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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.

‘The Family Man’ review: Lyin’ Eyes

Reading Time: 6 minutes With writer Suman Kumar, directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. spin out a series that’s a zinger for the most part. ‘The Family Man’ soars when it swoops down to the minutiae of everyday life. And Manoj Bajpayee is its trump card—he sure can hide those lyin’ eyes.

‘Sacred Games 2’ review: What Goes Up

Reading Time: 4 minutes Directors Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan keep season 2 predictable in its violence , but darkly unpredictable in its rumination. But ‘Sacred Games 2’ is more about the inevitable decline of humankind and ties it to a ticking bomb that’s a totem for religious manipulation, madness, and the insanity of it all.

‘Batla House’ review: Trauma Drama

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Nikhil Advani’s latest outing is a nifty thriller in parts, a tepid template in others. He smartly keeps the acting bandwidth requirement for his lead within manageable spectrum, making John Abraham’s intense and stoic act a highlight. But it’s the trauma that real-life cops, soldiers, and women and men whose daily routine involves staring down a barrel, must face, that truly stuns you.

‘Super Deluxe’ review: A Philosophy of the Universe

Reading Time: 5 minutes Taking seemingly stray incidents across different people’s lives, director Thiagarajan Kumararajan creates an intimate microcosm of the universe, nay, of our galaxy. With a terrific ensemble cast, ‘Super Deluxe’ is a heartfelt and intimate rumination on life, politics, relationships, sex, lust, and life, in a never-ending circle that connects all of its characters and their struggles in the most unexpected ways.

‘Virus’ review: Amidst the Chills, Heartwarming Hope

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Aashiq Abu contact traces his way into your senses with the slow-rising tension of a virus creating a domino of devastation. And yet, amidst the thrills and (the literal) chills that he creates, ‘Virus’ also installs a picture of hope and courage that’s painted by everyday women and men.

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