• With no conviction and utter confusion, the film is evidently more drama than reality. But the concern here is one of possibility: what if this was a potent, well-crafted propaganda film that released a day after India went to polls, slipping under the Election Commission radar?

  • Jordan Peele’s Us can be read as an allegory, a metaphor or allusion – but in the end is an urgent critique of American ills

  • Mary Poppins Returns is an overdosed saccharine panacea to the cynical times we live in

  • The superficial biopic on Queen refuses to look beyond its heteronormative worldview

  • Helicopter Eela is a loud, tone-deaf mother-son coming-of-age saga that lacks insights and observational humour

  • he rustic tale of sibling enmity provides an abundance of wisecracks
    Pataakha has everything that makes it a perfect fit in Vishal Bhardwaj’s oeuvre: literary adaptation, feisty women, rustic hinterland, unapologetic use of dialect and free-flowing gaalis. Yet, the film doesn’t feel contrived or formulaic.

  • This coming of age comedy about two opposite personalities is tiresome and repetitive…

  • It’s difficult to tell if Paltan is a war film or a long-drawn advertisement for the armed forces…

  • There’s nothing to savour in Laila Majnu, till it goes insane…

  • The most unexpected aspect of this film, though, is all the violence and point-blank shootings, which one wouldn’t typically associate with an otherwise frothy film. Shock value arising from these moments adds an added layer of dark comedy, and that’s fundamentally where the problem lies – the film’s inability to commit to one genre.

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