Friday 20 July, 2018
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‘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 [...]

Veere Di Wedding: Trite and cliched

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Veere Di Wedding”; Director: Shashanka Ghosh,; Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Shikha Talsania, Swara Bhaskar, Sumeet Vyas, Ekavali Khanna, Edward Sonnenblick, Vivek Mushran, Neena Gupta, Manoj Pahwa; [...]

‘Raazi’: Alia Bhatt thrills with her performance

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Raazi”; Director: Meghna Gulzar; Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Arif Zakaria; Rating: ***1/2 Director Meghna Gulzar’s “Raazi” [...]

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 [...]