‘Mom’ review: A Dish Best Served Simmering


Long after it exits the cinema halls, Mom will be remembered for two things, primarily – apple pips and Sridevi’s stunning performance. While I’ll refrain from speaking about the former, I have no qualms in piping up about the latter. For, in director Ravi Udyawar’s debut project, it is Sridevi who effortlessly dominates the screen … Continue reading ‘Mom’ review: A Dish Best Served Simmering

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ review: Pipeline of Evil


As I trudged wearily into the shop floor at around 2200 hours wearing my yellow-colored hard hat, the familiar refluxive and reflexive gut feel kicked in every night, the white fluorescent lamps ensconced inside wired mesh cages doing little to dispel the darkness that invariably descended inside of me. The drainage gutters on either side … Continue reading ‘Deepwater Horizon’ review: Pipeline of Evil

‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex


The camera follows Jayaraman (Mohanlal), panning his walk in slow motion, as he passes the dead body, and then, in the crowd, you see the killer’s visage, a child in his arms, a lady next to him. You do a double take, but Jayaraman passes him by, even though he’s had a deadly scuffle with … Continue reading ‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise


{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 … Continue reading ‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

‘Raees’ review: More –OH than Aah


When Sunny Leone began her moves to the rebooted – yes, we don’t call it plagiarism anymore – version of Kalyanji-Anandji’s throbbing chartbuster, Laila O Laila from Qurbani, the chair in the cinema hall next to me began rocking. Fearing the worst, I looked out of the corner of my eye, and through the limited, … Continue reading ‘Raees’ review: More –OH than Aah

‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills


There’s this unsaid thing between me and movie trailers. I usually don’t watch them, and vice-versa. Unless, of course, they’re being screened in cinema halls, which then makes them a beguiling part of the experiential package. Trailers, especially nowadays, have this nasty habit of raising your expectations, and making you connect the story dots in … Continue reading ‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills

‘Pink’ review: Not Just Another Colour


I don’t know about you, but I don’t count myself as one of those who’d pay to get punched in the solar plexus. But a full house of a cinema hall and I did just that yesterday, and thanked the perpetrators for this bruising wallop to our somnolent senses. The said perps are director Aniruddha … Continue reading ‘Pink’ review: Not Just Another Colour

‘Akira’ review: The Agony of Aunt Twerp


THIS WEEK, READERS WRITE IN TO AUNT TWERP, DABSTER IN THINGS ALL SAID AND not done, and get some world-wise advice on resolving knars on their tree of life. So, here goes. Dear Aunt, I booked tickets for Akira thinking it was a biopic on Akira Kurosawa. I’m still wondering what happened. Yours befuddled, Red Beard … Continue reading ‘Akira’ review: The Agony of Aunt Twerp

‘Rustom’ review: A Crime of Fashion


“HOW IS MY CHILD DOING IN CLASS?”, ASKS MY HAPLESS AND AGONIZED PARENT OF MY CLASS TEACHER. THE CLASS teacher looks at my parent sympathetically, then turns her gaze on no-less-hapless-and-agonized-me, and sighs, “He has so much of potential. All he has to do is work hard.” End of flashback. I’d never quite understood if … Continue reading ‘Rustom’ review: A Crime of Fashion

‘Jason Bourne’ review: ReBourne to Retread


“SOMETHING IS WRONG”. So goes a text message that Alicia Vikander’s Heather Lee sends Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, before the final climactic drop in director Paul Greengrass’s Jason Bourne. If I’d had Matt Damon’s cell number, that would probably be the exact text I’d have sent him half-way through the movie. For, co-writing with Christopher … Continue reading ‘Jason Bourne’ review: ReBourne to Retread