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…

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…

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…

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…

MAJOR (2022)

Release Date: 03/06/2022 Cast: Adivi Sesh, Prakash Raj, Revathi, Saiee Manjrekar, Sobhita Dhulipala Director: Sashi Kiran Tikka The ballad of Shaheed Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan is the sprawling epic that we deserved — Ambar Chatterjee Advi Sesh has always impressed me with his fantastic choice of films and his wholehearted surrender to every character that he chose to play….

SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ (2022)

Release Date: 03/06/2022 Cast: Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manav Vij Director: Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi “A mammoth disappointment and a major disservice to an iconic hero of the nation” — Ambar Chatterjee Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi is synonymous with quality and historical accuracy. He is the man who gave us the…

ANEK (2022)

Release Date: 27/05/2022 Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Andrea Kevichusa, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra Director: Anubhav Sinha Anek fails miserably in its storytelling and character renditions. Proves to be a major disservice to its theme and cause — Ambar Chatterjee My review of Anek will be a spoiler-filled one and it will be from the perspective of someone who…

APHARAN (2018-2022) – Season 1 & Season 2

Original Air Date: 14/12/2018 -18/03/2022 Platform: Alt Balaji, MX Player, Jio Cinema & Voot Cast: Arunoday Singh, Nidhi Singh, Sanaand Verma, Varun Badola, Mahi Gill Creator: Siddharth Sengupta A perfectly enjoyable series that has solid performances, intriguing drama, and hilarious comic moments — Ambar Chatterjee I heard good things about Apharan when it first came out in 2018 but somehow I…

ATTACK – Part 1 (2022)

Release Date: 01/04/2022 Cast: John Abraham, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj, Rajit Kapur, Jacqueline Fernandez Director: Lakshya Raj Anand “Lackluster execution and poor technicalities ruin a film that could have been a game-changer” — Ambar Chatterjee In Lakshya Raj Anand’s Attack, John Abraham plays an Indian Army officer who is paralyzed while trying to fight a…