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  • Antim: The Final Truth

    Antim: The Final Truth

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In an interview, Aayush Sharma said that originally, he wasn’t keen to have his brother-in-law, Salman Khan, as a co-star in his second film Antim: The Final Truth. Aayush was worried that Salman’s inclusion could spark the nepotism debate and wondered whether he could match the hysteria surrounding the superstar. What Aayush should have been concerned about is how Salman’s presence might torpedo a perfectly good story. Because Salman Khan no longer serves the narrative. The narrative has to serve…

  • Chhorii

    Chhorii

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Chhorii belongs to an emerging genre in Hindi cinema – the message horror movie. Think Dibakar Banerjee’s short in the Ghost Stories anthology, Anvita Dutt’s Bulbbul or more recently, Terrie Samundra’s Kaali Khuhi, which released last year and has many things in common with Chhorii. Both films deal with the same subject. Both are set in rural India. And in both, the most vulnerable women in the frame – in that film, a 10-year-old girl and in this one, a…

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  • Skater Girl

    Skater Girl

    After Skater Girl was shot in Khempur, a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan, the skating park that was built as a set for the movie was donated to locals. Which is probably the best thing about this well-intentioned but slight film.

    Skater Girl is a fairy tale. Debutant director Manjari Makijany and her sister and co-writer Vinati Makijany imagine that a foreigner with a skateboard can triumph over the thorniest fault-lines in rural India – patriarchy, caste, horrific double standards…

  • Radhe

    Radhe

    Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is a sequel to the 2009 blockbuster Wanted. In the climax of Wanted, Radhe is pummeling Ghani Bhai, a dreaded don played with mischievous sadism by Prakash Raj. When blood starts gushing out of Ghani bhai’s mouth, he says to Radhe: ruk na yaar ruk na. Bahut dard ho raha hai. As I watched Radhe, I wanted to say the same thing to director Prabhudeva because my brain was in an advanced stage of melt…