Naam Shabana Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby

When it comes to spoon-feeding audiences, mainstream Bollywood is way ahead of the curve, and there are occasions where this tendency of the industry to test the patience with unnecessary exposition can be downright offensive. Therefore it was a rather pleasant surprise in Baby, when the audience anticipating a roaring rampage of rescue from Akshay Kumar ended up witness to a subverted trope where the supposed damsel in distress played by Taapsee Pannu ends up beating the daylights out of the crook they are pursuing. So it was a pleasant surprise when the prequel to Baby, exploring the origins of Taapsee’s character, Shabana, was announced. But is Shabana’s journey from schoolgirl to spy a worthy tale?Continue reading “Naam Shabana Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby”

Jolly LLB 2 Movie Review: For It Ain’t A Jolly Good Story

There are times when one chances upon Damini, Kanoon or Waqt being broadcast on a TV channel or pops in the DVD or VCD of a movie like Yudh, Andha Kanoon or Shahenshah, and notes with amusement, the highly farcical nature of the proceedings in a courtroom. You have the crusading hero who prefixes every argument with flaring nostrils and an impassioned plea of Milord (or Milaaaawwwrrrd depending on who the hero is) or berates the court for making him stand up date after date, a sneering defense lawyer who only exists to object to everything in the most ham-handed way possible. And not to forget the extremely grumpy looking judge who looks like he would rather be home taking a nap, rather than watching the hammy proceedings in front of him.Continue reading “Jolly LLB 2 Movie Review: For It Ain’t A Jolly Good Story”

Hate Story 3 Movie Review: This One Deserves all the Hatred in Your Heart

There are some films which are so bad and unpalatable that you want to find the makers, hold them by their collars and whisper in their ears, “Thank you! That was so disgusting, I actually kind of liked it!” Hate Story 3 falls under this rare, coveted category – nauseating and headache-inducing to such an extent that you want to thank God for all the good things in your life.Continue reading “Hate Story 3 Movie Review: This One Deserves all the Hatred in Your Heart”

Hero (2015) Movie Review: Boring Drivel

We are living in fluid flux ridden times, we Indians. We are. In almost every public sphere of life and existence, there is a decided shift against inheritance and for merit. Be it politics, business or even smaller work spaces, the idea of letting sons take over your mantle whether they deserve it or not is fast losing the social acceptance it enjoyed all these years.Continue reading “Hero (2015) Movie Review: Boring Drivel”

Satyagraha Movie Review: What truth are we looking for?

Ajay Devgn in Satyagraha. The movie is pretty much like his expression here.
Ajay Devgn in Satyagraha. The movie is pretty much like his expression here.

In “Satyagraha”, in one of the later scenes of the film, Ajay Devgn asks Arjun Rampal to start a political party, who in turn was thrown out of the school by Amitabh Bachchan because he was found involved in antisocial activities.Continue reading “Satyagraha Movie Review: What truth are we looking for?”