Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review: Door Door Tak Boredom!

There is something to be said about the durability and versatility of the road movie , a genre like no other, for the way it lends itself to so many different interpretations. It can be used as an allegory for a character to either find oneself through the journey, or even lose oneself. Sometimes, it’s about the destination, and sometimes it’s about the trip. And it is a genre that allows for a certain amount of meandering, so to speak , not to mention the delicious prospect of an interaction between differing characters, from varying walks of life. So, as one walks into the theatre on a Friday evening, the only question is, what does Qarib Qarib Singlle have to offer the viewer?Continue reading “Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review: Door Door Tak Boredom!”

Trailer Of Shankar Raman’s Gurgaon

National Award winning cinematographer Shankar Raman (Harud, Peepli Live) makes his directorial debut with GurgaonThe film is produced by Ajay G. Rai and Alan McAlex of JAR Pictures along with Madhukar R. Musle of M.R. Filmworks, Nisha N. Sujan of Hashtag Film Studios and Abbas Ali RattansiContinue reading “Trailer Of Shankar Raman’s Gurgaon”

Nil Battey Sannata Movie Review: A Tale of Desires and Boundaries

I have often wondered how much do we know about the lives of the people doing odd jobs all around us. Be it a driver, a maid servant, a watchman etc, do we know anything apart from their names in the first place? They are the ones who ensure that our lives go on unaffected in the best possible ways.  But do we care to know what their desires are? Or what they would like to do for the people in their family? Sometimes people tend to care a lot for their pets but end up ill-treating the people working for/with them, how is this justified in the first place? No one voluntarily takes up a job which comes with low self esteem, it’s a function of fate and one’s helplessness that sees one take up an assignment like this. So it’s amazing to see people from socially and economically downtrodden backgrounds managing to remain hopeful of a better future and work their way towards the same. Continue reading “Nil Battey Sannata Movie Review: A Tale of Desires and Boundaries”

Killa: A Quick Review

Killa Poster 3Good Marathi films come with a formula: Simple story set in rural settings or a period drama, watertight script, cast with at least one naughty kid, ”postcard” frames cinematography, mellifluous music score and distributed/ co-produced by Esselvision.Continue reading “Killa: A Quick Review”

Killa Movie Review: Transporting you back to the days of innocence

Isn’t it ironical that as children we just can’t wait to grow-up, become adults and start doing a lot of things which are forbidden or out of reach for kids, but the moment we actually grow-up, we just wish the very opposite? Unless we have had a difficult childhood don’t we generally get nostalgic when we think of our days spent while in school, when life was a lot more simpler, when probably the only pressure that was upon our shoulders was to ace our exams? Time and again I am reminded of my childhood days, of a period when I was probably the most happiest in life. Nowadays thanks to Social Media tools like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a lot of us are back in touch with our old friend’s right? Of late a lot of Marathi films have been coming out with children at the focus of it, talking of themes like teenage angst/romance and/or nostalgia etc.Continue reading “Killa Movie Review: Transporting you back to the days of innocence”

Liar’s Dice is India’s Official Entry to the 87th Academy Awards (2015)

Liar's DiceActress turned filmmaker Geetu Mohandas has had a dream outing so far with her very 1st feature film as director, Liar’s Dice. Produced by  Alan McAlex and Ajay Rai of Jar Pictures, the film is written by Geetu as well. Featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa and Manya Gupta in the main roles, the film has won 2 National Awards at the 61st National Awards earlier this year (Best Actress-Geetanjali Thapa and Best Cinematography-Rajeev Ravi). Liar’s Dice has also been doing well in the festival circuits, with official entries to Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, Sofia etc. Now Liar’s Dice has been selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film Category in the 87th Academy Awards (2015),beating quite a few other contenders in the process.Continue reading “Liar’s Dice is India’s Official Entry to the 87th Academy Awards (2015)”

Njan Steve Lopez Movie Review: Dark, Moody and Socially Conscious in the Right Way

Cinematographer turned filmmaker Rajeev Ravi made heads turn with his very first Malayalam film Annayum Rasoolum (2013). Though the film did not receive uniform praise from everyone, with many people finding it a little too indulgent and too slow for their comfort, it was nice to see the film doing reasonably well commercially as well. An achievement these days as it’s not often that you see films made for creative satisfaction also finding favour with the audience. When his second film Njan Steve Lopez was announced, it made for interesting news. To start with the title is interesting and doesn’t really give out any hints about the film. The film also launches Farhaan Faasil, son of veteran filmmaker Fazil and younger brother of popular actor Fahadh Faasil along with Ahaana Krishna, daughter of popular Malayalam and Tamil film and T.V actor-Krishna Kumar.Continue reading “Njan Steve Lopez Movie Review: Dark, Moody and Socially Conscious in the Right Way”

Mastram Movie Review: A Likely Case Study for Unfortunately the Wrong Reasons

Mastram 2014Porn fiction is something that has been around us for time immemorial in some form or the other. And Mastram is an entity often referred to as the “baap of Hindi porn writing”, a name that has for the last 3 decades or so been catering to male fantasies in the Hindi belt. Considering that nothing till date is known of the true identity of the author or the publisher behind brand “Mastram”, wouldn’t it have sounded exciting for people to try and make a film on this particular premise? Well at least on paper this looks like a winner all the way and thus director Akhilesh Jaiswal (one of the writers of Gangs of Wasseypur), producers Ajay Rai and Sanjeev Singh Pal must have completely believed that the script available in their hands (written by Akhilesh Jaiswal himself along with Gunjan Saxena) was a recipe for success. But is it really so? Does the film actually do justice to this lovely premise? Does the end result satisfy completely?Continue reading “Mastram Movie Review: A Likely Case Study for Unfortunately the Wrong Reasons”

Mastram: Trailer

Basic CMYKMastram is a movie which attracted attention when it was announced because it is based on the mythical writer of Hindi erotica who’s works have been popular for a long time. The film is directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal, one of the script writers of Gangs of Wasseypur and is written by him along with Gunjan Saxena. Featuring Rahul Bagga in the lead role of the writer, the cast also includes Tara Alisha Berry, Akash Dahiya etc. Mastram is produced by Ajay G.Rai and Sanjeev Singh Pal while music is by Manan Bharadwaj. Gavemic Ary is the DOP while Apurva Motiwale and Ashish Mhatre are the editors.Continue reading “Mastram: Trailer”