Holiday horror

Some stories stay with you no matter how long ago you read them. For me, “Not Without My Daughter” by Betty Mahmoody is that story. I read it when I was in high school and have never revisited it as it’s just too painful. But I can recall everything about...

Keyur Basnet

A Deepika Padukone masterpiece

For the unbiased audience, Chhapaak is a beautiful visual-story that highlights the vulnerability of the human body and the resiliency of the human soul

Sunny Mahat

Weird saves the day

With excellent performances, exciting 3D visuals and groovy background score that mixes hip-hop and old school funk, the film is an entertaining package

Sunny Mahat

‘Good Newwz’ comes in a hilarious package

Besides the on-point writing and direction, individual performances of the actors add to the already strong script. Akshay proves again why he’s the most bankable actor in the industry

Sunny Mahat

The weakest ‘Dabang’ is still worth watching

The audience seemed to enjoy every moment of Chulbul Pandey’s absurd antics for the entire 2h 43m movie-time. But the film could have been shorter.

Sunny Mahat

Breaking stereotypes, winning hearts

Even after a pregnancy-induced hiatus, Mukerji proves she is still the best pick for the famous police character. Mukerji as Roy is bold, caring and ferocious. In the most important role in the film Vishal Jethwa as the main villain is impressive

Sunny Mahat

Anoj Pandey and background score save a sloppy plot

Pandey steals the show even when matched against more experienced and popular actors. He embodies the character of a confused, scared yet amusing Kishore with artistic panache. What drags the film down though is that the writers spend too much time creating...

Sunny Mahat

Reading Charles Bukowski

When a friend recommended Bukowsi’s works to me a few years ago, I was appalled by the use of language and what seemed like a blatant dislike of womankind. But there was no denying that Bukowski was all about ‘quotable quotes’

Keyur Basnet

Sarauto: Made of plastic, not fantastic

The film does nothing much to empower women either. It just replaces a traditionally male hero with a female one, without giving much thought to character development. Dear Mr Leo Tank, if we ever conducted a public poll on the worst stage names ever,...

Sunny Mahat

Crime writing at its best

The book focuses more on the repercussions of the crime, in terms of the impact it has on the family of the victim, rather than on the crime itself

Keyur Basnet

Cha Cha Hui: No method to this mindless comedy

Despite being a ‘mindless comedy’, the film’s screenplay is so loose it can’t hold the story together. To make matters worse, the plot’s super-slow

Sunny Mahat

Delight for ‘Gone Girl’ fans

Phoebe Morgan’s second psychological thriller, ‘The Girl Next Door’, received fantastic reviews, just like her debut novel ‘The Doll House’ that was published in 2018. And rightly so because Morgan’s writing is gripping, characters believable, and she...

Keyur Basnet

Old wine in a cracked bottle

As the movie progresses with a lazy screenplay and even worse acting, the audience is nothing but dumfounded at the lack of creativity in this big banner film. Directed by Milap Zaveri, Marjaavaan is literally a 90s movie, probably written for Sunil Shetty...

Sunny Mahat

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