Sweet, but superficial

  FILM REVIEW Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga By Aasawari Shenolikar, Bollywood has come of age. A very positive change is that filmmakers are addressing issues that were hitherto considered taboo. In recent times, many movies with the tag of &..

Power-packed ‘Mardaani’

  FILM REVIEW Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi By Farina Salim Quraishi ‘Khoob Ladi Mardaani Thi, Woh Jhansi Wali Rani Thi’! True to the reverberating words by Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood Queen Kangana Ranaut is every inch the royal..

An honest attempt

  FILM REVIEW Thackeray By Kartik Lokhande, Every eminent person in the world, who stood for the self-professed cause, may be viewed in positive light by his supporters and in negative light by his opponents. The same holds true in case of Shiv..

Toothless take

  FILM REVIEW Why Cheat India By Farina Salim Quraishi Greed for grades in Indian parents and even students is perhaps one of the worst kept secrets in the country today. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and showing a stark mirror t..

Just a puppet on a string

FILM REVIEW The Accidental Prime minister By Aasawari Shenolikar Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. And if the power comes without any authority, the unease can take on gargantuan proportions. Dr Manmohan Singh, the second person in the history..


  FILM REVIEW By Aasawari Shenolikar “Commandoes, how’s the josh?” Major Vihaan Shergill’s (Vicky Kaushal) voice reverberates. “High, Sir!” his commandoes respond with equal passion. And that’s exactly w..

Sure-footed start

  FILM REVIEW Bhai – Vyakti Ki Valli By Aasawari Shenolikar, Biopics have the power of bringing alive history. But sometimes history, as we know, can be dull and boring. So, the most important point of any biopic is that the narrative has..

Surprisingly Super

  FILM REVIEW BUMBLEBEE By Farina Salim Quraishi By the time the mighty machines crawled creakily to the finish line in Transformers: The Last Knight, it was apparent to even die-hard Hasbro fans that the exhaustive robot-fury was well and trul..

Sensational as Simmba 

  FILM REVIEW Simmba By Farina Salim Quraishi Commercial and proud of it. Rohit Shetty has never made any bones about toeing the masala (movie) line wholeheartedly and his latest, Simmba, is a glorious conviction of his beliefs as a filmmaker. ..

‘Short’ but not sweet

  FILM REVIEW Zero By Aasawari Shenolikar, Love, they say, recognises no barriers - it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. And in Bollywood, love transcends all this and more - in Zero, it ma..

True blue actioner

  FILM REVIEW Aquaman  By Farina Salim Quraishi Thrice is definitely the charm for DC Universe’s water wonder, Aquaman. After not-so-watertight appearances in two other movies - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice L..

A heartwarming tale

  FILM REVIEW Naal By Aasawari Shenolikar “Aai tula radayala yeta ka?” - eight-year-old Chaitanya asks his mother. For us the query might come across as innocent, but for Chaitanya , it was laden with feelings, it was as if his whol..

Sporadically Fantastic

  FILM REVIEW Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald By Farina Salim Quraishi, J K Rowling’s whimsical world of wizards and witches is a magical place to be, pun intended of course. And the Wizarding World gets a lot bigger in the se..

Work of art

  FILM REVIEW Ani....KAshinath Ghanekar By Aasawari Shenolikar Compelling cinema is about riveting stories that have the power of simply mesmerising the viewers. Bringing on the canvas, a biography and doing complete justice to a legendary char..

Of greed & ambition

  FILM REVIEW BAAZAAR By Aasawari Shenolikar, For the first time, Bollywood takes us into a realm, untapped till now - the world of stocks and shares, the Dalal Street that has the power of making or breaking companies and vicariously, the econ..

Not a sweet offering

    FILM REVIEW Jalebi By Farina Salim Quraishi, Unrequited love sure has some powerful magic. It has it all - the repressed emotions of being rejected, yearning, self-doubt, heartbreak and the unshakable shackles of ‘What if…&..

Loveless yatra

  FILM REVIEW Loveyatri By Aasawari Shenolikar, The fate of each and every film is decided by its script alone. Rest everything - the cast, the music, the sets, et al are ancillary. The content is the king - unfortunately Loveyatri does not boa..

All teeth, no bite

FILM REVIEW Venom  By Farina Salim Quraishi So alright Marvel Studios was not kidding when it said they had another 20 movies in the docket after bankrolling a staggering 22 films already. Keeping up the promise and leading from first is comic-boo..

Weaving dreams

  FILM REVIEW Sui Dhaaga By Aasawari Shenolikar, “Jab tumhare paas hunar hai, toh apna kaam kyon nahi shuru karte,”- is the anguished cry of a wife who is the silent and strong pillar behind a husband who is desperately trying to ma..

