Raees vs Kaabil: Clash of the Titans?

Jan 25th was slated to be the battle of the stars- Shahrukh and Hrithik battling it out with Raees and Kaabil respectively. The swords were all out with both the parties battling it out with their PR machinery. Some even called it as a mentor-pupil battle. And it mattered for both the stars as their previous movies were almost a washout (Fan and Mohenjo Daro).Continue reading “Raees vs Kaabil: Clash of the Titans?”

Dangal Movie Review: Patriarchal Smackdown

There is something about a sports film that ends up being an enjoyable watch in spite of the predictability of most films that come under the genre. You have your standard tropes, the grizzled mentor, the talented underdog, the merciless system ever ready to crush their spirits, the smug opponent with a sneering coach, the adrenaline rush of the training montage, and all of it culminating in a nail-biting and eventually mood elevating victory against all odds.Continue reading “Dangal Movie Review: Patriarchal Smackdown”

Yatharth: A Short Film taking the Crowdfunding Route

Crowdfunding has to be one of the most interesting development in the film financing world. It helps aspiring filmmakers to not only tap funds from all over the world, but also helps bypassing the usual route of approaching producers who are rarely adventurous in backing projects and prefer the tried and tested formulaic films. It also gives the filmmakers creative independence.

This recent development has meant that we have websites like Wishberry that have been specifically set up to cater to crowd funding. These portals act as a host for these projects and help the filmmaker reach out to people who might be interested in funding his/her project. The recent celebrated stop-motion film Anomalisa by the highly acclaimed director Charlie Kaufman also chose the crowdfunded route to make the film the way it was originally conceived without any interference. Closer home we have films like ‘I Am’ that have been success stories of crowdfunding.
Yatharth poster

Yatharth is a short film that has also chosen to take the crowdfunded path on Wishberry. It is a story of a father who is gambling through a whirlpool of instincts. The film revolves around a card game leading to circumstances that journey through religion, superstitions and a hint of destiny. Yatharth is an attempt to shed light on that piece of ultimate truth that’s hidden behind fancy layers of the living and non-living, with a man’s desperate progression to achieve a state of accomplishment.Continue reading “Yatharth: A Short Film taking the Crowdfunding Route”

Highway Marathi Movie Review : A Pleasant Journey

Highway-Marathi-Movie-Teaser-PosterSometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination’ – Drake. Perhaps it is this thought that has inspired director Umesh Kulkarni and writer actor Girish Kulkarni’s new film Highway .Continue reading “Highway Marathi Movie Review : A Pleasant Journey”

Highway Marathi Movie: Trailer

highway marathi movie posterUmesh and Girish Kulkarni are two of the most sort after names in the marathi film industry. Their upcoming projects are closely followed. The buzz about their films begins from the festival screening of the film itself. This time however they have chosen to directly release their film in theatre without taking the festival route.

Thy synopsis says it is a film of that escape from the grind that all of us yearn for. It is an attempt to see our own reflections in today’s time.

It stars Girish Kulkarni, Huma Qureshi, Tisca Chopra, Renuka Shahane Rana, Vidyadhar Joshi, Mukta Barve, Sunil Barve, Mayur Khandge, Shrikant Yadav, Kishore Chaugule, Kishor Kadam, Vrishali Kulkarni, Purva Pawar amongst others.

It releases on the 24th of July.

Here’s the trailer :

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Girish Kulkarni: The Actor

Girish Kulkarni’s dazzling performance as Inspector Jadhav in Ugly has caught the attention of many a movie buffs. Those who have been following the resurgence of marathi cinema would certainly recognise him as one of the torchbearers of the new wave of quality marathi films. He has consistently churned out superlative stuff as an actor-cum-screenwriter, mainly in collaboration with the brilliant Umesh Kulkarni. Though his National Award for the film Deool ( Temple) has given him some recognition, he is still quite an unknown figure outside his state as his films remain unwatched. Girish’s gifted screenwriting abilities deserve a separate analysis in itself. So, this post will take a quick look at some of his best work as an actor in marathi cinema.Continue reading “Girish Kulkarni: The Actor”

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”

Postcard (Marathi movie): Trailer

PostcardGajendra Ahire’s next release after Anumati is a film called Postcard. As the name suggests the film portrays the stories of three people whose lives are dependent on the incomplete letters. It showcases a postman’s life, wherein he gets unintentionally drawn to lives of the recipients after he develops a habit of reading the letters.Continue reading “Postcard (Marathi movie): Trailer”