Reading Time: 5 minutesWith writers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., director Amar Kaushik delivers a screwball horror movie that’ll make you jump and titter all at the same time. Plus there’s the marvelous quartet of Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, and Abhishek Banerjee to ensure that you have a rollicking time in the cinema hall. But underneath its madness, ‘Stree’ reveals a fact about us that’s as disturbing as it is mortifying.
Reading Time: 5 minutes‘Karwaan’ is a light-hearted, entertaining look at what constitutes love, life, death, and everything in between. It may meander off the highway for a longish time, but when you have a top-of-the-charts trio of performers, you don’t really mind. And when it does take you to the center of its mirth, it touches you unexpectedly.
Reading Time: 4 minutes‘Veere Di Wedding’ could have been a fun-filled cinematic insight into what makes modern women tick. Instead, it’s a one-liner driven, boozy, heavy on costumes-and-little-else on what ticks them off.
Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Craig Gillespie rolls out the darkly comic “I, Tonya” that hits you where it hurts, even as it tripel-axels on stunning performances by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney.
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: 6 minutesDirector Siddharth P Malhotra directs a safe-mode movie, but it is actor Rani Mukerji who makes it brilliantly compelling.
Reading Time: 6 minutesDirector R. Balki addresses a very serious, important, and critical social issue about female health and hygiene. But where he ought to have lacerated, he pads it up.
Reading Time: 5 minutesIn Vidya Balan do you find a carefully studied, thoughtful portrayal of a wife and a mother packed away amongst millions of others like her in the far-flung city suburbs, rushing through the morning routine to pack off her husband, Ashok (Manav Kaul) and son Pranav (Abhishek Sharrma, portraying all the angst and fun so naturally), adrenaline pumping, high steam pressure stewing to ensure they get their breakfast on time, and everything else ready for them to scoot out the house. In her act do you find the sudden listlessness of a mid-morning, the heartbeat quieter, the pace languid, the clew of her life sliding into a routine that could turn foggy with despair. Sulu, thankfully, is made of stronger stuff, and spends her day participating in dial-in radio contests, and actually winning along the way, an assortment of household items that may be useful or back-up as giveaway presents.
Reading Time: 7 minutesDirector Amit V Masurkar proves there’s hope. And he does this with a movie that’s unarguably carved its place in the rarefied group that will adorn the top of the list of 2017’s best movies. Newton is a stunning cinematic achievement, eschewing the high-ground or low-browed paths, choosing instead, to a take delightful path of rib-tickling, witty walk-around, not wearing anything on its sleeve, and yet making you cogitate on so many issues it highlights with the warmth of a friendly glow-worm.
Reading Time: 4 minutesKeeping the proceedings alive and kicking is the cast. As Mudit’s parents, Supriya Shukla and Chittaranjan Tripathy are superb. The latter, especially, is brilliant in a scene where he evokes a Pan Parag ad, just because he wanted to, for the longest time; or, when Mudit fails to show up in the bus to Hardwar, his alcohol-laced aggression is classic, more so when it’s followed by the inevitable open-mouthed slumber. On the other side, Seema Bhargava and Neeraj Sood are equally good as the girl’s parents; note again, the latter, as he gets tetchier by the moment and gives some terse advice to the hapless Mudit on the phone.