Manjusha Radhakrishnan

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 No Score Yet Shakeela (2020) Soul-crushingly boring and frustrating. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
2.5/5 44% Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020) A good skimming of certain twists would have made this comedy sharper. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 64% Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020) The movie's climax may also seem a bit hurried and choppy, but the journey until there is eventful and deeply satisfying. Make sure to make this your weekend watch. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet C U Soon (2020) C U Soon is a riveting Malayalam thriller that subverts the usual tropes attached to an entertaining film. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 100% Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) The biopic, which claims to have been liberally dramatised, is an engaging one-time watch. Just like its leading lady, it's easy on the eyes and never yanks you to an uncomfortable space. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3.5/5 83% Bulbbul (2020) Produced by Anushka Sharma, this supernatural thriller has the right spirit and soul... - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 54% Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) Whatever your political affiliation or take on demonetisation, there's a lot of pleasure to be found in this engaging film about lousy lives bolstered by illegal money. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 89% Piku (2015) Watch Piku if you are in the mood to watch a movie that's all heart. There are no larger-than-life heroes, dramatic transformations or neatly-tied endings. Still, Piku works its magic because it steers clear from the usual trappings. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3.5/5 46% English Medium (Angrezi Medium) (2020) While the comedy has its shining moments, it's sporadic. Watch this film if you are keen to watch Khan in top form along with a handful of actors who know their craft. Had the movie shed its proverbial lard, it would have been a cracker of a film. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Baaghi 3 (2020) Unless you want to tear your hair out in frustration at the cinemas, duck this crazy cinematic missile. It's a misfire from the word go. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
80% Karthik Calling Karthik (K.C.K.) (2010) The feat of winding a love-story around a mysterious telephone call for more than two hours is no easy task, but the debutante director Ritesh Sidhwani manages to engage. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet BHOOT - Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) It's high on eerie atmospherics, but low on genuine scares... - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 44% Malang (2020) There are enough highs to keep you engaged. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3.5/5 69% Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) Don't be shy to put a ring on this film. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 10% Street Dancer 3 (2020) While the dance moves impress, the Bollywood film loses the plot along the way... - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet Jai Mummy Di (2020) While a fistful of jokes in the initial portions of the film land, there isn't enough meat or heft to keep us hooked. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 88% Chhapaak (2020) Chhapaak is life-affirming and sobering, so don't duck this disturbing and compelling drama. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 75% Good Newwz (2019) Raj Mehta extracts every bit of juice from this novel, insane idea. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
20% Dabangg 3 (2019) There's nothing new or inspiring in Dabangg 3 and the degree to which you will enjoy this film depends largely on your devotion towards Khan. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 50% Mardaani 2 (2019) The film may seem contrived with pop-feminism, there's enough suspense to keep us engaged. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2.5/5 43% Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) Director Mudassar Aziz has put together a comedy that's perfect for a one-time-watch. It isn't life-altering, but makes for a pleasant watch. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
No Score Yet Pagalpanti (2019) The regressive comedy inspired no laughs and is best avoided. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
1.5/5 8% Marjaavaan (2019) Overdramatic dialogues and a cliched story works against this Milap Zaveri directorial. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Bala (2019) Director Amar Kaushik and Khurrana do a splendid job of making Bala's narcissistic behaviour endearing. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
11% Laal Kaptaan (2019) While the cinematography that captured the arid, dusty desert landscapes of Rajasthan is compelling, a beautiful canvas cannot make up for a weak story. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 71% The Sky Is Pink (2019) Clocking in at more than 140 minutes, it feels bloated at certain places. Don't give up on the movie though. The Sky is Pink is a keeper. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 69% War (2019) Unlike its beefed-up heroes, there's no meat in the plot... - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 64% Section 375 (2019) While you may not be thrilled at where the film is headed, the right thing to do is to give the searing Section 375 a fair trial. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 50% Dream Girl (2019) The climax feels bloated. But in all, it's an unthreatening film laced with noble intent. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 60% Mission Mangal (2019) The women do their bits to perfection. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) Watching Jabariya Jodi is like surviving a bad marriage. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 9% Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) While the message behind this film is laudable, it isn't always exciting. If you are hoping that this movie will end with a big bang, you are mistaken. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 67% Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) JHK is a perfect example of a well-cast film filled with supremely talented actors. - Gulf News (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
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 23% 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 32% 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 23% 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 39% 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 33% 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 60% 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 31% 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 96% 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 56% 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 50% 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 29% 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 27% 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 43% 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 30% 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