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‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ review: Batsman Returns

By on May 28, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs director James Erskine sat down to write the script for Sachin: A Billion Dreams, one can only imagine him grappling with the quintessentially existential questions that must haunt anyone who sets out to make a docu-drama on a much-loved, much-adored, and much-revered personality – what’s to be the POV for this feature? How much […]

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‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

By on February 26, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe 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 […]

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‘Hidden Figures’ review: A Calculated Success

By on February 18, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesImagine you are a woman. (If you actually are, you can safely skip this part.) Imagine, also, that you’re a woman who belongs to a race, religion, or caste, that’s discriminated against. Imagine that you’re sharp, intelligent, and ambitious. Imagine that you’re strait-jacketed by the forces of discrimination at work and in the society, your […]

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‘The State vs Jolly LLB 2’ review: Judge Dread

By on February 12, 2017

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe law’s an ass, but not in the classic sense of the phrase. Not in India, at least. Here, with the ratio of a judge to the civilian population an unbalanced 10 to a million (in the year 2015) and over 30 million cases running in different courts, the law’s an overloaded, overworked ass. Ditto […]

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‘Dangal’ review: First Class Coach

By on December 24, 2016

Reading Time: 7 minutesWe menfolk have it rather good, don’t we? There’s nary a phase of discrimination in our lives, be it while pursuing our education, while deciding what we want to do with our lives, while pursuing our interests, while establishing ourselves at our work places, or even while looking for a soul mate. Life for most […]

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‘La La Land’ review: Life and Los Angelic

By on December 11, 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutesThere’s a new drug in town. It is, as a matter of fact, ubiquitous and pervasive across the world. Its primary vehicles are the social media, the online and print media, the political and apolitical events swarming this world we live in, and other forms of information constantly being barrelled down our eagerly addicted receptors. […]

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‘Dear Zindagi’ review: Three Chairs for Life

By on November 27, 2016

Reading Time: 7 minutesSomewhere after the interval, a gentleman sitting behind me in the cinema hall let fly these profound words in a markedly stylish, know-all accent, “Someone tell this b*** to get a life.” My first instinct was to turn around and request the stony (if not stoned) voiced drawler to get another cinema hall. But then, […]

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‘Ventilator’ review: Breathe Easy

By on November 14, 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutesThere was a time – and a generation – when there existed a concept called “favourite uncle” or “favourite aunt”; “favourite cousin” even. Today, the “uncle”, “aunt”, and “cousin” have dissolved into nodding acquaintances and been replaced by a far more embracing and intimate group – “video game”, “website”, and “app”. The echt family structure […]

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‘Shivaay’ review: High Anxiety, Extended Version

By on October 29, 2016

Reading Time: 5 minutesFor the second time in as many weeks, I’ll invoke the parent in you – and this time, it’s because director Ajay Devgn – venturing behind the camera for the second time – doesn’t give you any choice. For, Shivaay is all about a single parent and his daughter, and the former’s travails (a mild […]

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‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell

By on October 23, 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutesIf you’re a parent, you’d have faced that inescapable question your little one would have piped up and asked you, catching you unawares, much like any situation that the common man faces hits our scrofulous politicians. No, I don’t mean the question about the birds and the bees. That’s easier to handle, as you deal […]

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