• There is an overlying sense of artificiality in the way Mission Mangal (Mars Mission) has been made, with abundant textbook techniques to mix comedy and drama into the proceedings of a vastly technical subject such as an organization’s attempt to send a satellite on the Martian orbit. It ends up as a series of cringe-worthy sequences. For a film that demands realism as the only single factor, Mission Mangal strays away from it right from the word go! as we see the actors fooling around in office and wherever they go. It’s a good idea by writer R Balki to refer home science as the solution to issues hampering space travel but the way they have been dramatized makes the discerning viewer coil in anger and disgust. Melodrama takes the limelight in the film that can be best characterized as a lackluster take on a historic feat, that only gets worse as you proceed watching it, eventually leading you to a specific scene where a gang of inebriated Isro scientists brawl in a metro car all of which reeks of self-righteousness. Mission Mangal is a mockery of the very subject that it pays homage to. There’s no reason to spend any money on this and I would instead recommend going through the Wikipedia page of the actual mission instead. TN.

    August 19, 19
  • Maybe it’s the London setting in the second half of Dil Juunglee (Heart Wild) that makes the romance appealing but there’s no way one call this ordinary tale of young love fresh or which lacks cliches. TN.

    August 16, 19
  • Hrithik Roshan shines in Super 30 despite his overtly off transformation into a mathematician from a poor family in Patna who goes on to develop an ingenious coaching program for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants who are from the most marginal walks of life in the state of Bihar and which then takes a virulent turn (on its way making you emotionally weak and maybe even cry due to the sultry supply of motivational jump scenes) into a critique of one’s right to education in India and how good education is only possible for the rich, while not once attempting to focus on the basic theme of the film: teaching mathematics.

    August 12, 19
  • The artificial nature of Helicopter Eela which further translates into oversmart takes on college/teen life, single-mother-son relationship, and one’s quest a assuming a creative career makes you want to hate it. TN.

    August 12, 19
  • 5 Weddings is the perfect example of how bad filmmaking, bad concept, and an overall bad execution can eventually result in a messy, half-baked romantic drama about a PIO American landing in India to cover a bunch of weddings. TN.

    August 09, 19
  • As silly as it looks and really is, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (Happy Will Run Away Again) manages to make you laugh thanks to inputs from Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra, which is only second to the brilliant production design of its setting in China. TN.

    August 07, 19
  • There are a lot of things to watch and ponder about in Bharat yet none of them outsmart the final emotional message, which would have been delivered faster had Zafar not taken too long to get to the point. If you have the patience and some tissues for the tears that are bound to come even though artificially, Bharat will not just be a jingoistic, tear-jerking recipe. TN.

    August 04, 19
  • Satyameva Jayate (Truth Alone Triumphs) is a rehash of that old story about police loyalty and self-righteous fight against corruption that we have seen countless times in Bollywood itself, this time with a bit of extra family melodrama. TN.

    July 27, 19
  • Apart from the ounces of good comedy, what De De Pyaar De (Give Me Some Love) does is bust the tabooed topic of sex in India. It reduces it to an activity involving physical contact, which is how it should be, regardless of its attachment to a relationship or matrimony. I personally did not think I would find so much depth in a film presented by Luv Ranjan and I need to hand it to director Akiv Ali for really taking the comic film in that route. The plot is as insane as it sounds and has a convoluted structure but you get that idea even from its poster, so can’t blame anyone. Just looking at Devgn is funny enough for me, and I found Rakul Preet Singh a bit amateurish as the unruly character but I guess the script needed her to be. Overall, De De Pyaar De really gives you a lot of comedy to sit back at the end of a busy day and laugh at. TN.

    July 16, 19
  • There are a few scenes in Toy Story 4 that reminded me why I was so hyped when they released the first poster and why I now took the pains and spent the resources to grab an IMAX 3D ticket, but then it played out like an ordinary toy story (without the caps) that just lacks the panache and heart that the prequels had and which I dug. You know what is going to happen in Toy Story 4 and with a cliched plot line about a villain doll trying to earn the love of a human kid is all but unenterprising, it just reduces the faith I have in Pixar. Apart from a few funny scenes and the magnificent animation, this was a sheer disappointment. TN.

    June 29, 19
  • Kabir Singh is a movie that gives you adrenaline rush every time Shahid Kapoor’s arrogant and sexist and patriarchal character charges himself up because of a constant external stimuli in the film – anything and everything related to his love interest (Kiara Advani) whom he singlehandedly and forcibly makes fall in love with him, giving us one of those rare cinematic products in Bollywood that show how certain abusive relationships are born and extended without any influence of the barking society at large or the silent participants themselves. TN.

    June 29, 19
  • Game Over is definitely a welcome approach to Bollywood where the talented yet single-faced Taapsee Pannu plays an anxious video game designer in a thriller plot that is arrestingly fun to watch – keeping you at the edge of your seat – but does not make a bit sense, what with its hedonistic take on literal video gaming of the 1980s. TN.

    June 29, 19
  • I have always wanted superhero films to go beyond the usual tactics of heroes saving the world (and not just the USA) and make a little sense while at it, which is exactly what Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars manages to do, albeit with some sudden melodrama. TN.

    June 01, 19
  • Other than the cultural significance, the excellent cast, and a truly resplendent production setup, Marvel’s Black Panther is just one of the averagely scripted and poorly action-directed superhero films in the MCU, the type of lowbrow story that existed before its genre-bending Phase 3. TN.

    May 29, 19
  • A lot is going on in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission Impossible: Fallout as Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team go around in circles to keep you hooked till the last second before doing what you already know they will. TN.

    May 27, 19
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 is a great customization of the John Wick template that they used in 2014 plus some more high-octane action, an even stronger and powerful Keanu Reeves, and a bit more words from his mouth. TN.

    May 25, 19
  • There is more than a neat and rich gentlemanly dressing up in Chad Stahelski’s John Wick than I could handle, making it almost impossible for me to avoid another viewing. TN.

    May 25, 19
  • Taika Waititi’s indie style is all over the place in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok but I still cannot fathom the point of forced, untimely humor that all these MCU films are feeding their scripts with and then boasting about it even as the whole story takes on a little sensible turn after a dozen or so textbook plotlines. TN.

    May 25, 19
  • Save for the 5-second performance of Will Smith that you may miss if you don’t pay attention to the half a dozen opposite-of-glee songs in Student of the Year 2 and a few one-liner jokes by the breakout star Harsh Beniwal (whom I would like to see as the lead if they ever make Student of the Year 3), this one here will tickle your fantasies that are best left untickled. Do something better with you time if you don’t want to go window cloth shopping. TN.

    May 12, 19
  • Saif Ali Khan is absolutely earth shattering in Baazaar (Stock Market) where he plays an unscrupulous businessmen who gambles in the stock markets along with newbie Rohan Vinod Mehra who is absolutely incompetent as his protege stockbroker looking to make it big in the millennium city. TN.

    May 01, 19