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Dhamaka Movie Review: Kartik Aaryan Delivers An Intense Performance

Dhamaka Streaming On Netflix Story: Once a top news anchor on prime time TV, Arjun Pathak (Kartik Aaryan) gets demoted to radio. He views a mysterious phone call from a bomber as a sliver of opportunity to reclaim his lost glory. The bomber threatens to blow up the Bandra–Worli Sea Link unless his demands are met. With lives at stake, does Arjun salvage his dwindling career or the people held hostage on the bridge? Review: Can a journalist be trusted? Does he/she have any conscience? Remake of Korean film ‘The Terror Live’, Dhamaka is a taut hostage thriller that critiques media and unethical journalism practices. It delves into a raging issue that’s most relevant now than ever — the business of breaking news. We tend to prioritise sensationalism over substance, money over ethics, quantity over quality and success over humanity. News is manufactured and generated. All’s…

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VENOM 2 REVIEW-:LET THERE BE CARNAGE CUZ ITS BEEN BARREN ALL YEAR.

Reluctantly accepting his fate, Eddie Brock tries to co-exist with Venom. However, it’s a rocky relationship, to say the least. Brock also attempts to revive his career by interviewing Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who doesn’t trust anyone else. But things go wrong when Cletus also gets infected with a deadly and bloodthirsty symbiote. Brock must quickly find a way to work with Venom and deal with the Carnage brought on by Kasady. Although the plot is pretty straightforward for a comic-book flick, the banter between Brock and Venom is often the film’s most fascinating element. Brock is constantly trying to quench Venom’s thirst for, well, HUMANS! leading to some amusing exchanges – even if the humour doesn’t land always. Nevertheless, Tom Hardy’s performance with the CGI character carries the film through some rough patches. Like Hardy, Woody Harrelson fully embraces the film’s quirky,…

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Sooryavanshi Review: Power-Packed Action Sequences Make This Movie A Must Watch

SooryavanshiDirector: Rohit ShettyCast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5 Story: Sooryavanshi follows DCP Veer Sooryavanshi, the Chief of India’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, as he attempts to protect Mumbai from one of the worst terror attacks in history. Review: Rohit Shetty has tactfully expanded his cop universe over the years – keeping the audience engaged and die-hard fans of the genre on the edge. After the Singham series (headlined by Ajay Devgn) and then Simbaa (starring Ranveer Singh), now storms in Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), amidst much fanfare, drama, and blaring theatrics. Sooryavanshi’s character was subtly announced towards the end of Simmba. The film has all the elements, attitude, style, showmanship and heavy-duty star power expected of a Rohit Shetty offering. Similar to Simmba, even this cop action saga is narrated by Ajay Devgn, who reminds us of the several terrors attacks which Mumbai has encountered…

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Dybbuk Movie Review: Film Is A Comprehensive Waste Of Time

Director: Jay K Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Nikita Dutta, Manav Kaul, Gaurav Sharma, Denzil Smith Dybbuk has an interesting line of cast that includes Emraan Hashmi and Manav Kaul, but the film, now out on Amazon Prime Video, has too many convenient points that make it somewhat of an implausibility. Helmed by Jay K, he has remade his debut Malayalam movie, Ezra (with Prithviraj), in Hindi as Dybbuk. Hashmi as Sam or Samuel reprises Prithviraj’s role, and does a decent job of a man who gets a new posting in a nuclear waste disposable plant in – believe it or not – the Mauritius capital of Port Louis. His wife, Maahi (Nikita Dutta), is not too keen to translocate, because that would mean going far away from her parents. But she plays a sport and accompanies Sam to a really scenic city that sadly harbours…

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Black Widow-: UTTERLY POINTLESS AND BORING

Review By-:Sachin Sisodia Black Widow is a terribly made, utterly ridiculous, pointless, CGI fest with occasionally some good moments in it. The film has a promising and a tense opening finally giving us an insight into Natasha’s past and her background and then it opens again with some credits and music and takes another 10-15 minutes to actually kickstart it’s story and plot. The screenwriters never really settle on a particular thread and keep juggling different ideas and story beats resulting in a mess of a film. The action is cartoonish and quite pathetic. Natasha a spy, a normal human falls off a three storey bulding and hits her head twice on some pipes and gets back up immediately without a scratch. The actors do their part but the script is haywire and there seems to be a lack of creativity from the people…

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JUSTICE LEAGUE (SNYDER CUT) -: Worth It ?

