Chhichhore Review: The film is a winner all the way

Review BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY (05:42)  Movie: Chhichhore Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma; Direction: Nitesh Tiwari; Rating: *** & 1/2 (three and a half stars) “Chhichhore” is an obvious, all-round winner. It is a fun film with a not-too-complicated message, which fulfils the primary Bollywood objective of pleasing crowds. Despite riding clich’s, it is […]

Saaho Review: Prabhas’ big bang theory goes bust

BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Film: “Saaho”, Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor; Direction: Sujeeth; Rating: ** (2 stars) The big bang theory of Indian mainstream cinema is often best applied with a South Indian dash, “Saaho” tries reiterating that fact. Although Prabhas’ latest blinds you with the spectacular polish of a Hollywood action blockbuster, it is intrinsically a […]

‘Mission Mangal’: Ordinary film about an extraordinary feat

BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Film: “Mission Mangal”; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari; Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi; H.G. Dattatreya; Direction: Jagan Shakti; Rating: **& 1/2 (two and half stars) Going to Mars is about as much of a challenge as chomping on a Mars chocolate bar — at least, that’s the […]

Batla House’: Facts messed up by fiction

BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY (18:20) Movie: “Batla House”; Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishen; Direction: Nikkhil Advani; Rating: ** & 1/2 (two and half stars) In various interviews, the “Batla House” team has declared that their film is an attempt to seek definite answers to questions that still remain, regarding the alleged Batla House encounter in […]

Super 30 Review: ‘Super 30’ is an outstanding inspirational tale

Film: “Super 30”; Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Shrivastava; Director: Vikas Bahl; Rating: **** 1/2 (4 and a half stars). Review By: Subhash K Jha “Super 30” is magnificent survivor of a film. It survives Hrithik Roshan’s atrocious “Bihari” accent, probably picked from one of the many Lalu Yadav skits on the […]

Malaal Review: Meezaan starrer movie is memorable for its purity of soul

Movie: “Malaal”; Cast: Meezaan, Sharmin Sehgal; Director: Mangesh Hadawale; Rating: **** (4 stars) Review By: Subhash K Jha He counts the numbers of steps she walks from the bus stop to her home in the chawl. She counts the number of missing buttons in his shirts and holes in his vest. East or ‘vest’, Shiva […]

One Day Review: Anupam, Kumud lend heft to ‘One Day…’

Movie: “One Day: Justice Delivered”; Cast: Anupam Kher, Kumud Mishra, Esha Gupta; Director: Ashok Nanda; Rating: *** ½ (3 and a half stars) Review By: Subhash K Jha It is an audacious idea, not fully or convincingly implemented. But nevertheless interesting for the way the theme of subversion of justice is used to create a […]

‘Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna’ Review: Karanvir Bohra movie is a darr remix

Movie: “Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna”; Cast: Karanvir Bohra, Priya Banerjee, Sameer Kochhar; Director: Lalit Mohan; Rating: ***(3 stars) Review by: Subhash K Jha In a world desperately seeking salvation, stalking is a scourge that needs to be addressed with care and sensitivity. “Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna” is commendable for bringing up the theme of unwanted […]

Article 15 Movie Review: This is how cinema should be

‘Article 15 Movie Review’ By Subhash K Jha. Movie: “Article 15”; Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra; Director: Anubhav Sinha; Rating: *****(5 stars) Reviewed by: Subhash K Jha Article 15 Movie Review: In one word, “Article 15” is spellbinding. It is everything that cinema was always meant to be. Thoughprovoking, questioning, disturbing and ultimately […]

Kabir Singh is Shahid Kapoor’s canvas – Kabir Singh Movie Review

Kabir Singh Movie Review: By Troy Ribeiro  Film: “Kabir Singh” Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Arjun Bawa, Suresh Oberoi, Kamini Kaushal, Nikita Dutta, Soham Majumdar Rating: ***1/2 A Hindi remake of the popular Telegu film “Arjun Reddy”, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s “Kabir Singh”, is the story of an academically brilliant medical […]

