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‘Article 15’ review: Discrimination Highs

Reading Time: 5 minutes Using a slowly unravelling procedural thriller’s knife’s edge to peel away the layers of caste and gender-based discrimination, director Anubhav Sinha creates a must-watch enterprise.

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‘India’s Most Wanted’ review: Drama-less in Reel Life

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tracing down the real-life story of tracking down a deadly terrorist ought to have been a blood-pounding-through-the-veins affair. Director Raj Kumar Gupta, however, chooses to map this incredible story with an incredibly sanitized and staid approach, picking up pace only in the penultimate act.

‘Badla’ review: The Story’s in the Details

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Sujoy Ghosh lays out a detailed, conversational thriller that’s high on the quality of ingredients, even if the flavors are all too familiar and predictable. But the point of ‘Badla’ isn’t to surprise you as much as it is to make you pay attention and revel in the atmosphere. Plus, of course the top notch acting that rivets, diverts, and then delivers a climactic scene that’s more heartbreaking triumph than a twist.

‘Baazaar’ review: Bland Stock Exchange

Reading Time: 3 minutes Director Gauravv K Chawla and his writing team create a stock market story that’s more stock than shock, letting you and their actors down with the velocity of a plunging economy. If there’s anything here that props up your interest, it’s Saif Ali Khan’s valiant act.

‘Tumbbad’ review: Into the Womb of Avarice

Reading Time: 4 minutes Audacious, mad, and chillingly terrifying, ‘Tumbbad’ marks a visual treat in Indian horror movies. The trio of Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad, and Anand Gandhi shower your senses with incessant rain and then use fire to show you the way. By the time you realize you’re deep into the womb of terror, it’s much too late to retreat.

‘Andhadhun’ review: Run, Rabbit Run

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Sriram Raghavan with his team of writers comes up with a devilishly clever and sharp entertainer that’s full of twists, jumps, guffaws, and references galore. As with any satisfying thriller, it’s when it throws you off most unexpectedly that you give out a sigh most evil.

‘Memories’ review: Total Recall

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Jeethu Joseph, in this 2013 outing, writes and directs a tightly paced mystery, invoking memories from traumatic pasts that intertwine and knot into a murderous present. While the clues reveal themselves in layers and the suspects are never in clear sight, your biggest worry is: will the lead character—played by Prithviraj with an intensity that flows underneath and mixes freely with alcohol—unravel before the mystery does?

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