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'Thugs of Hindostan': Aamir Khan steals the show

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The story begins Circa 1795 when the British East India Company tries to annex the princely state of Ronakpur. When negotiations fail, they assassinate its ruler Mirza (Ronit Roy) and his son Aslam. Mirza's trusted Lieutenant Khudabaksh Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan) escapes from the British's bullets, taking along with him Mirza's young daughter Zafira.

'FryDay': Slapstick but entertaining

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The plot revolves around a hard working but ineffective salesman Rajiv Chabra (Varun Sharma) who is unable to sell his company's Pavitra Pani Purifier for months. His immediate boss threatens him with dismissal if he does not sell at least one water purifier by Friday.

'Peppermint': Has no flavour or essence of its own

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While you try to find meaning and depth in the narrative, you realise there is no reason for the film to be called what it is. As silly as it may sound, the title is an odd, passing reference to an ice-cream flavour.

Nawazuddin's 'Manto' echoes Guru Dutt's 'Pyaasa'

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Nandita Das shoots Manto's life and writings as vignettes of invaluable splendour. We are provided insightful glimpses into the man's private life with a supportive but disenchanted wife, played with sensitivity and affection by Rasika Duggal, trying hard to cope with the financial constraints, trying to wrap her spousal instincts around the mind of a man who was not only ahead of his times, but also not afraid of defying norms even if it meant taking on the law and the government.

'Love Sonia': A familiar tale brutally told

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For a tale about women being exploited for sex, what makes "Love Sonia" stands out is that it treats its women as relatively unimportant. The narrative takes off in a place 1,400 km north of Mumbai, where Shiva (Adil Hussain), a farmer of a barren land is forced to sell one of his two daughters to "Dada Thakur" (Anupam Kher), a zamindar.

'Manmarziyaan': Performances elevate this predictable love-triangle

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Infatuation, lust and love are emotions that are handled with equal fervour. There is a lot happening and it happens so charmingly and with such quick spirit and wit, that it's enough to keep you hooked.

'Gali Guleiyan': A uniquely told catharsis

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The film "Gali Guleiyan", which literally means "lanes and bylanes", is set in a location with a maze of bylanes, akin to the walled city of Old Delhi, which metaphorically transports you into the complicated labyrinth of the hero's mind.

Bright cast, intelligent script in 'Happy...' sequel

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As far as sequels go, "Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi"(HPBJ) is a long-legged sprinter. It hops, skips and gambols through a maze of amusing incidents woven around some of the most wittily constructed yet inoffensive ethnic jokes seen and heard in Hindi cinema, notorious for insulting cultures and nationalities.

'Vishwaroop II': Astutely mounted mediocre fare

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The film is virtually Kamal Haasan's show and he with his natural charm and charisma, subtly portrays himself as an efficient and mentally agile Raw agent, a loving husband and a dutiful son. He manages to do this with oodles of cinematic liberty which includes excellent edit cuts and computer generated images.

'Fanney Khan': Works as a satire yet incredulous

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The film works as a satire. But, by the time the police spontaneously applaud a man they have every reason to believe is holding a hostage, the film has given up any shred of plausibility and is simply trying to be a nice comedy. It is nice, but not much of a comedy.

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