Namrata Joshi

Namrata Joshi
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Biography:
NAMRATA JOSHI is a senior journalist and film critic. Winner of India's National Award for Best Film Critic for 2004, she has contributed chapters to several film journals and anthologies and recently came out with her first book, "Reel India: Cinema off the Beaten Track," in which she journeyed through the interiors of the country, intimately chronicling little-known accounts about the nation's incessant obsession with the movies. It was published by Hachette India in July 2019. A member of FIPRESCI, she has been a member of the Fipresci critics' juries at the Toronto International Film Festival, Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj, Cairo International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, International Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum and Aurangabad International Film Festival. She has extensively covered the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Pingyao International Film festival and International Film Festival and Awards Macao. She has been on the selection committee for films at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, and on the juries at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. A winner of the Charles Wallace India Trust-Iqbal Sarin memorial fellowship, she was associated with the Department of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, to pursue independent research on the project: the changing themes and concerns of the British-South Asian diaspora cinema. She has also been the winner of the British Chevening Scholarship for Indian Journalists.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Little Palestine: Diary of a Siege (2021) Little Palestine is a devastating account of people humiliated, homeless and hungry beyond imagination. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
53% Toofaan (2021) I couldn't fathom why Toofan was made? To have Farhan Akhtar to work out and get a certain look for the titular role? To revisit all the usual cliches of a sports film? - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
55% Haseen Dillruba (2021) Over the top humour abounds in systematically placed comic set-pieces and there are blazing colours and kitsch. All to make the small town seem uber cool. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
100% Sherni (2021) Vidya Balan is effortless in leading from the front. As is the band of men surrounding her. But the authentic texture in Sherni eventually comes from the earthiness of the unknown locals... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
100% Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021) It's impossible to imagine that a documentary would be able to hold you in thrall for its 3 hours 37 minutes long duration. But Maria Speth's Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse manages to accomplish exactly that. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
100% Nayattu (2021) Prakkat contextualises it deftly in election-time Kerala and very cleverly so in the world of the upholders of law... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Gifted as Hampton was with rare oratorial skills, the film on his life also tries to spin magic with his words... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Chloe Zhao's Nomadland mimics life scrupulously... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
95% The Disciple (2020) The genuinely talented who are left with no option but to languish in anonymity. The Disciple overwhelmed me with adeep sense of loss that underlines it. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
9% Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai (2021) Radhe is nothing more than an unholy mess of a movie... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
69% Pagglait (2021) In sending out a positive message, the film deliberately limits its own cinematic possibilities... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
55% Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (2021) ...having set up an interesting premise, Banerjee is not able to dive deep enough to take the action forward compellingly. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
96% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) It doesn't ask for cuts, bans and total erasures. Only in situations such as these can good cinema and culture truly flourish. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
10% Roohi (2021) Banal, inane and vapid, in a nutshell, Roohi is nothing more than the infantilization of the idea of a single woman. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
100% Petite Maman (2021) A delicate dialogue across generations... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
83% Bioscopewala (2018) Deb Medhekar's contemporary spin on the story packs in many more layers and sub-layers to it. Some of them are thoughtfully handled, others leave you asking for more. Laudably, the essential humanism of Tagore's writing, stays. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
100% Landscapes of Resistance (2021) The narrative is interspersed with Popivoda and Ana's own notes that tell a parallel tale of the making of this political yet human film. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the film is a breeze despite some tired cliches. It ends up as an insider's take on corruption and caste and class-divides in India... - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
29% Kaagaz (2021) Kaagaz takes the viewers back to the hinterland and wears its provincial heart on its sleeve. - National Herald (India) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
No Score Yet A Thin Wall (2015) A Thin Wall has accounts of lives being saved. But it also contains memories of people walking for miles daily, leaving behind graves at every halt, the fear-filled existence in a time of moral vacuum. - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
82% Milestone (Meel Patthar) (2021) Meel Patthar focuses on the travails of the working class in an industry that literally drives the economy but has rarely sparked the imagination of filmmakers for a gritty exploration. - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
100% Bhonsle (2018) Makhija harnesses a competent set of actors to great effect, be it Juvekar, Chakraborty Singh or Banerjee. Bajpayee is astounding in his internalisation of Bhonsle... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
