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Friday, April 16, 2021

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Review: Hello Charlie (Amazon Prime)

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Hello Charlie is one of those 'fun films' where you struggle to recall a single gag that was funny enough, within two minutes that...

Review: The Big Bull

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Forget comparisons. Even if you willingly dismiss the idea of sizing up The Big Bull against Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Abhishek Bachchan's...
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Review: Joji (Amazon Prime)

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  Just when you'd think another fresh take on William Shakespeare's Macbeth couldn't possibly be done, comes Joji. Fahadh Faasil's new collaboration with director Dileesh...
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Review: The Serpent (Netflix)

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  The Serpent starts off with vim and venom, slithers through the middle episodes with frenetic energy, before making a scrappy surge through the mire...
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Review: Pagglait (Netflix)

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  Pagglait the film is just like its protagonist Sandhya. It doesn't behave the way it is expected to. You would think the story of a...
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Review: Saina

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  Amole Gupte's new film Saina is a reminder that there are two ways to go about it when you recreate an icon's life on screen. You...
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REVIEW: The Illegal (Amazon Prime)

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  You'd think you have seen this before. A young boy from middle-class India lands in the United States chasing a dream, and his struggle...
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Review: Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

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  Dark and quirky, sombre and amusing. Dibakar Banerjee's cinema is often typified by ironies. With Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, the filmmaker tries using the...
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Review: Mumbai Saga

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  Sanjay Gupta's latest Mumbai Saga is an extension of his trademark Shootout films, reloading familiar uber-violence with old-school Bollywood drama about cops, gangsters and...

Roohi: A review

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Stree was smart stuff, Roohi seems like random fare. The comparison between the spook stories had to crop up: the only reason the producers...

Review: Bombay Begums (Netflix)

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  In Bombay Begums, a bank CEO's son runs over a lower-class boy. The victim's poor parent spots a get-rich-quick scheme through blackmail. A public scandal...

Review: The Girl On The Train (Netflix)

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  Don't sit on the edge of your seat as you watch The Girl On The Train, you might just fall off dozing. They needn't...

Review: The Big Day (Netflix)

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  Reality shows about weddings are nothing new if you consider the success of productions like Say Yes to the Dress, Say I Do, and...
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Review: Drishyam 2 (Amazon Prime)

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  The beauty of Drishyam lay in the finality of its end. As Mohanlal's Georgekutty buried the truth (literally) and got away with the perfect...
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Review: Girls Hostel (SonyLIV)

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  TVF's revisit of Girls Hostel makes for easy binge-watching. The show mostly works for its right balance of humour and drama, and it puts...
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Review: Namaste Wahala (Netflix)

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  We aren't in a Bollywood movie, Indian boy tells Nigerian girl in Namaste Wahala. For their sake you wish they were, their love story...
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Review: Lahore Confidential (Zee5)

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  Few films manage a level of absolute uniformity in the quality they peddle -- in terms of writing, direction, acting and tech-specs. Lahore Confidential...
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Review: College Romance season 2 (SonyLIV)

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  College Romance Season 2 is pretty much be summed up by its title. It is set in a college, there's lots of romance and...
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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...
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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...

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

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Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

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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...
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Image from India wins Steve Waugh the Wisden Photographer of the...

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  An image of kids playing cricket in the sand dunes of Osian near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, has made Steve Waugh the Wisden Photographer of...
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Nature’s playground: Discovering Port Stephens

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  As we continue to seek out holiday spots close to home in these pandemic times, this issue we explore a gem destination in our...
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Tikka talk: 3 scrumptious veg patty recipes

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  We are in the midst of Chaitra Navratri (13-21 April), a Hindu festival of prayer and fast. As a cook, I relate this time...