Kaamyaab (2020) Movie Review: When the lights go off!

Oh, those faces!

Those familiar faces we have seen numerous times as we revisit the movie classics and hits from yesteryear. Faces that are very much part of the movies that we grew up with. Many of them without whom those iconic scenes are never complete. And yet unfortunately,  many of them remain faces with their names still unknown to many.Continue reading “Kaamyaab (2020) Movie Review: When the lights go off!”

Gully Boy A Critical Appreciation: Bollywood Ka Time Aayega

Directed by: Zoya Akhtar; Starring: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Amruta Subhash

It is always heartening when we get live examples of how the times and tastes are changing for mainstream Bollywood. Exemplifying the same is Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar’s (member of this brave new world) best work till date. Bollywood has often been blamed for not representing many sections of society. In this regard, Kudos to Zoya Akhtar for spotting the budding real-life talent of 2 hip-hop artists who rose from very humble backgrounds and giving them a voice into the mainstream. It is not surprising that India with such rich diversity and people would be brimming with stories, and it is the onus of the filmmakers to present such stories in the mainstream rather than just shoving them under the drawer or limiting them to arthouse cinema.Continue reading “Gully Boy A Critical Appreciation: Bollywood Ka Time Aayega”

October Movie Review: After The Fall

 It is said there’s nothing crueller, than a life snatched away in its prime. But what would one say about the fate of a soul, a consciousness, trapped in that grey zone between the structure of life, and the release of death. One may never know what it goes through, but for those that surround it, its loved ones, it is never easy to just stand by and watch, not knowing, but only relying upon words emanating from the realm of speculation.

October, from its promos, promised to be a low key drama about life, loss and acceptance, but does it manage to weave a credible story around it?

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Secret Superstar Movie Review: Breaking of the Glass Ceiling

Secret Superstar’s trailer may give a feeling of a coming of age film, but it is not one for sure. It is much more than that. Directed by debutant Advait Chandan, it traces the story of a small town Indian girl who wants to follow her dream.Continue reading “Secret Superstar Movie Review: Breaking of the Glass Ceiling”

Daddy Hindi Movie Review – Daddy Not So Cool

The early 80s were a turbulent time in the history of Bombay, as the old guard of gentler underworld dons like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala and Varadarajan Mudaliar slowly began to make way for the young turks like Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Rajan, Chhota Shakeel etc in the backdrop of another seminal event in the city’s history, The Great Bombay Mill Strike. This has been a mother lode of stories for Bollywood and other film industries as well, and while all the names mentioned above have had stories told about them, Dawood more than the others, one name surprisingly hasn’t popped up much. The name was of Arun Gulabrao Ahir, AKA, Arun Gawli, the only other formidable challenger to Dawood’s reign after Chhota Rajan. So, does the story of Gawli’s life have enough meat to keep the audience hooked?
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‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Trailer Smartly Turns The Spotlight On Its Spat With The Censor Board

Director Alankrita Shrivastava‘s Lipstick Under My Burkha has been in the news for a while owing to the film’s run-ins with the Censor Board. Like most of their recent objections that have bordered on the absurd, the Censor Board found the film to be ‘too lady oriented’ (their own admission, not ours :)) and hence refused to certify it. Continue reading “‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Trailer Smartly Turns The Spotlight On Its Spat With The Censor Board”

Azaad(1955): Fun and Frolic with Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar is one of the greatest actors  the world has ever seen, there is no doubt about it.  There is a perception among younger audiences that Dilip Saab could only do tragic roles, but as a thespian, he has proved his mettle in all kind of characters. In Azaad we get to see his comic and fun side.

Azaad is a remake of Tamil film Maalaikallan (Thief of Hills), this was the first big hit of MGR and the screenplay for which was written by none other than Karunanidhi.  Dilip Kumar was undergoing counselling when he was approached by S M Naidu to play this role and he took this up as a challenge.Continue reading “Azaad(1955): Fun and Frolic with Dilip Kumar”

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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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!”