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.
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'.
A father gives up his life, a son is left moping, and a mother constantly crying. The ‘kabaddi boys’ are more ‘men’, and the treatment makes it banal and dull.
Main Aur Mr Riight Review: Varun Sobti gets the hungry-actor look right, but the smiley Shenaz Treasurywala needed to be deeper.
'Sulemani Keeda' gives us a couple of struggling script-writers that makes us smile. But the film takes the 'slacker' part of its title (slacker comedy) a bit too seriously.
‘Bhopal : A Prayer For Rain’ plays out like a much-delayed requiem for the thousands that were killed and maimed that night.
Action Jackson movie review: Ajay Devgn doesn’t need to stoop this low: so what if he can't dance, he can keep a straight face while delivering a joke.
This year, big Bollywood names flocked to the NFDC-run Film Bazaar looking for the right project.
Zed Plus turns out to be a mildly engaging but overall patchy attempt at political satire from the man who gave us the memorable Doordarshan serial Chanakya.
Ungli is empty, and left me collecting my jaw from the floor, where it lay through the film.
'Happy Ending' piles up many more as it goes along, making the film a series of been-here, seen-this moments, and a wasted opportunity.
Those who have heard us use it suggest we patent it because it says so much in so little. It resonates instantly with people who are or have been spouses, or have been in relationships which are akin to being spousal.
Kill Dil movie review: This isn't one of those films that slides after a promising start. This begins badly, plods away the way it began, and ends worse.
The Shaukeens movie review: Three dirty old men 'leching' at a pretty young thing is what ‘The Shaukeens’ sets out to show.
‘Rang Rasiya’ feels like a choppy costume drama marred by false notes and static ‘acting’ .
There are patches which feel well –observed, especially when they are based in Mumbai’s swish spots—pretty people talking about London flats, and well-attired investment bankers in their offices with a view.
Movie Review Super Nani - Within a second of the film starting, I was clutching my ears, looking for something to stuff them with.
The 16th Mumbai Film Festival was a triumph for all for a film festival that nearly did not happen, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival surpassed expectations.
At nearly three hours, ‘Happy New Year’ is a long showreel of what Khan the director and Shah Rukh Khan the superstar can do, which is this : put on display rippling eight ( or is it twelve?) packs whenever you get the chance.