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‘Srikanth’: An Honest and Understated Biopic that Goes beyond Glorification

‘Srikanth’: An Honest and Understated Biopic that Goes beyond Glorification

By Dhaval Roy Story: The biopic follows the journey of the visually-impaired industrialist Srikanth Bolla (Rajkummar Rao), his educational and entrepreneurial challenges, and how he overcame them with the help of his teacher and business partner. Review: When a famous personality’s tale is fictionalised for the silver screen, you can expect a biopic that revels […]

Heeramandi: Dazzles with Stellar Performances, Visual Grandeur

Heeramandi: Dazzles with Stellar Performances, Visual Grandeur

By Dhaval Roy Story: Set in the 1920s, the series is about a group of tawaifs (courtesans) from the red-light district, Heeramandi, in Lahore. While their queen’s reign is threatened by a rival, rebellion brews in British-ruled India. And love blossoms between a tawaif and a Nawab. Review: Evoking the allure and bewitching world of tawaifs […]

‘Ruslaan’ : This Formulaic Actioner Relies Heavily on Style over Substance

‘Ruslaan’ : This Formulaic Actioner Relies Heavily on Style over Substance

By Ronak Kotecha Synopsis: Ruslaan (Aayush Sharma) is determined to prove he’s not defined by his father’s reputation as a terrorist. To clear his name, he wants a permanent role in India’s elite intelligence agency, RAW. However, his intense urge to do the right thing often leads him into situations that are more complex and dangerous […]

‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ : A Charming Narrative Lifts this Familiar Saga

‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ : A Charming Narrative Lifts this Familiar Saga

By Dhaval Roy Story: A couple is having secret affairs to overcome the boredom in their marriage. A trip out of town rekindles their chemistry, and the tables turn. Torn between their lovers and spouses, will they resolve their issues or separate as they have quietly planned? Review: Based on the film The Lovers, the romantic comedy introduces […]

‘Amar Singh Chamkila’: Diljit Dosangh is Outstanding in this Thoughtful and Redemptive Biopic

‘Amar Singh Chamkila’: Diljit Dosangh is Outstanding in this Thoughtful and Redemptive Biopic

By Renuka Vyavahare Synopsis: Based on a true tragedy, the musical looks back at Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjab’s popular but disgraced slain singer. Belonging to the ill-fated 27 club, he and his wife Amarjot, were shot dead in the late 80s by masked gunmen. The killings were preceded by anonymous threats directed at the singer […]

‘Patna Shuklla’: Raveena Tandon Film Champions a Feisty Woman’s Fight against the High and Mighty

‘Patna Shuklla’: Raveena Tandon Film Champions a Feisty Woman’s Fight against the High and Mighty

By Shubhra Gupta Small-town women taking on the high and mighty is a familiar theme, but one that can always do with a refresh, because what’s not to like about feisty ladies? Just last month, we had Bhumi Pednekar’s brave reporter revealing the true face of a gang that preyed upon helpless girls in a […]

‘Crew’: Funny, Frivolous and Delectable Crime Comedy

‘Crew’: Funny, Frivolous and Delectable Crime Comedy

By Renuka Vyavahare Story: Circumstances lead three hustlers to a gold smuggling racket. It’s all fun and games until conscience comes calling. Review: Girls gotta have some fun and Bollywood is finally listening. Co-workers Geeta Sethi (Tabu), Jasmine Kohli (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Divya Rana (Kriti Sanon) serve looks and then some hospitality to the passengers […]

‘Swatantrya Veer Savarkar’ : A Polarizing but Powerful Biopic

‘Swatantrya Veer Savarkar’ : A Polarizing but Powerful Biopic

By Renuka Vyavahare Story: Was Savarkar a devout patriot or a bomb golavala who incited violence? Accused and acquitted of multiple conspiracy theories which includes Gandhi’s assassination, the biopic takes a closer look at the fiery freedom fighter and his tumultuous life. Review: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar aka Swatantrya Veer Savarkar has been a controversial figure in India’s […]

‘Murder Mubarak’: This Quirky Whodunnit Will Keep You Guessing

‘Murder Mubarak’: This Quirky Whodunnit Will Keep You Guessing

By Ronak Kotecha Story: A murder at a posh club in Delhi pins the needle of suspicion on its affluent guests. As the police start probing deeper, they realise it’s a maze full of greed, vanity and complex human relationships. Review: Welcome to The Royal Delhi Club known for its high profile guests, lavish parties and unmatched […]

‘Shaitaan’: Grips with a Sinister Atmosphere and Stellar Performances

‘Shaitaan’: Grips with a Sinister Atmosphere and Stellar Performances

By Dhaval Roy Story: When a family lets a stranger into their farmhouse, the man mysteriously controls the teenage daughter. She does every bizarre and life-threatening thing he commands her to. What dark secret does the stranger possess, and can this desperate family escape his twisted game? Review: A good supernatural thriller typically relies on elements […]

