Shubhra Gupta is film critic and senior columnist with the Indian Express. She watches world cinema for delectation, Hollywood for fun, and Bollywood for work. She has a huge capacity to sit through terrible Bollywood movies, but no patience at all with bad Hollywood. And world cinema has to be really cutting edge to grab her attention, and keep it. When she began reviewing, over 20 years ago, people would commiserate and say, “oh, you poor thing, you have to watch Hindi cinema”. But soon, Bollywood became cool, cool, cool. So now she hears this more often “oh my god, you watch Bollyood films, can you introduce me to Shah Rukh Khan”? No, she can’t, sorry, though she can vouch for the fact that he is really sharp and good fun in conversation. But what she can do, and has done week after week, month after month, year after year, without a break, is to lead you into the magical world of movies, and share her experiences of watching all those hundreds of films over the years. In her reviews and columns, she lets you into what she likes, and doesn’t, and invites you to be bewitched. And to know how to choose between the good ones and the turkeys, and how you can take away something from even the really ghastly ones. Because life is a movie, isn’t it? Bahut picture baaki hain, mere dost.
What happens when an actor plays a character like a set of tics? You get just that, a set of tics.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns movie review: Kangana Ranaut plays it beautifully, mixing up the familiar with the new.
Bombay Velvet review: Ranbir Kapoor looks perfect for his Cagney-esque part, Anushka Sharma shines only occasionally.
Can Sunny Leone become an A-list Bollywood leading lady Or will she be forever consigned to show-skin?
The Himalayas are revealed in all their glory every morning, and the edge of the precipice leads down to the mighty Beas.
Does being a star allow you to buy into your own myth?
'Piku' movie review: Big B, Deepika and Irrfan's movie sparks in moments. But the rest of it stays only mildly amusing.
‘Gabbar Is Back’ review: Akshay Kumar starrer shows up severe limitations all around, of the juiced-out South -'masala'-genre.
You keep wanting 'Kaagaz Ke Fools' to ‘ho ja shuru’, but it doesn’t have the feet for it.
'Jai Ho Democracy' criminally wastes an array of good actors: Kapoor, Puri, Hussain, Biswas, Bashir raise their decibel with zero impact.
A valiant officer who is part of an anti-terrorist squad transforms from a flesh-and-blood human to the mysterious Mr X.
Laila is not a 'bechari'-- that poor thing : she acknowledges her difficulties but doesn't let them overwhelm her.
'Court' is a searing, unmissable film, and is one of the best you will see this year . If you feel any other way, well, go ahead, sue me.
Ek Paheli Leela review - Why pretend towards a plot, when all this film wants to do is to exploit its leading lady?
Dharam Sankat Mein review: It's much too long, saying the same thing over and over again.
Do the messages that actors communicate through ads and campaigns get drowned by their popularity?
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy's biggest weakness is its leading man: Sushant Singh Rajput.
Maybe the intention of 'Barkhaa' was to tell us that ladies who dance for a living also have the right to respectability but a mothballed plot and an even more mothballed treatment isn’t the way forward.
A film critic’s guide to enjoy and survive the so-bad-it’s- good movies.
‘Hunterr’ could have been a genuinely ‘adult’ comedy of manners, but it stays right where it begins, the phrase ‘coming-of-age’ functioning more as eliciting an embarrassed titter than reaching the goal-post.
Atul Sabharwal diversifies his portfolio with an informative documentary on the shoe-making tradition of Agra, with ‘In Their Shoes’.
NH10 movie review: It’s not that Anushka Sharma, who has also produced the film, is not trying hard. She is, and up to a point, she is in fine fettle.
Is the dominance of size zero in Bollywood about to come to an end?
The filmmaker’s challenge is to keep us with his lads, without being overcome with a feeling of familiarity.
Ostensibly this is a film which is supposed to put the spotlight on how politics is the preserve of perverts and goons
The beginning of Nana Patekar's 'Ab Tak Chhhapan 2' is promising, but the film soon palls.
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ knows where it’s coming from, and where it wants to go.
The film, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by all accounts, is a little funnier and smarter than the books.
'Qissa' review: The Irffan Khan, Tillotama Shome film is lambent, lovely, and completely seductive.
Badlapur review: This Varun Dhawan and Nawauddin Siddiqui starrer is so riveting you don't even want to blink.
Roy movie review; I haven’t seen something as fuzzy and dreary as ‘Roy’ in a long time : just what is Ranbir Kapoor doing in a movie like this?
MSG: The Messenger Of God - The 'film' is long and excruciatingly awful only for non-believers. For his adoring followers, each scene is a super-hit.
Everybody should have the freedom to watch comedy, participate in it or do it
'Shamitabh' has a few moments which sparkle, and we laugh in acknowledgement. But the rest of it is overpowered by unabashed reverence.
Its is an attempted mish-mash of a crime-of-coiled-passion- cum-police procedural, the confusion only serving to confound.
A lonely cottage, a beautiful girl, a fresh-faced fellow wrapped in a bunch of sufi-suffused songs which have already captured the airwaves.