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  • Pathaan - Review
    wogma rating: Catch on TV/online for sure (?) - SRK-fans, who can stop you from rushing to the theatre? Others, buy tickets to boycott boycotts ;) quick review: What is it about action films that feels funny when SRK does it, but we lap it up when it’s Tom Cruise? Once you shake that off, Pathaan is entertaining and good, silly fun. At times it’s so cheesy that you can’t help laughing. The stakes are high throughout the film, so you’re with it even i…
    - 10 days ago 25 Jan 23, 2:53pm -
  • Cirkus - Review
    wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for it to come on TV/online (?) - —unless you grew up up with Angoor or like; if so, skip. quick review: When Shakespeare meets Rohit Shetty. Obviously, Rohit Shetty’s movie gets a much-needed story. Also, it’s cute that he tries to add logic. But also, Shakespeare’s story gets an unnecessary visual and aural facelift; and the comedy gets mind-numbing slapstick. (Streaming partner: Netflix) Review If you…
    - 43 days ago 23 Dec 22, 5:09pm -
  • Govinda Naam Mera - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: If you can get past the 527 cringes in the first 5 minutes and some more in the next hour, the whodunnit is engaging with some decent performances, only asking you to make room for 1029 predictable squirms in the last 10 minutes. (Available on Disney+Hotstar) Review I didn’t think I could finish watching the film. Talented actors like Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, and Kiara Ad…
    - 50 days ago 16 Dec 22, 3:35pm -
  • Salaam Venky - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: Does a film about a mother and son grappling with the idea of euthanasia really need added drama and songs to say what it has to say? No. These water down the merit of the topic and the performances ☹ Review “Dying with dignity” I have mulled over this a lot, and my thoughts align with the film’s agenda. So, the film’s arguments were like preaching to the choir for me. However, I was keen o…
    - 57 days ago 9 Dec 22, 4:51pm -
  • An Action Hero - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: A spoof that doesn’t rely on slapstick comedy! Yet, doesn’t engage with the details. Sincere and believable performances, an interesting basic plot, and a few quips are the big-picture plusses. Review The pulp genre has room to stretch imagination in all directions and planes. Coincidence is usually forgiven here. It is thrilling and most-fun when the story happens in a co…
    - 59 days ago 7 Dec 22, 5:44pm -
  • Bhediya - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: Quick-fix, unnuanced writing skims over some social issues preachily. Tries hard to have its heart in the right place. Loses out on a relatively fresh and charming take that had the potential to appeal to the urban conscience. Review Bhediya has long stretches where nothing happens—and that nothing happens in a boring fashion. Leaving you a lot of time to wonder if Bhediya r…
    - 71 days ago 25 Nov 22, 6:50pm -
  • Drishyam 2 - Review

    - 78 days ago 18 Nov 22, 5:25pm -
  • Uunchai - Review
    wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) quick review: Froth-free, gloss-free, relatively dogma-free unlike any Sooraj Barjatya film. Disperses ‘gyaan’ like any of them though; even if it’s surprisingly progressive while doing so. Review Given that the film is about 65+-year-olds, it would seem unreal if, every once in a while, it didn’t go, “in our times…” or “kids these days…” So, when that happens, you roll your eyes at the e…
    - 85 days ago 11 Nov 22, 6:07pm -
  • Phone Bhoot - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Most attempts at humour are scarily unfunny. No attempts at horror, so no fun there either. And yet the same concept with another story might be worth a try. Review It’s difficult to respect a comedy film’s writing that relies so heavily on poking fun at ethnic stereotypes. Some of the other ‘comedy’ is annoying innuendo, silly and repetitive breaking of the fourth wall,…
    - 92 days ago 4 Nov 22, 4:08pm -
  • Ram Setu - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Amusing that a film with such a strong agenda cares about proving the “scientific-ness” of its claim. Why even bother? Otherwise, interesting premise with yadi-yada dialogue, performances, special effects, music, etc. Review You know that Aryan played by Akshay Kumar, Akshay Kumar himself, and Ram Setu, have a chip on their shoulder from the opening sequence itself. Here’s a…
    - 99 days ago 28 Oct 22, 5:13pm -
