Browsing All Posts filed under »Cinema: Hindi«

My two-part interview by Raunaq Mangottil (on nostalgia, Nayagan, theaters, reading, screenwriting & train journeys)

June 11, 2021


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Interview: Malavika Mohanan

June 1, 2021


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Readers Write In #369: Saina and what do we really want from sports films?

May 26, 2021


(by Madan) Saina, the biopic about Saina Nehwal, has attracted criticism for following the Bollywood playbook on sports films to a T.  The question is, though, what is a sports film supposed to be about? Is there an argument to be made that some critics expect something that sports films by their very nature cannot deliver? I […]

Readers Write In #364: Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is better than Race 3 and, that’s all I need this Eid

May 15, 2021


(by Aman Basha) Amidst the hurricane of events completely out of the blue, with unexpected turns and twists seemingly designed to torture the mind (quite surprising how our collective state is so similar to the first day, first show audience of Race 3), it was quite the relief that on Eid, at least something was […]

Mani Ratnam: OK Kanmani and Matters of the Heart

April 26, 2021


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Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy’s ’99 Songs’, with Ehan Bhat and Edilsy Vargas, is an experimental, music video-styled dive into AR Rahman’s mind

April 16, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Text: 99 Songs has been directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, but the speciality is that the story and music are by AR Rahman. We’re introduced to Jay (Ehan Bhat) and Sofia (Edilsy Vargas). Jay is a struggling musician and Sofia is a super-rich woman with a super-rich dad (Ranjit Barot). We think this is going to […]

Interview: AR Rahman, the writer (99 Songs)

April 10, 2021


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Readers Write In #351: On ‘Pagglait’ and the existential duty of life surrounded by death…

April 8, 2021


(by Aneesh J) ‘Pagglait’, in a crude way, is a North Indian slang and stands for a ‘different’ level of crazy. In a way, it is the equivalent of the English language’s ‘bat-shit’ crazy: Mere ‘crazy’ is not enough to define the wide gap; like the difference between a Ranveer Singh and Mika Singh. It […]

Pagglait is driven by Sanya Malhotra, whose character gets a subplot that should have been the actual movie

April 7, 2021


The film wastes so much time on peripherals that it ends up doing a disservice to its terrific central premise: What if you thought you knew someone but really didn’t? Spoilers ahead… A man has died. His large family has gathered for the funeral. It’s a traditional family, a god-fearing Brahmin family, the kind where […]

My interview on Chalchitra Talks (by Vaibhav Munjal)

March 13, 2021


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Interview: Gitanjali Rao (a deep dive into the animation of ‘Bombay Rose’)

March 3, 2021


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Video essay: The last (and best) scene in Drishyam

February 15, 2021


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Readers Write In #338: Understanding Indian agriculture through Indian cinema

February 8, 2021


(by Macaulay Perapulla) Ever since I fell in love with Mahabharata, I began to discover the power of a beautiful, a rather deceptive phrase: “Puranas”. Puranas means Pura Api Navam: That which is ancient AND nascent. And as someone who works on the wicked challenge of digitizing agriculture, I became obsessed with one question: How […]

Taish on ZEE5, by Bejoy Nambiar: An exquisitely crafted collision of existential gangster drama and soapy family saga

January 31, 2021


The director regains the silken form that’s been eluding him since ‘Shaitan’, and I think it’s because the trashy, telenovela-style material is just right. Spoilers ahead… The very first shot of Taish announces that we are watching un film de Bejoy Nambiar. The camera glides from the tail lights of a parked car, glides past […]

Readers Write In #334: On ‘Talaash’…of ‘The Vanished’

January 31, 2021


(by AnJo) (Spoilers on ‘The Vanished’ and ‘Talaash’) Very recently, I watched ‘The Vanished’ on Netflix and was struck by the similarities of the so-called other’s presence and importance in our lives: On how the process of ‘comprehending’ an event and wiggling out of it is so difficult for some people. There is a world […]

Alisha Tejpal’s Lata, at Sundance: “I want you to ask questions. I’m not interested in passive cinema”

January 30, 2021

1 The 22-minute short, which is in Competition, focuses on a domestic labourer in an upper-class home in Mumbai. Alisha Tejpal says, “My biggest question in Indian cinema across the decades, at least for me growing up in Mumbai, is the way domestic labour has been framed. How do I write a film about a domestic […]

The White Tiger on Netflix: aka The revenge of Ramu kaka, starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao

January 26, 2021

24 Like in ‘99 Homes’, Ramin Bahrani directs with an eye on narrative propulsion rather than subtlety – but the film is compulsively watchable. And Adarsh Gourav is a star. Spoilers ahead… The White Tiger is based on a book (Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker-winner) so let’s begin with the literariness of the protagonist’s language. He’s […]

Readers Write In #331: Thappad

January 25, 2021


(by Woman in Progress) I saw just THAPPAD, the IMDB synopsis would read – its about a woman (Amrita), and how her husband (Vikram) in a fit of fury about a work related fiasco, slaps her, and how she eventually filed for divorce. So many things in the movie resonated with me. I’m feeling heavy […]

Readers Write In #328: Sir

January 18, 2021


(by Anuj Chakrapani) I don’t know how attentive I am when watching movies, but if I am not wrong, I have just watched an entire movie without knowing the male protagonist’s name. We know him as “Sir” throughout; he happens to be a man in his late twenties (or early thirties maybe), and lives in […]

Ludo on Netflix: Anurag Basu’s latest “NOT for all tastes” experiment needed better bits

January 7, 2021


This is a film that works better in the head. It’s overly thought out rather than felt through, which is something you could never say about ‘Barfi’ or ‘Jagga Jasoos’. Spoilers ahead… Life is Ludo. Ludo is life. That’s the nutshell of Anurag Basu’s latest “you may not like the film as a whole but, […]