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.
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.
For a film that is about the joy of flying, ‘Hawaizaada’ fails to take off from frame one, failing to sprout any wings.
There are few Hindi films that deal with the real pain of marital estrangement.
Sonam Kapoor is in almost every frame, and should have filled them all. But the treatment of the character shows up her limitations.
Baby movie review: This is Akshay’s most credible performance in a long time, and reminds us the actor he can be.
...should not be the question. The CBFC needs to — has so far failed to — bring certification, not censorship, to the fore
A movie based on a childhood favourite book can usually never measure up.
'Crazy Cukkad Family' promises a lot of fun cock-a-doodle-do, but delivers much too much cockamamie, instead.
Bipasha Basu starrer quickly becomes a tussle between the scenes that want you to be scared and the sequences where you are supposed to slurp at all the eye candy.
For a Hindi cinema familiar, The Interval is a sacred space, arriving bang in the middle of the film.
Tevar review: It makes you a couple of promises : that it will be violent, vicious and crude; and that it will do nothing new.
Joy Sengupta is one of those dads who is never satisfied. His son comes second in class and in a race, and his world comes crashing down.
The year’s best movies were about people who moved and grew.
When she who gives you breath has no breath, the world changes. It stops, keels over, and see-saws between teetering and straightening.
'Ugly' film review: It takes that darkness to an extreme, even more so that his first, unreleased 'Paanch': a little girl goes missing, and what happens subsequently (and consequently) does not just flow from the fear and anguish.
Road movies can make you travel across the globe without going anywhere.
PK review: Aamir Khan plays PK not only to his strengths, but adds something new: we’ve seen his earnestness several times before, but not artlessness.
Lingaa movie review: Like all his films, it is basically three hours of Rajini Saar doing his thing. And it is three hours of full-on 'masti' and 'mazaa'.
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