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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.


Starring an ensemble cast that includes Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and more, this film sees director Rohit Shetty return to his "massy" comedy roots


Director Advait Chandan's debut film is predictable and clichéd, and yet it doesn't make the term “mainstream” feel derogatory


Directed by Devashish Makhija, this rape-revenge film about a grandmother who wants to avenge the rape of her 10-year old granddaughter is grueling to watch for the most part


Mukkabaaz (opening film at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival), isn’t really a sports movie, but an ‘Indian sports’ movie and director Anurag Kashyap serves this genre well for the most part


Director Stephen Frears' film about an ageing monarch's friendship with an Indian servant is almost a Princess-Diaries-style tragicomedy about colonialism and the mighty British Empire


Sujoy Ghosh’s new short based on Satyajit Ray’s short story of the same name, is a futuristic tale about a school teacher and his human-like machine


For a film about Indian food, the Saif Ali Khan-starrer ends up looking quite bland – as if it were simply satisfied by translating Jon Favreau’s Cuba-California food culture into a tasty Cochin-Delhi dichotomy


Starring Barun Sobti and Shahana Goswami, this film about the lack of space in Mumbai is elevated into a profound zone thanks to director Milind Dhaimade's understanding of fragile middle-class dynamics


Directed by Vaibhav Munjal, this short film is about a nervous boy who wants to ask his longtime crush out