DR. BEZBARUAH 2 (2023)

An outrageous crowd-pleaser that plays to its strengths and the charisma of its stars — Ambar Chatterjee Dan Brown once said during a masterclass that it is extremely important for a writer to know the ending of his story even before he has commenced writing the rest of it. Once he knows the ending, he…

M3GAN (2023)

Devoid of thrill, action and intrigue, M3gan is tedious and a chore to watch — Ambar Chatterjee Hollywood generally dumps its worst films of the year in theaters in January. There are a few exceptions to this and I was really hoping that M3gan would prove to be one. It is based on a story by the…

THE PALE BLUE EYE (2023)

Eerie, atmospheric, cerebral! The Pale Blue Eye was tailor-made for a theatrical release — Ambar Chatterjee The Pale Blue Eye chronicles the fictional journey of Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) who is recruited by the US Military Academy at West Point to investigate the death of one of their cadets whose body was found hanging from a…

HIT: THE SECOND CASE (2022)

Investing, thrilling, dramatic! HIT: The Second Case is a crafty thriller with a solid Adivi Sesh performance — Ambar Chatterjee Krishna Dev aka KD (Adivi Sesh), an intelligent police officer with the Homicide Intervention Team (HIT) believes that criminals are generally bird-brained and that they can be caught within five minutes if one looks closely…

THE MENU (2022)

“The Menu” is gorgeous to look at and is well-acted but ultimately pointless and vain — Ambar Chatterjee “The Menu” starts with a bang. There is a constant sense of dread and something sinister lurking in the air that only the diners at the luxury restaurant seem oblivious to. The moment the chef of the film…

RAJNEETI – PART 1 (2022)

Zubeen Garg’s Rajneeti: Part1 is over-the-top masala entertainment done right! — Ambar Chatterjee Rajneeti: Part 1 is a political thriller that chronicles the story of two childhood friends. One is the chief minister of the state (Sanjeeb Sarma) and the other is the editor-in-chief (Tapan Das) of a leading new channel. The chief minister (CM) is…

RUDRANEEL UTTARPURUX (2022)

Finally! Assam has her own “Deductionist” … His name is Rudra Dowerah! — Ambar Chatterjee Rudraneel Uttarpurux for me was like the unforgettably tasty and soul-nourishing “Dal” that my mom would prepare when I was in school. I knew its taste, its aroma, and its gentle warmth all too well but every time she poured it…

HALLOWEEN ENDS (2022)

David, what have you done!!! Seeing Michael tap out so meekly was sad! — Ambar Chatterjee ““Halloween Ends”” marks the culmination of David Gordon Greene’s Halloween trilogy that began in 2018. The film also marks the end of Michael Myers. Myers has been a part of American popular culture since the 1980s and has evolved into…

HELLRAISER (1987)

A horror masterpiece that is much more than the violence, gore and sadomasochism on display — Ambar Chatterjee Hellraiser is one of the most iconic horror films ever made. While it may not be in the same league as Halloween, Exorcist, or Omen, it has its own niche of ardent fans who swear by it. What Hellraiser has is…

GHOST OF MAAIKHULI (2022)

Exhilarating, violent, primal! Pankaj Soram’s passion project delivers a knockout punch — Ambar Chatterjee Change is good. Trying different things is good. Taking a radically different approach to storytelling is good. In line with what shaheed Manoj Pandey once famously said, “some goals are so worthy that it is glorious even to fail in their…

COBRA (2022)

Brimming with energy and non-stop entrainment, Cobra scores with its leading actors, able direction and investing screenplay — Ambar Chatterjee Cobra chronicles the story of Mathi (Chiyaan Vikram), a mathematical genius who uses his mastery over numbers to devise elaborate and complicated assassination plots and takes down people who are considered untouchable. He is also a…

TIRANDAZ SHABOR (2022)

Gritty, grounded, and impactful! The new Shabor thriller is a winner — Ambar Chatterjee Tirandaz Shabor is the fourth film in the Shabor franchise after Ebar Shabor (2015), Egoler Chokh (2016), and Asche Abar Shabor (2018). The film’s story follows a similar structure to the previous Shabor films, but the treatment, in this case, differentiates it from the rest…