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Advait Chandan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, has its issues but is an easy watch

August 11, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The first hour is wonderful, but slowly, a sense of dullness sets in. The film, though never unwatchable, gets into repeat mode. The Forrest Gump character is like the feather we see at the Hollywood film’s beginning. He is tossed around this way and that, borne along by the winds of chance. There […]

Aanand L Rai’s ‘Raksha Bandhan’, with Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, is an anti-dowry drama that’s more fascinating in theory than on the big screen

August 11, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… So why don’t all these interesting creative choices lead to a consistently interesting movie? Because the characters are given no space to establish themselves. You know that PSA where a man named Nandu is smoking outside a hospital and Akshay Kumar comes by on a cycle? Nandu’s wife has “auraton wali beemari“, a […]

Interview: Aamir Khan (Laal Singh Chaddha)

August 8, 2022

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Interview: Kamal Haasan (on the ’50th day of Vikram’ event organised by Galatta)

August 5, 2022

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Alia Bhatt scores another big win as a survivor of domestic abuse in Jasmeet K Reen’s ‘Darlings’, which also has a terrific Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma

August 5, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film is a domestic noir-cum-black comedy, and if the Alia Bhatt-Vijay Varma couple takes care of the domestic noir, Shefali Shah’s character keeps you in splits with her deadpan expressions. The plural title of Darlings is no accident. The protagonist Badru (played by Alia Bhatt) is from a lower-middle-class Muslim family, and […]

A small milestone at Galatta Plus

August 4, 2022

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Interview: Alia Bhatt (Darlings)

August 2, 2022

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Mohit Suri’s ‘Ek Villain Returns’ is a serial-killer sequel that’s about as scary as a teddy bear

July 29, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… No, I have not spoiled anything for you. The film doesn’t need me. It does a pretty good job of spoiling itself. Remember Ek Villain? It was a superhit that said that a man can become a serial killer because his wife keeps nagging him. Now, we have Ek Villain Returns, though no member […]

Interview: Sudha Kongara (The National Awards, Soorarai Pottru)

July 26, 2022

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Interview: Adivi Sesh (Major)

July 19, 2022

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Srijit Mukherji’s ‘Shabaash Mithu’, starring Taapsee Pannu, is a not-bad biopic that has its moments

July 15, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The story of a woman who experiences so many downs in life and compensates with so many ups while playing should have been more unique. Quick, name five women cricketers! This question is put to a cricket-crazy common man in an early scene in Srijit Mukherji’s Shabaash Mithu – but it could be […]

Interview: Taapsee Pannu (Shabaash Mithu)

July 15, 2022

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Anucharan’s disappointing ‘Panni Kutty’ is a satire on superstition with just a few mild laughs

July 8, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The acting styles are off – sometimes loud, sometimes underplayed. The rhythms, pacing, staging – they don’t add up to a cohesive experience. You may remember Anucharan from his superb first film, Kirumi, which he co-wrote with M Manikandan. It was one of the earliest “ordinary man versus the System” stories, and this […]

Interview: Kichcha Sudeep (Vikrant Rona)

July 4, 2022

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R Madhavan’s ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ tries to do too much, resulting in very little insight into its protagonist

July 1, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The generic and conventional nature of the writing never lets you forge a deep and true emotional connection with Nambi Narayanan. Biopics are notoriously hard to crack because you are trying to reduce the grand span of a person’s life into a two-and-a-half hour movie. And that’s why the best biopics are those […]

Interview: Manoj Bajpayee

June 29, 2022

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The Galatta Plus conclave, Session 2: ‘The changing landscape of Indian cinema’

June 29, 2022

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Lights, Camera, Analysis: Prashanth Neel (KGF 1 & 2)

June 21, 2022

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Chandraprakash Dwivedi and Akshay Kumar serve us a tedious and overly talky historical epic

June 4, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… What we want is an action-packed epic. What we get is a series of monologues and dialogues, occasionally interrupted by action.  Chandraprakash Dwivedi is best known for his 1991/92 series Chanakya, which was telecast on Doordarshan. It was a talky affair, but then, that was the entire point of the narrative. Chanakya was […]

Readers Write In #465: In ‘Toolsidas Junior’ Other than Snooker, Motivational Lessons to Learn

June 1, 2022

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By Carlos Luis ‘Toolsidas Junior’ by Mridul Mahendra might not be as celebrated as other sports dramas in India, but it happens to give one of the first representations to a game of snooker as a sport in India. It is inspired by a true story of the life of Mridul Mahendra, the writer-director of […]