Too much of a mess

FILM REVIEWS By Farina Salim Quraishi One rainy night, six characters and a world of problems - underworld, murder, adultery, cops, love, deceit etc- playing out rapidly in the heart of Maximum City, Mumbai are indeed perfect ingredients to tell a rac..

Slow yet gripping

By C Nishi Julie 2 is certainly a notch above its earlier version. This is more than just an erotic film. The story is good and Raai Laxmi has done justice to the role. This one is far from the ‘soft pornographic’ label that the first Julie..

A ride worth taking

FILM REVIEWS By Farina Salim Quraishi coco Though Disney has been having a go at cultural diversity and modernity with varying degrees of success, it’s latest offering Coco takes the efforts several notches higher, with characters who are strai..

All heart

By Aasawari Shenolikar, “Hello”, she drawls. The voice is loaded, a tad husky and very, very sexy. “Who wants to talk with Sulu?” she purrs. The late night RJ plays multiple roles - she not only plays popular tracks, she also is..

A joyous journey

By Subhash K Jha Look, there are lots of problems in Qarib Qarib Singlle -- as there are in life. But that's what makes life, and life in the movies, worth living.Qarib Qarib Singlle is a delightful 'romp'-com about two middle-aged strangers -- one a wid..

Shaadi worth attending

FILM REVIEWS By Troy Ribeiro, Set against the backdrop of Kanpur, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is a love story of Satyendra aka Sattu (Rajkummar Rao), a clerk in a government office and Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda), a bright ambitious girl who aspires to become..

Intriguing Fare

By Farina Salim Quraishi We all do it. When a mystery movie comes on, we sit enraptured, looking for clues and signs; trying to be Sherlock Holmes of the first order. The inexplicable, not to forget unavoidable urge, to piece together a whodunit is nex..

‘Thor’oughly entertaining

FILM REVIEWS By Farina Salim Quraishi He comes, he fights and he conquers it all; including our hearts. Putting his most ferocious yet funny foot forward in his 6th outing as Thor, Chris Hemsworth is ‘Thor’oughly fantastic and entertaining..

Master ‘Chef’- Not really

FILM REVIEWS By Farina Salim Quraishi CHEF Hollywood remakes by Bollywood filmmakers have more often than not turned out to be unpalatable offerings. Keeping their ‘filmy’ sensibilities intact while reworking even ‘foreign’ id..

Tediously slow, yet brutally fascinating

FILM REVIEWS BLADE RUNNER 2049 By Troy Ribeiro, Based on Philip K. Dick's novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, this film is a follow-up to one of science fiction's most iconic film, which was directed by Ridley Scott 35 years ago...

Fails to excite

FILM REVIEW By Subhash K Jha Haseena Parkar  If only Haseena Parkar didn’t suffer from the curse of clunky, inept, shoddy central performance, it would have been a far more watchable potboiler on gangsterism. And I use the word ‘potb..

A simple, realistic eye-opener

FILM REVIEW By Troy Ribeiro NEWTON Low-concept and modestly-scaled films are always hard to sell, but authentic passion and a steady accumulation of detail, sets writers Amit Masurkar and Mayank Tiwari's Newton apart. Set against the backdrop of elec..


FILM REVIEW BHOOMI By Farina Salim Quraishi Vengeance was never served this strong or with such frequency before in Hindi films. After blind-man Hrithik Roshan in Kaabil, resourceful professor Sridevi in Mom and an impassioned mother Raveena Tandon i..

A feisty canvas

By Troy Ribeiro Simran is a film about an unconventional, 30-plus Gujarati divorcee Praful Patel who lives with her parents in Atlanta, works in the housekeeping department of a plush hotel and lives life on her terms. Keen on buying her own property i..

Not an edge of the seat thriller

FILM REVIEWS LUCKNOW CENTRAL By Aasawari Shenolikar Bars can shackle the human body, but they cannot shackle one’s dreams. Aadmi qaid hote hain, sapne nahin. So even when an aspiring singer Kishan (Farhan Akhtar), whose only dream in life is to..

‘Daddy’ cool

By Subhash K Jha Ask any actor of some worth. It is not easy to play a known living character. Audiences and the character that you are playing, plus their close associates, judge the performance with scrutinised harshness and normally find it wanting...

No Big Deol

By Aasawari Shenolikar Bollywood has given us back to back movies which venture into ‘below the belt’ territory. But while one deserves all the accolades for its insightful handling of a sensitive subject, the other is loud, crass and tries..

Mediocre ‘Kings’

Baadshaho By Farina Salim Quraishi That Baadshaho is an ode to the cinema of the 1970s should have been a warning enough! And true to his word (at least someone kept his in Baadshaho), director Milan Luthria with every emotion, action and reaction pay..

A ‘standing’ ovation

By Aasawari Shenolikar, Bollywood sure is going places and treading territories where no man, or for that matter a woman, has ever gone. For this very reason, Director RS Prasanna deserves a standing ovation. In Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, he has tackled a ..

