On the afternoon of 15th of June, Friday, I was a little worried. The notice board outside says, if at least 20 people doesn’t turned up, the show will be cancelled. And a 1:30 pm show in a hot & humid afternoon, on a working day, is not the most ideal time for our Assamese film Xhoixobote Dhemalite/RainbowFields to start its journey in Kolkata’s Nandan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandan_(Kolkata). To make the matter more complicated, our PR guy for Kolkata ditched us big time – there was almost no coverage of the release in Kolkata till then. What more, I had couriered the posters of our film from Mumbai one day before my departure, thinking it will be up in the complex at least a day before the show. Big mistake, the posters are lost in transition, with the different city brunches of the courier company trying to solve the mystery.In short, Mr Murphy had proclaimed his undying love for me all over again. Continue reading “Kolkata-You Humbled Me!!”
Recently, I’ve been playing this game on facebook – in which I say my favourite thing about the people who ask me to. It is lovely, emotionally draining and cathartic. More relevantly, though, it has become a parade of me asking myself, why am I sad I’m not this person? Why can I not even conceivably be this person? And that is usually my favourite thing about that person; this is not an accident – Elementary‘s Sherlock Holmes agrees with me:
one of the things I’ve gained from our collaboration is a working definition of the word “friendship.” Friendship, I’ve come to believe, is most accurately defined as two people moving towards the best aspects of one another.
Not long after I played this game (well, began playing this game; I still have two people left), I was watching Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi’s Piku.Continue reading “Piku Movie Review: “Bhaskar nahi, Bhaskor!””
Imagine you are on a date with someone, perhaps this is your first date with him/her and unfortunately you go on to discuss things related to excretion and bowel movements due to some unavoidable reason right in front of the person. How do you think the date would work out? In Shoojit Sircar’s Piku there’s a scene when Piku (Deepika Padukone) meets a guy (Akshay Oberoi) on a date and later leaves the place frustrated along with her friend and business partner, Syed Afroze (Jisshu Sengupta). Piku confides in Syed that she didn’t like the guy whom she met for dinner and states reasons like he doesn’t watch Satyajit Ray films 🙂 etc to support her decision, while Syed only asks her one question-did she talk to her dad while her date was on? You will need to watch the film to understand why such a simple scene like this clearly conveys the crux of the tale so wonderfully.Continue reading “Piku Movie Review: ‘Motion Se Hi Emotion’ an Honest Tagline for an Honest Film”
Just like the name is an esoteric movie. You can narrate its story in a moment as it doesn’t have a ‘definitive storyline’. Yet its story is the daily life of its characters- Dee’piku’, her constipated father -Bhaskor Banerjee (played by Big B) and the taxi owner Rana Chowdhury effortlessly enacted by Irrfan Khan.Continue reading “Piku: A Quick Review”
Dibakar Banerjee is arguably my most favorite current Indian filmmaker. With a sleight of 4 feature films, Dibakar has trumped many of his peers with unswerving consistency. Its hard for me to recall an average film by him, let alone a bad film. And let me say at the very onset that yet again, Banerjee does not disappoint with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, starring a magnetic Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role.
Byomkesh Bakshi is fictional Bengali detective character, created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay in 1940s. This is the 10th film to be made on the character, and there are 2 more of them coming out this very year. Save for this one, all other films are in Bengali, including one directed by the great Satyajit Ray. Moreover, Byomkesh has been a favorite character for television as well. Rightfully so, Dibakar took it upon himself to introduce him to Hindi cinema, and largely to an audience which is appallingly unaware of our own literature. It is also Dibakar’s return to his own roots, albeit in his very own charismatic style. Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review: Delivered Fresh, Strong And Intelligent”
Sujoy Ghosh‘s Kahaani went on to break new grounds in 2012 and Vidya Balan in particular swept the award season with her lead performance in the film. Ever since the announcement of the Tamil-Telugu bilingual version came out, the remake has been in the news. Titled as Anaamika in both the versions, Sekhar Kammula directs the film and it is produced by Endemol India along with Logline Productions and Select Media Holdings. Viacom 18 seems to have taken over the project now.Continue reading “Anaamika: Trailer”
‘I am really sorry,’ Riyaaz said again.
Seeing the situation getting better, Salma controlled her tears. ‘Yes Sir, we should have been cautious,’ her voice was still choked, ‘we sincerely apologise.’
‘Never mind,’ Abhigyaan nodded at them, ‘I think you should go now. It’s not safe riding a bike with a lady so late at night.’
Both Riyaaz and Salma smile and acknowledge together. Thanks!
They strolled back and got on the bike. The guy started the engine, raised his hand to his head and wished the strangers ‘Khuda Hafiz.’ Unknowingly, he spoilt all his hopes to reach home safely that night.Continue reading “Monster Heart part 3/3 – the finale”
Srijit stood in the basement car-park, smoking a cigarette, waiting for his friend to turn up. He was about to take out his cell when Abhigyaan appeared at the entry – his white pyajamas changed into denims, a dazzling silver Rolex watch shining on his right wrist with the kurta sleeves rolled up, and the archetypal rimless glasses back on his face.Continue reading “Monster Heart – short story – part 2/3”
Plagiarism and Bollywood go hand in hand, we have seen movies which are direct lift of Hollywood films, scene by scene. In recent times some Bollywood producers have taken pains and parted with money to remake officially like in case of Players. Kahaani has been the talk of the town of late andContinue reading “Kahaani and Taking Lives-Whats the connect please?”