Thursday 20 September, 2018
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‘Manmarziyaan’: Performances elevate this predictable love-triangle

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Manmarziyaan”; Director: Anurag Kashyap; Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu, Ashnoor Kaur, Akshay Arora, Pavan Malhotra, Gurpreet Bhangu; Rating: *** “Manmarziyaan” seems like [...]

What is the big Deol?

By Subhash K. Jha Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se: Starring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kriti Kharbanda and Directed by Navaniat Singh. Rating: ***(3 stars) Ambition is not a bad thing, if applied sagaciously to a given situation. Yamla [...]

Stree is a gorgeous quirk-tale of mirth & scares

By Subhash K Jha Film: Stree; Starring Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana; Directed by Amar Kaushik; Rating: ****(4 stars) A new language in the horror genre burgeons as we watch this quirky cocktail — [...]

‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’: A genial comedy

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”; Director: Mudassar Aziz; Cast: Diana Penty, Ali Fazal, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Jassi Gill, Piyush Mishra, Jason Tham; Rating: ***1/2 There is a cause for excitement every [...]

‘Gold’: The glitter is missing

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Gold”; Director: Reema Kagti; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar, Abdul Quadir Amin, Mouni Roy, Vinit Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh; Rating: **1/2 “Dreams should not die, and one should not lose hope,” [...]

‘Fanney Khan’: Offers promises and hopes, but on a false note

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Fanney Khan”; Director: Atul Manjrekar; Cast: Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Pihu Sand, Divya Dutta, Karan Singh Chhabra, Anaitha Nair, Girish Kulkarni; Rating: **1/2 Adapted from the [...]

‘Dhadak’: Performances make the heart beat

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Dhadak”; Director: Shashank Khaitan; Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Janhvi, Ashutosh Rana; Rating: *** (3 stars) Director Shashank Khaitan’s “Dhadak” suffers from a lack of intrigue, right at the [...]

“Karenjit Kaur – The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone”

By Subhash K. Jha Web series: “Karenjit Kaur – The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone”; Director: Aditya Dutt; Cast: Sunny Leone, Karanvir Lamba, Rysa Saujani, Raj Arjun, Grusha Kapoor and Bijay Anand; Rating: ** There is little [...]

‘Sanju’: A heart-warming tale, brilliantly portrayed

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Sanju”; Director: Raj Kumar Hirani; Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Boman Irani, Anjan Shrivastav; Rating: **** Actor Sanjay Dutt’s [...]

‘Lust Stories’ opens door into Indian middle-class’ sexual consciousness

By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Lust Stories”, an anthology for Netflix; Directors: Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar; Cast: Radhika Apte, Akash Thosar, Bhumi Pednekar, Neil Bhoopalam, Manisha Koirala, Jaideep [...]