Secret Superstar’s trailer may give a feeling of a coming of age film, but it is not one for sure. It is much more than that. Directed by debutant Advait Chandan, it traces the story of a small town Indian girl who wants to follow her dream.Continue reading “Secret Superstar Movie Review: Breaking of the Glass Ceiling”
While the quality of most of his recent releases might be debatable, there is no doubt about Ram Gopal Varma aka RGV‘s ability to stay in the news. He is also someone who is quick to realize the potential in a topic that could be of relevance for a feature film. A recent example being his revelation on Twitter in terms of his intent to make a film on Sasikala, after all the controversial happenings in Tamil Nadu politics following the passing away of the former CM, J.Jayalalitha. But this latest news beats everything else in terms of whatever he has done so far. As per informed sources from his production house, RGV is now planning to announce a biopic on none other than Narendra Modi. Tentatively titled “Mann Ki Baat”, what is even more surprising is that RGV is already in talks with Aamir Khan to play the lead role of India’s PM. As we all might remember, RGV and Aamir Khan had earlier collaborated on Rangeela. While the film did turn out to be a commercial success, they had almost sworn not to work together again.This makes the news appear even more interesting and the project will soon be the most talked about film over the next few months for sure.
There is something about a sports film that ends up being an enjoyable watch in spite of the predictability of most films that come under the genre. You have your standard tropes, the grizzled mentor, the talented underdog, the merciless system ever ready to crush their spirits, the smug opponent with a sneering coach, the adrenaline rush of the training montage, and all of it culminating in a nail-biting and eventually mood elevating victory against all odds.Continue reading “Dangal Movie Review: Patriarchal Smackdown”
Much before the term standup comedy was known to Indian audiences, there was one individual who had mastered the art of standup and has been enthralling audiences ever since with his wit and spontaneity. The man was an instrumental part of some of the most entertaining Hindi films ever made and his mere presence would always bring a smile to our faces. The person in question is none other than actor and standup artiste Johnny Lever.Continue reading “The Johnny Lever Live Show: A Bittersweet Experience”
This whole business of Aamir, an actor, and a citizen as IMPORTANT as you or me – irrespective of the class he enjoys – saying something and the way people are reacting has truly reached a circus-stage where you have carnival-barkers standing in front of every freak-show with their own costumes and placards. It is as if people have nothing ‘constructive’ to talk or write about and are using this episode to vent their frustrations: some genuine, most knee-jerk.Continue reading “The ‘I’ word”
I have decided to do short reviews of films whenever I am low on time. Yes. That works better for everyone reading it as well. So yay!Continue reading “Dil Dhadakne Do Movie Review : All Is Well That Ends Well”
That Zoya Akhtar is brilliant at mounting emotions on lavish urban backdrops is now part of the Hindi film industry folklore. Luck by Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Zoya’s previous two films, had lovely interplay of innate, mostly unexpressed human emotions in the backdrop of a breathtaking canvas. In fact, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) went on to become an urban cult film on friendship, bonding and self-realization. Dil Dhadakne Do comes at the back of the hugely successfully and much loved ZNMD and hence the expectations from the film are sky-high. Does Dil Dhadakne get your heart pumping like how ZNMD did? Sadly, the answer is in negative. Dil Dhadakne Do, albeit an honest and occasionally sincere effort in the tricky family drama/comedy genre, eventually fails to sail through and sinks without leaving much trace on your mind’s waters.Continue reading “Dil Dhadakne Do Review: Crowded and Confused, But Candid”
YouTube’s popular comic channel Shudh Desi Endings has released its spoof on Rajkumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan starrer PK, which has become the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. Bracing for the challenge to spoof a film that’s been both meaningful and controversial, team SDE has once again used their funny bone to make an original, animated take on PK. Titled CK, the spoof has references to Virat Kohli, Bollywood’s first alien Jaadu, SRK and Salman Khan’s blue bracelet.Continue reading “Watched PK? Now here’s CK, an Animated Spoof Video on Rajkumar Hirani’s PK”