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Rating Title/Year Author
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Poulomi Das Once Upon a Time in Hollywood can't help but become its ending, emanating a sense of incompleteness. But through it all, it remains deeply watchable and its craft, genuinely persuasive. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Mission Mangal (2019) Poulomi Das The film's casual sidelining of its actresses stands out, given how it deceives the audience into believing in its feminism while simultaneously making jokes at the expense of its women. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Jabariya Jodi (2019) Poulomi Das In 2019, there is really no reason that a film like Jabariya Jodi, that suggests forced marriage is a matter of joke, should exist or get backed by a mainstream production house. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Hum Aapke Hain Koun! (1994) Poulomi Das It mixes comedy, tragedy, helplessness, and an impending feeling of doom to create an all-consuming investment in a cinematic death. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Poulomi Das The casting of Ranaut is nothing short of inspired. It's precisely why it's frustrating to see Judgementall Hai Kya be that film which ignores its engrossing roots in favour of meandering social messaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Poulomi Das The film's biggest failure is towards its subject: Bahl tells us even less about the genius mind of Anand Kumar, even though Roshan occupies almost every frame of Super 30. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Lootera (2013) Poulomi Das It's a rare cinematic outing that exploits the camera and its frames to contextualize the intensity of its storytelling and the restraint of its lead performances, instead of it being the other way round. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Gully Life: The Story of Divine (2019) Poulomi Das The uneven Gully Life is at its most enthralling when it allows the affable Fernandes to freely inject his carefree, grounded personality into its screen-time, without hurrying him up. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Poulomi Das Despite its flaws, it'd be remiss to not acknowledge the sheer pluckiness of Article 15. That a film doesn't barely tip-toe around caste and dives into its impenetrable hold over biases alone, justifies its necessity. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Kabir Singh (2019) Poulomi Das A piece of irresponsible, offensive filmmaking that reveals just how harmful men can be to themselves and to the woman in their lives and still refuse to apologise for it. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Game Over (2019) Poulomi Das Yet enjoying the film also comes with a caveat: the more you want to read in between the lines of its wildly satisfying payoff, the less interesting it becomes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Poulomi Das Always be My Maybe might not be perfect, but it does put its weight behind a flawless romantic theory: Love after all, is a delicate dance of compromise, just not of a woman's career. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Bharat (2019) Poulomi Das At almost three hours, Bharat is an excruciating watch, which is exacerbated by the fact that neither Khan's acting or dancing skills looks like they're in any mood to ever improve. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Poulomi Das If one were to rip apart the context of sexual abuse from the narrative, it would be reduced to just being a 90-minute-long bag of tricks. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
PM Narendra Modi (2019) Poulomi Das A trifecta of awful writing, acting, and filmmaking, PM Narendra Modi's ridiculous alt-narratives take a sinister turn when it presents its "version" of the Godhra riots. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
De De Pyaar De (2019) Poulomi Das De De Pyaar De, which has its rare moments, never holds up: It's no different than innumerable Hindi films that lets its hero get what he wants over the course of two hours. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Poulomi Das Even discarded scripts must have more complexity than Student of the Year 2. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Omertà (2018) Poulomi Das It is about as effective as a dramatised Wikipedia entry - there is nothing in its 96-minute runtime that we don't already know. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
102 Not Out (2018) Poulomi Das Despite his guilt-inducing tactics, the only message that 102 Not Out ironically disseminates is the abject need for educating our birth-givers in the language of parental independence. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Raazi (2018) Poulomi Das Raazi manages to nuance the idea of patriotism, and lace it with a conscience. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Veere Di Wedding (2018) Poulomi Das It's as if Veere Di Wedding refuses to have any emotional depth only because it fears that its protagonists might have to talk about something other than men. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) Poulomi Das The third act of the film is essentially a lesson in misdirection... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Lust Stories (2018) Poulomi Das What makes Akhtar's short groundbreaking is its unflinching articulation of the hypocrisies of the entitled middle class. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Hereditary (2018) Poulomi Das The film takes the saying "skeletons in the closet" literally, giving us a genuinely terrifying portrait of a family's breakdown. