Murtaza Ali Khan

Founder/Editor-In-Chief

Murtaza Ali Khan is an award-winning film critic, journalist, and Radio/TV panelist based out of New Delhi, India. He runs the award-winning entertainment blog 'A Potpourri of Vestiges'. He has been writing on cinema for over 10 years. He is the Films Editor for Cafe Dissensus based out of New York City and India. He also contributes to publications like The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian, Newslaundry, The Patriot, The Quint, National Herald, and The Huffington Post.  As a mass communication professional and trained filmmaker, he regularly conducts workshops on film journalism, digital filmmaking, and screenwriting. He tweets at @MurtazaCritic.

Some of the latest television discussions that he been a part of:

1.  Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan is presently shooting his film Laal Singh Chaddha in Turkey. But, his meeting Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan is being blown out of proportion by the Indian media, especially since India is neither at war with Turkey nor severed its diplomatic ties with it. Khan joined NewsX for two back to back discussions via Zoom to share his thoughts on the issue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W22TCyT4hu0&t=27s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXsyb56RfwI&t=1281s

2. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya, and grand daughter Aaradhya have all tested positive for COVID-19. Also, Anupam Kher's brother Raju Kher and mother Dulari Kher have reported positive for COVID-19. Khan joined India Ahead News live via Skype to share his thoughts on the growing threat of COVID-19 to Bollywood:

3. Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's tragic death left some serious questions about how even actors with proven box-office stats can suddenly start feeling alienated in the film industry. Khan joined India News lives through their OB facility to share his thoughts on the matter:


4. Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut accused her fellow actors who joined the George Floyd protests for not raising their voices against the Palghar lynching. Khan joined NewsX live via Zoom to share his thoughts on the issue at large:


5. The Ravikanth Perepu directed Telugu film Krishna And His Leela which recently released on Netflix is now being described as Anti-Hindu by certain fringe elements. Khan joined India News live via Zoom to share his views on the subject.


Here is a quick glimpse at his recent activities:






His education spans science, technology, mass communication, and management. Cinema is his greatest passion. His all-time favorite movie-makers are Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Fritz Lang, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. He can be reached at murtaza.jmi@gmail.com / murtaza@apotpourriofvestiges.com. 




The following is a chronological compilation of movie reviews written by Murtaza Ali Khan for A Potpourri of VestigesReaders can click on the desired movie-title in order to access the particular review. The complete index of reviews published on this blog can be accessed here.


July 2020


Hanna: Season 2


June 2020

The Twilight Zone: Season 2
The Luminaries
La Patrie - Homeland
Widow of Silence
Choked (2020)


May 2020

Betaal (2020)
Illegal (2020)
Paatal Lok (2020)
Four More Shots Please: Season 2
Extraction (2020)


April 2020

The Irishman
The Platform
The Raikar Case (2020)
Panchayat (2020)
Maska (2020)


March 2020

Special Ops (2020)
Asur (2020)
Les Miserable (India Release - Oscar-nominated French Film)
Altered Carbon: Season 2 (2020)
Yeh Ballet (2020)



February 2020

Hunters (2020)
Rise Of Empires: Ottomon (2020)
Gul Makai (2020)



January 2020

Street Dancer (2020)
Dracula (2020)
Tanhaji (2020)
Ghost Stories (2020)



December 2019

Good Newwz (2019)
Watchmen (2019)
Panipat (2019)
Hotel Mumbai (2019)


November 2019

Frozen 2 (2019)
Motichoor Chaknachoor  (2019)
Terminator: Dark Fate  (2019)


October 2019

Saand Ki Aankh  (2019)
P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar (2019)
The Sky Is Pink (2019)
Joker (2019)
War (2019)


September 2019

The Family Man (2019)
Bard of Blood (2019)
Zoya Factor (2019)
Section 375 (2019)
Chhichhore (2019)


August 2019

Yomeddine
Mission Mangal (2019)
Jabariya Jodi (2019)
Hobbs & Shaw (2019)


July 2019

Judgementall Hai Kya (2019)
Family of Thakurganj (2019)
Super 30 (2019)
Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019)


