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  • Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya - Review
    wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) quick review: Easy-going situational fun with a conscience. Doesn’t diss on anything while passing a message as subtly as it can. Well and warmly written characters, situations, and a story. Review You know how you have a feeling that you are highly unlikely to like a film? And you start with confirmation bias looking for things to not like. Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya’s title itself tested my b…
    - 22 days ago 9 Feb 24, 5:22pm -
  • Fighter - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Shallow, hollow, soulless imitation of a certain ‘Air Force’ film. Old bottle old wine, unimaginative, stale repetition of the India-Pakistan-war genre. Lazy, unambitious, opportunistic picking of the lowest-hanging fruit of nationalism. Review Performative—that’s the word that won’t leave me ever since I left the movie hall. The banter, the camaraderie, the romance,…
    - 37 days ago 25 Jan 24, 5:48pm -
  • Merry Christmas - Review
    wogma rating: Watch for sure, preferably in theatre (?) quick review: I was on the edge of my seat for all but the first minute of the film. Mentally, even if not literally. Everything in the film comes together towards that end—keeping you on the edge. Will not ask for more from a thriller! Review Till it’s not the whodunnit, it’s the philosophical nuggets that keep your mind glued to the screen. So that you don’t miss one. When it’s n…
    - 50 days ago 12 Jan 24, 5:34pm -
  • Dunki - Review
    wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) quick review: Geopolitics: minus101. Rajkumar Hirani never got back to the Munnabhai-Circuit level of discourse. This, though, is another level of simplification. It is boring. So, what if the actors perform? All other than the leads, that is. Those two, ham. Review Why does a Rajkumar Hirani film have to take a David-Dhawan-Priyadarshan route to get to the point? Where has the story-telling disa…
    - 71 days ago 22 Dec 23, 5:42pm -
  • The Archies - Review
    wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?) quick review: It’s cute—more in the way it shows Politics 101 than its romance. Of course, it’s over-simplified and candy-flossified. But hey, this is one way to tell Gen Z, “We are sorry. But you have to clean up the mess we created.”(Available on Netflix) Review I was not expecting to put “Social” and “Political” ahead of “Romance” against genre when I typed my review out for The Archie…
    - 85 days ago 9 Dec 23, 1:40pm -
  • Animal - Review
    wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) quick review: Long. Random. Violent. Pointless. Long therefore random. Violent therefore pointless. Oh, now I am rambling despite myself. Just like the film despite its well-written but absolutely unlikeable protagonist.Streaming partner: Netflix Review Mistake regretted: The rating was changed to " Switch channels if it's on cable" from "Watch if you have nothing better to do", Apologies~ ~ ~id…
    - 92 days ago 1 Dec 23, 11:56pm -
  • Tiger 3 - Review
    wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?) quick review: It is cute when a Salman Khan film has a decent story. Even if the twists and twists turn around in circles, 9/10 of which are predictable. That the rest of the film rests on the women is a pleasant surprise too. Even if it is only a tiny step in the right direction.(Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime) Review A Salman Khan film, and I didn’t roll my eyes! Don’t remember doing it even once. Not…
    - 14 Nov 23, 6:29pm -
  • Ganapath – A Hero Is Born - Review
    wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) quick review: The hard work shows. In creating chiselled beautiful-looking bodies. It also shows in the actors trying to get the action choreography right. But it’s either missing or not enough in all the writing departments—dialogues, characters, screenplay, story. The trailer on repeat is good enough to appreciate the hard work. Review Hindi films as an industry are only getting started on…
    - 23 Oct 23, 4:41pm -
  • Fukrey 3 - Review
    wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) quick review: The choice of humour is so random. The creativity in being disgusting, so disgusting. How? Why? What? So many questions that my numbed brain doesn’t want answers to. Review Sure, Fukrey 3 strings a relatively coherent story together. And I use “coherent” rather loosely here. “Relatively” too. But, the choice of scenes to bring the film together is mind-blowingly incohere…
    - 28 Sep 23, 5:16pm -
  • The Great Indian Family - Review
    wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?) quick review: It would’ve been nice if secularism weren’t shoved down our throats.Then again, it would’ve been nice if secularism didn’t need to be shoved down our throats.The latter raises the film above what it is cinematically. Review It makes me happy to see the likes of Aditya Chopra and Vicky Kaushal back such a project. Why? Because it is brave.It makes me miserable that this has to be consider…
