25 Years of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ): What Makes the Film So Special Even Today

There are films of all kinds that we are exposed to, very few of them go on to become commercially successful and maintain their iconic status despite the passage of time. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ as it is more popularly known as, is one of the rare films to have that distinction. There has been enough and more that has been written about the film, with people praising the film for various aspects, while even attracting some criticism for its cheesiness, overtly sentimental nature and emphasis on a more old school romantic style and family values. So, let me not try and analyze the film per se, as that would simply not make sense, nor will it add any new insight into the film otherwise. So, what does this write-up intend to do? Simple, it is about why the film deserves all the love and appreciation that has been coming its way, and how I have evolved with the film over the course of these 25 years.Continue reading “25 Years of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ): What Makes the Film So Special Even Today”

Anupam Kher and Maniesh Paul bonded like a real father and son.

Anupam Kher and Maniesh Paul share a very interesting relationship, and it’s reel avtaar is very similar to real avtaar.
Director Vishwas Paandya says, “The two bonded like a real father and son where Anupam Kher took every opportunity he had to streamline Maniesh as an actor and a star and move out of his host personality.  He would make Maniesh go back and do a scene again if he felt that the youngster had over acted and made him downplay his act.”

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Kumail Nanjiani’s breakthrough comedy, The Big Sick to hit Indian Screens on June 30, 2017

Based on Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani’s real life , co-written by and starring along with his wife Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick will release in India on 30th June.Continue reading “Kumail Nanjiani’s breakthrough comedy, The Big Sick to hit Indian Screens on June 30, 2017”

Naam Shabana Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby

When it comes to spoon-feeding audiences, mainstream Bollywood is way ahead of the curve, and there are occasions where this tendency of the industry to test the patience with unnecessary exposition can be downright offensive. Therefore it was a rather pleasant surprise in Baby, when the audience anticipating a roaring rampage of rescue from Akshay Kumar ended up witness to a subverted trope where the supposed damsel in distress played by Taapsee Pannu ends up beating the daylights out of the crook they are pursuing. So it was a pleasant surprise when the prequel to Baby, exploring the origins of Taapsee’s character, Shabana, was announced. But is Shabana’s journey from schoolgirl to spy a worthy tale?Continue reading “Naam Shabana Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby”

M.S.Dhoni The Untold Story Movie Review: Dhoni’s Untold Story….Remains Untold!

Right of the bat and this is one of the times that phrase is perfectly appropriate, Dhoni is a legend among men, I’m not a fan-boy nor some Dhoni-bhakt, but an avid sports fan and I can differentiate between the good, the bad, and the ugly in sports and Dhoni is definitely the good.Continue reading “M.S.Dhoni The Untold Story Movie Review: Dhoni’s Untold Story….Remains Untold!”

M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Movie Review

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a name that needs no further introduction to the average Indian who hasn’t been living under a rock the past decade, . As a cricketer, he has defined the current generation of the national team bringing success, a change in the attitude and the game. His contributions -as captain as wicket keeper and a swashbuckling batsman has put his name up with the all time greats of Indian cricket.Continue reading “M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Movie Review”

M.S. Dhoni-The Untold Story Movie Review: Excruciatingly Long but a Safe, Well-made Biopic

03-dhoniFirst thing you notice about M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story is its welcome decision to put out its title not just in English but also in chaste Hindi (The Untold Story becomes ‘Ek Ankahi Kahani’) and Urdu. It is quite strange and somewhat sad that most Hindi films these days do not bother to put up a title in Hindi, seeming to have forgotten that they are ‘Hindi’ films at first place.Continue reading “M.S. Dhoni-The Untold Story Movie Review: Excruciatingly Long but a Safe, Well-made Biopic”

Revisiting Khosla Ka Ghosla: 10 years of Uncleji and Chiraunji

On 22nd September, 2006, a small Delhi-based production house and a team of fresh cast & crew members gave us a movie that was to open new gates in Hindi Cinema – the concept of multiplex movie, foray of UTV Motion Pictures into backing many such movies, frequent usage of Delhi as a character and a director called Dibakar Bannerjee
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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review

This movie will definitely make 300 Cr plus.. for Haldiram’s. After Zandu Balm’s success credited to Dabangg, Haldiram seems to have adopted the marketing strategy for their national and International consumers. They seem to have spent the entire marketing budget for 5 years on the movie with even a forgettable song dedicated to their menu.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review”