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Rating Title/Year Author
() Poulomi Das Even when Basu's films have been riddled with imperfections, there has always been a distinct energy in the filmmaking that is difficult not to be swayed by. Ludo feels like a step down in that direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
() Poulomi Das Female desire and oppression are the fulcrums around which the plot churns here as well, but it's a more reflective outing enriched by its two leads... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars (2019) Poulomi Das The result is a tale of self-actualisation that does not pontificate. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
I Am Greta (2020) Poulomi Das I Am Greta is at once urgent and intimate, an indictment of a world in collective denial as well as a portrait of a childhood sacrificed at the altar of its denial. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Disciple (2020) Poulomi Das The film immerses the viewer in the intoxicating world of Hindustani classical music with a razor-focused clarity, examining the interplay of the relationships between teacher and disciple, art and artist, and artist and audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
The Social Dilemma (2020) Poulomi Das An essential cultural artifact of our times. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Cargo (2019) Poulomi Das The arrival of a truly unique filmmaking voice. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012) Poulomi Das The genius of Ek Main aur Ekk Tu was that it was essentially a buddy film masquerading as candy floss romance. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
() Poulomi Das For a film pretending it is all about dark suspense, Sadak 2's inconsistent tone is laughably hollow, menacing only because it refuses to end. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
Class of '83 (2020) Poulomi Das If there is something Bollywood loves more than living under a rock, it's regurgitating a dull, vapid narrative of honest cops who seek redemption from a corrupt bureaucracy by choosing to bypass the law... EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Capernaum (2018) Poulomi Das Aided by the suffocating cinematography and a documentary-style narrative approach, the film racks up misery by the minute, capturing the plight of hundreds of undocumented children. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) Poulomi Das One of the better Hindi biopics to have come out in recent times. The writing is consistently empathetic and alert to the insidious nature of gender discrimination without being too preachy. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Raat Akeli Hai (2020) Poulomi Das While the ensemble cast is terrific, it is Nawazuddin Siddiqui, playing an honest cop, and Radhika Apte, who really steal the show. Siddiqui rarely misses a beat, and Apte is perhaps the only actress who can match up to his formidable presence. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Shakuntala Devi: Human Computer (2020) Poulomi Das These are emotionally intelligent threads for a film to cover, but Shakuntala Devi's on-the-nose filmmaking dumbs them down to an extent that the plot loses its sheen. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
Dil Bechara (2020) Poulomi Das Rajput and Sanghi share an easy chemistry and balance each other's energies out in ways that are immensely watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
Bulbbul (2020) Poulomi Das That Bulbbul still manages to make for a hypnotic experience is a quiet triumph, a testament to Dutt's distinct storytelling and efficient casting. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Poulomi Das Although Gulabo Sitabo can at times feel weakly paced, its clarity in digging through the most primal human tendencies outweigh the minor quibbles. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Chintu Ka Birthday (2019) Poulomi Das The problem isn't that Chintu Ka Birthday doesn't take sides, but that it's devoid of any perspective. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) Poulomi Das Deftly blending the frustrations and contradictions of the social, political, and economic realities of society, it paints a portrait of a nation in crisis. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
The Report (2019) Poulomi Das The film's closing sequence that sees Jones walk out of the Senate building after the report is finally made public is testament to Burns' steely determination to make a movie that didn't get lost in its theatrics. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Angrezi Medium (2020) Poulomi Das Unlike Hindi Medium, its sequel sorely lacks a purpose or originality. This is a comedy that feels hastily assembled with contrived sub-plots, crowd-pleasing one-liners, emotional manipulation, and crude caricatures. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Poulomi Das The masterful filmmaking evokes the extent of powerlessness that the marginalised are forced to internalise. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Love Aaj Kal (2020) Poulomi Das The torturous 141 minutes of Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal, starring a grating Sara Ali Khan and a scared Kartik Aaryan, plays out like a multiple choice question paper: Love or sex? Career or relationship? Stalking or women's safety? EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Guilty (2020) Poulomi Das For close to two hours, it remains so obsessed with wanting to make a "feminist" statement that it often forgets what it really takes to be a powerful piece of cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
