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The story of an outsider in Bollywood isn't exactly new, but writer-director Pushpendra Nath Misra attempts to spice it up by being inventive. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the titular character, with Raghubir Yadav, Ila Arun and Anurag Kashyap in pivotal roles. Listen to Anupama Chopra's review of Ghoomketu to find out more.
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The first streaming series by Anushka Sharma's Clean Slate Films, Paatal Lok is a nine-episode series, created by Sudip Sharma, who wrote NH10 and Udta Punjab. It's constructed as an investigative thriller following four killers who tried to kill a journalist. The series features Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee and Gul Panag in pivotal roles. Listen to Anupama Chopra's review for more.
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Netflix Original film Mrs. Serial Killer, directed by Shirish Kunder, is a thriller set in an unnamed hill station, with Jacqueline Fernandez, Manoj Bajpayee, Darshan Jariwala and Mohit Raina playing pivotal roles. Listen to Anupama Chopra's review to find out more.
Does a white saviour movie become more palatable if the white saviour is Chris Hemsworth? That is the critical question that Extraction presents. Anupama Chopra reviews Netflix's latest release Extraction, also starring Randeep Hooda and Pankaj Tripathi, created by Sam Hargrave and the Russo Brothers.
With the release of Netflix India's new web series Hasmukh, Anupama Chopra reviews the show, with Vir Das and Ranvir Shorey in lead roles. The show takes us on a journey about a stand-up comic turned murderer. Listen to the review to find out more.
This week, Anupama Chopra reviews Amazon Prime Video's Four More Shots Please! Season 2, with Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari, Bani J and Maanvi Gagroo in the lead roles.
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A first on video - Anupama Chopra reviews the newly released web series 'Panchayat' streaming on Amazon Prime Video. With great performances by TVF's favourite Jitendra Kumar, and stalwarts like Raghubir Yadav and Neena Gupta, TVF brings a story rooted in rural India.
The heart of this film and this franchise is Irrfan, who renders with singular elegance, the lunatic love and the ache that a parent feels. But honestly, it’s a pretty convoluted story. Here's Anupama Chopra's review of Angrezi Medium.
Sudheer is played by a wonderfully frayed, fumbling, tragi-comic Sanjay Mishra, in writer-director Hardik Mehta's film Kaamyaab. The film brings back the nostalgia with scene recreations from the 70s and 80s, and actors who lived this life, like Avtar Gill, Lilliput, Birbal, Guddi Maruti, and more.
Baaghi 3 is an adaptation of the 2012 Tamil film Vettai. Starring the platonic ideal of the Bollywood action hero Tiger Shroff, and Riteish Deshmukh & Shraddha Kapoor, more than action, this film needs a story to hang on to.
Thappad, starring Taapsee Pannu, is the story of a single slap. The beauty is that director Anubhav Sinha, who has co-written the film with Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul, doesn’t tell this story in a strident tone.
Debutant director Hitesh Kewalya, who has also written the story, tries valiantly to establish that a same-sex relationship has the same passion, heartache and insecurity. Here's Anupama Chopra's review of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. #ShubhMangalZyadaSaavdhan #AyushmannKhurrana #JitendraKumar
Debutant director Bhanu Pratap Singh takes the true incident of a cargo ship stranded at Juhu beach in Mumbai and spins a story about why it’s haunted. Here's the movie review by Anupama Chopra. #BhootTheHauntedShip #VickyKaushal #BhumiPednekar
105: Love Aaj Kal | Bollywood Review By Anupama Chopra | Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan | Film Companion
Written and directed by #ImtiazAli (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23ImtiazAli) , #LoveAajKal (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23LoveAajKal) starring Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan is a confounding film about confused people. With this film, Imtiaz who is Hindi cinema’s high priest of romance tries to dive deeper and go darker. He wants to show us the loneliness of pure ambition and the emptiness of hook-up culture. Does the film land? Listen to Anupama Chopra’s review.
Director Taika Waititi, who adapted the screenplay from a novel called Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, works a miracle here. Jojo is a 10-year-old boy who lives in a small German town and spends a lot of time chatting with an imaginary buddy – Adolf Hitler.
Jawaani Jaaneman is an official adaptation of the 2010 Argentinian comedy Igualita A Mi which means Just Like Me. Somewhere in it is a tender, funny story about parenting, growing up, the importance of family and what a character calls ‘old-school love.’ But director Nitin Kakkar only skims the surface. Watch Anupama Chopra's review of Jawaani Jaaneman.
Panga works on the strength of its performances and its writing. Ashwiny, co-writer Nikhil Mehrotra and Nitesh Tiwari, who has been credited with additional screenplay create a lived-in world with characters who have depth and personality. Here is Anupama Chopra's review of the Kangana Ranaut starrer.
Street Dancer 3D is a master-class in all the incredible things the human body can do. If the script was half as nimble as these gifted people, this film would have been a smash. Sadly, that is not the case. Watch Anupama Chopra's review of Street Dancer 3D, directed by Remo D'Souza, starring Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana and more.
