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…

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…

LOVE HOSTEL (2022)

Platform: Zee5 Release Date: 25/02/2022 Cast: Vikrant Massey, Sanya Malhotra, Bobby Deol, Raj Arjun Director: Shanker Raman A gripping and intriguing thriller that is characterized by powerful performances — Ambar Chatterjee A Muslim butcher, Ashu (Vikrant Massey) and a Hindu chartered Accountant Jyoti (Sanya Malhotra) decide to get married against the dictat of Jyoti’s family….

CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI (2021)

Release Date: 10/12/2021 Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor, Girish Dhamija, Kanwaljit Singh Director: Abhishek Kapoor Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is relevant, well-acted and entertaining — Ambar Chatterjee Manu Munjal (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a bull-headed lifter and cross-fit sports enthusiast. He runs a gym by the name “Jatt Flex It Gym” in Chandigarh. He covets the local…

TOOFAAN (2021)

Platform: Amazon prime Videos Release Date: 16/07/2021 Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Vijay Raaz, Darshan Kumaar Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra The unremarkable “Toofaan” is a sorry attempt at mish-mashing sports and tragic inter-religion romance — Ambar Chatterjee When a film is evidently confused between being two things at the same time, it is…

AJEEB DAASTAANS (2021)

The defining factor of any anthology of films is that it can only be as good as its individual stories. This is where many anthologies fail as it is unwise to expect all the individual tales to have an equal potency in terms of drama, thrills, and cinematic finesse. Ajeeb Daastaans eventually falls into the same ditch…

UNPAUSED (2020)

Release Date: 18/12/2020 Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Saiyami Kher, Komal Chhabria, Richa Chadha, Ishwak Singh, Sumeet Vyas, Lillete Dubey, Rinku Rajguru, Abhishek Banerjee, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Palash Prajapati, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shardul Bhardwaj Director: Raj & DK, Nitya Mehra, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun Dhaware A visual commentary on varying impacts of the pandemic on…

DIL BECHARA (2020) – A Tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput

Release Date: 24/07/2020 Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Sahil Vaid, Swastika Mukherjee, Saswata Chatterjee Director: Mukesh Chhabra Dear Sushant, I had once read somewhere that its only the body that is restricted to limited knowledge of its surrounding. We can only learn, see, feel and touch as much as the reach of our sensory…

SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN (2020)

Release Date: 21/02/2020 Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, Manu Rishi Chadha, Sunita Rajwar Director: Hitesh Kewalya I am not homophobic, but I must agree that I am repelled by man-to-man intimacy. Ever since its release, I was only hearing great things about this film and the only thing that was stopping…

BALWAAN (1992)

Release Date: 11/09/1992 Cast: Suniel Shetty, Danny Denzongpa, Divya Bharti, Tinnu Anand, Anjana Mumtaz Director: Deepak Anand The 1990s was the time when Bollywood commercial films were at their colorful and outrageous best. These were the days when Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty were gradually changing the way martial arts was looked at in Bollywood…

DABANGG 3 (2019)

Release Date: 20/12/2019 Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kichcha Sudeep, Arbaaz Khan, Saiee Manjrekar Director: Prabhudeva It is safe to say that Salman Khan and Prabhudeva peaked their interpretation and presentation of the masala potboiler genre with Wanted in 2009. Wanted was also the film that brought back Salman Khan’s fast obliterating acting career and made him the “Bhai”…