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Anupama Chopra is the editor and founder of Film Companion.

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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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Sultan review by Anupama Chopra: This is an over-sized Salman slam

Sultan is an overwrought, overblown, over-stretched sports saga. When it ended, I had moist eyes and a big grin on my face. In wrestling terms, it’s an over-sized Salman slam.

Salman Khan plays a wrestler in Sultan.
Published on Jul 07, 2016 03:46 PM IST
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A super-sized Salman slam

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Published on Jul 07, 2016 09:35 AM IST

Fireflies in the Abyss: A moving descent into darkness

If you are looking for a cheerful or uplifting movie experience, this isn’t it. But Chandrasekhar Reddy’s documentary on India’s illegal coal mines effectively takes you into a world few of us know

Fireflies in the Abyss is haunting, even though it does run a bit long, at 88 minutes.
Published on Jul 01, 2016 07:15 PM IST
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TE3N review: A tale of a trail gone cool

Apart from the inventive rendering of the title, little feels fresh or original

One thing that stays with you is Tushar Kanti Ray’s cinematography; in his rendering of Kolkata, you can feel the beating heart of a decaying city.
Updated on Jun 10, 2016 08:00 PM IST
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Housefull 3 review by Anupama Chopra: The joke’s on them

The film is racist, sexist and willfully rude about the differently abled. But the worst sin, in my book, is that it’s just not funny

Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan’s energy keeps things going, but the film is just not funny enough.
Updated on Jun 04, 2016 01:34 PM IST
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Phobia review: The film rides on the blazing talent of Radhika Apte

Phobia is satisfying and fun — both words you don’t get to use often with Hindi horror films.

Radhika Apte in a still from Phobia.
Updated on May 28, 2016 03:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Sarbjit review: It’s got its heart in the right place

Film is structurally clumsy and overtly high-pitched but also strongly enacted and genuinely moving

What keeps the viewer hooked are the performances. A barely recognisable Randeep Hooda is terrific as Sarabjit; Richa Chadha is excellent too. And holding the film together is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Her biggest crutch has always been her blinding beauty and she entirely lets go of that.
Updated on May 21, 2016 10:22 AM IST
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Aishwarya’s lips to Nawazuddin’s selfies and more at Cannes

Film critic Anupama Chopra tells us what she loved on the fifth day at the Cannes Film Festival.

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s lipstick sent the internet in a tizzy.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 17, 2016 12:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Cannes

Cannes Day 3: Let the good movies roll!

Film critic Anupama Chopra tells us all that happened on the fourth day at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

A general view shows the Splendid Hotel on the Croisette in Cannes, France, during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, May 14, 2016.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 15, 2016 07:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Cannes, France

Cannes Day 3: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, film Neruda steal the spotlight

On the third day of the 69’th Cannes Film Festival, film critic Anupama Chopra tells us that none of the film screenings at the festival have been booed so far.

Spectators walk on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film Ma loute (Slack Bay) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 15, 2016 12:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Cannes, France

Cannes Film Festival 2016: Of stars, style and shutterbugs

Anupama Chopra gives us a lowdown from all that happened at the first day of the 69’th Cannes Film Festival.

Jury members actors Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen, Laszlo Nemes, director Arnaud Desplechin, actor-singer Vanessa Paradis and actor Donald Sutherland during the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 12, 2016 08:05 PM IST
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One Night Stand review by Anupama Chopra: It doesn’t offer much

Despite the cheesy title, the film has some interesting ideas. The bad news is that the talent both in front of the camera and behind it simply isn’t mature enough to handle them

This might be the first time that a Hindi-film heroine has insisted that a one-night stand remains exactly that. Does she get away with it? Debutant director Jasmine Moses-D’Souza doesn’t answer that question, but a hat-tip to her for posing it in the first place.
Published on May 07, 2016 02:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Baaghi review by Anupama Chopra: Only Tiger makes it palatable

The characters have all the depth of stick figures so it’s best to focus on the action sequences, which are beautifully choreographed

Tiger Shroff breaks bones with the grace of a ballet dancer. He pirouettes and swivels and glides and back-flips with such elegance that you are forced to stay interested in this hare-brained mishmash of a movie.
Published on Apr 30, 2016 02:50 PM IST
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Nil Battey Sannata review by Anupama Chopra: Happy endings all around

It’s a sweet, sanitised and somewhat simplistic story that debutant director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari tells with a light touch and a lot of heart.

Swara Bhaskar plays Chanda, a domestic help, in Nil Battey Sannata. (YouTube)
Updated on Apr 23, 2016 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Fan review by Anupama Chopra: An actor reclaims his stage

Gaurav comes from a middle-class, ‘mamooli’ home too. His entire life is centered on his love for Aryan.

