Natsamrat: A Quick Review

Natsamrat PosterNana Patekar is to ‘Natsamrat’ what Salman is to ‘Dabangg’ and Ajay Devgan to ‘Singham’. What they did with fisticuffs and item numbers, he does it with verbal volleys and unadulterated acting. Moreover, ‘the fit at 65” Nana (Ganpat Belwilkar aka Natsamrat)  along with the unfit yet highly talented’ Vikram Gokhale (Rambhau) wreaks havoc on the hearts of the marathi theatre lovers with their effortless rendition of dialogues from almost every play worth knowing. Their flawless act just before Gokhale’s death reminds one of the famous Amitabh- Rajesh Khanna act in Anand.Continue reading “Natsamrat: A Quick Review”

Natsamrat (2016) Marathi Movie Review: To Watch or Not to Watch- that is the question!

Ever since they released the trailer was released I was eagerly awaiting the screen adaptation of the iconic Marathi play-Natsamrat.  The movie directed by Mahesh Manjrekar with Nana Patekar in the titular role is based on the Marathi play by the same name written by Kusumagraj .Does this Natsamrat come close to the one immortalized by Dr Sriram Lagoo in the original?  Read on to find out.Continue reading “Natsamrat (2016) Marathi Movie Review: To Watch or Not to Watch- that is the question!”

Natsamrat (2016) Marathi Movie Review: To Be Or Not To Be

In one of the scenes, Ganpatrao Belwalkar (Nana Patekar) is watching a modern day adaptation of a Shakespeare play, the name of which we are never told. Being a reputed and acclaimed stage actor, Belwalkar is expected to mentor the lead actor and endorse his acting, writing talents or the lack of it. This is also expected of him with an intention of helping his dutiful son in law (Sunil Barve) win a few more brownie points with his boss, whose son (Jitendra Joshi) is directing and enacting the play. But being the theatre thespian and an upright individual, Belwalkar is disgusted by watching this seemingly pedestrian Shakespearean adaptation and makes no qualms about expressing his displeasure publicly. He also gives Joshi an earful and asks him to get into the soul of Shakespeare’s verse, rather than doing a hack job of it. Understandably, the other people around him are not pleased and accuse Belwalkar of being stuck in a time warp and hence being unable to appreciate this adaptation. How one wishes director Mahesh Manjrekar himself had paid heed to the above advice while directing this film.

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The Day I Lived My Dream

Madhuri DixitI am standing in the audience rows of the set amongst the commotion and last minute preparations for the days shoot. The rain outside does nothing to cool the temperatures inside the studio where about a 100 people are running amok as the sound system gives way during the last dress rehearsal. And then the moment arrives.

Every single heart skips a beat as the set comes to a standstill, the speakers all of a sudden start playing “Badi Mushkil” from Lajja – all eyes turn towards the entrance of the set.

Flashing the trade mark smile, hair characteristically let loose, dressed in her gym clothes, she smiles that million dollar smile of hers. Madhuri Dixit Nene is in the house.Continue reading “The Day I Lived My Dream”

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!”

Average Bollywod Films: 2013

There are two ways of looking at this list. Either these are films that lack that element necessary to have them counted amongst the best 10 or they have done enough to not merit inclusion in the worst 10. So depending on how you perceive it, the glass is either half empty or half full.

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Ankur Arora Murder Case

At the Jagran Film Festival where I was in attendance, director Sohail Tatari mentioned that he liked to take on issue-based subjects as against regular formulaic films. It is this choice then that almost works for the film. Medical malpractice is a subject rarely ever tackled by Bollywood. So even when the treatment is rather simplistic, it still interests you. The performances range from bad to OK to good with Kay Kay Menon being the best of the cast as the negligent, megalomaniac doctor.Continue reading “Average Bollywod Films: 2013”

Bombay Talkies: Tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema

An ode is a rather tough thing. You have to be very much in love to be able to pay an ode to something. Here we have 4 film makers paying an ode to cinema and their love for cinema is very much visible and palpable. You’d expect an ode to bring out what has been prevalent in the industry but no, here the filmmakers make the movies the way a few movies have come out the last year, a superior kind of movies, movies that have been a breath of fresh air in the industry.Continue reading “Bombay Talkies: Tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema”

Bombay Talkies Movie Review: An Ode to the Experience of Cinema

Bombay TalkiesAs I sat in the dark dingy single screen in nondescript Katpadi village a forty two second teaser of my favorite superstar’s comeback film unspooled on the silver screen. Just a glimpse, a fleeting glimpse of the star on the big screen five years since the last outing drove me to tears of joy. That is the power that cinema holds in this film crazy nation of ours. It is this power and hold on the collective conscience of the masses that Bombay Talkies celebrates.Continue reading “Bombay Talkies Movie Review: An Ode to the Experience of Cinema”

Anurag Kashyap's Second Best!

What is common between Govind Nihlani, Shyam Benegal, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mira Nair, Aditya Chopra? How are Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee different from these filmmakers?

Poster of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! movieWith the buzz now about 100 years of INDIAN Cinema (yep – let us get that one correct), and the buzz about the upcoming movie ‘Bombay Talkies’, I remember watching a TV programme “Bombay Talkies” in NDTV. Continue reading “Anurag Kashyap's Second Best!”