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  • October
  • Rajnigandha
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam

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  • Napoleon Dynamite

  • Collateral

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

  • Top Gun

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  • Jhund

    Jhund

    ★★★★

    Beautifully hopeful, so loving of its cast, the people, their homes, their work, even the bright lights/loud speaker/flashy clothes aesthetic that any upper class family would laugh at. A shame how little attention it received (probably by design), such an exciting movie.

    Depicts all the expected sports cliches in its first half and fully dedicates its second half to exploring the hell the lower caste and class navigate day in day out: no one even asks how these people are…

  • Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

    Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

    ★★★★

    key in the transition from "hindi movie" to "bollywood," a movie which would be copied endlessly in the coming decade but with little effort to understand why it worked- those first twenty minutes setting the scene for every action/reaction that comes after, with the only logical conclusion being tragedy. Pulls inspiration from heer ranjha, ek duuje ke liye, sangam etc, and is far more in line with the traditional hindi romance than how it's come to be defined.
    ultimately the…

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  • RRR

    RRR

    Very much in line with the tradition of the big indian release (thinking like lagaan) and thus not very surprising; ultimately upper class and caste in its domestic interest and a projection of anticolonialism which is what will be embraced the most by the international audience. Don't think its wrong for anyone to praise the anti imperialism by any means as a lot of these works do have interesting thoughts (here the erasure of identity with bheema as akhbar, rama…

  • Zero

    Zero

    ★★★½

    Not sure if Hindi cinema has seen a superstar as brutally honest about their insecurities as SRK (except maybe Raj Kapoor and Meena Kumari)- the scene of him failing to move literal stars in front of his leading costars is almost painful to watch in how directly it mimics his real life fade into obscurity. His inability to make a critically and commercially successful film on full display in front of colleagues.

    SRK is seemingly left no where to go:…