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Thursday, January 28, 2021

CineTALK

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Review: Jeet Ki Zid (Zee5)

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  It's easy to like Jeet Ki Zid. The show talks of patriotism and valour, it celebrates will power to triumph against all odds. Importantly,...
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Review: The White Tiger (Netflix)

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  "Don't believe for a second there's a million-rupee game show you can win to get out of it". That's Balram Halwai in The White...
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Review: Tribhanga (Netflix)

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  The great thing about Kajol is she can light up a scene as few stars do, with her zeal to enthral. The flip side...
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Review: Gullak season 2 (SonyLIV)

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  Ordinary stories can be special, too. Gullak 2 endorses the idea with humour, conveying middle class India's quirks and foibles with uncomplicated zest. The...
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Review: Maara (Amazon Prime)

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  The first thing that strikes you about Maara is it is a visually striking film. That's also about the last thing that strikes you,...
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Review: Kaagaz (Zee5)

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  The merits of Pankaj Tripathi's new film Kaagaz are dwarfed by the cliches that the film fails to resist. It is something that prevents...
Sandwiched Forever

Review: Sandwiched Forever (SonyLIV)

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  Rohan Sippy's Sandwiched Forever brings back an era of sitcoms that you would think got buried somewhere beneath loud family melodrama and toxic reality...
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Review: Coolie No. 1 (Amazon Prime Video)

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  The joke's on all of them really, you realise, as the muddled mess that is Coolie No. 1 plays out. Varun Dhawan tries to...
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Review: AK vs AK (Netflix)

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  AK vs AK has to be the quirkiest film Bollywood made this year. Half the trick lies in the casting. Anil Kapoor plays Anil...
'Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors

Review – Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors (Disney+ Hotstar)

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  Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors was billed as a courtroom thriller, but it ends up more like a bleak prison drama. The second season...

REVIEW: Unpaused (Amazon Prime)

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  Anthologies can be erratic -- in pace, tone and overall storytelling. When you have multiple directors calling the shots on multiple sets of actors...
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Review: The Last Color (Rating: * * and 1/2)

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  The Last Color seems like a ‘showcase Indian film', the sort that the festival circuit in the West easily laps up. The film highlights...
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Review: Torbaaz (Netflix)

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  Torbaaz talks of war and terror, and the toll such things may take on children. The film fuses the idea with the power of...

REVIEW: Durgamati (Amazon Prime)

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  You were just beginning to get excited about new-age Bollywood horror after cutting-edge stuff as Stree and Tumbbad. Then came Laxmii, and now Durgamati...

REVIEW: Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives (Netflix)

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  If you like Keeping up with the Kardashians (KUWTK) or watching the Real Housewives of any city, you will love Netflix's newest Indian reality...
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Review: Darbaan (Zee5)

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  In Darbaan, National Award-winning Marathi filmmaker Bipin Nadkarni enters Hindi films straddling the pros of making a film if your material at hand is...
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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...

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

WATCH: When Shehnai asks Violin to go to Khandala

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  See what happens when India's shehnai and Italy's violin collaborate to produce a cover of Ae Kya Bolti tu, a song originally sung by...
Sheikh Hasina thanks India for 2 million vaccine doses

Vaccine diplomacy: India helps its neighbours in ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative

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  In what is being called 'vaccine diplomacy' India has pledged to help seven of its neighbours in the fight against COVID-19. The gift, a...
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Pregnant? What are your thoughts on the COVID vaccine?

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  As if expecting a baby during a global pandemic wasn’t stressful enough, many expectant mothers are now faced with a dilemma ahead of the...