Baradwaj Rangan Movie Reviews

Purusha Pretham
Review

Krishand’s crime-comedy ‘Purusha Pretham’ (on SonyLIV) offers a few big laughs, but not nearly enough to sustain its overlong run time

Thuramukham
Review

Rajeev Ravi's 'Thuramukham' (Nivin Pauly, Arjun Ashokan) is a strong, unsparing 360-degree view of a workers' struggle

Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar
Review

Luv Ranjan's 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar', with Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is overlong and under-plotted

19.20.21
Review

Mansore’s ‘19-20-21’ is a solid, docudrama-style deep dive into the injustices faced by tribals

Meghdoot
Review

Rahat Mahajan’s ‘Meghdoot - The Cloud Messenger’ is a beautifully imagined tale of a love that transcends time

Dear Vaappi
Review

Shan Thulaseedharan's 'Dear Vaappi', starring Lal and Anagha Narayanan, is a modest feel-good drama about chasing a dream

Karparaa
Review

Vignesh Kumulai's 'Karparaa' is a quiet stunner, an unsentimental look at an aged couple at the mercy of the young

Bakasuran
Review

Mohan G's 'Bakasuran', starring Selvaraghavan and Natarajan Subramaniam, is a dull drama about the exploitation of women

Vaathi
Review

Venky Atluri's 'Vaathi', starring Dhanush, is a half-decent, not-bad masala movie that could have been much better

Rekha
Review

The filmmaking is better than the writing in Jithin Issac Thomas’s ‘Rekha’, a love story that morphs into a detective story

Dada
Review

Ganesh K Babu's 'Dada', despite its second-half issues, is a solid relationship drama

Family
Review

Don Palathara’s ‘Family’ is a wonderfully sinister drama about conforming to one's community

Christopher
Review

B Unnikrishnan's 'Christopher', starring Mammootty, is a loud, blunt weapon of a movie about a vigilante cop

Faraaz
Review

Hansal Mehta's 'Faraaz' works better as a document of a tragedy than as a debate about the modern Muslim

Thankam
Review

Saheed Arafath's superb 'Thankam' disguises an emotional "friendship story" as a police procedural

Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam
Review

Lijo Jose Pellissery's magical new movie with Mammootty, 'Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam', is an instant classic

Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat
Review

Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’ is a love story that turns the conventional love story on its head

Bommai Nayagi
Review

Shan's 'Bommai Nayagi' gives Yogi Babu the space to be dramatic, but the story-handling is too simplistic

Thalaikoothal
Review

Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan's well-intentioned 'Thalaikoothal' is a drama that stays at an arm's length

Pathaan
Review

Siddharth Anand's 'Pathaan' is a fine blend of Hollywood-style action and desi-style masala

Pratikshya
Review

Anupam Patnaik's 'Pratikshya' (Odia) is an affecting family drama about father-son friction and a lot more

Thunivu
Review

H Vinoth's 'Thunivu' has a good premise for a heist movie but the writing does not match up

Varisu
Review

Vamshi Paidipally's 'Varisu' is old wine in an older bottle, relying solely on Vijay's "mass moments"

Cirkus
Review

Rohit Shetty's 'Cirkus' has a few scattered laughs and a lot of really dull patches

Connect
Review

The emotional stakes are low, but as a scare-dispensing machine, Ashwin Saravanan's 'Connect' does a pretty decent job