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'Global Baba': A true Indian phenomenon

Friday, 11 March 2016 14:39
Film: "Global Baba"; Director: Manoj Sidheshwari Tiwari; Cast: Abhimanyu Singh, Ravi Kishan, Sandeepa Dhar, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Akhilendra Mishra; Rating: ***A satire on fake godmen and organised religion in the country, "Global Baba" is the story of a…

'Bollywood Diaries': Tale of unrequited dreams

Saturday, 27 February 2016 10:33
Film: "Bollywood Diaries"; Director: K.D. Satyam; Cast: Ashish Vidyarthi, Raima Sen, Salim Diwan, Karuna Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh; Rating: **1/2"Bollywood Diaries" is the tale of the unfulfilled dreams of three protagonists who are keen to make it in Bollywood…

'Carol': A manicured melodrama

Saturday, 27 February 2016 14:21
Film: "Carol"; Director: Todd Haynes; Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Sarah Paulson; Rating: ***1/2Set in the early 1950s and adapted from the 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith, "Carol" is a story of two women; Therese…

'Tere Bin Laden: Wanted Dead or Alive' - A convoluted no-brainer

Friday, 26 February 2016 17:59
Film: "Tere Bin Laden: Wanted Dead or Alive"; Director: Abhishek Sharma; Cast: Manish Paul, Pradhuman Singh, Sikander Kher, Sugandha Garg, Piyush Mishra, Ali Zaffar and Mia Uyeda; Rating: **"Tere Bin Laden: Wanted Dead or Alive" is a sequel to the…

'The Revenant': Brutally mesmerising

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:52
Film: "The Revenant"; Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Cast: Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall, Forrest Goodluck and Will Poulter; Rating: ***1/2Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who had earlier given us "Biutiful", "Babel" and "Birdman", has once again delivered a masterpiece with…

'Aligarh': Hauntingly evocative

Thursday, 25 February 2016 12:14
Film: "Aligarh"; Director: Hansal Mehta; Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkumar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi and Delnaaz Irani; Rating: ***1/2Director Hansal Mehta's "Aligarh" is a human rights story that reveals the plight of homosexuals in conservative Indian society. It is a tapestry of…

'Ishq Forever' fails to last

Saturday, 20 February 2016 14:38
Film: "Ishq Forever"; Director: Sameer Sippy; Cast: Ruhi Singh, Krishna Chaturvedi, Lisa Ray, Jaaved Jaffery, Zakir Hussain and Arif Zakaria; Rating: *1/2With its premise directly lifted from the English film, "Chasing Liberty", director Sameer Sippy's "Ishq Forever" is surprisingly good…

'Neerja' - A glorious tribute to the braveheart

Friday, 19 February 2016 16:09
Film: "Neerja"; Director: Ram Madhvani; Cast: Shabana Azmi, Sonam Kapoor, Shekhar Ravijani and Yogendra Tikku; Rating: ***1/2Neerja, a biopic, encapsulates the life of Neerja Bhanot, head purser, Pan Am flight 73, which was hijacked in Karachi in September 1986 where…

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' - Mishmash of genres

Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:47
Film: "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"; Director: Burr Steers; Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, Charles Dance, Bella Heathcote; Rating: **Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name, this horror film retells…

'Spotlight' - Sharp and focused

Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:44
Film: "Spotlight"; Director: Tom McCarthy; Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, James Sheridan and Len Cariou; Rating: ****Based on actual events that occurred in Boston, USA,…