Tubelight Movie Review: This exquisitely shot film exposes Salman Khan’s inadequacy as a performer

He might be a charming persona (?) to his fans, a “bhai” even, but nothing changes the fact that Salman Khan’s list of fortes doesn’t feature acting. He might have been watchable a decade or two ago, but as Salman Khan became bigger than himself, as he became the Bhai we now know him as, the weight of …

Meri Pyaari Bindu – Movie Review

From the trailers, it was made evident, over and over again, that old Hindi songs are an important part of Abhi’s and Bindu’s life. “Favourite nahi, jo gaane hamaare zindagi se jude hue hain”, Abhi corrects Bindu. All those “chapters” that were released as teaser trailers all conveyed the same thing – the duo and …

Begum Jaan – Movie Review

Begum Jaan is the Hindi remake of the Rituparna Sengupta-starrer Bengali film Rajkahini, also directed by Srijit Mukherji. Starring Vidya Balan as the head of a brothel located on the to-be Radcliffe line dividing the Indian subcontinent into Hindustaan and Pakistaan, Begum Jaan tells the tale of eleven sex workers going up against the powers …

Rangoon – Movie Review

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear Vishal Bharadwaj’s name is his ability to extract first-rate performances from his actors. His films, irrespective of their box-office fates and critical reception, have always been home to performances that draw several national, international awards. Rangoon is no exception. Rangoon is set in the …

Kahaani-2: Durga Rani Singh – Movie Review

There’s nothing more disappointing than a disappointing thriller. Vidya Balan and Sujoy Ghosh reunite after 4 years, after Kahaani, to bring us Kahaani-2. When you set out to make a sequel for a film as brilliant as Kahaani, the benchmark is already very high. People expect exceptional stuff and they are not to be blamed. …