The opening credits of Befikre have different couples kissing in various parts of Paris. That is when you realize that this movie is unconventional. For starters, it is shot in Paris and the story line could have been inspired by a French or a Hollywood rom-com as the couple keep getting in and out of their relationships. This year seems to be a year for contemporary multi-partner romances in Bollywood -after ADHM and Dear Zindagi and now Befikre.Continue reading “Befikre: A Quick Review”
Aditya Chopra could be described as one of Bollywood’s most enigmatic personalities. One has read about him being painfully shy, to the point of being almost reclusive. Therefore, one gets the feeling that he makes up for it, by making the protagonists in his movies, absolutely larger than life. Enough newsprint has been devoted to his debut, tears were shed by teenagers when Mohabbatein came out, and yawns were stifled while watching Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.Continue reading “Befikre Movie Review: Behadh, Behuda aur Besharam!”
Early in 2012, when the trailer for Kahaani first showed up, the responses to it ranged from sceptical to intrigue, the former due to Sujoy Ghosh’s rather inconsistent track record till then, which consisted of the cult classic Jhankaar Beats, the rather off-kilter Home Delivery and the absolutely terrible Aladdin, and the latter responses were thanks to Vidya Balan, who was fresh off the success of The Dirty Picture. A slow starter at the box office, Kahaani ended up being a seminal moment in the careers of both Ghosh and Balan, as it went on to be one of the most memorable movies of 2012.Continue reading “Kahaani 2 Movie Review: Twist In The Tail”
KanuBehl, the co-writer and director of the upcoming YRF-Dibaker Bannerjee co-production TITLI, talked to us about the journey of the film.
With one day left for the release of Titli how are you feeling?
I am very excited. We did not make it for the festivals. Never thought of Cannes. It was always meant for the Indian Audiences. Humari mitti, humare characters, humari kahani… It is all told in a very simple language. I am therefore very curious to see the reactions of the Indian audiences.Continue reading ““I feel jittery whenever Titli is called an indie” – Kanu Behl”
Besides producing Titli along with Dibakar Banerjee Productions, Aditya Chopra, the head honcho of Yash Raj Films has also given the tagline to the film – ‘ har family, family nahi hoti.’The co-producer Dibakar Banerjee reveals, “We were all struggling to find a befitting tagline for the poster. But nothing good was coming out. I was feeling a bit stuck when Adi very casually came up with this line and I realized that he just gave me the tagline. It came out very naturally from him” Continue reading “Aditya Chopra gave the tagline for his upcoming next Titli”
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”
What can one expect from a script that has come out of NFDC’s Film Bazaar? Well, for the uninitiated, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) runs an annual Film Bazaar for films that have been developed in labs to reach out to potential studios and independent producers. Well, YRF and first time producer, Maneesh Sharma, deserve a hat tip just for picking up a script from the Film Bazaar. Director Sharat Katariya’s debut venture, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is that genteel deft ‘small-town’ film that Yash Raj had been aiming for in many of their last ventures, and failing miserably due to none of them ringing true. The first trailer spoke of much hope, post a disastrous 2014 for the studio. The songs worked unanimously, with the veteran Anu Malik being brought back on board. Yet, there was not enough buzz for the film, quite preternaturally. And even YRF was not sure if they should plunge in the market with large number of screens. But ahoy, DLKH is probably the best film to come out of YRF in years, and I mean years. No kidding, this one’s a stunner and there should be no skepticism in whether to watch it or to widen its release. Continue reading “Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More”
Katiyabaaz, a 84-minute documentary fiction film, released in theaters this past Friday, thanks to Phantom Films which backed it religiously. While I have been itching to watch it all weekend, people around me were not even aware that such a film came out. And we claim to be cinephiles. A ‘katiya’ is a cut or a hook manually made on electricity transmission wires to steal electricity from the running lines and a ‘katiyabaaz’ is the artist who executes this for his customers. The film is set in my hometown, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and it would be a shame if I did not get around writing about the film. Continue reading “Katiyabaaz Movie Review: Fact and Fiction, Deliciously Mixed”
Kanu Behl who has been working with Dibakar Banerjee for a while has turned filmmaker with Titli, a film being produced by Dibakar and YRF. The film has been in the news of late, having been selected for the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Written by Kanu Behl and Sharat Katariya, Titli has music by Sneha Khanwalkar while Siddharth Diwan is the DOP and Namrata Rao is the editor. Titli features Ranvir Shorey, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Amit Sial, Prashant Singh, Lalit Behl etc.Continue reading “Titli: Trailer”