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Murtaza Ali Khan

Independent film critic and author of the movie blog 'A Potpourri of Vestiges'

Murtaza Ali Khan is an independent film critic based out of New Delhi, India. He is the Author of the movie blog “A Potpourri of Vestiges”. His education spans science, technology and management. Cinema is not only his passion but also his greatest obsession. His all-time favorite filmmakers are Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Fritz Lang, Jean-Pierre Melville, Sergio Leone, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Lars von Trier.
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'Aligarh': A Devastating Portrait Of Human Suffering

Aligarh--part character study, part courtroom drama laced with powerful social commentary--features a deeply nuanced performance from Manoj Bajpayee. Playing the challenging part of Prof. Siras, Bajpayee succeeds in capturing the complexities of a wounded man ostracized by a hypocritical, self-righteous society which is guilty of embracing dogmas in the name of morality while rejecting humanistic values such as love and compassion.
01/03/2016 8:11 AM IST
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'Neerja': A Heroic Account Of One Of India's Bravest Daughters

Neerja Bhanot's story is one of courage in the face of grave danger. It is a story that needed to be told and should have been told much earlier. However, while the movie succeeds as a biopic and handles the tender moments quite well, it somewhere falters in its attempt to capture the tension associated with the hijacking incident.
23/02/2016 8:01 AM IST
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'Jalsaghar': A Profoundly Evocative Satyajit Ray Classic

Jalsaghar is a sublime work of cinema that, having stood the test of time for over five decades, continues to inspire the budding filmmakers as well as enthrall the audiences worldwide. Widely considered as Satyajit Ray's most evocative film, Jalsaghar serves as a great means to get acquainted with Ray's oeuvre.
12/02/2016 8:11 AM IST
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'Airlift': A Shocking Reminder Of A Dark Chapter In Modern History

The movie is extremely well shot and has a sort of international feel to it. As far as Hindi cinema is concerned, it is quite a welcome sign. Just like all good rescue films, the emotional quotient is rather on the higher side but barring a few overdramatic moments (the sudden transformation of a ruthless businessman into a messianic figure is less than plausible) the element of realism is quite commendable.
25/01/2016 10:56 AM IST
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'Wazir': An Engaging Cinematic Experience

Overall, Wazir proves to be an engaging cinematic experience elevated by the performances of Bachchan and Akhtar. They get solid backing from the movie's supporting with a special mention of Aditi Rao Hydari who once again proves to be more than mere eye candy.
11/01/2016 8:43 AM IST
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10 Bollywood Films That Dared To Be Different In 2015

This year has been special for Bollywood. As someone who follows movies very closely, I have witnessed a breath of fresh air in Hindi cinema of late, with our filmmakers trying to be more experimental, inventive and courageous than they have ever been. So, here is my pick of 10 must-watch Bollywood movies from 2015 that combine food for thought with cinematic flair.
31/12/2015 8:30 AM IST
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Is A Much Too Predictable Walk Down Deja Vu Lane

The return of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to the Star Wars universe after an absence of 32 years is a grand event in itself. Add to this the re-emergence of the Millennium Falcon and Solo's close confidante Chewbacca along with C-3PO and R2D2, and we have another great Stars Wars adventure in the making. Alas, The Force Awakens flatters to deceive the millions of Star Wars fans the world over.
29/12/2015 8:16 AM IST
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‘Tamasha': A Spectacle That Makes You Look Within Yourself

Tamasha is a cinematic triumph that seamlessly blends commercial and art-house elements. It is also one of the most memorable films of the year and every Indian youngster should go watch it with their parents. Much like Taare Zameen Par and 3 Idiots, it reminds us that each child is born with a distinct set of qualities and the onus truly lies with the parents to allow their children to excel in life while pursuing their dreams instead of bludgeoning them into submission.
03/12/2015 9:12 AM IST
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'Spectre': A Not-So-Spirited Homage To 007 Films Of Yore

Spectre does have its moments but it is one of the weakest of the four films starring Craig as 007. The culprits are its weak storyline and a runtime that's the longest ever for a Bond film. While there is no dearth of thrills and adventure in here, the suspense quotient is surprisingly low especially since the film is being projected as the final missing piece in the puzzle that would unlock the mystery that binds the four films together.
28/11/2015 9:18 AM IST
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'Titli': A Riveting Cinematic Experience

Overall, Titli is a powerful work of cinema that jabs us in the small of our backs with the aim of dispelling our ignorance and apathy. The movie reminds us of the constant dangers that surround us and the helplessness of law to perpetually keep them at bay.
02/11/2015 9:19 AM IST
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'Shaandaar': A Brainless Entertainer

Overall, Shaandaar can best be described as a nonsensical entertainer that epitomizes commercial escapism in modern-day cinema. While the movie lacks any real substance, the creative thought that went into it needs to be commended.
23/10/2015 8:38 AM IST
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'Talvar': A Propaganda Film With Weak Cinematic Appeal

While the movie, its propaganda aside, is not really bad but one finds it rather difficult to appreciate its desperation as a work of cinema. Everything about the movie looks rather forced as if someone is knocking at the doors of creativity in a hope to conjure up a semblance of realism. Alas, a craving for realism in an attempted 'whodunit' doesn't sound like the best idea!
09/10/2015 8:16 AM IST
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'The Martian': A Testament To The Indomitable Spirit Of Man

As far as Hollywood is concerned, space travel has become a recurring motif in recent years. While it was Christopher Nolan' Interstellar last year, it was Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity the year before. The Martian is certainly superior to Gravity in that it talks about more than just the perils of space travel, but it fails to match the metaphysical depth of Interstellar.
05/10/2015 11:12 AM IST

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