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Monika Rawal writes on Bollywood and television, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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Kakuda review: Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh's horror comedy is bland

Kakuda review: Kakuda is a below average watch that doesn't do justice to the genre it belongs to and ends up testing your patience.

Kakuda review: Saqib Saleem, Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha in a still from the film.
Published on Jul 12, 2024 04:33 PM IST

Sarfira movie review: Akshay Kumar soars in this inspirational, moving biopic

Sarfira movie review: It's an Akshay Kumar show from start to end. He is in full form and brings a myriad of emotions to life with his earnest performance.

Sarfira review: Akshay Kumar plays an aspirational entrepreneur in his 150th film
Published on Jul 12, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Wild Wild Punjab review: Varun Sharma, Sunny Singh go wacky, wicked and weird

Wild Wild Punjab review: Director Simarpreet Singh lets his characters drive the story freely in new comedy about four friends.

The cast of Wild Wild Punjab, Luv Ranjan's latest comedy movie.
Published on Jul 10, 2024 01:35 PM IST

Saqib Saleem on Sonakshi-Zaheer's wedding: A beautiful love story for the ages

Actor Saqib Saleem, best friends with newlyweds Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal, says it felt like a ghar ki shaadi, as he attened their wedding festivities.

Saqib Saleem calls Sonakshi and Zaheer wedding, 'ghar ki shaadi'
Updated on Jul 09, 2024 02:37 PM IST

Sonakshi Sinha on wedding with Zaheer Iqbal: Now I'm living with my best friend

Actor Sonakshi Sinha, in her first interview after wedding with beau Zaheer Iqbal, opens up how she it feels to be be back to work days after her D-day.

Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in Kakuda on Zee5
Published on Jul 05, 2024 09:28 PM IST

EXCLUSIVE | Ishaan Khatter: I’ve never been shy of experimenting with my style

Posing exclusively for HT City Showstoppers, Ishaan Khatter talks about his ‘different style’ and how he loves giving creative inputs while selecting outfits.

Actor Ishaan Khatter poses exclusively for HT City Showstoppers
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 05:04 PM IST

Kill review: Lakshya, Raghav Juyal kill it in this gory, gruesome bloodbath

Kill review: Kill is gruesome and awesome in equal parts, though definitely not for the faint-hearted. A Hollywood remake is already in the works.

Kill review: Lakshya makes his debut with this gory thriller
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 03:29 PM IST

Sharmajee Ki Beti review: A warm group hug celebrating womanhood

Sharmajee Ki Beti review: A celebration of women's stories with genuine and fun narratives. It marks Tahira Kashyap's feature debut.

Sharmajee Ki Beti review: Divya Dutta in a still from the movie.
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 10:51 PM IST

Kalki 2898 AD (Hindi) movie review: Nag Ashwin offers a chaotic sci-fi epic

Kalki 2898 AD (Hindi) movie review: Nag Ashwin's film is a heady mix of mythology, science, action and fiction that works in parts.

Kalki 2898 AD (Hindi) movie review: Prabhas plays Bhairava in the film.
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 12:17 PM IST

Maharaj review: Junaid Khan's debut has powerful storytelling but lacks impact

Maharaha Review: Though Maharaj is set in pre-independence era, the story and the fight against 'bhakt culture' holds relevance in today's times.

Maharaj Review: Jaideep Ahlawat and Junaid Khan in a still from the Netflix film.
Published on Jun 22, 2024 04:54 PM IST

Ishq Vishk Rebound review: This rebound romance doesn't give any closure

Ishq Vishk Rebound review: Is it better than Ishq Vishk. No! Is it bad? Not really! It’s an easy-breezy watch that’s fun but frivolous at the same time.

Ishq Vishk Rebound review: The film has a lot of growing up to do.
Published on Jun 21, 2024 02:51 PM IST

Chandu Champion review: Kartik Aaryan delivers a knockout performance

Chandu Champion review: By not mounting this real-life story on a big canvas, Kabir Khan lets the subtlety of this story take centerstage, which works.

Kartik Aaryan in a still from Chandu Champion.
Published on Jun 14, 2024 07:11 AM IST

Blackout review: Vikrant Massey deserved better than this after 12th Fail

Blackout review: The crime caper starts on a promising note but it all goes downhill in the second half of the film. Sadly, nothing works in the film's favour.

Blackout review: The film is a half-baked attempt that fails to make a mark.
Published on Jun 08, 2024 04:50 PM IST

Munjya review: An average blend of horror and comedy with a CGI spooky twist

Munjya review: Supernatural horror comedy blends various elements but can't deliver genuine scares. It features a CGI ghost in a Marathi folklore setting.

Munjya review: A CGI ghost joins the universe of Stree and Bhediya.
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 03:12 PM IST

Mr and Mrs Mahi review: Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor throw a no ball

Mr and Mrs Mahi review: Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor's movie lacks depth despite strong performances by lead pair.

Mr and Mrs Mahi review: Rakummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor team up again after Roohi.
Published on May 31, 2024 04:08 PM IST

Malaika Arora: I'm immune to being criticised for my choices and for who I am

From her personal style, age appropriate dressing to being trolled for her choices, Malaika Arora opens up in an exclusive chat with HT City Showstoppers.