Review By -:Sachin Sisodia Cast-: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Ray Porter, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons The Highly Anticipated Director’s cut streams on HBO MAX Finally, it’s here, the long awaited, much anticipated, director’s cut of the Justice League. Director Zack Snyder finally gets the chance to tell his version of the SAME story, a chance he was sadly denied. Right from the opening credits you get a good sense of what you have signed up for, Superman’s death screams are heard loud and clear across the DCEU be it Atlantis or Themyscira. Carried by the sound design and visuals alone it offers a much more engaging opening to the film than all of the predecessors in the series . If you are a true Zack Snyder fan or an admirer of his…

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Moneyball : Worth Your Time

Review By-Sachin Sisodia Written by Aaron Sorkin, moneyball is a sports drama that’s worth your time even if you don’t care about baseball or in a sports journey. The film follows Billy Beane the manager of Oakland Athletics who leads his team to unprecedented success via some unorthodox means. Realizing that his team doesn’t have the finances to compete with the Yankees or the red sox, Billy with the help of Peter Brand his assistant uses statistics to build a potential championship winning side. Their methods emphasize the use efficient players over star studded million dollar players who may or may not succeed. The ignored , overlooked, underplayed, missed out , discarded players whom the baseball world seems to have no use for. But Billy and Peter come up with stats and maths to find out certain attributes in them which no one can…

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Sardar Udham Review: Film That Can Light The Revolutionary Fire In You

Sardar Udham movie cast: Vicky Kaushal, Stephen Hogan, Shaun Scott, Kirsty Averton, Andrew Havill, Banita Sandhu, Amol Parashar Sardar Udham movie director: Shoojit Sircar Movie streaming on Amazon Prime Video Story: The film pays tribute to an unsung hero — Sardar Udham Singh (Vicky Kaushal), an Indian revolutionary, who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer in London (in 1940), to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre (of 1919). The former British colonial official was the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab (British India) at the time. Dwyer had said the killing of hundreds of protesters during a demonstration at Jallianwala Bagh in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, was justified. Review: First things first — If you are looking for a talky film that can light the revolutionary fire in you, ‘Sardar Udham’ isn’t it. Do not expect hard-hitting dialoguebaazi or emotional outbursts. The pre-independence drama based on true events, is a simmering observation of…

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Shiddat Movie Review: Mohit Raina, Sunny Kaushal Carries This Film

Shiddat Director: Kunal Deshmukh Cast: Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal, Diana Penty, Mohit Raina Shiddat, streaming on Disney+Hotstar Sometimes, in the pursuit of true love, a life time can be too little. We spend almost two-and-a-half hours with Jaggi (Sunny Kaushal), Kartika (Radhika Madan) Gautam (Mohit Raina) and Ira (Diana Penty), and it seems endless, simply because after a nice start, the film goes downhill shockingly rapidly. And it decides to stay there. Jaggi is a happy-go-lucky hockey player for Punjab. He along with his friends gatecrashes a wedding reception where he gets inspired by Gautam’s philosophy of love of going to any lengths and decides to follow it. At the sports complex, he meets Kartika who is a swimmer. While the two initially don’t get along together, over a period of time both get attracted. While Kartika wins the swimming competition, Jaggi ends up…

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Nirmal Anand Ki Puppy Movie Review: Minimalist In Approach Yet High On Emotional Quotient

