NAAM SHABANA (2017)

Naam Shabana is a unique effort for varied reasons. I don’t remember an instance in recent years or for that matter in a wee bit distant past wherein a Bollywood director picked up a character from one of his own films and made an origin story out of that character. To be honest, we have had…

SARKAR (2005)

There are few examples of Hollywood adaptations not gone wrong in Bollywood and when the film in question is “The Godfather” the stakes and the risks are even higher. But somehow, Ram Gopal Varma pulled off the impossible and made a film that was stunning in its indianization of “The Godfather” and laced with terrific performances….

COMMANDO 2 : THE BLACK MONEY TRAIL (2016)

Commando 2 follows the exploits of Karan (Vidyut Jamwal), the Para Commando from the 9th Parachute Regiment who is now freelancing for the government or something similar as it would seem. It is never made abundantly clear. He tracks down a middle man in Taiwan and before he takes him out, the guy tells him…

THE GHAZI ATTACK (2017)

Oh, thank God! for once someone tries something different and pulls it off well. I have over the years got so tired of watching the same stuff over and over again from the Indian film industry that nowadays, I skip many films just by watching their promos as I am well aware of what I…

RAEES (2017)

When the first teaser of Raees was released, I was totally hooked by its power and realistic portrayal of SRK, which in most other cases, is larger than life. I somehow felt that this could well be another of his great films (read Chak De India, Swades, Anjaam, and Darr). The kind that he keeps…

KAABIL (2017)

Kaabil was in news for being an official remake of the Tamil Action Thriller Thandavam. Then it was rumored to be an un-official remake of the Korean smash hit Broken. However, after watching this film I can safely say that it has more in common with Amitabh Bachchan’s “Aakhri Raasta” than it has with either…

FORCE 2 (2016)

Force is a perfect example of Bollywood-action trash that carefully hides itself behind the façade of a film that deals with RAW and international espionage. However it holds on to that façade for just about 5 mins of its runtime. Don’t be fooled by the initial homage paid to the men and women of RAW…

SHIVAAY (2016)

Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay has been crucified by critics upon its release. It is his second directorial venture after U, Me Aur Hum which, incidentally, was panned too. The trailer and promotion of the film was superb and I was really looking forward to it. However, the extreme criticism that the film received from one and…

1971 (2007)

Long after the 1971 Indo-Pak war was over, 100s of Indian soldiers languished in Pakistani prisons. Pakistanis denied their very existence even though random letters flew in from different jails in Pakistan to the families of the soldiers. The Indian government acted on this information and managed to get the Red Cross involved for the…

AKIRA (2016)

Akira is A.R Murugadoss’ latest offering and stars Sonakshi Sinha as the titular character. The film happens to be a remake of a Tamil film which I haven’t seen and would not be able to comment on. Akira was marketed as a kickass action film which has Sonakshi throwing more punches than Bruce Willis did…

MOHENJO DARO (2016)

Mohenjo Daro is at heart a love story and a revenge drama which has only one USP. It unfolds in the city of Mohenjo Daro in 2016 BC. Thus the only things special about this film are the settings, the visuals, the costumes, the rituals and the overall feel. The moment you are out of…

SULTAN (2016)

Like every Salman Khan film, Sultan releases with a lot of fanfare and expectations. While most of the Salman Khan starers are exactly the same sans a few rare gems like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Veergati, Sultan is probably one of his most emotionally charged and crowd pleasing films of recent times. For once Salman Khan…