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  • Sarpatta Parambarai

    Sarpatta Parambarai

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    About an hour into Sarpatta Parambarai, there is a boxing match between the hero Kabilan and a boxer named Dancing Rose. Kabilan belongs to the Sarpatta clan and Rose to the Idiyappa. They represent generations of rivalry in the ring. Kabilan is a newbie with a lifelong passion for the sport. Rose is a legend who came back from retirement only to defeat Kabilan and destroy his dreams of fighting Vembuli, the Idiyappa clan’s most ferocious and famous boxer, which…

  • Mimi

    Mimi

    Buried somewhere inside Mimi is a moving story about parenting and what it means to raise and love a child. But before we get here, which is roughly in the last 15 minutes, we have to endure over two hours of a simpering, poorly written dramedy about a 25-year-old woman in Rajasthan, who agrees to become a surrogate mother so that she can fund her dream to become a Bollywood heroine.

    Mimi is introduced to us through a dance number.…

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  • Skater Girl

    Skater Girl

    After Skater Girl was shot in Khempur, a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan, the skating park that was built as a set for the movie was donated to locals. Which is probably the best thing about this well-intentioned but slight film.

    Skater Girl is a fairy tale. Debutant director Manjari Makijany and her sister and co-writer Vinati Makijany imagine that a foreigner with a skateboard can triumph over the thorniest fault-lines in rural India – patriarchy, caste, horrific double standards…

  • Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai

    Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai

    Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is a sequel to the 2009 blockbuster Wanted. In the climax of Wanted, Radhe is pummeling Ghani Bhai, a dreaded don played with mischievous sadism by Prakash Raj. When blood starts gushing out of Ghani bhai’s mouth, he says to Radhe: ruk na yaar ruk na. Bahut dard ho raha hai. As I watched Radhe, I wanted to say the same thing to director Prabhudeva because my brain was in an advanced stage of melt…