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‘Gold’ review: Flagging On and Off

By on August 19, 2018

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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‘Soorma’ review: Love, Actually

By on July 15, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Shaad Ali makes some unusual choices in the way he depicts the real-life story of hockey player Sandeep Singh. Which also means that he pulls punches where he ought to have bruised, dulling some of the grit and glossing over the darker details of a struggle that must’ve been nerve-and-mind wracking . But with some glorious performances, “Soorma” tugs at your heart when you least expect it.

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‘Mukkabaaz’ review: A Punch Too Long

By on January 14, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Kashyap can be unflinching in his take on life, and it is when he makes you flinch. He keeps the movie’s look rustic and bare-boned, thriving on the lack of pelf of its setting and its characters, and the production design is starkly evocative. It is when Kashyap and his cinematographic team take you inside the belly of these households and keep you there is when you are stirred and shaken in equal measure.

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Brothers: Shattered Hearts, Bones, and Eardrums

By on August 17, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutes When it comes to remakes of movies, the director and the audience face a dilemma of sorts. For the director, it’s the challenge of how much to adapt the story to their milieu. How much of the original content they ought to retain to acknowledge the remake, and how much of their oeuvre shadow do […]

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Foxcatcher: Simmering Magma Opus

By on July 19, 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Benett Miller didn’t have to go as far as Cain and Abel to make a movie that has its roots in a deadly wrap of sibling jealousy and rivalry, albeit one-sided. Instead, he bases his movie on the real life story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, both Olympic wrestling gold medal winners. Not […]

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