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“Dum Laga Ke Haisha”… An enchanting rom-com with a surprisingly dysfunctional core

March 2, 2015


Spoilers ahead… Sharat Katariya likes to take familiar stories and set them in places you don’t expect. In his first feature, 10ml Love, he relocated A Midsummer Night’s Dream to modern-day Mumbai. In Dum Laga Ke Haisha, he transports the rom-com – a traditionally urbane genre – to Haridwar of the 1990s. The era is […]

“Ab Tak Chhappan 2.”… A needless sequel that feels like a relic from another age

February 27, 2015


Spoilers ahead… News is just out that they’re planning a sequel to Blade Runner, which was released in 1982. So as belated follow-ups go, Ab Tak Chhappan 2 isn’t all that belated. Still, the decision to add another chapter to Shimit Amin’s 2004 film (this one is directed by Aejaz Gulab) is a curious one. […]

“Badlapur”… A stunning thriller about PTSD

February 27, 2015


Spoilers ahead… The tag line for Sriram Raghavan’s new film Badlapur is “Don’t Miss The Beginning,” and we wonder, first, what’s so missable about it. Everything’s so… ordinary. We’re on this side of a street in Pune. At the other end, there’s a bank. There are a few passers-by. There’s the noise of traffic and […]

“Shamitabh”… Mostly good, madly inventive, and then there’s that ending

February 25, 2015


Spoilers ahead… R Balki was put on earth for two reasons. One, to provide exciting projects for Ilayaraja and ensure that the maestro doesn’t languish in the south. Two, to provide exciting projects for Amitabh Bachchan and ensure that the superstar doesn’t languish in the shadow of his super-image. About the latter, first. When it […]

“MSG The Messenger of God”… You’re going to need God-given strength for this one

February 21, 2015


Spoilers ahead… As I was stepping out of a screening of MSG: The Messenger of God – as opposed to, you know, MSG: Do You Really Need It In Your Kitchen? – a man who was in the audience came up and asked how I’d liked the movie. I’d have told him the truth, but […]

“Roy”… A very slow trudge to nowhere

February 20, 2015


Spoilers ahead… If you wandered into a multiplex and wanted to locate the screen on which Roy is playing, just head towards the discreet coughing. That would be the audience, after two-and-a-half hours of incessant second-hand smoking. Kabir (Arjun Rampal), Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) and assorted supporting characters are rarely seen without a cigarette (or a […]

A cab, a conversation

February 8, 2015


About “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” John Lennon probably meant it in a bigger, more existential sense. But I found life happening to me, in the face of my other plans, when I walked into the zero-degree weather outside Berlin’s Tegel airport. While in Chennai, I decided I’d […]

“Khamoshiyan”… More stupidity than scares

February 3, 2015


Spoilers ahead… As Khamoshiyan opens, we see a mansion – its name: Lakeside Manor – and over it, we hear a man’s voice. “Kal raat phir wohi khwaab dekha.” And I thought this was going to be a retread of Rebecca. First, there is that looming mansion, redolent of Manderley. Then there’s the line itself, […]

“Hawaizaada”… A good director flounders without a good script

February 1, 2015


Spoilers ahead… Some of our politicians are going to be very, very happy with Vibhu Puri’s Hawaizaada. (About that title – is it just me, or did you too feel, when you first encountered it, that you’d heard a swearword?) The film posits that an Indian named Shivkar Bapuji Talpade invented the airplane eight years […]

“Baby”… A solid entertainer with a semblance of reality

January 24, 2015


Spoilers ahead… Watching Akshay Kumar as covert ops specialist Ajay Singh Rajput in the new thriller Baby, I began to wonder if there was another star who would have been equally at home in this exceptionally physical role. Salman has the muscles, yes, but with him, the film would have turned more escapist and pop-py. […]


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