Santanu Das
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10 years of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Naina and her story need to be revisited

10 Years of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Ayan Mukherji's beloved coming-of-age romance starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone has aged delightfully with time.

opinion Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a still from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Published on May 31, 2023 03:46 PM IST

Out on Netflix, Bheed doesn't know how to connect intention with execution

Out now on Netflix, Anubhav Sinha's Bheed suffers from a heavy-handedness that doesn't quite match the energy and disorder of the mass-migration crisis.

opinion Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar, Pankaj Kapur and Dia Mirza form the ensemble cast of Bheed, now out on Netflix.
Published on May 29, 2023 02:49 PM IST

Citadel wants us to believe it is important, but suffers from cultural amnesia

Citadel is so obsessed with amnesiac spies and flashbacks popping in every 15 minutes, that it forgets to inject some semblance of logic into the narrative.

opinion Priyanka Chopra Jonas stars alongside Richard Madden in Citadel.
Published on May 26, 2023 07:24 PM IST

Alice, Darling review: Anna Kendrick delivers career-best performance

Alice, Darling review: Director Mary Nighy's feature debut is an effective character study of a young woman stuck in an emotionally abusive relationship.

Wunmi Mosaku, Anna Kendrick and Kaniehtiio Horn in Alice, Darling.
Published on May 26, 2023 12:03 PM IST

Adarsh Gourav on Desi Down Under, and why he never wants to feel ‘settled’

Adarsh Gourav talks about his new Audible series Desi Down Under, where he stars alongside Prajakta Koli and Taaruk Raina.

interview Adarsh Gourav stars in Audible's Desi Down Under.
Published on May 13, 2023 07:16 AM IST

Prajakta Koli on her new Audible series Desi Down Under

Prajakta Koli talks about Desi Down Under: A coming-of-age, immersive 9-episode Audible Original series set on the shores of Sydney.

interview Prajakta Koli leads the Audible series Desi Down Under.
Published on May 12, 2023 06:03 PM IST

Dahaad review: An engaging police procedural undone by an undercooked finale

Dahaad review: Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah and Sohum Shah star in a perceptive, well-made series led down by an undercooked finale.

Dahaad is currently streaming on Prime Video.
Published on May 12, 2023 09:54 AM IST

Air review: Ben Affleck scores high in superbly crafted sports drama

Air review: Set in 1984, the film dramatizes the story of how Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) sealed a game-changing deal with Michael Jordan.

Matt Damon and Viola Davis in a still from Air.
Published on May 10, 2023 02:24 PM IST

Milind D. Shinde, Ishan Shukla's Star Wars Visions 2 ep was inspired by Sholay

The creators of the first ever Indian entrant in Star Wars Visions, Milind Shinde and Ishan Shukla spoke about the process of making The Bandits of Golak.

interview Milind Shinde and Ishan Shukla talked about creating The Bandits of Golak, in Star Wars Visions Season 2.
Updated on May 06, 2023 10:34 AM IST

Biswa Kalyan Rath: I'm very lazy, don't like using my brain

Biswa Kalyan Rath talks about his new Prime Video show Mood Kharaab, and clocking a decade doing comedy on stage.

interview Biswa Kalyan Rath's Mood Kharaab is now streaming on Prime Video.
Published on May 06, 2023 09:26 AM IST

Operation Fortune Ruse de Guerre review: A slick, entertaining spy escapade

Operation Fortune Ruse de Guerre review: Guy Ritchie rehashes convenient genre elements to deliver an entertaining spy thriller, with Aubrey Plaza in top form.

Aubrey Plaza in a still from Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre.
Updated on May 05, 2023 12:27 PM IST

Out on Netflix, Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar makes a fabulous case for the man-child

Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar, now streaming on Netflix, paints the anxieties and frustrations of modern relationships through the standpoint of a man-child.

opinion Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar stars Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
Published on May 03, 2023 03:40 PM IST

Dancing On The Grave review: Unsettling true-crime docuseries loses steam

Dancing On The Grave: The gruesome murder of Shakereh Khaleeli is re-examined in this four-part docuseries which is now streaming on Prime Video.

Dancing On The Grave is available on Prime Video.
Published on Apr 23, 2023 07:05 AM IST

Mutt review: A groundbreaking study of post-transition experience

Mutt review: Lío Mehiel gives a compelling turn as Feña, a young trans guy bustling through New York City, in Vuk Lungulov-Klotz’s directorial debut.

Lío Mehiel in a still from Mutt.
Published on Apr 21, 2023 07:45 AM IST

Patrick Graham says Dancing On The Grave tries to understand Shakereh Namazi

Director Patrick Graham spoke about how Dancing On The Grave takes on the case of Shakereh Namazi with a shift on perspective that hasn't been shown before.

interview Director Patrick Graham talked about the process of making Dancing on the Grave.
Published on Apr 20, 2023 12:31 PM IST

Mrs. Undercover review: Radhika Apte's spy comedy is a clueless, tonal misfire

Mrs. Undercover review: Radhika Apte is utterly wasted in this spy comedy that doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be. Now streaming on Zee5.

