• Pink, like Madaari, also written by Ritesh Shah, is a film that has the trappings of a thriller to keep the audience guessing about the outcome every minute, while simultaneously engaging them in a conversation about contemporary society. Pink is about the patriarchal mindset which looks at independent women capable of making the same choices as independent, enfranchised men, as ‘loose’ or ‘characterless’.

  • Island City is one of the best Hindi films in recent times. It is a very well-made, confident film that fearlessly eschews Bollywoodisms and just exists in its distinctive rhythm; never for a second, feeling the need to shock and impress the audience.

  • War Dogs is a film about two twenty-something men who do terrible things for a living. Besides echoing the Scorsese rise-and-fall story, the film is reminiscent of The Social Network – a more layered film about the moral corruption of twenty-somethings trying to win the world. Is there redemption? No.

  • Happy Bhag Jayegi is an inoffensive family entertainer. If you don’t like your history with flying crocodiles or with patriotism forced down the throat, this inconspicuous film might appeal to you.

  • Budhia Singh – Born To Run should be watched. It is well-made with its heart in the right place. Good performances, a pleasing story, a national hero angle (Like Airlift, Neerja, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) – what more do you want?

  • Shorgul deserves a watch, more so because of its topicality in this putrid climate of communal hatred and intolerance.

  • It’s that kind of a movie which we call “sweet and simple”. This small, intimate film from Nagesh Kukunoor is a breezy, inoffensive, and often charming, two-hour ride that is all fable and fairy tale.

  • From the perspective of craft, The Conjuring 2 is a good, well-written-and-directed, classic entertainer. If you are looking for cheap thrills, you might want to skip this. But if you are in for a good movie-watching experience and wouldn’t mind a few chills, go for it.

  • As is always the norm with films about immature 20-year-olds looking for sex, the film’s story is all about coming-of-age, finding love, understanding life, and so on and so forth. The big moments do not come easy and even when they come, you don’t know when they go past you. Neither do Brahman Naman’s heroes, because they are stupid and self-involved.

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