articles by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

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The Highwaymen movie review: Kevin Costner-Woody Harrelson starrer is hobbled by its half-heartedness

John Lee Hancock’s new film The Highwaymen is a dangerous project. One must give credit to the director for having taking it up, despite knowing its attempt to straighten the record would go against a well-established cultural notion — that of the Robin Hood-esque fame notorious outlaws Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (popularly known as Bonnie and Clyde) had attained in Depression-era America.

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Astey Ladies review: New Hoichoi series is a ton of fun in first half, but frustrating in second

Astey Ladies could have been a remarkable show full of dark humour and guilty pleasures. Alas, there is nothing much to write home about in the second half.

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Kia and Cosmos movie review: Sudipto Roy's debut feature is a sensitive study of a young girl’s mind

Sudipto Roy is a true artist, and his first feature film Kia and Cosmos is the highest form of art.

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The Dirt movie review: Netflix's Mötley Crüe biopic captures the notoriety, not the humanity, of band members

It is the writing that never lets The Dirt raise to the zenith of its potential. This leaves us with ample doses of nostalgia from the '80s and '90s, but little else by way of good cinema.

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The Lovely Mrs. Mookherjee review: Swastika Mukherjee shines in Indranil Roychowdhury’s irreverent dramedy

The Lovely Mrs. Mookherjee is smart, effective, parodies an otherwise serious social evil, slaughters the male ego, and keeps her tongue firmly within her cheek while doing so.

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Growing review: Amy Schumer’s new stand-up special on Netflix relies more on shock value than solid content

Comedienne and actress Amy Schumer’s new stand-up special, Growing, could have been a runaway hit, had it not been for one snag — while Schumer is funny enough in parts, and manages to address some important and relevant points about womanhood, she is astonishingly inconsistent in doing so.

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Mahalaya movie review: Soumik Sen's film is laced with nostalgia but suffers from a sloppy, repetitive writing

In Mahalaya, there are numerous examples of out-of-character actions and downright trivialisations of what could have been serious dramatic moments

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Mon Jaane Na movie review: Shagufta Rafique’s derivative plot is made worse by poor execution

Among the bevy of actors who hem, haw and muhaha in Mon Jaane Na, perhaps the only semblance of sincerity can be found in Mimi Chakraborty, who despite everything else that is happening around her tries her best to make some sense.

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Mukherjee Da’r Bou movie review: A relationship drama packed with powerful ideas but marred by contrived climax

From the production house that gave us the delicious little Haami last year comes yet another beautiful film – Mukherjee Da’r Bou.

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Badhaai Ho co-writer Jyoti Kapoor on why her name was dropped from Filmfare Awards nominations

Jyoti Kapur claims she wrote the original story of Badhaai Ho, and her screenplay was called Hum Do Hamaare Chaar.

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Shankar Mudi movie review: A human story of Kolkata's middle class and their constant struggle for survival

With Shankar Mudi, Aniket Chattopadhyay is back with another sucker punch to your gut – a film that will make you flinch in your seats

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind review: An inspiring Netflix drama set in famine-hit Malawi

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, is an inspirational true story about a 13-year-old boy in Malawi, who single-handedly and against many odds, saves his entire village from famine and hunger

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Sharate Aaj review: Zee5’s new Bengali series is a smartly written thriller loaded with terrific performances

Sharate Aaj is an enjoyable experience mainly because of its core message and some fascinating performances.

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Nagarkirtan movie review: Kaushik Ganguly’s film offers scathing commentary on transgender life in Indian society

Kaushik Ganguly’s film Nagarkirtan is a near-perfect film that captures the essence of its subject in an all-encompassing manner.

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Paanch Phoron review: Hoichoi's new anthology series is a delicious, satisfying concoction

Directed by five leading filmmakers from India and Bangladesh – each with their distinctive flourish, Paanch Phoron offers a satisfying and palatable fare by the end of it all, leaving you asking for a second helping.

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Tritio Adhyay movie review: Manoj Michigan's film suffers from convoluted script and inconsistent treatment

The first half of Tritio Adhyay is excruciatingly slow, whereas the second one, especially the third act, is so madly rushed that it will leave you in a daze.

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Bengali filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh on his upcoming film Ahaa Re and what he learnt from mentor Aparna Sen

Ahaa Re director Ranjan Ghosh opens up about his previous films, Hrid Majharey and Rong Beronger Korhi, and working with 'Czarina' Rituparna Sengupta.

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Anik Dutta's Bengali film Bhobishyoter Bhoot pulled from theatres in West Bengal despite U/A certificate

Bhobishyoter Bhoot was banned after alleged threats from the police, who feared that the satire might lead to political and communal tension in West Bengal.

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Finally Bhalobasha movie review: Anjan Dutt’s film suffers from a weak script, held together by great performances

Finally Bhalobasha works primarily because of the performances which will keep you glued to your seats.