‘Begum Jaan’ review: No Freedom at Midnight


“You have one month to empty this kotha (brothel)!” says Ilias (Rajit Kapoor). Something told me that the repartee by Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan) would invoke dates and menses, and there it was. It wasn’t even particularly powerful, and it is this predictability that haunts director Srijit Mukherji’s eponymous Begum Jaan (Mrs. Jaan). Written by … Continue reading ‘Begum Jaan’ review: No Freedom at Midnight

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‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power


Here’s a question that if you answer correctly, will immediately qualify you for an interview with India’s top-secret agency - it (the agency, not the question) is beyond the purview of all the listed, government-sanctioned ones, ostensibly craftier and more effective than all the armed forces put together. Ready? Here goes: You’ve caught the only … Continue reading ‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power

‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell


If 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 … Continue reading ‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell