• Movie Review

    Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022)

    If Raazi (2018) showcased the acting prowess of the charming Alia Bhatt, then her role as a madam and social worker of the brothel area in Bombay in the early 20th century in Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) takes her to the next level. The film directed by the legendary Sanjay Leela Bhansali was hard-hitting in many places, yet unbearably slow and longer than it should’ve been. The film available on Netflix gets a Ripe acknowledging the hard work of every department involved in the filmmaking – for example, the costume designer has done a phenomenal job in sourcing the various varieties of white sarees. A young girl with the dream of…

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    ’83 (2021)

    The movie on Netflix, ’83 (2021) had the two stars I like, Kapil Dev and Ranveer Singh, and so it was a thorough treat for me. Directed by Kabir Khan, ’83 was all about the on-ground cricket India played during the 1983 World Cup games, there were no flashbacks of the characters, no drama around the selection process, no backstabbing or treachery, just cricket. The story remained focused on how the underdogs, India, who were expected not even to win a single match, started their tour by defeating the mighty West Indies and finally winning the coveted cup. You don’t want to miss this motivating film which gets a Mangoidiots…

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    Badhaai Do (2022)

    In recent years, Bollywood has been making movies based on unconventional themes. Badhaai Ho (2018) made a comedy on the embarrassing idea of motherhood at fifty’s, then Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021) was bolder to feature a transwoman character as the heroine.  Now, Badhaai Do (2022) explores the difficulty of being homosexual in a conservative society like India. The film had its dull moments but can be absolved for its theme, hence it gets a Ripe in our mangoidiots scale. Available on Netflix. Shardul Thakur (played by Rajkummar Rao) is a police officer in Dehradun, who hides from everyone around him that he is gay. Suman Singh (played by Bhumi Pednekar)…

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    Kadaisi Vivasayi (2022)

    Kadaisi Vivasayi (2022), meaning the last farmer, will surely impact you. It follows a slice of the life of an octogenarian farmer who leads a simple yet fulfilled life. The current trend in Kollywood is to show how noble and difficult the plight of farmers is, so I was expecting an emotionally draining film here, but Kadaisi Vivasiyi was brisk and fun to watch. Known for realistic films like Kaaka Muttai (2015), director M Manikandan has made this one too with little cinematic cliches. Please don’t miss this film, it is available on Sony Liv and gets a Ripe rating from Mangoidiots. The film starts with the timeless devotional song…

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    RRR (2022)

    Director S. S. Rajamouli is famous for bringing fantasy to the big screen like no one else. Simple folklore or an imaginative tale, when it gets handled by him, becomes magical. He is the unchallenged king of grandiose in Indian cinema. RRR (2022) is no exception to this successful record of his. You should watch it in a theatre preferably in 3D and you will be thoroughly entertained. The film gets my Ripe rating. Just like the blockbuster Baahubali (2015), RRR is also about the fight between two fearless men. The story happens in the 1920s, during the British rule of India. N. T. Rama Rao Jr. comes as a…