MUNNA MICHAEL (2017)

Why do they even make films like Munna Michael? Why do they even let Sabbir Khan direct another film after inhuman tortures like Heropanti and Ya! Ya oh sorry, Baaghi. Why do they even let Tiger Shroff appear on screen and mouth dialogs? Why do they even think that making a cardboard heroine run around…

JANATHA GARAGE (2016)

I have been away from Television far too long to realize the fact that the cable TV networks have become a treasure trove of Hindi and South Indian films. Films released as late as March and April are finding their way to the Television screens at a rate that was unimaginable a few years back….

TIRANGAA (1992)

Tirangaa is one of those films that once you see, you can never un-see. There will be a huge chunk of audiences who will hate it and loathe it. They will say that it is not cinema and also that it is obnoxiously mainstream and unapologetically commercial. But I ask this, what else we expected…

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…