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Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2021

Posted in Commentary, reviews, the good with tags , , , on January 9, 2022 by Saket

My yearend list of Top 10 Bollywood films of 2021!

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Movie Review: Ayushman Khurrana is Superb in this Rom-Com with a Social Message!

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , , on December 10, 2021 by Saket

Bob Biswas Movie Review: Abhishek Bachchan Shines in this Gritty, Atmospheric Sequel to Kahaani

Posted in the good with tags , , , on December 4, 2021 by Saket

Bunty Aur Babli 2 Movie Review: The Sequel is the ‘Real’ Con Job!

Posted in the good with tags , , on November 20, 2021 by Saket

Stripping away the original film’s roots, the sequel feels like a real con job unlike the fake cons depicted in the movie!

An Jo: ‘Veer’ Sooryavanshi

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , on November 9, 2021 by munna

Disclaimers Out of 15, I picked top 4:

1. Major Spoilers/Disappointments
2. No intent of comparison to Hollywood or ANY claim of superior intelligence or ‘taste’. I love Suppandi
3. No intent of bringing down the morale of the Hindi film industry
4. No claim over ‘masala’ and English ‘Grammar’

When Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV, who is utterly unfit to view or understand commercial Hindi cinema, rated it a 3 on 5, I was bowled over! This was like Ray giving ‘Gunda’ a thumbs-up! Then it is decided; this is going to be a full-on blast for me! And 2 shows were immediately added yesterday in DC [there were only 2 decided for the week – ‘Sone pe Suhaaga’; 2 more shows. Continue reading

Sooryavanshi Movie Review: Rohit Shetty’s Return to 80s Masala is Clunky, Cliched and Tiresome!

Posted in reviews with tags , , , on November 7, 2021 by Saket

Shivaay on Sooryavanshi

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , on November 5, 2021 by munna

Sooryavanshi Review : Ajay Devgn steals the show in this Akshay Kumar starrer

Shetty o Shetty, you’re the only one capable of transforming a crisp solid anti terrorism/sleeper cell plot into an outlandish over the top masala potboiler with larger than life hero’s, rain dancing queens and caricaturist baddies who induce more comic book relief than fear in the viewer.
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Bhoot Police Movie Review: There’s a solid film in there, somewhere, but it’s ruined by bad acting!

Posted in the good with tags , , , on September 11, 2021 by Saket

In one of the film’s comic moments, a joke is cracked on nepotism and how it benefits the unworthy. All I can say is, full marks for self-awareness, but in doing so, the joke’s on the audience and it’s certainly not funny!

Bell Bottom Movie Review — It’s Masala 2.0… but for the lead actor!

Posted in the good with tags , , , on August 24, 2021 by Saket

An Jo on BELL BOTTOM

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , on August 22, 2021 by munna

Bell Bottom is one heck of a ride

‘BELL BOTTOM’, the first Hindi film to be released in theaters since the lock-down, is quite an interesting film; which also includes the part the Akshay Kumar is the first actor to take the bullet for the suffering industry by releasing it in theaters knowing fully well that it could end up a very, very risky decision, and of course, I think it has ended up like that going by the BO results. However, I am glad that someone took the risk, and hopefully, it paves the path for further risky adventures.
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An Jo on Shershaah

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , on August 16, 2021 by munna

I must say I didn’t expect but I quite liked the movie! Of course, it is a hagiography. The film is nothing but a pictorial version of news clippings and readings that one has been exposed to. There is no ‘psychological’ depth here when considering the thought behind Vikram Batra the person and the one exposed in media and swallowed and regurgitated by people. Continue reading

Shershaah Movie Review — Yeh Dil Maange More!

Posted in the good with tags , , , on August 12, 2021 by Saket

Shershaah movie review and analysis…in 7 mins!

tonymontana on Malik

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , , on July 20, 2021 by munna


A little too ambitious and packs in a lot. There’s politics, communalism, a godfather like figure, smuggling, corruption, scheming family members having their own vested interests, the justice system, relationship problems, mother-son dynamics and so on, but if the film wasn’t so sharply edited (a little too well-edited, maybe, for its own good), this could have been well over 3.5 hours long! Strangely, though, the director pulls it off, and is ably supported by an ensemble cast which hardly hits a false note.
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An Jo on BLACK WIDOW

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , , , on July 19, 2021 by munna

Watched BLACK WIDOW in the cinema hall in XD box version. What hell of a difference the viewing experience it makes! With each and every bullet ricocheting and creating goosebumps up your arse, it was a thrilling ride. The last time I watched a movie in theater was in December 2020 and that too only for Nolan, for TENET. The superbly shot Bombay sky-scraper sequence, the initial opera attack, and the reverse entropy scene, those were the highlights for me in terms of cinematic experience.
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Toofaan Movie Review — This ‘Toofaan’ is merely a storm in a teacup!

