Reading Time: 6 minutesDirectors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane whip up a fantastic first season for Netflix’s original content debut in India. Dividing the story-telling into two tracks, they add layers of conflicted and murderous characters who clash and collide, sparking off intense drama and hard-to-look-from away scenes. The action’s intense, the notes are grungy and the suspense an undercurrent to the main arc: the boiling cauldron of religion, politics, and power. Add to it an all-round superlative cast and an anxious background score, and you have a bloody winner.
Reading Time: 4 minutesDirector Abhishek Sharma sets very low ambitions and makes “Parmanu” a quasi-thriller-cum-patriotic fluff within the limited boundaries it operates. But, is this what co-producer and actor John Abraham was looking for?
Reading Time: 5 minutes“Avengers: Infinity War” scores high on the entertainment dashboard with the funnies and action, even as it mildly ignores some emotional heft, making it a checklist exercise of the previous 18 MCU outings – it’s sure to send you scouring for them to connect the dots.
Reading Time: 4 minutesIn “Raazi”, director Meghna Gulzar creates a compelling conflict of emotions that rise far above the thrills, thanks in no small part to Alia Bhatt’s powerhouse of a performance.
Reading Time: 3 minutesDirector Hansal Mehta makes a bewilderingly staccato and dawdling movie about a terrorist; and it’s up to actor Rajkummar Rao to do the heavy lifting and mesmerize you.
Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Abhinay Deo spins a whacky, roller-coaster ride of a murderous movie, headlined by a terrific top-of-the-charts performance by Irrfan Khan.
Reading Time: 7 minutesWhy the Tamil movie, “Aruvi”, and the Hollywood blockbuster “Wonder Woman” are so different and yet have so much more in common than you’d think.
Reading Time: 7 minutesDirector Ryan Coogler helms a superhero movie that’s an unqualified triumph across all departments.
Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Kashyap can be unflinching in his take on life, and it is when he makes you flinch. He keeps the movie’s look rustic and bare-boned, thriving on the lack of pelf of its setting and its characters, and the production design is starkly evocative. It is when Kashyap and his cinematographic team take you inside the belly of these households and keep you there is when you are stirred and shaken in equal measure.
Reading Time: 4 minutesLucknow Central’s biggest problem is that director Tiwari and co-writer Aseem Arora try to straddle too many tracks – combining Prison Break with Happy New Year to make another The Shawshank Redemption. Except for the music competition, every story and subplot traces its genesis back to this all-time cinematic classic that’ll forever continue to warmly generate life’s lessons even as it ponders over human nature and failings via Morgan Freeman’s soothingly powerful voice.