Historical political thriller hits home.
Director Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café embraces the same vivid, political thriller stylings of Ben Affleck’s Oscar winner Argo, in the service of a no less compelling narrative. a cracking piece of international cinema
Action man fails to make dramatic jump.
Action icon John Abraham proves to be far less effective as a dramatic actor in Kapil Sharma’s I, Me aur Main. The star of testosterone-fuelled hits Force, Dhoom and Race 2 fails to inject any warmth into the self-centred character he plays in...
Bollywood sequel a sluggish affair.
There’s a certain kind of shot in a Bollywood film that I always kind of look forward to. Like the glittering glamour close up 'portraits’ from Hollywood’s black-and-white 'Golden Age’, the bit I’m thinking of has a similar function; it’s there...
Uneven cop drama unloads in second half.
Nishikanth Kamath’s retelling of the 2003 Tamil blockbuster Kaakha Kaakha might seem patently preposterous to all but the most tolerant lovers of Hindi film excesses; nonetheless, Force works its combination of sweaty, macho posturing and cutie...
Marriage is hell in Bollywood black comedy.
The new film from major Indian director Vishal Bhardwaj opens with a shocker: there’s a gun, a heartbreak and blood on the wall. It’s a visual puzzle that seems to equal suicide, but like so much in this long and twisty melodrama, appearances are...