Film Companion

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Rating Title/Year Author
Skater Girl (2021) Anupama Chopra No matter how impossible the scenario, it's always lovely to see a young girl take flight. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
Friends: The Reunion (2021) Sucharita Tyagi I was DEFINITELY a sceptic, unsure why we needed this re-union...is the conversation around Friends dated?...but this goes into each and every reason why the show was successful, and you can't help but relate hard. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
Koi Jaane Na (2021) Rahul Desai Koi Jaane Na is unspeakably awful and unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
The Human Voice (2020) Prathyush Parasuraman ...empty, compelling fun. Swinton's dialogues are pronouncements, padded by the dog's mewling... EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
Ahaan (2021) Prathyush Parasuraman It's certainly not a bad film. With sweetness, and uncomplicated arcs, it's all heart. But it's not so difficult to want the heart to tug too and not just coo in admiration. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
Kala (2021) Anupama Chopra A beautifully crafted home invasion story that also packs in social commentary, a dysfunctional family dynamic and relentless violence. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
Sardar Ka Grandson (2021) Sucharita Tyagi Sardar Ka Grandson entirely fails to make up its mind about what it wants it audience to feel, to take away from it. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
Nayattu (2021) Baradwaj Rangan Unlike the usual, glossy thrillers, Nayattu is very rooted. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
Sardar Ka Grandson (2021) Anupama Chopra Sardar Ka Grandson is an interesting premise flattened out by sloppy writing, middling acting and lame execution. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
Roohi (2021) Rahul Desai The problem is blatant: the deliberate misogyny of the comedy is at odds with the belated feminism of its horror. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai (2021) Anupama Chopra So lacking in coherence and craft that it hurts! EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
Milestone (2020) Anupama Chopra Meel Patthar is a haunting, meditative lament for a world that has stopped listening. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Anupama Chopra Exactly the blunt, escapist dazzle you need in the middle of a pandemic. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
Mortal Kombat (2021) Aniruddho Chakraborty While the movie attempts to take the best of its source material's lore and deliver a short, and fun experience - it does miss some possible home runs due to its franchise baiting. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
Stowaway (2021) Rahul Desai Like any formidable genre vehicle, it is much more than its form. Built into its setting is a racial parable for the divisive age we live in. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
The Disciple (2020) Rahul Desai By eschewing the visual gimmickry of passion, The Disciple is defined by the curiosity of a soul-searching expedition. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
Vakeel Saab (2020) Karthik Keramalu We, as viewers, look beyond their characters. Hence, when people who have massive followers talk about consent, it cements the fact into the minds of the listeners permanently. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
Vakeel Saab (2020) Anupama Chopra Ultimately, the critical message - that no means no - is delivered with force. And since it comes through a star with massive clout, hopefully it will be heard. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Anupama Chopra Without Remorse is sleek, formulaic spectacle anchored by a charismatic, durable hero. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
The Disciple (2020) Anupama Chopra This is a film with muted but mysterious gifts. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
Searching For Sheela (2021) Anupama Chopra Searching for Sheela is a minor companion piece to the mesmerizing Wild Wild Country. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Ajeeb Daastaans (2021) Rahul Desai Thankfully, the sequence helps: the two solid segments are third and fourth, leaving the viewer with a sense of hope. If not for the well-performed purpose of Geeli Pucchi, it might have been a considerably diminished metaphor for storytelling... EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2021
Tuesdays and Fridays (2021) Prathyush Parasuraman Young, beautiful people grappling with traditional values in an old, beautiful city that is grappling with modernity - a great romantic premise derailed by its attempt to sound hip-and-happening... EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2021
Love and Monsters (2020) Gayle Sequeira The overall result is still one of the freshest takes on the 'end of the world' adventure in a while, a marvel given the times we're living in. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2021
Ajeeb Daastaans (2021) Anupama Chopra The stand out in Ajeeb Dastaans is Geeli Pucchi. Neeraj and leading ladies Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari tell a twisted tale of intimacy, caste and revenge. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
Ginny Weds Sunny (2020) Anupama Chopra Writers Sumit Arora and Navjot Gulati create the interesting premise of a mother masterminding her daughter's romance but the screenplay and dialogue are too banal to juice the set up. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
