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.

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This Chinese short film opens with a lovesick man convincing a reluctant woman to spend 90 days with him before making up her mind


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Vaibhav Munjal’s film is about a dour-faced entrance exam topper, visibly dazed, searching for a mythical platform at a crowded Indian railway station


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It tells the story of the trials and tribulations of a fiercely orthodox Muslim family in Varanasi – back when region was still reeling from the 1989 riots


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This observational documentary is special and unique because it’s about two ailing men into their seventh decade of a relationship


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Director Sanjay Gupta’s thriller is a challenge to sit through, largely because of its daft script


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The ‘prohibition’ theme is just a sales pitch. Raees is nothing more than a misdirected medium for Shah Rukh Khan to retreat back into the warm embrace of star-driven vehicles


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In this emotional film, an aging parent’s dementia puts her daughter’s decision-making to test


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Instead of a rollicking clever satire, what we get is an amateur production with juvenile ideas and unfunny jokes


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A story about the misadventures of an upcoming stand-up comic, TVF’s new web show serves both as a frothy dramedy as well as a crash-course handbook about its craft


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