Reviews of the latest (and sometimes not-so latest) independent films from South Asians everywhere.

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The meaty metaphors of Jallikattu & Aamis

By |January 19th, 2020|Film Festivals, movies we loved, reviews|

Jayjit Sarkar, an assistant professor of English literature, writes an essay connecting Lijo Jose Pellissery's Jallikattu (2019) to Bhaskar Hazarika's Aamir (2019).

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(Streaming) Review: Ghost Stories

By |January 5th, 2020|reviews, Young Critics|

Rachit Raj reviews the first Hindi film release of 2020, Netflix anthology GHOST STORIES.

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iiF Awards, Hindi Cinema, 2019

By |December 31st, 2019|Features, movies we loved, reviews|

The definitive list of the best and worst of Hindi cinema in 2019.

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Streaming Review: Sarthak Dasgupta’s MUSIC TEACHER

By |December 12th, 2019|reviews, Young Critics|

Rachit Raj writes about Sarthak Dasgupta's haunting little indie, MUSIC TEACHER.

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Film review: Pati, Patni Aur Woh

By |December 10th, 2019|reviews, Young Critics|

Rachit Raj reviews Mudassar Aziz's PATI, PATNI AUR WOH, Bollywood's latest soulless interpretation of a problematic theme.

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Review: The Irishman

By |November 28th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews Martin Scorsese latest mob movie, Netflix's THE IRISHMAN.

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(Streaming) Review: House Arrest

By |November 23rd, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews HOUSE ARREST, a quirky Netflix Original that lacks a sense of execution.

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Review: BALA

By |November 12th, 2019|reviews, Young Critics|

Rachit Raj reviews BALA, the latest in a string of feel-good Ayushmann Khurrana social-message entertainers.

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Review: Saand Ki Aankh

By |October 25th, 2019|reviews, Young Critics|

Rachit Raj reviews Saand Ki Aaankh, starring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar as 60-something rural grandmothers who become senior shooting champions.

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Review: LAAL KAPTAAN

By |October 20th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews Navdeep Singh's LAAL KAPTAAN, starring Saif Ali Khan and dust.

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Review: The Sky Is Pink

By |October 12th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews Shonali Bose's bittersweet terminal drama, THE SKY IS PINK.

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Kumbalangi Nights: Master of all trades

By |September 24th, 2019|movies we loved, reviews|

A writeup about how the breakout Malayalam hit "Kumbalangi Nights" subtly does full justice to all the social issues it addresses.

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Share: Play, rewind, relapse

By |August 26th, 2019|Critics Speak, Film Festivals, reviews|

Film critic Poulomi Das writes about SHARE, Pippa Bianco's breakout high-school drama about the unending trauma of a teenaged assault survivor in the internet age.

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Desi pulp ka pasha: Crime, lust & honey

By |August 10th, 2019|Critics Speak, reviews|

We look back at Desi Pulp ka Pasha, a short documentary about the creator of smutty true-crime spreads like Madhur Kathayen, Crime & Detective and Manohar Kahaniyaan.

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The tragic masculinity of Music Teacher

By |July 2nd, 2019|Critics Speak, movies we loved, reviews|

An essay on the haunted protagonist of Sarthak Dasgupta's MUSIC TEACHER.

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Photograph: Memories of time

By |June 26th, 2019|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva does a deep-dive into Ritesh Batra's fourth film, PHOTOGRAPH, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

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Urban existentialism in a Turkish tragicomedy

By |June 20th, 2019|Film Festivals, reviews|

Rahul Desai writes about a game-changing Turkish drama that premiered at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Sonchiriya: The goodness of evil

By |May 28th, 2019|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the themes of Abhishek Chaubey's brilliant and underrated "Indian Western," Sonchiriya.