‘Indian Police Force’: Predictable but Novel

‘Indian Police Force’: Predictable but Novel

By Archika Khurana STORY: This seven-part series follows a Delhi police officer Kabir Malik (Sidharth Malhotra), who puts everything on the line to protect India’s national capital. REVIEW: Rohit Shetty’s foray into the web series realm with ‘Indian Police Force’ brings the signature elements of his cop universe to the digital space. This seven-part series has […]

‘Fighter’: Top-notch Aerial Action Elevates a Cliched Narrative

‘Fighter’: Top-notch Aerial Action Elevates a Cliched Narrative

By Daval Roy Story: As India faces a militant attack in Kashmir, the country’s best combat aviators join forces to form Air Dragons. The story chronicles their bravery while protecting India, camaraderie, team spirit, and a top fighter pilot’s redemption after an incident in the past. Review: Riding high on India’s Republic Day fervour, Siddharth Anand’s outing […]

‘Main Atal Hoon’ : Pankaj Tripathi Shines in this Homage to Vajpayee’s legacy

‘Main Atal Hoon’  : Pankaj Tripathi Shines in this Homage to Vajpayee’s legacy

By Dhaval Roy Story: The biopic follows the life and times of the former Prime Minister of India, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It also chronicles the various facets of his personality and the country’s achievements under his leadership. Review: Making a biopic on a stalwart like the 10th Prime Minister of India, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, […]

‘Merry Christmas’ : A Neo-noir Surprise in This Twisted Tale

‘Merry Christmas’ : A Neo-noir Surprise in This Twisted Tale

By Dhaval Roy Story: Back in town after being away for seven years, a man spends Christmas Eve with a mysterious and lonely woman. The evening takes an unexpected and dark turn that could land him in trouble. Review: Thanks to consuming riveting suspense thrillers and crime dramas relentlessly, audiences can often easily predict twists or […]

‘Dry Day’: Spirited Performance in Quirky Tale

‘Dry Day’: Spirited Performance in Quirky Tale

By Dhaval Roy Story: The film is about a no-gooder alcoholic from a village who decides to fast until death to get alcohol banned when his wife vows to abort their baby. He takes on some influential people during his protest while struggling with withdrawal symptoms. Will he succeed in his endeavor? Review: The movie starts as […]

‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahaan’: Modern-Day Horror

‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahaan’: Modern-Day Horror

By Renuka Vyavahare Story: Set in Mumbai, three platonic friends navigate through life, relationships and career challenges in this slice-of-life drama that unfolds like a thriller. The trio is in for a rude awakening when they discover the impact of social media obsession on their day-to-day life. Review: What happens if social media crashes some day […]

‘Dunki’ : Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki is Dunked with Love and Longing

‘Dunki’ : Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki is Dunked with Love and Longing

By Sreeparna Sengupta Story: A soldier, Hardayal Singh Dhillon (Shah Rukh Khan) takes on an arduous and audacious mission, of helping a group of friends realise their dream of going to England. It seems like an impossible task because neither do they have a visa or nor can they can afford a ticket. And It is […]

‘Kastoori’: A Heartbreaking Story of Social Change and Escape

‘Kastoori’: A Heartbreaking Story of Social Change and Escape

By Renuka Vyavahare Story: Gopi, a 13-year-old boy exuding wisdom beyond his years and his best friend Adim, find escape in attar (aromatic essential oils) that offers them momentary escape from their poverty-ridden grim world plagued by death and dirt. After watching his dreams being crushed by everyone around him, it dawns upon Gopi that […]

‘The Archies’: The Retro Musical Charms Despite Shortcomings

‘The Archies’: The Retro Musical Charms Despite Shortcomings

By Dhaval Roy Story: Set in 1964 in a fictional hill station called Riverdale in India, the coming-of-age story follows Archie and his friends navigating friendship, romance, and social responsibility as their cherished park faces a threat from developers demolishing it to build a hotel. Review: Director Zoya Akhtar adapts the adolescent-favourite Archies Comics for […]

‘Sam Bahadur’: Vicky Kaushal’s Stellar Performance Elevates a Film that Struggles to Impress

‘Sam Bahadur’: Vicky Kaushal’s Stellar Performance Elevates a Film that Struggles to Impress

By Abhishek Srivastava Story: ‘Sam Bahadur’ chronicles the life of Sam Manekshaw, the legendary Chief of Army Staff, who later ascended to the position of Field Marshal. The film explores the milestones of his illustrious career. Review: ‘Sam Bahadur,’ despite narrating the tale of a legendary Indian Army personnel, carries a distinctive flavour that sets it apart […]

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