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‘Blackmail’ review: Dark Side of the Toon

By on April 8, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Abhinay Deo spins a whacky, roller-coaster ride of a murderous movie, headlined by a terrific top-of-the-charts performance by Irrfan Khan.

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‘A Gentleman’ review: Pop-crackling-corn

By on August 27, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesA Gentleman moves swiftly, bunging and valencing all these characters into action using a plot that’s mostly an excuse for fun and some collar-breaking martial arts, some office bobbery, and even a dead body being dragged around a house to avoid detection.

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Biography | Documentary | Drama | Movie Review

‘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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Drama | Movie Review | Musical

‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ review: Man Ki Baat

By on May 14, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesThis Friday, as I stepped out of the cinema hall, chewing the mental cud, so to speak, wondering what to make of director Akshay Roy’s Meri Pyaari Bindu (My Lovely Bindu), I was ambushed by representatives of a newly launched TV news channel, and before I could say “No swami”, I found myself in their […]

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Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Movie Review

‘Noor’ review: Hollow Ma’am

By on April 23, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesYou’re facing what is possibly the biggest crisis of your life. You’re at your wit’s end, wondering how on earth you’ll ever resolve it. No, your boyfriend hasn’t given you the thumbs down. And no, your first date didn’t end up with you slobbering all over your mains. It’s much worse than this and anything […]

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Pancham: Flashback to the Future

By on March 9, 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutes[I wrote a mildly modified version of this piece in the Pancham group on Facebook as part of the Aaina Wahi Rehta Hai: Flashback with Pancham theme. This group is truly the most vibrant and informative one on Pancham on Facebook. Thanks to ever-vigilant and enthusiastic admins, blame and flame throwers are reined in quickly, […]

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Comedy | Movie Review | Musical | Mystery | Rahul Dev Burman | Romance | Thriller

‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

By on February 5, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes{This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an […]

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Pancham: And Yet Again…

By on January 4, 2017

Reading Time: 1 minuteAnd yet again, you trend on social media. And yet again, doohickeys come out of the woodwork, professing how you made their careers, or how they made yours. And yet again, you are worshiped and put on the pedestal. And yet again, there’s no dearth of stories of others composing the mukhda or a now […]

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‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills

By on December 3, 2016

Reading Time: 7 minutesThere’s this unsaid thing between me and movie trailers. I usually don’t watch them, and vice-versa. Unless, of course, they’re being screened in cinema halls, which then makes them a beguiling part of the experiential package. Trailers, especially nowadays, have this nasty habit of raising your expectations, and making you connect the story dots in […]

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‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic

By on November 20, 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutesACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham) enters into the frame for the first time in director Abhinay Deo’s Force 2 in a crisp, sparkling white shirt and cargoes, and the audience in the cinema hall hoots and whistles in joy. That’s the last time that shirt retains its lineage to Snow White, and is eventually dwarfed by […]

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