Critic’s Rating: 2.5/5 STORY: The story revolves around the lives of Nirmal Anand (Karanveer Khullar), an anti-diabetic drug salesman, and his Christian wife Sarah (Gillian Pinto). But, two back-to-back events—Nirmal getting diagnosed with diabetes and the death of his dog (Parie)—have a profound impact on this close-knit family, causing them to react in unexpected ways. REVIEW: Set in Mumbai, ‘Nirmal Anand Ki Puppy’ delves into the complexities that lie beneath the mundaneness of Nirmal and Sarah’s daily lives. As the film acknowledges, Nirmal is the more observant of the two, and his anxieties are highlighted right away in the opening scenes. As a parent, Nirmal is perplexed as to why his daughter is playing with a boy rather than other girls in the neighbourhood, and as the husband, he refuses to let his archivist wife work full-time because he is concerned about who will look after their…

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Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai? Review: Decent Idea With A Poor Execution

Critic’s Rating: 2.5/5 Movie streaming on ZEE 5 Story: When Sintoo (Jassie Gill) is left high and dry by the love of his life Sonam (Surbhi Jyoti), he scribbles his frustration on currency notes. The notes become viral, setting off a chain of events in the lives of Sintoo and Sonam that range from bizarre to unbelievably random. Review: The Rs.10 currency note bearing the line ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai’ became viral and fodder for memes on the internet, a few years back. The strange trend also hit headlines across the nation, as everyone wondered, who exactly is Sonam Gupta and what led to this scathing accusation, perhaps, by a jilted lover. Writer-director Ssaurabh Tyagi tries to capitalise on this viral sensation by weaving a fictional story around it. This attempt to infuse a full-fledged narrative around just one famous line is so forced that it shows…

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Bhoot Police Movie Review: More Funny Than It Is Scary

Bhoot PoliceDirector – Pavan KirpalaniCast – Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Jacqueline Fernandez Critic’s Rating: 2.0/5 Bhoot Police out on Disney+ Hotstar Bhoot Police movie review: Despite enthusiastic performances by Saif Ali Khan and (surprisingly) Jacqueline Fernandez, the new horror-comedy relies too heavily on cliches and is stuck being mildly amusing. More funny than it is scary, Bhoot Police is undone by poor casting and an acute deficiency of Pankaj Tripathi. Starring Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor as sibling ghost-busters, Bhoot Police is the latest in Bollywood’s ongoing flirtation with the horror-comedy genre.  While it isn’t as eye-winkingly sharp as Saif’s Go Goa Gone, Bhoot Police is still a mildly amusing movie with moments of surprising emotional depth. But its over-reliance on genre cliches – expect everything from projectile vomit and wall-crawling ghouls to a creepy kid and a haunted forest – stops it from ever being more…

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Thailaivii Movie Review: This Film Pays A Resounding Ode To Jaya-MGR’s Poignant Love Story

Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5 STORY: The film chronicles the life of actor-turned-politician Jayalalithaa (Kangana Ranaut), her relationship with the legendary M. G. Ramachandran (Arvind Swami) and her tumultuous rise to power as the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. REVIEW: An iconic figure in Indian politics, Jayalalithaa’s political journey is known to most. Director Vijay attempts to unravel her icy cold persona and look at her as a woman passionately driven by love. Make no mistake, a woman’s fight for self respect and battle against patriarchy are integral to the story. However, what lies at the heart of the tale is her unconditional love for MGR, despite the societal contempt of her. She faced the wrath of his loyal followers, who deemed their extra marital relationship as illicit and a disgrace to his noble reputation. As days turned into decades, they became each other’s strength and weakness. Bound…

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Chehre Movie Review: Film Can’t Be Called A Thrilling Courtroom Drama

Director – Rumi Jafry Cast – Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Annu Kapoor, Krystle Dsouza, Rhea Chakraborty Critic’s Rating: 2.5/5 STORY: Four friends cum erstwhile court officials comprising a public prosecutor, defence lawyer, judge and an executioner, regroup at a heritage mansion in an isolated hill station. Reenacting mock trials on stranded strangers who seek refuge in their spooky house happens to be their favourite pastime. The game’s fun until things get serious. REVIEW: Delhi bound ad agency chief Sameer Mehra (Emraan Hashmi) runs into the four gentlemen when he is compelled to spend the night at the house owing to extreme weather. He gets acquainted with the law veterans who are happy to host him. Amitabh Bachchan is the public prosecutor, Annu Kapoor’s the defence lawyer, Dhritiman Chatterjee plays the judge and Raghubir Yadav the executioner. An unblinking Rhea Chakraborty who breaks into creepy bouts of laughter is Anna,…

