Ajeeb Dastaans | NETFLIX | Half brilliant half average

The first scene of the first story ‘Majnu’ opens up with Fatima Sana Shaikh dressed up in a bright red wedding lehenga. With the costumes taking up more attention in the entire frame than Sana and Jaideep Ahlawat, I was apprehensive that this might be headed in a wrong direction. The premise is basic. A couple stuck in a loveless marriage, continues to be miserable together because society, power politics and all that. Until one day when a young boy joins the family business and changes the dynamics of this couple. Shashank Khaitan builds up an interesting plot with his twisted characters, but somehow everything feels very emotionally distant. This story does end with an unexpected closure, but with lack of any nuances to the characters, I felt most disconnected to this one.

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Zindagi In Short | Netflix | Cutting Review

Cast: Neena Gupta, Divya Dutta, Sanya Kapoor, Aisha Ahmed, Deepak Dobriyal, Rima Kallingal, Swarrop Sampat, Shafina Patel  and more.

Directors: Tahira Kashyap, Punarvasu Naik, Vijayeta Kumar, Rakesh Sain, Gautam Govind Sharma, Smrutika Panigrahi and Vinay Chhawal.

Guneet Monga brings seven slice-of-life short stories each narrated and filmed with a distinctive style tied together by nothing but versatility.

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Drishyam 2 : The Resumption |Cutting Review |A Solid & fitting sequel

Very rarely do we see sequels superseding the success of a popular movie, especially a thriller. The first part left us with a satisfying closure where the hero – a common man, won against all odds – the system.  All possibilities were explored and we were convinced that with this end, the dead and the alive can rest in peace.  Drishyam 2 starts off by challenging this very assumption, and gives a befitting if not a better part 2.  

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AASHRAM|MX PLAYER|CUTTING REVIEW | Slow, uneventful in big & impactful in small parts

Aashram Chapter 1 & 2  builds a very compelling world based on the far and wide consequences of blind faith. The larger than life aura and fanfare of the central character, Baba Nirala is cringe-worthy but at the same time very immersive with all the ‘japnaam’ chants. While the direction, editing and narration are amateurish, the series does manage to throw light on many uncomfortable realities of exploited faith.

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CHALAANG|AMAZON PRIME| Unambitious, mildly engaging|CUTTING REVIEW

Hello fellow binge watchers! Most of us have grown up in an education system where PT period’s importance was next to that of a free period. But your PT teacher’s influence extended beyond that one class. You might end up sucking at any or all sports but it’s the sportsmanship that he/she teaches you for life. That makes the premise of Chalaang, with a PT teacher as a central character compelling. It is the superficial hints of Luv Ranjan in this Hansal Mehta film that doesn’t really add up very well.

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