Wazir: A Quick Review

Wazir PosterAmitabh Bachchan doesn’t need to do any roles in Hollywood. Being in Bollywood, the Big B has already superseded the Big H. Most of the action heroes in Hollywood (read Stallone, Arnold, Costner) still rely on their brawn to showcase their ‘angry young men’ image. While AB has smoothly transitioned from a ‘ Deewar’ and ‘Agneepath’ to a ‘Piku’ and ‘Paa’. His metamorphosis from a superstar to a super-actor seems to be complete with ‘Vazir’. Moreover, one more song in his baritone voice is a treat.Continue reading “Wazir: A Quick Review”

Wazir Movie Review: Quite Watchable Despite a Very Predictable Plot

thequint-2016-01-2ac76806-b41b-47d6-8f77-7d38b8147b36-WazirWazir gets its atmospherics spot on. The chessboard metaphor for real-life shenanigans of loss, longing and revenge is beaming with promise and purpose, the players in the game are up to the task, and the editor on the editing table respects your time for once. But alas, all of this wonderful premise is bogged down by a curiously unidimensional and predictable plot. More on that later. But to begin with, it’s a relief to see a Hindi film with visible signs of a plot after a considerably long time. No, I am not being sarcastic – just look up the list of major releases that you have had in the last couple of months. So, being an eternal optimist that I am, I straightaway declare Wazir to be a decently good omen to begin the New Year. *Touchwood*.Continue reading “Wazir Movie Review: Quite Watchable Despite a Very Predictable Plot”

Wazir Movie Review: A Failed Gambit.

One thing that is undeniable about Bejoy Nambiar is the fact that he is talented. But, a common complaint about his works so far is that they have been visually appealing, but lacking meat. Shaitan for example, started off with a bang, but ran out of steam halfway and fizzled out rather meekly. David was an interesting experiment in storytelling, but fell apart due to the poor writing, especially in the case of Vikram’s plotline. But that being said, both movies had the stamp of a maker, who wasn’t afraid to acknowledge that he possessed his own style. And there is a method to his flashiness, unlike that of a Sanjay Gupta or a Rohit Shetty. So when he decided to combine his visual flair, with the solid writing talents of Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi in Wazir, it created a lot of anticipation for the project, but does it live up to the expectations of a discerning audience?Continue reading “Wazir Movie Review: A Failed Gambit.”

Pawn Sacrifice Movie Review: That Perfect Move

Once in a while a movie comes along that settles me down, gets my thoughts together and compels me to strum, with my keyboard. Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice did that. I realize I haven’t discussed a movie on this site for quite some time. I am doing it right now, because today I feel that it’ll not be just to keep my thoughts within the confines of my room, and the discussion to happen with a friend at a café.Continue reading “Pawn Sacrifice Movie Review: That Perfect Move”

Algorithms (2015) Movie Review: An Eye Opening and Engaging Documentary

I begin this post with a confession; I’m not well versed with the game of Chess. I do not understand the various moves and the different attack and counter attack strategies involved in the sport. Yes I had made a few half-hearted attempts to pick up the game ages ago, but somehow I just didn’t really get hooked to it for various reasons. However I do try to keep track with what’s happening internationally, especially since we’ve had a World Champion like Vishwanathan Anand from India. It came as a surprise some time ago when I heard of a film called Algorithms by Ian McDonald, surprise because I heard it was a documentary on Chess, blind chess players from India to be precise. What did I know of blind chess players in India? Nothing at all to be honest, naturally I was quite curious about the film especially when I realized that the film has had a decent festival circuit run so far.Continue reading “Algorithms (2015) Movie Review: An Eye Opening and Engaging Documentary”

Algorithms, a Documentary on Blind Chess Players in India to be released by PVR Director’s Rare On 21st August, 2015

After being screened and accoladed at several international film festivals, ‘Algorithms’ is now making its way to the Indian  theatres. PVR Director’s Rare that has always been at the forefront of supporting Independent cinema, will be releasing the movie  on 21st August 2015.  The film is directed by the sociologist and documentary filmmaker Ian McDonald. It will be screened in theatres across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi.  Continue reading “Algorithms, a Documentary on Blind Chess Players in India to be released by PVR Director’s Rare On 21st August, 2015”