Cast : Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Director: Hansal Mehta 3 stars Review by Rummana Ahmed The film’s first half has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments but the second half feels a little stretched. ‘Chhalang’ has subtle messages but it never gets preachy.
Laxmii is now streaming on Disney+Hotstar Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani Director: Raghava Lawrence Review by Rummana Ahmed 1.5 stars ‘Laxmii’ is the story of a transgender who was rejected by parents and despite, the many challenges manages to become a role model. However, after her brutal death, her ghost wants vengeance. Can Akshay get Laxmii the justice she deserves?
Cast: Ishan Khatter, Ananya Panday Direction: Maqbool Khan 2.5 stars Review by Rummana Ahmed ‘Khaali Peeli’ means ‘just like that’ so if you have nothing much to do on this long weekend and just want some timepass, you can watch this movie.
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar Direction: Alankrita Shrivastava 3.5 stars Review by Rummana Ahmed Dolly played by Konkona is married and settled in Noida, while Kitty played by Bhumi, is new in town, looking for a job and is temporarily living with her sister. Is Dolly’s life as perfect as it seems? And is Kitty as free as she claims to be? Can the sisters really bond over their dark secrets? Or will their differences drive a wedge in their already strained relationship?
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt Direction: Mahesh Bhatt 1 star Review by Rummana Ahmed ‘Sadak 2’ is a revenge saga - Aaarya played by Alia wants to avenge her mother’s death, who she has allegedly been killed by her evil stepmother and a fake Godman. Her boyfriend Vishal played by Aditya also joins her fight but he seems to have his own secrets. Aarya meets Ravi played by Dutt, who has become suicidal after his wife’s death. She gives Ravi a sense of purpose and he gets involved in her quest to get justice and fight evil.
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad BediDirector: Sharan Sharma 4 stars Review by Rummana Ahmed Gunjan Saxena’s story is for all women out there who have tried to infiltrate the boys’ club and found themselves having to work doubly hard to prove their capability. And even then, they don’t seem to fit in because well, your gender is different. It’s also for the men who nurse their chauvinism because they are actually insecure of their woman counterparts. I guess, it is time for everyone to take a closer look at our biases.
Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya MalhotraDirector: Anu Menon 3.5 stars Review by Rummana Ahmed Director Anu Menon handles this biopic with skill. The various aspects of the enigmatic mathematician’s personality are nuanced. Menon beautifully presents the mother daughter relationship as complex and a terrain that needs to be negotiated together.
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi Director: Mukesh Chhabra Review by Rummana Ahmed ‘Dil Bechara’ tugs at your heart strings, for all of us who have lost someone dear to cancer, the helplessness is painful. And so is the reminder, that Sushant isn’t among us anymore. He had wowed us with his performance in his films like Kai Po Che, Dhoni, Kedarnath and Sonchiriya. In ‘Dil Bechara’ his exuberance is infectitious. Like a friend said, it is impossible to see this film for its craft - I look at Sushant and there were so many questions, so many emotions, just the thought that he had so much more to live ….None of us every thought that this film will get a posthomous release…it’s truly heartbreaking.
The director deserves loud applause for not only normalizing gay love but also for not shying away from showing the couple hugging and kissing.
‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ is a short and sweet comedy that had the potential to be much more. A more thoughtful script and better character development could have really lifted the narrative.
While this film tries to make light of the situation, anyone who has ever tried to get pregnant will know that it is not easy.
'Chhapaak' is based on the real life story of acid attack survivor - Laxmi Agarwal. Laxmi was attacked when she was only 15 years old but she refused to be a victim.
Which is why, like me, people read reviews and check ratings before buying anything on the internet or booking a hotel. For Amazon, fake reviews have been a problem right from when it was founded. As per their findings, sellers used Facebook review groups with tens of thousands of incentivised reviewers who posted positive reviews on products.
Director, Milan Zaveri, who has co-written deplorable adult comedies, like ‘Masti’ and ‘Great Grand Masti’, and also directed films like ‘Mastizaade’ and ‘Satyameva Jayate’, decides to exploit a tried and tested Bollywood formula to make this highly missable action film. Sidharth Malhotra plays Raghu, the right-hand man of a mafia don Anna (played by Nassar), who has a heart of gold, but having been born a “lawaaris” (orphan) has had no option but to live a life of violence. Raghu’s arch rival is Anna’s son, a vertically challenged Vishnu (Riteish Deshmukh).