Partially riveting

  INTERNATIONALLY released as Viceroy's House,this film gives us a glimpse of life during the tumultuous period before the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nations in 1947. Based on two books and inspired from true events from her o..

A propaganda film

A political drama with a detailed disclaimer about hurting the sentiments of anyone, Madhur Bhandarkar’s controversial Indu Sarkar is a cleverly plotted propaganda film. Set in the backdrop of the dark phase of the 1975 Emergency, the film begins ..

Brainlessly entertaining

  By Farina Salim Quraishi “Purani whiskey acchi lagti hai, baatein nahi…” Anil Kapoor says at one point of time in Mubarakan. And after sitting through long minutes of insipid gags and a dozen song-and-dance routines, we can o..

Spectacular war epic

By Troy Ribeiro, With Dunkirk, director Christopher Nolan plunges you directly into an impassive war zone. Mounted on an epic scale and presented in a pragmatic manner, the film is well-made. It is a survival film which is dramatic yet natural and it e..

All style no substance

FILM REVIEWS Farina Salim Quraishi For Bollywood, different remains in the name only, even if the film in question stars supreme talents like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tiger Shroff (if only in dancing). Two opposite ends of a spectrum coming together fo..

Emotionally fuelled

  By Troy Ribeiro War For The Planet of The Apes is a visually stunning and emotionally fuelled film. This inter-species survival story, keeping with the tradition of its earlier two editions, has all the trappings of a blockbuster film and reson..

Visually appealing, but not entertaining

 By Aasawari Shenolikar Conceptualised by the talented Anurag Basu, this detective story is set as a musical, the first of its kind in Bollywood. Does it work? Only in parts. For, when every dialogue is being sung as a song, not all will find this..

Mom is briliant

 By Aasawari Shenolikar Two wrongs do not make a right - we all have been taught that. But, to make a wrong right, when it comes to ‘galat aur bahut galat mein aap kisse chunenge?’ , then it’s obvious that it's a very thin line a..

Marvellous Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming By Farina Salim Quraishi Four reboots, 10 movies and 12 appearances..., yet the web of fascination spun by this friendly neighbourhood superhero remains as strong and catchy as ever, never mind the fact that majority of these ou..


NOT A GRITTY TALE   JAI GANGAAJAL By Aasawari Shenolikar “ MADAM / SIR, Aaj aapne hamein mardb ana diya. ” This is uttered by a couple ofpolice officers, and the recipient is AbhaMathur (Priyanka Chopra),the SP of Bankiganj, after s..

DOESN’T ROCK ( Sanam Re )

By Aasawari Shenolikar “DADU, pyar kya hota hai?” this is a query that a six-year old boy asks his grandfather. After giving him the definition of Pyar, that includes words like ‘ruh’ and ‘soul’, the next question is..

Below expectation ( FITOOR )

By Farina Salim Quraishi OF the many ‘Great Expectations’ one had from Fitoor, it manages to fulfill a few, and sorely disappoints with the rest.While the movie is an intense love story, it lacks depth; it has some charismatic moments, yetl..

Way un-Kool (kyaa Kool hain hum 3)

Film Review By Farina Salim QuraishiThe first thought which crosses one’s mind as the outrageous Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3 (KKHH3) starts rolling is how on earth did the ‘Sanskari’ Censor Board even allow this film to unfold on the screens. G..

Akshay soars high, yet again (Airlift)

Airlift     Film reviews By Aasawari ShenolikarRaja Krishna Menon, with Airlift, brings to the viewers a poignant and moving tale of the 1,70000 Indians who were caught in the midst of the Iraq - Kuwait conflict and found themselves ..

Wazir (Stalemate)

Wazir     Film review: By Aasawari ShenolikarLife is a game of chess - and in this game, highlighted by well crafted crafty moves, two strong individuals, each deeply hurt and nursing a grouse  - one for having lost a daught..

Dilwale,Big on bling

Dilwale   By Farina  Salim Quraishi;Dilwale has everyone doing what they are best known for. It has the King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan, falling and fighting for love like no other, master of popcorn cinema, Rohit Shetty pulling out al..

Bajirao Mastani, Spectacular

Bajirao Mastani   By Aasawari ShenolikarLove has no colour; love is a religion in itself. And this is primarily what Sanjay Leela Bhansali depicts in his royal epic Bajirao Mastani. As soon as the credits roll, you know that you are in for ..

A lot to Hate in this Story

Hate Story 3   By Aasawari Shenolikar The third installment in the Hate Story franchise, Vishal Pandya’s Hate Story 3 is being touted as an erotic thriller - but after sitting through a torturous two and half hours, I can only co..

Too slow a ‘story'

Jun 13 (By Farina Salim Quraishi) Poignant, unfinished love stories definitely have some powerful magic. Told with restrain and subtlety - like in Mr And Mrs Iyer, Raanjhanaa and even Rockstar - the saga of unrequited love moves even the most..