GHAR (1978): Finding Home

I have been watching a lot of old Hindi films on Amazon Prime of late, given the lockdown it is strange that Bollywood is giving me solace, it is my comfort zone. I must say that I was surprised by Ghar, a pleasant departure for a film that talks about rape and rape victims and the people close to them. After the horrific Nirbhaya Delhi case there have been many films where rape has been a pivotal point only to take the narrative arc of having a male hero or even films like MOM where the only retribution is the killing of the preparators of crime.Continue reading “GHAR (1978): Finding Home”

Soorma Movie Review: The Goal Rush!

Cast:  Dilijit Dosanjh, Tapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, Vijay Raaz, Kulbushan Kharbanda and Satish Kaushik

Directed by Shaad Ali

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy     

Lyrics by Gulzar

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Raazi Movie Review: For God and Country

It is said that war is hell, no two ways about that. But while reams of paper are devoted to immortalizing the slain and surviving heroes of battles we know of, there are so many more anonymous individuals who served their country by just doing their duty when called upon, and went above and beyond the call, only to move back into the shadows when they were done.Continue reading “Raazi Movie Review: For God and Country”

Jio MAMI with Star to host the World Premiere of Vikramaditya Motwane’s TRAPPED

Among several firsts, the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star announces a new category titled ‘Spotlight’. Spotlight is a carefully crafted segment of films that recognises Indian cinema’s historical trajectories, celebrates its creative impulses and explores its futures. The section kicks off with the world premiere of Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Trapped’Continue reading “Jio MAMI with Star to host the World Premiere of Vikramaditya Motwane’s TRAPPED”

18 Years on, Dil Se Lives on: A True Classic in Every Sense

What do you say about a film where the very first scene teaches you something new? Despite being good with geography I had no clue of a place called Haflong, but thanks to Dil Se I know that it is a hill station in Assam. What do you say about a film where the hero and the heroine hardly communicate the first time that they meet, so much so that the hero actually remarks at the end of it saying this must be the World’s shortest love story. And what can you actually say when that is followed by a song which is not just a personal favourite, but a song that shook the entire Nation and is popular to this day Internationally as well, the brilliantly choreographed, composed and executed number, “Chaiyya Chaiyya”. Even if the film had nosedived after that I would perhaps have still not really complained, but then there was no need to as it turned out to be a film for which there is everything and more going in its favour.Continue reading “18 Years on, Dil Se Lives on: A True Classic in Every Sense”

Talvar Movie Review: Is it sharp enough?

This review comes in a bit late and by now most of you have figured out what the movie is based on. For those who haven’t been in touch with the digital world for the past week (like me), Talvar is based on the 2008 Noida “double murder” of Arushi Talwar and Hemraj ( Get the title now? So so subtle right ?. More on the title later). I had seen the promos of this films a while ago and to be frank they didn’t quite impress me. It seemed like one of those films whose whole purpose was to cash in on the hype. But back then I didn’t notice that it was written by Vishal Bhardwaj, for whom I have high regards. If that was not compelling enough, the movie has got some good reviews overall. So coming to the question that matters,is this Talvar sharp enough to make the cut ? Read on to find out.Continue reading “Talvar Movie Review: Is it sharp enough?”

Talvar Movie Review: Oh, What A Film!

I wanted to take some time out after watching Meghna Gulzar and Vishal Bharadwaj’s Talvar earlier today before I write about it, just to consolidate my thoughts. Now, we all are very well acquainted with the Aarushi Talwar double murder case of 2008 which is still ongoing. Her parents are still in jail and fighting for innocence largely due to a botched up crime scene and lack of factual evidence. If anyone has not heard about it, it is might as well suggested to take the subscription of latest newspaper daily with immediate effect, or alternately, just open your eyes and ears to the world. Continue reading “Talvar Movie Review: Oh, What A Film!”

Mumbai to host Lit o Fest, a literature carnival with a difference

Mumbai’s literature fest with a difference, Lit o Fest in its debut edition organised by E-Bizz Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd. will be held at Sir JJ School of Arts & Architecture, Mumbai on 28th February and 01st March, 2015. Geared up to bring more depth, thought and action for every author and literature enthusiast in India, the two day festival will be focused on offering every writer an equal opportunity and space to be seen, heard and published.Continue reading “Mumbai to host Lit o Fest, a literature carnival with a difference”

Sunday Watch: Gulzar recites his tribute to Pancham

Gulzar, apart from being a prolific lyricist over the last 5 decades, is also a poet in his own right. And given his baritone, his poetry recital always make for an enchanting experience.

In this video, Gulzar recites two poems. One is his tribute to his long time collaborator Pancham and the second is Kitaab – an ode to books in this age of computers.

gulzarThe occasion was an evening of celebration of the songs penned by the great lyricist over the years at Bandra Ampitheatre in Mumbai. Much to the delight of the audience, Gulzar dropped by himself. The crowd couldn’t let go of the opportunity and requested him to recite a few of his own poems. Gulzar saab willingly obliged, taking the evening to an altogether different level.
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