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Qala Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Tripti Dimri, Babil Khan & Swastika Mukherjee | Film Companion
First with Bulbbul and now with Qala starring Tripti Dimri, Swastika Mukherjee, Varun Grover, Swanand Kirkire, and Babil Khan, writer-director Anvitaa Dutt continues to carve her own sub-genre – perhaps we can label it the feminist fantastical.
Wonder Women Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Anjali Menon | Nadiya Moidu, Parvathy, Nithya Menen | Film Companion
Wonder Women directed by Anjali Menon stars Nadiya Moidu, Nithya Menen, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Sayanora Philip, Archana Padmini, and Amruta Subhash. The story revolves around women, who come from different circumstances and varied socio-economic backgrounds and find a way to connect and support each other at a particularly bewildering and overwhelming time in their lives. The film is dedicated to “the sisterhoods that support us.” Here's the full review by Anupama Chopra.
How much plot can you fit into one film? I don’t think that writer-director duo Hari Shankar and Harish Narayan paused to ask that question while making Yashoda starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu as a lead. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review here.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Movie Review | Chadwick Boseman | Ryan Coogler | Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a curious contradiction. The opening and closing sequences of Wakanda Forever will make your heart ache. But at two hours and forty-one minutes, this is also one of the longest films in the MCU. To know more about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra on Film Companion.
Monica, O My Darling Movie Review | Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte | Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, and Sikandar Kher starring Monica, O My Darling is directed by Vasan Bala who uses the phrase Monica, O My Darling and the song as scaffolding for a twisted tale of lust, blackmail, murder, greed, jealousy, class conflict, and corruption. Listen to the the full review by Anupama Chopra only on Film Companion.
Phone Bhoot Movie Review | Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ishaan | Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Phone Bhoot starring Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi & Ishaan Khatter and directed by Gurmmeet Singh is one of those comedies in which the makers throw everything at the screen, desperately hoping that something sticks. Keep listening for the full review.
Ram Setu should have been a thrilling yarn. Instead, it’s an eye-glazing opportunity lost. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review here.
Goodbye belongs to a particular sub-genre – funeral films. I’m sure you’ve seen one before. A member of a family dies, which causes the extended family to gather. To know more about this black comedy-drama, here's the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Maja Ma is a tender, emotionally resonant story of a middle-aged married woman who slowly makes peace with the fact that she is a lesbian. Pallavi Patel played by Madhuri Dixit makes Maja Ma even more striking. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Ponniyin Selvan: I Review | Anupama Chopra | Mani Ratnam | Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha
Ponniyin Selvan: I is the first in a two-part series, based on a five-volume novel written by Kalki, directed by Mani Ratnam. To know more about the PS: I, here's the full review by Anupama Chopra.
How much you enjoy Vikram Vedha starring Hrithik Roshan & Saif Ali Khan is directly dependent on how much you have already enjoyed Vikram Vedha. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Chup Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Sunny Deol, Dulquer Salmaan, Shreya Dhanwanthary | Film Companion
Chup: Revenge of the Artist directed by R. Balki starring Dulquer Salmaan, Sunny Deol, Shreya Dhanwanthary & Pooja Bhatt is a suspenseful slasher film, a swoony romance, and a serious meditation on the contentious relationship between critics and artists.
Siya starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Pooja Pandey is the directorial debut of Manish Mundra – a name you might know from terrific, left-of-mainstream films such as Ankhon Dekhi, Masaan, Newton, and Ram Prasad ki Tehrvi. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Jogi starring Diljit Dosanjh directed by Ali Abbas Zafar takes place over three harrowing days in and around Delhi after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31st October 1984. Into the larger socio-political tragedy unfolding, writer Ali and Sukhmani weave in a thread of personal revenge. To know more about the Jogi, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra on Film Companion.
There is oodles of talent, money, and sweat in every frame of Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva directed by Ayan Mukerji, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna & Mouni Roy. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra on Film Companion.
Cuttputlli Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Akshay Kumar | Rakul Preet Singh | Sargun Mehta | Film Companion
Cuttputlli starring Akshay Kumar, Rakul Preet Singh & Sargun Mehta is a low-IQ retread with moments taken from classics like The Shining and Psycho. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Liger is a hybrid bringing together artists from Hindi and Telugu cinema starring Vijay Deverakonda & Ananya Panday as the lead. To know more about Puri Jagannadh's storytelling, listen to the full review of Anupama Chopra on Film Companion.
Thiruchitrambalam has an inherently sunny disposition. There are no villains here – just flawed and fumbling human beings chasing slivers of happiness. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review of the Dhanush-Nithya Menen starrer.
Dobaaraa is so generic that it feels like Anurag Kashyap is on auto-pilot. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review here.
Laal Singh Chaddha Movie Review | Aamir Khan | Kareena Kapoor | Naga Chaitanya | Mona Singh | Film Companion
Laal Singh Chaddha is obviously a labour of love – just the number of states the film has been shot in will make your jaw drop – but it never finds those high notes. Listen to the full review to know more.
Does Producer ALIA BHATT Strike? | Darlings Review | Shefali Shah | Vijay Varma | Roshan Mathew | FC
Darlings is a comedy about a grim subject. Does debutant director Jasmeet K Reen manage this ambitious balancing act? Listen to Anupama Chopra's review to find out.
Vikrant Rona is a 2022 Indian Kannada-language action-adventure thriller film written and directed by Anup Bhandari. It stars Sudeep as the titular character alongside Nirup Bhandari, Neetha Ashok, and Jacqueline Fernandez. Listen to Vikrant Rona's review on Film Companion by Anupama Chopra to know more.
