Actor-writer Girish Kulkarni turns director with the Marathi film Jaundya Na Balasaheb that’s due for release this Friday (7th October). Produced by Ajay-Atul, Poonam Shende, Vinay Ganu, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni and Girish Kulkarni, the film has music by Ajay-Atul. Featuring Girish Kulkarni, Sai Tamhankar, Vibhavari Deshpande, Reema Lagoo, Mohan Joshi, Bhau Kadam etc, the cinematography is by H.M.Ramachandra while Abhijeet Deshpande is the editor. Continue reading “Jaundya Na Balasaheb: Trailer”
*** Major spoilers ahead
Sairat is a very easy movie to respond emotionally. Nagraj exhibits tremendous control on the craft of mainstream cinematic tropes in the first hour, that the viewers have no choice but to surrender and submit themselves to the movie. And in doing so they are at the mercy of Nagraj, who takes advantage of this and takes unsuspecting casual movie viewers on a stark journey leading to a soul crushing defeatist ending. It took me almost 3 days to recover emotionally, gather my thoughts and make sense of things intellectually. Like many of us, I crave to relive the movies emotionally. Sometimes I get desperate and watch a movie multiple times in a theater just to relive the emotion I felt for the first time. I fail most of the times.Continue reading “Sairat Movie Review”
Most romantic movies shout from the rooftop that they are a ‘different love story,’ but only Nagraj Manjule makes you realise what the difference is with his ‘Sairat’. If his first movie ‘Fandry’ spoke about the caste system with a school boy following his unrequited love, his second movie leaps way beyond expectations in this seemingly simple love story with unexpected twists, unprecedented in the Indian film industry.Continue reading “Sairat: A Quick Review”
The review below contains mild to heavy spoilers. You are warned in advance.
Sairat is a love story, a love story set in India and not in imaginary mustard fields where people do not ask your surname or caste.While Fandry focused on the seething anger in an oppressed child who is not given his due, here Nagraj goes a step ahead, here he asks can love be a solution?
Nagraj introduces us to Bittergaon (Bitter Village) and when we see Prashant (Akash Thosar) for the first time on screen he is literally flying, a metaphor for the upcoming events in his life. Prashant has a crush on Archana aka Archie (Rinku Rajguru).Nagraj creates a Bollywood like land, in his own Bittergaon. He uses slow- motions, dance and colours. There are hints of tension or violence, but nothing which our hero cannot beat.Continue reading “Sairat (2016) Movie Review: Love in Modi’s India”
Plot: Parshya (Akash Thosar) and Archie (Rinku Rajguru), two eighteen-year-olds in Bittergaon, fall in love.
Director: Nagraj Manjule
Writer: Nagraj and Bharat Manjule
My brain balks at writing about Sairat. I’ve already watched a movie (the incredibly fun Mr. Right) and had a work discussion trying to save a failing idea, in attempts to find something else to do. Where does one even begin? I’m in danger of just writing “AAAAAAAA” and leaving it at that. That’s what my brain does when too many things rush into it at the same time, especially if the things rushing in are emotionally upsetting.Continue reading “Sairat Marathi Movie Review: The Birds of Bittergaon”
Nagraj Manjule’s debut film Fandry was a darling of the festival circuits. Zee picked it up and gave it a solid release. It did well at the box office, but many among the masses went to the film expecting the song that had been used in the promotions to be in the film and were left disappointed.
Nagraj and Zee have teamed up again for their latest venture and this time, however, they have included the songs in the film that have already become widely popular.
There is no official release of its synopsis but we have managed to get this from the official website of the 66th Berlinale where it was screened: ‘The love that binds clever Parshya and beautiful and self-confident Archie is as passionate as it is socially taboo. Breaking away from the narrow-mindedness and violence of convention is the only way out for the young couple. With powerful imagery and epic scope, Nagraj Manjule tells the story of an impossible love.’
Sairat has been written and directed by Nagraj Manjule. Much like Fandry, Nagraj has again casted non-actors in the lead role. Rinki Rajguru (Archie), who has already won a National Award for her performance in the film, and Aakash Thosar (Parshya) play the leads. The music is by Ajay-Atul and the camera department is helmed Sudhakar Yekkanti Reddy. Kutub Inamdar is the editor for the film.
Here’s the trailer. Only if it had subtitles it would have reached a much wider audience. The film releases on 29th April, 2016.
Brothers- the official remake of ”Warrior”- sees Akshay Kumar in one of his best and intense roles. But trying to strike the balance between Bollywood and Hollywood, the director Karan Malhotra gets confused and gives us a mediocre version of what could have been a big blockbuster.Continue reading “Brothers: A Quick Review”
I haven’t yawned this much while watching a film in a long long time. Yes, Brothers is a rare gem of a film in that sense. But, I have had this feeling of ‘when will this film end’ for so many other Hindi films that have released this year. Brothers is truly run-of-mill in that sense.
Karan Malhotra, the director who gave us the commercially successful but perennially boring remake of the 90s cult classic Agneepath, comes back with another remake in form of Brothers (official remake of 2011 Hollywood film Warrior and does exactly what he has done before – he bores us to death. Okay, near death (conceding the fact that I am still alive to write this review). At times, I struggle to respond to those ever-inquisitive souls who come up to you after you have watched a film and ask you – how was it? A film like Brothers makes your job easier– you can simply say ‘boring’ and the answer shall perfectly suffice.Continue reading “Brothers Movie Review: Mother of Yawns and False Dawns”
Note: When I refer to Raj Kumar Hirani (RKH), I equally refer to his partner in crime Abhijat Joshi.
Rather than the obvious disappointment or anger I have towards a bad movie, I was rather disgusted by PK. It is that movie whose every beat serves a purpose, a purpose of proving a point so obvious, a point so dumbed down, a point already proved last year at the cinemas. It doesn’t have a single moment, which is just out there without any ulterior motive.Continue reading “PK: Hirani needs Sanju!”