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‘Kaithi’ (2019): Assault on Another Precinct 13

Directed by: Lokesh Kanagaraj || Produced by: S. R. Prakashbabu, S. R. Prabhu, Thiruppur Vivek Screenplay by: Lokesh Kanagaraj, Pon Parthiban || Starring: Karthik Sivakumar, Sunil Kumar, Arjun Das, Harish Uthaman, George Maryan, Dheena, Ramana, Hareesh Peradi Music by: Sam C. S. || Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan || Edited by: Philomin Raj || Country: India || … Continue reading

‘Delhi Crime’ (2019): The Meaning of Justice

Created by: Richie Mehta || Written by: Richie Mehta Directed by: Richie Mehta || Starring: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Denzil Smith, Yashaswini Dayama, Avijit Dutt, Gopal Datt, Sanjay Bhisnoi, Mridul Sharma, Jaya Bhattacharya No. of Episodes: 7 (~350 minutes total) I’ve gone back and forth in my head over whether I … Continue reading

‘Sacred Games’ (2018-2019): A Neo-Noir Detective Story of Apocalyptic Vision

Created by: Vikramaditya Motwane || Written by: Varun Grover, Smita Singh, Vasant Nath Directed by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Neeraj Ghaywan || Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechli, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Jatin Sarna No. of Episodes: 16 What kind of story do you get when you combine crime … Continue reading

‘Betaal’ (2020): The Most Incompetent Zombie Drama Not by AMC

Created by: Patrick Graham || Written by: Patrick Graham, Suhani Kumar Directed by: Patrick Graham, Nikhil Mahajan || Starring: Vineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jatin Goswami, Jitendra Joshi, Siddharth Menon No. of Episodes: 4 (~180 minutes total) My selective tastes in movies and especially television series have served me well on Netflix, my … Continue reading

Telugu Reviews, Volume 3: ‘Neevevaro’ (2018), ‘Game Over’ (2019), & ‘Saaho’ (2019)

Directed by: Hari Nath [1], Ashwin Saravanan [2], Sujeeth Reddy [3] || Produced by: M. V. V. Satyanarayana, Kona Venkat [1], S. Sashikanth, Chakravarthy Ramachandra [2], Vamsi Krishna Reddy, Pramod Uppalapati [3] Screenplay by: Kona Venkat [1], Ashwin Saravanan, Kaavya Ramkumar, Venkat Kacharla [2], Sujeeth Reddy, Abbas Dalal, Hussain Dalal [3] || Starring: Aadhi Pinisetty, … Continue reading

Telugu Reviews, Volume 2: Mahesh Babu’s ‘Athadu’ (2005), ‘Srimanthudu’ (2015), & ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’ (2018)

Directed by: Trivikram Srinivas [1], Koratala Siva [2, 3] || Produced by: D. Kishore, M. Ram Mohan [1], Y. Naveen, Y. Ravi Shankar, C. V. Mohan [2], DVV Danayya [3] Screenplay by: Trivikram Srinivas [1], Koratala Siva [2, 3] || Starring: Mahesh Babu [1–3], Sonu Sood Sayaji Shinde, Kota Srinivasa Rao, M. Nassar, Sunil Varma, … Continue reading

Telugu Reviews, Volume 1: ‘Janatha Garage’ (2016), ‘Arjun Reddy’ (2017), & ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ (2020)

Directed by: Koratala Siva [1], Sandeep Vanga [2], Trivikram Srinivas [3] || Produced by: Naveen Yerneni, Y. Ravi Shankar, C. V. Mohan [1], Pranay Reddy Vanga [2], Allu Aravind, S. Radha Krishna [3] Screenplay by: Koratala Siva [1], Sandeep Vanga [2], Trivikram Srinivas [3] || Starring: Mohanlal Viswanathan, N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Samantha Akkineni, … Continue reading

‘Bulbbul’ (2020): A Contemporary Fairy Tale with Style & Substance

Directed by: Anvita Dutt || Produced by: Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma Screenplay by: Anvita Dutt || Starring: Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Paoli Dam, Rahul Bose, Parambrata Chatterjee Music by: Amit Trivedi || Cinematography: Siddharth Diwan || Edited by: Rameshwar S. Bhagat || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 94 minutes My experiences with independent … Continue reading

‘War’ (2019): A Creative Hindi Homage to Western Spy Thrillers

Directed by: Siddharth Anand || Produced by: Aditya Chopra Screenplay by: Abbas Tyrewala, Shridhar Raghavan, Siddharth Anand || Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Anupriya Goenka, Dipannita Sharma, Soni Razdan Music by: Vishal-Shekhar, Sanchit Balhara, Ankit Balhara || Cinematography: Benjamin Jasper || Edited by: Aarif Sheikh || Country: India || Language: Hindi … Continue reading

‘2.0’ (2018): South Indian Cinema Goes Nuts

Directed by: Shankar Shanmugan || Produced by: Allirajah Subaskaran Screenplay by: Shankar Shanmugan, Bahuleyan Jeyamohan, Madhan Karky || Starring: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, Ishari K. Ganesh, Kalabhavan Shajohn Music by: A. R. Rahman || Cinematography: Nirav Shah || Edited by: Lewellyn Anthony Gonzalvez || Country: India || Language: Tamil Running … Continue reading