Fan marks Shah Rukh Khan’s return to negative roles. (YouTube)
Updated on Apr 16, 2016 05:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Love Games review by Anupama Chopra: Not just sex, films are messy too

Have I just made this film sound somewhat intriguing? It’s not. It’s excruciating. Though I will admit that the dialogue is the stuff of pure comedy.

Love Games is a film so awful that within the first 15 minutes, you start to feel embarrassed for the actors on screen.
Updated on Apr 09, 2016 07:43 PM IST
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Ki & Ka review by Anupama Chopra: Kareena and Arjun in a bumpy ride

Ki & Ka review: R Balki gives us a heroine named Kia (Kareena) who is unapologetically ambitious, and a hero named Kabir (Arjun) whose most cherished ambition is to be like his late mother, who was a homemaker.

Kabir is a decidedly radical Bollywood hero.
Updated on Apr 02, 2016 05:49 PM IST
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Rocky Handsome review by Anupama Chopra: Not as good as the original

The film is an almost frame-by-frame remake of the 2010 Korean blockbuster, The Man from Nowhere.

The film is an almost frame-by-frame remake of the 2010 Korean blockbuster, The Man from Nowhere.(YouTube)
Updated on Mar 26, 2016 03:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

An emotional high

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Updated on Mar 19, 2016 07:57 PM IST

Teraa Surroor review by Anupama Chopra: So bad, it’s not even funny

Teraa Surroor is just excruciating painful and outrageously silly, be it Himesh’s deadpan acting or the film’s new find Farah Karimaee, who is so weak an actor that she makes the hero look like a thespian.

Directed by Shawn Arranha, Teraa Surroor stars Naseeruddin Shah, Shekhar Kapur, Himesh Reshammiya and Farah Karimaee.(HimeshReshammiyaOfficial/Facebook)
Updated on Mar 12, 2016 01:07 PM IST
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Jai Gangaajal review by Anupama Chopra: Been there, seen that

As it turns out, not much has changed. In Jai Gangaajal, the setting is Bankepur, which is a small town in Madhya Pradesh but might just as well be the Wild West.

Priyanka plays IPS Abha Mathur in Jai Gangaajal. (YouTube)
Published on Mar 05, 2016 03:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Been there, seen that

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Published on Mar 05, 2016 08:05 AM IST

Aligarh review: A bleak tale told with tenderness

Aligarh is a hard-hitting film that clearly advocates gay rights but the beauty is that it does so by constructing a deeply moving portrait of love and loneliness. The film would be impossible without the prodigious talent of Manoj Bajpayee.

Aligarh isn’t just a fine film. It’s also important, necessary and timely.(Sunil Lulla | Shailesh R Singh)
Updated on Feb 27, 2016 12:18 PM IST
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Neerja review by Anupama Chopra: This one is a genuine weeper

We know nothing about anyone else on this plane apart from Neerja. And yet, she is never positioned as an obvious heroic figure. We see her struggle with her fear. Flashbacks of her abusive, failed marriage are woven in but with minimal melodrama.

Sonam Kapoor plays the titular role of Neerja Bhanot in Neerja.
Updated on Feb 20, 2016 03:25 PM IST
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Ghayal Once Again review by Anupama Chopra: A nostalgic treat

It’s an old-fashioned fight between good and evil but what makes it gripping is the determination and earnestness that Sunny Deol brings to it.

Sunny Deol plays a journalist in the film. (YouTube)
Updated on Feb 06, 2016 04:24 PM IST
Hindustan times | By, New Delhi

Mastizaade review by Anupama Chopra: This film is awful and depressing

Sunny Leone pushed back a journalist’s insulting, tone-deaf questions with elegance and intelligence recently. Sadly, there is no glimpse of that woman in Mastizaade. Here, Sunny is pure tits and ass. Her one job is heaving, thrusting and teasing as if her life depends on it. And all that hard work is singularly ineffective because this film is just awful.

Sunny Leone in a still from Mastizaade.(YouTube grab)
Updated on Jan 30, 2016 05:02 PM IST
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Airlift review by Anupama Chopra: It’s Akshay Kumar’s finest hour

Two things in Airlift will make your jaw drop. First, the story and second, Akshay Kumar. This is his finest hour.

This is Akshay Kumar’s finest hour.
Updated on Jan 23, 2016 03:02 PM IST
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Chalk N Duster review by Anupama Chopra: Can do better

The characters are caricatures but there are moments when your eyes get moist — as when Juhi Chawla Mehta playing a science teacher named Jyoti gives a heartfelt speech about the value of teachers and why we need to revere them.

Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi on the poster of Chalk N Duster.
Published on Jan 16, 2016 04:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Bajirao Mastani review by Anupama Chopra: Soaring, searing, sumptuous

In Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has dared greatly, and succeeded. The film is a celebration of magnificent obsession - Bajirao’s obsession with his beloved Mastani, and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s obsession with the 17th-century Peshwa and his doomed love story.

Updated on Dec 22, 2015 09:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
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