Bad Trip (2021) Prathyush Parasuraman With hidden-camera pranks there is an inherent tension. This tension fills every scene, which is designed to go South with the smallest provocation...It's that tension that keeps the narrative adrenaline pumping. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Irul (2021) Vishal Menon ...what's most disappointing is the lack of surprises... EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Run (2020) Rahul Desai A problem with the film is its insistence to keep the characters mysterious. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Mumbai Saga (2021) Rahul Desai Much of Sanjay Gupta's new gangster film - as well as its filmmaking - is based in the 1990s. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Pagglait (2021) Sucharita Tyagi Is Pagglait the freshest, most novel story told to me via Hindi cinema recently? Girl, it might be... EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Special 26 (2013) Kanishk Devgan ...a fun, cat-and-mouse, crime film, based on the 1987 Opera House heist. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Manoj Bajpayee, the film stood out as one of the most original voices... EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
American Hustle (2013) Kanishk Devgan A dazzling, ensemble piece boasting nuanced performances from Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremey Renner... EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Ocean's Eleven (2001) Kanishk Devgan One big, slick heist, dripping with style, and bobbing with energy... EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Kanishk Devgan ...a very earnest and uplifting exploration of the daughter of Indian immigrants who just wants to play some football. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
About Time (2013) Kanishk Devgan Richard Curtis, writer and director, lets all the emotions loose, and if you fall for his film's sentimentality, you'll fall hard. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Kanishk Devgan Amongst the whole spread of frequent Anderson collaborators, it is Ralph Fiennes, in the spotlight, who makes the most of every second he has on-screen. The end result is a flurry of cotton candy feelings. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Kung Fu Hustle (2004) Kanishk Devgan A hilarious, loving homage to cartoons, wuxia films and much more, Kung Fu Hustle, written, directed, and starring Stephen Chow, pops, sizzles and enjoys every minute as much as we do. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Spirited Away (2001) Kanishk Devgan It is another film which, whilst having a strong voice and being deeply effective, still appeals to a wide range of people. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
La dolce vita (1960) Kanishk Devgan It is hard to capture the simultaneous enormity and intimacy of the film. It's one you can keep going back to, because you'll keep finding more. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Chungking Express (1994) Kanishk Devgan The masterful Wong Kar-wai crafts this exquisitely shot film - two films in one, really - into a meditation on love. Along the way, he uses music as only he can... EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Village Rockstars (2017) Kanishk Devgan It tackles gender, identity, rural India, and passion through a personal lens, with Das's family playing much of the EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Gantumoote (2019) Kanishk Devgan This Kannada, coming-of-age film, set in 90s Bangalore, doesn't treat its high school love story as a joke. The film is written and directed by independent filmmaker Roopa Rao, and it shows. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) Kanishk Devgan Yash, playing what is essentially a 'chosen one' character, gives us an unabashedly, fun performance, both sincere and over-the-top. His charisma and physicality go hand in hand as he powers the movie past its weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1968) Kanishk Devgan A comedic, fantasy-musical by Satyajit Ray, with the music and lyrics written by the maestro himself, Goopy Gyna Bagha Byna wins us over with a sparkling imagination and a warm sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) Kanishk Devgan Everything about this film just clicks, sucking you into the lives of its characters and their relationships, fears, and desires. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Cocktail (2012) Kanishk Devgan Okay, so this film might have its flaws, I hear you. However, the film has a lot which makes it just right for when you need a break: the breezy, first half; the early 2010s, Bollywood pop; and fantastic performance from debutante Diana Penty... EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Delhi Belly (2011) Kanishk Devgan The film is a fun, dark, almost-screwball comedy, with a good balance of silly and witty. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Chak De India (2007) Kanishk Devgan Do you remember the days when patriotic fervour was so much more wholesome? The Shah Rukh Khan led film takes you on the classic sports film rollercoaster but with the spotlight on multiple diverse, layered characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Dhoom 2 (2006) Kanishk Devgan For me, Dhoom 2 lies at the intersection of being the most exciting, creative, and charismatic Bollywood film of the 2000s. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021