Rohan Naahar

Rohan Naahar
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am based out of New Delhi, India. I have been reviewing films and TV for close to three years for the Hindustan Times, one of the largest English news outlets in India. In these three years, I have written over 250 reviews, having made an attempt to cover films and shows that normally would not have been given much of a spotlight in my country.
Publications: Hindustan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Sardar Ka Grandson (2021) In the new Netflix film, Arjun Kapoor plays a one-man Samjhauta Express named after a Murthal dhaba. He is joined by Neena Gupta, who is wasted in more ways than one. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
25% The Woman in the Window (2021) Amy Adams' six Academy Award nominations count for nothing as she flails about with a script as empty as the house in which her character is trapped. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
89% Milestone (Meel Patthar) (2021) Meel Patthar, at just 97 minutes long, captures the mood of an entire nation - all the conflict, the fear, and the paranoia. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
97% The Disciple (2020) The Disciple is a demanding film, but one can't help but feel that it is another creative leap for a new master-in-the-making. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
46% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) I can imagine baffled Boomers tuning into Without Remorse and contemplating legal action. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
77% Stowaway (2021) Netflix's new space drama is a film about folks who go on a daring mission to find oxygen to save others, while those in charge leave them in the lurch. Gut-wrenchingly relevant. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
38% Searching For Sheela (2021) Only in Incredible India can nationwide protests be mounted against fictional characters, while an actual convicted felon gets the Dharma treatment. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
98% Minari (2020) It's a film about farming that reveals new layers as you scratch beneath the surface - dust away the topsoil of family drama, and you'll discover a Biblical allegory underneath. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
100% Ajeeb Daastaans (2021) Anthology films - especially these recent ones on Netflix India - have always been plagued by an unevenness. But Ajeeb Daastaans is so inconsistent that it borders on self-sabotage. It is redeemed, partially, by Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani's shorts. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
74% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian is the rare American movie that attempts to indict those responsible for post-9/11 belligerence - it's a cinematic act of atonement. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
32% Tom & Jerry (2020) Apologies if the Tom & Jerry live-action/animation hybrid movie directed by Tim Story didn't meet your expectations. The Coen Brothers weren't available. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is 21st Century Oscar-bait in its most shameless form - almost as eye-rollingly obvious in its intentions as some of those awards-friendly period dramas that the Weinsteins used to produce a decade or two ago. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) The worst thing to happen to Hong Kong since the protests. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) If you watched Joss Whedon's version of Justice League in the theatres and thought that it needed more F-bombs and a scene in which Wonder Woman learns how to correctly brew a cup of tea, then you're in luck. This is what you asked for. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) Forrest Gump with drug fiends. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) It's part morality play, part conspiracy thriller - two tones that normally wouldn't gel - but mostly on the strength of the extraordinary performances of its two leads, the film feels rather seamless. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Call it an act of repentance on Disney's part for throwing Kelly Marie Tran under the bus, or call it another excuse for Alan Tudyk to make animal noises for a couple of hours in exchange of equity, but Raya is a step in the right direction. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Hit me harder than Billie hit Orlando Bloom. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
79% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care a Lot belongs to the Gillian Flynn school of feminism, which proposes that the act of taking back control in a male-dominated society shouldn't be reserved for honourable women. Because there's a gender imbalance in the world of villainy, too. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
100% Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) Eeb Allay Ooo! is the rare social satire that has the courage of its convictions. Through sweeping use of metaphor, Vats addresses themes as prickly as nationalism and religious bigotry; the plight of the marginalised, and the entitlement of the elite. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) Three years have passed since the first film. In those three years, Centineo has grown swole, Condor has visited Mumbai, and Lara Jean and Peter, as a couple, have survived a subpar sequel. Always and Forever, heartbreakingly, is the weakest of the lot. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
88% News of the World (2020) News of the World is many things - a character study about a guilt-ridden man, a fable about fatherhood, a call-to-arms against right-wing propaganda - but I didn't expect it to also be an origin story for prime time news anchors. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) If anything, it's hopeful - a film that suggests that those who inflict the deepest wounds on you are usually the best equipped to dress them. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
