Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Indian Express

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Say Salaam India (2007) Say Salaam India is a pleasant experience. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Khanna & Iyer (2007) By rights, this should have been a fun caper. But the lead pair, the girl a little better than the boy, winners of a TV talent show, are not talented enough to keep us with them. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Delhii Heights (2007) If you want Rabbi Sheirgill, whose songs are in the movie, buy his album. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Bheja Fry (2007) Good acting, enough novelty in the script, and very funny lines, even if they peter out occasionally. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee (2007) It has clearly been shot on a low budget, and has no production values, but it has an interesting storyline, and some fairly competent acting. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Big Brother (2006) In one scene, the ground swallows up the bad guy. You wish it had done the same with this film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
10% Perfect Stranger (2007) The movie doesn't add up to much: the plot meanders, there are too many red herrings, and the end doesn't really justify the means. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Kya Love Story Hai (2008) First time director Lovely Singh borrows a 60s idea, brushes off the mothballs, and dresses it up for Kya Love Story Hai. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
50% Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) Tara Rum Pum's fatal flaw, of looking and feeling exactly like a Yashraj film, works against it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Yatra (2006) Yatra comes off as an interesting, thought-provoking idea from a seasoned filmmaker who didn't quite know how to weave the strands in, and where to take it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
40% Life in a... Metro (2007) Anurag Basu picks a superb ensemble cast to spin out a collage of little stories about people, love and lust, trust and betrayal, truth and lies. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Good Boy, Bad Boy (2007) What you get is tired Bollywood clichés about nerds, geeks, the guys who get the gals, and silly female teachers who let their sari pallu slip and giggle. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007) It's tempting to call first time director Sanjay Khanduri's film a cross between Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin, and Chameli, but it is much more: it's a laugh-out-loud high-class comic thriller with determinedly low-class characters. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
No Score Yet Raqeeb (2007) The basic premise, to bump off a husband and make it look like a perfect murder, is not new. But nothing else is either. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
No Score Yet Cheeni Kum (2007) The wait for a real full-on Bollywood romance between a man and a woman ends with Cheeni Kum. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
No Score Yet Fool N Final (2007) Look at what David Dhawan managed to do with roughly the same assortment before he got sucked into sentiment. Look also at Priyadarshan's best, where he flings his slender plot into a mix of crazies and coots, and lays them over with non-stop gags. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Dharm (2007) First-time director Bhavna Talwar has made a film with universal appeal. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Swami (2007) Only for those who want to see an old fashioned story told in an old fashioned way, with lots of tears on the way. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet MP3: Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar (2007) Some nice lines do not make a full film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet The Train (2007) The moment you see a brooding Emraan check out his empty wallet on a Bangkok metro train, and a bosomy, leggy Geeta Basra come to his rescue and buy his ticket, you know you are in for a rip-off. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
46% Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) Jhoom Barabar Jhoom's lack of a plot is exacerbated by the oh-no-not-that-again feeling. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/5 31% Bharat (2019) Yes, it's all very Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and all very 'filmi', haha, but who doesn't love the idea of long-separated loved ones being reunited? Treacle it may be, but the tears are real. And moving: my eyes were moist, even when I knew I was being played. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii (2007) Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli has all the elements of a nice kiddie summer movie. It's clean, it's aspirational, and it has a message: full marks there. All it needed, to be all the way up there, was a little more zing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Apne (2007) Apne pulls off a casting coup, with Dharmendra and Sunny-Bobby playing screen papaji and puttars for the first time, but there are no surprises in the film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Awarapan (2007) Awarapan pans out in well-done swirls of sleaze and hurt and violence. Time for [Mohit] Suri, who has a decided gift for story-telling, to change gear. