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I had watched about 135 movies last year, they include Tamil, English, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and other language films. From that I have picked the following two categories – Movies to Watch and those to avoid. Please remember, this list is by no means comprehensive or representative of the quality of pictures that came last year. These are purely my personal rating – take them with a pinch of salt!Venkatarangan Movies to Watch: Ratsasan (2018)…

The story of Raazi (2018) is from a novel called “Calling Sehmat”, a work of fiction inspired by a true story of an Indian Spy deployed in Pakistan prior to India-Pakistan war of 1971. The spy is a young girl named “Sehmat” (played by Alia Bhatt) from Kashmir who goes to Pakistan as the newly wed wife of the younger son of a senior ranking Pakistan Army officer. Sending sensitive information while residing at the…

Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran starring John Abraham could’ve been a far better film considering it is based on the events leading to the nuclear tests in 1998 that made India as a nation stand up and occupy its rightful place in the new world order. Worldwide many geopolitical experts will side with Indian establishment, that this event prevented any chances of a full-scale war between India and Pakistan – it is a tragic irony,…

Blackmail (2018) handles with a scoop of comedy, the age-old plot of a husband taking revenge after learning of his wife cheating with her former boyfriend. The twist being, instead of physically assaulting the boyfriend, the husband blackmails him for money and it goes awfully wrong. What could’ve been an interesting film, turns out to be a drag due to a slow-paced screenplay till the last 15 minutes. Literally, Irrfan Khan carries and runs with the entire film. Available…

Thanks to OTT providers like Amazon Prime and Netflix, films that break the stereotype of Bollywood are being made in India. One such recent film is Netflix’s Lust Stories (2018). The anthology film which has four stories, as the title suggests, all of them are about intimacy issues that are outside the societal norms, by itself the topics handled are not uncommon in Indian films but their treatment and being told from the individual women’s…