Radhika Apte stars as Durga in Mrs. Undercover.
Published on Apr 14, 2023 01:09 PM IST

Rennervations review: Anil Kapoor steals show in Jeremy Renner-led docuseries

Rennervations review: Streaming in Disney+ Hotstar, the docuseries sees Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner help multiple communities with decommissioned vehicles.

Anil Kapoor and Jeremy Renner in Rennervations.
Published on Apr 12, 2023 12:55 PM IST

Tiny Beautiful Things review: Kathryn Hahn cannot save inconsistent drama

Tiny Beautiful Things review: Adapted from Cheryl Strayed's book, the new series stars Kathryn Hahn as an advice columnist struggling with her own issues.

Tiny Beautiful Things is streaming on Disney + Hotstar.
Published on Apr 10, 2023 09:12 AM IST

Beef review: Steven Yeun, Ali Wong wreck havoc in one of the year's best shows

Beef review: Now streaming on Netflix, Beef circles around two strangers from L.A. after their paths intersect during one acidic road rage incident.

Steven Yeun and Ali Wong in a still from Beef.
Published on Apr 09, 2023 03:43 PM IST

Adam Scott talks Party Down S3 and how it has found an audience over the years

As Party Down returns after a decade, star Adam Scott answers why it took so long for the original gang to return and what exactly is new about Henry Pollard.

interview Adam Scott returns as Henry Pollard in Party Down Season 3, which will be streaming on Lionsgate Play exclusively from April 7.
Published on Apr 04, 2023 10:16 AM IST

Motherland review: Urgent doc on the horrors of the Belarusian military

Motherland review: Directors Alexander Mihalkovich and Hanna Badziaka turn their lens on the brutal and oppressive culture of the Belorusian military.

Motherland won the top prize at CPH:DOX.
Published on Mar 25, 2023 04:19 PM IST

By Heart review: Behind the scenes with Isabelle Huppert, Fabrice Luchini

By Heart (Par Cœurs) review: French film director Benoit Jacquot follows Isabelle Huppert and Fabrice Luchini as they prepare and perform at Avignon.

Isabelle Huppert in a still from 'By Heart'.
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:20 PM IST

All That Breathes review: A visually stunning doc on the need to co-exist

All That Breathes review: Shaunak Sen's Oscar-nominated documentary centers around the efforts of two Muslim brothers to save wounded black kites in Delhi.

Salik Rehman in a still from All That Breathes, now streaming on Disney plus Hotstar.
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:06 AM IST

And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine review: A brief history of the image

And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine review: A visual essay on the century-long fascination with the photographic image, and the way we see the world.

'And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine' premiered at CPH: DOCX.
Published on Mar 23, 2023 11:21 AM IST

Queendom review: No country for drag

Queendom review: Marking its premiere at CPH:DOCX, Agniia Galdanova’s Queendom revolves around a Russian queer artist named Gena Marvin.

Queendom is directed by Agniia Galdanova.
Published on Mar 20, 2023 09:21 AM IST

Twice Colonized review: Aaju Peter's life shapes timely doc

Twice Colonized review: Aaju Peter, Greenlandic Inuit lawyer and activist leads this intimate and politically charged documentary which opened CPH: DOCX.

Twice Colonized opened the 2023 Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival.
Published on Mar 19, 2023 10:11 AM IST

Away review: Danish doc details anxieties of self-isolation

Away review: Directed by Ida Høeberg and Sofie Melin, Away (Udebane) centers around a young Danish basketball player named Julianna Okosun.

Away (Udebane) is directed by Ida Høeberg and Sofie Melin,
Published on Mar 17, 2023 11:39 AM IST

Seven Winters in Tehran: Chilling story of a woman wronged by system

Seven Winters in Tehran review: Premiering at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, the film revolves around the trial of Reyhaneh Jabbari.

Seven Winters in Tehran revolves around the trail of an Iranian woman named Reyhaneh Jabbari.
Published on Mar 16, 2023 05:09 PM IST

Keanu Reeves on John Wick 4 and toughest skill he had to learn

Keanu Reeves talks John Wick: Chapter 4 with director Chad Stahelski, and reveals what was the most challenging skill he has mastered “in earnestness” for the titular role in the series. John Wick: Chapter 4 is set to release in India on March 24.

interview Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4.
Published on Mar 15, 2023 08:12 AM IST

Elephants Whisperers and RRR wins make this year India's best at Oscars

India's road to the Oscars has been a decades-long journey into the making. With two historic wins at the 95th Academy Awards, India has more reasons to cheer (and dance) like never before.

Bhanu Athaiya (top front), MM Keeravani and Chandrabose (top right), A. R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty (bottom right) with their Oscars.
Published on Mar 13, 2023 12:30 PM IST
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