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Rating Title/Year Author
Masaan (2015) Rahul Desai The filmmakers manage to create a space that puts you in their characters' places, leaving you to imagine the loss of your own loved ones. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Ahalya (2015) Rahul Desai A perfect retelling of a myth that would appeal to the impatient netizen - a meaningful story told succinctly. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) Rahul Desai Harshaali Malhotra steals the show... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Baahubali (2015) Rahul Desai I cannot begin to imagine what goes on in the expansive mind of S.S. Rajamouli. It's not often one sits through 160 minutes of an Indian period drama, and continues to sit hoping for the sequel to magically materialise on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015) Rahul Desai This Great Indian Biopic Syndrome strikes again with Manjhi - serial offender Ketan Mehta's third consecutive interpretation of real events... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Kaun Kitney Paani Mein (2015) Rahul Desai Kaun Kitney Paani Mein is a wry, dry and extremely cultured take on the age-old Indian cinema staple of rival villages, class wars, young star-crossed lovers and politics. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Rahul Desai Director Guy Ritchie crafts a slick, enjoyable retro-funky barrage of musical-action set pieces. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Welcome Back (2015) Rahul Desai It's not funny that able-minded humans spend 150 minutes demonstrating to us what a LSD-fueled midlife crisis would look like. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Phantom (2015) Rahul Desai Questionable ideals and Katrina Kaif make Phantom less than memorable. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Algorithms (2013) Rahul Desai Algorithms makes me wish I could play the game. More importantly, it demonstrates that, just like chess is about the mind, so is (dis)ability. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015) Rahul Desai All in all, this film is torturously dated, and runs far too long even as a glorified television episode. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Calendar Girls (2015) Rahul Desai I wonder if any industry insiders care anymore that their lives are hung out to dry by one of their own chaps. And it's not even fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Intern (2015) Rahul Desai Nancy Meyers' movies are nice and feel-good, and so effortless that you wonder if she strives for more. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
All Is Well (2015) Rahul Desai ... just another formulaic comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File (2015) Rahul Desai I'd like to believe in its authenticity, in its existence. The film, in a way, does its job. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Rahul Desai Rogue Nation is the most interesting of the lot. It's smart - too smart and cocky at times - but how often can you say that about a non-Bond spy franchise? EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Bangistan (2015) Rahul Desai It provides food for thought, but perhaps we're just tired of the same old food. Go the whole hog; give me a happy meal instead. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Drishyam (2015) Rahul Desai If you're comfortable(or unaware) about the ambiguous origins of Drishyam, buy half a ticket to watch the second half. Or perhaps ask your friend's friend to watch it and interpret the plot to you. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Southpaw (2015) Rahul Desai The elements are nothing new - tragedy, champ-turned-chump, eccentric coach, and grandstanding finale. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Puli (2015) Rahul Desai Ambition on paper doesn't translate into thrills on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
The Walk (2015) Rahul Desai I found myself treating my seat as if it were the balancing rod, peering over to look below; my shoulders and feet tightened with each immaculately filmed step. This is why we go to the movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Pan (2015) Rahul Desai Even magic becomes predictable. And despite the innumerable set pieces, that's where Pan fails to sparkle. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Jazbaa (2015) Rahul Desai By itself, Jazbaa is not a bad film. It's just really badly made. It is treated as more of an occasion than a film, more of a comeback vehicle than a kidnap drama EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1.5/5 Shaandaar (2015) Rahul Desai It's a pity to see such a lazy, derivative, listless effort from a talented bunch of artists who're known to push the envelope. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 Wedding Pullav (2015) Rahul Desai Consistently bad... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Crimson Peak (2015) Rahul Desai The director commits to a full-bodied re-visualisation of the haunted-house genre. And fittingly, he succeeds, somewhat, in creating a gothic cathedral amidst an overpopulated landscape of modern skyscrapers. