Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Meghna Gulzar’s steady, empathetic commentary on a burning issue that’s stayed far too long beneath the societal skin, singes that very protective layer.
Reading Time: 4 minutes ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ is a gloriously entertaining spectacle. History students and crocodile lovers, beware.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The top TV shows of 2019.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Raunchy, loud, boisterous, and funky. That’s the name of the blaxploitation game, and Eddie Murphy’s is at the top of his effing game.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Martin Scorsese takes a languid, mellow, and poignant look at a life that was all powerful and raging bull in the past and now hovers within a knowing sigh. It could well be about each one of us and each of our countries, right now.
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.
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.
Reading Time: 2 minutes An intriguing true story brought to screen minus the paranoia and thrum you expect of such an enterprise.
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.
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.