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Skater girl movie review (netflix)

REVIEW: Skater Girl (Netflix)

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  Director Manjari Makijany is best known for her award-winning short films; however, her debut feature film Skater Girl on Netflix is a fictitious yet...
Sunflower released on Zee5 on June 11th. review

REVIEW: Sunflower (series on Zee5)

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  "Sunflower" keeps you guessing all the way, all right -- but that's because the show tries to do too many things, diluting the impact...

REVIEW: Shaadisthan (Disney+ Hotstar)

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Sometimes, the best intentions are lost in inadequate execution. Shaadisthan is a film that talks of women's empowerment, but the effort is burdened by...

REVIEW: The Family Man 2 (Amazon Prime)

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Season two of Raj and DK's much-hyped spy thriller series The Family Man 2 starts with a bang and ends with a bang (literally,...
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Review: Maharani (SonyLIV)

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  Maharani tells a story that could seem bizarre in many parts of the world (the observation is pertinent because, dropped on an online streaming...
friends the reunion

REVIEW: Friends The Reunion

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  Back in the day, this reunion would have been a nice touch as Bonus Feature on a Collector's Edition DVD set. In the streaming...
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REVIEW: Army Of The Dead (Netflix)

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  "Ocean's Eleven" gets a zombie remix in Zack Snyder's latest Army Of The Dead, as Dave Bautista and company infiltrate undead-infested Las Vegas Strip...
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REVIEW: Karnan (Amazon Prime)

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  All about giving power to the masses and reeking of revolutionary stink, this review finds that Karnan is an instant classic. The Tamil action...

REVIEW: Sardar Ka Grandson (Netflix)

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  The problem with Sardar Ka Grandson is not that it loses the plot on an absolutely wonky idea. The problem is the film and...
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Review: Radhe, Your Most Wanted Bhai

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  Smart villain is on a rampant spree hawking drugs, smarter cop hammers the hell out of his existence. That's it, that's the story of...
milestone movie review (MEEL PATTHAR)

Review: Milestone (Meel Patthar) on Netflix

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  Ivan Ayr's second feature film Milestone, also known as 'Meel Patthar', opens to nothingness. A black screen stares at you for nearly 30 seconds,...
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Review: Photo Prem (Amazon Prime)

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  In new Marathi film Photo Prem, fifty-something Maee hates getting her photo clicked, which in turn leads to a peculiar problem. She realises there's...
the disciple

Review: The Disciple (Netflix)

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  Chaitanya Tamhane's new film The Disciple intricately weaves diverse threads. It talks of the state of Hindustani Classical music and its 'Guru-Shishya parampara'. There is...
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Review: Kathmandu Connection (SonyLIV)

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  Kathmandu Connection is a cop-and-gangster drama that tries doing more than use these prototypes to set up a crime thriller. The series reserves a...
Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari in Ajeeb Daastaans

Ajeeb Daastaans: A review

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Ajeeb Daastaans is a curious bag indeed, if only for its utterly wicked entertainment quotient, and also because it is a rare film coming...
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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...
The Illegal

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...

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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Skater girl movie review (netflix)

REVIEW: Skater Girl (Netflix)

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  Director Manjari Makijany is best known for her award-winning short films; however, her debut feature film Skater Girl on Netflix is a fictitious yet...
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Scottish graveyard in Kolkata reveals the untold stories of colonial women...

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  When I was a child growing up in Kolkata, I would hear stories about the European colonisation of Bengal – the precolonial name of...
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Stopping family violence: Call out disrespect

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  Some mistakes often start small but if left unrectified, soon become a bigger problem. Harinder Kaur, the co-founder of the Harman foundation, whose mission...