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Anupama Chopra is the editor and founder of Film Companion.

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All the buzz from Cannes as one of the greatest cinema events of the year is set to begin

There’s a lot to look forward to at the Cannes Film Festival, starting with the opening film - Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie horror The Dead Don’t Die.

Jury members Pawel Pawlikowski, Enki Bilal and Yorgos Lanthimos pose with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jury President of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 15, 2019 05:10 PM IST
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Too much of an obstacle race: Running Shaadi review by Anupama Chopra

The film begins with the ingenious idea of a website for lovers who want to elope, but it’s all pretty much downhill from there.

Director Amit Roy gets the small-town milieu right. He mines the inherent humour of small town India negotiating the new digital landscape. But the fun soon leaches out and, in the second half, Running Shaadi derails.
Published on Feb 17, 2017 05:53 PM IST
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A mangled mess: Kung Fu Yoga review by Anupama Chopra

Even Jackie Chan’s charisma cannot save this odd, disjointed, cross-border debacle.

Director Stanley Tong strains to create a souped-up, multicultural Indiana Jones adventure, but he seems to have forgotten to actually write it.
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 04:44 PM IST
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A rollercoaster ride: Review of Raees by Anupama Chopra

The best way to enjoy Raees is to manage expectations first. This is an uneven film.

Shah Rukh gives the character of Gujarati bootlegger Raees a flamboyance and an inherent decency; Mahira, in the role of his wife, is vapid.
Updated on Jan 26, 2017 07:54 PM IST
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A hero saves the day: Review of Kaabil by Anupama Chopra

A B-grade genre film is elevated by the blazing talent of Hrithik Roshan.

Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam are refreshing as a blind couple very much in love.
Published on Jan 25, 2017 04:03 PM IST
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An inexact replica: OK Jaanu review by Anupama Chopra

This is just a pointless film, because an exact frame-for-frame version already exists in Tamil.

As with most millennial romances, OK Jaanu is light on plot and drama. Sadly, it offers little in their stead.
Updated on Jan 13, 2017 11:27 PM IST
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Beauty in the beast: Haraamkhor review by Anupama Chopra

The story of a desperately lonely teenager and her predatory teacher makes for compelling viewing.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui humanises his beastly character. He becomes pitiable rather than villainous. Shweta Tripathi is heartbreaking as the girl transitioning into adulthood.
Published on Jan 13, 2017 06:07 PM IST
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Wins, hands-down: Dangal review by Anupama Chopra

This is a moving tale of unlikely champions, a father who refused to bend and the daughters he moulded into steel.

How did a wrestler from an obscure village in Haryana dare to dream that his daughters could bring home gold? Dangal is the tale of a father’s belief, and the innate strength of women, whether in the akhada or outside it.
Updated on Jan 17, 2017 05:28 PM IST
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Trial and error: Shor Se Shuruaat review by Anupama Chopra

This omnibus of seven films is a wonderful idea, but more a film lab than a film, so I prefer not to rate it. I’m eager to see what these directors do next.

Satish Raj Kasireddi’s Mia I’m is about a young girl who becomes a viral rap sensation.
Published on Dec 16, 2016 05:29 PM IST
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Singh is king: Befikre review by Anupama Chopra

Aditya Chopra reinvents himself with Befikre, and it couldn’t have happened without Ranveer Singh.

The story is a delightful take on modern love, as Dharam and Shyra slowly discover that the essential ingredient in a relationship isn’t love at all. It’s friendship.
Published on Dec 09, 2016 06:39 PM IST
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The brilliance of Vidya Balan: Kahaani 2 review by Anupama Chopra

The first thing you should know about Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh is that the film has nothing to do with Kahaani, the movie that came out four years ago. The story and characters are unrelated. So why is this one called Kahaani 2? Sujoy Ghosh, who wrote and directed both films, described Kahaani as a genre, a genre about strong women-oriented narratives.

Vidya Balan emerges as an unlikely superhero once again in Kahaani 2.
Updated on May 05, 2017 02:58 PM IST
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The brilliance of Balan: Kahaani 2 review by Anupama Chopra

The thriller has a superbly constructed first half but post interval the storytelling gets clumsy. However, Vidya Balan makes even the most illogical scenes seem convincing.

Vidya plays an overworked single mother who dotes on her physically challenged teenage daughter.
Updated on Dec 09, 2016 07:00 PM IST
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A bumpy ride: Dear Zindagi review by Anupama Chopra

It may not have an authentic core, but this is still a journey worth taking — especially for the pleasure of watching Alia soar.

Props to writer-director Gauri Shinde for creating a Hindi film heroine who is stubbornly difficult. And an even bigger round of applause to Alia Bhatt for her knockout performance.
Updated on Nov 26, 2016 10:04 AM IST
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Blunt force trauma: Force 2 review by Anupama Chopra

This is the kind of film in which the villain plays the harmonica as bodies are flung about. Go in preparing for mindless fun and you’ll still be disappointed.

Tahir Raj Bhasin, who plays the villain Shiv, is a compelling actor but even he can’t do much with a character so generic and underwritten.
Published on Nov 18, 2016 06:33 PM IST
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Stuck in a loop: Tum Bin II review by Anupama Chopra

I laughed and cried — in all the wrong places, for all the wrong reasons.

