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Ahaa Re review

Early in Ranjan Ghosh’s Ahaa Re (2019), its lead protagonist, the suave chef, Farhaz, with Dhaka roots, entreats his friend and restaurant owner for a guided tour of the city of Kolkata where he currently has moved to for work.… Continue Reading

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Bhonsle review

Devashish Makhija’s third feature Bhonsle (2020), opens with highly contrasting images; as the Ganesh Chaturthi idols are being decked up in finery, the protagonist, who is in his sixties, Bhonsle (Manoj Bajpayee), methodically and neatly removes layers and items of… Continue Reading

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Tigertail (2020) review

A man meets his childhood sweetheart after years. Initial fumbling due to the unintimated parting gives way to the usual good intentioned, frothy conversation about families. She’s conspicuously satiated with her world; he has issues with his daughter and has… Continue Reading

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Yeh Ballet review

Within the few opening minutes of the new Netflix film Yeh Ballet (2020), director Sooni Taraporevala efficiently establishes the texture and underlying associations of the film. A stunning aerial view of the Mumbai-Worli sea link, a symbol of high privilege,… Continue Reading

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Abyakto review

Abyakto (2020) traces a relationship marred by a failure in communication. Director Arjunn Dutta takes an essential spoke of a subject, doesn’t say anything quite new but uses a remarkably fresh treatment to deliver an ambient, richly moody cinematic experience.… Continue Reading

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Dwitiyo Purush (2020) review

How do you articulate the impact of a film that feels designed to lob only dialoguebaazi at the audience for yielding whistles and does nothing else whatsoever? One can begin by talking, at the outset, about the popular appeal of… Continue Reading

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Virus(2019) Review

Virus begins with a phone call alerting a crisis. It’s fitting because all sorts of crises, from that of ventilators and kits to manpower to public faith, permeates the film. The film is audaciously unmindful of chronological sequencing of the… Continue Reading

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Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo (2019) Review

The perplexed, confused ambition of Pratim D Gupta in his new film, Shantilal o Projapoti Rohosyo, comes glaringly across right at the opening sequence and introductory note that harks back to a time of DVDs and early 2000s, which instead… Continue Reading

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