Duta Rating ⭐⭐(2/5)
Debutant director Anshai has stretched his imagination less and the film's runtime (2h18m) more, for 'Phillauri'. All credit to him for an interesting premise; the film starts off entertaining enough when Canada-return Kanan marries Spirit Shashi accidentally when he attempts to counter his Manglik dosha by marrying a tree. But the back story of how Shashi came to be confined to the tree for a 100 years, is as tiring for the audience to watch as her century-long ordeal must have been for Shashi to endure. But the actors pack in a good performance that redeems the film to a certain extent, yet the songs are too frequent to merit a patient watch.
🎬Director: Anshai Lal
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🎥Anaarkali of Aarah
Duta Rating ⭐⭐⭐(3/5)
Don't be fooled by the unpolished exterior of this film. The tussles between the film's crew and the Censor Board gave it more visibility than it could have mustered on its own, and we're thankful for that. Anaarkali is known for her suggestive songs and glances and has made peace with the scorn that her popularity comes with. But when an influential politician molests her, she will not sit back quietly and fights for her right. She also fights for a bigger problem - women always being held accountable for the misdeeds of men. Swara Bhaskar shines through with her performance too.
🎬Director: Avinash Das
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Duta Rating ⭐(1/5)
This was an avoidable reboot of the 70's/80's series and rides solely on cliches of buddy films and stereotypes of women objectification. The plot is wafer-thin yet its charm lies in the camaraderie between its lead pair. The film abounds in nudity and profanity and oh, the violence is mind boggling! Literally, as one character gets beheaded in gory detail. The movie is just, for a lack of a better word, lame.
🎬Director: Dax Shepard
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Duta Rating ⭐⭐⭐(3/5)
'Life' derives largely from 'Aliens' but makes much less an impact. A sample from Mars, aboard the International Space Station, grows into an all-consuming life mass. The six cosmonauts, including one biologist, are unprepared for this, yet find ways to persist. (This is when you wonder why they went prodding into the unknown in the first place). On paper, the film has everything to make it a success. Formidable actors, a huge budget, the popular space survival/alien genre and most importantly, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (they were the geniuses behind 'Deadpool'). Yet, the film somehow isn't as gripping, wonderful or smart as the trailer promised.
🎬Director: Daniel Espinosa
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