“Main Tera Hero”… Beta No. 1

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Any film that takes a dig at Katrina Kaif’s Hindi can’t be all bad – even if does feature Nargis Fakhri, the latest claimant to Kaif’s throne. Tamil cinema has a thing for casting heroines who don’t look like they’ve ever stepped south of the Vindhyas. Hindi cinema, meanwhile, has a thing for […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Water, water, everywhere”

April 4, 2014

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“Noah” proves how difficult it is to make us go “wow” at the movies today, even with all of Hollywood’s money at your disposal. Have you heard of Noam Murro? Look him up in IMDb. He’s made a Dennis Quaid bomb called Smart People. He’s made a TV short named HBO Imagine. And he made […]

“Youngistaan / Dishkiyaaoon”… Papa’s boys

April 1, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… It must be strange being a producer’s kid. You see daddy whipping out his purse and making stars of others, and you think “Why can’t that be me?” And so you set out in search of stardom. And then you discover that all of daddy’s money can only get you to the point […]

“Inam”… Teardrops in the ocean

March 29, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Like all cinematographers, Santosh Sivan is in love with nature, and his frames are Zen-koan odes to a utopian equilibrium – the human forced to share space with the non-human. In an early scene in Inam, Nandan (S Karan), a teenager with Down’s Syndrome, is tied to a post alongside goats. Then there’s […]

“Nedunchalai”… Road rage

March 29, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… In his previous film, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, the director Krishna lost his way in trying to balance an intimate story with the overblown must-haves of a star-driven movie. He doesn’t make that mistake in Nedunchalai, which is toplined by Aari and and a terrific newcomer named Shivada. This is a rock-solid B-movie. If […]

“O Teri”… Corpse and nation robbers

March 29, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… It’s election time, and some genius probably thought Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was ripe for an update. And so we have two bumbling reporters (Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi) mired in deal-making politics, scams, a bridge collapse, unprincipled media practices, and a corpse that just won’t lie still. (Reporter One: “Yeh Avinash hai.” Reporter […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Notes from a film-music fan”

March 28, 2014

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A collection of thoughts on discovering Binaca Geetmala listings on the web. Imagine spending an afternoon falling through the Internet rabbit hole and finding, of all things, lists of songs that featured on Binaca Geetmala – from 1970 to 1980. Why just these years? Did the people who made these Wiki-pages not have the time to put […]