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‘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.

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‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ review: Blaze of Glory

Reading Time: 4 minutes Kangana Ranaut is so movingly magnificent, she earns this review an extra point. In a movie not without flaws, hers is an act that’s packed with sizzling energy and ferociousness; she touches you and stuns you all at the same time. In perhaps what is fitting irony and tribute, the queen’s (Ranilaxmi’s, not Ranaut’s blockbuster movie) fight against patriarchy and society’s campy behavior is what the actress faced in real life to complete this movie, and that’s the negative energy she seems to turn around and harness to blaze ahead in this project.

‘Stree’ review: Captain Courageous

Reading Time: 5 minutes With writers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., director Amar Kaushik delivers a screwball horror movie that’ll make you jump and titter all at the same time. Plus there’s the marvelous quartet of Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, and Abhishek Banerjee to ensure that you have a rollicking time in the cinema hall. But underneath its madness, ‘Stree’ reveals a fact about us that’s as disturbing as it is mortifying.

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