Posted in reviews, the good with tags , , on July 16, 2021 by Saket

Qalandar Reviews MANMARZIYAN (Hindi; 2018)

Posted in the good with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2018 by Qalandar

This review contains spoilers.

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Manmarziyan opens with a shot of the Golden Temple, the sort of thing that in recent times has been one of the lazier clichés in Hindi cinema: if Sikhs are involved (and sometimes even when they aren’t), Amritsar’s sacred shrine is a given.  However, the vantage point here is a bit different, enabling the viewer to take in not only the iconic building, but also an incongruous neon sign perched on top.  One is almost tempted to say it doesn’t belong, except that in India, it sort of does.

That opening shot, if re-visited after the end credits have rolled, tells you a lot about director Anurag Kashyap’s aims in taking up one of the most hackneyed Bolly-genres of all – The Love Triangle – and in trying to give it his own twist.  That is, Kashyap scrupulously adheres to the genre’s conventions in several respects Continue reading

Qalandar on MAHESHENTHE PRATHIKAARAM (Malayalam; 2016)

Posted in the good with tags , , , , on February 28, 2018 by Qalandar

EXCERPT: “The charms of Maheshenthe Prathikaaram, Dileesh Pothan’s 2016 directorial debut, cannot be reduced to its plot, fresh though this is: the tale of everyman Mahesh Bhavana (Fahadh Faasil), worried about his father’s advancing age, passed over by the woman he has long loved in favor of a groom with better prospects, publicly humiliated in an un-related village brawl, and Mahesh’s vow to forego slippers until he has avenged his insult, never lost my interest as it wended its way through the contours of its lead protagonist’s life, and on to a resolution. More importantly, the plot never becomes farcical, not even that last bit about Mahesh’s vow: in the context of the film, it seems quite organic, the self-inflicted wound of a modest man at the end of his tether.

Pothan intuitively grasps that for contemporary Malayalam cinema to thrive, it must be …”

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Rangan Reviews VIKRAM VEDHA (TAMIL; 2017)

Posted in the good with tags , , , on July 22, 2017 by Qalandar

EXCERPT: “An ordinary masala movie would pit a god against this demon – and indeed, the first half of the title (R Madhavan) does come across like the scourge of evil, a saviour. He’s an encounter cop, but he’s able to sleep guiltlessly because he’s convinced the men he’s pumping bullets into are bad men who deserve to die. But slowly, the paint starts peeling away. Rather, the colour of his tees undergo a change. During the first meeting of Vikram and Vedha, the former is in white, the latter in black. By their last meeting, Vikram is in grey. He knows now that it isn’t a clear-cut line between good and evil.

The notion that cops and gangsters are but two sides of the same coin isn’t new: Michael Mann’s Heat is a brilliant exploration of how a cop who thinks he is doing good may be more messed up than the gangster. But Pushkar-Gayatri have decided to tell their story through the prism of the Vikram/Vetaal folklore – hence the title. The film opens with an animated stretch with the king Vikram high up in his castle, and soon, in pursuit of the vampire Vetaal, he plunges deep into a lake, a metaphorical hell. The creature latches onto his back and begins to narrate stories that are the old-world answer to a grey T-shirt: there’s a moral conundrum at the end.”

Complete article HERE.

Qalandar Reviews PHILLAURI (Hindi; 2017)

Posted in Refugee with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2017 by Qalandar

There is a certain magic to Phillauri, Anshai Lal’s directorial debut for actress-producer Anushka Sharma, and it isn’t because of the supernatural element (Sharma plays Shashi, the ghost of a woman from 1919 who haunts nervous Kanan (Suraj Sharma), on the verge of his wedding to Anu (Mehreen Peerzada) a century later in the same village).  It’s because the old-fashioned virtues of focused storytelling, memorable characterization, strong casting, and above all fresh dialogues and lyrics by Anvita Dutt, elevate what could so easily have been the hackneyed Punjabi love story of Shashi and Roop Lal (Diljit Dosanjh), making of it a story about two individuals, not mere instances of the Bollywood hero and heroine, and in a particular time and place, the Jalandhar village of Phillauri on the verge of the Indian national movement.

Unusually for Hindi films, both members of the pair (not just the male half) are imbued with strong personalities, and this isn’t accidental.  A gentle current of feminism runs through the film, brought to mind by an initial effacement: Continue reading