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Bell Bottom Movie Review: Engaging Thriller That Takes You Back To The Big Screen Experience

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Huma Qureshi, Vaani Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Thalaivasal Vijay, Abhijit Lahiri Director: Ranjit M Tewari Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5 STORY: An undercover agent code-named Bellbottom embarks on a covert mission to free 210 hostages held by hijackers. REVIEW: In the espionage thriller Bell Bottom, Akshay Kumar plays a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) undercover agent who goes by the code name ‘Bell Bottom’. After a plane is hijacked and lands in Amritsar, the seventh hijacking incident in five years, Kumar is brought in to save the day. The film centres around his plans of a daring covert operation to rescue 210 hostages and neutralise four hijackers. The fact that his operation is connected to personal tragedy makes it more impactful. Like several other Kumar’s films that are inspired by real incidents, this Ranjit Tiwari directorial is based on the two events that happened in the…

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Bhuj: The Pride Of India Review: True Story Of Unsung Valour Gets A Hyper Nationalistic Tribute

Critic’s Rating: 2.5/5 Bhuj: The Pride Of India is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar STORY: During 1971’s Indo-Pak war, 300 Bhuj women risked their lives to restore the bombed Indian Air Force airstrip in Bhuj, so that it stays operational to defend the incoming Pak air and land assault. Encouraging the local women to help repair the airstrip on a war footing was Squadron leader Vijay Karnik (Ajay Devgn). The film recalls the crisis and the contribution of the courageous civilians and the Indian Armed Forces. REVIEW: The India-Pakistan war of 1971 ensued during the Bangladesh liberation war in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). As India aided East Pakistan to end West Pakistan’s (now Pakistan) oppressive regime on it, PAK attacked western regions of India hoping to use it as a bargaining tool to trade against the captured territories in the east. Various Indian air bases were bombed…

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Shershaah Review: An Inspiring War Drama Of Bravehearts & Victories

Shershaah Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5 Director – Vishnu Varadhan Cast – Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Shiv Pandit, Nikitin Dheer STORY: ‘Shershaah’ chronicles the events in the run up to the Kargil war and the role of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC), whose indomitable spirit and unparalleled courage contributed immensely to India’s victory. REVIEW: The Kargil conflict – the toughest mountain warfare ever. Fought at a dizzying altitude of 17,000 feet, this historic war had a lot at stake. The Pakistani troops had infiltrated into the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC), disguised as Kashmiri militants. The skirmishes quickly escalated into a full-blown war that also chalked the journey of a soldier from Lieutenant to Captain for his absolute dare-devilry and patriotic spirit to unfurl the tricolour at the highest point of conflict. Even if that meant laying down his own life for the cause. But before we get there,…

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MIMI Review: Compassionate Tale On Humanity And Motherhood

Director: Laxman Utekar Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Pahwa, Sai Tamhankar Rating: 4 stars (out of 5) The film is streaming on Netflix and Jio Cinema Mimi Story: The surrogacy dramedy, follows a foolhardy Mimi (Kriti Sanon) — Bollywood aspirant and Ranveer Singh fangirl from Rajasthan — who signs up to be a surrogate for an American couple, without thinking about the social, emotional and legal implications of her decision. Mimi Review: The 25-year-old girl hopes to fulfill her ambition of becoming an actress in Mumbai, by using the enormous money (Rs 20 Lakhs), promised to her for bearing the child. Things progress as per the ambitious plan of our rebellious protagonist, albeit to a certain point. Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, after all. A potential health hazard to the unborn child leaves everyone shaken up. Dreams are shattered until they are not. Surrogacy, an arrangement where…

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Hungama 2 Review: Film Is A Sloppy Comedy

