Film Companion Reviews

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 () Anupama Chopra This richly imaginative and absurdist film gives us a roster of memorably kooky characters, inspired action sequences and priceless moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Anupama Chopra The film is so quiet and so still in some parts, that you will get impatient. But it is evocative and its tenderness will stay with you. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/5 Badla (2019) Anupama Chopra Nothing is what it seems and there are many turns, but the film isn't as clever as it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
2.5/5 Badla (2019) Rahul Desai Badla remains forcibly consistent to this oeuvre of maternal rage. Only, it focuses on the other side of the kahaani, which is why you can see the strings and the puppeteers running the show. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 Sathru (2019) Vishal Menon ... a surprisingly taut cop thriller with moments where you're rooting for the bad guy just as much as you're rooting for the hero. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 Yajamana (2019) Karthik Keramalu There are many such writing flaws in Yajamana and they can't be overlooked even in a genre that asks you to set aside logic. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 Sonchiraiya (2019) Anupama Chopra There is no doubt that Abhishek has talent to burn and I can't wait to see what hell he immerses us into next. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/5 Luka Chuppi (2019) Rahul Desai Two decades too late. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 The World of Goopi and Bagha (2013) Sankhayan Ghosh The film was completed six years ago. But it's so unique in its visual style, that it still looks unlike anything we have seen before. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/5 Firebrand (2018) Rahul Desai Despite its note-worthy themes, the filmmaking is not just unsubtle but guileless, the performances are too designed and the resolution is pretentious. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 Mithai (2019) Sankeertana Varma As a feature-length film, it's redundant and boring. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Rahul Desai Craft-wise, it is nothing remarkable, at least in context of the world it represents. But if social relevance is a part of filmmaking in narrative fiction, social relevance is filmmaking in narrative non-fiction. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel (2019) Vishal Menon The film keeps showing us visuals of jigsaw puzzles and codes to tell (never show) us about the complexity of the case. But it's just the writer patting his own back... EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 Bell Bottom (2019) Karthik Keramalu Female characters, written by men, are usually one-dimensional. But Bell Bottom does a good job by having them play major roles in the film even though they're not entirely novel. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 The Wife (2017) Anupama Chopra The Wife is an insight into long relationships, the way men and women heal and hurt each other. There are moments here that all husbands and wives will recognize. But the biggest reason to see this film is to experience the power of Glenn Close. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Gully Boy (2019) Anupama Chopra By the end, I was wiping tears and cheering furiously not just for Murad but for each one of these characters to find happiness. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Gully Boy (2019) Rahul Desai Gully Boy finds that promised land. It becomes the reality that most storytellers here can only dream of, and the dream that most artists yearn to realize. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Gully Boy (2019) Baradwaj Rangan Zoya continues to demonstrate that she is one of our best directors. Her eye for pacing and staging, her ability to manufacture and maintain mood and atmosphere - they're just fantastic. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Yatra (2019) Karthik Keramalu Yatra may not tick all the boxes of a well-made biopic, but it'll stay as a cinematic account for future politicians to take notes from. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 Natasaarvabhowma (2019) Karthik Keramalu Natasaarvabhowma is a hotchpotch of unentertaining missteps and the women - Anupama and Rachita - definitely deserve a more spirited thriller than this. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
0/5 Mastizaade (2016) Rahul Desai The problem with folks who throw their weight behind raunchy comedies is that they want to bankroll a state of mind. It becomes more about being bold just for the heck of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Beiimaan Love (2016) Rahul Desai It's hard to fathom how I've survived 122 minutes of a glorified videotape that seems to be intentionally trolling every critic that decides to analyze its content... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Inferno (2016) Rahul Desai Inferno may perhaps be the least convincing of the Brown trilogy to give the makers an excuse to explore Europe. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/5 Shivaay (2016) Rahul Desai Shivaay personifies all that's wrong with commercial cinema across the globe. And then some more. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/5 31st October (2015) Rahul Desai Most of the film is shot at night, when the rage of vengeful riotous gangs is palpable. Yet, the images are tacky, and it almost seems like none of the actors' real voices have been used. