Badrinath Ki Dulhania review: A progressive potboiler

Dharma Productions and Shashank Khaitan’s latest movie titled ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, is a run-of-the-mill romcom with a couple of deep-rooted social messages. These messages are integral to the plot and aren’t merely added as frills to tease the appetite of the righteous. Pitched as a potboiler, the film delves into prominent matters such as gender…

Raees review: Badassery gone bad

After setting high standards with a terrific teaser in July 2015, Rahul Dholakia has spectacularly disappointed moviegoers with the diabolical ‘Raees’. Obviously inspired by the bootlegger and gangster Abdul Latif, ‘Raees’ is the tale of an enterprising young boy in Gujarat, who works up the ranks to rule the illegal liquor trade in the state.…

Kaabil review: Blinded by revenge

Sanjay Gupta has a penchant for recycling the old. His movies are severely lacking in originality, as Gupta generously borrows plots from the west to fulfill his creative aspirations. With ‘Kaabil’, Gupta doesn’t necessarily look abroad, but he ventures into the forbidden archives of Bollywood’s well forgotten past. ‘Kaabil’ has an outdated premise. A happy,…

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil review: Heartache? Headache, more like

Karan Johar’s latest directorial venture, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, is a mangled mess of emotions and relationships. Johar seemingly thrives in this space, although his previous films used dollops of black and white to depict human relationships. With age, Johar’s style of filmmaking has matured. Evolved, even. But, his ability to tell stories has deteriorated, and…

RUSTOM REVIEW: BLANKS FIRED!

Akshay Kumar has successfully carved a niche for himself in Hindi cinema, as an actor competent of marvellously mixing the pragmatic with the preposterous. His unique ability to keep the box-office buzzing with asinine releases such as ‘Singh is Bliing’ and ‘Housefull 3’ along with sensibly delivered dramas in ‘Airlift‘ and ‘Baby’ has sustained his…

ROCKY HANDSOME REVIEW: GRUESOME. GORY. GLORIOUS.

A film with a cheesy title is often going to be met with scorn and apprehension. Rocky Handsome has been widely promoted in mainstream media with a barrage of social media advertising to go along with it. Yet, there appears to be an impenitent ignorance among the public concerning this flick. Is it because John…

Kapoor and Sons review: Melodrama meets maturity

Kapoor & Sons represents the coming of age of melodrama in Hindi cinema. A mature and balanced film on relationships, from a production house like Dharma (which has previously given us weepy dramas such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) is a significant achievement. This evolution is worthy of accolade and the intent…