Hungama 2 Review: Priyadarshan’s chaotic comedy-of-errors, starring Meezaan, Shilpa Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Pranitha Subhash, is distressingly dated. Director: Priyadarshan Cast: Meezaan, Shilpa Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Pranitha Subhash The film is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. Director Priyadarshan, known for his love for crackling comedies, misses the mark with Hungama 2. While there are moments that make us guffaw, the film is marred by a damp squib of an ending. Not only are revelations hastily squeezed in in the final act, but it also goes into a territory that is totally at odds with all that is established in earlier scenes. Hungama 2 kicks off with Vaani (Pranitha Subhash) landing up at the Kapoors’ doorstep with a toddler, claiming that it is her college sweetheart Akash’s (Meezaan) child. Akash swears innocence and enlists the help of his family friend and colleague Anjali (Shilpa Shetty) in the matter.…

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14 Phere Review: Family Comedy That Begins Strong But Finishes Weak

14 Phere movie cast: Vikrant Massey, Kriti Kharbanda, Vinit Singh, Gauahar Khan, Jameel Khan, Yamini Das, Priyanshu Singh 14 Phere movie director: Devanshu Singh 14 Phere movie rating: 1.5 stars 14 Phere Streaming On ZEE 5 STORY: College sweethearts Aditi Karwasra (Kriti Kharbanda) and Sanjay Lal Singh (Vikrant Massey) have a picture-perfect life and love story. While the two have a successful career at the same company in Delhi, they both hail from orthodox families. Trouble in paradise begins when they decide to get married. But Sanjay is a Rajput from Bihar and Aditi is a Jat from Rajasthan and their families won’t tolerate any alliance outside their castes. In order to get married to each other, while keeping their parents happy, the duo plot an elaborate plan with their friends and colleagues from work. What unfolds next is a series of twists, misadventures that threaten to mar…

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Narappa Movie Review: Venkatesh Shoulders An Assured Remake That Deals With A Painful Subject

Cast: Venkatesh, Priyamani, Rajeev Kanakala, Rakhi, Ammu Abhirami, Karthik Rathnam Directed by: Sreekanth Addala Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5 Story: Tensions are high in Ramasagaram and Siripi after a chain of events lead to the school-going son of an underprivileged farmer killing a rich landowner. Will his father find a way to save his family? Review: Narappa bears the weight of Srikanth Addala retelling an already successful story pulled off by Vetrimaaran with Asuran. It also releases just a few days after the 36th anniversary of the Karamchedu massacre which saw six dalits killed, three dalit women raped and many displaced by the overlords in the village on July 17. Just like in the massacre that remains fresh on people’s minds, a chain of events lead to bloodshed, tears and pain in the film. Narappa (Venkatesh Daggubati) is an ageing alcoholic farmer who prefers to turn the other…

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Toofan Movie Review: Farhan Akhtar Exceptional As Boxer Aziz Ali But The Film Is Not

Toofaan movie cast: Farhan Akhtar, Paresh Rawal, Mrunal Thakur, Hussain Dalal, Mohan Agashe, Vijay Raaz, Supriya Pathak, Darshan Kumar Toofaan movie director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Toofaan movie rating: 3.5 stars Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gets into the sports arena for the second time with his latest Amazon Prime Toofan. While his 2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag had Farhan Akhtar playing the renowned Olympics runner, the director’s Toofan steps into the boxing ring. In an early scene, master coach Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal) tells Aziz Ali — a man with phenomenal energy and extraordinary speed but abysmally lacking in technique — that he must treat the ring as his home. Ali (Akhtar) is a gangster from the Mumbai suburb of Dongri who specialises in extortion and loan collection often through violent means, but in a curious case of turnabout feels that boxing may help him to be a mightier thug.…

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Collar Bomb Review: Jimmy Sheirgill And Asha Negi Racing Against Time Is Enthralling

Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5 Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Asha Negi, Sparsh Srivastav, Rajshri Deshpande, Naman Jain STORY: The story takes place in a small town in Himachal Pradesh where a suicide bomber holds a school full of children hostage. The key to saving their lives lies in the past of the celebrated cop (who is also captive). Will he be able to catch the mastermind and save lives? REVIEW: Collar Bomb follows Manoj Kumar Hesi (Jimmy Sheirgill), a decorated cop with a tumultuous history. Before a suicide bomber Ali (Sparsh Shrivastava) threatens to blow up a school where he has kidnapped students, Manoj Hesi is plunged into chaos and compelled to conduct a series of heinous crimes. The lovely hamlet around Manoj falls into lunacy as he races against time to complete this scavenger hunt from hell, confronted by an evil that seems to have no other objective than…

