Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief

Two strangers meeting in a hospital waiting for their beloved partners who are in a comatose state, is a perfect subject material for melancholy with a capital M inscribed all over it. But director Anu Menon’s tragically witty, humorous take on grief and desolation ‘Waiting’ is strangely uplifting and philosophical, without at once being pedantic or languorous. Beautifully described by a critic as a cross between ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘The Descendants’, it is refreshingly restrained (a bit more restrained than maybe what it should have been).Continue reading “Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief”

Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist

Director: Anu Menon.  Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor

“This is your grief, Tara. Your’s alone” says Shiv Kumar as Tara tries to come to grips with the lemons that life has thrown at her. This line seems to underline the film, where 2 strangers wait for their partners hospitalised in coma, and have no one but themselves and each other to turn to. Waiting is a subtle tale of loss, played beautifully with pathos and the odd smattering of hope by Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin as they come together after 5 years since That Girl in Yellow Boots.Continue reading “Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist”

Waiting: Trailer

Waiting Poster 2Anu Menon who has made films like London, Paris, New York and X: Past is Present (one of the 11 directors on board) is now back with her latest film, Waiting that’s produced by Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra under the banner of Ishka Films and Drishyam Films. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles, with Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam and Arjun Mathur playing supporting roles.Continue reading “Waiting: Trailer”

Aligarh Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee’s Poignant Performance Leaves You Thinking for Long

The world out there is a mad sprint. Everyone is running. Running to prove a point, to get the numbers, to make money, to impress, to get to the goals. And in the process, quite a few fail to keep up the pace. Ironically, those who lose out in this sprint are advised to make peace with it – and that’s another mad sprint in itself.Continue reading “Aligarh Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee’s Poignant Performance Leaves You Thinking for Long”

CityLights Movie Review : A Dark Tale of the Grim Reality That Must Not be Missed

Hansal Mehta’s CityLights is one film I have been gushed about ever since I heard about it. After watching his earlier venture, Shahid, 2 years ago, I was convinced that Mehta has found his sleight in telling tales of the teething realities of our times. Gripped by the first trailer itself, I went in to watch the film first day first show, this morning. It is not a happenstance that he has cast the phenomenal Rajkumar Rao in this one, post their association in Shahid. The duo also won National Awards individually for the earlier film and Rao is undoubtedly India’s current best actor. Contrary to the struggles faced by Shahid to find a theatrical release, the Bhatts (Vishesh Films) took up CityLights early on and have watermarked it with their traditional music style without robbing it off its essence. Yet, CityLights is far less greater than Shahid which goes on to say that it is hard to create magic on screen everytime you decide to make a film.Continue reading “CityLights Movie Review : A Dark Tale of the Grim Reality That Must Not be Missed”

Children of War Movie Review: A Disturbing Tale of Socio-Political Relevance

Children of War 2014Man likes to re-visit history from time to time for various reasons and a filmmaker also follows this diktat on and off. I for one have always had a fascination for history as I believe we have a natural curiosity to know more about what happened to us in the past, maybe somewhere among the tales from the past there could be a lesson or two that we could keep in mind for the future. Post the partition of India in 1947 and the subsequent creation of Pakistan, the two neighbouring countries have been at odds on various occasions, leading to wars both formally and covertly. But in 1971 the phenomena observed was an exception, India went to war with Pakistan once again (after 1965) but this time the cause being something that was never a direct bone of contention between the 2 Nations. Bangladesh or East Pakistan as it was earlier known as, was fighting its War of Liberation with Pakistan and the Pakistani regime in an unprecedented shameful act of terror went on to unleash a mass genocide. Nearly 3 million people were reportedly killed and about 4 lakh women raped, in a totally barbaric act. India’s support to the Bangladeshi liberation movement, led to a direct war with Pakistan, but also enabled the creation of Bangladesh by the end of 1971.Continue reading “Children of War Movie Review: A Disturbing Tale of Socio-Political Relevance”

Citylights: Trailer

Citylights PosterCitylights is an official remake of Metro Manila (2013), a British-Filipino film that received critical acclaim and was even Britain’s official entry to the 86th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios, Citylights sees the National Award winning actor-director duo of Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta coming together once again. The film talks about Deepak Singh (Rajkummar Rao) who is forced by circumstances to move out of his native place along with his wife (Patralekha) and daughter to the big bad World of Mumbai to seek a better living, only to realize that things aren’t as rosy as they had expected it to be.Continue reading “Citylights: Trailer”

Children of War: Trailer

The Bastard Child PosterPreviously titled The Bastard Child, Mrityunjay Devvrat‘s film on a controversial subject (1971 War for Independence of Bangladesh and its associated events) has now been re-titled as Children of War. After quite a long wait and lots of uncertainty over the release, its heartening to note that the film will now be releasing on May 16th. The title change has apparently been as a result of the Censor Board’s objection to the original title though no cuts have been suggested by them. The new title will be used in India and Bangladesh while the original title will be used in the other Countries wherever it will be released. While we have had instances of film titles getting changed in Hindi Cinema earlier as well (Billu Barber becoming Billu, Rambo Rajkumar becoming R…Rajkumar, Mental becoming Jai Ho, Aman Ki Asha becoming Total Siyapaa, Jaffna becoming Madras Cafe etc),this time the case is a lot more unique due to the Censor Board’s involvement.Continue reading “Children of War: Trailer”

Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!

Like most other years, 2013 too has been an eventful year for the Hindi film industry. And unlike other years, 2013 was also the 100th year for the Hindi film industry. However, the centenary wasn’t really a landmark in terms of quality; we didn’t have a watershed of extraordinary films. Yes, we had a few brilliant pieces of cinema but we also had a truckload of terrible movies. What has been most encouraging in this entire melee is the gradual acceptance and support rendered to smaller films. While we had Kiran Rao helping a “Ship of Theseus” to get a release, we had a Karan Johar taking “The Lunchbox” out to the masses. In this post, I enumerate my (completely) personal list of favourite films of 2013 and their different aspects. These are my nominations for the best of Bollywood in the year 2013. While I have considered six nominees for every category (most of which are non-technical), I have added one more as “Almost There”, whom / what I feel is good but not enough to be on the list. Would love to get your vote from the nominees or any additional candidate you feel like.Continue reading “Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!”