Raja Sen

Raja Sen

Raja Sen is a film critic. He reviews Hindi films for Hindustan Times

Articles by Raja Sen
Batla House movie review: John Abraham plays an encounter specialist cop in director Nikkhil Advani’s new film.
Batla House movie review: John Abraham plays an encounter specialist cop in director Nikkhil Advani’s new film.

Batla House movie review: John Abraham tries hard but this police drama isn’t arresting enough

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Batla House movie review: John Abraham plays an encounter specialist cop in director Nikkhil Advani’s latest film, about the controversial Batla House encounter case of 2008. Rating: 2/5.
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Mission Mangal movie review: Akshay Kumar stars as a scientist in the film.
Mission Mangal movie review: Akshay Kumar stars as a scientist in the film.

Mission Mangal movie review: Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar carry off an oversimplified film

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 06:22 AM IST
Mission Mangal movie review: Akshay Kumar leads an all-star cast that includes Vidya Balan, Nithya Menen, Sonakshi Sinha and Kirti Kulhari in this inspiration fact-based story. Rating: 2/5.
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Khandaani Shafakhana movie review: Sonakshi Sinha as Baby Bedi in the film.
Khandaani Shafakhana movie review: Sonakshi Sinha as Baby Bedi in the film.

Khandaani Shafakhana movie review: In case you’d forgotten, Sonakshi Sinha is no Ayushmann Khurrana

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 02:24 AM IST
Khandaani Shafakhana movie review: Sonakshi Sinha and Badshah’s film has its heart in the place but suffers for playing sexual problems for jokes and unnecessary melodrama.
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Judgementall Hai Kya movie review: Kangana Ranaut stars as a murder suspect opposite Rajkummar Rao.
Judgementall Hai Kya movie review: Kangana Ranaut stars as a murder suspect opposite Rajkummar Rao.

Judgementall Hai Kya movie review: Kangana Ranaut shines on like a crazy diamond in this sharp satire

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 09:30 PM IST
Judgementall Hai Kya movie review: Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao star in a madcap murder mystery, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi. Rating: 4/5.
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Jhootha Kahin Ka movie review: The film is about several men basing their lives on abject lies.
Jhootha Kahin Ka movie review: The film is about several men basing their lives on abject lies.

Jhootha Kahin Ka movie review: Rishi Kapoor is wasted in a flat farce

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2019 04:58 PM IST
Jhootha Kahin Ka movie review: In director Smeep Kang’s comedy of errors starring Rishi Kapoor, Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Singh, the treatment and the performances somehow feel dirty.
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Super 30 movie review: Hrithik Roshan’s problematic brown face-paint is inconsistent to the point of distraction.
Super 30 movie review: Hrithik Roshan’s problematic brown face-paint is inconsistent to the point of distraction.

Super 30 movie review: Hrithik Roshan tries hard in this ordinary film about an extraordinary man

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 08:34 PM IST
Super 30 movie review: Emotional manipulation gets in the way of inspiration in Vikas Bahl’s latest film starring Hrithik Roshan as maths genius Anand Kumar.
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Formula One F1 - Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria - June 30, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race as second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc looks dejected on the podium(REUTERS)
Formula One F1 - Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria - June 30, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race as second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc looks dejected on the podium(REUTERS)

Verstappen-Leclerc duel promises F1 surge

UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 12:32 PM IST
Leclerc, who set a lap record to qualify his Ferrari at the front, looked set at the head of the field and controlled the race beautifully, the Monégasque driver keeping the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas comfortably out of challenging range, never looking at risk.
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Article 15 movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana’s film is a reminder that we already know the questions but don’t ask them enough
Article 15 movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana’s film is a reminder that we already know the questions but don’t ask them enough

Article 15 movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana hunts for inconvenient truths in an essential film

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Article 15 movie review: Anubhav Sinha and Ayushmann Khurrana’s film has the stench of honesty. It as asks you questions you already know but don’t ask yourselves enough. Rating: 4.5 stars.
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Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes during the Formula One Grand Prix de France.(AFP)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes during the Formula One Grand Prix de France.(AFP)

France proves Formula One needs to be fixed

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:09 PM IST
Raja Sen concedes that during Sunday’s French Grand Prix, he yawned into my espresso, wondering why on earth he’s watching. ‘Here is a sport that needs fixing,’ he writes.
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Kabir Singh movie review: Shahid Kapoor plays the perpetually furious hero.
Kabir Singh movie review: Shahid Kapoor plays the perpetually furious hero.