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Haseen Dillruba Movie Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Haseen Dillruba Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and a half stars) Star Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane, Aditya Srivastava, Yamini Das, Daya Shankar Pandey, Ashish Verma Director: Vinil Mathew Available On: Netflix It starts with a gas cylinder blast killing Rishu (Vikrant Massey) and making his wife Rani (Taapsee Pannu) a prime suspect in the case. Jwalapur’s Rishu is the stereotypical electrical engineer found in the jokes of stand-up comedians who hasn’t had any sex in his college and could marry the first girl he sees. Rani (Taapsee Pannu) has had a fair share of broken relationships in the past but finally decides to settle down with Rishu in an arranged marriage. An ardent fan of mystery-erotica comic writer Dinesh Pandit, Rani, gets too bold to handle by the innocent, pill-popping Rishu. Their contrasting personalities restrict them from coming closer and enters Neel (Harshvardhan Rane).…

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Jagame Thandhiram Review: A Must Watch Only For Dhanush Fans

Cast: Dhanush, James Cosmo, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Kalaiyarasan and Joju George Director: Karthik Subbaraj Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5) Dhanush’s effervescence is undeniably infectious. A few of Karthik Subbaraj’s trademark directorial flourishes are passably arresting. Neither is, however, able to help Jagame Thandhiram surmount the upshots of a slapdash script and a punishing runtime. Jagame Thandhiram, streaming on Netflix, is sporadically enlivened by the lead actor’s dynamic presence and the surfeit of color and energy that the director injects into it. The problem is that the high-voltage Tamil crime drama aspires to larger socio-political significance than its standard gang war thriller format has the scope for. The hero of Jagame Thandhiram, gangster Suruli (Dhanush), is no paragon of virtue. A wily young man in a violent world, he is a thug with no moral compass. He will stop at nothing, not even murder and betrayal, to get…

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Sherni Movie Review: Vidya Balan Buries Her Star Persona In The Lap Of Nature And Gripping Forest Politics

Sherni movie cast: Vidya Balan, Brijendra Kala, Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, Mukul Chadha, Ila ArunSherni movie director: Amit MasurkarSherni movie rating: 4 stars (Out of 5) STORY: As a new D.F.O (Divisional Forest Officer) takes charge of her position in the forests of Madhya Pradesh, a village in the vicinity is threatened by a tigress on the prowl. Will she able to restore balance in this tussle between man versus wild? REVIEW: Vidya Vincent (Vidya Balan), a committed forest officer, hasn’t got a promotion in nine years, and after six years of a desk profile, her new position in the forests of Bijaspur comes with its set of unique challenges. Over a video chat, when she casually hints to her husband, Pawan (Mukul Chaddha) that she feels stagnant with no growth and might resign after she snags that coveted promotion, he eggs her to stay on. Mostly because he…

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Shaadisthan Movie Review

Shaadisthan movie cast: Kirti Kulhari, Medha Shankar, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Shenpenn Khymsar, Apurv Dogra, Ajay Jayanthi, Kay Kay MenonShaadisthan movie director: Raj Singh ChaudharyCritics Rating: 2.5 stars (Out of 5) Two different worlds come together, break apart and finally seamlessly merge. Sounds poetic, and possibly that was the intention of Shaadisthan, starring Kirti Kulhari, Nivedita Bhattacharya and Kay Kay Menon. Yet, the end result is an overbearing and condescending sermon rather than an attempt to dismantle a patriarchal society. Shaadisthan tells the story of a road trip taken by a conservative family who wants to get their 17-year-old daughter married. On the trip, they have a musical band for the company. They’re cool and edgy, and they don’t care about society’s rules as Kirti Kulhari’s character Sasha would like you to know. She barely smiles in the film —she is too grim about the rot in society.…

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SARDAR KA GRANDSON : Let down by Execution

