The Indian Express

The Indian Express is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kshitij Rawat, Manoj Kumar R, Shubhra Gupta
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Sardar Udham (2020) Shubhra Gupta Shoojit Sircar's Sardar Udham is a long, unhurried re-creation of a turbulent slice of India's colonial past, going back and forth from Punjab to London... EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
2.5/5 Rashmi Rocket (2021) Shubhra Gupta When you see Taapsee Pannu's Rashmi fighting the good fight, for herself and for other athletes who have been done against in similar fashion, you want to cheer. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
1.5/5 Hungama 2 (2021) Shubhra Gupta The film is stale wine in an old bottle, and harsh spotlight is being trained on the actress for reasons that have nothing to do with the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2021
1/5 Bhuj: The Pride of India (2020) Shubhra Gupta Maybe they could have done a better (much, much better, to be honest) job of the VFX, but hey, you can't have everything, right? EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2021
2.5/5 The Guilty (2021) Kshitij Rawat What would otherwise be a well-made but flawed thriller becomes a thoroughly engrossing experience due to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2021
2.5/5 Jungle Cruise (2021) Kshitij Rawat Jungle Cruise is by no means a perfect movie. It has a few flaws that stop me from giving a wholehearted recommendation. But it is a fun, campy movie you can enjoy with the family, and a diverting throwback to the 80s and 90s adventure films. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2021
France (2021) Shubhra Gupta Bruno Dumont's France is an interesting send-up of a fame-obsessed culture... EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
Ali & Ava (2021) Shubhra Gupta You wish this couple well; you wish them a future together where there will be song, and happiness. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
The Gravedigger's Wife (2021) Shubhra Gupta This comes off more sad than ghoulish in Ahmed's hands, who maintains a lively touch throughout the film, never letting it sink into poverty porn... EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
Three Floors (2021) Shubhra Gupta Through these twists and turns, in some places reminding you of explicatory TV dramas, the characters learn, as we have always known, that suspicion and guilt make bad companions, and only when you let go completely can you be free. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
Murina (2021) Shubhra Gupta The gorgeously shot film, named after the eel (murina, a local delicacy) that the father and daughter bring up from the ocean bed, is a wriggly, sensuous delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
The Devil's Drivers (2021) Shubhra Gupta The impact long-drawn conflicts can have upon people is terrible. How long does it take for a shade bearing tree to grow in the desert? EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
Ahed's Knee (2021) Shubhra Gupta [It] gives an insider's perspective that is rare in the lingering Palestinian-Israeli conflict... EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
Drive My Car (2021) Shubhra Gupta A perfect amalgamation of mood and meditation. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
Hold Your Fire (2021) Shubhra Gupta Hold Your Fire is powerful and thought-provoking. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
Attica (2021) Shubhra Gupta Director Stanley Nelson chooses not to spell out initially what the inmates were militating against. It is in the brutality of the retaliation... EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
1/5 Helmet (2021) Shubhra Gupta No harm in converting barmy ideas into socially-relevant comedies, which is what 'Helmet' thinks of itself. But that needs smarts. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
3/5 Thalaivii (2021) Shubhra Gupta Having watched Kangana Ranaut play this version of Jaya in Thalaivii with a perfectly-judged mixture of vulnerability and hauteur, there's no question that she owns the part... EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
1.5/5 Chehre (2021) Shubhra Gupta An undercooked, stodgy plot spoils... EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 Bellbottom (2021) Shubhra Gupta It is fashioned as a racy, pacy entertainer from start to finish, and never loses sight of its objective, exaggerated situations and characters happily to the fore. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
3.5/5 Malik (2021) Shubhra Gupta It's remarkable just how director Mahesh Narayanan controls the scope of the movie, keeping it grounded in its very specific situations. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
Sweat (2020) Shubhra Gupta Magnus von Horn directs his Swedish-Polish film with empathy, never letting us judge Sylwia (played with ferocious acuity by Magdalena Kolesnik) and her burning desire for the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