Malaika Arora poses for HT City Showstoppers
Published on May 30, 2024 08:27 PM IST

Cannes red carpet gets all the spotlight: It is a film festival anymore?

Is the buzz around non-industry red-carpet walks taking away from Cannes’ essence, especially in a year an Indian film is in the running for the biggest award?

Cannes Film Festival Red carpet
Published on May 24, 2024 01:38 PM IST

Srikanth review: Rajkummar Rao bowls you over with his resilience and wit

Srikanth review: Rajkummar Rao plays a blind genius in Tushar Hiranandani's biopic on Srikanth Bolla.

Srikanth movie review: Rajkummar Rao in a still from Srikanth.
Published on May 10, 2024 10:14 AM IST

Taapsee Pannu reveals why her wedding suit was not from a big fashion designer

Want to know who designed Taapsee Pannu's wedding outfit? The actor also talks about her bridal look and why she ditched a lehenga on her big day.

Taapsee Pannu and Mathias Boe married in March.
Published on Apr 28, 2024 03:23 PM IST

Taapsee Pannu: My success is not a fluke, I worked really hard and pushed myself

In an exclusive shoot with HT City Showstoppers, actor Taapsee Pannu waxes philosophical on work and her career, her equation with paps and her recent wedding.

Actor Taapsee Pannu poses exclusively for HT City Showstoppers
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 04:45 PM IST

Do Aur Do Pyaar movie review: Vidya Balan is the soul of this mushy, messy tale

Do Aur Do Pyaar movie review: The Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi, Ileana D’Cruz, Sendhil Ramamurthy-starrer shows the reality of marriages struggling to survive.

Do Aur Do Pyaar movie review: Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi feature alongside Ileana D’Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy in the Shirsha Guha Thakurta directorial.
Published on Apr 19, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Chamkila review: Diljit Dosanjh delivers a delectable musical biopic

Amar Singh Chamkila review: Diljit Dosanjh is perfect as Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila in Imtiaz Ali's latest musical.

Amar Singh Chamkila review: Parineeti Chopra stars with Diljit Dosanjh in this Imtiaz Ali movie.
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 04:11 PM IST

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan review: Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff serve a formulaic film

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan review: Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff's chemistry is the highlight of this Ali Abbas Zafar 'action film by numbers'.

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan review: Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff fight deadliest psychopath in the film.
Published on Apr 11, 2024 03:10 PM IST

Maidaan review: Ajay Devgn is the soul of this stunningly-shot sports drama

Maidaan review: Ajay Devgn brings gravitas and perfection to his football coach role in Amit Sharma's latest movie.

Maidaan review: Ajay Devgn in a still from the film. He plays a football coach in the movie.
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 04:09 PM IST

Patna Shuklla review: Raveena's courtroom drama makes for an engaging watch

Patna Shuklla movie review: Raveena Tandon-starrer, also featuring late Satish Kaushik, never gets preachy. The legal drama is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Patna Shuklla movie review: Raveena Tandon is seen as a lawyer named Tanvi Shukla in the film.
Published on Mar 29, 2024 04:54 PM IST

Crew review: A turbulent threesome you wish lasted a little longer

Crew review: Kareena Kapoor, Tabu and Kriti Sanon's heist comedy keeps things funny throughout, makes you wish it lasted longer.

Crew review: Kareena Kapoor, Tabu, Kriti Sanon play air hostesses in dire need of some cash.
Published on Mar 29, 2024 11:51 AM IST

Swatantra Veer Savarkar movie review: Randeep Hooda is brilliant

Swatantra Veer Savarkar movie review: The biopic on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar features Randeep Hooda in the titular role. He is also the director of the film.

Swatantra Veer Savarkar movie review: Randeep Hooda plays the lead on it and has also directed the film.
Published on Mar 22, 2024 03:03 PM IST

Ae Watan Mere Watan review: Can't get past Sara Ali Khan's dialogue delivery

Ae Watan Mere Watan movie review: Sara Ali Khan’s awful dialogue delivery with several mismatched expressions turns out to be the roadblock you can’t get past.

Ae Watan Mere Watan movie review: Sara Ali Khan plays a freedom fighter
Published on Mar 21, 2024 06:17 AM IST

Laapataa Ladies review: Kiran Rao weaves content, comedy and conversations

Laapataa Ladies review: Kiran Rao's new film from the Indian heartland stars Nitanshi Goel, Sparsh Shrivastava, Pratibha Ranta, Ravi Kishan.

Laapataa Ladies review: Kiran Rao's latest film features multiple newcomers.
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:28 PM IST

Crakk movie review: Vidyut Jammwal, Arjun Rampal-starrer has mindless action

Crakk movie review: Vidyut Jammwal, Arjun Rampal, Nora Fatehi and Amy Jackson's film is not an out-and-out revenge drama. Here's what it is: confusing.

Crakk movie review: It is never clear what the Nora Fatehi, Vidyut Jammwal, Arjun Rampal and Amy Jackson film wants to say.
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 11:05 AM IST
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