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…

BLURR (2022)

Sufficiently intriguing, occasionally creepy and always entertaining — Ambar Chatterjee Blurr is an official remake of the 2010 Spanish thriller Julia’s Eyes and is Taapsee Pannu’s first foray into production. For me, she is the queen of Spanish remakes and biopics, and that too of a very similar kind in terms of thematic elements and atmosphere. So, it…

FREDDY (2022)

Why couldn’t they release this in theaters? — Ambar Chatterjee A mild-mannered, awkward and introvert Dr. Freedy Ginwala (Kartik Aryan) is unable to find a girl to spend the rest of his life with. Every time he comes face to face with a girl, he huffs and puffs and says things that no one wants…

DRISHYAM 2 (2022)

Could Vijay and family outsmart the police yet again? Was it thrilling enough? — Ambar Chatterjee Drishyam 2 begins 7 years after the events of the first film. The Salgaonkar family has moved ahead in life and has done well for themselves. Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) even owns his own cinema hall now and is working…

MUKHBIR (2022)

Zain Khan Durrani’s spirited performance is not enough to make this series great — Ambar Chatterjee Mukhbir has been garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews across social media platforms. The trailer looked interesting and the presence of stalwarts like Harsh Chhaya, Adil Hussain, and Prakash Raj meant that the source material must have something interesting for these men…

MONICA, O MY DARLING (2022)

• Release Date: 11/11/2022• Platform: Netflix• Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte• Director: Vasan Bala Vasan Bala spins his magic again and this time revitalizes the mystery/thriller genre — Ambar Chatterje Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota was my favorite Hindi film of 2018. It was a superhero film of sorts and yet felt so…

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…

DELHI CRIME – SEASON 2 (2022)

Release Date: 26/08/2022 Cast: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, Tillotama Shome Creator: Richie Mehta A solid police-procedural with terrific performances and effective social commentary — Ambar Chatterjee Delhi Crime Season 1 is my second most favorite series of all time after Chernobyl. Thus, my expectations from Season 2 of the series were high to start with….

DOBAARAA (2022)

Release Date: 19/08/2022 Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Rahul Bhatt, Pavail Gulati, Saswata Chatterjee Director: Anurag Kashyap Tedious, Banal, and Superficial!… This is the weakest Anurag Kashyap film to date — Ambar Chatterjee Anurag Kashyap was a filmmaker whose films I eagerly looked forward to. I was always surprised by him and most of his films made me uncomfortable. Even…

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…

LAAL SINGH CHADDHA (2022)

Release Date: 11/08/2022 Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni Director: Advait Chandan Underwhelming, poorly acted, and emotionally hollow! LSC will only open a whole new can of worms with its portrayal of terrorists — Ambar Chatterjee There can be many reasons to remake a film in a country that is as vast and…

GOOD LUCK JERRY (2022)

Release Date: 29/07/2022 Platform: Disney+Hotstar Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Mita Vashisht, Sushant Singh, Jaswant Singh Dalal, Sahil Mehta, Deepak Dobriyal  Director: Siddharth Sen Did Janhvi Kapoor pass her litmus test of acting? — Ambar Chatterjee Good Luck Jerry is an official remake of Kolamavu Kokila that had Nayanthara essaying the protagonist and was considered one of the best dark…