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.
‘Baazaar’ builds up quite well with the key players belting out convincing performances, but it falters in the second half. The thrills wane and you are left with a tepid tale that fails to keep you consistently engaged.
‘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.
It’s a trip to exchange dead bodies delivered to wrong addresses. Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) has clearly lost his mojo – his is a mundane existence, stuck at a desk job he doesn’t enjoy. Enter Shaukat (Irrfan Khan), his slightly eccentric but ‘good-at-heart’ friend who owns a minivan and offers to drive him down for his father’s last rites.
The hallmarks of the ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster’ franchise have been intrigue, longing, betrayal and revenge. This one has the biwi (Mahie Gill) holding the reins of the erstwhile empire and commanding a hefty clout as the elected local politician. Saheb, Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill), is behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit and seething with rage at his wife’s manipulative ways.
Shaad Ali’s ‘Soorma’, based on the life of former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, is an incredible saga of a man who battled paralysis and made a comeback to the national side. This inspirational story slackens now and then, but the premise and its treatment, make it eminently watchable.