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() Nandini Ramnath Gosain's reasons for chasing Rehmat are ultimately too prosaic to justify the 155-minute duration. The film is nasty and brutish but it isn't short enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Nandini Ramnath The sequel has bigger things on its mind - racism and the distrust of foreigners, ecological disaster, warmongering, gender stereotyping - but the bit that stays and thrills is the continuing tenderness felt by a witch for her ward. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2012) Nandini Ramnath Stripped of these real-life connections, the film struggles to be a convincing portrait of love on the razor's edge. Everything is insistently pink, and the blues are not shaded in skillfully enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
War (2019) Nandini Ramnath The male leads, separated by a couple of generations and united by their ability to land punches and execute pirouettes without breaking a sweat, set the screen on fire. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Bulbul Can Sing (2018) Nandini Ramnath There is no shortage of visual poetry or richly observed local detail, and Das's ability to effortlessly capture the rhythms of pastoral life is never in doubt. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Section 375 (2019) Nandini Ramnath Tarun demands the right to be heard - imagine a world in which we do not have the constitutional right to defend ourselves, he says early in Section 375. This would indeed be a terrible world. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Dream Girl (2019) Nandini Ramnath His manic energy and believable Everyman persona are in full-throttle mode in Dream Girl, and they steer the movie through its uncomfortable portions and anything-for-a-laugh moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
The Zoya Factor (2019) Nandini Ramnath Salmaan's camera-friendly manner and outsized charm stand out in a movie that mashes together romance, cricket and advertising in the hope that at least one of the themes will stick. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Chhichhore (2019) Nandini Ramnath The movie begins as a rambunctious college campus comedy, quickly moves into the sentimental family drama zone, returns for the fun and games, shifts back into tear-jerking territory, and finally runs out of breath with only some ambitions realised. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Mission Mangal (2019) Nandini Ramnath In between the gimmicky jugaad philosophising and meaningless sub-plots, Mission Mangal manages to devote some time to space technology... EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Saaho (2019) Nandini Ramnath [T]he 179-minute movie crumbles under the weight of its ambitions. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Nandini Ramnath Pigs might fly, and sometimes, a sequel might be an improvement on the first movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Batla House (2019) Nandini Ramnath [It] claims to explore the role played by doubt in a police investigation, but it is loaded with biases. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
() Aakash Karkare Das is able to bolster the storytelling with his personal experiences. When he is talking about his first kiss or his failed engagement, Das is able to do what most good comedy should: provide a new way of looking at the familiar. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Nandini Ramnath There isn't enough humour of the gentle or wicked variety across the sluggishly-paced film to communicate its larger themes. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Arjun Patiala (2019) Nandini Ramnath In trying to send up Bollywood cliches, Arjun Patiala becomes yet another Bollywood cliche itself. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Nandini Ramnath Neither whodunit or even whydunit, Judgementall Hai Kya is never quite able to match its ambitions. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Vir Das: Losing It (2018) Sushmita Sundaram Losing It might not be the counterculture comedy darling, but it is the next logical step for Das. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say (2017) Devarsi Ghosh The result doesn't really push boundaries - you still wonder what things Mittal hasn't said. But there are a few moments that stand out. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Noblemen (2019) Nandini Ramnath The 110-minute movie makes many important points about the foundations of toxic male behaviour and the homophobia that lurks in the corridors of schools. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
One Day: Justice Delivered (2019) Nandini Ramnath The ruling takes 124 minutes to be delivered, with frequent breaks for item songs. Where are the fast-track courts when we need them? EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Nandini Ramnath The formula is as part as the solution, but many parts of the journey makes this classroom victory worth the while. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
