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December 1, 2022


Anjali Menon’s intermittently effective ‘Wonder Women’, on SonyLIV, is best enjoyed as an experiment in narrative technique

November 18, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The screenplay tries to pack in too much in too little time, but just being around these talented ladies is going to be enough for many. The “one line” of Anjali Menon’s Wonder Women would be something like this: Six pregnant women attend a prenatal class, and experience both frictions and friendships. But […]

Interview: Abhishek Bachchan (Breathe: Into the Shadows)

November 14, 2022


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Vasan Bala’s ‘Monica, O My Darling’, on Netflix, with Rajkummar Rao and a top cast, is a very enjoyable ‘retro’ murder-mystery, propelled by a super-retro score

November 11, 2022


Spoilers ahead… You could see this stylish, irreverent, noir-like film as the bastard child of Thiagarajan Kumararaja and Harmesh Malhotra, who made ‘Nagina’. Snakes play an important role here… The colour red is everywhere in Vasan Bala’s Monica, O My Darling. It’s in the neon lights in a factory. It’s in the paint, in the […]

10 Questions: Bosco Martis (choreographer, director of ‘Rocket Gang’)

November 10, 2022


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Interview: Vasan Bala, Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte (Monica, O My Darling)

November 9, 2022


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Interview: Janhvi Kapoor (Mili)

November 7, 2022


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Mathukutty Xavier’s ‘Mili’, with Janhvi Kapoor, shows that even a pure ‘genre film’ can be elevated through superb writing

November 4, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The screenplay is built like a series of mishaps that keep escalating until we get to the biggest mishap of all: getting trapped in the freezer. On one level, Mili is what you’d call a survival thriller: something like Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped. The protagonist is trapped in a difficult situation or a difficult […]

10 Questions: Anurag Kashyap

October 28, 2022


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Abhishek Sharma’s tedious ‘Ram Setu’, with Akshay Kumar as an atheist archaeologist, is an adventure only in name

October 25, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The film doesn’t even reach the slickness of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, which was released in 1981. I mean, 40 years on, have we not reached the same level of visual effects?  Adam’s Bridge, also known as Rama’s Bridge or Rama Setu, is a chain of natural limestone shoals that links the […]

Indra Kumar’s ‘Thank God’, with Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra, is a dull and shallow dramedy about a man who faces his sins

October 25, 2022


Spoilers ahead… None of the actors find their footing, and that’s fatal for the comic parts. As for the drama, it is right out of a bad old movie from the time scripts were written on the sets.  In the good old days, Hindu legend had it that after you died, your good deeds and […]

Readers Write In #520: PS1 review- Too many flaws to cover up

October 25, 2022


By ​S Vijaysagar I waited for the buzz to settle down on PS1 and chose the evening show on Diwali eve to catch up on the movie. Hope people would still be interested in reading about the movie. PS1 fell flat on many counts for me. I think the prime account was in lack of […]

Readers Write In #513: The Bollywood Crisis and the biggest star in Mumbai today

October 17, 2022


By ​Aman Basha Stray thoughts on Hindi cinema’s biggest disaster year and case for its biggest star at the moment Recently, the trade website Koimoi published a tentative version of its annual box office verdict, and it was shocking to say the least. It has become a habit to hear of a new Bollywood flop […]

Our mainstream auteurs vs. mainstream cinema’s must-haves

October 17, 2022


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Readers Write In #512: On the ‘my moments’ with THE Bachchan…(part 3)

October 16, 2022


By ​An Jo Continuing from the closing moments of the ‘70s, extending onto the late‘80s, time for the 48 year old AB to compete with the ‘young Khan’ blood: the innocent-looking Aamir, the go-getter/ham-expert SRK, the non-actor but damn good-looker/vada-pav seeker Salim Khan’s son. Time to move on; so much so that I, as a […]

Anubhuti Kashyap’s ‘Doctor G’, with Ayushmann Khurrana and Rakul Preet Singh, is a weak dramedy about a male gynaecologist

October 15, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The first half is a template Ayushmann Khurrana movie. The second half is a dull drama whose every single beat is predictable.  On the surface, Anubhuti Kashyap’s Doctor G looks like another product from the Ayushmann Khurrana Assembly Line (AKAL™). Icky issue? Check. An embarrassed protagonist? Check. Eventual acceptance? Check. This time, Ayushmann […]

Readers Write In #509: AB@80: Some Underrated Moments of the “Magarayudu”-Part II

October 13, 2022


By ​Aman Basha A small drop into the ocean of words and wishes surrounding the colossus that strides our age Few films can be as postcard pretty and deeply uncomfortable as Silsila. It is not very surprising why, apart from its obvious flaws, it was one of the rare flops for the box office Supremo. […]

Readers Write In #508: On the ‘my moments’ with THE Bachchan…(part 2)

October 13, 2022


By ​An Jo The bridge between child-hood and adult-hood wasn’t that long; what with DD raking in the TRPs with AB movies every Saturday, festival or not. With crores being generated for DD thanks to the endorsements, thanks to families reserving their Saturdays to catch his movies, DD simply couldn’t get enough of AB. Here’s […]

Random thoughts on ‘Ponniyin Selvan – 1’ and its ‘aftermath’

October 12, 2022


I saw the film this week, a second time. It was even more impressive. Time and again, screenplay advice has told us that the narrative should be told from a single POV, and that the person whose POV we follow is the “protagonist”. As much as Vandhiyathevan is the “protagonist” of this film, so many […]

Readers Write In #507: AB@80: Some Underrated Moments of the “Magarayudu”-Part I

October 12, 2022


By ​Aman Basha A small drop into the ocean of words and wishes surrounding the colossus that strides our age It is impossible for me to pinpoint the exact moment that I came to know of Amitabh Bachchan. He always seemed to be omniscient, present even in an Andhra town where the last Hindi theater […]