There’s a very witty moment in KV Anand’s Kavan (Catapult). I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll just say it toys with the interval moment in our cinema, the way we’ve come to anticipate it from events that keep building to a dramatic high.
And that’s it. Nothing else is remotely interesting, unless you’re a fan of the Madhur Bhandarkar brand of satire, which picks an aspect of society and brands it as evil – we’re meant to tut-tut and applaud the filmmaker for opening our eyes. The seriously overlong Kavan is about television, and all the research is up there on screen. You don’t have to worry about missing any of it. The writing takes no chances. In case you did not know what “embedded journalism” is, you get the phrase, the definition, and the connection to Iraq. The film could have been titled Google.
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