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.