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Aap Ka Surroor (2007) Himesh's fans should like the music. But even they will be hard put to roar when their icon, togged out in trademark jackets, cap and facial hair, tries his hand at romancing-cum-sleuthing, all in one go. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet The Bong Connection (2006) You are left wanting more person than type. But there are a string of nice moments you can enjoy, while you are it. And some lovely lilting music. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet My Friend Ganesha (2006) Good premise. So, so unimaginatively executed. The animation is flat, the story-telling flatter, and the child much too high-pitched. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Bombay to Goa (1972) Even in terms of low-grade comedy, this is scraping the bottom of the barrel. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Naqaab: Disguised Intentions (2007) Nothing about the proceedings is interesting, except perhaps for Akshaye [Khanna], who says his lines as though he actually believes in them. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Partner (2007) The film is dull in the first half, and patchy in the rest, looking as if it has been hacked with shears.The worst part about Partner is that the director is far from salvaging his reputation as being the fastest, zippiest man on the block. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Bow Barracks Forever (2004) Bow Barracks, an enclave of Anglo Indians in Calcutta, in danger of collapse. A way of life, rich, varied, and multi-cultural, on the verge of eclipse. Anjan Dutt's idea, to capture it all, is nice; the execution much less so. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
47% Gandhi, My Father (2007) In Feroz Abbas Khan's remarkably assured debut feature, the Mahatma's complex, anguished relationship with his eldest son is explored in depth. The result is a fine, thought-provoking film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Naya Daur (2007) You have to hand it to the colourists: the hues do not scream, they are subtle, and match the old-wordliness of the movie, which gives us the inimitable Dilip [Kumar], the superbly agile Vyjanthi, and that ever-green race between a lorry, and a tonga. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
20% Cash (2007) Cash lacks pace, and keeps lapsing into jaded sequences of chases and thievery. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
30% Marigold (2007) [Willard] Carroll tries to be warm and affectionate towards Indian culture and Bollywood, but the film is riddled with clichés. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Buddha Mar Gaya (2007) The trouble with Rahul Rawail's movie is not its premise. It's in the execution, which falls uneasily between crass and classy: the audience doesn't quite know whether to laugh or to cringe. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Heyy Babyy (2007) Chiefly, Heyy Babby is laugh-out-loud inane, and proud to be so. Just hold your nose whenever those noisome bits and bobs go flying past. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Kaisay Kahein... (2007) Director Mohit Hussein labours the point. The actors spout dull dialogue. The film is dreary. The end doesn't come soon enough. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007) Ram Gopal Varma rejigs Ramesh Sippy's Sholay for 2007, and comes up with a clunker. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Victoria No. 203: Diamonds Are Forever (2006) Let us, immediately, pass a law against remakes. And re-interpretations. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Mukesh Bhatt's Dhokha The film doesn't get where it should have, because of its banal patches, both in the acting, and the directing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Apna Asmaan (2007) The strongest, sweetest take-away from Apna Aasmaan: it's not about oh-god-this-is-my-lot resignation, but about loving living. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Dhamaal (2007) [Dhamaal] is mindless fun, just right for those days you want to sack out in your seat, and laugh out loud once every few minutes. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
No Score Yet Darling (2007) There's not one scary moment in [Darling]. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
No Score Yet Nanhe Jaisalmer (2007) Nanhe Jaisalmer has a fairly unusual subject for a Bollywood project. But the film falls way below expectations. And that's got to do with a banal script and direction. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet Aggar (2006) A patient rescued from the mental asylum. A successful career woman. A loving husband. And a pretty sidekick. Four characters in a movie which you watch without a flicker of engagement. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) Six Feet Under is one of the most exciting movies I've seen in a long, long time. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
64% Loins of Punjab Presents (2007) Loins of Punjab Presents has such a transparent motive to entertain, mainly by making you laugh, and perhaps shed a tear that it charms you. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet Dhol (2007) In what is a clear bankruptcy of ideas, Priyadarshan borrows from all his movies. And yet doesn't come up with one genuinely hilarious scene. The gags are old, and leave you cold. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019