Baradwaj Rangan Movie Reviews

Varshangalkku Shesham
Review

Vineeth Sreenivasan’s ‘Varshangalkku Shesham’ is a middling, unfocused bromance that also wants to be a meta-commentary on the film industry

Amar Singh Chamkila
Review

Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ is a beautifully made biopic that showcases a man as well as morality

Maidaan
Review

Amit Sharma’s ‘Maidaan’ is a sports melodrama/biopic that needed more consistent and engaging writing, but it has its moments

Woh Bhi Din The
Review

Sajid Ali’s ‘Woh Bhi Din The’, on ZEE5, is a sweet look at school days, filled with lovely, delicate moments

Crew
Review

Rajesh Krishnan’s ‘Crew’ is an undemanding watch, lit up by the pleasure of watching stars having fun

Aadujeevitham Author BR
Review

Blessy’s ‘Aadujeevitham’ has its moments and gets an A for effort, but given the source, this should have been a far more moving film

Yodha
Review

Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha’s ‘Yodha’ is a generically enjoyable thriller with solid action bits

Shaitaan
Review

Vikas Bahl’s ‘Shaitaan’ is more thriller than horror, and it needed more chills, but it’s generically watchable

J Baby
Review

Suresh Mari’s ‘J.Baby’ is a solid drama about a family that has to deal with mental illness, among other things

Premalu  Author BR
Review

Girish AD’s ‘Premalu’ infuses a familiar story with magical writing and gives us one of the most joyous movies of the year

Manjummel Boys Author BR
Review

Chidambaram’s ‘Manjummel Boys’ is a solid, efficient survival story told in broad strokes – flaws and all, the ‘high moments’ work

Joshua Imai Pol Kaka
Review

Gautham Vasudev Menon’s ‘Joshua’ is an underwhelming affair, an action B-movie with no pulp thrills

Bramayugam Review By Baradwaj Rangan
Review

Rahul Sadasivan’s deeply evocative ‘Bramayugam’ is not so much a horror movie as a movie about the timeless horrors of oppression

Article 370
Review

Aditya Suhas Jambhale’s ‘Article 370’ is an effective, entertaining primer on Kashmir, mixing outdoor action and indoor political drama

Laapataa Ladies
Review

Kiran Rao’s ‘Laapataa Ladies’ is a satirical comedy whose entertainment value makes it easy to overlook the broad messaging

In The Belly Of A Tiger
Review

Siddartha Jatla tackles capitalism in the haunting ‘In the Belly of a Tiger’, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale

The Fable
Review

Raam Reddy’s ‘The Fable’ is a wonderful follow-up to ‘Thithi’, and it had its world premiere at the Berlinale

Kottukkaali
Review

PS Vinothraj follows up ‘Pebbles’ with ‘Kottukkaali’, another excellent ‘road movie’ which world-premiered at the Forum section of the Berlinale

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya
Review

Amit Joshi & Aradhana Sah's 'Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya' is a man-robot love story without an iota of genuine human emotion

Lover
Review

Prabhu Ram Vyas’s terrific ‘Lover’ charts the stages of a breakup with clinical precision

Lal Salaam
Review

Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s ‘Lal Salaam’ is an underwhelming, old-fashioned story about Hindu-Muslim unity

Bhakshak
Review

Pulkit’s ‘Bhakshak’, on Netflix, dives into a sexual abuse case with disappointingly predictable results

Anubhuti
Review

Anirban Dutta’s ‘Anubhuti’, which had its world premiere at Rotterdam, is a sensuous series of tableaux based on Krishna, Radha, and Meera

Malaikottai Vaaliban
Review

Lijo Jose Pellissery’s hallucinatory ‘Malaikottai Vaaliban’ is a warrior story that subverts how we see warrior stories on screen

Blue Star
Review

S Jayakumar’s ‘Blue Star’ is a cricketing drama that could have used less cricket, more human drama