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 A Death in the Gunj (2016) Rahul Desai Perhaps the best compliment I can afford is this: A Death In The Gunj is a film that Konkona, the actor, would have chosen in a heartbeat. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/5 Doctor Strange (2016) Rahul Desai Benedict Cumberbatch's egotistical Ironman-meets-House-MD persona keeps us in the game - if only just. He shares more chemistry with his eccentric levitation cloak than with most humans in the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Rahul Desai Ang Lee's most topical and "lifelike" film yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/5 Tum Bin 2 (2016) Rahul Desai There is no such thing as an honorable Indian film sequel anymore, unless your name is S.S. Rajamouli. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Shut In (2016) Rahul Desai ... this one stands alone as the year's Average Joe of thrillers. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Force 2 (2016) Rahul Desai Director Abhinay Deo slides in tired themes of patriotism and politicians, but at no point does it seem that these two are not in charge. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Rock On 2 (2016) Rahul Desai None of what happens is surprising, not even the stock characters (the 'heartwarming' quota is filled by an amusing reality-show contestant), but director Shujaat Saudagar equips all these conventional beats with energy. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Dongri Ka Raja (2016) Rahul Desai While there's way too much space for mediocrity in this world, there's no space for work that doesn't even qualify to be dismissed. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016) Rahul Desai It unfurls within the real world, with the sleight-of-hand flimsiness of an inclusive detective novel. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Dear Zindagi (2016) Rahul Desai There's a certain PG-13 hygiene to its messiness, a clinical order to its chaos, which I'm not sure suits its choice of education. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Moh Maya Money (2016) Rahul Desai Moh Maya Money is as much an exploration of private decay as it is a critique of public disillusionment. It is well performed [and] refrains from over-decorating its plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Dangal (2016) Rahul Desai Maybe my biggest issue with the film is that it plays safe, in sharp contrast to its sport and gender-empowering subjects: when was the last time wrestling was considered a safe career, both literally and figuratively? EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 La La Land (2016) Rahul Desai Is it possible to fall in love with an entire film, as if it were a fellow human? Is it possible to feel nervous before (another) screening and elated after? EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Befikre (2016) Rahul Desai The biggest problem with Aditya Chopra's Befikre is that it feels made by a director wanting to prove he still belongs, which is why nothing looks comfortable. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Rahul Desai There's no showboating, just a plain, clinical and violent dissection of a distant catastrophe. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/5 Ok Jaanu (2017) Rahul Desai At least an Agneepath or a Brothers merited a takedown for bastardizing or 'dumbing down' famous films. I don't think OK Jaanu even tried enough to warrant that. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/5 Haraamkhor (2015) Rahul Desai The final ten minutes resemble a sequence straight out of a modern-day Ramgopal Varma film - plain lazy, copout storytelling with an urgent burst of misplaced music drowning out the overall ambience. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Passengers (2016) Rahul Desai Despite all its bumbling adultness, Passengers does the pop-entertainer basics right: it transports us into its world, no matter how outrageous or flawed. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/5 Raees (2017) Rahul Desai You'd think a role like this one lends itself to bravery and riskiness, but this is probably the safest risk ever taken. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/5 Kaabil (2017) Rahul Desai Kaabil is a challenge to sit through. It relies on a daft script that decides to make Roshan a professional dubbing artist to fill its giant loopholes. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Coffee With D (2017) Rahul Desai I doubt there can be a more consistently futile Hindi film in 2017. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (2017) Rahul Desai When you lose respect for a film within the first five minutes, the rest is delirious history. I'm recording all this for posterity, so that I can read it out at the reunion in 20 years - as a survivor. A hero of my own accord. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 Patriots Day (2016) Rahul Desai This may not the film we need right now, but perhaps the only one we deserve. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/5 Commando 2 (2017) Rahul Desai I've endured some positively terrible action flicks like Rocky Handsome and Baaghi in recent times, but this one takes the cake for not even trying to be inane. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Rangoon (2017) Rahul Desai Much like Quentin Tarantino has done for years, master craftsman Vishal Bhardwaj creates the many worlds of Rangoon with one eye on the past and the other winking at the future. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019