() Nandini Ramnath The 110-minute movie makes many important points about the foundations of toxic male behaviour and the homophobia that lurks in the corridors of schools. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Malaal (2019) Nandini Ramnath Malaal is missing a core. The movie has nothing new to say about the star-crossed romance. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Nandini Ramnath Kumud Mishra turns in a nuanced performance as the son of a sweeper who now wears the police uniform. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub has a small but impactful role as Nishad. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Kabir Singh (2019) Nandini Ramnath Kabir Singh reimagines the Indian hero archetype in interesting ways, but its inability to even consider the flaws in its leading man's romantic outlook is its undoing. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018) Nandini Ramnath The 109-minute movie is good at setting up moments with potential, only to squander them with limp humour and indifferent characterisation. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Game Over (2019) Nandini Ramnath As these women forge a sisterhood of sorts and navigate their way past the curveballs thrown their way, they suggest that the horror film can function just fine without men in it. At least on this score, Game Over is a modest triumph. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Bharat (2019) Nandini Ramnath An ode to survival becomes a tribute to its leading man's infallibility. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Taron Egerton, his square jaw notwithstanding, throws body and soul into this origin story about the iconic British singer-performer. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala While there is an artificiality about the scenes in the woods, the performances, editing and sound design keep the fear factor simmering. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
India's Most Wanted (2019) Nandini Ramnath The best bits are right at the end, when India's Most Wanted sheds its ripped-from-the-headlines pretensions and settles for the grandstanding that is possible only in fiction. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
PM Narendra Modi (2019) Nandini Ramnath And on it goes, for 131 unrelenting minutes... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
De De Pyaar De (2019) Nandini Ramnath The next time you see Ajay Devgn making eyes as a woman far younger than him, you have every right to be sceptical. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Nandini Ramnath The sequel that nobody wanted is neither an improvement over the original nor a downgrade of it. The bar is low to begin with... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Kalank (2019) Nandini Ramnath The movie retains its hauteur and attention to period haute couture even as it goes off the rails, finally chugging into its destination after leaving broken hearts and unmet ambitions in its wake. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Tashkent Files (2019) Nandini Ramnath The rigour that was needed to prove Agnihotri's thesis is missing, and the biliousness of his selective targeting robs The Tashkent Files of its attempt to being an effective conspiracy thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Sometimes stunning, sometimes stressful and all together sobering view of a situation that [writer-director Ashvin Kumar] seasons with hope. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Nandini Ramnath The period detail in the production design (by Madhur Madhavan) and the richly textured colour-coded cinematography (by Tapan Basu) further fuel the conceit that something momentous is happening here. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Notebook (2019) Nandini Ramnath Notebook has an unremarkable lead pair, an underwhelming dull love story... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Junglee (2019) Nandini Ramnath The scenes between Jammwal and elephants of various sizes are the best thing about Junglee, after its plea to halt the poaching of the gentle giants. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Kesari (2019) Nandini Ramnath A movie that should have been about a legendary last stand becomes yet another star vehicle for Akshay Kumar, who is the only character with a back story. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Badla (2019) Nandini Ramnath The gender swap allows for a meaty role for Amrita Singh, who deftly plays a key character, and her presence, along with that of Tony Luke, work strongly in the movie's favour and helps it along its pretzel-shaped journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Sonchiraiya (2019) Nandini Ramnath The movie's reach exceeds its grasp, like the outlaws it follows through the ravines. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Luka Chuppi (2019) Nandini Ramnath Luka Chuppi isn't quite radical, let alone consistently funny, but the long walk to the altar is far less conservative than it could have been. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Total Dhamaal (2019) Nandini Ramnath Some of the humour is nicely timed and executed, and Indra Kumar even tucks in a message of environmental conservation (delivered through tamed wild animals). EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Anandi Gopal (2019) Nandini Ramnath Sameer Vidwans's Anandi Gopal isn't the cracking portrait of a proto-feminist that it needed to have been, but it is always absorbing. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Wife (2017) Sanjukta Sharma Glenn Close is the show-stealer of this film, and rightly so EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Gully Boy (2019) Nandini Ramnath Dreams and reality fuse seamlessly in Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar's most heartfelt and accomplished movie yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) Nandini Ramnath ...a movie that is part rom and part com and never comfortable in either zone. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019