This noisy affair misfires

  FILM REVIEW Pataakha By Farina Salim Quraishi, Wild, whimsical and well, weird; that’s Vishal Bhardwaj’s Pataakha in short. For a director who brings alive Shakespearean sagas like no other, Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Charan S..

Quietly Compelling

  FILM REVIEW Manto By Aasawari Shenolikar Nandita Das, the actor, director and firebrand activist is known for being unconventional - be it for her choice of films or for supporting the many causes afflicting the society. She, who was totally ..

Batti Is Gul In Parts

  FILM REVIEW Batti Gul Meter Chalu By Farina Salim Quraishi After raising a stink on India’s worst kept secret - open defecation - director Shree Narayan Singh is back to educate and entertain with a subject mostly pushed in the dark - o..

This one follows the heart!

  FILM REVIEW Manmarziyaan By Farina Salim Quraishi, Bollywood and love triangles have had a grand and entirely overlong association. So much so that every combination and permutation in the three-hearted saga has been much used, misused and ab..

This Paltan lacks punch

  FILM REVIEW By Aasawari Shenolikar, J P Dutta, with his Paltan, tries to relive a not so well-known chapter in the Indian military history - the repeated skirmishes that happened at Nathula between India and China in the year 1967. His pulse p..

Scarily funny

  FILM REVIEW STREE By Farina Salim Quraishi Going by the sorry record of horror comedies in Bollywood, it’s not really too hard to dismiss Stree as yet another comedy of horrors, especially when its tagline goes, Ab Mard Ko Dard Hoga. Ho..

Un-Happy addition

FILM REVIEW Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi By Farina Salim Quraishi, After a two-year break, Happy is up and running again with one more Happy for company. But despite two Happys, a title promising happiness and premise which was definitely hilarious, there ..

Karwaan of life

  FILM REVIE Karwaan By Farina Salim Quraishi, An unpredictable journey, three lost souls, one dead body and many miles, Karwaan, on the surface at least, has all the perfect ingredients to tell a fantastic tale about life and relationships. Bu..

Not ‘pitch’ perfect

  FILM REVIEW Fanney Khan  By Aasawari Shenolikar “Music, these days, is about being seen. It’s all about styling,” reacts Lata (Pihu Sand), a teenager who wants to make a name in the world of singing. Time and again she ..

Impossibly the best

  FILM REVIEW By Farina Salim Quraishi, Mission: Impossible - Fallout Going by the headcount Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the sixth edition in the long-standing Mission: Impossible (MI) series; and by all accounts (Hollywood’s penchan..

No zing!

FILM REVIEW Dhadak By Aasawari Shenolikar, The moment someone inserts the word ‘remake’ in their creation, comparisons become inevitable. Be it a song or the entire movie, incessant arguments are put forth by the aye sayers and the nay sa..

This Skyscraper fails to soar

  FILM REVIEW Skyscraper By Farina Salim Quraishi, It’s Dwayne Johnson to the rescue yet again… however there is little escaping the strong sense of déjà vu that stays on for the most part of Skyscraper. Despite all &..

Sandeep – The Soorma

    FILM REVIEW By Aasawari Shenolikar, It’s raining biopics. This weekend the limelight is focused on a sportsperson, who fought against all odds and rose, from the lowest depths, like a Phoenix to become the undisputed king of the ..

Big action, small fun

  FILM REVIEW By Farina Salim Quraishi, After laying low for two years, the world’s smallest superhero Antman is all suited and booted to pack punches above his size, with a charming Wasp for company. Antman And The Wasp with its heartenin..


  FILM REVIEW SANJU By Aasawari Shenolikar Of all the present day actors in Bollywood, Sanjay Dutt’s journey has been the most exceptional and extraordinary. Given his lineage, he could have had the world at his feet - the world could have..

Salman show all the way

FILM REVIEW Race 3 By Farina Salim Quraishi, Salman Khan sure wasn’t kidding when he proclaimed Race 3 to be part Race and part Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!. A family first affair all the way, Race 3 is a glowing salute to family ties and filial loya..

Glitters sans the glamour 

FILM REVIEW Kaala,  By Farina Salim Quraishi, Kaala, PA Ranjith’s saga about people’s power, is a welcome departure from the usual drama surrounding Rajini movies. Devoid of tricks and thrills that have made Rajinikanth a darling of ..

Go for the dinosaurs

  FILM REVIEW Jurassic World  Fallen Kingdom By Aasawari Shenolikar “These creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after. Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free. Life finds..

Hail the girl gang

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, Four girls and their sassy attitude, walking hand in hand in their fabulous outfits, brash and bold and you instantly visualise the glossy and glamorous Sex and the City stars. But what we are talking about here is Shash..

