Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review: Door Door Tak Boredom!

There is something to be said about the durability and versatility of the road movie , a genre like no other, for the way it lends itself to so many different interpretations. It can be used as an allegory for a character to either find oneself through the journey, or even lose oneself. Sometimes, it’s about the destination, and sometimes it’s about the trip. And it is a genre that allows for a certain amount of meandering, so to speak , not to mention the delicious prospect of an interaction between differing characters, from varying walks of life. So, as one walks into the theatre on a Friday evening, the only question is, what does Qarib Qarib Singlle have to offer the viewer?Continue reading “Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review: Door Door Tak Boredom!”

Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly

Partition and Prostitution are two plot devices that can ensure a hard hitting cinematic experience if handled with restraint, and end up making a mockery of human tragedy and resilience, if handled without finesse. Therefore, when the promos of Begum Jaan showed up, one ended up being intrigued. A tale set during the partition involving women of the night promised to be a tantalizing premise. And when it is a massive cast headed by Vidya Balan in a never before avatar, one does walk into the theatre with high expectations. So does Begum possess enough Jaan to hook the viewers?Continue reading “Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly”

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More

What can one expect from a script that has come out of NFDC’s Film Bazaar? Well, for the uninitiated, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) runs an annual Film Bazaar for films that have been developed in labs to reach out to potential studios and independent producers. Well, YRF and first time producer, Maneesh Sharma, deserve a hat tip just for picking up a script from the Film Bazaar. Director Sharat Katariya’s debut venture, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is that genteel deft ‘small-town’ film that Yash Raj had been aiming for in many of their last ventures, and failing miserably due to none of them ringing true. The first trailer spoke of much hope, post a disastrous 2014 for the studio. The songs worked unanimously, with the veteran Anu Malik being brought back on board. Yet, there was not enough buzz for the film, quite preternaturally. And even YRF was not sure if they should plunge in the market with large number of screens. But ahoy, DLKH is probably the best film to come out of YRF in years, and I mean years. No kidding, this one’s a stunner and there should be no skepticism in whether to watch it or to widen its release. Continue reading “Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More”