AKSAR 2 (2017)

I watched Aksar 2 because literally, I had nothing else to do. Being in a town that isn’t exactly bubbling with social activities and not wanting to stay inside a hotel room for another second, I decided to re-visit a theater that I had fond memories of as a kid. The Oriental Cinema of Silchar…

FUKREY RETURNS (2017)

Fukrey Returns is one of those rare films that is very hard to review as it is so polarizing. While I laughed my guts out in many scenes, there were also patches were boredom set in. Add to that a story that has so many angles and subplots that it becomes hard to justify them…

TUMHARI SULU (2017)

There is a scene in Tumhari Sulu towards the end, Where Sulochana’s (Vidya Balan) son gets suspended from his school for making a business out of letting his friends watch titillating videos on his father’s phone for a price. The whole family gathers for a meeting to discuss what might be the cause of this…

GOLMAAL AGAIN (2017)

I have been a Golmaal fanboy ever since the first film hit the blocks and redefined comedy in a certain way. The second installment, that wasn’t exactly a superhit, also worked for me. The third installment, however, is till date my favorite Golmaal film. Not only was the humor original, quirky and very situational, the…

SECRET SUPERSTAR (2017)

As I sat through Secret Superstar, I couldn’t help but feel a gamut of emotions ranging from comedy, morose, and a fighting spirit but more than anything a feeling of warmth that I believe lies at the core of this film. Secret Superstar is in no way anything that we haven’t seen before. There can…

HASEENA PARKAR (2017)

Towards the end of Haseena Parkar, the judge presiding over the 2 hours long case finally tells the prosecuting attorney that whatever she has done for the last 2 hours is debate and not a legal proceeding and therein, the director himself sums up the biggest underlying problem of the film. The manner in which…

NEWTON (2017)

Newton is India’s official entry for the Oscars this year and after watching this film, I can’t say that I am too surprised that it was sent. Not only is Newton a really well-made film, it is one hell of a satirical look at all things democratic in a place where democracy hasn’t seen the…

DADDY (2017)

Daddy is a fresh and intriguing tale of the meteoric rise and fall of Arun Gawli, one of the few gangsters who was considered to be on par with the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Rajan. He also had the distinction of making it to the assembly by winning an election with landslide verdict….

TOILET : EK PREM KATHA (2017)

If there is one Khan doing different stuff apart from Aamir Khan then that is Akshay Kumar. Be-loved-ly referred to as the fourth Khan of Bollywood, Akshay once again proves to be bigger than a film that he is starring in and almost single-handedly drives that film to a height higher than what the director…

THE STONEMAN MURDERS (2009)

The Stoneman Murders was an infamous set of killings of road dwellers that happened in Mumbai in 1983 and then again in Kolkata in 1987. While the mystery so as to who might have done the killings still remains a mystery, there have been many takes on the matter by various experts. The Stoneman Murders,…

INDU SARKAR (2017)

Madhur Bhandarkar was known for his hard hitting cinema. He was never afraid of either going that extra mile or leave a bad taste in the mouth of his viewers with endings to his films that couldn’t be called exactly pleasing. With films like Chandni Bar, Page 3, Corporate and Traffic Signal, he created a…

RAAG DESH (2017)

Raag Desh is directed by one of my favorite Indian directors, Tigmanshu Dhulia and chronicles the story of three officers of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army who are captured by the British and tried for murder, disloyalty to the British Indian Army and abetment of murder. These trials were carried out in the Red…