‘Simran’ review: Flaunting Flawed


The spark and fire generator is Kangana Ranaut, who comes through all shining and emotional armor. Her act as the thieving Praful is nothing short of brilliant. The first time she robs a counter and races away in her car, her expression betrays the sheer shock she feels running through her being, stunned by her own audacity. And then, she configures her expression into a magnificent dissolve of triumph and thrill, realizing that she can get away with it.

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‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’ review: Life’s Hard When It Isn’t


Keeping the proceedings alive and kicking is the cast. As Mudit’s parents, Supriya Shukla and Chittaranjan Tripathy are superb. The latter, especially, is brilliant in a scene where he evokes a Pan Parag ad, just because he wanted to, for the longest time; or, when Mudit fails to show up in the bus to Hardwar, his alcohol-laced aggression is classic, more so when it’s followed by the inevitable open-mouthed slumber. On the other side, Seema Bhargava and Neeraj Sood are equally good as the girl’s parents; note again, the latter, as he gets tetchier by the moment and gives some terse advice to the hapless Mudit on the phone.

‘Phillauri’ review: Tree’s Company


The title of this piece has just about a tenuous thread to what follows. Much like the no-connection between the trailer of Phillauri (citizen of Phillaur) and the movie feature. I’ve lamented about how misleading trailers can be, either upping your expectations only to realize the heights were but an illusion - flashback to my … Continue reading ‘Phillauri’ review: Tree’s Company

‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise


{This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an … Continue reading ‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ review: More Than OK, Darling


I did the strangest thing this weekend. I did not, as is my wont, venture out to watch this Friday’s releases, instead opting to watch in the home cinema hall, the original movie of the officially remade OK Jaanu, the latter hitting the screens this week. Don’t ask me why, but peering through the 20/20 … Continue reading ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ review: More Than OK, Darling

‘Allied’ review: Love In Casa-Blah-nca


The opening sequence is as poetic in its hushed arrival as they come. A beautifully choreographed parachute landing in the deserts of the Sahara circa 1942 shows you the magnificently piliferous Brad Pitt cast away his jumping jack and proceed towards Casablanca. Director Robert Zemeckis couldn’t have given us a better welcome than this in … Continue reading ‘Allied’ review: Love In Casa-Blah-nca

‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell


If you’re a parent, you’d have faced that inescapable question your little one would have piped up and asked you, catching you unawares, much like any situation that the common man faces hits our scrofulous politicians. No, I don’t mean the question about the birds and the bees. That’s easier to handle, as you deal … Continue reading ‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell

‘Mirzya’ review: Back to the Suture


As I walked out of director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s latest directorial offering, Mirzya, and into the nearest bar, I was still collecting my thoughts. Top of my mind was the burning question, which beer to quaff? As I settled down at my regular table and ordered a round of the chilled brew to soothe my … Continue reading ‘Mirzya’ review: Back to the Suture

‘Sultan’ review: Life’s Clichéd Lessons


As you step into the cinema hall for a Salman Khan movie, you’re very clear that no matter how ostensibly deep the subject matter is being marketed as, all you’ll get is skim-the-surface entertainment and a shooting-the-breeze couple of hours in the hall. That was before the 2014 release Kick. To me, that enterprise was … Continue reading ‘Sultan’ review: Life’s Clichéd Lessons

‘Ki & Ka’ Review: Ki Sera Sera


A married couple, both good friends of mine, celebrated their wedding anniversary this Friday, and what better gift to the notoriously lovey-dovey couple, I thought, than tickets to Ki & Ka? Directed and co-produced by R. Balki, who also co-wrote this movie with Rishi Virmani, it promised to be a perfect date movie, and I … Continue reading ‘Ki & Ka’ Review: Ki Sera Sera