  • Thank God - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Maybe, just maybe, the premise is okay. The details, though, are either convenient, patronising or both. And the execution is tacky, slapsticky and cringe-inducing. Review A near-death experience brings perspective. Believable. The perspective coming about in a predictable manner, given that a Computer Graphic assistant to God is in the picture. Yawn-inducing.A film-maker teaching…
    - 100 days ago 27 Oct 22, 4:15pm -
  • Maja Ma - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: An awareness film that might actually open a few minds, even if it might not change them. If only, it felt less like a lecture.(Available on Amazon Prime) Review With many a ‘message’ film, I feel like the makers are preaching to the choir. As in, the people who are watching the film are already on the same side as the film because they most likely know what it's about. And even if they don’t,…
    - 7 Oct 22, 6:13pm -
  • Brahmastra – Part One: Shiva - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: It’s repetitive. It’s mediocre. It tells more than it shows. It’s not creative, visually or aurally. YET, it is charming and got me curious about what it holds next. Review Swush. Swoosh. Swirrl. Swwirrrl. Svuuuuuush. Almost everyone of any importance in the film can have pixie dust and fire-like swoosh emanating from their palms. They all twiirrl their hands like martial artists and have magic…
    - 9 Sep 22, 4:41pm -
  • Cuttputlli - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: A reasonably well-made Hindi suspense thriller. A non-agenda Akshay Kumar film. Both rare things I get to say. Aptly spooked and pleasantly surprised to say both of them together.(Available On Hotstar) Review Granted, I get spooked easily and take absolutely no pleasure in watching mutilated bodies of teenage girls, but I wouldn’t want that to take away from the suspense and drama Cuttputlli creat…
    - 2 Sep 22, 4:28pm -
  • Darlings - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: Women take centre stage, and how! Unfortunately, the intentionally created queasy feeling in the pit of the stomach stayed too long for me to enjoy the end. In that sense, the film achieves what it sets out to do, making you uneasy. (Available on Netflix) Review The cliches spouted by the wife-beater, the victim’s submissiveness, the relentless manipulation by the abuser, t…
    - 1 Sep 22, 4:52pm -
  • Shamshera - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Lovely form, little function. The attempt to throw a light on casteism gets overshadowed by the oppressive drama imposed on every single frame. Review We often speak of movies having their heart in the right place. And for a lot of the first half, I wanted to believe Shamshera was one of them wanting to target casteism. While entertaining at that. But very soon, it is consumed by…
    - 22 Jul 22, 5:48pm -
  • Shabaash Mithu - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: A sobering watch about cricket, especially for a nation that pulsates with every ball the men play the sport. It engages, entertains and makes you wonder, “why did we take so long, if at all, to be engaged and entertained by Indian women’s cricket?” Review When I first heard of the film, I wondered if Mithali Raj’s life had enough ‘struggle’ to make for a good sports film? I was pleasantl…
    - 15 Jul 22, 4:50pm -
  • Khuda Haafiz: Chapter ll – Agni Pariksha - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Just like you wouldn’t be able to guess the end of the film’s title from how it begins, you wouldn’t be able to imagine the film would end where it does, given how it starts. All this, not in a good way. Review The film’s title intrigued me so much that I had to watch it. Three languages are used with no seemingly obvious connection between the three phrases used. I intent…
    - 8 Jul 22, 5:10pm -
  • Sherdil – The Pilibhit Saga - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: The screenplay forms the meat of Sherdil. Around its unusually sturdy but otherwise unremarkable skeleton, the flesh forms a curious animal. One of which, were I a biologist, I would like to dissect and explore every nook and cranny. Review I used to hate poetry. I always found it impenetrable and excessive. “Just say what you want to in plain language, why don’t you!” I’d scream at long-dead…
    - 25 Jun 22, 2:22pm -
  • Jugjugg Jeeyo - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Life after the grand wedding deserves a few films. But I wish it wasn’t in the form of Jugjugg Jeeyo’s slapsticky treatment. Review Even as a child, when I saw romantic films, I wondered why no popular movie ventured into life after the big happy wedding. This couple fought tooth and nail with family and society. How did they do after getting married? Maybe because it will be…
    - 24 Jun 22, 3:56pm -

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