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015) Rahul Desai Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 rarely rises above being a wry assortment of self-aware caricatures. Times have changed. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Sicario (2015) Rahul Desai Far from the gritty hand-held treatment most cartel-themed sagas employ, Deakins' style means that Villeneuve can concentrate on his distinct grammar of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 Titli (2014) Rahul Desai Parul Sondh's production design is perhaps the film's most evocative character. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Main Aur Charles (2015) Rahul Desai A general sense of overambitious storytelling... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1.5/5 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) Rahul Desai Khan's career in the last decade has been an open-for-all, giant cleansing ritual. His formula of infusing philanthropy into performance arts has become insufferable to sit through. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Tamasha (2015) Rahul Desai Eventually, what starts out as a simple coming-of-age story, ends up as complex, multifaceted mission to brandish the virtues of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) Rahul Desai At its core is the half-broken heart of an angsty, disruptive, take-no-prisoners crusader. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Kajarya (2013) Rahul Desai Madhureeta Anand is probably different from the many storytellers hitching a ride on the women-empowerment bandwagon, but this film's form suggests otherwise. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
0/5 Hate Story 3 (2015) Rahul Desai To state that Hate Story 3 is a bad movie would be offensive to the very soul of bad movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Bajirao Mastani (2015) Rahul Desai Bhansali's imagery and craft are perhaps second to none, but his storytelling continues to resist evolution. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 Dilwale (2015) Rahul Desai Easily their most forgettable outing; one of the worst of 2015... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Wazir (2016) Rahul Desai It is disheartening to begin 2016 like this. Fortunately, the only way from here is up. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Chauranga (2014) Rahul Desai Certain images, a few characters, their sins, eyes, flaws and hypocrisies - they stay with you, despite being restrained by the kind of idealistic filmmaking only an impassioned debutant can produce. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Fan (2016) Rahul Desai The makers just can't resist the urge of "playing the game" (and then mentioning it, literally) - oversmart disguises, over-shoulder strides, anonymous phone calls, ignorant foreigners... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Nil Battey Sannata (2015) Rahul Desai Choppy, predictable but fairly sweet and well-performed... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Laal Rang (2016) Rahul Desai It swings, and misses a lot (ill-placed songs, Shankar's deformed love track, voice-overs, meandering drunk conversations), but comes around to recognizing its essence. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Ghayal Once Again (2016) Rahul Desai Ghayal Once Again isn't simply Ghayal all over again. Amidst its goofy modernisations of lawlessness, there's an embattled Ajay Mehra - who is now more Batman than Salman. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
1.5/5 Saala Khadoos (2016) Rahul Desai These overcooked, manufactured emotions are redundant layers in context of typical underdog stories. Saala Khadoos is everything that is wrong with this genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
1.5/5 Kaafiron Ki Namaaz (2013) Rahul Desai This film comes across as the kind of verbose play or minimalist painting designed to be incomprehensible enough to attract applause from unsuspecting purists. But that doesn't automatically mean it's clever. Not my cup of kahwa, this. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/5 The Blueberry Hunt (2016) Rahul Desai Sometimes, I do wonder if narrative rules work uniformly across all genres. Kurian could have taken us elsewhere, or not taken us anywhere. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
1.5/5 Rocky Handsome (2016) Rahul Desai A depressingly faithful adaptation of the Korean hit The Man From Nowhere, Rocky Handsome revolves around a sullen, sunken John Wick wannabe... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
1/5 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 (2016) Rahul Desai When I look back at my life, I'll know the exact moment I died inside a little. At a 9 AM show on a Friday morning, my spirit left my body as I watched Tusshar Kapoor run across Thai beaches dressed in a red sari. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 Airlift (2016) Rahul Desai It's one thing to identify these numbers. It's another to give these digits a human face - complete with a beating heart, and a language that everyone can understand. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 Jugni (2016) Rahul Desai I found myself hoping fiercely that the film wouldn't falter in the end. I wasn't disappointed. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019