Movie Reviews

<i>Madam Chief Minister</i> Review: Richa Chadha's Political Drama Is Worse Than Bland. It Is Bunk

Madam Chief Minister Review: Richa Chadha's Political Drama Is Worse Than Bland. It Is Bunk

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday January 22, 2021

Madam Chief Minister Review: Richa Chadha is given far too much to carry on her shoulders. Even quality actors like Saurabh Shukla and Manav Kaul (both are as steady as always) are unable to pull the film out of the mire.

<I>The White Tiger</i> Review: Adarsh Gourav Is Brilliant. Yet, The Roar Of The Film Isn't Uniform

The White Tiger Review: Adarsh Gourav Is Brilliant. Yet, The Roar Of The Film Isn't Uniform

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday January 22, 2021

The White Tiger Review: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, in a supporting role, doesn't put a foot wrong. Rajkummar Rao's accent is too put-on to be effective.

<i>Tribhanga</I> Review: Genteel Ode To Women Starring Kajol Merits Three Cheers

Tribhanga Review: Genteel Ode To Women Starring Kajol Merits Three Cheers

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday January 15, 2021

Tribhanga Review: Kajol provides the frisson that the understated film needs but it is Tanvi Azmi who is the real star of the show. Mithila Palkar has much less to do but steps up to the plate when she needs to.

<i>Tandav</I> Review: Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan's Web-Series Dances To A Facile Bollywood Beat

Tandav Review: Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan's Web-Series Dances To A Facile Bollywood Beat

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday January 15, 2021

Tandav Review: Saif Ali Khan is out of his depth here because the tale has no real sting. He is upstaged for the most part by Dimple Kapadia in the guise of a super-ambitious woman who challenges the son of a three-time Prime Minister on his own turf.

<I>Master</i> Review: Vijay And Vijay Sethupathi Make A Winning Combination

Master Review: Vijay And Vijay Sethupathi Make A Winning Combination

Saibal Chatterjee | Thursday January 14, 2021

Master Review: With Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi squaring off and Kanagaraj orchestrating the duet to apportion equal importance to the two actors, the film tides over the bumps without turning turtle.

<i>Gullak 2</I> Review: It's Easy To Fall In Love With The Mishras, Warts And All

Gullak 2 Review: It's Easy To Fall In Love With The Mishras, Warts And All

Saibal Chatterjee | Tuesday January 12, 2021

Gullak 2 Review: The actors are once again in stellar form. Geetanjali Kulkarni and Jameel Khan are fabulous. Sunita Rajwar in the role of the garrulous Bittu ki Maa is a scream.

<i>Maara</i> Review: Madhavan's Romantic Drama Meanders In Search Of Depth

Maara Review: Madhavan's Romantic Drama Meanders In Search Of Depth

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday January 08, 2021

Maara Review: Pretty images, commendable performances and seductive ideas about love and loss abound. The Tamil film, however, has little ingrained glue to hold its surfeit of sensory riches together.

<i> Kaagaz</i> Review: Pankaj Tripathi, As Dead-On-Paper Bandmaster, Doesn't Let The Film Down

Kaagaz Review: Pankaj Tripathi, As Dead-On-Paper Bandmaster, Doesn't Let The Film Down

Saibal Chatterjee | Thursday January 07, 2021

Kaagaz Review: Satish Kaushik's labour of love drives home the plight of a common man up against an administrative system that thrives on running the already dispossessed further into the ground.

<i>Shakeela</i> Review: Biopic Starring Richa Chadha Is Soulless And Tone-Deaf

Shakeela Review: Biopic Starring Richa Chadha Is Soulless And Tone-Deaf

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday December 25, 2020

Shakeela Review: Neither Richa nor Pankaj Tripathi can clean up the dreary mess. The two stars are for the two actors, none for the film.

<i>Coolie No 1</i> Review: Rehash With Sara Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan Is Anything But Numero Uno

Coolie No 1 Review: Rehash With Sara Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan Is Anything But Numero Uno

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday December 25, 2020

Coolie No 1 Review: The film does not take into account that the world has changed since the David Dhawan-Govinda combo churned out hit after hit with their mad capers.

<i>Wonder Woman 1984</i> Review: Sequel Floats On One Wing - The Returning Gal Gadot

Wonder Woman 1984 Review: Sequel Floats On One Wing - The Returning Gal Gadot

Saibal Chatterjee | Thursday December 24, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 Review: Gal Gadot is in top form, backed up well by Kristen Wiig as the nerdy Barbara Minerva who acquires Wonder Woman-like strength but a two-and-a-half-hour film needs much more.

<i>AK Vs AK</i> Review: Anil Kapoor-Anurag Kashyap Film Is Hindi Cinema's Halley's Comet

AK Vs AK Review: Anil Kapoor-Anurag Kashyap Film Is Hindi Cinema's Halley's Comet

Saibal Chatterjee | Thursday December 24, 2020

AK Vs AK Review: The Netflix original, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, blurs the line between reality and fiction. Anil Kapoor (AK) and Anurag Kashyap (AK) play themselves and take swipes at each other in a trippy actor-director tussle.

<i>Criminal Justice 2</i> Review: Legal Drama Is Pretty Close To Being Top Notch

Criminal Justice 2 Review: Legal Drama Is Pretty Close To Being Top Notch

Saibal Chatterjee | Thursday December 24, 2020

Criminal Justice 2 Review: Propelled by flawless performances from Pankaj Tripathi, Kirti Kulhari and Anupriya Goenka, the series follows an emotionally fragile woman caught in the pincers of the Indian justice system.

<i>Paava Kadhaigal</i> Review: Hard-To-Watch But Compelling Quartet Of Classily-Crafted Tales

Paava Kadhaigal Review: Hard-To-Watch But Compelling Quartet Of Classily-Crafted Tales

Saibal Chatterjee | Saturday December 19, 2020

Paava Kadhaigal Review: The actors are in prime form and the abridged narrative format gives them, and the directors, the scope to create sharply chiselled, dire, disconcerting portraits of putrid patriarchy.

<I>Unpaused</i> Review: Anthology Of Lockdown Stories Is Highly Recommended

Unpaused Review: Anthology Of Lockdown Stories Is Highly Recommended

Saibal Chatterjee | Friday December 18, 2020

Unpaused Review: As a freewheeling rumination on loneliness, distress and lingering hope, the anthology, buoyed by a slew of terrific performances, is a pertinent commentary on a pandemic and its depredations.