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.
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.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Even it means actor Casey Affleck has to shuffle around in a white bed sheet, director David Lowery creates a deeply profound and meditative cinema about love, loss, and waiting.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Using a slowly unravelling procedural thriller’s knife’s edge to peel away the layers of caste and gender-based discrimination, director Anubhav Sinha creates a must-watch enterprise.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Debutante director John Wells, also writing and producing this human corporate experience, touches all the right emotions and upheavals in this downsized economy drama.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Writer-director Richie Mehta stalks the investigative team of Delhi’s blood-curdling crime and comes up with a harrowing but must-watch series. With a top-notch cast delivering solid performances, ‘Delhi Crime’ brings to fore the real-life struggle of police officers as they balance their personal hurdles and come to terms with a crime so heinous. And yet, the most disquieting moments come after the case is solved.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Set in the roiling year of Emergency in India, ‘Sonchiriya’ takes a long, steady, unnerving, and deadly look at caste and gender suppression down the barrel of a smoking gun, making it one of 2019’s best.
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 Using the lush, hush verdant hills of Shimla, director Sarthak Dasgupta creates a poetic ode to the exquisite and ethereal pain of waiting.
Reading Time: 5 minutes In this period set-piece opulence trumps content in every scene. As a result, director Abhishek Varman stuns you in a highlight sequence, creating a stunning mosaic with colors, dance, drone shots, choreographed dancers who rise from underwater with bows and lit arrows, the story of Dussehra narrated in contrasting plumages. Elsewhere, the actors look for inspiration and get mostly undercooked roles in a story that’s as predictable as the alphabet book. But predictability is the least of ‘Kalank”s problems. It’s in not using the potentially scintillating situations and actors, landing them, instead in an uninspiringly long-drawn tepid affair.