The trick with mixing up genres is to make sure that the story contains the right mix of the conventional and the subversive. It’s always fascinating to see the supernatural element presented on screen out of the traditional genre of horror and even more interesting when comedic and romantic elements are added into the mix. Therefore, when the promos of Phillauri showed up, promising an amusing tale of a young groom haunted by the spirit of a feisty woman from a different era, one did wonder if Anushka Sharma has something new up her sleeve, or is Phillauri another case of old wine in a new bottle?Continue reading “Phillauri Movie Review: The High and the Spirits”
There are times when one chances upon Damini, Kanoon or Waqt being broadcast on a TV channel or pops in the DVD or VCD of a movie like Yudh, Andha Kanoon or Shahenshah, and notes with amusement, the highly farcical nature of the proceedings in a courtroom. You have the crusading hero who prefixes every argument with flaring nostrils and an impassioned plea of Milord (or Milaaaawwwrrrd depending on who the hero is) or berates the court for making him stand up date after date, a sneering defense lawyer who only exists to object to everything in the most ham-handed way possible. And not to forget the extremely grumpy looking judge who looks like he would rather be home taking a nap, rather than watching the hammy proceedings in front of him.Continue reading “Jolly LLB 2 Movie Review: For It Ain’t A Jolly Good Story”
Of late Marathi cinema seems to have taken a big liking towards remaking films from the South and all kinds of films across genres are being attempted with an idea of striking it big in Marathi as well. For every Classmates (remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Classmates) which is a success there are also films like Vrundavan (remake of the Telugu hit Brindavanam) and Shutter (remake of the critically acclaimed Malayalam movie by the same name) which didn’t really hit the bulls eye. So when I first heard of Samit Kakkad’s attempt at remaking Kaakka Muttai in Marathi, I was a little sceptical to be honest. It wasn’t that I did not believe in Samit’s intentions, but considering that Kaakka Muttai has been one of the best Tamil/Indian films in recent times, winning critical acclaim as well achieving commercial success, repeating the act in Marathi looked difficult to me. A chat with Samit when the first look poster of Half Ticket was unveiled did give me some hope for sure.Continue reading “Half Ticket Marathi Movie Review: An Honest Adaptation that’s Thankfully Not Half Hearted”
Ace Photographer turned producer Mr Atul Kasbekar is on a high these days as his film Neerja is running successful pan India.He was recently given a surprise by his reel life passengers from film Neerja who kept a special screening of the film and gifted him a photo frame with a beautiful poem written by Madhu Chandhock. The screening was arranged by her son Kashyap Chandhock on behalf of all the fellow passengers.
Vivek Krishnani has been appointed Managing Director of Sony Pictures India (also known as SPE Films India). His appointment will be effective November 1, 2015.
Under his leadership Sony Pictures India will handle all theatrical distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s films. Sony Pictures Entertainment produces, acquires, and distributes its films under its various film labels: Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Sony Pictures International Productions.Continue reading “Vivek Krishnani named managing director of Sony Pictures India”
There are good films and there are bad films. And then there are some films that are so unbelievably bad that you feel like shouting – why did they make this film!!? Hamari Adhuri Kahani, the latest melodramatic overdose from the Bhatt camp, is so regressive, unbelievable, over-the-top and nauseating that you stop expecting anything within half an hour into the film. Mohit Suri, the film’s director, has a reasonable track record with good little films like Kalyug, Awarapan and Woh Lamhe under his belt. In fact, Suri has also been at the helm of affairs for three consecutive blockbusters for the Bhatt Camp in the recent past – Ek Villain, Aashiqui 2 and Murder 2.Continue reading “Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review: Shockingly Regressive and Melodramatic”
In 1982, Mahesh Bhatt made Arth, with Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Since then, he has made it again and again atleast a 100 times. If not that, he has taken elements from Arth and twisted them around, rebottled them with new flavor, and made a film again. Arth was an absolute classic. Most of its derivatives are not. But Bhatt will never get out of it seems. And he must plunge us as well as he drowns. Directed by Mohit Suri, Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is concocted with a stellar cast, but it is supposed to be the love story of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents. In reality, it is another take on Arth. Albeit drenched in ham-fisted dialogue by Shagufta Rafique. Continue reading “Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Movie Review: A Good Director Cannot Save A Bad Script”
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