DR. BEZBARUAH 2 (2023)

An outrageous crowd-pleaser that plays to its strengths and the charisma of its stars — Ambar Chatterjee Dan Brown once said during a masterclass that it is extremely important for a writer to know the ending of his story even before he has commenced writing the rest of it. Once he knows the ending, he…

JOLSOBI (2023)

A fantastically directed, deeply personal and heartbreaking story of broken dreams and promises — Ambar Chatterjee Jolsobi was a welcome change of pace and narrative style for me. The film-scape these days is overcrowded with breakneck storytelling or films that are so dense in their plots and narrative elements that it is hard to keep track…

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…

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…

HAR HAR MAHADEV (2022)

Swarajya, Swadharma, Pratirodh – Understanding the power and beauty of “Har Har Mahadev” — Ambar Chatterjee Cinema has the power to inspire, enthrall and fill our hearts with pride and fervor. Cinema has the power to recreate a hundred-year-old glorious deed or a roaring speech that can resonate with us and shape our course of…

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,…

CHHELLO SHOW (2022) aka LAST FILM SHOW

Pan Nalin’s love letter to cinema, dreams, aspiration and resolve is a heartwarming watch — Ambar Chatterjee Over the last few months, you must have heard about a little Gujarati film called Chhello Show AKA Last Film Show. The film came into the news when it was picked ahead of RRR and The Kashmir Files by the Film Federation of India to…

SHE SAID (2022)

Two Women, one abuser and the inception of the #Metoo — Ambar Chatterjee I have a deep-rooted love for investigative journalism dramas. Some of the films that I have seen the greatest number of times include Zodiac, All the President’s Men, Erin Brockovich, and Spotlight. Also, I have been keenly following the Harvey Weinstein trial….

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022) – 3D

More wrong than right in this tribute to Chadwick Boseman and the legend of the Black Panther — Ambar Chatterjee King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) dies from a mysterious illness that not even his genius sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) can save him from. With the king’s passing, Wakanda comes under threat from foreign powers who want…