Kaamyaab (2020) Poulomi Das Kaamyaab feels more like a love-letter to the actors who consented to performing versions of themselves, all to land a spot on the fringes of success. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Baaghi 3 (2020) Poulomi Das The Baaghi franchise, on its part, has never given anyone a semblance of a reason to expect rationale from its existence, so it's commitment to dumbfoolery comes as no surprise. But Baaghi 3 doesn't even bring in the action. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Thappad (2020) Poulomi Das Thappad's exaggerated screenplay isn't equipped to distill any new insight on the Indian mentality toward displays of male force, taking refuge instead in existing tropes. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020) Poulomi Das Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan compellingly charts the distance that love has traversed in the last two decades. All it asks is that Indian families keep up. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Bhoot: Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) Poulomi Das For a film that brings nothing new to the genre, Bhoot's reveal isn't even that hard to guess, given the film's steadfast refusal to take any leap of faith. There's very little point to watching Bhoot. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Shikara (2020) Poulomi Das The timing of the film sticks out undeniably like a sore thumb, given that Shikara doesn't situate itself in any context - the lone scribble and chant of "Azaadi" sounds like any other word. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Parasite (2019) Poulomi Das It's a gripping, existential, horrifying study of a nightmarish world - except that it is true. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Poulomi Das By making us stare right at a system that enables fascism right from birth, through the deception of comedy, Waititi crafts an ingenious call to action against it that is as timely as it is enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Street Dancer 3D (2020) Poulomi Das All of this overreaching to make a political statement in a film that can't even make a dance statement would have been admirable if the writers had even read one political science book. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Panga (2020) Poulomi Das Panga works better as an ode to the self-sufficiency of the sisterhood. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
1917 (2019) Poulomi Das It acquires an even greater meaning in light of the post-credit slate that reveals that the film is based loosely on stories of the director's grandfather's time in the war. A tribute to a life is one hell of an emotional anchor. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Poulomi Das A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood goes in unbelievable directions that sparkle with inventiveness. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Uyare (2019) Poulomi Das By placing its protagonist in a profession that requires her to be seen, Uyare drives home this crucial point: It's impossible for a survivor to accept themselves if the world around them continues to run away from them. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) Poulomi Das Despite the broad strokes that it adopts, Tanhaji is surprisingly fun in the same way as watching your drunk friend make a fool of himself: You enjoy the mess despite yourself. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Chhapaak (2020) Poulomi Das Chhapaak earns its flourishes through Gulzar's compassionate gaze, that guarantees that the film doesn't pity Malti or work overtime in demanding sympathy for her. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Ghost Stories (2020) Poulomi Das Banerjee manages to hint at the internet shutdown in Kashmir, mob lynchings, and the steady erasure of minorities to pave the way for a Hindu Rashtra under one hour is unquestionably commendable. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Good Newwz (2019) Poulomi Das The charms are few and far in between and for the most part, the movie just ends up stretching a one-line joke for far too long. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Dabangg 3 (2019) Poulomi Das The first few minutes of Dabangg 3 do an incredibly dedicated job of lowering expectations, foreshadowing in a way, the unpardonable daftness that makes up the film's 162-minute runtime. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Mardaani 2 (2019) Poulomi Das Mardaani 2 frequently mistakes revenge with punishment and justice with an unchecked display of power. In that sense, it is even more depolorable than boastful the tone-deafness of Rohit Shetty's Simmba. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009) Poulomi Das Long before Hindi cinema made a template out of the middle-class, Rocket Singh... offered a distinctive snapshot of the challenges of middle-class employment EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Poulomi Das If Marriage Story succeeds in achieving a rare emotional transparency, it is in large part due to the breathlessly calibrated performances of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) Poulomi Das The film's dull, repetitive theatrics are derived only from the director playing up stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) Poulomi Das Black Mitzvah works as a flawless indictment of this selective amnesia: Tiffany Haddish begins her hour by setting out to justify her talent, but ends it by illustrating why she really doesn't need to keep proving her worth. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Poulomi Das The taut editing and the kinetic cinematography which is intercut with real-life footage guarantee that the film replicates the tensions of the attacks. But without any singular direction, it articulates nothing more. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Poulomi Das Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator is both an accusation and a reminder that we're repeating a pattern. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Marjaavaan (2019) Poulomi Das Milap Zaveri's Marjaavaan is yet another pointless outing, based entirely on the idea of finding an excuse for two overgrown man-childs to glare at each other while threatening murder after every five minutes without actually doing anything. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019