Review: Mukesh Chhabra’s Dil Bechara

Sushant Singh Rajput leafs restlessly through an issue of GQ. His Dil Bechara character doesn’t care for the magazine and neither may the filmmakers have paid much attention to the prop, but as he flips pages and drops the magazine dismissively, we see Tiger Shroff on the cover, airbrushed and silhouetted and to the industry […]

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Review: Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo

There is magic in the way Amitabh Bachchan falls. As a wizened old coot in Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, Bachchan’s Mirza Sheikh topples over whenever overcome by bad news. This is a Wodehouse-ean touch (think of all those reluctant fiancĂ©s who clutched tables as they reeled, till Jeeves bounded to their rescue) and Mirza, too […]

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Review: Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy

The first time we see Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy, he’s stealing a car. Three men head toward an SUV, Singh walking third, far behind the cocksure leader. He appears tentative and preoccupied, having sought out the least active role. His name is Murad, and that is his way. A college kid obsessed with hip-hop, […]

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The Ayushmann Khurrana interview

(Every year, I do one particularly special interview. Winning over audiences and critics with unusual films Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho, 2018 was the year of Ayushmann Khurana. Here’s my story from last year.) I walk down a clinically white corridor, looking for Room 114. The doors next to me are deceptively nondescript. Names of occupants […]

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Review: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon

She doesn’t want to sit on his lap. Miss Julia is enraged, and all her billionaire boyfriend Russi Billimoria does — as the man in charge, her lover, her producer —  is slap the inside of his left thigh, inviting his tigress to clamber aboard so he can make it all better. She seethes while […]

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Review: Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures

The coffee is in a different pot. The year is 1961, and nervous mathematician Katherine Johnson is an exceptionally bright woman assigned to NASA’s Space Task Group. Here, in a world of white men wearing detergent-commercial white shirts and grey pants and thin neckties, she feels like an anomaly. An anomaly who has to walk […]

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Review: Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie

There are many Batmen. Detective. Dark Knight. Dancer. Father-figure. Fascist. Flirt. Teacher. Troublemaker. Terrorist. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939, the crimefighting vigilante has had a varied and sprawling mythology. With many a writer and filmmaker desperate to leave their own stamp on the shadowy character, the years have seen him turned […]

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