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…

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…

MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA (2019)

Release Date: 21/3/2019 Cast: Abhimanyu Dasani, Radhika Madan, Mahesh Manjrekar, Gulshan Devaiah Director: Vasan Bala Surya (Abhimanyu Dasani) is born with a rare disease which makes him impervious to pain that result in him living a life that his more than normal father can’t fathom. His grandfather (Mahesh Manjrekar) is the only person Surya can…

ZERO (2018)

Release Date: 21/12/2018 Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Tigmanshu Dhulia Director: Aanand L. Rai Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) knows just two ways to deal with a world that has purposefully looked down upon him. He either silences them with his wisecracks or shoves his wealth in their mouths….

TUMBBAD (2018)

Release Date: 12/10/2018 Cast: Sohum Shah, Mohammad Samad, Harish Khanna, Anita Date. Director: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi A mystical deity who is the creator and provider of the universe has a firstborn who is consumed by greed for riches and yields. He is Hastar. He robs his mother of all the riches but before…

BHAVESH JOSHI SUPERHERO (2018)

Release Date: 1/6/2018 Cast: Priyanshu Painyuli, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Ashish Verma, Nishikant Kamat, Pabitra Rabha Director: Vikramaditya Motwane Alfred Hitchcock once said that the greatest pleasure and success of a thrill lies in its “release”. Bhavesh Joshi Superhero falters on this one count. For everything else, it is one of the most gripping, original and heartwarming…

PARI (2018)

It has been ages since we got to experience a subtle yet uncanny psychological thriller in Bollywood. My last recollection of a film with that level of affectivity was of Ram Gopal Varma’s Raat. There is a scene in that film where Revathi’s character confesses to having killed another character. The manner in which this…

CHAMATKAR (1992)

Chamatkar came at a time when Bollywood, every now and then, made a harmless, sweet and fluffy entertainer that could be watched by the whole family and enjoyed at varied levels. Not only does it have a simplistic yet amusing story, it executes the otherwise implausible premise with childlike simplicity and ease that makes it…

MAKDEE (2002)

Makdee was Vishal Bharadwaj’s directorial debut. Before that, he was primarily a composer whose soulful music had found takers among the Indian masses. He also won numerous national awards for his music. My fondest memories of his music were that of two songs. “Pani pani re” from Maachis and “Chai Chap Chai” from Hu Tu…

BAAR BAAR DEKHO (2016)

In the 2006 film Click, a workaholic architect played by Adam Sandler finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices based on the decisions he made in the past. This was an intelligently scripted and fun…

A FLYING JATT (2016)

A Flying Jatt is the kind of film that has the potential to put to grave the superhero film genre in India altogether. It is a film that is so stupid, cheesy and above all, so very disrespecting of the audience’s intelligence that watching it will give you brain damage and make you allergenic to…