Just Mercy is a thoughtful meditation of the nature of compassion and cruelty. It’s a startling reminder that human beings are capable of both extremes. The film has been adapted from the memoir of Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard-trained lawyer, who moved to a small town in Alabama in 1989 to review charges against death row inmates. Here's Anupama Chopra's review of Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
In 1917, director and co-writer Sam Mendes, co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns and DOP Roger Deakins deliver a film that combines high impact with high artistry. Lance Corporal Blake, played by Dean-Charles Chapman and Lance Corporal Schofield, played by George MacKay have a youthful bravery that is heart-breaking. Watch Anupama Chopra's review here.
Jai Mummy Di’s only redeeming factor is that it’s short. Genuinely, there is nothing else I can recommend in this film – the acting is bizarre, the writing is sloppy, the plot is incoherent and the background music is so purposefully annoying that you want to weep. Watch Anupama Chopra's review of the film here.
Writer-director Om Raut, co-writer Prakash Kapadia and leading man and co-producer Ajay Devgn seemed to have cracked the formula – Tanhaji, based on the life of Shivaji Maharaj’s lieutenant, is an action movie rolled into an Amar Chitra Katha comic. Here's Anupama Chopra's review of the film.
Laxmi Agarwal's remarkable survival story is the inspiration for Chhapaak, in which Deepika Padukone plays Malti, a middle-class Delhi girl whose pleasantly ordinary life is wrecked by an acid attack.The film's biggest success is that Deepika becomes Malti.
With The Rise of Skywalker, the story that George Lucas started on May 25th, 1977 finally comes to an end. It is, as director J.J. Abrams, said the ‘trilogy of trilogies.’ The Rise of Skywalker had to be the ultimate grand finale. Sadly, the film is much less.
When you step into Dabangg 3, you know you’re in for a Salman Khan extravaganza. Which would be fine if there was some attempt to tweak the formula or push it into a new direction.
Mardaani 2 is a sequel dedicated to Shivani Shivaji Roy, a lady super cop, who locks horns with the devil incarnate, a young & remorseless criminal who is murdering young women. Starring Rani Mukerji as Shivani, it is directed by Gopi Puthran and produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films.
Writer-director Mudassar Aziz attempts to deliver a reboot that is lively, funny and at least superficially, progressive – he doesn’t always succeed but there is fun to be had here. Pati Patni Aur Woh stars Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Ananya Pandey and Aparshakti Khurana.
93: Panipat | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Arjun Kapoor | Kriti Sanon | Film Companion
Panipat should have been the 18th century version of Uri because the josh of Sadashivrao and his men is always high. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, this films stars Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon.
In Hotel Mumbai, writer-director Anthony Maras and co-writer John Collee revisit the first night of the three days the terror lasted. Starring Anupam Kher, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boriadi, watch Anupama Chopra's review of Hotel Mumbai.
Knives Out is a delicious, twisted, witty murder mystery. The film, written and directed by Rian Johnson, manages at the same time to be both meta and self-aware but also satisfyingly old-school. Watch Anupama Chopra's review of the film, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Don Johnson and Ana de Armas.
The religious conflict between Hindus and Muslims is one of India’s gravest fault lines. Commando 3 offers a simple solution – Vidyut Jammwal in a manbun. Watch Anupama Chopra's review of Commando 3, directed by Aditya Datt, also starring Adah Sharma, Angira Dhar and Gulshan Devaiah.
89: Pagalpanti | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | John Abraham, Anil Kapoor | Film Companion
Pagalpanti is a sloppy TikTok video stretched to a torturous two hours and 29 minutes. Whatever dimag you might mistakenly bring to the film will definitely be depleted by the end of it. Director Anees Bazmee may be a veteran of mindless comedies but Pagalpanti is so soul-sucking and brain-dead that it makes Bazmee’s last film Mubarakan look like high art.
Like the title suggests, Motichoor Chaknachoor is sweet and slight. Director Debamitra Biswal follows the standard beats of these films. But, the film has modest aspirations and it never soars above them because the writing isn’t strong enough. Watch Anupama Chopra's review of Motichoor Chaknachoor, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty.
Writer-director Milap Milan Zaveri blends his favourite 80s and 90s Hindi film clichés with ear-splitting background music, bombastic dialogue-baazi and frantic over-acting by Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria and Riteish Deshmukh.
86: Bala | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Ayushmann Khurrana | Amar Kaushik | Film Companion
The Ayushmann Khurrana social message movie is now a bonafide Bollywood sub-genre. Bala is a balding 25-year-old living in Kanpur. He is an aspiring stand-up comic. He entertains people by mimicking Bollywood stars, especially Shah Rukh Khan. This film is like his act – fun in places, flat in others and not enough sticks.
