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Rating Title/Year Author
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009) Poulomi Das Long before Hindi cinema made a template out of the middle-class, Rocket Singh... offered a distinctive snapshot of the challenges of middle-class employment EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Poulomi Das If Marriage Story succeeds in achieving a rare emotional transparency, it is in large part due to the breathlessly calibrated performances of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) Poulomi Das The film's dull, repetitive theatrics are derived only from the director playing up stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) Poulomi Das Black Mitzvah works as a flawless indictment of this selective amnesia: Tiffany Haddish begins her hour by setting out to justify her talent, but ends it by illustrating why she really doesn't need to keep proving her worth. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Poulomi Das The taut editing and the kinetic cinematography which is intercut with real-life footage guarantee that the film replicates the tensions of the attacks. But without any singular direction, it articulates nothing more. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Poulomi Das Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator is both an accusation and a reminder that we're repeating a pattern. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
() Poulomi Das Milap Zaveri's Marjaavaan is yet another pointless outing, based entirely on the idea of finding an excuse for two overgrown man-childs to glare at each other while threatening murder after every five minutes without actually doing anything. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Poulomi Das Much of the tenderness that Ford v Ferrari mines out of this precise portrait of emotional volatility is testament to how finely both the actors square off each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Bala (2019) Poulomi Das Despite its glaring flaws, Amar Kaushik's Bala stands out for packaging its grand ideas in the language of small-town India. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Drive (2018) Poulomi Das No scene or subplot in Drive has any reason to exist, but still, it continues to labour on. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Poulomi Das On a closer look, these intermittent charms practically cease to exist without its two leads. Saand Ki Aankh's insistence to be painfully crowd-pleasing force Pednekar and Pannu to be perennially on the defensive. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Made in China (2019) Poulomi Das Perhaps the biggest evidence of its inefficiency lies in how Made in China carelessly undermines its actors. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2019) Poulomi Das When the film's blatant lack of depth - it occasionally feels overstuffed and distracted - threatens to overpower its pleasures, it is redeemed by the effortlessness of the performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Poulomi Das Even though its frenetic, dizzying pace can sometimes feel like it is detrimental to its ambition, Diego Maradona... gets close to questioning whether the responsibility a football legend had... is worth the self-destruction. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
War (2019) Poulomi Das The film's charm is aided by the fact that both the actors share an electric chemistry and the action set-pieces thrill with their fluid choreography, and occasional ingenuity. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Lunchbox (2013) Poulomi Das It's a terrific metaphor for Mumbai. After all, the city like its inhabitants, is never satiated. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
The Zoya Factor (2019) Poulomi Das The Zoya Factor feels especially let down by Sharma's insistence to take refuge in crowd-pleasing spoofy filmmaking, which after a while gets too laboured, too on-the-nose, and too silly to even be entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Dream Girl (2019) Poulomi Das Dream Girl never comes close to doing justice or even giving its own spin to any of these templates, ending up as a jumbled-up outing that says nothing in its greed to say a little bit of everything. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Section 375 (2019) Poulomi Das Under the veneer of socially conscious filmmaking, Section 375 instead, reduces both, sexual assault and the Me Too movement into broad stereotypes EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Chhichhore (2019) Poulomi Das Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore is a pleasant entertainer elevated by the strength of its supporting cast. It's also an unabashed acknowledgement of male failure. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Saaho (2019) Poulomi Das It's not like anyone was expecting or demanding Saaho to be intelligent. But the fact that the film isn't even tolerable, is indefensible. The least Saaho could have done is not thwarted its own potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
