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.
How well a film does at the box office has nothing to do with its intrinsic worth.
You go in hoping for a fun ride. What you get is a limp con job.
Have you seen a star vehicle that renders its lead attraction invisible? Singham Returns manages to do exactly that.
The subject could have easily become a turgid documentary. But the treatment makes it much more interesting.
Movie Review: Mardaani - As Shivani Shivaji Roy, a Mumbai Crime Branch cop, Rani Mukerji plays it straight.
The sequel to ‘Singham’ is chock-full of the usual car-on-jeep action. Explosions go off at regular intervals. Shoot-outs—one really well-shot-- occur frequently.
Can the star become an actor on Indian television?
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is a dish that is less an interesting mix of biryani-and-truffles, more flat soufflé.
Akshay Kumar's 'Entertainment' is dull and loud, with a brow so lowered that it reaches the floor.
Latest edition of International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala threw up an interesting mix of documentaries.
In the end, the problem with doing the same thing, however ironically served up, takes the film down.
“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.