Baradwaj Rangan Movie Reviews

Sardar
Review

PS Mithran's 'Sardar', with Karthi and Raashi Khanna, is an engaging spy thriller that sticks close to the genre

Prince
Review

Anudeep KV's 'Prince', with Sivakarthikeyan and Maria Ryaboshapka, applies the 'Jathi Ratnalu' formula to a love story and falls flat

Ammu
Review

Charukesh Sekar's 'Ammu', on Amazon Prime Video, with Aishwarya Lekshmi and Naveen Chandra, is a partly effective domestic-abuse drama

Doctor G
Review

Anubhuti Kashyap's 'Doctor G', with Ayushmann Khurrana and Rakul Preet Singh, is a weak dramedy about a male gynaecologist

Vichitram
Review

Achu Vijayan's Vichitram, with Shine Tom Chacko and Kani Kusruti, is a lovely ghost story filled with lovelier human drama

Kantara
Review

Rishab Shetty's 'Kantara' is a solid masala-myth that, despite its issues, finds new ways to tell an old story about ‘The Chosen One’

Vikram Vedha
Review

Pushkar-Gayatri’s 'Vikram Vedha', with Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan, is a smart action film that struggles when it tries to get philosophical

Ponniyin Selvan 1
Review

Mani Ratnam and his fantastic team beautifully capture the essence of Kalki's characters in 'Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1', which infuses a period story with a sense of lived-in reality

Naane Varuvean
Review

Selvaraghavan's 'Naane Varuvean', starring Dhanush, is a very generic supernatural thriller with very few surprises

Chup
Review

R Balki’s engaging serial killer-thriller/romance, starring Sunny Deol and Dulquer Salmaan, is aptly named ‘Chup’, for it asks film critics to be good at their job, or else shut up

Siya
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Manish Mundra's Siya, with Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh, is sensitive and tasteful, but without any surprises

Jogi
Review

Ali Abbas Zafar's 'Jogi', with Diljit Dosanjh and now on Netflix, is a solid thriller-cum-drama set amidst the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu
Review

Gautham Vasudev Menon's ‘Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu’, with a terrific Silambarasan, is a fine addition to Tamil films about gangsters

Adieu Godard
Review

Amartya Bhattacharya's 'Adieu Godard', in Odia and English, is a repository of Godardian playfulness: in terms of form as well as content.

Kanam
Review

Shree Karthick's 'Oke Oka Jeevitham' / 'Kanam', with Sharwanand and Amala Akkineni, is a beautifully written time-travel drama

Pathompathu Nootrandu
Review

Despite its issues, Vinayan's 'Pathonpatham Noottandu', starring a terrific Siju Wilson, holds your attention

Brahmastra Part One – Shiva
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Ayan Mukerji's 'Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva', with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, has more spectacle than soul

Captain
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Shakti Soundar Rajan's underwhelming 'Captain' has Arya fighting two enemies: aliens, and bad writing

Lorni - The Flaneur
Review

Wanphrang Diengdoh's 'Lorni - the Flaneur', with Adil Hussain, now on SonyLIV, is a beautifully moody North-eastern noir

Thiruchitrambalam
Review

Dhanush and Nithya Menen are in top form in Mithran Jawahar's 'Thiruchitrambalam', which is filled with a lovely, low-key charm

Cuttputlli
Review

Ranjit M Tewari's 'Cuttputlli', with Akshaty Kumar and Rakul Preet Singh, now on Disney+ Hotstar, is a passable serial-killer thriller

Sundari Gardens
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Charlie Davis's 'Sundari Gardens', starring Aparna Balamurali and Neeraj Madhav, and now on SonyLIV, is a gentle, unremarkable drama

Cobra
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Ajay Gnanamuthu's 'Cobra', starring Vikram, is an incoherent, overstuffed thriller that goes on and on

Natchathiram Nagargirathu
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Pa Ranjith's 'Natchathiram Nagargiradhu', with Dushara Vijayan, Kalidas Jayaram and Kalaiyarasan, is perfectly in sync with this filmmaker's politics of inclusivity

Attention Please
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Jithin Issac Thomas's 'Attention Please' is a chilling allegory about caste and cinema, where the screenwriter is equated with the Dalit