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  • Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga

    Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Waqt hamein kha jaata hai aur hum ban jaate hain uski tatti. This dialogue is uttered in the second hour of Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga. Two men – Gangaram, the sarpanch of a tiny village in UP, and Jim, a poacher – are taking a dump together. Both have eaten dodgy food which has given them the runs. There are lines like ‘idhar bhi haalat paani paani hai.’ We even hear farting sounds. But in the midst of this scatological…

  • JugJugg Jeeyo

    JugJugg Jeeyo

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In an interview with me, Varun Dhawan described Raj Mehta as “today’s commercial director.” Which I interpret to mean that Raj is a storyteller who can take thorny subjects such as the difficulty of being unable to conceive and the complications of IVF (which he tackled in his first film Good Newwz) or the difficulty of sustaining a nourishing marriage (the subject of Jug Jugg Jeeyo) and marry them with Bollywood staples such as stars, big blow-out song numbers, broad…

Popular reviews

  • Skater Girl

    Skater Girl

    After Skater Girl was shot in Khempur, a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan, the skating park that was built as a set for the movie was donated to locals. Which is probably the best thing about this well-intentioned but slight film.

    Skater Girl is a fairy tale. Debutant director Manjari Makijany and her sister and co-writer Vinati Makijany imagine that a foreigner with a skateboard can triumph over the thorniest fault-lines in rural India – patriarchy, caste, horrific double standards…

  • The Booth

    The Booth

    Rohin Raveendran’s short The Booth is a terrific and startling film. The director takes something mundane – a frisking booth – and turns it into a space for romance, mystery and danger. He also forces us to think about the inner lives of people who we meet but barely connect with. Rekha, played by Amruta Subhash, does her tedious security job efficiently. But her booth, perhaps the only space that is truly hers, also allows her to have an affair…