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CINEFILES BY RAHUL DESAI

Rahul Desai writes about everything cinematic under Mumbai's hot sun. When he isn't writing, you can find him in obscure countries nostalgically identifying locations of the films he writes about. Read his weekly reviews and essays on short films, web shows and Friday releases.

bareilly-ki-barfi-movie-review

Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the film starring Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana revels in wit and world building and performance, but falters when it comes to the heart


shreelancer-movie-review

Directed by Sandeep Mohan, this road trip movie about a freelance writer is quiet, personal and unromantic


lets-play-short-film-review-rahul-desai

The best part about Vikram Bhatt’s film centred on yet another mysterious ghost is that it is a short film


toilet-ek-prem-katha-movie-review

This Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer fails miserably on most levels, seeming more like a mouthpiece for the government than a work of artistic integrity


shunyata-short-film-review-rahul-desai

Jackie Shroff’s tired body language and inherent street smartness makes him believable as the gangster with a conscience in director Chintan Sarda's film


jab-harry-met-sejal-movie-review

Imtiaz Ali's Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma is a 'nothing' film. This is considerably worse than being a bad film


gurgaon-movie-review

Shanker Raman's film that revolves around a kidnapping is largely a case study in tonal theatrics


team-player-short-film-review-rahul-desai

Produced by McDowell's, this short film is a shining example of how brands often cross the fine line between blatant advertising and creative liberty


baaraat-company-movie-review

Directed by Syed Ahmed Afzal and starring debutant Ranveer Kumar and Sandeepa Dhar, it's a technically competent bad film


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