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Movie Review: Shorgul

July 1, 2016

Handout Photo: Actors Hiten Tejwani and Suha Gexen in "Shorgul"

Handout Photo: Actors Hiten Tejwani and Suha Gexen in "Shorgul"

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Movie Review: Raman Raghav 2.0

June 24, 2016

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In Anurag Kashyap’s “Raman Raghav 2.0”, a serial killer bludgeons three people to death. In the next scene, he saunters out with a smirk on his face and walks with an unmistakable swagger. The scene is shot in slow motion, and a punchy, upbeat song plays in the background.

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Movie Review: Udta Punjab

June 17, 2016

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In the dark of the night, a scooter splutters along a bumpy road. It stops and three men get off. One wears a sports jersey with 'Pakistan' printed on it and swivels his arms before flinging a packet across a barbed wire fence. That packet lands in a field in India's Punjab and sets into motion events that form the crux of Abhishek Chaubey's "Udta Punjab".

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Movie Review: Dhanak

June 16, 2016

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Nagesh Kukunoor’s "Dhanak" (Rainbow) is a two-year-old film that is releasing in cinemas now after having done the rounds of festivals all over the world. The 106-minute film focuses on siblings Pari and Chotu, who live in a village in Rajasthan with their slacker of an uncle and a wicked aunt -- a staple character in old Bollywood movies.

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Movie Review: Te3n

June 10, 2016

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Ribhu Dasgupta's "Te3n" has an unmistakable "Kahaani" feel to it.

Handout still from "Te3n"

Handout still from "Te3n"

It certainly has a lot of elements in common with Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 suspense thriller set in Kolkata. Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are in prominent roles, and Dasgupta uses a lot of the same motifs -- crumbling houses, suspicious old men and the lonely bylanes of the old city. No surprise then that Ghosh is one of the producers of the film.

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Movie Review: Housefull 3

June 3, 2016

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Watching the first "Housefull" film six years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a movie with so much inanity could spawn not one, but two sequels and be called a film franchise. Thanks to the vagaries of the Indian film market and the mystery that is the Bollywood movie watcher, we are faced with "Housefull 3", a film that should never have been made.

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Movie Review: Phobia

May 27, 2016

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Movie Review: Waiting

May 26, 2016

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In a particularly effective scene, the two main characters of Anu Menon's film "Waiting" have a heated argument in a hospital parking lot about their respective spouses. Can you take a decision about someone else's life? How do you decide if they want to live like a vegetable or would prefer to die instead? "Stop trying to kill your husband," Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah) tells Tara (Kalki Koechlin).

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Movie Review: Baaghi

April 29, 2016

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Sabbir Khan’s third film could have been easily called the Tiger Shroff showreel. Every second scene of “Baaghi” is a chance for Shroff to show off his rippling muscles and an incredibly flexible body that he manages to contort into all sorts of positions while fighting the bad guys.

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Movie Review: Fan

April 15, 2016

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The Indian movie fan is a strange species. He will stand outside his favourite actor’s house for hours just to catch a glimpse. Others may bathe a life-size statue in milk. And some passionate folks give up every vestige of their lives to be known only as fans.