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Panga: Kangana and Ashwiny deliver a dreamy winner

Kangana Ranaut is a product of the system she was brought up in – a patriarchal society that forced her to fight for her own corner of freedom, at every step. Shunned by her family early as a teenager for her choice to be independent, her battles extended to the blinkered film industry, controlled mostly by…… Continue reading Panga: Kangana and Ashwiny deliver a dreamy winner

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Tanhaji: Authentic but falls short on history

Fell asleep while watching Tanhaji (Tanaji) last night. To be fair, I was also super tired from consecutive late nights. From parts that I did watch, it is a decent attempt at a historical drama and an engaging story line for what it tried to convey. It was fairly light on the depth of content…… Continue reading Tanhaji: Authentic but falls short on history

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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi: Kangana Ranaut claims her throne

“Jhansi aap bhi chaahte hai aur main bhi. Farq sirf itna hai ke aap raaj karna chaahte hai aur main apnon ki sewa.” This defiant line delivered by Kangana Ranaut sets the stage and tone for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (Manikarnika) as well the kind of values Rani Laxmibai stood for. As a bonus, Kangana…… Continue reading Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi: Kangana Ranaut claims her throne

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The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

Women shone in Hindi cinema, the Khans sobered down, solid scripts made their mark, and character actors rocked big along with stunning lead performances in 2018. Returning to mainstream with a solid presence, women made ample use of significant screen time devoted to them. Six movies with female-driven plots made it to top ten performers…… Continue reading The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

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Pataakha: Female anger & energy, unleashed

        Boom. Female anger unleashes and explodes on the Hindi cinema screen in full frontal glory in Pataakha. Who other than Vishal Bhardwaj for the job? The writer-director tackles women’s energy head on, by exploring a tempestuous relationship between two sisters Badki and Chutki with black humour. A mad hatter concept suspends the…… Continue reading Pataakha: Female anger & energy, unleashed

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Dhadak: Ishaan and Jhanvi shine, but the beat is missing

Dhadak lacks the unbridled consonance and passion of Sairat, on which it is based, but the lead pair and a compelling second half make it worth a visit. Janhvi Kapoor’s star presence is unmistakable as Parthavi Singh. She is talented, dewy, and has inherited Sridevi’s grace and easy charm. Ishaan Khatter’s Madhukar Bagla is au naturel,…… Continue reading Dhadak: Ishaan and Jhanvi shine, but the beat is missing

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Soorma: For the win

Diljit Dosanjh, who won acclaim for second lead roles, gets to play his first title role as international hockey player Sandeep Singh in Soorma. The best thing about the actor is the softness about him, along with an earnest wicked, which has quite the disarming effect on women. Diljit adds quiet strength, finesse, and power to…… Continue reading Soorma: For the win

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