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Troop Zero (2019) is an American comedy film of a group of underprivileged children dreaming against odds. It is not a unique story, yet I liked the film as it was unpretentious and frank on the issues faced by kids when they are not from supportive communities. The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video. In rural Georgia of 1977, Christmas Flint, a 10-year old girl, dreams of aliens and outer space all the time. It is her only solace for her after her mother died. One day she learns of a program by NASA to record the sounds of…

Bell Bottom (2019) is a Kannada comedy film that is set in the 1980s. Divakar is a constable with a local police station, from childhood his ambition has been to become a famous detective. One week, the recovered jewels and cash from robberies kept in the three police stations in the region gets stolen leaving no clues or suspects. Divakar is assigned to solve the mystery. Did he manage to find the smart culprits is the story that has been narrated in a humorous style? If you can keep sit back, switch off logic and relax this is a good…

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…

Over the Moon (2020) is an animated musical film for kids that can be enjoyed by grown-ups too, I liked it. It blends Chinese mythology, a bright girl & caring parents, science and the emotional drama of losing a loved one.  Be warned, the story is childish and not a new one but one that has been narrated tastefully; and there are many songs too. The film is available on Netflix. A young girl named Fei Fei lives in a small village in China with her loving parents who run a small shop selling their home-made mooncakes. A sudden loss…

Tribhanga (2021) is an example of a familiar story being made into an engaging watch by having a fine casting, good screenplay and excellent acting by Kajol. Kajol is gorgeous in the film and has single-handedly turned an average film into a good watch. The movie is available on Netflix. The film covers the lives of women across three generations, their struggle, and how their aspirations affect their children. Anuradha Apte (Kajol) is a successful actress, an Odissi dancer and a single mother to Masha (Mithila Palkar). Anu has a troubled relationship with her mother Nayan (Tanvi Azmi), a Sahitya…