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  • Jayeshbhai Jordaar

    Jayeshbhai Jordaar

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

    If the Ayushmann Khurrana sub-genre of broad-stroked, social messaging movies and the Rajkumar Hirani sub-genre of feel-good, smiling-through-tears movies had a baby, it would be Jayeshbhai Jordaar. Debutant writer-director Divyang Thakkar creates a sanitized, aimable, sometimes bordering on farcical but always heartfelt saga of a closet feminist who decides to rebel against his awful, overbearing Sarpanch father and protect his wife and unborn daughter.

    The story is set in Pravingarh, a fictitious hamlet in Gujarat ruled by the Sarpanch, who…

  • Thar

    Thar

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

    Thar is a revenge drama in which the least interesting thing is the motive for revenge. But thankfully, until we get there, writer-director Raj Singh Chaudhary, aided by a motley group of actors, composer Ajay Jayanthi and especially cinematographer Shreya Dev Dube, creates a tense, startling saga about crime and punishment.

    The story is set in a small village in Rajasthan called Munabao. The year is 1985 but that matters little. Munabao is a place where time stands still. Close-ups…

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  • 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…