Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996): Sleepless in the city of Bombay

There are some movies which get a cult following, but probably do not receive much adulation during its time of release. Though Sudhir Mishra’s Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin is still talked about, I still feel that the film has not got the love it deserves. Even though I have watched the film in bits and parts earlier, now thanks to the lockdown I watched this film again on Amazon Prime. The noir film might seem normal now, but back in those days it was supposed to be path breaking.Continue reading “Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996): Sleepless in the city of Bombay”

Baby Movie Review: No child’s play, this!

The one admirable quality about Neeraj Pandey is that he is consistent. What his movies lack in nuance, and grit, they more than make up for it with a solid script and performances. He may aim to be Bollywood’s Katherine Bigelow or Paul Greengrass, but somehow he’s managed to be to this decade what Subhash Ghai was to the 80s and Rajkumar Santoshi was to the 90s. A storyteller, who can spin out a yarn that may seem implausible, but doesn’t insult your intelligence. Baby continues this tradition of his.Continue reading “Baby Movie Review: No child’s play, this!”

Special 26 Movie Review: Good, not Special

This man looks, talks, behaves just like an officer.... doesn't he?

Manoj Bajpai come in to the frame, run with your kid on shoulders, make horse tok-tok sound from your mouth, camera in front of his face, camera don’t cut. Other sequence, Akshay Kumar call Jimmy Shergill, Split screen, camera move non-stop, show Jimmy Shergill coming from one end, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher from another.  Continue reading “Special 26 Movie Review: Good, not Special”

Special Chabbis-Official Trailer

Before Arvind Kejriwal re-discovered the Aam Aadmi, Neeraj Pandey gave us a gripping thriller about the common man in A Wednesday!.The film went on to become a Sleeper Hit in 2008. Neeraj also earned the Indira Gandhi National Award for Best Film by Debutant Director.Continue reading “Special Chabbis-Official Trailer”

Revisiting Vedam: Probably the best Telugu film of recent times?

The year 2008 in my opinion was one of the best for Telugu Cinema. Along with the usual potboilers like King, Kantri, Bujjigadu,Souryam etc it also had some movies which were commercial and yet “reasonably different” in the kind of subject and treatment used. Continue reading “Revisiting Vedam: Probably the best Telugu film of recent times?”