articles by Deepanjana Pal


Twenty Five Twenty One review: Though hilarious and endearing, this K-drama stumbles because of inconsistent ending

There's enough brilliance in Twenty Five Twenty One to merit a watch, but the absence of detailing and realism in the final chapters is jarring


Inspector Koo review: Fast pace, deft humour, smart writing make this Korean drama gem of a crime show

Inspector Koo stands out for putting a 40-something, woman detective in the spotlight and for crafting an antagonist who is sadistic but still manages to tug at heartstrings.


The Devil Judge review: K-drama on Netflix loses sharpness along the way, yet makes for a worthy watch

While The Devil Judge protagonist Yohan may not have the charisma of transgressive heroes like Vincenzo, he is still fun to watch and his nemesis is one of the most charismatic villains of the K-drama in recent times.


Hush a Bye Baby: Read an excerpt from Deepanjana Pal's thriller about a high-profile doctor with a secret

In the world of Deepanjana Pal's Hush a Bye Baby, the police try to piece together evidence in a case against a leading gynaecologist accused of performing sex-selective abortions


Shaandaar review: Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor look great, but this movie is hardly fabulous

Shaandaar is exactly the opposite of its title. It's sloppily written, lazily directed and completely without insight.


Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 review: Hunks get 'pyaar' and babes get 'punches' in this offensive plot

Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 is misogynistic and full of offensive stereotypes that you'd hope modern India would want to shatter rather than reinforce.


Jazbaa review: Aishwarya, Irrfan and Instagram filters make for a nonsensical, loud film

The only thing that tops the number of questions Gupta fails to answer is the amount of glycerine Bachchan and Azmi use in Jazbaa


JioMAMI is back with Mumbai Film Festival, and the lineup looks better than ever

JioMAMI Mumbai Film Festival gives a chance to see Hansal Mehta's Aligarh, which got a standing ovation at Busan Film Festival recently


The Walk review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this film version of a far better Oscar-winning docu

Perhaps the most poignant part of The Walk is seeing the twin towers of New York standing, like sentinels in the Manhattan Skyline.


Singh is Bliing review: Akshay Kumar's energy and ballsy women characters make this an entertaining film

It might be just what the doctor ordered to lift your spirits after watching Talvar.


Talvar review: Vishal Bharadwaj's retelling of Aarushi-Hemraj murders will leave you heartbroken

In Talvar, writer Vishal Bharadwaj and director Meghna Gulzar take us back to 2008, when the murders of Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj left the nation horrified.


Govt's Oscars publicity fund has warmed cinephiles' hearts but will not help win awards

Bollywood et al will have to raise both their game and budgets many fold to be able to qualify for the Oscar race.


Calendar Girls review: Tacky, melodramatic, disappointing, but still better than Fashion

Calendar Girls is surprisingly balanced and even sensitive in parts only if one can scrape past the flawed layers.


Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon review: Kapil Sharma’s debut is a painful step back to the 90s

Abbas-Mustan's Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoonstarring Kapil Sharma is a film stuck in the 90s that feels like an assault on the audience.


Justice, truth and the real world of Chaitanya Tamhane's National Award-winning film, Court

It's not about the flamboyant and triumphant judiciary that saves the day in so many reel and real life situations.


Court review: Venice Film Festival's favourite shows how Mumbai's lower courts are a black comedy

Court, which is doing the festival rounds and has received fulsome praise from critics the world over, won the awards for best international film in competition and best director at the Mumbai Film Festival. At least off screen, there was justice.


Pawn Sacrifice review: Tobey Maguire as American chess champion Bobby Fischer is a must-see

Even if you can't tell queen from rook, Pawn Sacrifice will still grip you from its opening scene.


Survivor's account of watching MSG - 2 The Messenger in a 'house-full' show

In MSG 2, we're told right at the onset is based on true events and "a fiction" simultaneously


Black Mass review: Great cast, great plot but Johnny Depp's prosthetics can't save the film

Black Mass ends up being a forgettable film, with only Johnny Depp’s unnervingly artificial and lifeless face lingering in memory