BRAHMASTRA (2022) – 3D

Everything good and bad about Brahmastra — Ambar Chatterjee Few films do a lot of good in their runtime and then balance it out with an almost equal amount of bad. This makes the entire experience feel so levelled out that you ask yourself whether you loved the film or hated it. Brahmastra is one such rare…

DELHI CRIME – SEASON 2 (2022)

Release Date: 26/08/2022 Cast: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, Tillotama Shome Creator: Richie Mehta A solid police-procedural with terrific performances and effective social commentary — Ambar Chatterjee Delhi Crime Season 1 is my second most favorite series of all time after Chernobyl. Thus, my expectations from Season 2 of the series were high to start with….

DOBAARAA (2022)

Release Date: 19/08/2022 Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Rahul Bhatt, Pavail Gulati, Saswata Chatterjee Director: Anurag Kashyap Tedious, Banal, and Superficial!… This is the weakest Anurag Kashyap film to date — Ambar Chatterjee Anurag Kashyap was a filmmaker whose films I eagerly looked forward to. I was always surprised by him and most of his films made me uncomfortable. Even…

GADAR: EK PREM KATHA (2001)

Release Date: 15/06/2001 Cast: Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri, Ameesha Patel Director: Anil Sharma Writer: Shaktimaan Appreciating the masterful emotional and dramatic manipulations that soar Gadar to the skies — Ambar Chatterjee My first tryst with Gadar: Ek Prem Katha was in late 2001 or early 2002 when I received a VCD of it along with the new…

LAAL SINGH CHADDHA (2022)

Release Date: 11/08/2022 Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni Director: Advait Chandan Underwhelming, poorly acted, and emotionally hollow! LSC will only open a whole new can of worms with its portrayal of terrorists — Ambar Chatterjee There can be many reasons to remake a film in a country that is as vast and…

GOOD LUCK JERRY (2022)

Release Date: 29/07/2022 Platform: Disney+Hotstar Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Mita Vashisht, Sushant Singh, Jaswant Singh Dalal, Sahil Mehta, Deepak Dobriyal  Director: Siddharth Sen Did Janhvi Kapoor pass her litmus test of acting? — Ambar Chatterjee Good Luck Jerry is an official remake of Kolamavu Kokila that had Nayanthara essaying the protagonist and was considered one of the best dark…

EK VILLAIN RETURNS (2022)

Release Date: 29/07/2022 Cast: John Abraham, Disha Patani, Tara Sutaria, Arjun Kapoor, JD Chakravarthi Director: Mohit Suri An engaging slasher/erotic thriller is marred by terrible performances and lacklustre writing — Ambar Chatterjee Ek Villain Returns is called so for no other reason but to cash in on the success of the 2014 film directed by Mohit…

SHAMSHERA (2022)

Release Date: 22/07/2022 Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Ronit Basu Roy Director: Karan Malhotra Shamshera tests the limits of your patience with a boring story and unnecesary Hinduphobia — Ambar Chatterjee Macaulay once famously said that once the implementation of his revolutionary education system for Indians was complete, the future generations educated through…

HIT: THE FIRST CASE (2022)

Release Date: 15/07/2022 Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Milind Gunaji, Akhil Iyer Director: Dr. Sailesh Kolanu Why watch the labored remake when you can watch the vastly better original on OTT — Ambar Chatterjee HIT: The First Case is an official remake of the Telugu HIT: The First Case released in 2020 and starring Vishwak Sen as the…

KHUDA HAAFIZ: CHAPTER 2 – AGNI PARIKSHA (2022)

Release Date: 08/07/2022 Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Sheeba Chaddha, Dibyendu Bhattacharya Director: Faruk Kabir Vidyut Jammwal turns in his career-best performance in a film about tragedy, dread, loss, and unadulterated fury — Ambar Chatterjee Khuda Haafiz was a solid thriller that had great performances from Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, and Annu Kapoor. While many were…

ROCKETRY: THE NAMBI EFFECT (2022)

Release Date: 01/07/2022 Cast: Madhavan, Simran, Rajit Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan (Guest Appearance) Director: Madhavan Rocketry is Madhavan’s heartfelt apology to one of the greatest Indian Scientists ever — Ambar Chatterjee Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is an ambitious project because it has practically nothing that is synonymous with what we take modern entertainment to be and what…

ESCAYPE LIVE (2022)

Platform: Disney + Hotstar Release Date: 20/05/2022 Cast: Siddharth, Waluscha De Sousa, Plabita Borthakur, Swastika Mukherjee, Sumedh Mudgalkar, Rohit Chandel Creator: Siddharth Kumar Tewary Interesting concept, wonderful performances, engrossing drama! A worthy watch — Ambar Chatterjee I am surprised by how the mainstream media is completely ignoring this recent Disney + Hotstar series even though…