What’s Wrong with Bollywood? The Explosive Truth Behind It

It has been 2 months since my friend wrote an article that was published in The Quint. As we expected it went viral. In Bollywood terms it was a 100-crore hit. Most readers saw merit in what he wrote and agreed that it’s a bitter truth that nobody is talking about. There were many who disagreed and they wrote many counter articles. We read each and every one of the articles and decided that we would love to fund the nursery education of some of the authors. I will come back to that later. The point of this article is to see whether we were right or wrong. How has Bollywood fared in the last 2 months since my friend wrote the article?

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Azhar (2016) Movie Review: A Wasted Opportunity

There are always three sides to a story, your side, the other side and the truth. In a country like India, where sycophancy is the order of the day, our biographical films tend to be mostly works of hagiography. Then there is a need to add a love story even though it may be a fictional like one in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Azhar starts with a disclaimer to the film saying this is not related to real life and is a fictionalized account. Why bother buying rights from the person in the first place then?

There is a scene in Azhar, similar to the recently released Fan, where in a star has to undergo humiliation due to smug rich men, who had hired their services.Continue reading “Azhar (2016) Movie Review: A Wasted Opportunity”

Ragini MMS 2: Trailer

Ragini MMS 2Ragini MMS (2011) was India’s answer to Paranormal Activity and the film with its mix of supernatural horror and sex managed to be a commercial success. So it was no surprise when producers Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor announced a sequel for the same. The announcement created a mild flutter as Sunny Leone got signed up for the lead role & while the previous film was directed by Pawan Kripalani, the sequel is directed by Bhushan Patel who has directed 1920: Evil Returns earlier.Continue reading “Ragini MMS 2: Trailer”

Lootera: Timeless Love

When your debut film goes onto win universal acclaim and is one of the most loved films to have come out in recent times, expectations are sky high when you release your second film. Vikramaditya Motwane‘s first film, Udaan, is one of the most loved films to have come out in recent times and is pretty much assured of a place in the folklore of Indian cinema. In Udaan, he dealt with a teenage boy coming of age and the realistic portrayal won him and his crew many accolades. In Lootera, his sophomore film, Vikramaditya Motwane moves away from the modern setting, the boarding school and travels back in time to the early 1950s and has a doting father – daughter relationship and a love story to contend with. Continue reading “Lootera: Timeless Love”

Lootera Movie Review: Lootera was robbed off, of a lot of things

looteraIt’s a very, very fine art, drawing. Probably, finest of them all, even if it’s not as influential, or approachable as cinema is. It is cheaper, needs more imagination, and rarely has wide, mass appeal. It needs insistence, faith, dedication, hope, and a dozen other things. Yet, the end product is rarely visceral. It depends on what you are drawing, and who is receiving.Continue reading “Lootera Movie Review: Lootera was robbed off, of a lot of things”

Lootera Music Review: Sublime and Soulful

Lootera- RanveerA collaboration of Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya on a music album can only whet the appetite for some lilting music. With Lootera, one of the most promising composer lyricist duo of recent years steals the scene with a music score that is adorned with charm and character sans the frills of technology laden cacophony.Continue reading “Lootera Music Review: Sublime and Soulful”

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again: Trailer

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai AgainAfter the highly successful Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010) and The Dirty Picture (2011), producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria are back together with Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again (OUATIMA), the sequel to OUATIM. Continue reading “Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again: Trailer”

Lootera: Trailer

Lootera-Ranveer with SonakshiVikramaditya Motwane‘s Lootera has been in the news right from the time it was launched. After making an impressive debut with Udaan which was fresh not just in terms of casting, and with Lootera, Vikramaditya seems to have shifted gears completely.Continue reading “Lootera: Trailer”