Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Aashiq Abu contact traces his way into your senses with the slow-rising tension of a virus creating a domino of devastation. And yet, amidst the thrills and (the literal) chills that he creates, ‘Virus’ also installs a picture of hope and courage that’s painted by everyday women and men.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Director Hemanth Rao sets out to promisingly doff his hat to Alfred Hitchcock in this murder mystery from the past. And then he entangles himself in multiple plot-lines that obfuscate his intent and your attention. But the biggest villain of his piece isn’t a cigar-smoking goon. It’s something all of us face every day.
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.
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.
Reading Time: 2 minutes An intriguing true story brought to screen minus the paranoia and thrum you expect of such an enterprise.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A noir slow burn thriller that uncovers what lies beneath layers of patriarchal subjugation.
Reading Time: 2 minutes One-minute review series looks at director Dan Gilroy’s horror-satire outing.
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.
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.
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.