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‘Ehsan’ review: Fie File Fo Fum

Reading Time: 6 minutes In this 1970 outing, director Shiv Kumar makes an unbelievably lame and unintentionally comic contribution to Hindi cinema, combining family drama, a spy caper, and coming up a cropper. Composer Rahul Dev Burman, painting out a silver lining with his score, comes to the heroic (and hero’s) rescue.

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‘Gold’ review: Flagging On and Off

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Reema Kagti takes actor Akshay Kumar’s cinematic legacy-building efforts one step further, this time designed to make you stand up for the national anthem. ‘Gold: The Dream that United our Nation’ grips in parts while in others it slips, even as the performances prop it up almost through and through. But the movie’s finest moment is hidden in a fleeting expression at the very end.

‘Karwaan’ review: Journey to the Center of Mirth

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.

‘Sacred Games’ review: Buntings and Bubbly

Reading Time: 6 minutes Directors 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.

‘Lust Stories’ review: Wearing it on its Sleeveless

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.

‘Sanju’ review: A Question Mark of a Choice

Reading Time: 5 minutes In “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.

‘Hereditary’ review: Of Blue Genes and the Indian Censor Bored

Reading Time: 6 minutes Director 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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