Mrinal Rajaram

'Cold Pursuit' film review: Hollywood masala done right

Cold Pursuit is the remake of Hans Petter Moland’s 2014 Norwegian film, Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance).

09 Feb 2019

'Mary Queen of Scots' movie review: Fascinating dual-character study of two powerful women in a world of men

As in all standout political dramas, the checklist remains the same: trust no one; always be wary of your advisors.

02 Feb 2019

'Bombairiya'  movie review: A wild whodunnit goose chase

Though Bombairiya is far from perfect, it is an ideal example of how that statement rings true. 

19 Jan 2019

'Mary Poppins Returns' movie review: An earnest successor to a timeless classic

Much like its famed predecessor, Mary Poppins Returns, basks in some cinematic history of its own, being part of one of the longest gaps between sequels in Hollywood. 

11 Jan 2019

Sex Education Review: Honest, relatable, thoroughly engaging drama with some quirk

A must-see show that presents teenagers as relatable/realistic human beings navigating the confounding world of sex, peer pressure, and identity.

11 Jan 2019

'Mary Poppins Returns' review: An earnest successor to a timeless classic

The film may not be as iconic as the Julie Andrews starrer, but it will certainly go down in cinematic history as a worthy attempt at a successor.

10 Jan 2019

'Green Book' movie review: Funny, intense, affecting

The humour in the first half of Green Book is worth savouring, especially when the leads square off against one another with respect to their views and opinions.

24 Nov 2018

Halloween: Does not hold a candle to the original

Nine films followed the 1978 original, only to give audiences this direct sequel four decades on. It begins with two English podcasters in search of answers to the 1978 massacre in Haddonfield.

27 Oct 2018

'Jalebi' movie review: An ineffective melodrama

What can be said of Jalebi that hasn’t already been said about similar, badly conceived romantic tear-jerkers of the past? It is a remake of the 2016 Bengali film, Praktan, which I have not watched.

18 Oct 2018

Sui Dhaaga: Championing the underdog

Sui Dhaaga is an endearing film that backs and champions the underdog despite the laundry list of obstacles and indignities.

29 Sep 2018

'Mitron' movie review: A hit and a miss kind of film

While the film does fall into predictable terrain for a considerable time of its two-hour plot, it is those parts that work within the confines of its specific social milieu that make it watchable.

21 Sep 2018

'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' movie review: Well-intentioned but poorly executed

Neither Kapoor, despite each other’s desperate attempts to sound and act pahari, comes off even remotely real/natural.

21 Sep 2018

The Stolen Princess review: Great visuals but let down by genre cliches

Based on Pushkin’s age-old fairy tale, Ruslan and Lyudmila, this Ukrainian animated film does decently on some counts but fails miserably on others.

08 Sep 2018

'Beyond The Clouds' movie review: A poignant tragedy

Beyond The Clouds is a highly character-driven film that operates at three levels, all of which are intertwined with one another.

21 Apr 2018

'October' movie review: A measured, deeply sensitive romantic drama

After the memorable Vicky Donor and the thoroughly endearing Piku, Shoojit Sircar impresses us again in his latest feature.

14 Apr 2018