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Tejas is a writer with interests in films and books. He blogs at Thoughtcream.

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Badhaai Ho is a Palpable Comedy That Will Make You Think, Laugh, and Cry

Rating – 7/10 If I said that Bollywood has played it right for most of the part in 2018 then you wouldn't disagree with me. There are at least a dozen ...

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Sui Dhaaga is a Heartwarming Tale about Perseverance

Rating – 8/10 When a pessimist like me watches a film about an eternally optimistic lead character, the consequent review is bound to be one that asks you to stop what ...

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Karwaan Is A Dishonest Road Film

Rating – 4/10 What is a road movie if it does not broach the topic of self-discovery? Karwaan is thankfully not devoid of the usual ingredients plus some more eccentricities developed ...

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Mulk Is A Preachy But An Important Film For India

Rating – 5/10 2018 seems to be the year when the Hindi film industry gets serious with content related to the stark social, political, and cultural issues of India. This can ...

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Dhadak - A Delectable and Relevant Crime Drama Surviving on Ishaan Khattar’s Performance

Rating – 6/10 There's a scene in Dhadak where Kharaj Mukherjee's character tells a group of three youngsters the reason why he and his wife chose not to bear young. Dismissing ...

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Sanju is a Film About Everything, But Just Not a Biopic

Rating – 7/10 A mix of melodrama, pure comedy, and light suspense is the recipe for a film that has what I like to call the "Hirani effect". The last four ...

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Race 3 is a circus show - unappealing, cringe-worthy and a highfalutin mess

Rating – 2/10 If you look at director Remo D'Souza's filmography you will see a clear description of the change in his thematic material - from films about youngsters and dance ...

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Raazi Movie Review - A Rare Bollywood Thriller That Thrives On Subtlety

Rating – 7/10 If you look at director Meghna Gulzar’s filmography, you will find that she has a penchant for two things: the unknown and suspense. While her Talvar (2015) was ...

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Omertà shines as a thriller but not as a biopic

Rating - 6/10 There’s a sense of elementary flattery in Hansal Mehta’s biopic thriller Omertà, which talks more about the feats of a real-life terror man than his dispositions or motivation. ...

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Baaghi 2 is a Power-Packed Show of Style and Action

Rating – 6/10 There's an expansive show of artillery towards the third act of the film which reminded me of a lot of pop culture media. One of the references was ...

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Padman Movie Review - Padman is a Social Triumph, No Doubt About It

Rating – 9/10 There's a montage sometime in the first hour where the central character approaches women from different walks of life but finds it difficult to convince even one of ...

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Padmaavat Is A Spectacular Tragedy That Echoes the Modern World

Rating – 6/10 There's a sequence in Padmaavat where Deepika Padukone's character is being interviewed by a mantri. The answers she gives impresses him so much that he stands there for ...

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Tiger Zinda Hai is Packed with Power but Lacks Originality and Logic

Rating – 5/10 These days we are so familiar with the type of films that Salman Khan stars in and sometimes produces that there is nothing original anymore. Tiger Zinda Hai ...

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Secret Superstar Scores Big As It Reminds You To Dream

Rating – 8/10 Towards the end of Secret Superstar, a character utters few lines about the basic need of having and chasing dreams. She is doubtlessly inspired by another character who ...

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Bhoomi Is A Mess Underlined By Cliché That Even Sanjay Dutt Cannot Save

Rating – 4/10 There's a scene towards the end where a person falls in a stepwell and drowns. The person is unable to bob and bring himself up because the surface ...

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Lucknow Central is a Multi-Faceted Prison Musical Drama that Lacks Freshness

Rating – 4/10 Director Ranjit Tiwari's debut feature film is about a bunch of jail inmates forming a music band as a cover to execute their escape plan. While it has ...

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Lipstick Under My Burkha Review - Breaking Taboos, One At A Time

Rating – 6/10 While forcing himself on his wife, the man utters, "You are a married woman, don't try to be the husband," as a retort to one of her actions ...

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Jab Harry Met Sejal is a Self-Indulgent and Lousy Drama That Cannot be Saved

Rating – 3/10 Director Imtiaz Ali used to be the go-to guy in Bollywood for travel movies, thanks to Socha Na Tha (2005), Jab We Met (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009), ...

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Jagga Jasoos Is As Foolish And Awful As It Looks

Rating – 1/10 Anurag Basu is already known in Bollywood as the master of flawed films, and his latest venture just adds another feather to his cap. Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) is a ...

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Tubelight Flickers For Two Hours and Then Dies, Thanks To Salman Khan

Rating – 2/10 Kabir Khan's films are always based on magnification of a small idea that looks good on theory, but becomes preposterous on reel. His latest Bollywood feature drama is ...

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Sachin – A Billion Dreams is a Charged-up Documentary that Avoids Objectivism

Rating – 5/10 It is not surprising that a British filmmaker who specializes in TV was chosen to make a documentary about someone who is regarded highly by at least 7 ...

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Half Girlfriend Fails to Verify the Theorem of Modern Romance

Rating – 2/10 If Mohit Suri's films are known for anything, then it's their soundtrack. The content of the films is usually rundown and uninspiring romance which sometimes even plays with ...

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Ends With High Drama, Faulty Action And Authentic Emotions

The frenzy and thirst for more that the first part started and caused in 2015 had to be quenched by content that has more power, more action and more grandeur. ...

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Phillauri Movie Review - A Good-looking Ghost Story that Amuses Only in Parts

Successful fantasy dramas in Bollywood are rare phenomena. With Amol Palekar's Paheli (2005) as a solid benchmark, it can be difficult to create an interesting film, as this ambitious project ...

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania Tries To Smash Stereotypes, But Falls Short

Hindi films about marriages are always fun to watch, if not meaningful. The man who gave us Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in 2014 is back again, this time with some ...

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The Alcohol is of Substandard Quality in Rahul Dholakia’s Raees

Three years after the cataclysmic riots in the Indian state of Gujarat of which only the spectators are alive today, Rahul Dholakia charmed us with his hard-hitting drama Parzania (2005). ...

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Dangal Movie Review - Dangal is a Triumph at Multiple Levels

Majority of sports films have lots of things in common between them. This one here tries hard and succeeds in being in the minority. Mahavir Phogat (Aamir Khan) is a home-grown ...

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Befikre Movie Review - A Blundering Horseplay of Eiffel Towerian Proportions

Aditya Chopra has issues with understanding love and relationships. He first started throwing up his ideas in 1995, and it took him close to two decades to finally get the ...

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Shivaay Movie Review - Ajay Devgn's Film is Blind In All Three Eyes

Ajay Devgn has what we call the "acting chops" to portray a diverse range of characters, but this directorial action thriller fails to herald him as a "man at the ...

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M S Dhoni Movie Review - A Film That Shows Undue Reverence To Its Subject

Director Neeraj Pandey has given us some good thrillers in the last few years, but this contrived biographical film about a cricketer raises the point that he should stick to ...

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Baahubali The Beginning Movie Review - The Grandeur Will Overwhelm You

The buzz around the Baahubali franchise is immense, and anyone not having the urge to watch it should get themselves checked. Whether you like it or not is not relevant, ...

 
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