• All the interesting disparate elements in the film don’t come together well enough to build it into a compelling whole

  • Despite there being nothing new and everything predictable about it, War is slick and smart and keeps the audience engaged and absorbed. What irks is the nth iteration of a Muslim trying to prove his loyalty for Bharat. The good Muslim shoved in to balance out the global Islamic terror. Why do it so needlessly and thoughtlessly when the film is anyhow successful enough in its larger aim of providing “entertainment, entertainment, entertainment”?

  • Towards the end a political statement is also shoved in: that the whole country is a strip club where some are paying and others are getting paid to dance. You would do well to pay and see Lopez, Wu and co dance away with sheer abandonment and fun. But chances are that you could well end up finding yourself dancing to their tunes.

  • Batla House is a needlessly convoluted and garbled interpretation of the 2008 encounter case which entirely sides with the police.

  • With the nation’s conscience keeper Akshay Kumar at the helm and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech featured in a special appearance, the idea behind Mission Mangal quite clearly is to ignite our supposedly latent nationalism.

  • Sonakshi Sinha delivers a sincere performance in a movie that gets lost between convenient laughs and righteous messaging

  • Eventually, the film turns out to be Ranaut’s assertion that she is much misunderstood, but will live the way she wants to

  • Arjun Patiala feels like a Punjabi film masquerading as a Bollywood one. The humour is deliberately rough and rustic and the filmmaking clunky. The hero has a glad eye, uses some utterly banal and incorrect lines about maa behen ki izzat but gets away from it all by giving a self-righteous lecture on consent.

  • Strong performances can’t save this forgettable affair

  • The new adaptation is a loyal tribute to the 1994 original, though a few outdated tropes could well have been reinterpreted

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