Manjusha Radhakrishnan

Manjusha Radhakrishnan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Gulf News (UAE)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 89% Article 15 (2019) It isn't an easy film to watch. But it would be a disservice if you don't give this thriller a chance. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 25% Kabir Singh (2019) Put a ring on Kabir Singh if you are in the mood for watching a love story that's wonderfully wicked and warped. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 29% Bharat (2019) The pulpy Salman Khan epic is overstuffed, painfully dull and meanders on and on - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet PM Narendra Modi (2019) If you are a Modi fan, then you are likely to savour this sucrose-fuelled biopic. But if you are a movie fan, then this is no riveting cinema and you may even see red in this saffron-hued utopian tale. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 25% De De Pyaar De (2019) DDPD may not make you wiser in love, but it's a clear indication that loving or losing someone is one gloriously complicated and messy affair. So, take a plunge with DDPD that doesn't scar you in any way. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 38% Kalank (2019) This love tragedy starts with a bang, whimpers along the way and concludes with some ado. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 31% Kesari (2019) Kesari is a story of undiluted heroism, but too much goodness can get a tad boring. Watch it if you like chest-thumping films about brave soldiers. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 53% Badla (2019) While the climax doesn't knock you off your feet, you will still enjoy the blow-by-blow account of how things escalated to a murder and a cover-up. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 33% Luka Chuppi (2019) It's a light-hearted film with a scattered, almost fickle, storyline, bolstered by good performances from a sturdy cast. While you may not put a ring on this one, you can definitely live with it for a couple of hours of your life. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 100% Gully Boy (2019) Gully Boy is a rhythmic blast with Singh soaring to superlative highs as an actor. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
2/5 63% 2.0 (2018) The characters seem tin-like with no steely resolve. Watch this at your own peril. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 56% Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) If you are a fan of warrior epic that's solely Ranaut's battlefield, this one is for you. Others can safely duck this nationalism-fuelled saga. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/5 33% Zero (2018) All of that would have been forgiven if the second half of the film didn't venture into the ludicrous territory. Singh qualifying to be a Mars-mule in the US was the proverbial last straw. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3.5/5 62% Uri (2019) There's something hugely inspirational about watching a band of brave soldiers take down the bad guys. Give this film a sure shot. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/5 30% Simmba (2018) While Simmba is an ode to Bollywood's 'masala' genre, what it gets wrong is the way in which the film tries to manipulate its viewers. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
2.5/5 42% Kedarnath (2018) Kedarnath is perfectly stormy and is good for a one-time watch. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2.5/5 25% Baazaar (2018) While the thriller set against the concrete jungle of Mumbai isn't particularly memorable, its lead player Kothari has a longer shelf-life. Watch this solely for Khan. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 90% Badhaai Ho (2018) There's lots to love in this sweet and simple film. The lack of cloying melodrama is such a relief, too. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 33% Helicopter Eela (2018) While Helicopter Eela won't rock your world, it is a soothing watch. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 100% Andhadhun (2018) You have to hand it to director Raghavan for not giving us perfectly sealed endings. He never wraps things up neatly and allows or expects the viewers to do the crazy math. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 89% Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018) Is it simplistic? Definitely. But do you buy it? Most definitely. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 75% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) Put a ring on Manmarziyaan, you won't regret that choice. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 89% Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) The pace is languid, but doesn't get tiring. Take the plunge and watch this romantic comedy. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 42% Jazbaa (2015) The wicked climax of Jazbaa makes it a satisfying watch, but not a watertight thriller. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 33% Banjo (2016) Banjo, led by Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri, seems to be grappling with an identity crisis. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 91% Badlapur (2015) This is no mindless gore-fest, as the director and actors do a good job of drawing you into their heads - no matter how warped or twisted. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 22% Tevar (2015) These are stock characters in Bollywood and even someone as talented as Bajpayee can't redeem it. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 69% Gunday (2014) If you dig those loud '70s capers, Gunday is right up your street. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet Gang Of Ghosts (2014) It is buffoonery at its worst and a comedy that pretends to carry a social message. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
50% Gulaab Gang (2014) While the film is largely entertaining, I wish the director had not bowed down to the pressure of turning Gulaab Gang into a typical Bollywood masala film. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.25/5 No Score Yet Ungli (Unglee) (2014) The Ungli gang's vigilantism is never grand until the climax, and by then you may be past caring. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 29% Paltan (2018) Paltan is a dangerously bland film with limited action. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 77% Stree (2018) Credit has to be given where it is due. Stree was a creative experiment and it worked for most parts. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 10% Begum Jaan (2017) Watch this only if you are fan of Balan. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/5 67% Simran (2017) Reserve this for a one-time watch as it's incredible to see Ranaut play a self-destructive rebel. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 70% Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) While it takes time for Bareilly Ki Barfi to warm up to you, the crackling second half and the arrival of Rao signals for good things to come. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 25% Half Girlfriend (2017) Watch this film if you are in the mood for a romance punctuated by a generous dose of drama, tears and heartache. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 21% Tubelight (2017) A plus for trying, but that's it. It's all executed in a cute manner, but their saccharine way of storytelling is cloying. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 14% Raabta (2017) Raabta is at fantasy adventure flight risk...the climax is unintentionally funny, but the last scene puts a smile on your face. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 57% Noor (2017) While she keeps harping about the importance of research in journalism, very little thought seems to have gone into painting an accurate picture of the media...but it shouldn't be deal breaker, because this film is backed by good, earnest performances. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 55% Gold (2018) If this film were to contest, it's likely to have only walked away with a bronze medal. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/5 82% Trapped (2017) All the action is contained to the confines of a small apartment, but it's not claustrophobic for the viewer. At some point, they may feel as if they are "rubbernecking" to see a bloody road accident or even feel guilty for that voyeuristic delight. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
1.5/5 8% Race 3 (2018) The wafer-thin plot that skims through illegal arms and drug dealings feels like a joke. Even the allure of Khan going shirtless or watching catfights unfurl cannot save this inglorious mess. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 50% Kaala (2018) While this revolutionary epic that's largely predictable would have benefited hugely from tighter editing, the hyper-stylised climax may appease the Rajinikanth fan in you. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/5 29% Dobaara: See Your Evil (2017) Watch this if you are in the mood for a creepy film whose intention is to startle you, but not designed for gross shock value. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
2/5 45% Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) The over-stretched thriller is also a stark reminder of the troubled times we live with mob justice and digital warriors shaping public opinion. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 50% Veere Di Wedding (2018) While this film isn't going to make you any wiser in love or life, Veere Di Wedding will go down as an engaging film that doesn't hurt the eye. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/5 44% Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018) Parmanu makes you wonder how can an earnest on-screen adventure with a potential to end with a big bang on the silver screen, end on a whimper? - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 100% Raazi (2018) Had it not been a true story, we could have questioned the audacity of the events. Perhaps, that's what makes Raazi one of the finest films of 2018, triumphant and defiantly good. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 58% 102 Not Out (2018) While it may not shake you to the core, the film has the power to put a smile on your face. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018