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‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ review: Blaze of Glory

Reading Time: 4 minutes Kangana Ranaut is so movingly magnificent, she earns this review an extra point. In a movie not without flaws, hers is an act that’s packed with sizzling energy and ferociousness; she touches you and stuns you all at the same time. In perhaps what is fitting irony and tribute, the queen’s (Ranilaxmi’s, not Ranaut’s blockbuster movie) fight against patriarchy and society’s campy behavior is what the actress faced in real life to complete this movie, and that’s the negative energy she seems to turn around and harness to blaze ahead in this project.

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‘Ani…Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar’ review: A Blaze of Self-Destruction

Reading Time: 6 minutes How do you capture the zest and madness of an actor who lived life on his terms, even if those terms meant hellish conditions for those around him? How do you get the mania onscreen that Marathi stage’s first (and perhaps only) superstar evoked amongst his audience? Director Abhijeet Deshpande and actor Subodh Bhave do a stupendous job in doing all of this and more. In a movie whose title means listing its subject at the end of the credits, it’s a first amongst Indian actors’ biopics.

‘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.

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