American Factory (2019) Poulomi Das American Factory gains from its decision to rely on the workers to voice the complexities of labour rights. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Poulomi Das Once Upon a Time in Hollywood can't help but become its ending, emanating a sense of incompleteness. But through it all, it remains deeply watchable and its craft, genuinely persuasive. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Mission Mangal (2019) Poulomi Das The film's casual sidelining of its actresses stands out, given how it deceives the audience into believing in its feminism while simultaneously making jokes at the expense of its women. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Jabariya Jodi (2019) Poulomi Das In 2019, there is really no reason that a film like Jabariya Jodi, that suggests forced marriage is a matter of joke, should exist or get backed by a mainstream production house. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Hum Aapke Hain Koun! (1994) Poulomi Das It mixes comedy, tragedy, helplessness, and an impending feeling of doom to create an all-consuming investment in a cinematic death. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Poulomi Das The casting of Ranaut is nothing short of inspired. It's precisely why it's frustrating to see Judgementall Hai Kya be that film which ignores its engrossing roots in favour of meandering social messaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Poulomi Das The film's biggest failure is towards its subject: Bahl tells us even less about the genius mind of Anand Kumar, even though Roshan occupies almost every frame of Super 30. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Lootera (2013) Poulomi Das It's a rare cinematic outing that exploits the camera and its frames to contextualize the intensity of its storytelling and the restraint of its lead performances, instead of it being the other way round. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Gully Life: The Story of Divine (2019) Poulomi Das The uneven Gully Life is at its most enthralling when it allows the affable Fernandes to freely inject his carefree, grounded personality into its screen-time, without hurrying him up. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Poulomi Das Despite its flaws, it'd be remiss to not acknowledge the sheer pluckiness of Article 15. That a film doesn't barely tip-toe around caste and dives into its impenetrable hold over biases alone, justifies its necessity. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Kabir Singh (2019) Poulomi Das A piece of irresponsible, offensive filmmaking that reveals just how harmful men can be to themselves and to the woman in their lives and still refuse to apologise for it. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Game Over (2019) Poulomi Das Yet enjoying the film also comes with a caveat: the more you want to read in between the lines of its wildly satisfying payoff, the less interesting it becomes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Poulomi Das Always be My Maybe might not be perfect, but it does put its weight behind a flawless romantic theory: Love after all, is a delicate dance of compromise, just not of a woman's career. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Bharat (2019) Poulomi Das At almost three hours, Bharat is an excruciating watch, which is exacerbated by the fact that neither Khan's acting or dancing skills looks like they're in any mood to ever improve. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Poulomi Das If one were to rip apart the context of sexual abuse from the narrative, it would be reduced to just being a 90-minute-long bag of tricks. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
PM Narendra Modi (2019) Poulomi Das A trifecta of awful writing, acting, and filmmaking, PM Narendra Modi's ridiculous alt-narratives take a sinister turn when it presents its "version" of the Godhra riots. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
De De Pyaar De (2019) Poulomi Das De De Pyaar De, which has its rare moments, never holds up: It's no different than innumerable Hindi films that lets its hero get what he wants over the course of two hours. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Poulomi Das Even discarded scripts must have more complexity than Student of the Year 2. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Omertà (2018) Poulomi Das It is about as effective as a dramatised Wikipedia entry - there is nothing in its 96-minute runtime that we don't already know. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
102 Not Out (2018) Poulomi Das Despite his guilt-inducing tactics, the only message that 102 Not Out ironically disseminates is the abject need for educating our birth-givers in the language of parental independence. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Raazi (2018) Poulomi Das Raazi manages to nuance the idea of patriotism, and lace it with a conscience. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Veere Di Wedding (2018) Poulomi Das It's as if Veere Di Wedding refuses to have any emotional depth only because it fears that its protagonists might have to talk about something other than men. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) Poulomi Das The third act of the film is essentially a lesson in misdirection... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Lust Stories (2018) Poulomi Das What makes Akhtar's short groundbreaking is its unflinching articulation of the hypocrisies of the entitled middle class. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Hereditary (2018) Poulomi Das The film takes the saying "skeletons in the closet" literally, giving us a genuinely terrifying portrait of a family's breakdown. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Sanju (2018) Poulomi Das It doesn't just heroise a flawed personality, but also ends up as the definitive and selective account for the future. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Set It Up (2018) Poulomi Das It exists as a canny tribute to the rom-coms of yesteryear, hitting a sweet, nostalgic feel-good spot. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Isle of Dogs (2018) Poulomi Das Isle of Dogs is a testament to the urgent need for animated movies to address socio-political context. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Dhadak (2018) Poulomi Das Spoiler alert: Dhadak is as terrible as anyone who has watched Sairat expected it to be. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019