Baradwaj Rangan Movie Reviews

Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare
Review

Nithin Krishnamurthy's joyous 'Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare' / 'Boys Hostel' is both a chaotic comedy and an ode to the chaos of filmmaking

Boys Hostel
Review

Nithin Krishnamurthy's joyous 'Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare' / 'Boys Hostel' is both a chaotic comedy and an ode to the chaos of filmmaking

Jawan
Review

Atlee's 'Jawan' has a terrific Shah Rukh Khan in full-on 'mass' mode, but the film itself is far from terrific

Haddi
Review

Akshat Ajay Sharma’s rather generic ‘Haddi’, on ZEE5, isn’t a bad watch, but its main achievement is to serve as an example of ‘campy arthouse masala’

Kushi
Review

Shiva Nirvana's 'Kushi' is more about star power (Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha Ruth Prabhu) than convincing storytelling

Sapta Saagaradaache Ello – Side A
Review

Hemanth M Rao's 'Sapta Saagaradaache Ello – Side A’ is a beautifully understated and very real romance, with dashes of very real kind of poetry

Adiyae
Review

Vignesh Karthick's 'Adiyae' reduces its 'alternate reality' premise to a bunch of pop-culture jokes

King of Kotha
Review

Abhilash Joshiy's 'King of Kotha' is tailored for Dulquer Salmaan's stardom, but there's more style than substance

Baby
Review

Sai Rajesh's 'Baby', now on aha, is overwritten but it’s also a fascinating study of three individuals in love who keep making foolish choices

Ghoomer
Review

In 'Ghoomer' (Saiyami Kher, Abhishek Bachchan), R Balki spruces up a predictable underdog sports drama with trademark Balki-isms and a genuine sense of darkness

OMG 2
Review

Amit Rai's 'OMG 2' (Pankaj Tripathi, Akshay Kumar, Yami Gautam) is a predictable, likeable satire with a few laugh-out-loud bits

GADAR 2
Review

Anil Sharma’s ‘Gadar 2’ (Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel) is a solid sequel that takes off from its predecessor in a most organic way

Jailer
Review

Nelson's 'Jailer' is yet another watered-down attempt at fan service, but Rajinikanth is solid and Vinayakan is superb

Article 21
Review

Lenin Balakrishnan's 'Article 21' is well-meaning, earnest, but also too simplistic about delivering its message about the right to education

Aachar & Co
Review

Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy's superbly directed 'Aachar & Co.' is a feel-good film about a large family’s ups and downs in the 1960s/70s

Sathiya Sodhanai
Review

Suresh Sangaiah's 'Sathiya Sothanai' has a few mild laughs, but the satire never stings

Kolai
Review

Balaji Kumar's 'Kolai' is great to look at, but the murder mystery beneath is barely exciting

Oppenheimer
Review

Christopher Nolan tries a form (i.e., his form) of minimalism in 'Oppenheimer', and the results are mixed

Bawaal
Review

Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor anchor a surprising and ambitious story where a marital cold war is equated with actual war: as in, World War II.

Maaveeran
Review

Madonne Ashwin’s ‘Maaveeran’ starts off promisingly, with a great premise and an in-form Sivakarthikeyan, and slowly becomes tiresomely generic

Tarla
Review

Piyush Gupta's 'Tarla', on Zee5, is a broad, cleanly written drama that offers modest pleasures and an interesting look at a place and time

Lust Stories 2
Review

'Lust Stories 2', on Netflix, has okayish films by R Balki, Amit Ravindernath Sharma, Sujoy Ghosh, and a brilliant one from Konkona Sen Sharma

Satyaprem Ki Katha
Review

Despite a lot of starting trouble, 'Satyaprem Ki Katha', directed by Sameer Vidwans, is a pretty good issue-based drama with a big Hindi-cinema heart

Maamannan
Review

Mari Selvaraj's 'Maamannan' is a solid drama, with a gripping first half and a generic post-interval section

Bommai
Review

SJ Suryah gives a BIG performance in Radhamohan's 'Bommai', but the film never convinces us about its central relationship