Mrinal Rajaram

'Panic' series review: A solid effort in the genre of young adult mystery-drama

An engaging young adult mystery/drama that packs in quite a bit into its ten-episode first season.

02 Jun 2021

'The Courier' review: This Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer is a well-made historical drama

Despite Wynne’s many attempts at hiding his real reasons for visiting the Soviet Union so often, she sees through his deception.

22 Mar 2021

Peninsula movie review: Fails to live up to its predecessor

eon Sang-ho’s Peninsula may have enough in it to engage an audience thriving on the zombie apocalypse trope, but it isn’t in the same league as his preceding feature set in the said universe.

28 Nov 2020

Doordarshan movie review: Mahie Gill, Dolly Ahluwalia shine in this candid drama

The whole Bimla gag (especially with the old lady constantly referencing it through the narrative) is perfectly timed in the comedic sense.

29 Feb 2020

Bhoot-The Haunted Ship review: Emotionally deep film about trauma let down by average horror elements

If the supernatural elements were perhaps more subtle, this could have been a potentially excellent film.

22 Feb 2020

'Hacked' review: A so-so film that speaks of internet era’s predatory behaviour

Hacked follows the tried-and-tested formula of the stalker trope with a whole lot of tech stuff thrown in for good measure (half of which seems wildly implausible).

08 Feb 2020

The Current War review: A fine film that falls short of being a masterpiece

Riding on superlative performances from an outstanding cast, The Current War needed a tighter narrative

02 Nov 2019

'The Queen’s Corgi' review: Endearing animated film but predictable in equal measure

The savage takedowns of Donald Trump and Melania, and their fictional Corgi, Mitzi, form some of its comedic highpoints. 

14 Sep 2019

'Isn’t It Romantic' movie review: A parody that falls prey to its own clichés

While it may not necessarily be a film worthy of high praise, it surpasses your average romantic comedy that perpetuates an unrealistic notion of beauty standards, relationships, and love.

01 Mar 2019

'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

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

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