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  • Dhaakad

    Dhaakad

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

    I remember being chuffed with the headline of my Revolver Rani review: Paan Singh Tarantino. There was a cool Walking-Dhulia-Talking-Tarantino ring to it. The Chambal-set ‘Spaghetti Eastern’ starred a post-Queen Kangana Ranaut doing the rugged cowgirl routine to uneven effect. The film didn’t do too well. So eight years on, Ranaut is back with another female-led conquest of a male-dominated action template – except this time, it’s Walking-Tarantino-Talking-Tarantino-Sleeping-Tarantino-Smoking-Tarantino. Half of Dhaakad is shot in Budapest, the other half in Bhopal.…

  • Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

    Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

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

    The good news is that Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is not the worst Hindi film I’ve seen this year. The bad news is that it’s one of the worst horror comedies I’ve seen in years. By the end, my fond memories of Bhool Bhulaiyaa were all but vanquished. By the end, I wasn’t sure about who was possessed, who was sane, who was pretending and who was sad. I was, however, sure that the language of Bengali was absolutely slaughtered by…

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  • The Kashmir Files

    The Kashmir Files

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    Vivek Agnihotri's latest fantasy-revisionist drama, The Kashmir Files, is a 170-minute rant that draws parallels between the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and the Holocaust. A poor appropriation of the famous Schindler's List theme aside, the film reimagines the exodus as a full-scale genocide - where every Hindu is a tragic Jew, every Muslim is a murderous Nazi, where then-CM Farooq Abdullah is a playboy with a golf and Bollywood-actress habit, and where JNU is a university of pseudo-intellectual clowns with…

  • Gangubai Kathiawadi

    Gangubai Kathiawadi

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    Gangubai Kathiawadi begins with the sounds of Begum Akhtar singing Mirza Ghalib’s iconic ghazal: Yeh na thi hamari qismat, which sets the tone for poetry and pain. This is a film brimming with both. In the life of a sex worker who thrived in the bylanes of Kamathipura in the 1950s, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali finds feisty feminism, joy, brutality, heartbreak and unstinting courage. He tells her story with dramatic flourish, rich emotion, gorgeous visuals and always, a bruised, beating…