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THE WHITE TIGER (NETFLIX)

Anyone who has ever experienced the hair-raising, cacophonous symphony conducted on the streets, alleys, highways of a tireless India metropolis, will empathize completely with the skill of the conductors, drivers of any vehicle, be it rickshaw, car, bus or truck; “Balram” (Adarsh Gourav, genuinely puissant) from a lower caste, splays his rise as an entrepreneur in a series of flashbacks. ... Read More »

TORBAAZ (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTILES) NETFLIX

Bollywood by “Peneflix” has been shamefully neglected since the commencement of the pandemic; if you suffer to the conclusion of this most recent selection, there are more than worthy, India productions, to sink one’s temporal lobes into. The sport of cricket has been featured in a myriad of Bollywood films, my favorites include: “Lagaan” (2001), “Iqual” (2005), “Patiala House” (2011), ... Read More »

BOLLYWOOD DOUBLE HEADER: PAATAL LOK (AMAZON) & SHE (NETFLIX) ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Shamefully, I have taken too long of a hiatus from my Bollywood Buddies; here are two series guaranteed to keep you in comfortable confinement; performances are creatively captivating (superior casting); detectives of both genders, imbue their roles with intelligence, ingenuity, intuitive integrity. “Paatal Lok” features a long ignored, unpromoted police inspector, “Hathiram Chaudhary” (stellar, Jaideep Ahlawat) who serendipitously gets a life-altering case when four people ... Read More »

BOLLYWOOD BOMB: FORCE 2 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) NETFLIX. BOSCH BONANZA (AMAZON PRIME, NETFLIX)

“FORCE 2” is a limpid, crystalline, imitation of potent “Force One”; a second chance for hunky, handsome John Abraham to recreate his role of outlier, law enforcement officer, “Yash”, teamed with Captain KK (Sonakshi Sinha) to excavate a mole in India’s Budapest Embassy. Glorious glitz saves director Abhinay Deo’s film from placid anonymity; the action scenes fall into the “Kill ... Read More »

BAAGHI 3 (REBEL) (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Prayerfully, there will not be a 4th; director Ahmed Khan’s latest action-saturated, thrill-seeker, is just that, all action and zero substance; Tiger Shroff (Jackie’s son) splendidly buffed, monopolizes every aerial, aerobic moment, ad nauseam; a handsomer model of his father, at thirty, he has time to cultivate his acting acuity, instead of spending countless days and hours in the gym. ... Read More »

THAPPAD (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

India is a study of contrasts, contradictions, consolidating archival directives and contemporary norms; it is a patriarchal society where women perpetually soar, bamboozle gender expectations; warriors, doctors, scientists, judges even a Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi), they dominate in any field they tackle. But lurking, tainting myriads of marriages, whether “arranged” or “love” is the subservient, submissive role a woman is ... Read More »

MALANG

This Bollywood film, directed by Mohit Suri, is a stunner; magical leads with electrifying chemistry (Aditya Roy Kapur, “Advait” and Disha Patani, “Sara”); plaintive musical score; titillating twists, testing the most intuitive of movie sleuths; it salivates with unrestricted love scenes, prevalent drugs and prostitution; not-so-subtle impotency; revenge served violently, justifiably, icily cold; untoward “coppers”, legitimacy camouflaging malevolent iniquities; Anil ... Read More »

CHHAPAAK (SPLASH) HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Director Meghna Gulzar and actor/producer Deepika Padukone bring to the screen the insidiously wicked, immoral, degenerate acid attacks exponentially occurring throughout contemporary India; perpetrated by those ignored, rejected, shunned by women for a myriad of reasons; these crimes are minimally prosecuted, and the penal system, and its forgiving incarceration is a shameful blot on India’s code of conduct/justice. Exquisitely beautiful ... Read More »

DABANGG 3 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Salman Khan wrote and stars for the third time as “Detective Chulbul Robinhood Pandy”; an excessive three hour egregious homage to himself; self aggrandizement rarely, if ever, seen on the screen; Khan’s a clone of Narcissus, a mythological figure who fell in love with himself; narcissism at its zenith; inflated physique and ego strutting excessive silliness, stale dance sequences, and ... Read More »

WAR (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Attention “Action Aficionados”! “War” is a breathless, intoxicating, swashbuckling ride of monumental gratification; in league with the “Matrix”, “Raiders” “Bourne” franchises; Bollywood knows how to capitalize on the “thrill factor”: “Dhoom” and “Don” dynamically roar with excitement; “War” directed by Siddharth Anand, starring seasoned heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and relative newcomer Tiger Shroff (Jackie’s son) score in their excessively elegant martial ... Read More »

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