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Rahul Desai

Rahul Desai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 No Score Yet Lakshmi (2014) Kukunoor achieves what he strives for; his film is brutally honest in its simplicity...It makes you cringe for important reasons though, and must be watched for its relentless pursuit of relevance and authenticity.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
56% Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) The idea is designed to make us derive gleeful parallels from the film's awkwardness, reveling in the lighter side of marital discord. Ironically, it is their authenticity as a couple that makes it impossible to shrug off a fatal bout of bizarre writing.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/5 80% Gunday (2014) Gunday fails to fulfill that basic aspect- leaving you mildly enraged with the hope of what could have been, especially given the inexhaustible resources at hand. ‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2.5/5 62% Bombay Velvet (2015) Bombay Velvet is a moderate Hollywood imitation; significant for the craft it brings on screen, but little more than an excessive footnote in a universal genre. I'd rather revisit On The Waterfront or Goodfellas instead.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Chaar Sahibzaade (2014) The performance-capture technology, or lack thereof, lets the experience down.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) For all the goofiness entrenched within its franchise roots, this movie has a bucket-load of fun campy set pieces.‐ Mid Day
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Surkhaab (2012) Director Sanjay Talreja employs a time-jumping narrative that connects Jeet's chaotic predicament to events in India leading up to her departure.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) Mr. Sharma is a skilled writer as far as situational awareness is concerned. Now only if he can string lesser situations together in a more coherent manner.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
3.5/5 75% Qissa: The Ghost Is A Lonely Traveller (2014) Singh's frugal use of a brooding score, limited to a creepy one-note crescendo, makes for the mood of an existential horror film.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Action Jackson (2014) An absolute hoot.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) One of the sweetest little fairytales in recent times.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
3.5/5 92% Piku (2015) The music feels like a warm breeze, worldviews and personalities seem familiar, and the quiet final minutes reiterate the circular motion of life.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 8, 2015
3/5 50% I (2015) [Shankar] serves up three throbbing hours of an operatic musical--with a unique style that refuses to find firm footing between Victor Hugo and Michael Bay.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 5, 2015
2/5 38% Singham Returns (2014) I get the whole loud kitschy 80s-tribute vibe, but there is a thin line between imitation and impersonation.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/5 29% Gabbar (2015) Because the plot is nonsensical... the producers decide to exploit Hindi cinema's most iconic villain and voice... Mr. Kumar, who looks like he has other places to be.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Jai Ho! Democracy (2015) The digs become so obvious, and the intention to frustrate viewers so desperate, that the message of Indo-Pak brotherhood and procrastinating politicians is lost in an absurd haze of theatricality.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
2/5 60% Kick (2014) Harebrained, patronizing and regressive.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Bombay Talkies (2013) It is genuinely not possible for me to pick a favorite or rank them in any order as tempting an idea it might sound. Each film has something to say, and their authors get it across effectively and without fuss.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Nanak Shah Fakir (2015) An ambitious biblical moving picture, for the diehard faithful as well as young adults.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/5 100% Court (2015) Court is perhaps so good a movie that it doesn't look like one. It is unyielding, funny, mundane, occasionally boring and thought provoking, if only in hindsight. Just like life. Live it.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/5 82% Margarita with a Straw (2016) It's Miss Koechlin's impassioned portrayal of the afflicted girl that -- despite a corny film-school cliche climax -- gives this film a beating heart.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 78% Shamitabh (2015) The novelty of yet another unconventional Balki idea wears off in precisely 30 minutes.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 0% Ungli (Unglee) (2014) Veterans like Raza Murad, Mahesh Manjrekar and Shiv Subramaniam are wasted in thankless roles, while Neha Dhupia and Kangana jostle for the mantle of the more irrelevant female lead.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet 2 States (2014) An autobiographical tale of North Indian author Chetan Bhagat's love story with his Tamilian wife, this film is a bafflingly superficial adaptation.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
3/5 91% Haider (2014) Tabu and Kay Kay Menon are enthralling to watch.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
2/5 88% Dolly Ki Doli (2015) The plot of debutant Abhishek Dogra's film brazenly relies on two rather flimsy devices.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Ek Paheli Leela (2015) Perhaps Miss Leone should stop exploiting her own image, and play to her strengths by acting in something like The Girlfriend Experience.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
No Score Yet Tevar (2015) You've seen it all before.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
4/5 73% Finding Fanny (2014) A deliciously quirky tale that can best be described as a Goan Little Miss Sunshine.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
0.5/5 0% MSG: The Messenger of God (2015) [Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh] warns, in various Sehgal-Psy dance-rap variations, against the ill effects of drugs and alcohol -- coincidentally the two vices required to sit through this surreal experience.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
4/5 100% Badlapur (2015) Badlapur, maverick Sriram Raghavan's fourth desi-noir addition to his filmography, is a timely reminder that there is magic left in our movies. The magic can be dark, gloomy and subversive, but the spell can't be ignored.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Queen (2014) Director Vikas Bahl (Chillar Party) has crafted one of the better coming-of-age tales in recent times.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Barefoot To Goa (2013) Most of this 77-minute journey seems to take place in dreary, painful real time. I understand the aspiration for meditative storytelling in order to soak in its innocence, but the silence is deafening.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
2.5/5 22% Bang Bang (2014) Bang Bang is one of the breezier Hindi-language action packages of recent times, but that really isn't saying much.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
3/5 75% nh10 (N.H 10) (2015) NH10 is atmospheric, well acted, moody and crafted with a definite vision.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2015
2/5 57% Happy New Year (2014) This audaciousness must be lauded, even if the end result resembles a pretty yet unsatisfactory side of gooey mashed potatoes.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2015
3/5 71% Mardaani (2014) It is an understated and relatively agreeable mainstream film -- manipulative but not exploitative -- that thankfully falls short of sensationalizing a serious issue.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/5 22% Broken Horses (2015) There's a thin line between self indulgent and pretentious, a line that Mr. Chopra crosses repeatedly under pressure to manufacture something truly symbolic. ‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 79% PK (2014) I can think of nobody but Aamir Khan as PK, and nobody but Rajkumar Hirani as our teacher.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Badmashiyaan (2015) In short, as Pinkesh would exclaim, "Mama's eyes! Avoid."‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
3/5 60% Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015) It's good, but I'd much rather enjoy this director's cheeky experiments with characters and convention, over pulp and form.‐ Mumbai Mirror
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015