‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power


Here’s a question that if you answer correctly, will immediately qualify you for an interview with India’s top-secret agency - it (the agency, not the question) is beyond the purview of all the listed, government-sanctioned ones, ostensibly craftier and more effective than all the armed forces put together. Ready? Here goes: You’ve caught the only … Continue reading ‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power

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‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex


The camera follows Jayaraman (Mohanlal), panning his walk in slow motion, as he passes the dead body, and then, in the crowd, you see the killer’s visage, a child in his arms, a lady next to him. You do a double take, but Jayaraman passes him by, even though he’s had a deadly scuffle with … Continue reading ‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

‘Raees’ review: More –OH than Aah


When Sunny Leone began her moves to the rebooted – yes, we don’t call it plagiarism anymore – version of Kalyanji-Anandji’s throbbing chartbuster, Laila O Laila from Qurbani, the chair in the cinema hall next to me began rocking. Fearing the worst, I looked out of the corner of my eye, and through the limited, … Continue reading ‘Raees’ review: More –OH than Aah

‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic


ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham) enters into the frame for the first time in director Abhinay Deo’s Force 2 in a crisp, sparkling white shirt and cargoes, and the audience in the cinema hall hoots and whistles in joy. That’s the last time that shirt retains its lineage to Snow White, and is eventually dwarfed by … Continue reading ‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic

‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template


Author Dan Brown cracked the template of success amidst the bosky of financial turkeys he churned out initially. Set stories in a 24-hour template, add dollops of historical scientific documentation, real-life dark societies and their practices, and cults; add to this mix modern technology, the works of venerated Renaissance artists or scientists, a test-tube of … Continue reading ‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template

‘Akira’ review: The Agony of Aunt Twerp


THIS WEEK, READERS WRITE IN TO AUNT TWERP, DABSTER IN THINGS ALL SAID AND not done, and get some world-wise advice on resolving knars on their tree of life. So, here goes. Dear Aunt, I booked tickets for Akira thinking it was a biopic on Akira Kurosawa. I’m still wondering what happened. Yours befuddled, Red Beard … Continue reading ‘Akira’ review: The Agony of Aunt Twerp

‘War Dogs’ review: The Dogs Must Be Crazy


WAR IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. MAKING RESPONSIBLE MOVIES DEPICTING WAR STORIES IS SERIOUS BUSINESS TOO. Making movies that have war as the schema above which their true stories are hovering and crafted but ride on humor is shades deeper serious work. The criminally underrated The Hunting Party (starring Terence Howard and the criminally underrated Richard Gere) … Continue reading ‘War Dogs’ review: The Dogs Must Be Crazy

‘Rustom’ review: A Crime of Fashion


“HOW IS MY CHILD DOING IN CLASS?”, ASKS MY HAPLESS AND AGONIZED PARENT OF MY CLASS TEACHER. THE CLASS teacher looks at my parent sympathetically, then turns her gaze on no-less-hapless-and-agonized-me, and sighs, “He has so much of potential. All he has to do is work hard.” End of flashback. I’d never quite understood if … Continue reading ‘Rustom’ review: A Crime of Fashion

‘Madaari’ review: The Nation’s Wont to Know


THIS Friday, director Nishikant Kamat spun out his latest effort, Madaari in the theaters. With screenplay by Ritesh Shah and written by Shailaja Kejriwal, this socio-political thriller piqued me, actor Irrfan co-producing this venture being just one of the reasons; my interest in Nishikant Kamat’s oeuvre being another pre-eminent one. Imagine my surprise when, even … Continue reading ‘Madaari’ review: The Nation’s Wont to Know

‘Sicario’ review: Can’t Tell, Cartel, Horror


This has become an unintentional trilogy of drug-laced movie reviews, but, rounding up this triumvirate is an extremely satisfying and unsettling movie. Udta Punjab was a terrific snort of the very real -time problem that’s powdering not just the youth in a particular Indian state, but rearing its addling head across the country; Raman Raghav … Continue reading ‘Sicario’ review: Can’t Tell, Cartel, Horror