Team ‘Pataal Lok’ addresses Mental Health Issues in a LIVE Webinar organized by Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC) New Delhi, held a Live Webinar with the cast & crew of Amazon Prime’s hit show ‘Pataal Lok’ earlier this week (Monday, 15 June) on Zoom.Continue reading “Team ‘Pataal Lok’ addresses Mental Health Issues in a LIVE Webinar organized by Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication”

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”

Meeruthiya Gangsters: Trailer

Meeruthiya Gangsters Poster 2Zeishan Quadri who shot to fame as the co-writer of Gangs of Wasseypur (even featured in part 2 of the same) now turns director with Meeruthiya Gangsters.Releasing on September 18th,the film is produced by Prasahnt Tiwari, Prateek Tiwari & Shoeb Ahmed. The film is based from the perspective of six youths who turn kidnappers. Meeruthiya Gangsters features Sanjay Mishra, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shadab Kamal, Akash Dahiya, Mukul Dev, Nushrat Bharucha etc and the music is by Siddhant Mishra and Vivek Kar. Naren Gedia is the DOP while editing is by Anurag Kashyap and Ashish Arjun Gaikar. Anurag Kashyap is also the presenter of the film incidentally.Continue reading “Meeruthiya Gangsters: Trailer”

Gabbar Is Back Hindi Movie Review: Flawed Yet Enjoyable

After unleashing the atrocity called Rowdy Rathore (a remake of the Telugu superhit Vikramarkudu) more than 2 years ago, Akshay Kumar and ‘Producer’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali reunite for Gabbar Is Back – a remake of the Tamil movie Ramanna directed by A.R Murugadoss and starring Vijaykanth.

Aditya (Akshay Kumar) a college professor kidnaps and kills corrupt Government officials under the pseudo name ‘Gabbar’. This soon pits him against an old enemy Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar) and has an honest constable Sadhuram (Sunil Grover) and a CBI officer (Jaideep Ahlawat) hot on his trail.Continue reading “Gabbar Is Back Hindi Movie Review: Flawed Yet Enjoyable”

Commando-A One man Army: Movie Review and Some Stray Thoughts

A History of Disappointment:

After watching a film like Commando, one naturally prepares oneself to explain why one watched it in the first place. For the record, I liked Pooja Chopra in the trailer and since I had nothing better to do, I gave it a try one evening in a cost effective single screen.Continue reading “Commando-A One man Army: Movie Review and Some Stray Thoughts”

Aatma Movie Review: Nothing scary about it

There can be only so many things that one can do in the horror genre. Low camera angles, spooky background score, grey palette and a large rich flat that turns into a murder ville. Suparn Varma’s Aatma has all of these and yet falls short miserably in engaging and spooking the day lights out of you. At one hour forty minutes running time, the short length of the movie is the only thing good about it.Continue reading “Aatma Movie Review: Nothing scary about it”

Vishwaroop Movie Review: More like Vishwapoop

Yes I’m back and I am here to share with you my story, for yet again I embarked upon my journey of life. To make my senses feel something they haven’t so far, to improve my tastes and go after fine art, to drop the beer and drink wine, to drop the graphic novels (despite most of them having some terrific art work) and read classics and yes, the easiest one…to watch a movie which is embroiled in controversy. I went to see Vishwapoop (I’ll get to the name later on)Continue reading “Vishwaroop Movie Review: More like Vishwapoop”

Gangs of Wasseypur is like A Top Quality Joint

Anurag Kashyap’s Gang of Wasseypur is in town. And after watching the movie I can say Anurag Kashyap is Quentin Tarantino‘s brother from another mother. The movie, set in the backdrop of coal mafia in the state of Bihar and is about all the political rivalry between two families who fight for supremacy.

GOW is just like a top quality grass joint which Anurag Kashyap has rolled with all his brilliance. Just like when you make a joint you look for the best grass, rolling paper and a good roach, Kashyap does exactly that. He gets actors who are close to their roots to play characters who are brought to life as if they were to born to play that. Then Anurag takes all the grass and starts rolling the joint.

The movie plot starts with Smriti Irani on TV with her kyun ki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi!  serial and that sets tone for the movie- changing power equation, dirty politics and gruesome legacy which is passed on from one generation to the other.

The Joint is now ready to be smoked.

Tigmanshu Dhulia plays a coal mine owner who trusts no one. To have a foothold in the area he hires henchman Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat), with whom the fallout happens. After Shahid is killed, his son Sardar (Manoj Bajpayee), whose only aim in life is to avenge the death of his father at the hands of the capitalist-turned-politician Ramadheer Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Sardar is married to Nagma (Richa Chadda) and to Durga (Reema Sen), a Bengali woman. Besides the big names, the limelight is hogged by Faizal, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a Bollywood &  Amitabh Bachchan fan. Faizal has his own style which makes him unique &  interesting. Slowly, more people get involved and then it is flooded with innumerable characters. Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan the butcher, Jameel Khan and Dhulia as the politician among others, play their roles with smooth conviction. Jaideep Ahlawat as Shahid Khan has terrific screen presence and looks a lot like Manoj Bajpai. He looks brilliant during the 1940s scenes when he use to loot British goods trains in the name of the brigand, Sultana Daku. Thick textured, the movie has all the elements-devious & comical ganglords, subservient but aggressive women and dramatic side kicks. With Piyush Mishra‘s narration, the movie unfolds smoothly as you will keep watching the ‘bakaiti’ and the ‘bakchodi’.

The joint (movie) you are smoking is slow in the first half and takes its own time to kick in but when it kicks in it takes you to a different level in the second half. The screen gets blood, gore, politics, and sexual lust—all of it with an entertaining humour. Ample dark humour is used to show the gang war milieu.  The animosity is passed to the next generation which continues in the second part.

If the movie is a joint, then the story is the rolling paper, characters  are the “maal” & the roach is the background music and cinematography which also needs to be top- notch. Sneha Khanwalker‘s rocking  music brings a whole new level of excitement in the film and Rajeev Ravi’s cinematography is sheer brilliance. The sense of timing with the use of music is exemplary. And all this is rolled perfectly by Anurag Kashyap. By the time the movie ends, you will realize what were you smoking and what a tripp you got. But then after the credits, comes the trailer of part 2. Focussed all on Faizal, the second part looks a notch above the first.

With Gangs of Wasseypur, Anurag Kashyap presents a grim picture of human decadence. Manoj Bajpai delivers a power packed performance, with Tigmanshu Dhulia good as the warlord turned politician, Richa Chaddha is crass yet strong, Reema Sen voluptuous and canny, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays almost the role of his life. Look for the scenes between him and Mohsina (the sexy Huma Qureshi). I expect Siddiqui to have a major role in the second part of Gangs of Wasseypur considering the similarity of his part to Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone.

Now as you come back to your senses after the movie ends, you will try looking back at what happened and what is to come. For those who haven’t seen it then I suggest go with an open mind, patience and then experience it yourself.  Yes there is an uncanny similarities with Tarantino style but then to reach that level is also an achievement.

Sudeep Shukla

Vishwaroopam / Vishwaroop-Trailer

After bringing out the  first look of Kamal Haasan‘s Vishwaroopam ( Vishwaroop in Hindi ) we now bring to you the much awaited trailer of the film. The film has an impressive star cast which includes Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur etc. Continue reading “Vishwaroopam / Vishwaroop-Trailer”