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Film Review
Deepa Gehlot
Your regular dose of even-handed criticism of movies that actually help you decide whether to go or just skip the show. This column combines both film reviewing as well as reporting, opening up the world of Bollywood that everyone finds so fascinating.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
There couldn’t be any urban kid above the age of three who does not know the story of 'Beauty And The Beast'. For grown-ups there’s another connect altogether--this has the gutsiest heroine of all fairy tales.... More
Saturday, March 18, 2017
In the nineties, when ‘Director Duo’ Abbas Mustan were at their peak and making their twisty-turny thrillers with glamorous and grey characters, audiences enjoyed them.... More
Saturday, March 11, 2017
‘Badrinath Ki Duhaniya' is set in that nightmarishly patriarchal world that our saas-bahu TV serials are made of—men set the rules, submissive women dressed in traditional finery meekly follow.... More
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The giant ape King Kong has had many films (the first was as early as 1933) made about him—the image that comes to mind is the creature atop the Empire State Building, holding a terrified Fay Wray.... More
Saturday, March 04, 2017
James Mangold makes 'Logan' part superhero film and part old-style Western. Hugh Jackman threatens his retirement as Wolverine, seventeen years after X-Men, but gets a possible heir.... More
Saturday, March 04, 2017
If there is a 'Commando 2', there must have been a Commando, but so generic an action film that it eludes the memory completely.... More
Saturday, February 25, 2017
'Rangoon' just goes to show that one shouldn’t believe what is given out by Bollywood’s vast publicity machinery. It is neither about a Fearless Nadia-like star nor is it a remake of the all-time classic 'Casablanca'.... More
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Saroo Brierly’s lost-and-found miracle is right out of a Bollywood potboiler but based on a true story. Garth Davis has made a moving and uplifting film called 'Lion', based on Brierly’s book.... More
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Get a group of women, throw them against impossible odds, watch them win, and walk out of the auditorium smiling and doffing imaginary hats, in spite of knowing that the unabashed populism of the film has deftly manipulated the viewer's emotions (recent Bollywood example - 'Dangal').... More
Saturday, February 18, 2017
There have been so few films about the wars India has fought in recent times, that anything seems to be a welcome addition to films on contemporary history.... More
Saturday, February 11, 2017
It’s not very often that the Hindi film industry is able to produce a film that is entertaining and meaningful in its own fairytale way. Subash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB has a struggling lawyer take on the rich and powerful.... More
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The idea is undoubtedly cute and will possibly work with the teenage or pre-teen audiences it is aimed at; anyone above the age of 15 is out of the film’s target group and likely to see it with eyes constantly rolling.... More
Saturday, February 04, 2017
There must be an audience for this video game inspired mayhem if yet another installment of Resident Evil has been inflicted on the world. This Paul W.S. Anderson film threatens to be The Final Chapter, but the way it ends, it doesn't seem so.... More
Saturday, February 04, 2017
The much respected Chinese director Zhang Yimou is given a large budget and a chance to make a Chinese-Hollywood film and he comes up with a story, faux-epic 'The Great Wall'.... More
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Of the three leading superstars in the Hindi film industry today, it is to Aamir Khan’s credit that he facilitates and participates in films with a positive social message.... More
Saturday, January 28, 2017
It would be safe to assume that nobody will see 'Kaabil' for the plot - the promo gives away enough. So then the old-fashioned script should be engaging enough to keep audiences hooked.... More
Saturday, January 21, 2017
A peek into the background of a super-achiever is very likely to reveal a misdemeanour, if not a downright crime. The international McDonald’s burger chain is a great success story, at the heart of which is a great betrayal.... More
Saturday, January 21, 2017
This horror movie directed by Stacy Title, is a conveyor belt product that resembles dozens of films with similar plots and filming style. Get a bunch of youngsters in a haunted house and pitch them against the resident ghost—in this case, one who stays dormant till someone says his name.... More
Saturday, January 14, 2017
For capturing the lifestyles of the young, ambitious and restless in Mumbai, Ok Jaanu is at least a decade too late.... More
Saturday, January 14, 2017
For a movie in which the chief mode of communication is grunt and snarls, Xander Cage gets to utter the line, “There are no patriots, only rebels and tyrants.”... More
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