Kabir Singh movie review: This Shahid Kapoor film is injurious to health

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 03:47 PM IST
Kabir Singh movie review: This Shahid Kapoor film is perhaps the most misogynistic Indian film in a long time -- the hero is a bully, an abuser of women, an insensitive lout, an alcoholic surgeon, and a foulmouthed hothead.
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Game Over movie review: This one could have easily been a smart film but it is not.
Game Over movie review: This one could have easily been a smart film but it is not.

Game Over movie review: Taapsee Pannu tries her best in this slasher film with three climaxes

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 01:38 PM IST
Game Over movie review: Taapsee Pannu’s Black Mirror-inspired new film had a solid concept but devolves into a witless muddle in the final act. Rating: 2.5/5
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Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada.(AFP)
Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada.(AFP)

Vettel shows spirit in Canada

By Raja Sen | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 09:47 AM IST
It’s been a while since Ferrari gave Mercedes a proper fight, and Vettel had led Hamilton throughout this race. With the Mercedes on his heels, Vettel went off the track into the grass on Turn 3 and, wrestling for control, heroically averted a crash and continued leading the race. The last ten laps should have been nail-biting.
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The drivers clap hands around a red helmet on a podest, reading 'Thank you Niki', during a minute of silence to tribute F1 legend Niki Lauda prior the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix race, at the Monaco racetrack(AP)
The drivers clap hands around a red helmet on a podest, reading 'Thank you Niki', during a minute of silence to tribute F1 legend Niki Lauda prior the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix race, at the Monaco racetrack(AP)

Monaco GP truly belonged to Niki Lauda

UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 09:05 AM IST
The three-time world champion passed away on Monday, and while he was a regular fixture in modern-day Formula One and visibly missed, the Monaco Grand Prix felt like a celebration instead of a wake.
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PM Narendra Modi movie review: Vivek Oberoi’s film finally sees the light of day.
PM Narendra Modi movie review: Vivek Oberoi’s film finally sees the light of day.

PM Narendra Modi movie review: Vivek Oberoi film deifies the PM

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 05:30 PM IST
PM Narendra Modi movie review: Vivek Oberoi stars in Omung Kumar’s latest biopic. The film, PM Narendra Modi, isn’t mere tribute but actual deification.
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India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor is tasked with bringing a dangerous terrorist to justice.
India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor is tasked with bringing a dangerous terrorist to justice.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: This Arjun Kapoor film about intelligence isn’t particularly bright

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 10:05 AM IST
India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor plays it subtle in a well-meaning thriller too restrained to be memorable. The idea at its heart is good but there’s little that leaves an impact.
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De De Pyaar De movie review: Ajay Devgn plays a man caught up between his ex wife and new lover.
De De Pyaar De movie review: Ajay Devgn plays a man caught up between his ex wife and new lover.

De De Pyaar De movie review: Ajay Devgn delivers his sincerest performance, Tabu steals the show

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 12:00 AM IST
De De Pyaar De movie review: The usual alpha male, Ajay Devgn, plays it uncharacteristically calm in the film as most of the good stuff comes from Tabu, who wields the word ‘dal’ like a loaded gun.
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel competes(REUTERS)
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel competes(REUTERS)

How do you solve a problem like Ferrari?

PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2019 01:22 PM IST
Every race weekend this year has started with Ferrari proclaiming their own promise, and ended with them miles behind Mercedes, unable to mount a realistic challenge.
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Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka movie review: Bheem is so noble he can’t possibly be charismatic.
Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka movie review: Bheem is so noble he can’t possibly be charismatic.

Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka movie review: No originality for this Kung Fu Pandav

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 06:37 PM IST
Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka movie review: The glossy new movie has barely an original bone in its well-animated body. It needed spirit, some vim, some animated flair.
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Student of the Year 2 movie review: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday star in sequel to Karan Johar’s 2012 film.
Student of the Year 2 movie review: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday star in sequel to Karan Johar’s 2012 film.

Student Of The Year 2 movie review: In Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday’s film, textbooks are props and props are stars

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 07:18 PM IST
Student of the Year 2 movie review: Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria star as a new batch of students/professionally bred actors in sequel to Karan Johar’s 2012 film.
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Blank movie review: Karan Kapadia and Sunny Deol in a still from the film.
Blank movie review: Karan Kapadia and Sunny Deol in a still from the film.

