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Hotel Mumbai (2018) is a fictionalized account of the terrorist attack on the iconic Hotel Taj in Mumbai that happened on 26th November 2008.  The film does a reasonable job of covering the terror unleashed by a handful of boys with sophisticated weapons on the metropolitan city of 15 million residents. On that line, I was expected more from the film but it came out being simple with only a few moments that took to your seat’s edge. It is available on the Zee5 streaming service. The first few minutes of the film sets the mood well, showing how the…

Kaagaz (2021) is a Hindi film that shows the importance of paper (Kaagaz) in an Indian’s life and the apathy of the system. Pankaj Tripathi single-handedly carries the entire film. Available on Zee5 streaming. Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) is a hardworking villager, running a small music troupe. Married to Rukmani (Monal Gajjar) and blessed with a boy the family is happy. Bharat Lal decides to expand his business, goes to a bank for a loan, who demand a property document as surety. Reaching out to his aunt, he realizes she and her family have usurped his share of their ancestry…

Choked (2020) directed by Anurag Kashyap had an intriguing plot of a middle-class family with a single breadwinner, a tight budget, suddenly finding large sums of cash. I liked the film and could’ve rated it higher, but mid-way it unnecessarily slows down and strays to demonetization and bank robbery. It is available on Netflix. Sarita Pillai (Saiyami Kher) and her husband Sushant Pillai (Roshan Mathew) are a lovely middle-class couple who have run into money problems due to Sushant’s failed business ventures. Sarita is a bank clerk, who is managing the household, works hard in the bank, and repaying Sushant’s…

The White Tiger (2021) is a movie adaptation of a popular book with the same title. It is about an aspiring youngster from a backward village in India, who gets employed as a driver to a wealthy landlord to then becoming a shrewd businessman. As I had heard from my friends on how good the book was, my expectations for the movie were high, sadly they remained unmet and the film was ordinary to me. It is available on Netflix. The film starts with a business owner Balram Halwai writing to the visiting Chinese Premier Mr Wen Jiabao for a…

Chintu Ka Birthday (2020) is a Hindi-language drama that is available on Zee5. The entire film happens inside a small house in Baghdad where an Indian family stuck due to the war preparing for their 6-year old boy’s birthday party. In the film there is no action sequences, no chases, no killings, other than a few gunshots and sounds of a bomb-blast – still we are able to feel the outside tensions through audio and dialogues. There was not a single dull moment. There are no good sides or bad sides in the film. None of the characters displayed any…