Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!

Like most other years, 2013 too has been an eventful year for the Hindi film industry. And unlike other years, 2013 was also the 100th year for the Hindi film industry. However, the centenary wasn’t really a landmark in terms of quality; we didn’t have a watershed of extraordinary films. Yes, we had a few brilliant pieces of cinema but we also had a truckload of terrible movies. What has been most encouraging in this entire melee is the gradual acceptance and support rendered to smaller films. While we had Kiran Rao helping a “Ship of Theseus” to get a release, we had a Karan Johar taking “The Lunchbox” out to the masses. In this post, I enumerate my (completely) personal list of favourite films of 2013 and their different aspects. These are my nominations for the best of Bollywood in the year 2013. While I have considered six nominees for every category (most of which are non-technical), I have added one more as “Almost There”, whom / what I feel is good but not enough to be on the list. Would love to get your vote from the nominees or any additional candidate you feel like.Continue reading “Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!”

Average Bollywod Films: 2013

There are two ways of looking at this list. Either these are films that lack that element necessary to have them counted amongst the best 10 or they have done enough to not merit inclusion in the worst 10. So depending on how you perceive it, the glass is either half empty or half full.

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Ankur Arora Murder Case

At the Jagran Film Festival where I was in attendance, director Sohail Tatari mentioned that he liked to take on issue-based subjects as against regular formulaic films. It is this choice then that almost works for the film. Medical malpractice is a subject rarely ever tackled by Bollywood. So even when the treatment is rather simplistic, it still interests you. The performances range from bad to OK to good with Kay Kay Menon being the best of the cast as the negligent, megalomaniac doctor.Continue reading “Average Bollywod Films: 2013”

Mickey Virus Film Review : A Fairly Enjoyable Film

Mickey_Virus_Official_Poster_2013Hacking is a subject that has rarely been explored in Indian cinema.  So, the fact that Mickey Virus tells the story of a hacker was one of the things that make one look forward to the film. While there are films  like Chennai Express,  Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which make it to the 100 crore club on one end, there are also films like ShahidKahaani etc on the other end of the spectrum. The latter films may not have big budgets but are still finding audiences as they are having stories with good content.  The success of such films have made it possible for films with different subjects like Mickey Virus (telling the story of a hacker) to get made in Bollywood. So does Mickey Virus make for an engaging film? Read on to find out moreContinue reading “Mickey Virus Film Review : A Fairly Enjoyable Film”

In Conversation with Sound Designer Subhash Sahu: “Our films lack a vision, a will”

Subhash SahuOur films lack a vision, a will says ace sound designer Subhash Sahu in a chat with MAM about his latest film Mickey Virus and the industry’s attitude towards the concept of sound design and its importance.Continue reading “In Conversation with Sound Designer Subhash Sahu: “Our films lack a vision, a will””

Mickey Virus: Trailer

Mickey Virus PosterSaurabh Varma who has been a well known name in the areas of movie exhibition, distribution and marketing has now made his entry into filmmaking with Mickey Virus. Produced by DAR Motion Pictures (Arun Rangachari & Vivek Rangachari) Mickey Virus is a comic thriller set in Delhi. Continue reading “Mickey Virus: Trailer”