46% Monster Hunter (2020) It opens with a desert chase that appears to have been cobbled together from discarded Fury Road storyboards, and dares to include an Apocalypse Now homage. Francis Ford Coppola nearly died making that movie; you might go belly up watching this one. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) The Dig is one of the most radical-minded films in recent memory. And yet, on the surface, it's a stoic period piece - perhaps the most tradition-bound of all film genres. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) Is there anything more mesmerising than the sight of Denzel Washington, slouching on the movie screen? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
73% Palmer (2021) Despite the beard on his face and the flannel shirts on his back, you can't quite shake the sensation that Palmer could, at any given moment, break into a rendition of Cry Me a River. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
92% The White Tiger (2020) Fuelled by a punchy hip-hop soundtrack and a frenetic energy, The White Tiger is a creepy chronicle of a newly globalised nation struggling with an inbuilt inferiority complex. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King puts the viewer bang in the middle of the confrontations - you aren't a fly on the wall, but an active participant. This, essentially, is the central 'message' that the film is trying to convey - that the time for fence-sitting is over. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Look beyond Shia LaBeouf's problematic presence, and the film has a lot to admire -- especially Vanessa Kirby's astonishing central performance, and that incredible opening act. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
67% AK Vs AK (2020) AK vs AK is an inventive but inconsistent film that achieves moments of movie magic, but often struggles to maintain the integrity of its internal logic. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2021
73% We Can Be Heroes (2021) Just because a film's made for children doesn't mean it has to be juvenile. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) There's no dawn at the end of The Midnight Sky. By the time a third act twist rears its head, as anticipated, you'll likely want to hurtle headfirst into an irradiated wasteland yourself. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
93% Sylvie's Love (2020) It's too beholden to outdated narrative devices to appeal in any sort of way to a discerning contemporary audience. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
95% Soul (2020) I'll be damned if I don't appreciate it for honouring pizza with the screen time and the respect that it deserves. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Chadwick Boseman is breathtaking in his final film, delivering scene after scene of heartbreaking intensity. There's no way he isn't winning an Oscar for this. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
No Score Yet Durgamati: The Myth (2020) Durgamati is the sort of film in which the 'scary' sequences are hilarious, and the attempts at humour are positively terrifying. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
72% A Call to Spy (2020) Dramatically inert and oddly unaffecting, A Call to Spy does a disservice to the incredible women that it wants to honour - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The Personal History of David Copperfield has to be one of the most unexpected creative pivots in recent memory. Not since Guy Ritchie decided to make a Disney musical has a filmmaker deviated so drastically from what is expected of them. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
10% Ginny Weds Sunny (2020) Besides the coronavirus, Ginny Weds Sunny is easily the worst thing to happen to both movies and weddings this year. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
83% Mank (2020) Alternately hard-nosed and dewy-eyed, Mank is the most fiendishly entertaining movie about movies since Ben Affleck's Argo. It's satirical but sweet, weary but vengeful - it's unlike anything director David Fincher has ever made. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
70% Godmothered (2020) After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the film is designed to be viewed as background entertainment. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) To be constantly told how Tenet's engine works is like having Peter Jackson explain the metallurgy behind the One Ring -- unnecessary. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
72% Mulan (2020) It is also too preoccupied with being politically correct, which, as far as preoccupations go, is noble, but also something that demands sincerity. There's very little of that here. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
84% Mosul (2020) It might come across as inadequate American compensation for having invaded an entire country, but the new war film, produced by the Russo brothers, is more than that. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
54% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, besides challenging Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel for the worst sequel title ever, is an uncultured mutation of the original film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
70% Chhalaang (2020) Just when you thought 2020 couldn't pull the rug from under your feet one more time, it delivered an enjoyable Luv Ranjan film. To be fair, it took the finest actor-director pair in contemporary Hindi cinema to achieve this near-impossible feat. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
100% His House (2020) His House is a horror movie about wounded people that cuts beneath the skin. Part of its charm, and ultimately a major reason behind its success, is how confidently debutant director Remi Weekes is able to switch between genres and tones. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
56% Kaali Khuhi (2020) Neither a child in peril nor the involvement of Shabana Azmi is enough to make you feel invested in the thinly written and exhaustingly paced Netflix horror film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Tom Cruise risks his life by jumping out of planes and whatnot, but Sacha Baron Cohen does it by infiltrating a white power rally with a bulletproof vest under his dungarees. Just in case. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020