Blank movie review: Sunny Deol plays it cool in a silly thriller

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 12:12 PM IST
Blank movie review: Sunny Deol keeps things watchable, though it is a bit odd to see those legendary, larger-than-life hands pulling coloured string across an FBI-style board of suspects. It gives the sense of a majestic jungle cat forced to play with yarn.
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Kalank movie review: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan unite for the fourth time on screen.
Kalank movie review: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan unite for the fourth time on screen.

Kalank movie review: Varun Dhawan and Madhuri Dixit can’t salvage this beautiful, hollow film

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Kalank movie review: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and especially Madhuri Dixit shine in director Abhishek Varman’s stunning but soulless film. Rating: 2.5/5.
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Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 14, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race(REUTERS)
Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 14, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race(REUTERS)

Opinion| The best driver isn’t always the fastest

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 09:06 AM IST
Lewis Hamilton, who won the race in unchallenged fashion, was rarely the fastest man on the track.
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Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai movie review: Director Soumitra Ranade uses that loaded gun of a title for a limp film.
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai movie review: Director Soumitra Ranade uses that loaded gun of a title for a limp film.

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai movie review: A pointless, witless remake

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 08:31 AM IST
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai movie review: Manav Kaul and Nandita Das’ remake of 1980’s cult classic settles for a mediocre thriller which can’t keep up with its characters — or their indignation. 1.5 stars.
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RAW - Romeo Akbar Walter movie review: John Abraham stars as three different characters.
RAW - Romeo Akbar Walter movie review: John Abraham stars as three different characters.

RAW - Romeo Akbar Walter movie review: John Abraham stars in a dumb movie about intelligence

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 08:39 AM IST
RAW - Romeo Akbar Walter review: A stiff John Abraham threatens to blend into the traditionally wood-panelled walls. Rating: 1.5/5.
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Kesari movie review: This Akshay Kumar film is based on the historical battle of Saragarhi.
Kesari movie review: This Akshay Kumar film is based on the historical battle of Saragarhi.

Kesari movie review: This Battle of Saragarhi film pins all its hopes on Akshay Kumar

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 08:45 AM IST
Kesari movie review: Akshay Kumar brings yet another tale of bravery to Bollywood. He plays Havildar Ishar Singh in this film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.
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Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: It is the movie Farah Khan would have made if she had a thing for Bruce Lee.
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: It is the movie Farah Khan would have made if she had a thing for Bruce Lee.

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: Hilarious Hindi action movie scores a flawless victory

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 01:54 PM IST
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: Vasan Bala’s action film is about fights and villains and the importance of pain. It is an ode to joy. Rating: 4/5.
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Photograph movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra in a still from Ritesh Batra’s new film.
Photograph movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra in a still from Ritesh Batra’s new film.

Photograph movie review: Sanya Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui star in a poetic film about a dreamy city. 4.5 stars

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 09:34 PM IST
Photograph movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra star Ritesh Batra’s new film, a homecoming for the filmmaker, who has worked with Robert Redford and Julia Roberts. Rating: 4.5 stars
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Mere Pyare Prime Minister movie review: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gets his groove back.
Mere Pyare Prime Minister movie review: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gets his groove back.

Mere Pyare Prime Minister movie review: A film featuring kids but not a film for kids

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 06:02 PM IST
Mere Pyare Prime Minister review: This is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra getting his groove back, a fun and filthy fairy tale about sex, drugs and Katrina Kaif.
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Badla movie review: Amitabh Bachchan plays a lawyer in Badla.
Badla movie review: Amitabh Bachchan plays a lawyer in Badla.

Badla movie review: Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu keep audiences guessing

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 11:49 AM IST
Badla movie review: Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu’s efficiently assembled film keeps tension at a boil through twist and counter-twist, but the finalé is easy to see coming.
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Sonchiriya movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput and his men speak in Bundelkhandi throughout the film.
Sonchiriya movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput and his men speak in Bundelkhandi throughout the film.

Sonchiriya movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpai, Ranvir Shorey storm the Chambal

By Raja Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Sonchiriya movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput and Ranvir Shorey’s bandit drama gets a lot right but the slow pace keep it from being a great film.
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