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  • Bhaagamathie

    Bhaagamathie

    ★★½

    Bhaagamathie is a perfect example of a film that starts in one vein and ends in another. Borrowing elements from films like Manichitrathazhu (1993) and The Usual Suspects (1995), it narrates the story of a murder convict and former IAS officer Chanchala (Anushka Shetty) who is locked inside a haunted mansion by the CBI so that they can question her about a minister (Jayaram) who they think is corrupt. With shades of the horror genre evident in the cinematography (jump…

  • Vikram Vedha

    Vikram Vedha

    ★★★

    There's a hint of purposeful suspense in the proceedings that lead to some of the most amusing scenes in Vikram Vedha. Yet the overlong, plotholes-ridden screenplay wreaks havoc to what would have been an otherwise tight watch. This neo-noir thriller about righteousness has two people at the center of its conflict - a hard cop and a similarly hard gangster - both of whom believe that what they have done (killed people) and are doing (killing more people) is justified.…

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  • Baaghi 2

    Baaghi 2

    ★★★

    There's an expansive show of artillery towards the third act of the film which reminded me of a lot of pop culture media. One of the references was that of the legendary Konami video game Contra which I used to be engrossed in for hours at a time during my childhood. Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 2, his first feature film in more than a decade, does that to you - takes you back to familiar popular film and video game references…

  • Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    ★★

    I remember in college we used to threaten our better-looking friends with friendship when it looked like they were spending more time with their love partners. It was all in good humor and we didn't mean all the sarcastic things we said literally. Luv Ranjan's Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is based on that same vein - where the bromantic relationship of two close buddies are threatened by the entrance of a lady who does not seem entirely normal or…