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.
“We know that a Salman film is created solely to display his ‘andaaz’ designed to send his fans into a swoon.”
The sequel of the 2012 ‘Hate Story’ gives us a new vengeful woman. She’s been wronged by, who else, a man. And she will stop at nothing to get back at him.
So here’s finance whiz Amit Sahni ( Das) telling us what he likes in his ideal girl
A remake of the surprise Tamil hit of the same name, the film proves a point. That successful horror doesn't need stars, it needs a solid script, and atmospherics.
From Salman Khan to Sidharth Malhotra, the man in love in Hindi cinema has come some distance but hasn’t grown up.
There’s something timeless about a story of death catching up with battling-with-big-C lovers.
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania review: The film scores with its likeable lead pair. Varun Dhawan still has raw edges, Alia Bhatt is vibrant and fresh.
The leads are enthusiastic but inept, though the girl has a little more promise than the boy.
Bobby Jasoos review: It works till the time Vidya Balan gets to lead from the front: the courtship with her reluctant suitor is one of the high points of the film.
The Delhi cliches that Bollywood would do well without.
Ek Villain movie review: Sidharth Malhotra is watchable, he just seems so nice and wholesome all the time. It is Riteish Deshmukh who sweeps the stakes.
In this one, a robotics inventor ( Wahlberg) in rural Texas picks up a battered truck hoping to trade it in.
This film should have been called The Social Network Part 2. Or Twitter. Or Vine. Or, even, Facebook.
The long-drawn out ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is the backdrop of this tale of an unlikely couple, ‘With You, Without You’.
Movie Review Humshakals: From past experience, you have to go into a Sajid Khan film wondering just how much of a dip there can be from the previous ones.
How small-town India negotiates life after dusk.
Movie Review 'Fugly': It begins with a hint of promise, and it could have gone down some paths less travelled. But it meanders, and loses its way.
It is a fascinating double portrait, and Prachi’s is the fresher voice because we don’t hear it, nor see her face reflected in the mass media.
On the face of it, Ruhi Singh and Prachi Trivedi have nothing in common.
Filmistaan movie review: There are a few enjoyable moments in the movie, but the potential is never fully realized.
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty movie review: Akshay can still deliver a perfect roundhouse kick but he has been looking his age for a while now.
When will Indian animation movies breathe life on screen?
Movie Review: Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is a sit.com territory, stretched out to accommodate a film.
Movie Review Citylight: The songs nearly ruined the film for me, but ‘Citylights’ gives us pause. And an actor who makes us believe, all the way.
The 1980 classic Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai was about a Christian car mechanic and his struggles.
Boy looks at girl. Boy falls for girl. Girl's father growls. Boy scowls. Girl howls. And I'm left sobbing into my popcorn.
Kochadaiiyaan movie review: Even Rajinikanth, the one and the only, can't pick up a film and run with it, if it has the oldest, creakiest plots cobbled together from many books.
How do you pull off the tricky job of portraying poverty in Hindi films?.
‘Children Of War’ attempts to recreate the terrifying time in 1971's Bangladesh.
If they had maintained the tone, ‘The Xpose’ would have been a hoot.
‘Khwaabb’ does fine when it sticks to its sports and the hard uncompromising training that makes winners.
The re-creation of an era which could have lent the film some heft, is wholly missing from the story.
Movie review: Manjunath - There's enough, in the way the film begins, to keep us engaged.
Movie Review ‘Hawaa Hawaai’: It has a big beating heart, but you wish it had been a better film: it trundles on, leaps up intermittently, but doesn’t fly.
It's an exciting time to be a documentary filmmaker in India, in spite of all odds. A look at what is driving the change.
I enjoyed 'Purani Jeans' for its freshness in the face of familiarity, and a story that holds all the way to the end, says Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta.