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YusuF Poonawala, a Senior Vice President with a multinational travel company, authors The Y Factor purely out of his passion for movies and writing. The intent behind The Y Factor is purely to assess movies based on the perception of a paying audience, rather than paid critics.

fukreyreturns
1.1

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fukreyreturns

So, it took the team 4 years to come up with the sequel to the 2013 Fukrey. So with the same writer/ director / producer combo, the makers have come up to cash in on the franchisee phenomena. Alas, they fail and how. Lets put it this way, the best parts of the movie, are already presented in the trailer. So not much of entertainment value here. Pulkit Samrat doesn’t have the flavour now that he ha...[Read More]

Tumhari Sulu
2.3

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Tumhari Sulu

Ad filmmaker, Suresh Triveni’s debut, Tumhari Sulu, brings forth life of a middle class family, in Mumbai’s distant suburb, Virar. For a townie, it means the edge of Mumbai city. The story focusses on an ambitious, restless housewife, Sulochana (Vidya Balan) who is leading a life of dreams and half regrets with her loving, borderline henpecked husband Ashok (Manav Kaul) and 11 year old son Pranav ...[Read More]

Golmaal Again
3.9

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Golmaal Again

Everyone knows the Golmaal series is a slapstick comedy with it being accused quite a few times of a movie one should see by keeping one’s brains at home etc…. barring the first one, which was a masterpiece. (Yes it did have my favourite Sharman as part of it, which made it so much more endearing.) Part 2 was a disaster with Kareena / Amrita ruining it. Part 3 was fun with Mithun / Ratna / Prem Ch...[Read More]

Secret Superstar
4.1

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Secret Superstar

Well, so we all know that this film is about the girl from Dangal, who played the young Geeta, wanting to be a singer from a conservative Muslim family, with an authoritarian father and loving mother. WRONG. COMPLETELY WRONG. That is only the manner the writer / director, Advait Chandan has chosen to present the true story of the film; a woman has the strength to take on anything in the world and ...[Read More]

Judwaa 2
2.4

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Judwaa 2

So all and sundry knew that this was not a sequel but a remake of the 1997 blockbuster Judwaa. One of Salman’s big hits and one that spread his mass audience reach tremendously thanks to David Dhawan in their first collaboration together. Living upto those high benchmarks that the original set in Feb, 1997 was always going to be difficult. And am sure David/ Sajid knew that. Hence instead of chang...[Read More]

Newton
3.4

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Newton

  Set in the backdrop of the General elections in the Naxal controlled area, the film is about one man’s experience with an alien concept called REALITY! Much has already been said about this film now and the fact that it is the official entry to Oscar’s makes it all the more so special. Was it worth being chosen over Dangal and Bahubali 2 types is debatable. So Nutan Kumar rechristens himsel...[Read More]

Simran
1.8

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Simran

Okay, there is no better way to put this. This film is a showreel by Hansal Mehta on how good an actress Kangana Ranaut is. Unfortunately, it is a very poor one.   Based on a real life thief, the film is so obsessed with itself, that it loses its focus on what was the original intent behind the film; because Queen had some fantastic screenplay and performances, not to mention great direction ...[Read More]

Lucknow Central
3

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Lucknow Central

Apparently based on true events, the film is the story of how an inmate, falsely accused of a murder, tries to set up music band in Lucknow Central Jail. Honestly, a film about a music band in a jail deserved to have better music to start with. This is one of the first flaws of the movie. Poor editing is the second drawback. It seems too long and honestly past a point, doesn’t enthuse you at all. ...[Read More]

Baadshaho
2.7

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Baadshaho

Well I wonder how the concept, ideation and execution of this film might have happened;   Actor 1: I have not had a decent hit since some time now, seemed like ages when I did that Tamil remake…. Actor 2: forget that, even my biopics aint working… tried everything in the past 4 years, horror, some more horror, kachra, some more nonsensical kachra…. But alas…. Adhuri kahani…. Director: I could...[Read More]

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
3.7

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

  Quite a few times, more so in 2017, we have realised that the beauty of cinema, is not in presenting stars in beautiful international locations and make them look good, the real fun of movie watching is when you come back either with a thrill of a whodunit, a tear for the heart or a smile after seeing something rib tickling. Once you leave the theatres after this film, you are bound to have...[Read More]

Annabelle: Creation
0.6

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Annabelle: Creation

David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helms this prequel to the 2014; Annabelle. A new addition by James Wan to his alternate Conjuring universe, the film traces the life and death and resurrection of Annabelle. Honestly, the film, due to its hype and lineage will definitely draw in the audiences, quite a few of them, debutantes in this universe, so there is no issue of making profitable returns on the f...[Read More]

BareillykiBarfi
4.1

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BareillykiBarfi

After her successful debut with Nil Battey Sannata, Ashwini returns with Bareilly Ki Barfi. In parts inspired by Nicolas Barreau’s The Ingredients of Love, the film is a simple love story on the surface, of a small town girl, falling in love with the idea of romance, seeking that thrill which would make her existence, life. But it is more a love story between a father and daughter. A mithaiw...[Read More]