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.
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.
Rhea tries for perkiness but comes off as a weak link, her foul-mouthedness is more forced than natural. Anupam Kher is over-the-top.
Because the stars, those pernicious little things twinkling away above the review where your eye can see them even before you’ve gotten started on the first line, do not tell you everything.
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Hrithik is the film’s eye candy and the prime shooter, all rolled into one, and gives you some amount of bang. The rest is burble.
Vishal Bharadwaj’s third Shakespearean adaptation,` Haider’ urf `Hamlet’ is a spectacular looking film, each little detail of set and setting perfect.
Why every city needs a good film festival.
Sunile Shetty looks gray and drawn. The only one who catches the eye is Ashutosh Rana but bites into it with relish
Movie Review Chaarfutiya Chhokare - Not one thing rings true. Not the leading lady, not the young chokras.
Daawat-e-Ishq review: The coming together of Gullu and Taaru feels like left-overs.
Its biggest strength is that it keeps it consistent, becoming one of those films that over-delivers because it under-promises.
The 3D in the title is positioned such that it draws your eye immediately, and you know why as soon as the film begins.
Finding Fanny review: It is an unlikely bunch, getting together for an unlikely reason, and we are supposed to fall in love with the characters.
'Mary Kom' is biopic which starts with the caveat `based on the life incidents of’ immediately makes you suspicious.
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.