Sunday 27 May, 2018
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102 Not Out: 102 minutes Of unalloyed emotional bonding between Bachchan and Kapoor

By Subhash K Jha Film: “102 Not Out”, Director: Umesh Shukla, Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor Rating: ****(4 stars) If you overlook the deliberate staginess of the presentation with just two characters aided by a third catalyst [...]

‘Daas Dev’: Meticulously mounted in a convoluted plot

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Daas Dev”; Director: Sudhir Mishra; Cast: Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rahul Bhat, Saurabh Shukla, Vipin Sharma, Anurag Kashyap; Rating: **1/2 Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, the author of “Devdas”, [...]

October: A fragrant tale about love and hope

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “October”; Director: Shoojit Sircar; Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao, Sahil Vedoliyaa; Rating ***1/2 Director Shoojt Sircar’s “October” is a poignant tale about love and hope, [...]

Blackmail is wickedly funny

By Subhash K Jha ‘Blackmail’; Starring: Irrfan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunodoy Singh, Divya Dutta, Praduman Singh, Anuja Sathe, Omi Vaidya; Directed by Abhinay Deo; Rating: ****(4 Stars) If I didn’t know about Irrfan’s health [...]

Hichki: An emotionally inspiring film

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Hichki”; Director: Sidharth P. Malhotra; Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Neeraj Kabi, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Asif Basra, Ivan Rodrigues, Harsh Mayar and Kunal Shinde; Rating: ***1/2 Adapted [...]

‘Hate Story IV’: Femme fatale shines in this revenge saga

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Hate Story IV”; Director: Vishal Pandya; Cast: Urvashi Rautela, Vivan Bhatena, Karan Wahi, Ihana Dhillon and Gulshan Grover; Rating: *** For a change, this fourth edition of “Hate Story” series [...]

Netflix movie ‘Love Per Square Foot’ an ode to Basu Chatterjee

By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Love Per Square Foot”; Director: Anand Tiwari; Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar, Alankrita Sahai, Raghubir Yadav, Supriya Pathak, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kunaal Roy Kapur; Rating: *** ½ Not too many people write [...]

‘Padman’: Akshay shines in this public service film

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Padman”; Director: R. Balki; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Amitabh Bachchan; Rating: ***1/2 The concept for this film, Padman, is credited to Twinkle Khanna for the story that is based on [...]

Padmaavat: A breathtaking homage to valor of Rajputs

By Subhash K. Jha Padmaavat: Starring, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao, Jim Sarbh: Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali Rating: *****(5 stars) For my money there is no contemporary filmmaker with the vision and velocity [...]

‘My Birthday Song’: A skilfully mounted psychological drama

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “My Birthday Song”; Director: Samir Soni; Cast: Sanjay Suri, Nora Fatehi, Zenia Starr, Ayaz Khan, Samire Sharma, Elena Kazan, Aarti Khetarpal, Aryan Veir Suri, Kausher Ali Khan, Rahul Gaba, Aarav Bedi and Rohan [...]