The skull cap-clad terrorist is our favorite trope these days, but we need more than cursory bomb blasts and eerie Arabian muzak to make a film watchable.
The director tries to replicate his mentor, Karan Johar’s model - friendship, mush and a dazzling production. While the film looks good, it doesn’t quite have the same appeal
In ’Romeo Akbar Walter’, alas, the melodrama overpowers the narrative and what should ideally have been an exciting couple of hours at the theatre are nothing more than a laborious watch. Romeo Ali (played by John Abraham) has a mundane job as a bank employee, but he is good at theatrics and manages to make time for stage plays.
A young couple from the Hindi heartland, Mathura, opt for a live-in relationship before they decide to plunge into holy matrimony. The ‘Luka Chuppi’ (hide-and-seek) that follows with their family and the society in general makes for a fun ride peppered with some laugh-out-loud moments.
Soumik Sen’s ‘Why Cheat India’ is an attempt to expose what he considers to be the country’s flawed education system, and while it is a well-intentioned film, the narrative is marred by a labored pace and tepid treatment. Rakesh Singh aka Rocky, played competently by Emraan Hashmi, is a suave conman.
‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is a bad film. Every character, with the lone exception of Akshaye Khanna, is unabashedly caricaturized. For the uninitiated, the film is based on Sanjaya Baru’s memoir of the same name.
‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’ is an engaging wartime film that strikes the right balance. Inspired by true events, this film does a commendable job of showcasing the precision with which the surgical strikes were carried out by the Indian Army. In 2016, four heavily armed terrorists attacked an Indian Army camp in a pre-dawn ambush.
‘Badhaai Ho’ is seasoned with a certain ‘Delhiness’ and is weaved together with lots of fun, laughter and a fine insight into traditional relationships in modern India.
Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Andhadhun’ is a delectable tale about deliciously evil characters. This story maintains its intrigue right to the end and spins edge-of-the-seat suspense as the plot unfolds.
‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ wants to showcase a pertinent issue, but trips on many roadblocks, much like a constantly tripping electricity connection in the small Uttarakhand town the story is set in.
If you ever had a tough time making up your mind about whom to love and found yourself being overruled by the heart time and again, this one is for you.
‘Stree’ is a horror comedy that keeps you completely entertained. Amar Kaushik’s debut film has a rare mix of really scary moments peppered with a generous dose of humour. Here’s how it unfolds: Residents of the small northern Indian town of Chanderi believe that a female ghost (Stree) visits every house during the four days of a local temple festival.