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Movie Review: Photograph

Ritesh Batra’s “Photograph” is based on the present but yearns for the past. In the age of mobile phones, social media and fast-paced romances, Batra’s film harks back to Bollywood of the 70s, quaint romances and a Mumbai that is still stuck in time.

Movie Review: Mere Pyare Prime Minister

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Mere Pyare Prime Minister" (My Dear Prime Minister) is another one in a long line of Hindi films with the urge to highlight India’s open defecation problem. From Akshay Kumar “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” to Nila Madhab Pandya’s “Halkaa”, Bollywood seems to have discovered that toilets and the lack of them make for a compelling narrative.

Movie Review: Hamid

Aijaz Khan’s “Hamid” is about the unusual connection between a precocious boy and a soldier in conflict-ridden Kashmir. It is a heartfelt - if a little naive - attempt at depicting the futility of war and the consequences of militancy, one that is uplifted considerably because it is narrated from the perspective of a child.

Q&A: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on ‘Mere Pyare Prime Minister’

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s last film, fantasy romance “Mirzya”, failed miserably at the box office. A year-and-a-half later, the filmmaker, known for hits like “Rang De Basanti” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, is back with a subject that is closer to reality.

Q&A: Taapsee Pannu on breaking barriers

For someone who made her Bollywood debut in a middling comedy film (Chashme Baddoor, 2013), where she had a minuscule role, Taapsee Pannu has come a long way. Distinguishing herself through smart choices and strong performances, Pannu had an exceptional 2018, winning accolades for her roles in Anubhav Sinha’s “Mulk” and Anurag Kashyap’s “Manmarziyaan”.

Movie Review: Sonchiriya

Abhishek Chaubey's "Sonchiriya" (The Golden Bird) is set in the ravines of Madhya Pradesh, but is clearly influenced by Hollywood Westerns. Chaubey, who last made "Udta Punjab", serves up a gritty film about bandits on the run from the law. The outlaws are splintered into groups because of infighting, battling enemies on all fronts as they confront ghosts of the past.

Movie Review: Luka Chuppi

For a movie about live-in relationships, Laxman Utekar’s “Luka Chuppi” (Hide and Seek) spends an inordinate amount of time getting the lead couple married.

Q&A: Sujoy Ghosh on why filmmakers cannot learn from past mistakes

Sujoy Ghosh made his directorial debut with a movie about music and friendship (“Jhankaar Beats”), but he has since moved on to darker themes. His last few films have all been in the thriller/mystery genre and the filmmaker says he gravitates towards the narrative style even when he doesn’t set out to.

Movie Review: Total Dhamaal

Indra Kumar's "Total Dhamaal" might as well have been an animated film. A plethora of characters plunge to the ground from skyscrapers, escape collapsing bridges and survive being swept over waterfalls with nary a scratch. Much like a 'Tom and Jerry' episode, where the cat and the mouse spring back seconds after having been flattened.

Movie Review: Gully Boy

This might be an incongruous analogy, but Zoya Akhtar's "Gully Boy" is like those picture-in-picture debates you see on prime-time news, but in a good way. There is a central story with many windows open at once, essentially leading to the main plot, but also alive in their own way, thus making the big picture seem that much more textured and vibrant.

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