June 2019

Article 15 (2019)
Game Over (2019)
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Nakkash (2019)


May 2019

India's Most Wanted (2019)
Chhota Bheem (2019)
Setters (2019)


April 2019

Kalank (2019)
Paharganj (2019)
TVF Tripling Season 2 (2019)


March 2019

Gone Kesh (2019)
The Sholay Girl (2019)
Mard Ho Dard Nahi Hota (2019)
Kesari (2019)
Triple Frontier (2019)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Badla (2019)
Sonchiriya (2019)


February 2019

Gully Boy (2019)
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)


January 2019

Bombairiya (2019)
Uri (2019)


September 2018

Pataaka (2018)
Manto (2018)
Love Sonia (2018)
Manmarziyaan (2018)
Halkaa (2018)


August 2018

Stree (2018)
Ghoul (2018)
Satyamev Jayate (2018)


July 2018

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Skyscraper (2018)
Soorma (2018)
Hanuman vs Mahiravana (2018)
Sacred Games (2018)


June 2018

Sanju (2018)
Lust Stories (2018)
Race 3 (2018)
Bhavesh Joshi (2018)


May 2018

Raazi (2018)


April 2018

October (2018)


Raid (2018)
Pari (2018)


Aiyaary (2018)
Breathe (2018)
Love Per Square Foot (2018)
PadMan (2018)


My Birthday Song (2018)
Mukkabaaz (2018)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Black Mirror (Season 4), Episode 1: 'USS Callister" (2018)


Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Fukrey Returns (2017)
Love, Bites (2017)
Firangi (2017)


Tumhari Sulu (2017)
Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)
Ribbon (2017)
Ittefaq (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


October 2017

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Secret Superstar (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Muavza (2017)
Chef (2017)


September 2017

CRD (2017)
Newton (2017)
Simran (2017)
Lucknow Central (2017)
Mughal-E-Azam [Play]
Baadshaho (2017)



July 2017

Mubarakan (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)
Lipstick Under My Burkah (2017)
Jagga Jasoos (2017)
Shab (2017)


June 2017

Tubelight (2017)
Aamad (2017)
Raabta (2017)
Guy in the Sky (2017)
Love U Family (2017)
The School Diary
Baywatch (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)
A Death in the Gunj (2016)


May 2017

Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017)
Pagla Ghoda (2017)
Half Girlfriend (2017)
Hindi Medium (2017)
Sarkar 3 (2017)


April 2017

A Walk in the Woods [Play]
Baahubali 2 (2017)
Noor (2017)
Maatr (2017)
Begum Jaan (2017)
Fast & Furious 8 (2017)
Mirza Juuliet (2017)
Naam Shabana (2017)


March 2017

Poorna (2017)
Phillauri (2017)
Anaarkali of Arrah (2017)
Trapped (2017)
Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)

February 2017

Rangoon (2017)
Irada (2017)
Silence (2016)
Jolly LLB 2 (2017)
Kung Fu Yoga (2017)


Banjo (2016)
Wah Taj (2016)
Pink (2016)
Bhuvan Shome (1969)

August 2016

Glas (1958)
Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016)

July 2016

Buddha in a Traffic Jam (2016)
Madaari (2016)
Great Grand Masti (2016)
Shorgul (2016)


November 2015


October 2015

Titli (2015)
The Martian (2015)

September 2015
Jackie Brown (1997)

August 2015
July 2015

June 2015
Revolver Rani (2014)

May 2015
NH10 (2015)

February 2015
Shamitabh (2015)

December 2014

November 2014

No Country for Old Men (2007)
Interstellar (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)

October 2014

Happy New Year (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Haider (2014)

September 2014

Finding Fanny (2014)
Boyhood (2014)

June 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

May 2014

April 2014

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

March 2014
Jinnah (1998)

February 2014

January 2014

Pacific Rim (2013)
Dedh Ishqiya (2014)
12 Years a Slave (2013)

December 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

November 2013

Junoon (1978)
The Last Tycoon (1976)

October 2013

Barefoot to Goa (2013)

September 2013

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
The Great Gatsby (2013)

August 2013



February 2012


January 2012

December 2011


October 2011


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