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Sanju (2018) Poulomi Das It doesn't just heroise a flawed personality, but also ends up as the definitive and selective account for the future. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Set It Up (2018) Poulomi Das It exists as a canny tribute to the rom-coms of yesteryear, hitting a sweet, nostalgic feel-good spot. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Isle of Dogs (2018) Poulomi Das Isle of Dogs is a testament to the urgent need for animated movies to address socio-political context. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Dhadak (2018) Poulomi Das Spoiler alert: Dhadak is as terrible as anyone who has watched Sairat expected it to be. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Gold (2018) Poulomi Das For a film about sport, Gold treats hockey as a mere formality in service of an Akshay Kumar vanity project. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Stree (2018) Poulomi Das There's only so much an exciting premise can do for a bloated film that frequently loses its grip on its plot. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Laila Majnu (2018) Poulomi Das In its last 30 minutes, unveils the film's secret weapon: a visceral portrait of insanity. It's only here that the film actually lives up to its ambitious promise of retelling the legend of Layla and Majnun. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Love Sonia (2017) Poulomi Das At several points during Love Sonia, I found it hard to not question its real purpose: Is it really to highlight unimaginable trauma or fetishise it? EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Manmarziyaan (2018) Poulomi Das Aided by smart writing and affecting performances, the film subverts the nice guy trope and squashes the idea of the one true love. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Manto (2018) Poulomi Das Going in, I'd expected Manto to provoke and make a statement at every opportunity. What I got instead, was an unflinching portrait of a man who despised taking the middle road. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018) Poulomi Das In a film about dignity of labour, Katariya's mastery is most evident in parts where the focus is on the immense emotional and domestic labour every married small-town woman inevitably shoulders. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Pataakha (2018) Poulomi Das Vishal Bhardwaj's Pataakha understands this language of sisterhood, where throwing abuses, insults, and jabs at each other is par for the course. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Village Rockstars (2017) Poulomi Das While Rima Das intended the film to be a tribute to her village, her sensitivity and warmth guarantees that it also captures the innocence of childhood - and the doting bond between mothers and daughters. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Andhadhun (2018) Poulomi Das The film is all about clever writing, top-notch execution, and hard-hitting social commentary - but it is also a triumph of casting, and an ode to actors. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Loveyatri (2018) Poulomi Das Barely three months after Race 3, Salman Khan has bankrolled another nightmare, by introducing his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the hope that he'll pass off as an actor. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Badhaai Ho (2018) Poulomi Das Badhaai Ho is a delightful comedy that exposes society's hypocrisy toward sex. It underlines our unwillingness to view our parents as sexual beings... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
First Man (2018) Poulomi Das A sombre portrait of what going to the moon and back does to a man. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Baazaar (2018) Poulomi Das Baazaar doesn't have characters - just caricatures. Every plot point of the film is an extended open-mic joke that refuses to land. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Poulomi Das Vijay Krishna Acharya's Thugs of Hindostan is one of Bollywood's most unambitious and derivative films; it redefines the idea of an epic disaster. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Green Book (2018) Poulomi Das Green Book takes a muddled viewpoint of racism. But together, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen bring to screen an unforgettable chemistry that's poignant, rousing, and which single-handedly enlivens the broad strokes of the film's script. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
A Private War (2018) Poulomi Das A Private War is a piercing plea championing empathy, asking us to not turn a blind eye to the abject suffering of countless faceless civilians. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Kedarnath (2018) Poulomi Das In a film which features flash floods, it's the love story that becomes the disaster. Kedarnath, is indeed a calamity. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
2.0 (2018) Poulomi Das Despite being loaded with quinnessential Rajinisms - including the slo-mo walk, self-referential dialogue, witty punchlines, and, well, immortality - 2.0 stands out for acknowledging the problem plaguing every superhero film. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Roma (2018) Poulomi Das The black-and-white spectacle captures the memory of childhood, in unflinching clarity. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Ben Is Back (2018) Poulomi Das The film investigates the aftermath of addiction, both as a raging epidemic and as a crushing emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Zero (2018) Poulomi Das The film might be the worst reminder of SRK's incompetence in completely inhabiting a character. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019