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Kangana Ranaut gets into action mode, but even she can’t battle a script that is just a bunch of cliches

May 21, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The film looks spectacular but we feel we have seen it all before.  Razneesh ‘Raz’ Ghai’s Dhaakad is the kind of action-thriller where someone in the back room tells the field operative something like this: Dragonfly, this is Ringmaster! It’s the kind of movie where the protagonist suffers stabbings and ten thousand bullets […]

Interview: Kangana Ranaut (Dhaakad)

May 16, 2022


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Raj Singh Chaudhary’s ‘Thar’, on Netflix, is a neo-Western that sets up an interesting premise and does very little with it

May 6, 2022


Spoilers ahead… None of these characters or situations are written with any depth, and apart from veterans Anil Kapoor and Satish Kaushik, no one is capable of fashioning at least the semblance of a flesh-and-blood person on their own.  The lay of the land is laid out in the most brilliantly poetic fashion in Thar, […]

Readers Write In #462: Gangubai Kathiawadi – Impotent Pomposity

May 4, 2022


By Karthik Iyer Vijay Raaz’s character, Raziabai, symbolizes Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. Dolled up, impotent pomposity. Raaz has no real use in the movie, just like the movie has little use in our changing cinematic landscape. His character could have been mentioned in the passing as a personality that exists but is never shown; […]

Ahmed Khan’s ‘Heropanti 2’ has some good stunts but everything else is bad

April 30, 2022


Spoilers ahead… Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the villain, a magician named Laila. The actor has a lot of fun with this part, which is tailor-made for hamming. Eight years after the first Heropanti, which introduced Tiger Shroff to the world, we get a sequel. The cast consists of Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tara Sutaria, and Tiger […]

Ajay Devgn’s ‘Runway 34’ transforms a tense and horrifying real-life event into a flat drama

April 30, 2022


Spoilers ahead… All of this should have been tense, nail-biting stuff – but it looks generic due to the generic visual effects, the generic dialogues, and the generic characters. The first half of Runway 34 is dedicated to proving that the airline captain Ajay Devgn plays is an alpha male. No, literally. When we see […]

Gowtam Tinnanuri’s ‘Jersey’, with Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur, is generic and simplistic, but an easy and pleasant watch

April 22, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The film is Shahid’s show. It is one of his finest performances. He underplays every moment and adds a few more shades to the character than the screenplay does. Gowtam Tinnanuri has remade his Nani-starrer Jersey with Shahid Kapoor. The story is about a 36-year-old former cricketer named Arjun Talwar (that’s the Shahid […]

Readers Write In #459: Self reflective movies and their charm

April 19, 2022


By Kartik Iyer Richard Linklater was working on Apollo 10 ½ : A Space Age Childhood since about 2018-19. I remember the earliest story broke when Linklater’s production company, Detour, published a press release requesting Austin residents to share pictures of the city during 1969. Over the course of the next couple of years, pictures from the […]

In ‘KGF: Chapter Two’, director Prashant Neel and his star Yash deliver a superior, epic sequel

April 14, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The film works at two levels. One, we get a huge action spectacle with inventive set pieces. And two, we get a style-filled masala movie, filled with whistle-worthy moments. Prashanth Neel returns as writer-director in KGF: Chapter 2, starring Yash as the gold-hearted gangster named Rocky. But first, a recap. The first chapter […]

In Tushar Jalota’s inconsistently written ‘Dasvi’, Abhishek Bachchan is a politician who wants to study and Nimrat Kaur shines as his cartoonish wife

April 8, 2022


Spoilers ahead… Things just happen.  There’s an easy-breezy air about the whole thing, and the film is an easy watch. But it’s hard to take anything or anyone seriously. In Tushar Jalota’s Dasvi (Netflix), Abhishek Bachchan stars as Ganga Ram Chaudhury, the Chief Minister of a fictional state called Harit Pradesh. Abhishek Bachchan stars as […]

Interview: Prashanth Neel (KGF / KGF: 2)

April 8, 2022


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Interview: Yash (KGF / KGF: 2)

April 7, 2022


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10 Questions: Vidya Balan

April 6, 2022


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Interview: Vidya Balan

April 5, 2022


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Readers Write In #455: Kashmir Files Part II

April 4, 2022


By Aman Basha Part II of this piece: The continuation and conclusion of my Interview with Ahmed Ali Fayyaz Q: Some people attribute the 1990 Exodus as it happened to have been caused by a political game played by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, the Union Home Minister then, to undercut Farooq Abdullah by bringing Jagmohan […]

10 Questions: Karan Johar

April 2, 2022


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Interview: Karan Johar

March 31, 2022


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Suresh Triveni’s ‘Jalsa’ has Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah in a solid thriller that’s more existential than explosive

March 27, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The director’s most brilliant touch is in keeping the film and its characters at a distance. Despite the occasional rays of warmth, the narrative stays icy. In Jalsa, Suresh Triveni takes the most explosive material – material that’s readymade for a dan-dan-dan score – and does two things: he takes out most of […]

Readers Write In #453: I whole-heartedly welcome the success of ‘The Kashmir files’, and let me tell you why.

March 26, 2022


By Alex John Let me tell you this first, I haven’t seen ‘The Kashmir files’ yet. It is playing in the city I live, but I couldn’t drag my lazy a** to watch it yet. Well, I thought I ought to write something about it at least, as the campaign against the film is getting […]

SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ is an entertaining masala epic with great star turns, but deeper emotions might have made this even better 

March 25, 2022


Spoilers ahead… Rajamouli’s cinema is not just masala cinema but also mythological cinema. So he shapes Komaram Bheem like the Bheema from mythology, and Alluri Sitarama Raju like Lord Ram. SS Rajamouli’s much-awaited mega-epic: RRR, is set in 1920s India. The film stars NTR Jr as Komaram Bheem and Ram Charan as Alluri Sitarama Raju. […]