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Low-budget & light, yet lively and humorous with no artificial flavours! I stumbled on the Punjabi romcom titled Mindo Taseeldarni (2019). Curious, I started playing-the first thirty minutes went very slow as the Director introduces us to the village, the community and the family where the story happens-each scene, the visuals and the transitions felt almost like a stage play. Once we are into the story, the natural characters, the family love and bonding, the emotions of the characters keeps us engaged. It is about a 30-year old farmer (Teja), the only son of his widowed father. The duo are living…

Badhaai Ho (2018) was a surprise hit of last year. For giving an engaging film all you need is an unconventional story that everyone can relate to, a right cast, an honest love and then you deliver the whole thing with humor.  Kudos to the writers and to Director Amit Ravindrenath Sharma. Imagine this, you are a 25-year-old, doing well in your job, have a younger brother studying in high-school, a steady girlfriend, a loving mother and a caring father who will retire soon. Now, you are told that your mother is being pregnant and you will have a sibling…

 “NO”. No means no! Pink (2016) has been in my watchlist for a long time. With the release of Tamil version Nerkonda Paarvai, I had to watch the original and I did it this week. I liked the film, the casting of Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang was perfect. Though the film was about an important topic, of the safety and respect of women’s individual rights and preference, it stands out for not being preachy or judgemental. Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the team hit hard on stereotypes that are common with Indians – on women…

When India’s ISRO successfully launched a probe (MOM) to the “red” planet in 2014 it made history – it was the fourth space agency to reach Mars, the first country to do so in its maiden attempt, and, it did this in a fraction of cost compared to others. I got intrigued. The movie Mission Mangal (2019) is a cinematic take on the people behind that mission which made India proud. I have been generous with my MangoIdiots rating of a “Ripe” for things the film didn’t have: including lengthy family dramas, love duets, soap opera style treacheries, and, little…

After noticing the director’s name T.N.Krishna, who directed Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006), I sat down to watch the Telugu film Hippi (2019). It is a difficult movie to describe, certainly not in a positive sense. The film starts off as a typical rom-com, with some enjoyable humour in the office scenes. Quickly it turns to be a triangular love story, only to turn again to go on a boyfriend-girlfriend ego trip. Because of this identity confusion, what could’ve been planned as a Telugu version of the super-hit Manmarziyaan (2018),  comes out kaput. What differs from the other Indian films, was…