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.
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.
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 On Kishore Kumar’s birthday, on this Friendship day, and on Pancham day (which happens to be every day), it’s time to toast and cut the cake.
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: 4 minutes Even it means actor Casey Affleck has to shuffle around in a white bed sheet, director David Lowery creates a deeply profound and meditative cinema about love, loss, and waiting.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Writer-director Vasan Bala doffs his quirky hat to the halcyon days of martial art movies and out and out Hindi movie camp. And he comes up triumphant with a painfully entertaining enterprise that’s headlined by superb, snazzy action.
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: < 1 minute A snazzily romantic, tense number from ‘Raksha’ revisited (and rewritten). Happy birthday, Pancham.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Pancham’s use of Lata’s vocals. The unusual and the unexpected.