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Anupama Chopra, founder & editor of Film Companion, is a film critic, television anchor and book author. She has been writing about Bollywood since 1993. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Hindustan Times, The Los Angeles Times and Vogue (India).

Here you can find all of her reviews for movies from across the globe.

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When I told someone that I’m going to see a film called Bloody Daddy, he said it sounds like bad porn. As it turns out, Bloody Daddy is a solidly entertaining cops-and-gangsters saga. It features Shahid Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Diana Penty, Ronit Roy, Rajeev Khandelwal, Ankur Bhatia, and Vivan Bhatena.Visit us at Follow Us On:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is both enjoyable and tiring, highlighting superhero fatigue in the 32nd film of the MCU. Director James Gunn continues to bring a unique sense of fun to the genre with this band of misfits. With the tagline "Once More with Feeling," it's a return to form for the Guardians. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra. 
Afwaah (starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bhumi Pednekar and Sumeet Vyas), similar to Anubhav's recent Bheed or Hansal Mehta's Faraaz, is a part of Bollywood's dissenting cinema. While it is crucial to have such films, they often assume a morally superior stance, neglecting the importance of narrating a captivating story, which can itself drive change. As the renowned late American critic Roger Ebert once said, movies are the most influential aid to empathy among all arts, and excellent films can transform us into better individuals. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Ponniyin Selvan 2 starring Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, and Sobhita Dhulipala is a towering tale of ambition, tragedy, love, and greed. At stake is the crown of the Chola empire in 10th-century India. And where there is a throne, there must be blood. This film is a portrait of power, which we know is a Faustian bargain. It demands sacrifice – of lives, morals, and relationships.
U Turn starring Alaya F is a remake of the 2016 Kannada hit, also called U Turn. But debutant feature director Arif Khan isn’t content to merely retell the story of a makeshift divider on a flyover in a new language. To know more about the film, here's the full movie review by Anupama Chopra.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, starring Salman Khan & Pooja Hegde is a remake of the 2014 Tamil film Veeram. To be fair, this film has a more coherent narrative than Salman’s last few outings. But those were Radhe and Dabangg 3 so the bar is very low. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
In this review, film critic Anupama Chopra shares her review of the latest Telugu film, Shaakuntalam. She discusses her biggest takeaway from the film, the film’s soul-sapping tedium, VFX, and more.
A spy comedy with the formidable Radhika Apte as a Kolkata housewife who also happens to be an undercover agent. A sparkling idea. What could go wrong? As it turns out, everything. To know more about the movie, here's the full movie review by Anupama Chopra.
In this movie review by Anupama Chopra, with a gripping premise and a talented cast including Aditya Roy Kapur, Ronit Roy and Mrunal Thakur, the movie falls short due to dull storytelling and uninteresting characters. Gumraah stars Aditya Roy Kapoor in a double role. This thriller is a remake of the 2019 Tamil film Thadam. Listen to the full review to know more!
Bholaa is Kaithi on steroids. Director, leading man and co-producer Ajay Devgn take Lokesh Kanagaraj’s 2019 action drama – Kaithi means prisoner - and cranks up the volume, literally and metaphorically, to 11. The operating principle of this film is more is more. Bholaa stars Tabu, Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Mishra, and Gajraj Rao in pivotal roles. 
There is one clever twist in Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga starring Yami Gautam, Sunny Kaushal, and Sharad Kelkar but to get to it you have to sit through a disjointed story that goes back and forth in time – first, the action moves to eight hours ago and then eight months ago. To know more about the film, here's the full review by Anupama Chopra on Reviews and More by Film Companion.
In Bheed, Anubhav revisits the horrors of March 2020, the early months of the pandemic when India went into lockdown. Anubhav and casting director Mukesh Chhabra have put together a superb ensemble cast – apart from Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, there’s Pankaj Kapur, Ashutosh Rana, Dia Mirza, Aditi Subedi, Aditya Srivastava and Virendra Saxena. To know more about the film, here's the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Gulmohar starring Manoj Bajpayee, Sharmila Tagore, and Amol Palekar begins and ends with a family gathering. There are lines in the film about the fast-changing landscape of Delhi where old bungalows are giving way to skyscrapers. But if strong enough, familial bonds outlast houses. This film gives us the comfort of that. To know more about the movie, Listen to the full movie review of Gulmohar by Anupama Chopra.
What is lost in Lost, on Zee 5, starring Yami Gautam, is not just a human being, but humanity itself. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Steven Spielberg’s new film The Fabelmans starring Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams and Paul Dano is a many splendored thing. For starters, it is the origin myth of the director himself. The film depicts events from Spielberg’s life from 1952 to 1965. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
The film Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat is about two couples – one in London and the other in Dalhousie. Both are played by Alaya F & Karan Mehta. There are differences in class, religion, identity but the barriers they face are the same – bigotry, patriarchy and hate so strong that there is no reasoning with it. Not surprisingly, tragedy strikes but Anurag, always an advocate of revolution, ends on a fiery note with DJ Mohabbat declaring: Mohabbat se hi toh kranti aayegi. Listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
With Pathaan, the emperor gets his groove back. From his electrifying introduction scene to the end sequence, in which co-writer and director Siddharth Anand tips his hat to three decades of stardom Shah Rukh commands the frame. Pathaan stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Ashutosh Rana and Dimple Kapadia. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Mission Majnu starring Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna begins with the declaration that it is inspired by true events. If we believe the events in this film, we have to conclude that Pakistan, in the mid-seventies, was run by men who could all fit under one label - Dumb and Dumber. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
In Chhatriwali, starring Rakul Preet Singh, Sumeet Vyas, Satish Kaushik, Dolly Ahluwalia, and Rajesh Tailang, writers Sanchit Gupta and Priyadarshee Srivastava are so keen to make their Let’s-talk-about-sex messaging land that the plot slowly veers into the absurd. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam starring Mammootty, Ramya Pandian & Ashokan, is Tamil for an afternoon nap. It’s the title of the new film by Lijo Jose Pellissery, one of Malayalam cinema’s most inventive and invigorating filmmakers– his earlier films include Jallikattu, India’s entry for the Oscars in 2019. Lijo is often referred to as the master of chaos. But this film is a departure – it’s quieter and more still. To know more about the film, listen to the full review by Anupama Chopra.
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