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‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga’ review: Of Inspirations and Subtlety

Reading Time: 6 minutes Director Shelly Chopra Dhar makes a breezy first half that takes the best of a Wodehouse story and comes up with a sunny, happy entertainer. It’s when she takes on societal prejudices and throwing light on a couple but continues to take the pre-interval approach that the cracks in her missus begin to show. And even though her lead actress does a sincere—but skimming the character’s surface—job, it’s the rest of the cast that shines and props up the movie all through. Meanwhile offscreen, the movie’s producer continues to don the mantle of a life and music coach.

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‘Love Per Square Foot’ review: Condominium Pandemonium

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Anand Tiwari, using a breezy story-telling rom-com format, shows us that life in a megapolis is an everyday struggle to find one’s own living space. That, love will find a way to come into your life but it’s your impossible task to find a living space for it.

‘Manmarziyaan’ review: Not Just Love, Actually

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Anurag Kashyap and writer Kanika Dhillon, along with the top-of-charts trio of Tapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vicky Kaushal, take a roiling look at love in modern times; but not everything’s as innocent or straightforward as it seems. For, getting what you want may just not cut it for you in real-life, and wanting what you get requires much more than passion and high voltage energy. And eventually, making the final choice requires more guile than heart.

‘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.

‘Simran’ review: Flaunting Flawed

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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.

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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.

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