Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Uri movie review

Tribute to the Forces

The Indian army should not need an endorsement, but the way things are in various troubled parts of the country, a shout out to...
Why Cheat India movie review

Why Go Moralistic

The problem with India’s education system is far deeper than what Why Cheat India can even attempt to get at. The extent of the rot is...
The Accidental Prime Minister movie review

Clumsy, Boring and Borderline Absurd

The Accidental Prime Minister, based on Sanjaya Baru’s book of the same title, and directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, is a clumsy attempt to...
Bal Thackeray movie

Propagandist, but not tacky

There is a scene in Abhijit Phanse’s Thackeray, in which the leader is a pall-bearer of one of his followers killed in a violent agitation....
Aamir Khan in Thugs of Hindostaan

Very little Thuggee in Thugs of Hindostan

Thugs of Hindostan Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Lloyd Owen, Katrina Kaif and others Rating: 2 stars Talk of waking...
Petta starring Rajnikanth movie review

पेट्टा देखिए, रजनी की दुनिया में खो जाइये

दीपा गहलोत रजनीकांत के लिए दीवानगी तमिलनाडु या दक्षिण भारत से बाहर ना तो समझा जा सकता है और ना ही समझाया जा सकता है।...
Jack and Dil movie

Jack and Dil: Just Hot Air

Jack And Dil Directed by: Sachin P. Karande Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Amit Sadh, Sonal Chauhan and others This is how it must have gone, the director or...
Lupt Movie

Lupt: Horror film?

By Deepa Gahlot A family driving down a dark winding road sees a stroller with a strange looking doll in it, and are quite unperturbed by...
Mohalla Assi

Mohalla Assi: Boring & Futile

Mohalla Assi Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi Cast: Sunny Deol, Sakshi Tanwar, Ravi Kishan and others Rating: Two stars   At another time, in surer hands, Mohalla Assi might have been an...
The Fakir of Venice

Too stolid to be funny

It’s a wonder that a film that was made over a decade ago, gets released, though, The Fakir Of Venice could well have gone straight to...
Badhaai Ho ‎Ayushmann Khurrana Sanya Malhotra

Neither comedy, nor high drama, but brilliant little moments

By Deepa Gahlot The most remarkable thing about Amit Ravindernath Sharma’s film Badhaai Ho is the subdued romance between a middle-class, middle-aged couple, surrounded by family...
Tumbbad

Very watchable horror film!

By Deepa Gahlot Most Indian horror films follow a familiar template with ghosts or monsters terrorising people who are in the wrong place at the wrong...
Baazaar Saif Ali Khan

Baazaar is a watery mess!

By Deepa Gahlot Back in 1987, Gordon Gekko had declared “greed is good” in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, in which an ambitious young stockbroker is dazzled...
Kaashi In Search Of Ganga Sharman Joshi

Kaashi In Search Of Ganga: Strange & Slapdash

By Deepa Gahlot This is a strange film—set in Benaras, with an illiterate, crematorium worker as protagonist, but the title is in English. Dhiraj Kumar’s film, Kaashi...
Namaste England

Namaste England: It can’t get siller than this!

By Deepa Gahlot Mainstream Bollywood cinema of a certain period was happy to throw logic and good taste to the winds, and got scenes written on...
Andhadhun Ayushmann Khurrana

Andhadun

By Deepa Gahlot Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun, is inspired by Oliver Trennier’s French short film, L’Accordeur, and dedicated to once popular Doordarshan programmes Chhayageet and Chitrahaar. The real...
Love Yatri

Love Yatri

By Deepa Gahlot The best thing about Love Yatri is the timing of its release—a film set during Navratri, out just before nine days of dandiya...
Best movies on Mahatama Gandhi

Five Films that bring alive the Mahatma

By Deepa Gahlot There have been documentaries, plays, serials and more books than one can count on Mahatma Gandhi. Every time a film is made on...
Helicopter Eela Kajol

Helicopter Eela fails to take off

By Deepa Gahlot The film industry's ageism (applicable only to women) is such that a talented actress like Kajol, who chooses to play the mother of...
Sui Dhaaga Anushka Sharma Varun Dhawan

Sui Dhaaga

By Deepa Gahlot If the world of haute couture pays lip service to Indian fabric traditions, it also helps keep some of the artisans alive—even if...
2.0 movie RajiniKanth Akshay Kumar

CGI Gobbledygook

It has been seen in recent months that a spectacle is not enough to satisfy the audience. While a star like Rajinikanth with his...
Women of Rythmvideo

Pathbreaking Percussionists

In its third edition, the ‘Women Of Rhythm' concert featured 12 stunning talents from age 16 to 60 saw a reasonably packed St Andrew’s...
John DiMartino jazz

Blast from the Jazz Past

There's something special, enchanting and nostalgic about old-school jazz. Tunes from the Great American Songbook, the masterly compositions of Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin and...