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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First-time filmmaker Manish Rahatkar’s short examines a young Pakistani family desperate to flee their riot-torn city


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The Swara Bhaskar starrer actually delves into the ‘soul’ of what is essentially the item-song culture


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Stretched to 140 minutes, the novelty of this Anushka Sharma film wears off quite early


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Sikhya Entertainment’s timely film is a comment on today’s self-defeating reactions to intolerance


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For some reason, makers Abbas-Mustan decided to make an anti-Baazigar – in 2017, long after they’ve outlived their relevance in the creative hemisphere


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After four years, director Vikramaditya Motwane returns with a survival drama that is held together by Rajkummar Rao’s terrific performance


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Director Nicholas Kharkongor’s crowd-funded film about a troubled family feels like a scaled down Dil Dhadakne Do


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In an overwhelming pursuit to make a statement on empowerment, this five-episode series about four flat-sharing Delhi-University girls compromises on craft


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Actors Naveen Kasturia and Gunjan Malhotra’s easy chemistry makes up for the story’s silly templates


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