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Cast: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson and Eamon Farren
Director: The Spierig Brothers
Rating: 6/10

Winchester easily manages to scare but it does not prove to be memorable whilst doing that. The plot of the film largely revolves around a widow: she is haunted by ghosts killed by Winchester rifles and yet, seeks to aid them; before he died, her husband used to be the financial officer of the Winchester company. The widowed Winchester has also built an odd mansion where a terrifying ghost tries to kill people – the spirit is that of a man who had already turned murderous before he was shot. The constant presence of ghosts in the story is what pulls you towards an otherwise dull film centering on a widow who appears to be a lunatic but is actually a troubled soul igniting feelings of both faith (in her dubious words on ghosts) and sympathy.


The Tale Of Mulan

How a Chinese legend inspires, with its tale of heroism

Mulan is perhaps best known for the Walt Disney film of the same name about a female warrior in China. Although, the film had made it appear that the story of such a gallant warrior is very true, the story of Mulan is almost always looked upon as a legend.

The legend (mentioned in a poem) in China goes that in the time of the Northern and Southern dynasties, a young girl called Hua Mulan had joined the Chinese army to save her country from dastardly forces. Whilst washing clothes, Mulan overheard that her aged father is going to be enlisted in the national army and so decided to replace him by cross dressing – Mulan wore her father’s armor – and pretended to be a man in front of many soldiers. In the end, Mulan won the battle for her country and retired peacefully in her town.

It’s a remarkable tale and one that was thankfully brought to people’s knowledge because of a remarkable cinematic adaptation. The tale, legend or not, wonderfully ignites bravery and the concept of challenges in life, through the frame of a heroic woman.


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Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Harsh Mayar
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Rating: 7/10

Rani Mukerji is refreshing in a new avatar as a Naina Mathur – a teacher, with Tourette syndrome, who helps her fourteen troublemaking students shine bright. After getting rejected from eighteen schools for her neurological condition, Naina gets a job at a missionary school, which has been compelled to take in students from close-by slums because of a government act, despite it’s age-old status as an educational force to be reckoned with; the students are constantly the subject of intolerance because of their handicaps as children coming from slums. What makes the movie compelling is the protagonist’s resolute determination in making sure that her students remain at the school, as well as succeed, despite the circumstances in which they are getting an education in. It’s a challenging journey which Naina undertakes since not only do her students not warm to her, at first, but also because Naina has many obstacles thrown her way as people simply do not want her mission to end successfully – bittersweet and inspiring.

Tea + Cake

Tea + Cake



The Riddle Of Color

The Riddle Of Color




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Cast: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 8/10

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest masterpiece, Padmaavat, is based on a 16th Century poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and the film is a visual treat: elaborate sets and gorgeous fashion choices interplay magnificently with portays of love and bravery (of epic proportions). In the 13th Century, the peaceful existence of the Rajputs of Chittor is shattered when Alauddin Kilji becomes interested in snatching the Rajputs’ kingdom away. Alauddin is an intriguing character: the nephew of Jalaluddin Kilji, a dynastic ruler from Afghanistan who grabbed the Delhi Sultanate, Alauddin killed Jalaluddin, with the help of his slave, Malik Kafur, and made himself the new Sultan. And yet, the greatest character in this ancient brutal saga is undoubtedly that of Padmavati, the Rajput queen with unsurpassable beauty, who took a heroic step to protect her dignity when the war, for her, ends in defeat – the kingdom falls to the enemy, as the king is killed in battle and the queen kills herself. The film, more than anything else, belongs to the battles and also the anticipation that builds up to discover just which dynasty victory befalls upon.

Tiger Zinda Hai

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Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Paresh Rawal
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Rating: 8/10

Salman Khan’s latest film, Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger (2012) is what a Bollywood action film should typically be like: some nurses are held hostage by terrorists in Iraq and the only way to save them is to get a very capable intelligence agent, Tiger, to do the job. The movie is all about the action and zero-nonsense, which is refreshing; the lighter moments appear in between the relationship that Tiger shares with his Pakistani wife, Zoya, and it’s rather entertaining how the couple manages to make their marriage work and portray the presence of steadfast love for almost a decade, despite the obvious cultural differences present in their relationship. It’s a one-man show – Salman Khan takes center stage as the hero, who still packs a punch after spending quite some time being nothing more than a homebody in separate European countries. The entertainment value of the action film has been emphasized in Tiger Zinda Hai and it’s really hard to not root for Tiger to once again rise and save the day.