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  • Ankahi Kahaniya

    Ankahi Kahaniya

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

    An Abhishek Chaubey film in an anthology makes the anthology worth watching. That’s the conclusion I’ve reached after Ray and Ankahi Kahaniya, Netflix’s latest three-film collection. In Ray, Abhishek created Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, a charming, whimsical adaptation of a Satyajit Ray short story about the twisted relationship between a kleptomaniac and a wrestler. In Ankahi Kahaniya, he adapts the Kannada story Madhyantara by Jayant Kaikini into an exquisite, layered portrait of a tenuous connection between desolate people.


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  • Bell Bottom

    Bell Bottom

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

    On screen at least, there is nothing that Akshay Kumar can’t do. In film after film, he is in saviour mode, rescuing migrants, women, trans people. With an upright posture and determined gaze, the characters he plays uphold ideas of honour, sacrifice and the motherland. He is, above all, a patriot who in ways big and small, helps the tricolour to fly high.

    BellBottom is no different. Here, Akshay is a RAW analyst – Anshul Malhotra, who among other things,…

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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…