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‘October’ review: Life’s Fragrant Memories

By on April 18, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutesDirector Shoojit Sircar creates a mindful and thoughtful space in the beautiful “October”, while Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu create cinematic memories that linger on, long afterward.


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‘Simran’ review: Flaunting Flawed

By on September 17, 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe 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

By on September 3, 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutesKeeping 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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‘Phillauri’ review: Tree’s Company

By on March 26, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe 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 […]

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‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

By on February 5, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes{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 […]

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

By on January 14, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesI 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 […]

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

By on January 8, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe 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 […]

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