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‘Kumbalangi Nights’ review: Casting a Net

Reading Time: 3 minutes Writer Syam Pushkaran and director Madhu C. Narayanan weave a delightfully soaring movie about four brothers, raising laughs and quiet emotions as their relationships push and pull, and they find the meaning of love within and without their four corners.

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‘Sacred Games 2’ review: What Goes Up

Reading Time: 4 minutes Directors Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan keep season 2 predictable in its violence , but darkly unpredictable in its rumination. But ‘Sacred Games 2’ is more about the inevitable decline of humankind and ties it to a ticking bomb that’s a totem for religious manipulation, madness, and the insanity of it all.

‘Batla House’ review: Trauma Drama

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Nikhil Advani’s latest outing is a nifty thriller in parts, a tepid template in others. He smartly keeps the acting bandwidth requirement for his lead within manageable spectrum, making John Abraham’s intense and stoic act a highlight. But it’s the trauma that real-life cops, soldiers, and women and men whose daily routine involves staring down a barrel, must face, that truly stuns you.

‘Super Deluxe’ review: A Philosophy of the Universe

Reading Time: 5 minutes Taking seemingly stray incidents across different people’s lives, director Thiagarajan Kumararajan creates an intimate microcosm of the universe, nay, of our galaxy. With a terrific ensemble cast, ‘Super Deluxe’ is a heartfelt and intimate rumination on life, politics, relationships, sex, lust, and life, in a never-ending circle that connects all of its characters and their struggles in the most unexpected ways.

‘Virus’ review: Amidst the Chills, Heartwarming Hope

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.

‘Kavaludaari’ review: Potpourri Fury

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.

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