2/5 Dial 100 (2021) Shubhra Gupta The writing comprehensively lets down the performers; the feeling of edginess and tension which should have rightfully been ratcheted up through the film, kicks in all too rarely. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) Shubhra Gupta Terrific, trenchant film, whose director Jeo Baby questions patriarchy and gender expectations, and looks at the very real possibility of smashing it. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Mulk (2018) Shubhra Gupta Sharp commentary on the rising communal divide and the Hindu-Muslim question, this Anubhav Sinha film talks out loud about Us and Them, and already feels brave... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Pariyerum Perumal (2018) Shubhra Gupta Mari Selvaraj and Pa Ranjith collaborate on this powerful inter-caste love story. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Visaranai (2016) Shubhra Gupta Who do you blame when the whole system is bent? Vetri Maaran creates a chilling drama about the abuse of power. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Fandry (2013) Shubhra Gupta This harrowing film by Nagraj Manjule, about a Dalit family forced to eke out a living by capturing pigs, is a necessary slap in the face... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Black Friday (2004) Shubhra Gupta Anurag Kashyap's powerful recreation of the events that led up to the Bombay blasts in 1993, banned initially and then released, remains one of the most daring docu-dramas of Hindi cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Rang de Basanti (2006) Shubhra Gupta It was a film whose impact spilled over into real life, and led to the arrest and conviction of the politically connected killer of popular model Jessica Lal... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003) Shubhra Gupta Sudhir Mishra trains an unflinchingly personal- political lens on the Emergency era through his hip, urban young leads, who go to Delhi University, do not attend classes, and dream of revolution... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
My Brother ... Nikhil (2005) Shubhra Gupta Homosexuality and AIDS, and the fact that ignorance is worse than a deadly ailment, became the subject of a mainstream Hindi film in Onir's debut feature, starring Sanjay Suri. It was a first. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Maqbool (2003) Shubhra Gupta Ahead was something fresh, urgent, new. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Haasil (2003) Shubhra Gupta Tigmanshu Dhulia gave us a crackling North India patois, Hindi heartland, pulsating university politics and Irrfan Khan in a film that changed the language Hindi cinema spoke. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Dil Chahtha Hain (2001) Shubhra Gupta Farhan Akhtar's sparkling bromance featuring three well-to-do young men and their plush surroundings changed Bollywood's uneasy relationship with (the depiction of ) wealth; spiffy goatees, recliners, sports coupes - and Bollywood was never the same. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) Shubhra Gupta A bunch of rag-tag villagers beat the English in a game of cricket in Ashutosh Gowariker's sprawling epic which changed the way Hindi movies were made. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Satya (1998) Shubhra Gupta Ram Gopal Varma drew upon a galaxy of new talent to create a stunning gangster film. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) Shubhra Gupta Karan Johar's debut, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji, turned future Bollywood romances firmly towards a shiny GAP aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Zakhm (1998) Shubhra Gupta Mahesh Bhatt's film presaged the rise and rise of Hindu fundamentalism ; in one of his best films, backed by a star turn from leading man Ajay Devgn. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Bombay (1995) Shubhra Gupta The second of Mani Ratnam's 'political trilogy', which include Roja and Dil Se, was set in the backdrop of the Bombay riots, toplined by the romance of a Hindu man and Muslim woman. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) Shubhra Gupta Aditya Chopra's first film deep-sixed all ideas of rebellious young love, using NRI nostalgia as a hook, and gave Shah Rukh Khan his most successful film... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Hum Aapke Hain Koun! (1994) Shubhra Gupta The happy-jolly Hindu joint family and its intense and total preoccupation with marriage rituals cemented Hindi cinema's love for mandaps and mangalsutras, bringing back "traditional values" into the movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Nineteenth April (1994) Shubhra Gupta Rituparno Ghosh's spiky relationship drama about a successful mother and resentful daughter gave us a new voice in Bengali cinema, which celebrated the quotidian, the intimate and made it universal. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989) Shubhra Gupta Pawan Malhotra is brilliant as a young man in search of a way out of a quagmire. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Birth (1989) Shubhra Gupta Movingly delineated by Shaji N Karun... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) Shubhra Gupta Mansoor Khan's debut, which re-united Hindi cinema with teen romance, made stars out of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Nayakan (1987) Shubhra Gupta Mani Ratnam gave a crackling new life to the gangster film with this hat-tip to The Godfather, in which Kamal Haasan showed how it was done... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
() Shubhra Gupta A supremely acerbic look, again by Govind Nihalani, at those who live in comfortable cocoons, those who fling stones at glass houses and the fates of those without a voice... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Umbartha (1982) Shubhra Gupta Jabbar Patel's film about a woman's search for identity and self-worth reflected the churn brought about by the women's movement, questioning the old order and trying to make space for the new. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
Rat-Trap (1981) Shubhra Gupta Adoor Gopalakrishan's masterful portrait of a man clinging on to his feudal way of life which parallels the disintegrating world outside his tharavadu (home), is a rat in the trap of his own making... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021