Movie Reviews

Movie Review – Jab Harry Met Sejal

Jab Harry Met Sejal: Wish they hadn’t! Yeah, yeah. Splicing words together in the title cleverly from his own blockbuster (‘Jab We Met’) to the American ‘When Harry Met Sally’ does not alone a hit film make, Imtiaz my friend. Nor does the undeniable combination of Shahrukh Khan and Anushka…

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Moview Review – Meri Pyaari Bindu

Meri Pyaari Bindu: They got the Bindu (dot/zero)part right! Who in their right mind walks on a beach promenade in stilettoes?? This is that kind of movie! ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ needs ‘Mera Pyaara Google,’ in other words, a road map! The script is so jerky and the romance so pallid…

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National Awards: Hera Pheri pe Hungama!

Idly scrolling through the Times of India online edition, as I do frequently through the day, my eye was caught by the following caption: National Awards: Akshay Kumar wins Best Actor for…I was so convinced I’d died and gone to a particular hell reserved for film critics that I didn’t…

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Movie Review – Phillauri

Phillauri: This friendly ghost is a bore Phillaur (city in Jalandhar, Punjab) tak toh theek hai, par ‘Phillauri’ audience ko phirati hai, which is not O-Kay! What is the syaapa? Story kithe aan, paaji?? ‘Phillauri’ is a good example of what NOT to do as a producer – insipid screenplay,…

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And the Oscar goes to…

And so the Oscar frenzy slowly fades away for another year, although the 2017 awards will perhaps best be remembered for the near scandal unwittingly caused by Warren Beatty when he announced the wrong winner for ‘Best Movie.’ The Oscar’s are undoubtedly the most prestigious global film awards, a notion…

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Movie Review – Rangoon

Rangoon: Three loves and a war The story takes place in 1943 along the India-Burma border, set against the backdrop of World War II. The British are still in India, although the agitation against them is gathering momentum. This is an India that is divided – not yet by the…

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Movie Review – Lion

Lion: Sher Waapsi ‘Lion’ has been making its roar heard across the world and setting the international awards scene ablaze, garnering six nominations at the Oscar’s and five at the BAFTA (winning two: Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.) Based on the book, ‘A Long Way Home’ which is…

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Movie Review – OK Jaanu

OK Jaanu: Not so okay, Mani sir. Somewhere between the story narration and writing of the script, the plot has been lost. The remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film, ‘O Kadhal Kanmani,’ it comes as a real shock to the system to find ‘OK Jaanu’ is a Ratnam screenplay and,…

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Movie Review – Befikre

Befikre: Voila! The French Connection! Papa Yashji found his muse in Switzerland and beta Aditya Chopra seems to have found his in France. ‘Befikre’ is nothing but a cinematic paean to France although, if I were French, I’d take extreme umbrage to the implication that Love means just smooches and…

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Movie Review – Kahani 2

Kahani 2: Durga Rani Singh One heck of a mouthful, that is and one wonders why, considering Kahani 1 was not sub-titled: Vidya Bagchi. After all, it was director Sujoy Ghosh’s idea to call it the “Kahani franchise;” nobody else pegged it thus! Of late, films seem to be opening…

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