Amir, played admirably by Ishaan Khatter, is on the run after a drug bust and seeks shelter at his sister’s place. Things get complicated when his sister Tara (Malavika Mohanan) is arrested for assault after she tries to avert a rape attempt against her. Chased by the police and his former criminal associates, Amir tries everything in his capacity to procure bail for his sister.
Don’t believe what Virat Kohli has to say. ‘Pari’ is yet another horror film that begins with promise, but soon gone awry. Prosit Roy fails to keep the plot together after building up the intrigue commendably up to the intermission.
Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal and Sobhita Dhulipala are the focal points of these stories that all try an experimental approach. Saif, playing the role of a teetotaler and non-smoker, discovers he has stomach cancer and just a few months to live.
‘Fukrey Returns’ has moments of genuine humour, smart repartees and good comic timing by the actors – however, none of these can salvage the shoddy writing. The chaos is no longer funny, it feels patchy.
‘A Gentleman’ is a stylishly made action film that seems to strike a good balance with an interesting premise, a breezy romance and some understated humour. Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez have an engaging plot to work with. Is this a case of mistaken identity?
‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is a typical Bollywood love story. The endearing characters, who are indispensable to this story, make this small-town tale heartwarming. Bitti from Bareilly loves break dance, English films and an occasional puff and this obviously doesn’t fit the description of a ‘suitable girl’.
This well-intentioned film is trite, verbose and protracted. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ tries too hard to drive home its point – however valid – and in the process spends too much time circumventing the real issue. A topic such as this one needed dollops of humour to engage the audience, but the excruciatingly lengthy runtime of 155 minutes only serves to the contrary.
‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma makes for a fun watch. This is one served with a dash of humour and lots of travel. Imtiaz Ali well understands the complexities of a romantic relationship. For those of us who have had too much of Ali’s edgy and dark love stories, this one comes as a breath of fresh air. Rummana Ahmed reviews this complete entertainer.
Anees Bazmee’s ‘Mubarakan’ is boisterous, unimaginative and lackluster. Add to it the tried-and-tested formula of having the male lead in a double role and the combination appears to be a winning one – I mean, how can identical twin brothers and the ensuing confusion about their love interests not be a recipe for success! Our filmmakers however manage to make a almighty mess of this clichéd template.
‘Munna Michael’ has aspirations of being a ‘different’ film, and it would have been, had it not fallen prey to the clichéd Bollywood formula. Sabbir Khan has an interesting premise at his disposal but a very predictable second half spells doom for the film. For once, I thought the director understood exactly what Tiger Shroff was capable of – showing off his well-sculpted abs and fluid dance moves to his advantage.
‘Jagga Jasoos’ is a well-intentioned musical adventure that takes too long to unravel. Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor had previously collaborated on ‘Barfi’ (2012) – the film had deaf-mute hero (Ranbir Kapoor) and an autistic female lead (Priyanka Chopra) and yet, had one of the most coherent narratives of that year.
Ravi Udyawar’s film boasts of a strong script and compelling performances, but is let down by a run-of-the-mill climax. You discover right at the onset that Sridevi doesn’t have an easy equation with her adolescent daughter.
‘Tubelight’ needs a lot of patience and while Salman fans will surely be shedding copious tears at the theatre, for the rest this film isn’t as entertaining as his previous ones. Director Kabir Khan has an interesting premise for the story – a war’s impact on the families of the soldiers and their antsy wait for the return of their loved ones.
‘Raabta’ is an over-indulgent love story that needs a lot of patience. This romance progresses at a languid pace with the reincarnation saga dragging the plot all the more.
All of us wanted the win of the 1983 Cricket World Cup to be replicated because we were too young to have any actual recollection of the real match. A 10-year-old Sachin too had the same dream. As we retraced Sachin Tendulkar’s steps, we were almost reintroduced to our childhood – Doordarshan was the only channel we could watch on our black-and-white television sets, people would crowd around the few television sets available in the neighbourhood to watch matches and the epic India-Pakistan matches that were like war.