New Delhi: Ashutosh Gowariker’s period drama Mohenjo Daro, starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde, is neither historically accurate nor engaging storytelling, says emirates247.com. There is a distinct disconnect in this costume movie. You hope there will be more drama and depth, and possibly insight into the civilization, but nothing unfolds over the two-and-a-half-hour screen time.

Filmi Beat is more impressed, emphasizing that the film has all the elements to entertain the audiences, including an old-world charm, never-seen-before spectacle and backdrop, a twist of love, romance and action. Gowariker leaves no stone unturned to make this one work.

Akshay Kumar-starrer Rustom, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, is unabashedly tacky and unintentionally hilarious, though it does have its moments, says Scroll.in. Its recreation of an iconic trial echoes the narrative style of the lesser films of the period in which the actual crime occurred—it throws out the facts in favour of a simplistic and crowd-pleasing solution, glosses over its hero’s criminal behaviour, and paints its characters in black and white.

Bollywoodlife.com adds that this isn’t a bad film in essence, however a little more conviction in the narrative could have made it one of the best courtroom dramas of all time. Every character surrounding the main lead is too one-dimensional, the subplot of the Navy scandal quite weak, and the romantic songs forced.

In the south, Tamil romantic actioner Wagah, directed by G.N.R. Kumaravelan and starring Vikram Prabhu and Ranya Rao, impresses as a cross-border conflict tale with more emphasis on human emotions and humanitarian values, says Indiaglitz.com. However, over-dependence on cinematic liberties spoils the impact it could have created. The film also draws a thin line between patriotism and jingoism and a twist at interval point gives way to an eventful and interesting second half.

Telugu romantic comedy Babu Bangaram, directed by Maruthi Dasari and starring Venkatesh and Nayanthara, goes easy on the audience and doesn’t test the IQ levels, says telugu360.com. The attempt is to create a full-fledged commercial movie, but the makers fail to realize how difficult it is to pull that off at Venkatesh’s age. The film has no high points.

Marathi comedy drama YZ, directed by Sameer Vidwans and starring Sagar Deshmukh, Akshay Tanksale and Parna Pethe, is consistently amusing, says Pune Mirror. It’s not perfect and it’s certainly not very original, but it is smart, has believable characters and avoids the usual traps of conventional storytelling. The characters are interesting because the world they live in is contemporary and real and the dialogue is a strong element.

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Tamil satire film Joker, Tamil actioner Mudinja Ivana Pudi, Malayalam movies Inspector Dawood Ibrahim, Marubhoomiyile Aana and Pretham, Marathi film Autograph, and Bengali films Eagoler Chokh and Shikari.

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