    - 22 Sep 23, 5:14pm -
  • Jawan - Review
    wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?) quick review: The whistles are back in the theatres. Such a joy! So what if I couldn’t stop shaking my head at the startling shrillness and mindlessness of it all? The only exception being the film’s potent central message. Streaming partner: Netflix Review Jawan’s heart beats for India’s common citizen and the many issues they face. But is this the only way to reach out to a mass audience? In a high-p…
    - 7 Sep 23, 5:19pm -
  • Dream Girl 2 - Review
    wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) quick review: Numbed me, in mind and body. Review That felt like the longest 135 minutes I have spent in a theatre. I cannot even remember when I so desperately waited for the interval, just to get a break from what was going on. I never imagined a film with Ayushmann Khurrana had the capacity to induce adverse emotions. From the word go, the movie is loud and has a 90ish feel to the story with a…
    - 25 Aug 23, 5:06pm -
  • OMG 2 - Review
    wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?) quick review: A half-decent discussion on a much-needed discourse, unfortunately, is only a half-decent discourse. Review Certainly, we need to know that the prohibition on talking about sex is unnecessary. So much so that just by existing, such talk earns brownie points. After all, it has brought the forbidden to the table. For it to be a well-made film though, it has to be more than a…
    - 23 Aug 23, 5:19pm -
  • Ghoomer - Review
    wogma rating: Beg or borrow, but do watch (?) quick review: Wholesomely satisfies the 3Es—Entertaining, Engaging, and Educational, and the last is not through sermons but through the story and its narration. Ghoomer leaves you with the satisfaction of having watched a good film. ❤️ Review Don’t let the first 20-30 minutes fool you. The time spent on the set-up pays off by tying up everything neatly at the end. It entertains with its poor…
    - 18 Aug 23, 7:13pm -
  • Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani - Review
    wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?) quick review: OH MY GOODNESS! So loud! But hey, the lead women have proper jobs. So much gyaan. But necessary too? So many missteps. But woke too.So predictable. But some unexpected decisions too.So little physical chemistry between the lead pair. But they ace the non-physical one.So so long. No buts after that, it is long. Review 25+ years since DDLJ and Hindi films are still trying different means to co…
    - 28 Jul 23, 5:49pm -
  • Bawaal - Review
    wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?) quick review: As much a lesson in love, life, and its philosophy as in history—that is not much. Though it doesn’t fall short trying (on loads of issues!), it takes “put yourself in the others’ shoes” a little too literally. (Available on Amazon Prime) Review He’s an unlikeable person, Bawaal’s protagonist, Ajay. Sure, he might not be outright rude, but he is still not wha…
    - 21 Jul 23, 5:32pm -
  • Neeyat - Review
    wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?) quick review: Too many suspects spoil the broth. Anyone could be the killer and yet your interest is not quite kindled. The dry and droopy narrative lulls the senses instead of engaging us in the whodunnit.(Streaming partner: Amazon Prime) Review You would think that if 10/10 character are suspects, you would be at the edge of the seat. Neeyat, though, spends way too much time in dry in…
    - 7 Jul 23, 5:24pm -
  • Satyaprem Ki Katha - Review
    wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?) quick review: Its heart’s in the right place, but what’s the point if it’s left for too late into the film. Until then, we tolerate the usual hammy act in a sluggish film with loud caricatures. Review The title is quite off-putting as if Katha (Kiara Advani) is owned by Satyaprem (Kartik Aaryan). Uggh. That is why it took a little while for the ‘woman empowerment’ theme to grow on me. Of course, it is…
    - 30 Jun 23, 6:18pm -
  • Adipurush - Review
    wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?) quick review: A pretty film. All energy and imagination spent on making it good-looking leading to a lethargic narration with no soul and no entertainment. (Streaming partner: Netflix) Review Growing up, I watched and rewatched Jai Bajrang Bali. I enjoyed and re-enjoyed. It was playful, it was witty, it told the story well. It wasn’t pretty, though. As I watched Adipurush, memories fr…
    - 16 Jun 23, 5:48pm -
  • Zara Hatke Zara Bachke - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Loud treatment to a weird story that wants to be about supposed small-town issues, especially the lack of privacy for couples. But the lead actors are not able to look and feel their parts. Doesn’t help that the writing lacks spunk except for a couple lines here and there. Review Supposedly, Indore is a small town. Supposedly, small-town India hasn’t heard of spoons and ea…
    - 2 Jun 23, 7:09pm -

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