87% Dil Bechara (2020) The film, in which the lead characters are themselves seeking answers about the incompleteness of life, offers a heavy-hearted sense of reconciliation... - Silverscreen India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
100% Raat Akeli Hai (2020) The gender reversal in the matchmaking game and the obsession with fairness, portrayed at the very start of the film, is as much a hearty chuckle, a biting satire as it is a definitive statement. - Silverscreen India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
80% Shakuntala Devi (2020) This intriguing film, with its mix of the real and surreal, takes mothers beyond patriarchal frames of reference and gives them liberty to embrace their frailties and dark sides without a care or concern. - NewsClick EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
98% Apples (Mila) (2020) What is genuine is the evocation of loss and a deep sense of anguish. - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
94% Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) (2020) Under the Open Sky eschews the subtlety of Koreeda for a sentimental approach, meandering at times, but the lead actor Koji Yakusho holds it together by becoming one with the character of the yakuza. - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
75% The Boy from Medellín (2021) The vulnerability and responsibility of a celebrity finds a musical expression in Matthew Heineman's The Boy from Medellin... - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
84% The Way I See It (2020) Most of all, The Way I See It seeks to ask questions like how should the job of the US president be approached and what should the leader of the nation be like? - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) King's film is a perfect fit for TIFF, in that it exemplifies the values of gender parity and racial equality that the festival has consciously tried to underline through its programming without giving short shrift to artistic merit. - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
83% Bulbbul (2020) Dimri is a stunner who speaks volumes with her eyes. And the audience can do little but stay enraptured. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
73% Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Gulabo Sitabo surprises with how it gives heft to even the minutest of characters. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
50% English Medium (Angrezi Medium) (2020) Forget flying, the film doesn't seem to hold together well on the ground despite an interesting premise. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
93% Thappad (2020) The story of one woman becomes that of every woman, every man and the everyday male entitlement. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2/5 80% I Am Kalam (2010) It's a straight, simple story with no great highs and lows and an easy resolution. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Far from hiding, the film's beguiling charm stokes the deeply dystopian vision of its maker. In Bong's world, despite tokens like a cell phone or pizza dinners, social mobility doesn't quite exist. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) No wonder Jo and Amy in all their ambiguities are the ones who leave the strongest impression and offer Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh respectively the opportunity to invest in and dig into their characters with relish. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
94% Panga (2020) Kangana Ranaut's latest is all heart and charm, with an emotional wallop at the end... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
69% Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) The most cringing is throwing the "who will look after you when you are old and ill?" question at Jazz and, in turn, the audience. I took that personally... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood might make a certain demographic in America go nostalgic for its slice of lost childhood, but also manages to reach out to the world at large. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The film dazzles at each step, one encounter and adventure after another shot like a set piece, complete in itself with MacKay's stoic presence adding to the pathos and poignancy. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
73% Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) A historical that kicks off well, flounders in the middle and then serves some good punches in the climax... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
88% Chhapaak (2020) Deepika Padukone's performance and Meghna Gulzar's direction ensure that Chhapaak is like a splash that leaves you misty with emotions, if not entirely drenched... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
75% Good Newwz (2019) The good thing about Good Newwz then is that it gives [Akshay] Kumar a much needed opportunity to shed the boring nobility, let his hair down and play a normal man next door, one who can be despicable and offensive but perhaps not irredeemably so. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) There are some nice action set pieces, fights and chases. But the real fun lies in Beckett's "biodynamic concealment" experiment which misfires and turns Sterling into a pigeon, or "flying mouse" as he hatefully calls them. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
33% Ghost Stories (2020) Janhvi Kapoor and Surekha Sikri with their quick silver expressions in the fleeting moments, captured up close and personal, are both quite a treat to watch. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
50% Mardaani 2 (2019) The film engages with the gender issue in the all too familiar and stereotypical way, barely rising above being a cat-and-mouse thriller... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
43% Panipat (2019) Gowariker may have taken liberties with history, but doesn't play around with the form. He sticks to the tried and tested, the long and langourous and old-fashioned. However, he is unable to achieve the epic sweep... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The affecting, ruminative finale and the melancholic last scene leaves a metaphorical door ajar in our hearts, a deep hollow that's hard to fill... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
8% Marjaavaan (2019) Marjaavaan is loud, overcooked and overdone. Turgid and tedious it just passes you by, without you caring for anyone or anything on the big screen. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019