PATHAAN (2023)

Recycled, poorly directed, and uninspiring! Pathaan is a yawn fest — Ambar Chatterjee I liked some of the last few films of Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) that the critics and the fans were not particularly kind to. Raees, Fan, and Zero to me were decent films that got buried under the weight of unjustified expectations and the inability of the fans…

LAKADBAGGHA (2023)

Lakadbaggha had the potential to be great but falls short of its mark Arjun (Anshuman Jha) is a courier delivery agent who teaches young kids martial arts, takes care of local stray dogs, and as is made apparent within the first few minutes of the film — beats up bad people at night dressed as…

RAM SETU (2022)

A decent one-time watch that needed better VFX and smarter writing towards the end — Ambar Chatterjee Ram Setu is a historic bridge that was built by Prabhu Shri Ram with the help of countless different species of animals, birds, fishes, humans, and apes. It covers a distance of nearly 30 Kms and connects the…

VIKRAM VEDHA (2022)

Vikram Vedha piles on a long list of unnecessary Bollywood remakes of South Indian films  — Ambar Chatterjee Vikram Vedha is a scene-to-scene remake of the 2017 Tamil film, Vikram Vedha directed by Pushkar-Gayatri and featuring R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi as the titular characters. In the Hindi remake, Saif Ali Khan plays Vikram while Hrithik…

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….