‘Bharat’ is a flawed but monumental achievement

Film: Bharat; Starring: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani, Jackie shroff; Director: Ali Abbas Zafar; Rating: ****(4 stars) Review By: By Subhash K. Jha It’s easy to be dismissive of a film that has no formal structure, one which doesn’t compartmentalize life’s flow but chooses to go with it. The flow, I mean. […]

‘India’s Most Wanted’ a game-changer in cinema on terrorism

India’s Most Wanted Review by Subhash K Jha.   Film: India’s Most Wanted; Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma; Writer and Director Rajkumar Gupta; Rating: ****(4 stars) Review by: Subhash K Jha In a milieu of bustling violence, terrorism has been reduced to a formula in our cinema. A pretext to show larger-than-life villains with heroes to […]

‘De De Pyar De’ is cuddly winsome, naughty, writes Subhash K Jha

Film: De De Pyar De; Director: Akiv Ali: Starring: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh; Rating: **** (4 and a half stars) Review By: Subhas K Jha. Okay, guys, there is news. Ajay is back to spelling his surname as Devgn’. He confuses me in every film, dropping an ‘a’ as though it was a […]

‘Student of the Year 2’ Review: Trite but breezy

Student of the Year 2 Review BY TROY RIBEIRO Film: “Student Of The Year 2” Director: Punit Malhotra Cast: Tiger Shroff, Aditya Seal, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday, Manoj Pahwa, Ayesha Raza, Manasi Joshi Roy, Samir Soni, Gul Panag; Rating: **1/2 Review By: Troy Ribeiro Let’s not talk what is novel or original in this film. […]

‘John Wick: Chapter 3…’ is a decent attempt, Watchable

Film: “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”; Director: Chad Stahelski; Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Halle Berry, Said Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, Anjelica Huston, Cecep Arif Rahman, Yayan Ruhian; Rating: *** (3 stars) Review By: BY TROY RIBEIRO  This neo-noir action […]

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai Review: A watchable satire

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai Review by Troy Ribeiro Film: “Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?” Director: Soumitra Ranade Cast: Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla, Manav Kaul, Kishore Kadam, Atul Kale Rating: *** Review By: Troy Ribeiro Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai Review In 1980, Saeed Akhtar Mirza had directed a […]

Tashkent Files Movie Review: A well-researched and potent movie

Tashkent Files Movie Review by Troy Ribeiro Film: “Tashkent Files” Director: Vivek Agnihotri Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu Prasad, Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Vishwa Mohan Badola, Prakash Belawadi, Achint Kaur, Prashant Gupta Rating: *** Reviewed by: TROY RIBEIRO Tashkent Files Movie Review –  Based on true incidents, […]

“Modi – Journey Of A Common Man” idolises him, doesn’t get propagandist

Web series: “Modi – Journey Of A Common Man” Platform: Eros Now Director: Umesh Shukla Cast: Ashish Sharma and Faisal Khan Rating: *** Review By: Subhash K Jha  A very thin line divides passion from propaganda. Films about figures we admire, specially the living ones, tend to lose their focus and blur the lines of […]

RAW Movie Review: John starrer movie is a step-up for espionage genre

John starrer RAW Movie Review: Film: Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) Director: Robby Grewal Starring: John Abraham, Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff, Sikandar Kher Rating: ****(4 stars) RAW movie Review by Subhash K Jha What makes them do it? No, I don’t mean the bravehearts like Meghna Gulzar and now Robby Grewal who dare to make films […]

Film Notebook is Salman Khan’s purest ode to love

Film: Notebook Starring: Pranutan Behl, Zaheer Iqbal Director: Nitin Kakkar Rating: ****(4 stars) Review By: Subhash K. Jha  It is significant that Salman Khan is a producer on the tenderest most lyrical love story of his career. Salman has repeatedly expressed his version to physical love on screen, PDA at its most public if you […]