Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review: Tab Head Met Wall!

There’s a moment, bang in the middle of Jab Harry Met Sejal, when one of the titular characters remarks snidely “This is silly, we need to get out of here”, and you end up thinking to yourself, what if the same had been said by Aditya to Geet (Jab We Met) or Tara to Ved (Tamasha), the seeming voices of reason asking a dreamer to change course, to not fly too close to the sun, to stop sprinting and take a breath. When the promos of JHMS first showed up, it seemed like yet another Imtiaz Ali tale of two strangers in a strange land, but when the two strangers happen to be Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, can the magic of Jab We Met, the soulfulness of Highway and the pathos of Tamasha be captured again on celluloid?Continue reading “Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review: Tab Head Met Wall!”

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?”

Raees Movie Review: Once Upon A Late Latif

It’s all Ram Gopal Varma’s fault. Till he showed up with Satya, Company etc, we were so used to the trope of the gangster being a modern day Robin Hood, a leader of the community, a do-gooder on the wrong path etc, that when we were exposed to what gangsters really are, ordinary men and women with a gun, who let their ego come in the way of reason, flawed human beings who may be larger than life for a few fleeting moments, but end up the victim of either the system, or their own hubris.Continue reading “Raees Movie Review: Once Upon A Late Latif”

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Pondering Over Miss Lovely

Miss LovelyI have grown weary of movies that begin with a character narrating about his past. In most cases, this narrator is a guy, a hapless one and he usually ends up dying or losing the girl. In certain cases like About a Boy, High Fidelity or even Savages, it ends up defining the movie and making it better.

In Miss Lovely, Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) serves our window to the world of seedy C-grade filmmakers. He speaks reluctantly and regretfully. That’s similar to the way he works in the business of C-grade filmmaking. He’s only assisting and doing menial jobs for his older brother Vicky (Anil George).Continue reading “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Pondering Over Miss Lovely”

Miss Lovely (2014) Movie Review: Seeds of Pulpy Bombay

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 110 Minutes | Director : Ashim Ahluwalia

Miss Lovely PosterThere is a scene where a middle-aged woman brings photos to a dwarf B/C- movie producer,who sits in a dilapidated room which serves as an office, and she tells him “mein sexy dance achcha kar leti hu” and starts gyrating. The dwarf’s response is to inform Sonu Duggal (Nawazuddin Siddique) how busy he is, indicating there’s no time to sit, reflect and worry unnecessarily. Ashim Ahluwalia‘s Miss Lovely is a take on the grim, seedy world of the 80’s Bombay porn and D- grade horror movie industry. The montages are aplenty and for fans of the 80’s B to D grade Bombay movies, it is a look at how things were handled during the day and for others, it is an intriguing take on what on surface looks like India’s Boogie Nights.Continue reading “Miss Lovely (2014) Movie Review: Seeds of Pulpy Bombay”

Celluloid Man: A Legendary Archivist, Archived!

Celluloid Man PosterPassion. Work. Only when these two become synonymous that truly great things can be achieved. There are no two ways about it. P.K. Nair, who was the founder of the National Film Archive of India and also helmed the organization for 27 long years, is one of those rare breed in India who can indeed say that their work was passion for them. And as you try to assimilate the enormity of his life-long dedication toward archiving Indian and Foreign films and also running the Archive with a deft hand, you just can’t help but be simply blown away by the man.Continue reading “Celluloid Man: A Legendary Archivist, Archived!”