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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, […]

“Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi”… This dream cast deserved much better writing, a much better movie

December 31, 2020


There are small, sharp moments of observation, but nothing special enough to warrant this cast, many of whom give off a “let’s chip in and do this for a friend who’s making her first film” vibe. Spoilers ahead… What a cast Seema Pahwa has queued up for her directorial debut, Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi. Naseeruddin Shah. […]

Readers Write In #316: On Parinda…and the flight of those pigeons

December 26, 2020


(by An Jo) Spoilers galore ‘Parinda’ released in 1989, was one hell of a crimemovie from the Bombay film industry on Bombay and one that shook and held its audiences by the throat and screamed—albeitcoveredin its veneer of ‘subtlety—a violence so unleashed, that one could feel iteven more after-the fact. The way Nana’s Anna is […]

Rajinikanth turns 70: A filmic political journey through the Superstar’s punch lines

December 11, 2020

70 Surely one part of him always knew this day would come? Otherwise, it’s too much of a coincidence to see two decades-worth of such pointed punch lines. Happy milestone birthday, Superstar Rajinikanth. So you’ve finally done it. You’re making the jump. This time, it’s really happening, say the headlines. Having seen the announcement on […]

Readers Write In #310: Tisca Chopra’s directorial short ‘Rubaru’ discovers the ‘Actor’ in a ‘Star’

December 7, 2020


(by Arun AK) In the world of movies, age has a dual role to play depending on with whom it is dealing. It acts as wine for an actor as he/she becomes finer and better with age. But for a ‘star’, age acts as slow poison that gradually diminishes their spark until the lights fade […]

Interview: Simran

December 7, 2020


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Readers Write In #306: Of lacking Office Space… or not!

November 30, 2020


(by An Jo) The name of the movie, ‘Office Space’, itself spells out such a broad spectrum of imagined meanings that it made sense, or makes sense, now, in these days of CV-19 that have dictated WFH [Work? from Home]. And so, there are articles/pieces coming out that decry the necessary evil of WFH. Be […]

Readers Write In #305: Mismatched On Netflix Is More Miss Than Match

November 22, 2020


(by Vikas Yadav) Based on the novel “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon, the new coming-of-age romance on Netflix titled Mismatched is more miss than match. The USP here is clearly the lead Prajakta Koli, the MostlySane on YouTube, playing 17-year-old Dimple Ahuja with a love for Java and an ambition of developing apps. […]

Readers Write In #296: Scam 1992- How Harshad Mehta was the architect of much needed financial reforms

November 12, 2020


(by Madan Mohan) There is something about Mehtas.  Harshad Mehta revolutionized stock market trading until, well, he was revealed to be what Bernie Madoff could have only dreamed of being.  Suketu Mehta beautifully chronicled the underbelly of Mumbai in Maximum City.  And Hansal Mehta chronicles Dalal Street as it used to be in a tightly […]

Readers Write In #294: Incest, sex and subversion in Bollywood

November 10, 2020


(by Kartik Iyer) Case in point: Angoor. Sanjeev Kumar is playing cards with Maushmi Chatterjee and Deepti Naval. Under the table, his feet are playing with another pair of feet; presumably his wife’s, Maushmi Chatterjee’s. Until, Naval points out to him that he’s fiddling the wrong toe. Naval is Chatterjee’s sister; thus, Kumar’s sister-in-law. She […]

Video Essay: 25 years of Kurudhipunal

November 7, 2020


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Readers Write In #292: 25 years of DDLJ, the kind of cinema Indian cinema (esp. Bollywood) unwisely left behind

November 6, 2020


(by Alex John) (This write-up is not about the film) Okay, let me kick this off with a question. How many movies do each of us want to celebrate the 10th anniversary of in 2020? How many films do we have in mind for their 15th anniversary? 20th any? Maybe a few. Now, dare ask […]