Neil Nitin Mukesh has written the story, screenplay and dialogue of Bypass Road, which is a fantastically convoluted thriller. There are so many twists, reveals, false alarms, schemers and disgruntled lovers that you lose track of the story. Here is Anupama Chopra's review of the film
Drive starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez dropped on streaming platform Netflix this week. Subtlety is not the film’s forte. Neither is clarity, characterisation, coherence or anything else that any reasonable person requires. Anupama Chopra reviews the Tarun Mansukhani directed film.
Ujda Chaman is a remake of the Kannada film Ondu Motteya Kathe. Which means 'story of an egghead'. This film is about the ache of being ordinary, and actor Sunny Singh playing Chaman, does an adequate job at playing the role. Watch Anupama Chopra's review to know more.
82: The Sky is Pink | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar
#TheSkyIsPink (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23TheSkyIsPink) is based on the true story of Aisha Chaudhary who was born with SCID, a rare genetic disorder. She eventually died of Pulmonary Fibrosis, which was a side-effect of her treatment for SCID. The film stars #PriyankaChopraJonas (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23PriyankaChopraJonas) , #FarhanAkhtar (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23FarhanAkhtar) , Zaira Wasim and Rohit Suresh Saraf and is directed by Shonali Bose.
#DiegoMaradona (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23DiegoMaradona) is the modern equivalent of a Greek tragedy. An extraordinarily talented hero rises to fame and glory. But ultimately, he is defeated by his own fatal flaws – hubris, insecurity, a weak will. Chopra reviews #AsifKapadia (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AsifKapadia) ’s documentary on the footballer.
Directed by #ToddPhillips (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23ToddPhillips) , #Joker (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Joker) played by #JoaquinPhoenix (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23JoaquinPhoenix) gives us a view of a deranged world but it never attempts to offer more than a simplistic causality. Listen to #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) 's review to know more.
In #War (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23War) , director #SiddharthAnand (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23SiddharthAnand) gets a chance to make a film with two of Hindi cinema’s best action heroes #HrithikRoshan (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23HrithikRoshan) and #TigerShroff (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23TigerShroff) but mercifully, he backs the propulsive action with a story. Listen to #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) 's review to know more.
Despite the obvious bumps, what keeps #Chhichhore (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Chhichhore) afloat is the sincerity in its messaging, the characters and the performances. Here’s what #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) thinks of the film directed by #NiteshTiwari (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23NiteshTiwari) starring #SushantSinghRajput (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23SushantSinghRajput) , #ShraddhaKapoor (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23ShraddhaKapoor) #VarunSharma (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23VarunSharma) , Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, Tushar Pandey and Saharsh Kumar. Watch her review here and leave your comments in the section below.
What did #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) think of the #Prabhas (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Prabhas) and #ShraddhaKapoor (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23ShraddhaKapoor) starrer #Saaho (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Saaho) ? Watch her review here and leave your comments in the section below.
#Yomeddine (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Yomeddine) is an Egyptian film about a man afflicted with leprosy. But isn’t just a film about leprosy. It features an actor, #RadyGamal (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23RadyGamal) , who has the condition. It’s heartbreaking. But Gamal and the director A. B. Shawky don’t want your pity. Instead with gentleness and humor, they persuade you to look beyond the obvious. Listen #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) 's review of the film.
#OnceUponATimeInHollywood is a many splendored thing. It’s dazzling and meandering, brilliant and indulgent, sparkling but also stretched. It’s also a showcase for outsized, old-school stardom, with #BradPitt and #LeonardoDiCaprio delivering terrific performances. Listen #AnupamaChopra review the ninth film of #QuentinTarantino
#JabariyaJodi (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23JabariyaJodi) is over-plotted – characters keep getting married, kidnapped, nearly married and separated. #Sidharth (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Sidharth) and #Parineeti (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23Parineeti) ’s bogus accents, body language and demeanor don’t allow them to blend into this small-town story. Here's Anupama Chopra's review.
Ash Is Purest White is the first Jia Zhangke film to release theatrically in India. First, let’s just take a moment to celebrate that. The Chinese director is one of the world’s most acclaimed storytellers. #MartinScorsese (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23MartinScorsese) described his cinema as ‘the finest, toughest, most vitally alive work in modern moviemaking.’ Jia Zhangke’s films are a precise record of the sweeping social and economic forces that have shaped China in the last few decades. His films, which combine realism with playfulness, have won awards at leading film festivals including Cannes and Berlin. Ash Is Purest White premiered at the #CannesFilmFestival (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23CannesFilmFestival) last year. Here's #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) 's review.
72: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw | Hollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Jaw-dropping action, cool one-liners and the industrial-strength charisma of #DwayneJohnson (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23DwayneJohnson) and #JasonStatham (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23JasonStatham) . Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw proves that these ingredients are enough to make a reasonably entertaining movie. Watch the movie review by #AnupamaChopra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23AnupamaChopra) to know more.