in fits and starts

Dear Maya review: Manisha Koirala’s film works in fits and starts

Dear Maya is the coming-of-age of three people whose fates are unexpectedly connected by an action: two giggly teenage girls and a woman who has attained middle age without having grown up. The plot has promise, but the film works in fits and starts, realising its potential only partially. Maya Devi (Manisha Koirala) is a […]

Raabta movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon film is a rom con

Raabta movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon film is a rom con

Some questions arise after Raabta has been seen, chief amongst which is one that comes up every time Bollywood tries, and fails, to do a cracking romance. Why is Bollywood incapable of pulling off a full-length film with a pair of lovers connecting, pulling apart, coming together? Sometimes, in the pursuit of true love, a […]

Sachin A Billion Dreams movie review: The fulsome tribute will force you to hold back those tears and go ‘Sachin, Sachin’

Sachin A Billion Dreams movie review: The fulsome tribute will force you to hold back those tears and go ‘Sachin, Sachin’

SACHIN: A Billion Dreams, the ‘authorised’ bio-pic of Sachin Tendulkar gives us exactly what it promises: a glowing portrait of a sports star and a legend-in-his-lifetime, whose fortunes are connected to a billion dreams, hopes and aspirations of cricket-mad India. What you get in the 2 hours 20 minute docu-feature is Everything You Knew About […]

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 […]

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