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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.

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It's impossible to look beyond Salman Khan’s problematic interpretation of a mentally challenged person - you can feel him coax fans to feel sympathy


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Kenny Basumatary's Assamese indie is a spoof of action, a parody of comedy as well as a good-natured joke on our preconceived perception of alien lifestyles


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Inspired by true events, this Large Short Film's mother-son story set in Pakistan stars Rasika Dugal


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An ill-conceived and annoyingly comfortable product torn between old-school masala and new-age slickness


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Director Rahul Dahiya's film about honour killings in North India reminds us of the India we hope will disappear if we ignore it long and hard enough


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The film speaks about that we mustn’t speak of: menstruation, its associated stigmas and the necessity of sanitary pads instead of infection-inducing red cloth used in India’s villages


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If you manage to reach the final frame of this Ram Gopal Varma film, the damage to the mind is irreparable


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Producer Dinesh Vijan’s debut as a director is singularly deluded, atrocious, illogical and committedly awful


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Rajkummar Rao normally excels at playing the good-hearted coward but here he spends most of the time at the mercy of long-drawn sequences of ensemble-fueled events


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