Ek Villain Returns is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written and directed by Mohit Suri, and a spiritual successor to his 2014 film Ek Villain. It stars John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria. Listen to Ek Villain Returns review by Anupama Chopra to know more.
Shamshera is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language period action film produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films and directed by Karan Malhotra. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor in a dual role with Sanjay Dutt as the antagonist alongside Vaani Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Saurabh Shukla, and Ashutosh Rana.
The Gray Man is an action thriller film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay the latter co-wrote with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Dhanush. Listen to The Gray Man Review by Anupama Chopra to know more.
RK/RKAY is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Rajat Kapoor, also starring himself with Mallika Sherawat, Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, and Manu Rishi Chadha. Listen to this review by Anupama Chopra to know more.
Director-writer-producer-actor Taika Waititi is a singular sensation. In 2017, he directed Thor: Ragnarok starring Chris Hemsworth as a protagonist. Does he strike gold again with its sequel Thor: Love and Thunder? What is Anupama's take on Thor: Love and Thunder Let’s find out.
The story of Nambi Narayanan is a thriller soaked in tragedy. The ISRO scientist was a brilliant, arrogant, adamant rule-breaker, a man Tom Cruise’s Maverick from Top Gun might have admired. This is the review of the Bollywood movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect written and directed by R. Madhavan.
Despite the fault lines, JugJugg Jeeyo remains watchable because the actors are uniformly good. Watch Anupama Chopra’s full review to know more.
With Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga, director Srijit Mukherji takes this material and tries to weave in a larger meditation on the deteriorating relationship between man and nature, and more. But these threads aren’t woven into the storytelling with any delicacy. Listen to Anupama Chopra’s full review to know more.
Nikamma | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Abhimanyu Dassani, Shilpa Shetty, Shirley Setia | Film Companion
Nikamma is a remake of a Telugu film called Middle Class Abbayi which means ‘middle-class boy.’ I haven’t seen the original but the Hindi version could be titled 50 Shades of Ridiculous. Listen to Anupama Chopra’s full review to know more.
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Anubhav Sinha's Anek starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, poses the critical question of: Who is Indian? Listen to Anupama Chopra's review to know more.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar makes a larger plea not just for gender equality but also for letting go of superstition and to stop judging people by appearances. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.
Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a sequel to the 2016 Doctor Strange. Director Sam Raimi, a master of horror, creates a twisty, visually imaginative saga. And yet the center does not hold. Listen to the full review to know more.
Thar visually echoes other Hindi films that have Hollywood Westerns imprinted in their DNA. Be warned, Thar is disturbingly violent. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.
Heropanti 2 is the spiritual successor of Heropanti, the 2014 film, which launched Tiger and Kriti Sanon. In my review of the first film, I had said that Tiger was absolutely a star but that the film was ‘comically bad’. Heropanti 2 has redefined the phrase for me. Listen to the full review to know more.
Runway 34 is a mashup of a movie, the 2012 Denzel Washington starrer Flight, and a real-life incident. Director Ajay Devgn and writers Sandeep Kewlani and Aamil Keeyan Khan combine these two stories. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.
Director Gowtam Tinnanuri doesn’t enlarge or significantly alter Jersey, the Hindi version. If you haven’t seen the original Telugu film, this one will work better for you. Listen to the full review to know more.
KGF: Chapter 2 is a sequel on steroids – everything is bigger, grander, louder. Everything in this movie is dialled up to 11. For Prashanth, more is more.
RAW, the Hindi-dubbed version of the Tamil film Beast is, forgive the pun, a strange beast. It offers keen pleasures – foremost among them is superstar Vijay delivering truckloads of charisma and his signature insouciance.
Here's Film Companion's review of Bachchhan Paandey. It has taken eight years for the story of Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda to find its way to Hindi cinema, which is just as well because Bollywood has mangled it beyond recognition. Bachchhan Paandey is a loud, joyless bore. Here's the full review to know more.
Here's Film Companion's review of Jalsa. It is a gripping and unsettling dissection of morality, motherhood, money, class and the myriad ways in which people compromise. Watch Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.
Here’s Film Companion’s review of Radhe Shyam, by Anupama Chopra. There is a fine line that separates swooning romance from unintentional comedy. Radhe Shyam is a masterclass in what happens when you cross it. Listen to the full review to know more.
Here’s Film Companion’s review of The Batman. The Batman is a standalone film, operating in its own continuity. Which means that even if you aren’t a comic book and superhero film connoisseur, and I’m certainly not, you can still wholly savour its dark, broody brilliance. Watch the full review to know more.
Here's Film Companion's review of Jhund. Jhund is the Hindi film debut of one of Indian cinema’s most invigorating filmmakers – Nagraj Popatrao Manjule. Jhund is the story of how Vijay changes the lives of Dalit youngsters in a Nagpur slum by getting them hooked on football. It's a rousing tale told with a stellar cast of professional and non-professional actors. Watch the full review to know more.
In the life of a sex worker Gangubai, played by Alia Bhatt, who thrived in the bylanes of Kamathipura in the 1950s, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali finds feisty feminism, joy, brutality, heartbreak and unstinting courage. He tells her story with dramatic flourish, rich emotion, gorgeous visuals and always, a bruised, beating heart. Listen Anupama Chopra’s full review of Gangubai Kathiawadi to know more.
Love Hostel is what you might call a Haryana Noir Western. This film is mostly a chase film with Dagar, played by Bobby Deol, in hot pursuit of his prey - Jyoti and Ahmed, played by Sanya Malhotra & Vikrant Massey. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.
A Thursday chickens out and becomes a partially effective, rabble-rousing film which offers dangerous and simplistic solutions to our failed polity. Listen to the full review to know more, and watch the movie on Disney+ Hotstar.
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