Ugly (2014) Movie Review: Dark, Intense and Relevant, Very Relevant

I was quite happy when I got an opportunity to watch Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly late last year. Post the screening at Cannes earlier in the year (2013) the feedback I had received about the film was not all that great. But then I heard that the film had been re-edited, something which I felt could be a positive move for the film. I have not seen the initial version, but the revised cut which I saw impressed me immensely and I was sure that it would be one of the best Hindi films of the year. Unfortunately Ugly did not make it to theatres in 2013 but I was sure that irrespective of when the theatrical release happens, my feeling about the film would remain the same. Now that I have re-visited the film I am delighted to say that my intuition has come right. Ugly worked for me earlier and it worked for me even now, more on that in a while.Continue reading “Ugly (2014) Movie Review: Dark, Intense and Relevant, Very Relevant”

Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly”: New Trailer

Ugly Poster 2Finally the wait is over as Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly is going to be released on 26th of December. Considering that the release was announced with just 2 weeks in hand, this is a brave move indeed on behalf of Anurag and the producers and it would be interesting to wait and watch for the result.Continue reading “Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly”: New Trailer”

Baji: Theatrical Trailer

Baji PosterAfter the successful release of his Marathi production, Poshter Boyz, Shreyas Talpade will be also seen as an actor in Marathi Cinema with Baji, touted as Marathi Cinema’s first superhero film. Directed by Nikhil Mahajan of Pune 52 fame, the film is produced by Arun Rangachari, Vivek Rangachari, Amit Ahirrao, Suhrud Godbole, Hrishikesh Kulkarni and Nikhil Mahajan. Based on an original story by Nikhil Mahajan and Suhrud Godbole, the dialogues are by Shrirang Godbole. Baji has Amruta Khanvilkar playing the female lead and Jitendra Joshi as the antagonist and the music is by Atif Afzal.Continue reading “Baji: Theatrical Trailer”

Baji: First Look Theatrical Trailer

Baji Marathi MovieAfter Aai Shappath (2006) Shreyas Talpade returns with a bang to Marathi Cinema both as a producer and as an actor. With his home production Poshter Boyz releasing this weekend he also features in and as Baji,touted as Marathi Cinema’s first superhero film. Directed by Nikhil Mahajan of Pune 52 fame, the film is produced by Arun Rangachari, Vivek Rangachari, Amit Ahirrao, Suhrud Godbole, Hrishikesh Kulkarni and Nikhil Mahajan. Based on an original story by Nikhil Mahajan and Suhrud Godbole, the dialogues are by Shrirang Godbole. Baji has Amruta Khanvilkar playing the female lead and Jitendra Joshi as the antagonist and the music is by Atif Afzal.Continue reading “Baji: First Look Theatrical Trailer”

P&A in Hindi Cinema: The Current Perspective

Traditionally P&A (print & advertising) in Hindi films is a big determinant in determining the success of films. While earlier the producers were more content in terms of looking at the COP (cost of production) and then deciding the P&A depending on the kind of distribution deals struck, things have been changing a lot in this aspect in the recent past. Earlier one wasn’t always sure of whether the film would have a definite same day all India release or a staggered release. Also even in case of a same day All India release the producer had to take a call on P&A keeping in mind the number of prints being distributed across territories. But with the physical print system slowly fading away and digital distribution now being the norm more or less everywhere, today’s P&A budgets are mostly meant for promoting the film only.Continue reading “P&A in Hindi Cinema: The Current Perspective”

Jal: Trailer

Jal PosterJal is a Hindi film which has done pretty well in the festival circuit and is finally due for release on 4th April. Directed by Girish Malik, the film is set in the Rann of Kutch and talks about an overconfident water diviner named Bakka (Purab Kohli) Bakka, who tries to solve the drought problems in his village, but faces unforeseen circumstances when he tries to help a female ornithologist save flamingos.

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Mickey Virus Film Review : A Fairly Enjoyable Film

Mickey_Virus_Official_Poster_2013Hacking is a subject that has rarely been explored in Indian cinema.  So, the fact that Mickey Virus tells the story of a hacker was one of the things that make one look forward to the film. While there are films  like Chennai Express,  Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which make it to the 100 crore club on one end, there are also films like ShahidKahaani etc on the other end of the spectrum. The latter films may not have big budgets but are still finding audiences as they are having stories with good content.  The success of such films have made it possible for films with different subjects like Mickey Virus (telling the story of a hacker) to get made in Bollywood. So does Mickey Virus make for an engaging film? Read on to find out moreContinue reading “Mickey Virus Film Review : A Fairly Enjoyable Film”

The Lunchbox (2013) Movie Review

Rating: – 9/10.

“We forget things if we have no one to tell them to.”

the-lunchbox (1)That line encapsulates the pandemic of loneliness that seems to have engulfed modern society. The irony of our hyper-connected world is that it gets pretty lonely when everyone’s out living their lives. Continue reading “The Lunchbox (2013) Movie Review”

The Lunchbox: The Dabba has reached the right place

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 104 Minutes | Director : Ritesh Batra

The-Lunchbox-2013A man, our protagonist, is offered a seat in a crowded Mumbai train. A young man offers him the seat and tells him “Uncle, aap bait jaiye”. It is one of those scenes that is common in daily life. It is how it translates on-screen,gives you a slice of life as it happens and the actions that such seemingly small moments make you take that The Lunchbox offers us. Continue reading “The Lunchbox: The Dabba has reached the right place”