Monday 22 May, 2017
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Half Girlfriend: Performances save this half-baked mush

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Half Girlfriend”; Director: Mohit Suri; Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Rhea Chakraborty, Anisa Butt and Vikrant Massey; Rating: ** Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel by the same name, [...]

Sarkar 3: Ram Gopal Varma returns to form, thanks to Mr. Bachchan

By Subhash K Jha Film: “Sarkar 3″; Director: Ram Gopal Varma; Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy, Yami Gautam; Rating: **** It is easy to see the third instalment of Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar” [...]

Baahubali 2: A fitting and fantasy-esque finale

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”; Director: S. S. Rajamouli; Cast: Prabhas Raju, Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Nasser, Charandeep, Satya Raj, Prabhakar, Rakesh Varre, Rohini, [...]

‘Noor’: This crusader endears you all the way

By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Noor”; Director: Sunhil Sippy; Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Purab Kohli, MK Raina, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar, Smita Tambe, Rating: ***1/2 Adapted from Saba Imtiaz’s novel, “Karachi, you are killing [...]

‘Mukti Bhawan’: A masterpiece that dares to smile at death

By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Mukti Bhawan”; Writer-Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani; Cast: Lalit Behl, Adil Hussain, Geetanjali Kulkarni and Navninda Behl; Rating: ***** Twenty-four is too young to think about death, let alone make a [...]

‘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 [...]