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    Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021)

    Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021) is a recent Hindi film starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor.  It is a romantic comedy, of a young bodybuilder discovering his girlfriend to be a trans woman and the resulting shock and disbelief. Director Abhishek Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor has to be appreciated for doing this taboo subject. Though there are a few Bollywood cliches, it is overall well made – I liked the style of narration – there are no victims & villains, no heroism, and no blame on fate. Watch this film to be entertained and educated too, gets a Ripe rating, and is available on Netflix. Ayushman has developed unbelievably his muscles and…

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    Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020)

    After watching stylish star Allu Arjun‘s performance in Pushpa (2021) I watched his earlier film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020), a Telugu action drama that was a super hit.  Unabashedly this was completely a formula film with a dare-devil yet kind-hearted hero, there is mother’s sentiment, duet songs and fights for every twenty minutes. Yet, it was enjoyable. Available on Netflix, it gets a Ripe rating. The story is as old as Indian epics. Out of greed, the hero’s father, a manager for a super-rich family, switches his newborn boy baby with his owner’s baby. As expected the rich boy, though growing up without wealth, exhibits all attributes of a Bollywood hero…

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    The Apartment (1960)

    Feeling thoroughly entertained by a sixty years old film is proof of its timeless storytelling. The Apartment (1960) is one of those movies that wrote the textbook on the rom-com genre that’s popular in Hollywood to date. Wiki says the film is one of the greatest American films of all time and included in the US National Film Registry and it truly deserves it.  This is a definite watch for all movie lovers. CC.Baxter is a clerical staff in a large New York Insurance firm. Taking advantage of his soft demeanour, the superiors in the office make him spare his apartment for their extramarital affairs with the girls in the…

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    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) is a science fiction comedy film, an adaption of the classic book of the same title by Douglas Adams, which was originally a radio comedy on BBC. The film tries hard to stay true to the book and borrows some of its original comedy lines too. The story is about Arthur Dent, whose house in Britain is going to be destroyed by the authorities for a bypass project. There comes his friend Ford Prefect, who is writing a book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The two escape earth just before it gets blown up by the contractors of an Alien species called…

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    Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017)

    Last year, I had watched the sequel, and today I saw the first movie in the series: Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017). It covers what happened before the marriage of the children of the neighbours. This is a simple movie, warm and the characters are highly relatable, I liked it, so I am giving it a Ripe rating. The Naidoos (note the spelling different from what’s used in Tamil Nadu), and Kandasamys are neighbours in the Indian neighbourhood of Chatsworth, a suburb of Durban in South Africa. Naidoos have two sons, Prishen, the elder one, is doing his final year in medical college. The Kandasamys’ who are wealthier than…