Everyone’s dressed for the summer, even though this is Edinburgh and it’s snowing a lot of the time. Sadly, the inappropriate styling is the least of this film’s problems.
Published on Nov 18, 2016 04:34 PM IST
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Rock On 2 review by Anupama Chopra: Missing a few chords

So there are elements that you will enjoy, but the film is let down by undercooked writing.

The performances are uniformally strong. Purab Kohli oozes warmth. Farhan Akhtar is sincere and effortlessly cool. And Arjun Rampal reminds us that, when he chooses to, he really can deliver.
Updated on Nov 11, 2016 06:22 PM IST
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MS Dhoni, The Untold Story: Well fielded, but long winded

Neeraj Pandey’s telling of Dhoni’s life is in equal parts, thrilling, moving and utterly exhausting

Sushant Singh Rajput is wonderful in these scenes of the early life – frustrated but steady, ambitious and unhappy – all at once.
Published on Sep 30, 2016 05:35 PM IST
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Banjo review by Anupama Chopra: Missing a beat

An over-stuffed storyline, excessive razzmatazz and uneven soundtrack hold this film back.

The protagonist is Taraat, played by Riteish Deshmukh, who valiantly struggles to hold the plot together.
Published on Sep 23, 2016 08:23 PM IST
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Parched review by Anupama Chopra: Women on top

The larger narrative of the film is inert and clunky but the spirited female characters will stay with you.

The actresses playing the lead — Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla — deliver heartfelt performances. They are defiantly strong and desperately sad.
Published on Sep 23, 2016 07:53 PM IST
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Baar Baar Dekho review by Anupama Chopra: Stuck in a loop

This is a desperately flawed film, but parts of it hold out a promise of greater things from Nitya Mehra.

Because of all the time-travelling, Sidharth Malhotra is forced to keep the same dazed and confused expression on his face throughout the film.
Updated on Sep 09, 2016 05:20 PM IST
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Akira review by Anupama Chopra: Hits and misses

The curse of the second half strikes so badly in this film that it almost completely negates the first half, which is effective.

Sonakshi is wholly convincing as the steely young woman, Akira, determined to fight injustice. But the plot isn’t good enough to give us a memorable heroine.
Updated on Sep 02, 2016 05:23 PM IST
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A Flying Jatt review by Anupama Chopra: A turbulent ride

This could have been an entertaining, if cartoonish, film. Instead, it is just an incoherent slog.

The first half of A Flying Jatt has moments of fun — I loved that despite being a superhero he has a fear of heights, so he flies very close to the ground. But post-interval, laughter takes a back seat.
Updated on Aug 27, 2016 08:16 AM IST
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UnIndian review by Anupama Chopra: This one’s a messy stew

The good news about UnIndian is that Brett Lee is affable and natural in front of the camera. The film’s problem are its long list of clichés.

UnIndian is an absolute slog.(unINDIANthefilm/Facebook)
Updated on Aug 21, 2016 11:37 AM IST
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Mohenjo Daro review by Anupama Chopra: An unintentional comedy

The vision deserves applause but Ashutosh Gowariker has been utterly let down by his own writing.

Hrithik Roshan pours his soul into every scene but is unable to leave a mark.
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 05:55 PM IST
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Rustom review by Anupama Chopra: Shots misfired

Rustom has flashes of power, but they peter out quickly.

Akshay cuts a dashing figure in his naval uniform. His erect spine is shorthand for a man of duty and determination. But his character doesn’t have vulnerability or an arc.
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 10:09 PM IST
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Budhia Singh - Born to Run review by Anupama Chopra: Here a plod, there a sprint

The film doesn’t take sides and its anguish is authentic, which makes this one worth your time.

Manoj Bajpayee is subtle and nuanced in the role of trainer Biranchi Das. Mayur Patole as Budhia is an absolute natural. Sadly, the film never gets inside the little lead character’s head.
Updated on Aug 06, 2016 11:32 AM IST
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Dishoom review by Anupama Chopra: Slick, seductive, disposable entertainment

The first half of the film is gripping and entertaining, but the script gets sloppy as it progresses

In this buddy-cop drama, John Abraham plays the abrasive, mercurial, sullen Kabir Shergill from India’s Special Task Force. Varun Dhawan is the over-enthusiastic, eager-to-please, hyper-energetic rookie.
Published on Jul 29, 2016 07:08 PM IST
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Madaari review by Anupama Chopra: Irrfan weaves a spell

The actor breathes life into a cliché – the common man who suffers a gross injustice and rises up against the system

Irrfan is what compels you to keep watching this predictable, inconsistent and implausible story.
Updated on Jul 23, 2016 07:58 AM IST
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Great Grand Masti review: In a word, insufferable

It’s crass. It’s cringe-worthy. This might just be the most unwatchable Bollywood film of the year.

The acting in Great Grand Masti is as awful as the writing. I think director Indra Kumar’s only instruction was - make faces. Aftab, Riteish and Vivek contort theirs all the time.
Published on Jul 15, 2016 08:30 PM IST
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