Sardar Ka Grandson Movie Review: In the new Netflix film, Arjun Kapoor plays a one-man Samjhauta Express who shares a name with a Murthal dhaba. He is joined by Neena Gupta, who is wasted in more ways than one. You have to hand it to John Abraham. A mere three years after starring in Parmanu, a worrisome film about warmongering, he has sent Arjun Kapoor to Pakistan as a one-man Samjhauta Express in Sardar Ka Grandson. Out on Netflix, the ‘feel-good’ drama, co-produced by John, has potential to damage an already fraught situation. Arjun Kapoor plays Amreek, a man who runs a movers and packers business in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Radha, played by Rakul Preet Singh. Blinded by some sort of male entitlement, he lashes out at her one day after she points out legitimate flaws in his personality and work ethic. His…

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Review

Chilling horror conjured into a thrilling murder mystery. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are up against one of the most evil and demonic forces, who will stop at nothing to accomplish its unholy mission. Fighting this evil entity could take everything they have. REVIEW:  It’s 1981 and what starts as yet another routine exorcism for the demonologist couple Ed and Lorraine, quickly turns into a nasty surprise. A powerful demon, out to claim the soul of the 12-year-old David (Julian Hilliard) is a formidable force that can do the unthinkable. When a young man Arne (Ruairi O’Connor) challenges it to leave David and enter him, things quickly start spiraling out of control. Now, it’s up to Ed and Lorraine to save Arne and themselves from this unhallowed possession. This is the third and overall eighth installment of the ‘Conjuring’ universe. Based on a…

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Hard to Judge : TENET

Tenet is a film which is hard to judge by the conventional norms of screen writing and fundamentals of storytelling. It takes the bold step of challenging these rules and bends reality and perspectives in this action-espionage- thriller time travelling, high concept, fictious film. But Nolan has already challenged and successfully changed these norms that pertain to storytelling via Following, Insomnia, Memento, Inception, Prestige showing that non- linear and cerebral storytelling can be as compelling as The Avengers. While Interstellar and Dunkirk may not have been everyone’s favorite, they still had enough ambition and meat to gain success and everyone’s familiar with his dark knight trilogy. So now what does Tenet bring? Sadly nothing extraordinary. On a pure technical level, it achieves and goes where films and blockbusters neither tend to nor have the capacity to, resulting in some inventive set pieces that probably…

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Roberrt movie review: This Darshan film is agonisingly unoriginal

Roberrt movie star cast: Darshan, Asha BhatRoberrt movie director: Tharun SudhirRoberrt movie rating: 1.5 star Director Tharun Sudhir’s latest movie Roberrt released on Thursday amid a lot of expectations. It is expected to revive the box office business in the state, which is reeling under the disruption caused by COVID-19. The film stars Darshan as Raghava, an obedient, god-fearing and peace-loving person. In fact, he goes over-the-top in his humility. He is a cook at a catering service that supplies south Indian food to funeral ceremonies in Lucknow. He has a son named Arjun, who is the opposite of Raghava. Vengeful and obstinate, Arjun finds it impossible to sleep at night till he gets even with people who have crossed him. The father-son duo is living contentedly until Arjun’s vindictiveness gets him in trouble with a powerful gangster. Raghava is forced to abandon his pretense at humility and…

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Saina movie review: Saina Nehwal’s biopic is inspiring but erases Gopichand and skirts inconvenient truths

Saina Nehwal does not have a flamboyant public persona. What she does have are unprecedented sporting achievements and a life featuring the sort of drama that is inevitable for one so successful. Director Amole Gupte’s eponymous biopic stars Parineeti Chopra as the former badminton world No. 1. The film gets a lot right, but hesitates over other elements, leaving several questions in its wake. One of Nehwal’s key real-life relationships was with her mentor, former All-England Open champion Pullela Gopichand. The coach is an important character in the film too, but he is renamed Sarvadhamaan Rajan. Gopichand’s role in Nehwal’s rise, their split, rumours that she felt he was paying more attention to P.V. Sindhu, her triumphs without him and their reunion are widely known, so the decision to rechristen him in Saina is inexplicable. It is especially odd since there is nothing overtly defamatory in…