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‘Saand Ki Aaankh’ review: Funny Side Up

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘Saand Ki Aaankh’ mixes too much of zany fun into a potentially powerful story of the real-life sharpshooting Tomar sisters. That it’s up to its leading ladies to rise above it all is an eye-opening, albeit unintentional cinematic irony.

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‘Escape at Dannemora’ review: A Rectangular Triumph

Reading Time: 3 minutes Director Ben Stiller keeps the simmer on in his superbly crafted mini-series, keeping the tension and drama at high tensile, even as he zooms into the minds of his protagonists to understand what makes them do what they do to lay out this complex true-life story.

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ review: Blaze of Glory

Reading Time: 4 minutes Kangana Ranaut is so movingly magnificent, she earns this review an extra point. In a movie not without flaws, hers is an act that’s packed with sizzling energy and ferociousness; she touches you and stuns you all at the same time. In perhaps what is fitting irony and tribute, the queen’s (Ranilaxmi’s, not Ranaut’s blockbuster movie) fight against patriarchy and society’s campy behavior is what the actress faced in real life to complete this movie, and that’s the negative energy she seems to turn around and harness to blaze ahead in this project.

‘Ani…Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar’ review: A Blaze of Self-Destruction

Reading Time: 6 minutes How do you capture the zest and madness of an actor who lived life on his terms, even if those terms meant hellish conditions for those around him? How do you get the mania onscreen that Marathi stage’s first (and perhaps only) superstar evoked amongst his audience? Director Abhijeet Deshpande and actor Subodh Bhave do a stupendous job in doing all of this and more. In a movie whose title means listing its subject at the end of the credits, it’s a first amongst Indian actors’ biopics.

‘Soorma’ review: Love, Actually

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Shaad Ali makes some unusual choices in the way he depicts the real-life story of hockey player Sandeep Singh. Which also means that he pulls punches where he ought to have bruised, dulling some of the grit and glossing over the darker details of a struggle that must’ve been nerve-and-mind wracking . But with some glorious performances, “Soorma” tugs at your heart when you least expect it.

‘Sanju’ review: A Question Mark of a Choice

Reading Time: 5 minutes In “Sanju”, director Rajkumar Hirani uses a carte blanche of clean chit to justify his choices of portraying actor Sanjay Dutt’s tumultuous life phases. That may make for good friendship, but not necessarily engaging cinema. But it is Ranbir Kapoor who, with a performance that’s nothing short of a stunning tour de force, makes this movie worth a dekko.

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