MUKUNDAN UNNI ASSOCIATES (2022)

Vivid and horrifying documentation of a common man’s descent into greed, corruption and savagery — Ambar Chatterjee In 2014 I was bowled over by a film called Nightcrawler which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and was written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film chronicled the story of Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal), a man looking to earn his bread and…

THE PALE BLUE EYE (2023)

Eerie, atmospheric, cerebral! The Pale Blue Eye was tailor-made for a theatrical release — Ambar Chatterjee The Pale Blue Eye chronicles the fictional journey of Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) who is recruited by the US Military Academy at West Point to investigate the death of one of their cadets whose body was found hanging from a…

HIT: THE SECOND CASE (2022)

Investing, thrilling, dramatic! HIT: The Second Case is a crafty thriller with a solid Adivi Sesh performance — Ambar Chatterjee Krishna Dev aka KD (Adivi Sesh), an intelligent police officer with the Homicide Intervention Team (HIT) believes that criminals are generally bird-brained and that they can be caught within five minutes if one looks closely…

GLASS ONION : A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY (2022)

Not a thrilling whodunit thriller but a ridiculous slapstick comedy — Ambar Chatterjee I absolutely adored Knives Out (2019) and the wicked mystery that it presented. I loved the subtle situational comedy of it. I loved how the film looked and felt and more than anything, I loved the performances of an eclectic mix of high-profile actors…

RAJNEETI – PART 1 (2022)

Zubeen Garg’s Rajneeti: Part1 is over-the-top masala entertainment done right! — Ambar Chatterjee Rajneeti: Part 1 is a political thriller that chronicles the story of two childhood friends. One is the chief minister of the state (Sanjeeb Sarma) and the other is the editor-in-chief (Tapan Das) of a leading new channel. The chief minister (CM) is…

RUDRANEEL UTTARPURUX (2022)

Finally! Assam has her own “Deductionist” … His name is Rudra Dowerah! — Ambar Chatterjee Rudraneel Uttarpurux for me was like the unforgettably tasty and soul-nourishing “Dal” that my mom would prepare when I was in school. I knew its taste, its aroma, and its gentle warmth all too well but every time she poured it…

SHADOW ASSASSINS (2022)

The story of a man’s metamorphosis in the backdrop of Assam’s “secret killings” is an intriguing watch — Ambar Chatterjee A film like Shadow Assassins is particularly difficult to review because it gets almost an equal number of things right and wrong at the same time. It isn’t every day that you see a film about Assam,…

COBRA (2022)

Brimming with energy and non-stop entrainment, Cobra scores with its leading actors, able direction and investing screenplay — Ambar Chatterjee Cobra chronicles the story of Mathi (Chiyaan Vikram), a mathematical genius who uses his mastery over numbers to devise elaborate and complicated assassination plots and takes down people who are considered untouchable. He is also a…

TIRANDAZ SHABOR (2022)

Gritty, grounded, and impactful! The new Shabor thriller is a winner — Ambar Chatterjee Tirandaz Shabor is the fourth film in the Shabor franchise after Ebar Shabor (2015), Egoler Chokh (2016), and Asche Abar Shabor (2018). The film’s story follows a similar structure to the previous Shabor films, but the treatment, in this case, differentiates it from the rest…

KOLONGPAR (2022)

Release Date: 28/08/2022 Platform: CND Play Cast: Kamal Lochan, Stuti Choudhury, Mintu Baruah, Chinmoy Kotoky Director: Mrinmoy Saikia One of the best Axomia web series in years? — Ambar Chatterjee The enormity of the drug trade in Assam dawned on me only after the news of police gunning down drug peddlers and numerous drug busts…

THE BOYS – SEASON 3 (2022)

Release Date: 03/06/2022 Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty  Creator: Eric Kripke Bigger, Bolder, and Gorier! The Boys Season 3 is everything that you wanted from the series — Ambar Chatterjee The Boys is one of those unique takes on the superhero genre that has over the years become a little more commonplace…

JANA GANA MANA (2022)

Release Date: 28/04/2022 Platform: Netflix Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mamta Mohandas Director: Dijo Jose Antony Jana Gana Mana is a masterclass in how to effectively sell malicious propaganda — Ambar Chatterjee Saba Mariam (Mamta Mohandas), a popular teacher among her students at Central University is brutally raped, murdered, and then burnt. A lone man who meets with an accident…