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Bhakshak review

All posturing, no heft.

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Shōgun review

Shades of Thrones.

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith review

Spy comedy but make it richer.

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Masters of the Air review

Apple’s $250 million bet (mostly) pays off.

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Killer Soup review

Chaotically overcooked.

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Echo review

Marvel’s slump drags on.

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Kho Gaye Hum Kahan review

Lost in the malaise.

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The Archies review

Zoya Akhtar’s nepo baby-riddled imagining of Riverdale has the desire but little else.

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Best TV series of 2023

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Marvel movies, ranked

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Christopher Nolan movies, ranked

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Every Indian Netflix original movie, ranked

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The Railway Men review

Incompetence is the name of the game.

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The Marvels review

Joyous but lacking in substance.

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Best of MAMI 2023

My eight favourite titles from the Mumbai Film Festival.

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Khufiya review

The exact opposite of a spy thriller.

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EA Sports FC 24 review

New name, same FIFA.

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Jaane Jaan review

Kareena Kapoor Khan is the least interesting element in Sujoy Ghosh’s most mature movie yet.

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Jawan review

Two Shah Rukh Khans, too many PSAs.

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Guns & Gulaabs review

Gory and garrulous, unfunny and uninspired.

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Made in Heaven: Season 2 review

Overwhelming and emotionally exhausting.

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Kohrra review

Netflix’s Udta Punjab tackles toxic masculinity in a biting, understated fashion.

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The Witcher: Season 3 review

As Henry Cavill exits and the Netflix series fails to correct its faults, you get the sense this will never be the next Game of Thrones.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review

The sequel to the Oscar-winning original is mature, wilder, and more ambitious—but it’s ultimately one half of a movie.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 review

James Gunn is hooked on a feeling—but his overstuffed movie occasionally gets out of hand.

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The Mandalorian: Season 3 review

Partly aimless, the Star Wars series’ third eight-chapter batch ended in a way that signalled it might be done for good.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods review

Looks terrible, lacks the original’s freshness, and struggles with its extended cast.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania review

Jonathan Majors is great but his Kang—the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big bad—suffers in a film that looks fake and struggles to sketch an arc for its growing ensemble.

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Barbie review

Greta Gerwig expertly and hilariously sketches out the problems with our male-dominated world—but with zero subtlety.

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Heart of Stone review

A new Mission: Impossible? Not even close.

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The Flash review

Best DC universe movie since Wonder Woman.

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Ted Lasso: Season 3 review

An own goal.

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Peter Pan & Wendy review

Another instantly-forgettable Disney live-action remake—I never want to revisit this Neverland.

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Murder Mystery 2 review

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler deliver utter garbage.

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Rocket Boys 2 review

Enamoured by politics and conspiracies, the SonyLIV original series forgets what made it interesting.

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The Night Manager review

The Disney+ Hotstar remake—with Anil Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur—is fine, but it can’t live up to the original.

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Oppenheimer review

Christopher Nolan goes nuclear.

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Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning review

No better duo than Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie when it comes to action blockbuster filmmaking in Hollywood today.

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Extraction 2 review

Chris Hemsworth-led Netflix sequel is bigger and more personal—but it fails to be any better.

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Succession: Season 4 review

Everything burns.

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Ghosted review

Ana de Armas and Chris Evans’ charm can’t rescue this spy rom-com.

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John Wick: Chapter 4 review

The incredible, intense, and innovative action is ultimately overwhelming, overdrawn, and results in an overlong movie.

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The Last of Us review

The first season of the HBO series tweaks, expands, and moves beyond the 2013 eponymous video game in marvellous ways.

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Avatar: The Way of Water review

James Cameron delivers the biggest ‘video game movie’ ever.

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor review

An improvement on Fallen Order, but still flawed.

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PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X

Time for a next-gen showdown.

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PlayStation 5 review: new era, half jump

Next-gen is expensive.

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Xbox Series X review: old wine made new

Ready for next-gen, but it isn’t here yet.

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Disney’s Mulan is not bold—or smart—enough

It panders too much to Chinese interests, and squanders the potential it had.

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Indian Matchmaking is what we deserve

Netflix keeps making regressive reality TV because people keep watching it.

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The best TV shows of the 2010s

I watched a lot of TV this decade — it became work halfway in — so I figured I’d make something out of it.

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The world of autonomous driving

An inside look at the efforts of European car-makers, private stakeholders and legislators to help mould the future of driving.

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Portfolio

A curated collection of Akhil’s written works, across film, TV, gaming, and technology.

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