Kesari movie review: Saragarhi deserves a better onscreen battle

Despite Akshay Kumar’s earnest efforts, Kesari is bogged down either by too many lackluster phases or unrewarding moments to ever completely engage you in its entirety. It’s overly dramatic, saddled by a bumpy narrative, hardly has any hook in the screenplay, frustrates you with amateurishly choreographed war scenes, and the acting (barring Akshay who tries […]

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22 Yards review: Not a cricketing triumph, but a pleasant surprise nevertheless

22 Yards is what one would call, “going in with really low expectations and emerging pleasantly surprised”. Admittedly, hardcore cricket fans like me are bound to connect to it more than others, but there’s no denying that the film evokes a modicum of heart; features characters that elevate each other and elicits a semblance of […]

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Luka Chuppi movie review: Light-hearted family fun

Luka Chuppi scores on two fronts — as a light-hearted rom-com and a complete family entertainer. The best part about it is how despite the theme of live-in relationships, the film is accessible for the whole family. Kartik Aaryan brings the house down again after SKTKS (he can now really carry a film on his own), […]

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Alita Battle Angel movie review: Big-screen grandeur at its finest

Just two months into 2019, and we already have the first cinematic extravaganza, demanding the big-screen experience. Alita: BattleAngel is hands down one-of-the-finest sci-fi films ever made, not to mention being a truly creative story that comes to life on screen after eons — not needing the support of comic books or YA novels to […]

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga review: A love story that’s as brave as it’s necessary

Imperative and irrefutable, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is necessary viewing for every Indian, both the younger and older generation, and if possible, with your family. That’s not to say the film doesn’t have some issues — the first half has more than a few dull portions, the plot has some loopholes, the […]

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Manikarnika movie review: Kangana Ranaut the actress shines, Kangana Ranaut the Director stumbles

The historical mess, factual discrepancies, sloppy characterization, shoddy direction, and Manish Malhotra-esque fashion ensemble notwithstanding, Manikarnika is still worth a watch for another stellar performance from Kangana Ranaut, who regally and fiercely embodies every aspect of The Queen of Jhansi, and a few goosebump patriotic moments against our colonial oppressors. Alas, the aforementioned moments are […]

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Why Cheat India movie review: An education in our education system’s dirty secrets

Both from a script and narrative point-of-view, Why Cheat India has quite a few things going for it, and quite a few that don’t. But what it does accomplish is painting a brutally disturbing picture of its subject matter, exposing the disgusting truth of the unholy nexus of elements eating away at our country’s education […]

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The Lift Boy movie review: Simplicity done effectively

Writer-Director Jonathan Augustin’s Hinglish film, The Lift Boy, is one of the most naturally portrayed and organically felt coming-of-age dramas to emerge from Indian cinema in a long time, full of warmth, maturity, simplicity, laidback humor, and sentiments just done right. Revolving around an impoverished 20-something aimless youth, stuck in the wrong field of education, […]

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Bombairiya movie review: Mysteriously confused

Bombairiya comes across as a very confused film from the outset, trying to say too much, but conveying too little. Moreover, the novelty and smarts it attempts to show off aren’t really all that novel nor smart as such topsy-turvy mysteries with ambiguous narrative arcs, shady characters, and multiple twists have been done by everyone […]

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