Kunal Guha

Kunal Guha
Kunal Guha's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Publications: Mumbai Mirror

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 100% Gully Boy (2019) [Akhtar] scores and even nails the emotional peaks and crushing lows. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 67% Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) It has the recipe for a light-hearted comedy. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/5 29% Thackeray (2019) There's a thin yet distinct line between mimicking and articulating an impression. Siddiqui manages to capture the cartoonist turned-politician's tone and spirit but retains his own interpretation of Thackeray. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 50% Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) Even while the authenticity of all the events detailed here is debatable, it makes for a decent watch. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 70% Uri (2019) Kaushal channels just the right intensity, determination and reserve one would expect... - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3/5 80% Petta (2019) Agreed the runtime (171 minutes) could've been snipped by 30 40 minutes at best. But for devotees of Thalaiva, this one's a maha-aarti they must attend. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 29% The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) Kher internalizes Singh's body language immaculately. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 38% Simmba (2018) It's surely a masala entertainer that packs in laughs, drama.dishooms and a lot more... - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 36% Zero (2018) This film's Bauaa basks in his own buffoonery and has a bloated and misguided self-worth that makes him more abominable than adorable. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 44% Kedarnath (2018) This just seems like watching an '80s Hindi movie for an hour and-a-half and then an '80s shark movie for another 10 minutes. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 69% 2.0 (2018) If only Shankar had found a way to get these two characters into the plot earlier, 2.0 would have soared. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Mohalla Assi (2015) Given their disparate views, it's obvious Pandey and Kanni would cross swords at some point. But the course this film takes will also encourage the viewer to jab themselves. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 57% Pihu (2018) When real life offers such a compelling subject, the job of the filmmaker is to merely execute the story as astutely and meticulously as possible. But this is where Vinod Kapri's Pihu drops the ball. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 25% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Many references have been drawn to the Pirates of the Caribbean series and while the resemblance is uncanny, this one lacks the ruthless savagery of the fantasy blockbuster. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Jack and Dil (2018) Why Khan, a commercially proven producer and eminent laughter show judge, would reduce himself to this mindless exercise is a mystery. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 40% Baazaar (2018) Director Gauravv K Chawla is tuned in to the vital masalas that make for a Hindi blockbuster and uses the tropes to heighten the drama. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 88% Badhaai Ho (2018) Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial capitalise on the uneasiness of being in this pickle to script hilarious sequences that would leave you in splits. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 38% Helicopter Eela (2018) There is an attempt to cover affiliated concerns of helicopter parents - but it's an aerial look at each and doesn't dig beneath the surface. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 89% Tumbbad (2018) The technique - of using sounds to allow viewers mentally fabricate the unknown - draws on one's imagination and worst fears. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/5 33% Loveyatri (2018) You've seen it too many times to care. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 69% Manto (2018) This cinematic version of his life and works, however, is far from unbearable but it's surely too staid for someone with such a vivid imagination. Let's just say, we would've much rather preferred a hagiography. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Mitron (2018) A predictable plot and clichéd turns and twists reduce this two-hour watch into one that can be either skipped or caught late. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/5 80% Love Sonia (2018) Tabrez Noorani is so consumed in narrating the dangerous reality of survivors of sex trafficking that he ignores the fact that he has to also engage audiences with his characters - for them to actually feel their plight. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 80% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) Love triangles are as old as cinema itself. But this one marks an evolution of the genre that most reduce to "who gets the girl?" and comprehensively concludes that often, love is not all it takes. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 33% Paltan (2018) Dutta's contribution to managing the Indian army's image must be lauded. His filmography covers the pertinent wars that altered the country's history and geography but has forever subscribed to tested tropes and heightened jingoism. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1.5/5 14% Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se (2018) The trio from the Deol family could've made a home video to satiate their creative urges, instead of inflicting cinema-goers to this sort of torment. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 50% Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (2018) An issue with this one is that it sets up elaborate gags or even scenes which would be hilarious if fleshed out but then, there's very little writing to fall back on. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Genius (2017) A self-confessed moral here is - "Love is a higher wisdom than all of philosophy." If you know what that means, your brain has had the better of you too. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 10% Satyameva Jayate (2018) In 2018, it seems like a jaded remake that insults the audiences' intelligence. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Vishwaroopam 2 (2018) This one is a watered-down version that barely draws on the veteran actor's many talents and scripts its own demise. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/5 86% Mulk (2018) The first half of Mulk is crisp. Events unravel swiftly and unexpected turns manage to translate the tension, frustration and anxiety across the screen. But the second half is largely restricted. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/5 63% Fanney Khan (2018) For an adaptation, Fanney Khan is only mildly inspirational, and lacks the intensity and thrill that would force audiences to imagine the worst when the story takes an unexpected turn. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/5 71% Karwaan (2018) It's unfortunate that films about road trips haven't evolved in decades and even this one clings to the same clichéd construct. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/5 33% Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 (2018) It's difficult to imagine that this film has been helmed by Dhulia - the very same who directed the gripping account of the dacoit-turned-athlete Paan Singh Tomar or even the previous films in this franchise. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/5 44% Dhadak (2018) Dhadak is only a first copy from Thailand that milks the original to a point that the cow would deem objectionable. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 67% Soorma (2018) Taapsee Pannu's doe-eyed Harpreet manages it all - the coy, the determined and the unflinching. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/5 47% For Here Or To Go? (2017) Ali Fazal is a promising talent and it is a shame that this film barely draws on his strengths. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 45% Sanju (2018) Rajkumar Hirani's prime job is to make a film worth your multiplex ticket and he meticulous picks anecdotes from Dutt's life that render a compelling narrative and pack in a range of emotions. - Bangalore Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
1.5/5 9% Race 3 (2018) It would be a waste of space to delve into the story, so let's skip to what really counts. If you felt the previous Race films were cocky, this one resembles a poultry farm. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2.5/5 50% Kaala (2018) With a run-time bordering on three hours, Kaala is surely 30 minutes too long...but for Thalaiva fans, an immeasurable treat. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 67% Veere Di Wedding (2018) While this one works as a breezy film on girl bonding, it gets a bit tedious while taking a stab at patriarchy. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/5 50% Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018) Sharma had a compelling story which could've rendered a thrilling watch, if only he could've focused on telling it with some conviction. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet High Jack (2018) Director Akarsh Khurana should be held responsible for this big-screen debacle. Since he is also credited for screenplay and lyrics, there's even more reason to blame him for this bad trip. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/5 100% Raazi (2018) Given the political climate, this one's a relevant watch - especially since little has turned between the two nations over the years. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 70% 102 Not Out (2018) This one goes beyond mirroring the clichéd plot and even offers a solution that neglected parents may find inconvenient to execute but surely one that offers redemption of sorts. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2.5/5 33% Daas Dev (2018) The cumulative result - a political pudding that's overbaked and lacks distinction. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
1.5/5 20% Nanu Ki Jaanu (2018) The biggest mystery of all remains, did the person who invested in this excuse for celluloid do so out of free will? We'll never know. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 61% Beyond the Clouds (2018) Like in most Majidi films, the lingering overarching message is reassuring - despite everything, there's sufficient good in all of us, even if it may surface only occasionally. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/5 70% Mercury (2018) Deva is determined to make this nefarious image stick and is rather convincing too. Since an overwhelming section of his filmography has seen him tapping his toes to churn out jigs kids shouldn't replicate at home, it gives his monster a delicate touch. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/5 89% October (2018) Moody and petulant and yet, almost obsessively sentimental. - Mumbai Mirror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018