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Fuck you if you don't fall in love with this absolute masterpiece.
Prosit Roy's Pari is an absolutely stunning horror film with compelling frames and directorial competence ushered aplenty, and delivers because of Anushka Dharma's wonderful performance that makes the screen crawl. The visuals have an interesting buildup to stay with you, and the proceedings are thoroughly enjoyable.
'Secret Superstar' is one of those films which are smart and persuasively mainstream, what you can call the classic case of perfect film choice by Aamir Khan. There's so much more to the films good intentions and great art, which include consistent editing, admirable textures and heartwarming performances. While Aamir Khan's Shakti is obviously humorous as much as he is emotional, and while Saira Watson's first-time lead turn in top class, but the most enticing performance, the one that instantly drew me for the heartfelt smiles and weepswas the strong Meher Vij as the unconditionally loving mother.
Although I responded quiet dramatically to every rousing button that "12 Years a Slave" pushed towards me, and came out moved even, I certainly was confused what to make out of this film: cinema that's essentially exploitative, or cinema that takes a way too unflinching and uncanny look for things, which isn't particularly going to be essential in this case especially! In short, I came back disappointed, not any wiser.
I'll strictly leave up to you what you want to actually take away from this gripping and powerful film: it's tense, terse, taut but shameless propaganda. It doesn't pick a side and swoons into a political outburst between the strong #MeToo and the justified #MenToo, and questions the sexual exploitation from both sides of the table. Although clunky in parts the film has some solid writing: Ajay Behl had a dramatic voice always, if not particularly a distinctive tone. But this is his best work yet, because the plot is wildly compelling and I think that the gender role division has been stated with clarity and infused with endearing earnestness. Watch "Section 375" to witness Akshaye Khanna in his top form, and for a responsible and confident touch of reality the film very much offers. This is a terrifically made film, despite it's multiple bumps.