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Film Review
Deepa Gehlot
Your regular dose of even-handed criticism of movies that actually help you decide whether to go or just skip the show. This column combines both film reviewing as well as reporting, opening up the world of Bollywood that everyone finds so fascinating.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
There was a reason why Nagraj Manjule’s Marathi film Sairat was such a big hit. It took typical Bollywoodian young love tropes and pushed them into the muck of rural reality, where caste and class differences are so pronounced, that the smallest ember of rebellion can lead to a conflagration.... More
Saturday, July 21, 2018
The antics of a non-scary Count Dracula and his even less spooky monster pals fuelled two installments of 'Hotel Transylvania'.... More
Saturday, July 14, 2018
It’s a good thing that Bollywood is now looking for stories about real life heroes—and hockey player Sandeep Singh is undoubtedly one.... More
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Peyton Reed directs Ant-Man And The Wasp, a sequel to the 2015 film Ant-Man, and this one is faster and funnier, provided the viewer is not already exhausted by all the CGI-laden superhero movies that keep flying out of the Marvel Universe.... More
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' and the visually stunning 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', are still in the mind, and he delivers the brilliant stop-motion animation film 'Isle Of Dogs'.... More
Saturday, July 07, 2018
In the original 'Sicario' (2015) by Denis Villeneuve, American law enforcers battled the drug cartels of Mexico, to stop the flow of narcotics into the US. It is an ugly war, and both sides are corrupt and brutal.... More
Saturday, June 30, 2018
There are problems inherent in making a biopic of a movie star who is still active, and young enough for all his many shenanigans to have been meticulously reported by the then brazen film press, and a lot by the mainstream media.... More
Saturday, June 30, 2018
‘Escape Plan 2: Hades' is a needless sequel to the 2013 film, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the only selling point of which was the two aging stars bantering.... More
Saturday, June 23, 2018
While every other superhero and heroine pops up with boring regularity, it took fourteen years for the family of Incredibles to return, and what a joy it is to watch Brad Bard sprinkle a dash of ‘normalcy’ to the superheroes. ... More
Saturday, June 23, 2018
The last film in the Ocean’s trilogy was in 2007, so how to carry on a successful caper franchise without overpopulating the cast — Ocean’s 14 would be too much.... More
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Abbas-Mustan had created the 'Race' franchise, with mindless and twisty plots, but their films managed to entertain to some extent. They had glamour, style and a few thrills.... More
Saturday, June 09, 2018
The Rajinikanth myth-making has gone on for so long and with such vehemence that it would be difficult for any star to live up to it; and the possibility of disappointing viewers just goes up with every film that fails to match the hype.... More
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Michael Crichton's 1990 bestseller 'Jurassic Park' was turned into a trend-setting film by Steven Spielberg in 1993, which brought dinosaurs out from textbooks into the world of sci-fi.... More
Saturday, June 02, 2018
This is a film about the problems of rich young women who have no problems.... More
Saturday, June 02, 2018
A superhero in a movie, comic, or graphic novel is meant to be a larger than life figure, who has to save the world. In Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, the masked crusader is a clumsy young man, who starts as a jokey vigilante along with his friends, targeting motorists breaking signals or men peeing on walls.... More
Saturday, June 02, 2018
If someone were to ask what Phamous is about, it would be difficult to answer, except that it is about the unchecked gun culture in the Chambal Valley of Madhya Pradesh, whose ravines, for many years harboured bandits and outlaws.... More
Saturday, May 26, 2018
The times are such that chest-thumping patriotism is gaining in popularity. It’s commendable that Abhishek Sharma picked a subject from the past, which most of today’s generation would be unaware of, the nuclear tests in Pokhran in 1998, that made India a power to reckon with.... More
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Harrison Ford has been immortalised as Han Solo in Star Wars. There have been enough sequels and prequels to the original sci-fi epic, so was another throwback origins story really needed?... More
Saturday, May 19, 2018
If Harsh Chhaya wanted to take an idea from the award-winning Marathi film ‘Ventilator’, he should have simply remade it, instead of turning into a broad, mostly witless, insensitive farce.... More
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Taking the partner for granted is a common enough condition that plagues many a marriage, perhaps more so an arranged match, where the gender roles are drawn by tradition; the man goes out to work, the woman looks after the family.... More
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