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Thappad: The slap that confronts patriarchy

Zero, one, two, three, four, five… how many slaps justify the end of a marriage? Whichever numerical digit you picked or didn't pick after watching Thappad, if introspection is your thing, you will feel guilty for being a part of a system that feeds patriarchy, enabling men and women to diminish a woman's status. Thappad… Continue reading Thappad: The slap that confronts patriarchy

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Love Aaj Kal: The Uncomfortable Romance

Love Aaj Kal dives straight into the ambiguous, uncomfortable and unspoken parts of love. You will either jump in and love it, or straight up hate it. As a fan, I can safely declare Imtiaz Ali is back in the zany space. The movie stays true to its premise of tackling uncomfortable parts of love until it reaches its pointy… Continue reading Love Aaj Kal: The Uncomfortable Romance

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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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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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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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Sanju: Flawed and zany, but not a terrorist

I love Sanjay Dutt. The cool Indian rockstar superstar with heart. An impossibly flawed hero who has failed many times, and mustered up the strength to pick himself up, face and address his demons. No doubt the actor has been wed to trouble all his life. Yet he also showed up, every single time, bigger… Continue reading Sanju: Flawed and zany, but not a terrorist

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Veere Di Wedding: Of filter-free, fun and fabulous Veeres

Veere Di Wedding was worth every micro second of the long wait if we go by famous words uttered by the ever-articulate Swara Bhasker: "It's taken 105 years for mainstream Bollywood to make a film about four girlfriends and none of them are falling in love with the same guy." Truth. We haven't had a high-spirited… Continue reading Veere Di Wedding: Of filter-free, fun and fabulous Veeres