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Readers Write In #111: “Pal pal har pal” from Lage raho Munnabhai is The definitive Hindi film song

November 13, 2019


(by Ankit Sinha) Cinema, plot and time, and why I think “Pal pal har pal” from Lage raho Munnabhai is The definitive Hindi film song “Pal pal..” is not just a great example of how to place film songs well in a narrative, but it can serve as the very image of the concept of […]

Readers Write In #110: Why sending action movies like War to China is a bad idea

November 13, 2019


(by Alex John) The thought of War being sent to China kept ringing in the back of my head he whole time I watched it. Nothing has been announced yet, although the huge studio that backs the film and bucks that it rakes in domestically makes it safe to assume that War could be the […]

#AskBR – 60 years of Kamal-ism

November 12, 2019


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“The Sky is Pink”… A tastefully made weepie that’s cheerier than the downbeat material would have you think

November 12, 2019


The colour palette is the kind you’d find in a catalogue, among choices like “aqua” and “ecru”.) The director’s success is that all this “good taste” doesn’t come in the way of feeling for the characters. Spoilers ahead… Shonali Bose’s The Sky is Pink opens after the death of Aisha Chaudhary (played by Zaira Wasim), […]

Interview: Shruti Haasan

November 6, 2019


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“Saand Ki Aankh”… This incredible true-life story is crudely told but affecting nonetheless

October 29, 2019


The film isn’t interested in psychology. It’s more about big moments, like a “mass” movie. It is, actually, a “mass” movie — a Salman Khan movie, but with two sixty-plus heroines… Spoilers ahead… Tushar Hiranandani is the writer behind films as varied in tone as Ek Villain and the Masti installments. Whatever your opinion on […]

John Woo’s ‘The Killer’, ‘War’ and why ‘masala’ cinema can be taken as seriously as any other ‘genre’

October 10, 2019


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: War is turning out to be a huge hit. Given the stars – Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff – and the popcorn-friendly genre, it’s probably not that unexpected a phenomenon. But this also happens to be a very well-written film (the screenplay is by Siddharth Anand, the director, […]

“Section 375.”… A well-made courtroom drama that careens provocatively between #MeToo and #MenToo

October 8, 2019


This is really Akshaye Khanna’s movie. He appears to have lost some weight. He looks taut and wiry, and you’d use the same words to describe his performance. Spoilers ahead… Anjali Dangle (Meera Chopra) comes from a Marathi-speaking family, and from a very middle-class neighbourhood. She’s a junior costume designer, and she’s working in a […]

“The Zoya Factor”… A harmless cricket-based satire/rom-com that just about makes it past the crease

October 3, 2019


The champagne-lightness of the writing just pops on screen, though the leading man needed a better leading lady. Spoilers ahead… It’s a fabulous premise. A junior copywriter unlucky in love and (generally) life transforms into the Indian cricket team’s lucky charm. In other words, the ugly duckling turns into… And how does this fairy tale […]

“War”… Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff face off in a beautifully written action entertainer

October 3, 2019


Dig beyond the surface pleasures, and you’ll see how the film marries our masala sensibilities to the Bond/Bourne action spectacles. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: Siddharth Anand’s War is a deeply felt labour of love. It’s the testosteronic equivalent of what Shah Jahan built for Mumtaz Mahal. […]

“Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”… Chiranjeevi is rousing in a weakly written historical drama

October 2, 2019


Even the biggest star needs the gravity of a strong screenplay, and that’s where the film falters, and ultimately fails. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: In the pantheon of ageing-yet-ageless stars of the south, Chiranjeevi has been missed the most. In Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth still lights up […]

“A Dog and His Man”… A quiet, moving record of a village that vanishes due to the coal beneath it

September 30, 2019


Siddharth Tripathy’s film was premiered as an Official Selection at Vancouver International Film Festival. It will be screened at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star, 2019. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: The title of Siddharth Tripathy’s quiet, moving film sounds like something out of a fable, […]

Why Gully Boy is the right choice for Oscars: Visibility, international buzz gives the film a real shot

September 26, 2019


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about Anurag Kashyap. His Gangs of Wasseypur, which was screened at the 2012 Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, was the only Indian entry in The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century, compiled by The Guardian. (“Stylish, visceral […]

“Dream Girl”… Ayushmann Khurrana stars in an “Ayushmann Khurrana comedy” that’s his lamest one yet

September 13, 2019


The director, who’s from television, doesn’t want ‘people’. He is content with flat, sitcom-style cartoons and poke-in-the-ribs music. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: In 1977, Pramod Chakravorty made a movie titled after what the nation had nicknamed Hema Malini: Dream Girl. It was about a woman who […]

“Chhichhore”… Some mild amusement cannot redeem a slapdash bunch of friendship clichés

September 12, 2019


All the A-for-apple screenplay wants to do is comfort us with clichés — say, the fact that friends you have lost touch with over the years will drop everything and land up the minute you reach out to them, even if they are in faraway lands. Spoilers ahead… Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore feels like a drawing-board […]

“After your mid-30s, politics and social issues become important”

September 4, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Gitanjali Rao and Deborah Sathe talk about ‘Bombay Rose’, and films from India that can work on the international stage. To o explain why she likes the path less taken, Gitanjali Rao brings up her “commie upbringing”, thanks to Konkani-Gujarati parents who ran off and got […]

“Bombay Rose”… Gitanjali Rao’s first animated feature is a lovely ode to the city, its rains, its films, its cats…

September 3, 2019


The animation is lovely. I’d say “spectacular”, but that’s too big, too technological-sounding a word, something you’d use for a Pixar movie, with its banks of gleaming computers. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: The Critics’ Week sidebar section of the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival […]

FC @ Venice 2019 – Full coverage

August 29, 2019


Read the coverage at Film Companion (links below)… 1: BOMBAY ROSE 2: AD ASTRA 3: JOKER 4: Roman Polanski’s J’ACCUSE, plus VERDICT 5: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s CHOLA 6. EMA / MADRE / SOLE 7. Interview with GITANJALI RAO and DEBORAH SATHE 8. Martin Scorsese’s NEW YORK, NEW YORK, […]

Interview: Prabhas

August 28, 2019


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Creating a conversation around trans characters in cinema

August 27, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A look at how ‘Super Deluxe’ depicts a trans character as neither villain nor saint, but as simply flawed and all-too-human. By now, I think it’s safe to say the “gay film” (i.e. films about two men in love or in a relationship) or the “lesbian […]