JL50 (2020)

Release Date: 04/09/2020 Cast: Abhay Deol, Ritika Anand, Piyush Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Piyush Mishra Director: Shailender Vyas A proficient attempt at mishmashing sci-fi, fantasy and mythology with strong performances On a bright sunny morning in Lava, West Bengal, a mammoth passenger airline comes crashing down on a hilltop. On the very same day another flight,…

HALAHAL (2020)

Release Date: 21/09/2020 Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Barun Sobti, Purnendu Bhattacharya, Manu Rishi Chadha Director: Randeep Jha Barun Sobti and Sachin Khedekar’s spirited performances propel this interesting thriller that could have been so much better In the very first scene of Halahal, we witness the brutal murder of a talented (we learn this part later) medical…

UNDEKHI (2020)

Release Date: 10/07/2020 Cast: Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Surya Sharma. Harsh Chhaya, Abhishek Chauhan, Ayn Zoya, Ankur Rathi, Apeksha Porwal Director: Ashish R. Shukla A delightful thriller that is elevated by stupendous performances and intriguing plot and interpersonal drama DSP Barun Ghosh (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) is investigating the murder of a police officer in the Sunderbans. The evidence…

CLASS OF ’83 (2020)

Release Date: 21/08/2020 Cast: Bobby Deol, Anup Soni, Hitesh Bhojraj, Sameer Paranjape, Ninad Mahajani, Prithvik Pratap, Bhupendra Jadawat Director: Atul Sabharwal Class of ’83 is neither entertaining enough nor important enough to merit a view Class of ’83 chronicles the journey of Dean Vijay Singh (Bobby Deol), head of the Nashik Police Training School, who…

KHUDA HAAFIZ (2020)

Release Date: 14/08/2020 Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Annu Kapoor, Aahana Kumra, Shiv Panditt Director: Faruk Kabir Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal), a middle-class software engineer falls head-over-heels in love with Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) on his introductory meeting where their families ponder over a possible arranged marriage in the future. Sameer woos Nargis over the next few…

AVRODH : THE SIEGE WITHIN (2020)

Release Date: 31/06/2020 Cast: Amit Sadh, Darshan Kumar, Neeraj Kabi, Vikram Gokhle, Madhurima Tuli Director: Raj Acharya Avrodh could have been great but misses its mark because of lackluster execution and some poor performances On 18th September 2016, Pakistan backed terrorists of Jaish-E-Mohammad attacked the Indian Army Base camp at Uri and killed 19 soldiers…

RAAT AKELI HAI (2020)

Release Date: 31/07/2020 Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Nishant Dahiya, Aditya Srivastava, Shweta Tripathi Director: Honey Trehan Gripping! Intense! Realistic!…Nawazuddin and Radhika shine bright in one of the finest whodunit thrillers of recent times Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) was christened Jatin Yadav on birth. A silly albeit honest mistake from his mother at the time…

BREATHE : INTO THE SHADOWS (2020)

Release Date: 10/07/2020 Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen, Amit Sadh, Saiyami Kher, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shrikant Verma Director: Mayank Sharma  Breathe: Into The Shadows falls short of its mark because of poor writing and indifferent direction  Avinash (Abhishek Bachchan) is a successful clinical psychiatrist who often collaborates with the Delhi Police on complicated cases and helps…

PAATAL LOK (2020)

Original Air Date: 15/05/2020 Cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Niharika Lyra Dutta, Swastika Mukherjee, Gul Panag, Aasif Khan Creator: Sudip Sharma A grisly, gruesome and gritty thriller that is elevated by stellar performances and relevant themes Hathiram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat) has been a nobody in Delhi Police for 15 years. He has never…

THE BURNING TRAIN (1980)

Release Date: 20/03/1980 Cast: Vinod Khanna, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, Danny, Vinod Mehra Director: Ravi Chopra Many believe that “The Burning Train” was ahead of its time and it may well have been the case had the makers not been so inclined to service the crass need of the frontbenchers in the 1980s Indian…

STATE OF SIEGE: 26/11 (2020)

Original Air Date: 20/03/2020 Cast: Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Shoaib Kabeer, Mukul Dev, Tara Alisha Berry, Vipul Deshmukh, Vikram Gaikwad Directed By: Matthew Leutwyler Lackluster performances and occasional inept direction spoil a potentially superlative series State Of Siege: 26/11 is a web series currently streaming on Zee5. It is based on the book “Black Tornado: The…

SAMANTAR (2020)

Original Air Date: 13/03/2020 Cast: Swwapnil Joshi, Krishna Bharadwaj, Tejaswini Pandit Director: Satish Rajwade Samantar could have been great …but falls short because of lackluster execution Samantar is the story of Kumar Mahajan (Swwapnil Joshi) who is going through a tough phase in his life. His income is low. He is unable to meet the demands…