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SIMRAN (ENGLISH/HINDI)

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Directed by Hansal Mehta, filmed entirely in the U.S. cities of Atlanta and Las Vegas, loosely based on a true story, “Praful/Simran”  a thirty-year-old, divorced, Gujarati, housekeeping employee succumbing to a gambling addiction and resorting to robbing banks to salvage her debt. The film is immensely fun, racy, infused with satisfying, marvelous manipulation; imbued with “Pretty Woman”, “Bonnie and Clyde” ... Read More »

A GENTLEMAN (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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Predictability can be totally refreshing especially with the “dog” films of summer; watching “A Gentleman”, tumultuous reality, gritty politics and crime were suspended in favor of a raucous romp through Miami, Mumbai and Goa; gorgeously-paired Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez, destined to bond, flirt, sing and dance, creating a sugary confection of romance and intrigue, ubiquitous on the Bollywood screen. ... Read More »

JAB HARRY MET SEJAL (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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How can an actor of superior renown, a winner of fifteen Filmfare Awards (Bollywood’s equivalent of the Academy Awards) willingly plummet, with a resounding thud, into such a deplorable scenario? Shah Rukh Khan has intrigued audiences with his stunning versatility, his fearless choice of roles: from inebriated Lothario (“Devdas”) to stalker (“Fan”); from antihero (“Baazigar”) to coach (“Chak De India”); ... Read More »

MOM (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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No medium does vigilante justice like Bollywood; overwhelming satisfying when women met out punishment, when accountability fails.  Two iconic films “Kahaani” and “Ek Hasina Thi”, are immensely creative in serving “revenge” frigidly calculated; “Mom” pulsates with premediated cunning, intelligence, verve and a performance of such heartfelt depth that a Filmfare Award should be in her future; Sridevi as “Devki Sabarwal” ... Read More »

TUBELIGHT (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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Despite the supercilious title and the lengthy prologue there are some fine moments in this rendition of Hollywood’s 2015, “Little Boy”; a young boy feels the power of faith can, in reality, “move mountains”; this Bollywood version, starring Salman Khan, as “Laxman” a simple-minded, but loveable man-child, follows Gandhian precepts to expedite the safe return of his brother “Bharat” (Sohail ... Read More »

SACHIN: A BILLION DREAMS (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

SACHIN- A BILLION DREAMS

India’s rich cricket history has been depicted in a myriad of films, both fictional and factual: “Lagaan” (2001), “Iqbal” (2005), “Chak De India” (2007), “M.S. Dhoni” (2016) are a few that have resonated with me.  Admittedly, as a Westerner, the intricacies of the sport, will forever elude my comprehension, but the astounding prowess of the players, the electrifying energy and ... Read More »

BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION HINDI:ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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It is rare when a Bollywood film lands in the top ten viewed flicks in the Western World; “Baahubali 2” is the highest grossing Indian film ever (the price of admission exceeds the norm) made. Is it worth the time (3 hours) and added expense? If you’re a fan of the spectacular, absolutely. The Indus Valley Civilization traces its origins ... Read More »

NAAM SHABANA HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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Shed any prejudices you might have against the Bollywood genre: “Naam Shabana” is as good as it gets in the outstandingly juicy “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” or vandalized category; in league with two of my favorites, “Kahaani” (2012) and the superlative “Ek Hasina Thi” (2004), director Shivam Nair scores sensationally with this thriller, starring overwhelming talented ... Read More »

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA (BADRINATH’S BRIDE) HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES

BADRINATH-KI-DULHANIA

Dimpled Alia Bhatt (“Vaidehi”) has matured in stature, encompassing the inimitable talents of her parents, Soni Razdan and Mahesh Bhatt; “Highway”, “Kapoor & Sons”, “Dear Zindagi” and now as the “Bride” of “Badri” (Varun Bhawan) she soars as a confident woman, controlling her own destiny. Director Shashank Khaitan reunites Bhatt and Bhawan after 2014’s successful “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”. In ... Read More »

COMMANDO 2: THE BLACK MARKET MONEY TRAIL (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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If in the mood for beauty, brawn, exhilarating action, look no further than this Bollywood extravaganza; more twists than a F-scale tornado, Director Deven Bhojani uses martial artist, model and present day action guru, Vidyut Jammwal (Captain Dogra) as the hero of this spinning, at times nonsensical, parody of righteousness prevailing, regardless of the brilliant, nefarious outlaws. “Vicky Chaddha” is ... Read More »

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