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Kabir Singh Movie Review : Shahid Kapoor impresses with his compelling performance

Kabir Singh Movie Review : Shahid Kapoor impresses with his compelling performance

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Kabir Singh, director Sandeep Vanga Reddy’s Hindi remake of his Telugu hit Arjun Reddy in Hindi is romance on steroids. After Aashiqui 2, Kabir Singh happens to be that rare story of star-crossed lovers which leaves you moved despite the predictable story and outcome. Kabir, a medical student meets Preeti a fresher to the college and its love at first sight for Kabir. He is besotted with the dainty Preeti, smitten enough to plant a kiss on her cheeks early on without even seeking her permission. Very quickly he declares her as “his girl” to the entire college and takes control of her entire life, transforming into mentor and protector. Kabir undoubtedly is a problematic character reprised and modelled along the film heroes of yore, the kind who would persist and refused to take no
X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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The trend of superhero spin-off movies continues. This time it’s Jean Grey’s origin story, as she goes from a child with powers her parents cannot fathom to an all-powerful member of the X-Men team. (Dark Phoenix is the 12th of the X-Men films.) Under the guidance and mentorship of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Jean (Sophie Turner) productively channelizes and utilizes her telekinetic powers. Working in tandem with the US government, the X-Men are enlisted to embark on a space rescue mission, for which Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) picks a small team. During the mission Jean encounters a powerful cosmic force that begins to change her. Back on Earth bizarre events begin to unfold. The weirdest is the arrival of a group of hostile aliens that enter human bodies – “visitors" looking for
Bharat Movie Review: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif laugh

Bharat Movie Review: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif laugh

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Salman khan has often explained the rejection of his earlier Eid release, Tubelight, as thus -- the film came out on a festival and people expected to be entertained; instead they left the theatre crying, and the film flopped. As much as a Salman Khan film can flop. That is why Bharat -- despite finding its origins in the heart-wrenching Partition of India, and being linked to it till its climax -- is primarily an entertainer. Some jokes land lightly and dance around you; others hit you in the small of your back with all the subtlety of an express train -- but they are aplenty. Bharat - Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar tell you from the very first scene -- will make you cry. But it will also give you action, romance, drama and definitely, comedy. Ergo, an Eid blockbuster – ask Salma
Movie Review: ‘De De Pyaar De’ is Random and Trite

Movie Review: ‘De De Pyaar De’ is Random and Trite

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De De Pyaar De, directed by Akiv Ali, is co-produced by Luv Ranjan, the director of the Pyaar Ka Punchnaama series and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, who also shares the film’s writing credits. So, in light of that context, it is quite apt that the movie opens with the dialogue, “Where are the strippers?”Ranjan’s movies are the cinematic versions of tone-deaf dudebros who take pride in offending just because they don’t know any better. De De Pyaar De’s screenplay is attributed to two more writers, but the story is Ranjan’s: A 50-year-old divorcee, Ashish (Ajay Devgn), falls in love with a much younger woman, Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh). The story takes a sour turn when Ayesha meets his family. You can probably see that Ranjan thinks it’s an edgy story. The re
Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review: Amitabh, Aamir and Fatima will make you feel ‘thugged’ with this one

Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review: Amitabh, Aamir and Fatima will make you feel ‘thugged’ with this one

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Set in 1795, Thugs of Hindostan, starring Amitabh Bachchan as Khudabaksh Azaad, Aamir Khan as Firangi Mallah, Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira Beg, Katrina Kaif as Suraiyya, wants you to feel the ‘nasha’ of ‘azaadi’ but sadly or not, half of the audience’s time is spent trying to understand and dissect Firangi. He is a highly untrustworthy, selfish and witty person, but there is so much more to him. Firangi’s friend (Zeeshan) tells him in one of the scenes that he is unable to understand if he is “mahaan” or “kamina” and answer comes, “Mahaan Kamina.” I guess that best describes this one of a kind character. While Firangi’s unpredictability added thrill to the plot. Amitabh Bachchan’s daredevil stunts stole the show in first half. But, it seems like writer and director Victor spent too much t
Namaste England movie review

Namaste England movie review

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There is one thing Namaste England gets absolutely right—Punjab’s obsession with immigrating to the UK by means both legal and illegal and at a great personal cost. The state has given kabootarbaazi a new meaning and people who can help you get there are fuelling a cottage industry, not always at the right side of the law. That, discerning audiences, is the only thing the Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra film gets right. Once you have patted Namaste England on the back for taking up a subject with serious social ramifications, you have already pushed it too far. For beyond this thought is a film so silly and tedious that the one star I have given it feels like my good deed of the year done. Not even a shadow of 2007’s Namastey London—not a classic by any account but very much an entertaini