• A Semi-Effective Police Portrait That Commits To Its Hero…Batla House is forced to take a stand. And it does, in good conscience. Which is more than can be said about other Hindi movies of whitewashed history

  • It’s hard to make intelligence look entertaining. But it’s harder to make intelligence look stupid. And yet, this is exactly what Mission Mangal manages to do

  • A Profoundly Unfunny Comedy That Oversells Its Spoofy Tone…A feature-length comedy that somehow manages to embody all the lazy stereotypes it makes fun of

  • A remarkable film which cuts deeper and darker into Uttar Pradesh, a State (and a state) that best reflects the nation’s mass rhetoric

  • A Greatest Hits Mixtape Of A Fading Superstar…Khan goes from age 8 to 70 in an awkward, episodic narrative that tips its hat to his transformation from Prem to Chulbul to Tiger

  • India’s Most Wanted is a tragic waste of its source material. A real-life chase demanded the bare-knuckled Paul Greengrass, Kathryn Bigelow or Delhi Crime treatment. The feasibility of the story itself is the film. But the language it uses – that of Kabir Khan and Neeraj Pandey spy/action dramas – is more suited to the fetishization of a make-believe genre. Almost as if the director doesn’t trust us to understand that capturing terrorists is not a mundane 9-to-5 job. This, however, does sort of explain the coming-of-age soundtrack. Forget finding the bad guys; I hope they found themselves.

  • A Crude Social Comedy With A Man Problem …The film starring Ajay Devgn and Tabu as a divorced couple isn’t a very thoughtful ‘social comedy’

  • SOTY2 can be described as a parody of Main Hoon Na, which itself was a parody of every desi college-campus movie ever made; a parody of a parody is called…reality

  • The Film Is Consumed By Its Commitment To Beauty And Boredom…The film decorates, pauses, gasps, whispers, sighs, romanticizes and ultimately chokes on its own derived sense of (slam) poetry

  • A Second-Hand History Lesson In Third-Rate Politics…

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