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‘Sacred Games’ review: Buntings and Bubbly

By on July 21, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutesDirectors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane whip up a fantastic first season for Netflix’s original content debut in India. Dividing the story-telling into two tracks, they add layers of conflicted and murderous characters who clash and collide, sparking off intense drama and hard-to-look-from away scenes. The action’s intense, the notes are grungy and the suspense an undercurrent to the main arc: the boiling cauldron of religion, politics, and power. Add to it an all-round superlative cast and an anxious background score, and you have a bloody winner.

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‘Lust Stories’ review: Wearing it on its Sleeveless

By on July 8, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes“Lust Stories” is a welcome—if not perfect—addition to movies opening up about women’s sexuality and the consequences of both men and women dealing with it in this increasingly conflicted society. It’s also a sinking realization: some societal mores just won’t budge, no matter how far—or how much—we’ve come.

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‘Sanju’ review: A Question Mark of a Choice

By on June 30, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn “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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‘Hereditary’ review: Of Blue Genes and the Indian Censor Bored

By on June 24, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutesDirector Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is a nerve-wracking and terrific addition to the skull cap of horror movies where the unravelling of a family is as mysterious as it is terrifying, and the boiling cauldron of secrets bubbles throughout its length, keeping you worried and anxious. Meanwhile in India, the censor board carries out its own act of dismemberment, unforgivably mutilating the movie beyond repair.

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‘Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran’ review: Potential Energy

By on May 27, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutesDirector Abhishek Sharma sets very low ambitions and makes “Parmanu” a quasi-thriller-cum-patriotic fluff within the limited boundaries it operates. But, is this what co-producer and actor John Abraham was looking for?

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‘Annihilation’ review: A Fate Inescapable

By on May 24, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Alex Garland creates psychedelic imagery and stunning visuals to narrate a story that’s mind-bendingly confounding as it is challenging. But no matter what you think of it, this philosophical horror makes you think.

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