Thursday 30 March, 2017

‘Trapped’: Exhausting and fabricated

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Trapped”; Director: Vikramaditya Motwane; Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa and Khushboo Upadhay; Rating: **1/2 Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s film “Trapped” is a minimalist survival [...]

‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’: Badrinath’s yatra is worth experiencing

By Subhash K Jha Film: “Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya”; Writer and Director Shashank Khaitan; Starring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt; Rating: **** From Jhansi to Singaporea. Phew! This is one helluva joyride. “Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya”(BKD) [...]

Kaabil: Partly gripping and dramatic

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Kaabil”; Director: Sanjay Gupta; Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Suresh Menon, Narendra Jha, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy; Rating: **1/2 Loosely inspired from the 2013 Korean film “Broken”, which was [...]

Raees: An immersive SRK entertainer

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Raees”; Director: Rahul Dholakia; Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Atul Kulkarni, Narendra Jha, Sheeba Chaddha, Sunny Leone; Rating: *** “Raees” is a typical Bollywood [...]

Ok Jaanu: Better than Mani Ratnam’s original

By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Ok Jaanu”; Director: Shaad Ali; Cast Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson; Rating: **** Welcome back, Shaad Ali. It was a Mani Ratnam remake that gave us Shaad, one of the [...]

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage gives you little fuel for thought

By Subhash K Jha Film: “xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage”; Director: D.J. Caruso; Cast: Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone; Rating:*** D.J. Caruso, let’s call him DJ for fun, is a man with a mission. Mission ‘Impassable’. [...]

Barry: Vikram Gandhi’s film on Obama shouldn’t be missed

By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Barry”; Director: Vikram Gandhi; Cast: Devon Tarrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashley Judd; Rating: ***1/2 Let’s puff up our chests with pride. This year, Ritesh Batra directed two films featuring [...]

Dangal: Strong performances by Aamir and others

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Dangal”; Director: Nitesh Tiwari; Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sana Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Aparshakti Khurrana, Girish Kulkarni; Rating: ***1/2 A fictionalised tale, [...]

Befikre: A cliched entertainer

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Befikre”; Director: Aditya Chopra; Cast: Ranveer Singh, Vani Kapoor, Akarsh Khurana, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Julie Ordon; Rating: **1/2 “Befikre” is like old wine in a new bottle. A familiar story [...]

Kahaani 2: Will break your heart, grip your senses

By Subhash K Jha Film: “Kahaani 2″; Directed by Sujoy Ghosh; Starring: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansaraj, Tota Roy Choudhury; Rating: **** 1/2 (4 and a half stars) It’s just another ordinary humid laconic night in [...]