Little heroic about it

  FILM REVIEW Bhavesh Joshi  By Farina Salim Quraishi ‘Superheroes are not born, they are made,’ goes a line in Bhavesh Joshi. Fair enough we say! However, it really does takes more than a heart - even if it’s in the righ..

Truth served Bollywood style

  PARMANU: THE STORY OF POKHRAN By Farina Salim Quraishi FOR some and most of Gen X, the historical significance of the summer of 1998 has little importance and not much recall value. In that sense Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran acts as an entert..

A Bucket load Of Emotions

  FILM REVIEW Bucket List By Aasawari Shenolikar   “Aai ha dress bugh,” (mother, look at this dress) says the teenage daughter, showing a bright red shirt dress to her mother. “Ani hyachya khalikai?” (And what will..

Deadly fun

  Deadpool 2 FILM REVIEWS By Farina Salim Quraishi SASS and style were never as good a combo as in Deadpool. Two years on, the obnoxious, motor-mouth mutant is as spunky as ever, striking poses and wisecracks energetically; breaking new grounds..

Quietly patriotic

  By Farina Salim Quraishi, Truth is stranger than fiction, and can be no less entertaining. When the truth is about the charged Indo-Pak ties, curated with care and presented from the heart, one can be assured that the ensuing product will be a ..

Only melodrama, nothing else

FILM REVIEW By Rajendra Diwe, Trishul (1978): Raj Kumar Gupta (Sanjeev Kumar) gives up his first love Shanti (Waheeda Rehman) to marry a wealthy heiress Kamini (Gita Siddharth) who is the daughter of Seth Deendayal. Shanti comes by to wish him success..

Cycle of simplicity and goodness for transfromation

  By Rajendra Diwe ‘Cycle’, a Marathi film directed by Prakash Kunte is successful in giving a positive ‘Mantra’ of life to be simple and humble. The film recalls the sayings of Rabindranath Tagore, “It is very simpl..

Slice of life

  FILM REVIEWS By Aasawari Shenolikar, Dattatreya Wakharia (Amitabh Bachchan) believes in living each moment of his life to the fullest and focusing on the positive. The lively soul is not bogged down by age. The jolly good 102 year old wants hi..

Infinitely awesome

  FILM REVIEWS Avengers:Infinity War By Farina Salim Quraishi Ten years, 26 superheroes, 17 movies, six infinity stones and one raging tyrant – the end of the beginning of the end - couldn’t possibly getting any bigger than Avengers..

‘Mantr’, Experience of a journey towardsself-realisation

  By Rajendra Diwe, “God is a wonderful imagination of a human being. He created God to stabilise the unstable mind. Man also created Dharma, the duties, or responsibilities or code of conduct to live harmoniously with the nature. Unfortuna..

Achingly heartwarming

 FILM REVIEWS By Aasawari Shenolikar OCTOBER Shoojit Sircar is someone who is as intensely passionate about football as he is about narrating stories. His vision, brought alive on the screen by able actors, has traversed across many genres. Whil..

Thrill is Missing

  FILM REVIEWS Missing By Aasawari Shenolikar A three-year-old girl goes missing from a resort in Mauritius. It’s definitely a matter of grave concern. But none of the characters - neither the parents nor the investigative officer demonst..

Toothless Blackmail

  FILM REVIEWS BLACKMAIL By Farina Salim Quraishi “We want to revolutionise things…” says Omi Vaidya, playing Boss DK in Blackmail. In sync with these sentiments, Abhinay Deo’s dark comedy is an unorthodox take on adult..

High on action, low on story

  FILM REVIEWS BAAGHI 2 By Aasawari Shenolikar A FTER his comic caper Judwaa last year, Sajid Nadiadwala wanted to dabble in a different genre. What better than an action film?!! So he scouted around and bought the rights of Kshanam, a Telegu b..

A delightful hiccup

  FILM REVIEW Hichki  By Farina Salim Quraishi Belief can move mountains and everything else in the way is but a hiccup; powered by this thought Rani Mukerji’s Hichki is not a sorry, weepy saga about suffering, but rather is a spirited..

What’sup Lagna 

  What’sup Lagna  Tackling a contemporary subject   By Aasawari Shenolikar “We are a weekend couple”, “We get to see each other once in a blue moon”, “ours is more of a virtual relationshi..

A thrilling Raid

  FILM REVIEWS By Farina Salim Quraishi With mediocrity being the benchmark, only a few Bollywood fares manage to up the notch. After umpteen promises of ‘different movies’ proving different only in the name, director Raj Kumar Gupta..

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..