I admired Newton, at a Bengaluru theatre. The hall was 80% full with enthusiasts desperate to catch India’s official Oscar entry for a 9am show – the only timing available to watch the Pankaj Tripathi – Rajkummar Rao film. This … Continue reading Newton, Ventilator, Posto or Hindi Medium – Which was the better bet for Oscars 2018?
A newly wed Christian teacher (to a Hindu husband) rejoins school with a pack of sweets. During the day, while substituting for another teacher, she slaps a mischievous boy, who surprisingly falls into a coma. That small incident turns lives … Continue reading Movie Recommendation: Kuttram Kadithal has a National Film Award for best feature film
Women’s obsession with shopping and winning arguments often fill our mobile memory cards. The men’s obsession equivalent never make to the jokes platform, as it’s related to their ego. More specifically to their ‘Ali Baba’. Even more specifically, size and standing … Continue reading Movie Review: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan stands up for Ali Baba!
Legendary film maker Ram Gopal Varma’s stature has been built on movies where the antagonist is glorified. Shiva, Satya, Company are essentially the best trilogy of world cinema, in my books. The trilogy also showcases the three levels of anti … Continue reading Movie Recommendation: RGV’s Killing Veerappan – an impressive tribute to STF
Having ranked the pre-2000 era of Bollywood heroes, here’s my ranking of heroes of the modern era. At the outset, I must confess a personal preference – that I felt the pre-2000 era of Bollywood heroes had the better assortment of … Continue reading Ranking Bollywood’s most handsome actors in modern (2000’s) era
Despite the steady phase-out of traditional Indian sweets, Bareilly Ki Barfi sales, an otherwise little known sweet meat, will soar following last weekend’s delicious Bollywood release. The movie comes straight from the 1970’s Hrishikesh Mukherjee school of filmmaking. Clean, light, … Continue reading Movie Review: Bareilly Ki Barfi is ‘lallan taap’ movie of the year 2017
Back in 1985, while attending my maternal uncle’s marriage, I had visited the fields twice, with lota ( a pot filled with water) in hand. An experience likely most of my friends today wouldn’t have ever got, our kids unlikelier … Continue reading Movie Review: Toilet Ek Prem Katha is an important, witty, lota drama
The third sequel in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ trilogy – War for the Planet of the Apes – starts with an intense action sequence and then swiftly moves to extremely well setup dense jungles, waterfalls, muddy roads and dimly … Continue reading Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes is intense, engaging, must watch
Srijit Mukherjee’s sixth feature film Chotushkone (Bengali, meaning quadrangle) is literally an advanced course on filmmaking – not a Rapidex, not a Dummies Guide. He garnered two National awards for this movie – to add to the four already in … Continue reading Movie Recommendation: Chotushkone is thrill ride for viewers, bench mark for film makers
I have always felt Indian film music is absolute world class quality and it’s presence makes our movies extremely unique to rest of the globe. In Jagga Jasoos, director Anurag Basu experiments making a musical thrill ride with exquisite visuals. … Continue reading Movie Review: Jagga Jasoos – Bollywood’s La La Land deserves Jaa Jaa Watch!