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!”

On ‘Kaamyaab’ & More: In Conversation with Writer-Director Hardik Mehta

Winner of the National Award for Best Non-Feature Film for Amdavad Ma Famous (2015) & co-writer of Trapped (2017), Hardik Mehta is now all ready with his first feature film as director, Kaamyaab which is now going to be having its world premiere shortly at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival. Here’s what Hardik had to talk to us about Kaamyaab & more.Continue reading “On ‘Kaamyaab’ & More: In Conversation with Writer-Director Hardik Mehta”

Kaalakaandi Movie Review: Nightcrawlers

There is a certain energy to a megapolis like Bombay. A city, teeming with stories, millions of them, just waiting to be told. And at night, when the streetlights burn brightest, the darkest tales come to life. Akshat Verma, who burst on to the scene with Delhi Belly back in 2011, travels southwards for his debut directorial about 3 stories set on a single rainy night. But the question is, does Kaalakaandi possess the same fizz that made Delhi Belly a massive hit back then?Continue reading “Kaalakaandi Movie Review: Nightcrawlers”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review

This movie will definitely make 300 Cr plus.. for Haldiram’s. After Zandu Balm’s success credited to Dabangg, Haldiram seems to have adopted the marketing strategy for their national and International consumers. They seem to have spent the entire marketing budget for 5 years on the movie with even a forgettable song dedicated to their menu.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review: The Return of Sooraj’s Prem

Prem, the Indian name for love was associated with a villain for a long time, thanks to Prem Chopra and Premnath. And then came Sooraj R Barjatya’s Maine Pyaar Kiya and Prem got associated with everything positive. Such was the impact of his debut movie that you will find many people who were born in the late 80’s naming their child Prem.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review: The Return of Sooraj’s Prem”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Old School Sanskaar Meets New Age Salman Khan

prem-ratan-dhan-payo-posterNot everyone can like Sooraj Barjatya. It’s not easy. But, not everyone can really dispute the fact that he is good at what he does. Yes, he takes familial values to astronomical heights, he is too sanskaari and painfully old school in matters of romance, he is too engrossed into the lessons from Ramayana, and he is obsessed and surprisingly comfortable with lengthy soundtracks and lengthier run time. But, he is also extremely successful in retelling stories with same moral messages again and again, he is very aware of his strengths and has never really yet bored us to death with any of his films (given the template in question, death by boredom is a distinct possibility).Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Old School Sanskaar Meets New Age Salman Khan”

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: My Analysis

** Lots of spoilers ahead. I strongly recommend watching the movie first.

Let me get the hyperbole out of the way. Kangana is a bonafide movie star. Her dual role might go on to become one of the most iconic double roles in indian film history. Kangana struts her stuff so breathtakingly in the movie, you are left agape at the confidence, the talent and the swagger. The last time a female performance that chewed everything around her was Kareena in JWM, but Kangana went a step ahead and just took my breath away.

Returning to the movie at hand. This might be the first movie that integrates the double role gimmick in its very theme to the point that it feels a very organic part of the film. TWMR has all the ‘realistic’ and ‘authentic flavors’ trappings of our multiplex movie era, but it has that larger than life ‘filmy’ blood running wild through its veins. Its like RNBDJ on steroids. It takes the ‘placeholder’ theory of RNBDJ and runs wild with it going into bizarre territories and asking really uncomfortable questions about perception of a person’s identity. Is the other person just a placeholder for few archetypes? How much of your appearance constitutes your identity? Can two people with same behavioral be perceived as same identity? These might look basic questions because truly, they are very BASIC questions regarding perception of human identity.Continue reading “Tanu Weds Manu Returns: My Analysis”

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: A Quick Review

5 Reasons- Why you should not miss Tanu Weds Manu Returns:

  • TWMR Poster 3Kangana is outstanding in a double role. Her impeccable Haryanvi accent would put the Chautalas to shame. Few actors have been able to do justice to double roles in Bollywood the way she has done in TWM2.
  • Madhavan plays himself.. he is the calm husband even in adversity. Watching the couple is like watching Tendulkar and Dravid play cricket. While Kangana is blazing guns and aggressive in both her roles, Maddy coolly manages to support her well and ensure that the equilibrium is maintained!
  • Deepak Dobriyaal as Pappi shows us once again how supporting roles can be enacted to make them appear like lead roles. The most hilarious dialogues are given to him and he does absolute justice to them. Laugh a riot guy with an unassuming character that keeps surprising you often and tickling your funny bone with consummate ease
  • Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub doesn’t get left behind in his portrayal of Chintu – Tanu’s second fiddle. Whether he is falling for Kangna or getting jilted by her, he wears his heart on his sleeve.
  • Finally, the whole Indian small town setting accentuated by good screenplay/ dialogues by Himanshu Sharma, direction by Anand Rai and an amazing supporting cast of Swara Bhaskar, Jimmy Shergill and Eijaz Khan brings to life a well paced, funny and light movie interspersed with social messages that you can interpret if you are attentive enough. set

Its a revolutionary movie which doesn’t follow the Indian stereotype for a woman.

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Tanu Weds Manu Returns Review: You Will Like the Film, Not Tanu & Manu Themselves

Tanu Weds Manu, Anand L Rai’s much-liked rom-com that released in 2011, managed to break quite a few, if not all, shackles when it comes to predictable love stories. But, Tanu, the feisty, unconventional protagonist of the 2011 film is somewhat underwhelming and repressed in this sequel. Equally cut to size, barring a few kilos that he seems to have gained, is Manu (played by R Madhavan), the inconspicuous and ‘boring’ hero. The task of seeing through this rather ‘forced’ sequel is assigned to Kangana’s double avatar, Kusum aka ‘Datto’, the Haryanvi athlete studying at Delhi University who happens to be Tanu’s doppelganger.Continue reading “Tanu Weds Manu Returns Review: You Will Like the Film, Not Tanu & Manu Themselves”