One by Two
Director: Devika Bhagat
Cast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai
Amit is a software professional whose life turns upside down when his girlfriend dumps him. Samara lives with her alcoholic mother and dreams of becoming the best dancer in the world. The movie drags in the first half with an overdose of whines. Abhay Deol, who is capable of such great acting, could have done better.
12 Years A Slave
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt
This movie is a brutal and honest telling of American slavery. It follows Solomon Northup, a free black man, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1840s. Unlike Quentin Tarantino’s over the top Django Unchained, this one’s a truer take on the topic. With exemplary acting, unflinching direction and superb storytelling, it’s a must-watch.
Director: K Balakrishnan
Cast: Vijay Sethupathy, Inigo, Gayatri, Aishwaria
Set in a rustic milieu, it centres on two college friends and the unfortunate turn their lives take when they fall in love. It has an insipid screenplay, lacklustre narration, weak characterisation and a bad climax. Marketed as a Vijay Sethupathy film, the actor neither gets enough screen space nor a role of substance. Inigo, the other hero, gets a better deal. A disappointment.