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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Stanzin Raghu’s Tamil short explores the oft-abused concept of unrequited, or rather unacknowledged, love. But nothing about this straight-lined film feels boring


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Despite all its bumbling adultness, the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt-starrer does the pop-entertainer basics right: it transports us into its world, no matter how outrageous or flawed


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Even if all the actors are discarded and replaced by animated 8-bit stick figures, the plot of this movie would remain as devastatingly coherent


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The biggest issue with filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari's film is that it plays safe, in sharp contrast to its sport and gender-empowering subjects


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Saurabh Varma’s short about a chain-smoking author battling a writer's block isn’t a bad film. But often, this averageness is more disappointing because of what could have been 


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Damien Chazelle’s musical is a rare movie that arrives at a rare time in modern humanity. It’s as much a fruit of our endurance as it is a result of our diversions. We will value it, because we need it


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This anthology of seven short films is a theme-based “sequel” of sorts to Humaramovie’s Shuruaat ka Interval in 2014. Much like it's predecessor, it serves as a decent peek into the future of Indian filmmaking


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The problem with this film, like most of Milap Zaveri’s work, is that it tries very hard to be cool and twisted


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Filmmaker Arati Kadav’s short film is a crafty, dreamy DIY-fairytale-bleached spin on time-travel and its absolute consequences. She merely uses the genre as a quirky device to examine the tender contradictions of growing up


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