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  • Brahmastra – Part One: Shiva - Review
    wogma rating: Catch on TV/online for sure (?) 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 h…
    - 23 days ago 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…
    - 30 days ago 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…
    - 31 days ago 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…
    - 72 days ago 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…
    - 79 days ago 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…
    - 86 days ago 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…
    - 99 days ago 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…
    - 100 days ago 24 Jun 22, 3:56pm -
  • Lightyear - Review
    wogma rating: Beg or borrow, but do watch (?) quick review: Lightyear is, at the same time, a celebration of the science fiction genre, a reminder of the magic of Toy Story, and a solid science fiction story in its own regard. Review Both Jurassic World: Dominion and Pixar’s latest film, Lightyear, are movies that will make a lot of money regardless of how good they are. They don’t need to have good stories as long as they do the bare minimum to…
    - 17 Jun 22, 4:15pm -
  • Samrat Prithviraj - Review
    wogma rating: Don't bother (?) quick review: You get exactly what you expect. Over-dramatised in almost every frame. Provoking cynicism in each one. The mythical tone it is drenched in makes you laugh aloud in a story about valour. Review Samrat Prithviraj opens with a long-drawn-out, excruciatingly slow-motioned, yawn-inducing sequence of Prithviraj Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) fighting lions. Even as you remind yourself that the story is inspired by a po…
    - 3 Jun 22, 5:56pm -
  • Anek - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: Preachy, but about a situation that many of us might need schooling for. Series of debates and monologues are sewn together to ensure the rest of the country knows that they don’t know the lived reality of fellow citizens from the seven sister states. A stimulating 2.5 hours followed by a killer of a 3-letter word climax that summarises the attitude at the root of the problem. Review In its quest t…
    - 27 May 22, 5:13pm -
  • Toolsidas Junior - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: This predictable, run-of-the-mill underdog film skips the training montage and uses fun layman language to explain the technicalities of the sport. Indeed, not enough to warrant your time and energy. But not a complete loss if you end up watching it anyway.(Available on Netflix) Review From the word go, you can predict where Toolsidas Junior is headed in the next 15-20 minute…
    - 26 May 22, 3:12pm -
  • Jalsa - Review
    wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) quick review: A thriller on a slow-burner that mulls over the inequalities in society without getting preachy. Well-shot, well-performed, and even well-written, except for one last bit where it gets manipulative—thankfully doesn’t take away from the experience. (Available on Amazon Prime Video) Review Jalsa challenges the better-than-thou-ness of the righteous. Jalsa provokes its protagonist belonging t…
    - 23 May 22, 5:22pm -
  • Thar - Review
    wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) quick review: Gory and done well enough for you to want the stomach-churning onslaught to stop. Great performances and aestheticscannot build a connection between two stories that are forced together into a film. (Available on Netflix) Review From the first scene, Thar captures your imagination with its cinematography and the breathtaking part of nature the camera is trying to absorb. The performances keep you en…
    - 13 May 22, 4:41pm -
  • Sharmaji Namkeen - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: The charm that Rishi Kapoor brings to a character is the only draw, and of course, that it was his last film. The rest is everyone struggling with the issue of generation gap, including the writers.(Available on Prime Video) Review If I ever think of the film, the first thing that will come to mind is the transitions between Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal. The next thing I wil…
    - 15 Apr 22, 6:28pm -
  • Dasvi - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: If wishes were horses, politicians wouldn’t lie. Until then, if wishes were horses, better films about them not lying would be made. Hopeful Dasvi is and tries to entertain and educate. But it remains a largely predictable affair.(Available on Netflix) Review Dasvi is what I would call a film that tries to appease the liberals by making all the right noises. There’s a dig…
    - 8 Apr 22, 2:46pm -
  • Attack – Part I - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: You are promised an action film; you get an action film. The hint of a story is a bonus. The action is slick, even if a tad monotonous by the end. Review I went to the cinema hall!! After two years and half a month! It was like going back to a home that was waiting for me. Enjoyed every second of being there. It helped that the film was one that I could approach with absolute…
    - 1 Apr 22, 4:44pm -
  • Gehraiyaan - Review
    wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?) quick review: Trust and betrayal; lust, love, and infidelity; kinship and friendship—Gehraaiyaan could have weaved them all well together had it not steadily geared towards becoming bizarre. (Available on Amazon Prime Video) Review Even an hour into the film, you know you don’t really know the characters well yet. The extent to which they can go to get what they want seems to be more t…
    - 11 Mar 22, 5:56pm -
  • Meenakshi Sundareshwar - Review
    wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) quick review: Arranged Marriage 101. A decent bird-eye view of the concept. Once you get an idea, though, boring. (Available on Netflix) Review When a film is realistic there could be resonation with the characters. And it could bring the boredom that comes from having been there, done that. Meenakshi Sundareshwar gently glides from being relatable to boring. It started by making me nostalgic…
    - 9 Nov 21, 4:14pm -
  • Hum Do Hamare Do - Review
    wogma rating: Don't bother (?) quick review: Exasperating lies over lies towards an extremely predictable end.(Available on Disney+ Hotstar) Review Has couples lying to make their wedding happen become a genre? We saw it recently in 14 Phere. The reasons for lying are different, but the pattern is the same. Fake parents and relatives have to be auditioned, rejected, and accepted. The lies don’t stop. How will they? From the stories’ points of vi…
    - 29 Oct 21, 6:32pm -

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