Murtaza Ali Khan

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As dark and diabolical as any superhero series

Watchmen Director: Nicole Kassell Cast: Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison Exactly a decade after Zack Snyder shocked everyone with a...

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An emphatic return to form for Gowariker

Hindi cinema has had a long tradition of historical films with the name of one Sohrab Modi, often referred to...

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When the spirit of Kabir took over the ancient ghats of Benares

“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of...

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A relevant film that fails to leave an impact

Hotel Mumbai Director: Anthony Maras Cast: Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer The 2008 Mumbai attacks didn’t just shake the...

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Despite the weaknesses, it captures imagination

Frozen 2 Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff In the recent times...

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Social comedy that addresses important issues

Motichoor Chaknachoor Director: Debamitra Biswal Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Athiya Shetty Motichoor Chaknachoor is the latest in the series of Bollywood...

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Dharamshala film fest looks towards the future

The 8th edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) was hosted in Mcleodganj from 7-10 November. This year, the...

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11th edition of We Care International Film Fest

Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC) organised the 11th edition of its annual We Care International Film Festival from 6-8...

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A worthy addition to the Terminator franchise

Terminator: Dark Fate Director: Tim Miller Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta  ...

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Misses the bull’s-eye because of bad casting

Dangal’s unprecedented success has given rise to several cinematic offshoots in the recent years such as Pataakha, Chorriyan Chhoron Se...

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Engaging film about a pressing social issue

P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar Director: Monoj Tiwari Starring: Bhavesh Kumar, Anuja Jha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kumud Mishra Manoj Tiwari’s...

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A badly executed but well-intentioned film

The Sky Is Pink Director: Shonali Bose  Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink...

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World-renowned festival of folk music to open in Jodhpur on 10 October

The Jodhpur RIFF (a.k.a. the Rajasthan International Folk Festival) is entering its 13th year in 2019. This year’s edition of...

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War is entertaining and worth every penny

War Director: Siddharth Anand Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Anupriya Goenka War revolves around Indian soldiers...

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Innovative spy thriller, nuanced performances

The Family Man Director: Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Priyanami and Sharib Hashmi Towards the latter part of...

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Zoya Factor takes too many cinematic liberties

Abhishek Sharma’s The Zoya Factor is based on Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel of the same name that tells the story...

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Finally, a well-researched commercial film

Towards the end of Section 375, a female lawyer tells her mentor, “Sir, I don’t think that the justice was...

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Abandons realism for melodrama

Writer-director Nitesh Tiwari is currently one of the best filmmakers working in Hindi cinema. The IIT Bombay Alumnus gave up...

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A little-known gem of world cinema from Egypt

The Arabic word “Yomeddine” means Judgment Day. In Islam, Christianity and some other religions, it is believed that the life...

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Does a decent job at telling a compelling tale

On 5 November 2013, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched a space probe to undertake a 298-day transit to...

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Purposeless screenplay and lacklustre direction

Thanks to the recent success of films set in the Hindi heartland, Bollywood filmmakers these days are very keen on...

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Clichéd plot with engaging action sequences

Having already perpetuated the idea of film sequels and prequels, Hollywood is now fast embracing spinoffs as a means to...

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A frenetic tale about troubled people

Seeing the great English actor Laurence Olivier on stage someone once said that Olivier had so much energy that the...

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Engaging tale and realistic performances

These days the commercial Hindi filmmakers are consciously focusing on stories based in the Hindi heartland. The diaspora is no...