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Thursday, December 3, 2020

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Review: Middle Class Melodies (Amazon Prime)

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  Telegu film Middle Class Melodies - don't go by the title - is not a musical, nor does it have any reference to melody....
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Review: A Simple Murder (SonyLIV)

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  A Simple Murder does become contrived at times, given the willing suspension of disbelief it demands as the episodes roll, with unfailing frequency. But...

Review: Chhalaang (Amazon Prime)

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  Sports films can no longer be just about sporting themes and students coming of age, as we've crossed that generic phase a while back....
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Review: Ludo (Netflix)

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  Ludo is brilliant as a concept, engaging in execution, but mostly mediocre in output. It is a film that ensembles four intertwined stories of...
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Review: Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (Zee Studios)

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  Abhishek Sharma is back with the satirical Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, positioned as a rom-com meant to take a few jibes that are served...

REVIEW: Laxmii (Disney+Hotstar)

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  Every now and then, it seems, Akshay Kumar cannot resist giving in to the urge to churn out boring humour. The last time he...
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Review: Gatham (Amazon Prime)

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  Telegu film Gatham starts off looking like a basic psycho thriller. A young couple is stranded in the middle of snowed-out nowhere when their...
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Review: Taish (Zee5)

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Taish banks on a very basic formula of honour and revenge that even the most commercial of Bollywood makers stopped peddling a while back,...
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Review: Mirzapur 2 (Amazon Prime)

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Mirzapur 2 ticks the familiar boxes - lots of guns and lots of blood, high drama and hint of sleaze, cuss and explosive dialogues,...

Review: A Suitable Boy (Netflix)

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  The trouble with A Suitable Boy is despite so much story to tell, the narrative tends to flag. It is a script drawn from...

Review: Comedy Couple (Zee5)

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In Comedy Couple, a dash of gender politics and a tall glass of gau-mutra are on the gag menu here with a sizeable helping...

Review: Putham Pudhu Kaalai (Amazon Prime)

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Putham Pudhu Kaalai (translates to A New Dawn) is a collaboration between five well-known filmmakers down South who have directed one story each in...

Review: Halal Love Story (Amazon Prime)

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Halal Love Story crafts humour out of the sensitive issue of Islamic belief without being trivial about it. If that balancing act seems accomplishment...

6 Mira Nair films you must watch

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Mira Nair is an Indian-American filmmaker who is lauded worldwide for her deeply moving films and her powerful yet delicate portrayals of Indians and...

Indian shows and movies to binge-watch this October

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Bahut Hua Samman (Disney+Hotstar) A satire on the struggles of the youth, Bahut Hua Samman is produced by Yoodle Films, the same house that brought...

Review: Scam 1992 – The Harshad Mehta Story (SonyLIV)

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In Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, instead of letting his story unfold through the mind games of his protagonist, which would have made...

Review: Ginny Weds Sunny (Netflix)

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Ginny Weds Sunny is a not so funny misadventure of love sets you wondering within 10 minutes of the start: Why was this Netflix...

REVIEW: ‘High’ (MX Player)

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High, a series now streaming on MX Player. AT A GLANCE Starring: Akshay Oberoi, Ranvir Shorey, Shweta Basu Prasad, Nakul Bhalla, Prakash Belawadi, Mrinmayee GodboleDirected...

Review: Bad Boy Billionaires – India (Netflix)

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That Bad Boy Billionaires: India was created should hardly come as a surprise. If Latin America has an infamous history with narcotics (and the...

Review: Nishabdham (Amazon Prime)

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What could the Nishabdham team have possibly said to Michael Madsen, to lure him into signing this one? Yes, Michael Madsen - Hollywood maverick...

Review: Khaali Peeli (Zee5)

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Khaali Peeli was probably supposed to be brainless fun. What was that hackneyed line our filmwallahs love to parrot -- about leaving your brains...

REVIEW: Serious Men (Netflix)

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Just when you thought you had seen all that sums up the brilliance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, he springs a new surprise reminding there is...

REVIEW: Crackdown (Voot)

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National security, terror threats and intelligence-ops make for ready thriller scripts across cinematic formats. It certainly has in Crackdown, a new series now streaming...

Original films galore on OTT space over the next months

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The OTT screen is the new cinema hall -- at least for now until cinemas remain shut. So, when it comes to original film...

Indian origin director Andrij Parekh wins big at Emmys 2020

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Director Andrij Parekh, the Indian connect in the Emmys 2020 winner roster, has won an Emmy for directing the "Hunting" episode of drama series...

Review: Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (Netflix)

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In Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, Dolly and Kitty could be any smalltown cousins. In the world of Alankrita Shrivastava, they become fictional...

REVIEW: Knock Knock Knock (Mubi)

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Knock Knock Knock is a short film that premiered at the Busan Film Festival last year and has now been released on the Indian...
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REVIEW: The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

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  Netflix released The Social Dilemma on 9 September and it is, quite frankly, a documentary you cannot un-watch. If we were in The Matrix,...

Review: Cargo (Netflix)

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In Cargo, a giant spaceship Pushpak 634-A lumbers along in infinite space. In the ship, a demon, or rakshas, named Prahastha receives deceased humans,...

Review: V (Amazon Prime)

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In V, Telugu top gun Nani makes an antihero splash, and the script makes it obvious within 10 minutes that his brutal killings which...

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

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To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

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  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

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Guru Nanak Chair set up at Canada’s Concordia University

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To mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, the Concordia University in Montreal has set up a...

Cross Your Heart, Take My Name by Novoneel Chakraborty: A review

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  Cross Your Heart, Take My Name is a rare Indian book to explore the psychological impact of social media, especially Instagram. Garv Roy Gill and...
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Indian farmers continue protest for seventh day as diaspora joins in

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  As protests against three controversial agriculture laws gain momentum in India, many questions have been raised about the impact of these reforms. There’s growing...