Hit: The First Case (2022)


Stree (2018)

A novel genre in Bollywood; ‘Horror Comedy’, the film did exceedingly well because of its messaging.

It stuck to the conventions of building the spooky quotient and having decent special effects in its scares. The purpose though, wasn’t to create fear, but to solve and resolve. They do so with great sensitivity and introspection.

Rajkummar Rao is his usual dependable self and Shraddha Kapoor is mysterious and appropriate.

An entertaining watch!


Ek Ladki ko dekha to Aisa Laga (2019)

Director Shelly Chopra Dhar sensitively presents a love story from many perspectives, leaving you to make your own mind.

Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao get tangled in a fictional reality which leads them to their individual truths. Anil Kapoor is in brilliant form and Juhi Chawla still has perfect comic timing. We get some genuine humour from Seema Bhargav Pahwa and Brijendra Kala.

Short and sweet, it leaves you with many memorable scenes and lines.


Trapped (2017)

Director Vikramaditya Motwane makes a small budget film about an incident that becomes a big deal in Shaurya’s life.

We have all seen movies where a person or people survive in adverse conditions. But how would you stay alive on the 35th floor of an abandoned building with your personal and professional life at stake outside?

Rajkummar Rao (Shaurya) is his usual self, dependable with his own style of histrionics. We question our modern existence so much, with many ‘what would I do?’ instances. He plays the naive, to the desperate, to the forsaken to the risk taker very well.

It’s not entertaining as it is thought provoking. You definitely learn a new thing or two about survival in a city tower if nothing else.


Shahid (2013)

Based on the real life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, this biographical film is intense and an eye opener.

The journey of Shahid from fear, to being recruited, being imprisoned and turning into a rebellious lawyer is captured effectively, with a very good supporting cast.

What Shahid tried to do in his lifetime, this movie has tried to continue, shedding light on the many loopholes, injustices, power games and prejudices that exist in India. The true villain behind some horrific events was always shrouded in mystery, but here many conspiracies are exposed.

Director Hansal Mehta has worked on a variety of films before, but this one is perhaps his most sincere effort. Raj Kumar Yadav, now known as Rajkummar Rao, effortlessly carries the film, portraying many emotions with restraint and his ambition with abandon.