Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘Bandish Bandits’ boasts of director Anand Tiwari’s richly hued canvas, a fine cast, and terrific music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The shortcomings don’t matter after a point.
Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘Aandhi’ is a beautiful tapestry of the man-woman relationship that also doesn’t hesitate to tear it apart. Plus, Rahul Dev Burman weaves magic.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The mostly effective ‘Ishq’ takes a seemingly interminably long look at a night of harrowing harassment and then seeks redemption. No matter how that goes, it’s lose-lose for the woman.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari shows Kangana Ranaut need not be on drugs, drunk, or angst-ridden to be effective in her slice-of-life, simple (and simplistic) outing.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Falling in love is easy. Getting married isn’t too tough. Staying together is. Getting separated is an operation. Without the anesthetic.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Raaj Shaandilyaa teams up with Ayushmann Khurrana to create another aspiring small-town character in a movie that can be best described as aspiring comedy. With a repetitive script and strained comedy, ‘Dream Girl’ remains a weak shadow of what it could have been.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Writer Syam Pushkaran and director Madhu C. Narayanan weave a delightfully soaring movie about four brothers, raising laughs and quiet emotions as their relationships push and pull, and they find the meaning of love within and without their four corners.
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: 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.