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“Chhapaak”… Deepika Padukone stars in an issue-heavy movie that Meghna Gulzar treats with impressive lightness

January 13, 2020


This isn’t the angry film I thought it would be. It is, surprisingly, filled with laughter and hope, and a solid companion piece to ‘Uyare’. Spoilers ahead… What is it about acid attacks that makes them possibly the worst possible crime on a woman? Listen to this phrase from the gorgeous and heartfelt Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy number […]

A bit of hand-wringing about Deepika Padukone and ‘Chhapaak’

January 7, 2020


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: As an actor, as a very beautiful actor, Deepika Padukone is well within her rights to play an acid-attack survivor. Then, why is this movie making me uneasy? Spoilers ahead… I’m having some trouble wrapping my head around an actor like Deepika Padukone in a drama […]

“Good Newwz”… Akshay, Kareena, Diljit and Kiara star in a riotous comedy of cross-pollination

December 30, 2019


If Diljit Dosanjh’s persona were a movie, I’d imagine it’d be something like this: genial, casual, comfortable with its blingy brightness, not particularly out to transform the world but impossible to resist. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: Here’s one of my biggest laughs of the year, but […]

“Dabangg 3.”… Salman Khan stars in yet another sequel that tarnishes the memory of the original

December 23, 2019


The writing is terrible. It can’t decide whether to devote time to Chulbul Pandey’s “origins story” or focus on the present day, with a new villain. Spoilers ahead… The difference between a masala movie and a “mass” movie is a millimetre-thin line in the sand, but one way to gauge these two flavours of popular […]

“Mardaani 2.”… An excellent Rani Mukerji anchors a solid (if unsurprising) masala-flavoured genre thriller

December 18, 2019


The fact that the star is a woman adds extra punch to the machoness of the title. A woman — even one as small of build as Rani Mukerji’s Shivani Shivaji Roy IPS — can do everything a man does. She can carry off slo-mo walks… Spoilers ahead… Mardaani 2, written and directed by Gopi […]

“Pati Patni Aur Woh”… This remake needed to be funnier, but it does interesting things with its women

December 11, 2019


The other woman isn’t a humble secretary, like in the earlier movie. She’s more powerful — this inversion of power is one of the things that makes this remake interesting. Spoilers ahead… Can a moustache make a difference? In Kartik Aaryan’s case, it does. It transforms his rakish-playboy face into an uncle-face. Okay, a youngish […]

Interview: Vijay Deverakonda on his angst over Arjun Reddy criticism

December 6, 2019


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The debate over Dhanush’s voiceovers in Gautham Menon’s ‘Enai Noki Paayum Thota’

December 2, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Every time someone tries something new, audiences are amused. Take Mani Ratnam’s dialogues. People used to laugh: “Mani Ratnam padam hero maadhiri pesaadhe.” (As in, don’t speak in those clipped tones.) Spoilers ahead… For the past couple of days, I’ve been getting memes based on Enai […]

Readers Write In #118: Why Kamal is not an actor

November 30, 2019


(by Ramamoorthi N, written on his Facebook page a few years ago) In the small Railway town I grew up, my mother (God bless her soul) would dress in a dotted saree and dark “cooling” glasses whenever she stepped out of home, thus creating the effect of one of the many middle aged heroines the […]

Tuning In: Gautham Vasudev Menon on the music in his movies

November 27, 2019


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Adil Hussain on bonsai and Bachchan and the art of acting, at the Dharamsala International Film Festival

November 25, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Plus, brief thoughts on ‘Birha’, ‘Oh That’s Bhanu’, ‘Eeb Allay Ooo!’, ‘For Sama’, and why close-ups are necessary. Spoilers ahead… At a film festival, everyone wants to see the next Parasite. I do, too. But that’s the kind of film that is going to be everywhere, at […]

“Marjaavaan”… A horrendous attempt at replicating the must-haves of a masala movie

November 22, 2019


Forget the weak stabs at a masala universe, the film — which features some truly horrendous filmmaking — doesn’t even set up its own universe. Spoilers ahead… Walking out of Milap Zaveri’s beyond-awful Marjaavaan, I wanted to create an organisation I’d call SPOMM: Society for Protection of Masala Movies. No, really. I’ve had it. Today’s […]

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 […]