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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.

Raid
3.7

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Raid

The debacle of Ghanchakkar, has cost the talented director 5 years to make a comeback. He uses two of the best actors in the trade to deliver his 128 minute drama, RAID. Let me tell you where the film suffers, its way too long post interval, has two songs too many in the same segment, the romantic song and the climax song both could have been easily done away with, cos they only make the film look...[Read More]

Black Panther
3.1

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Black Panther

  REVIEW BY HAMZA POONAWALA The last time we saw the Black Panther, it was in Captain America: Civil War, and the minute I saw him, I had a million questions running through my head. Such as “Who is he?”, “What are his origins?”, “How is his entire suit fully bullet proof?”, and so on and so forth. Well folks, this film does not only answer those questions, it leaves me with more, and in awe....[Read More]

Aiyaary
2.7

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Aiyaary

With his string of successful and more than that REALISTIC films, Neeraj Pandey has made a niche for himself.  So when Aiyaary was announced for a 26 Jan release, obviously all were waiting. With an all star cast of his favourites, Manoj Bapayee, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra and add to that Vikram Gokhale, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Siddarth Malhotra, Rakul Preet Singh and Adil Hussain,...[Read More]

Padman
3.3

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Padman

Well a lot has been spoken about this film and the taboos it tries to break by using the real life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man from Coimbatore, who really spent his life and created this revolution in rural India. So I wont get into the subject of the film, since that is its USP. What I would like to write in this review is that one has to give it to the makers, Balki, Twinkle Khan...[Read More]

Padmavat
3.5

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Padmavat

  Ok. Lets put things in perspective. This is in no way a historical or biopic of any of the ancient kings. It is a historical drama film with names used of real life characters but adapted for cinematic liberties. Somewhat like Bahubali, but that had some flights of fantasy involved in its liberties. The film is 163 minutes long, so please ensure you are well fed during the film, cos there w...[Read More]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
3

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Updating with the modern times, the board game Jumanji reinvents itself in 1996 and transforms into a video game. Twenty years later, a bunch of 4 students in detention discover this game and get sucked into its world as its 4 available avatars. Sounds interesting?   The sad part of the film is that thoughout its 119 minute run time, you never feel that urgency or pressure on you that the cha...[Read More]

The Greatest Showman
3.9

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The Greatest Showman

I would not call this a biopic entirely. It basically takes chapters out of the story of P.T. Barnum and recreates its own sweet fantasy world. “The noblest art is that of making others happy”  ― P.T. Barnum A world, where no matter how bad things are, or how fate deals out its cards to you, eventually things will be fine, cos you will make them fine. Taking creative liberties in showcasing the tr...[Read More]

Tiger Zinda Hai
3

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Tiger Zinda Hai

  The successful pairing of Sultan in 2016, obviously has prompted the director / actor pair of Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman to try and repeat their success. Set in current day Iraq, the film inspired by true events of Indian nurses being held hostage, takes on the fictional route of a team of RAW agents being sent to rescue them. This journey, gets Shenoy sir (Girish Karnad) and the minister (...[Read More]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
2.7

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  REVIEW BY HAMZA POONAWALA After two years, Star Wars returns with The Last Jedi. With unforgettable views, a great story, and multiple twists and turns along the way, Rian Johnson does a brilliant job with the second instalment of the sequel trilogy, considering the fact that this is his debut film. The film picks up from the events of The Force Awakens, where Rey tries to convince reluctan...[Read More]

fukreyreturns
1.5

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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]